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TanzoSpace Designs A Contemporary Courtyard House In The Sky

On the top floor of an apartment block on the west side of Beihai in Beijing, Yin’s house provides a place of comfort and refuge far from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. Designer Wang Dasquan, senior interior architect and founder of the critically acclaimed design practice TanzoSpace, has created a unique environment for a family that merges traditional detail with contemporary facility and the result is a slice of paradise high in the sky. The 300 square metre floor plan contains living and dining areas, bedrooms and bathrooms and a Tatami or tea room. However one of the most striking features of the design is the incorporation of a 100 square metre, Japanese style courtyard that becomes the focal point to life within the apartment. Separated from the courtyard by glazing is the Tatami room, where the family can sip tea while enjoying the tranquility that such a garden affords in this metropolitan milieu. The entry to the home is through a long corridor with the tea room and courtyard on one side and spectacular views of Beijing city on the other. At the end of the walkway is a Chinese ink painting that heralds the arrival to the public spaces. The living and dining spaces are separate and a kitchen has also been incorporated into this area. The interior is light-filled as all non-structural walls have been removed and this encourages light to reflect with shadow to add depth and definition. The colour palette is subdued, primarily grey interspersed with warm timber hues, but colour pops of yellow and magenta have been added through furniture pieces such as the B&B sofas. Yin’s house is an unexpected jewel in such a city as Beijing and offers pared back elegance, peace and respite but also functionality and form. Dasquan has designed a home that incorporated the best elements of design from both east and west and the result is a place of quiet and unexpected beauty. TanzoSpace tanzospace.com Photography by Shi Yunfeng We think you might also like Stiletto House by EHKA Studio      abc
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You’re Invited To Our Most Anticipated Event Of The Year

It's said that every cloud has a silver lining – even those as sombre as the year that has been 2020. For instance, despite restrictions and lockdowns imposed across the globe, this year has opened doors far and wide, offering a look in on previously exclusive, industry-only events recently made digitally accessible to one and all. Thanks to this virtual turn of events occurring at such scale, it is our utmost pleasure to officially invite you to join us on Thursday, 3rd December, for the Habitus House of the Year 2020 digital winner announcement. Since the program's inauguration in 2018, it has been Habitus House of the Year tradition to culminate with an illustrious cocktail event, hosted by Stylecraft in its stunning Sydney showroom, bringing together hundreds of our community of Design Hunters and eminent industry figures to celebrate as one. Needless to say, this year we'll be doing things a little differently. A unique, hybrid physical-digital awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 3rd December, hosted by Stylecraft, Sydney, in which we will announce our 2020 Habitus House of the Year winners and present them with a custom trophy designed and made by Axolotyl. For the first time ever, we'll be streaming the winner announcements, live and in real time, direct to you from StylecraftHOME in Sydney. All you need to do is RSVP and, when the time comes, be sure to be someplace that you have an internet connection. To join Habitus editor Aleesha Callahan and the team as we announce the Habitus House of the Year 2020 winner and commendations, RSVP here by Thursday, 3 December.

Habitus House of the Year 2020 Selection

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Meet The Miss Independent Of Industrial Design

Inga Sempé has been at the helm of her Paris-based design studio for almost two decades but wishes she’d had the confidence to start much earlier. “I never wanted to work for other people,” she says. “I am only interested in developing my ideas in design, and I can’t be fully dedicated to other people’s. I find it too painful.” Inga graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers in 1993 and, despite her desire for career independence, she credits her exacting approach to a brief experience working for Australian designer Marc Newson in Paris that year. “With Marc, I learned that designers have to be involved in all steps of the production, so that an object or a piece of furniture will be done with the final choices of the designer, and not according to one of the many other people that participate to the project,” she says. “Industrial techniques have to be understood and loved.” Inga has collaborated with iconic global brands such as Cappellini, Ligne Roset, Wästberg, Magis and Alessi. Some of her high-profile designs include the lush Chantilly modular sofa for Endra and the Matin table lamp for Hay, which features a pleated cotton shade in vibrant colours. She approaches her kitchen and bathroom designs with the same philosophy as all of her products: functionality comes first. “I hate gadgets, bad quality, and poor materials,” she says. “I’ve already refused to design some plastic containers for a bathroom for a very famous brand, because I think it is not necessary.” Her early kitchen designs include a colander prototyped for the 2005 Souvenir d’Italie exhibition in Milan, which was organised by Casa da Abitare and Alessi. Its whimsical form features perforations in the shape of the Italian flag. The collaboration with Alessi continued in 2012 when she won a competition to design a risotto serving spoon. The design was extended to an entire cutlery range called Collo-Alto, which is characterised by a slender neck that bridges the cutlery handle and head. Inga’s enamel ceramic tableware for Japanese manufacturer Koubei Gama has the traditional colours and earthy aesthetic of Japanese Oribe pottery. Her Tratti collection of ceramic kitchen and bathroom tiles for Italian company Mutina feature eight designs with composite elements that reference pieces of fabric, embroidery and cartographic symbols.      Inga’s latest collection of tiles for Mutina will be unveiled at this year’s Milan Design Week and she is currently working a collection of casserole dishes for the 300-year-old French company Revol. “They are made from a special porcelain that can be used on all type of heating – gas, electric and induction,” she says.  

“I’ve always had in mind to try to find some aesthetics that might be liked by very young people though to very old.”

  For a designer so resolutely independent, Inga says her kitchen and bathroom designs are never influenced by personal preferences. “My preferences appear when I meet a person from a company that has passion for the work he or she does and a real will for doing a collaboration with me,” she says. “One should never design for oneself.” While her skills have evolved in line with technological innovations, her approach to design remains the same. “I never wanted to be the kind of designer who designs for their own generation and the same kind of people,” she says. “I’ve always had in mind to try to find some aesthetics that might be liked by very young people though to very old. This hasn’t evolved at all.” Working with a small team of three, Inga has no ambition to expand her studio beyond its current size. “I can’t work with too many people nor too many companies,” she says. “My ambition is [focused on] quality, being interested in my projects, designing them from the first sketch to the production. I am not interested in growing.” Inga Sempé ingasempe.fr We think you might also like the new Holly Ryan Jewellery studioabc
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Bodyscape Yoga Studio Is Tranquil, Through And Through

Bodyscape Yoga has long been a vital part of the Perth yoga community and with these new premises there is now a space that is designed to enhance the learning and practice of yoga and also promote wellbeing. Combining the traditional with the contemporary, the team at State Of Kin has created an interior that is both simple and serene. The fit out commenced with transforming an aged office space into a sparkling new interior. The architectural bones of the one hundred year old building were laid bare as layers of aged material were peeled back to reveal the hidden architectural detail. The original high ceilings and decorative architraves, cornices and detailing were restored and now add character to embellish the new design.  Ara Salomone, Co Director (Architecture) of State Of Kin explained,  “The heritage building provided a fantastic foundation for us with stunning timber floors, lots of natural light and generous ceilings. We wanted to make the spaces feel comfortable, welcoming and calm – to imbue the building with a sense of tranquility and peace – not only in the practice spaces and treatment rooms, but in waiting spaces, corridors and amenities”. There is an abundance of natural light and, together with contemporary textures and modern facilities, the studio fuses old with new to present a place of peace and relaxation. The atonal colour palette of neutrals complements the soft, organic elements such as plantings, rugs, floor cushions, a hammock and draped textiles throughout. These in turn enhance and reflect the strength and softness, the movement and stillness that embody the practice of yoga. Natural textures predominate and limestone, timber and linen are juxtaposed with reflective elements, smooth lines and clean surfaces.  Alessandra French Co Director (Interior) of State Of Kin elaborated, “All surfaces are appealing in a tactile sense, very touchable and engaging; clean lines are softened with curved edges; light and shadow dance fluidly through rooms and play off reflective mirrors to emphasise movement and flow”. The studio is a modern environment but not cold. The interior is warm and inviting and ensures patrons are comfortable whether arriving, leaving or meeting for class. The high ceilings create a generosity of space where there is freedom to move as a well distanced group and the amenities are state-of-the-art in line with the new contemporary design.  This is a place to chill out and relax and the re-imagined Bodyscape Yoga Studio by the State Of Kin team provides the perfect setting. It’s always heartening to see old made new again especially when the result is such fine design. State Of Kin stateofkin.com.au Photography by Jack Lovel We think you might also like House With Scenes by Form Architects abc
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Habitus House of the Year Design Hunter Package

Congratulations to Michael Doyle, the lucky winner of the 2020 Habitus House of the Year Design Hunter Package. Thankyou to everyone who voted in this year's draw and a special thankyou to our Design Hunter partners, About Space Lighting, Design by Them, Didier, Euroluce, Phoenix Tapware, Savage Design, Stylecraft Home, The Green Room and Top 3 by Design. Missed this year's selection? There's still time to check the top houses for 2020 out here. Ready to discover your winners - register to tune into the live digital gala now!abc
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I Spy A Hidden House

It is a long-standing theme in the scheme of Australian residential architecture, for the best houses — those that truly capture the country’s essence and do its unique beauty justice — to be those that are elegantly connected to Australia’s breathtaking landscape — be it coastal, rural or bushland. One practice that is particularly well acclaimed in the bushland area is Archterra, who’s Wilderness House in Margaret River, WA, was amongst the selection for Habitus House of the Year in 2019. And in turn, it became part of the inspiration behind Hidden House. When they approached Archterra with their brief, the clients for this project knew exactly who they were dealing with — they had been coveting the practices built work for a while. Owners of a beloved family weekender amidst the enveloping wilderness of Margaret River bushlands, with a need to expand its living and sleeping quarters in order to comfortably accommodate extended family holidays and get-togethers, Archterra was destined to be a top pick. Specifically, their brief called for an extension to the existing house, comprising an extra bedroom and bathroom — to accommodate holidays that bring the extended family together; an additional living area and a reading space — to provide diverse common areas for adult children and guests to either come together or have space to themselves. Fenestration plays an important role in Archterra’s design. From the outside looking in (or at), Hidden House reads as a solid, dark and discreet volume that, if it weren’t for the vast openings carved out of it, could well and truly disappear into the bush. The smooth inconspicuous metal cladding is punctuated by recessed windows lined with the juxtaposing materiality of warmly stained plywood. Each opening – poised and proportioned according to the program of the space that it serves as a portal between the built and natural environments – is a stroke of considered design by Archterra. In the living space, tall windows provide an opening to take in the nobility of the surrounding woodland. A picture window frames a section of bush, creating the perfect backdrop for one to enjoy a book in the reading area. But the most intimate and immersive visual portal between house and bushland has been fittingly reserved for the bedroom, where a corner window takes centre stage. “The large window seat surrounded by bookshelves is a favourite of the clients,” says Archterra, “and the frameless corner window in the bedroom allows the client to lie in bed and feel like they are out amongst the bushland.” Paradoxically, this project’s core sustainability objective – to maintain the dense bushland in close proximity to the house at all costs – made it difficult for the architects to effectively bring northern sun into the additions, leading to a rare yet, for once, auspicious departure from the widely held best practices of passive solar design. “We chose to gather morning sun to warm the concrete floor slab early in the day as well as heavily insulating the walls and roof space so that the high efficiency wood fireplace could easily heat the living spaces when necessary,” Archterra explains. In the summer months, when the goal is quite the opposite, louvres enable controlled cross-ventilation airflow, keeping Hidden House’s internal microclimate optimal for comfort. “Having dense vegetation on both west and east also allowed larger areas of glass on these elevations than would normally be possible due to heat loads,” the designers continue. “Early morning and late afternoon sun can now filter through the trees and light up the interior spaces through these large windows.” Rather than attaching to the existing house in any structurally significant sense, Hidden House forms a humble, rectangular footprint of its own. The new volume shares a close yet casual connection with the original in the form of a breezeway, culminating in an architectural vernacular akin to that of a pavilion house. Having had over eighteen months worth of weekends, holidays and special occasions to enjoy group holidays and extended family gatherings in their new pavilion-esque weekender, Archterra’s clients are evidently wrapped with the results. Not only has Archterra eloquently resolved every aspect of the original brief for Alts&Ads to a family’s beloved bushland getaway, but while the architects were at it, they too gutted and made anew the existing house’s main bathroom, having discovered severe leaking and associated damage to the building. “We must have done a reasonable job as we are now completing a renovation of the old living/dining/kitchen areas to the existing house for the owners,” Archterra concludes. Archterra archterra.com.au Photography by Douglas Mark Black abc
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We’re Obsessed With All This Tom Dixon Newness

Tom Dixon — the man behind the luxury British design brand — is a compulsive designer; he says so himself. “When I get an idea for a strong aesthetic, have a favourite material or learn a new method of manufacturing, I want to try a multitude of iterations,” he shares. In jest, he puts this need to experiment on repeat down to “a misspent childhood with Meccano and other construction toys”. Whatever the case, Tom has channelled his compulsions into an auspicious design career and formed the eminent design studio of eponymous name, turning his obsessions into coveted possessions on a global scale.  The great Tom Dixon proclivity has most recently been realised through a series of experiments in luminosity, acoustics, durability, materiality and repetition, whereby the designer says, “my current obsession with basic units multiplied is turned into an abundance of sculptural experiments in function.’ The resultant collection of furniture, lighting and accessories represents Tom Dixon Newness as vogue as can be. Beginning with the furniture, the new and improved Mass table is manufactured in the UK and made from one single extruded box section of solid brass. By using the most familiar unit in furniture construction – the plank – and presenting a series of familiar objects in a highly polished gold hued metal, Tom Dixon manages to make domestic archetypes into monumental heavyweight sculpture.  Accompanying Mass in the furniture range of Tom Dixon Newness is Cork, a chunky series of tables and shelving; Flash, set of three crisp and smartly detailed side tables; and Swirl, a family of tables, each with their own distinct silhouette, colouration and personality. In the scheme of lighting, Tom Dixon Newness celebrates rotund forms and the invention of LED with Disc, Globe, Globe Burst, Press, Melt, and Spring. Recognising the need and demand for a more energy efficient future, in addition to its newly released lighting designs, Tom Dixon Newness comes complete with an upgrade of the brand’s best-selling lighting families — Beat, Cut, Copper, Mirror Ball and Void — to include improved LED fittings. Featuring LED chips on circuit boards arrayed in a formal geometric configuration, Disc appears akin to an immensely bright and strangely beautiful indoor sun. Meanwhile, reminiscent of ancient witch balls, hollowed spheres of coloured glass which were used to ward off evil spirits, Globe is available in copper and chrome finishes in pendant form, a floor light and a spectacular chandelier, Burst. The latest additions to the Melt family include the Melt Mega; a configuration of seven organic and imperfect orbs which explode from a central hub to create a dynamic lighting sculpture of infinite reflections. Melt Small Chandelier features four orbs protruding from steel tubes and is one metre high. Fitted with the new LED module, the Melt chandeliers are Tom Dixon’s contemporary interpretation of the classic chandelier. Spring is a series of pendant lamps made up of stainless-steel strips. Pliant ribbons of stainless steel have been arranged like a whisk around the custom-made dimmable Tom Dixon LED module. The semi-transparent shape thus created can be adjusted to a variety of silhouettes — from a flat arrangement reminiscent of a spirograph drawing, to a flying saucer configuration and on to a fuller shape akin to a pumpkin.  Bold in silhouette and simple in function, Press is a series of lights made from the thickest and most transparent glass with a satisfyingly rounded linear surface detail. The ribbed glass creates diffusion of the light source and projects linear and stripy patterns. Manufactured by dropping big globs of molten glass at 1,200 degrees centigrade and pressed in iron moulds, the Press series, spanning accessories as well as lighting, comprises Tom Dixon Newness in a set of incredibly enduring and equally alluring products.   Part and parcel with the Tom Dixon Newness releases is a psychedelic update to an Italian post-modernist aesthetic, a.k.a Swirl. Endowed with pop sensibility in plenty, Swirl is a set of vases created from a series of geometric forms stacked upon one another to create multi-dimensional, functional sculptures. Inspired by Ikebana — the Japanese art of flower arrangement — Swirl’s Stem, Small and Medium vases each have heavy bases and cylindrical vessels that allow branches and flowers to cantilever out. As a leading Australian distributor of Tom Dixon furniture, lighting and accessories, Living Edge is the place to go to peruse the latest in Tom Dixon Newness and all that it entails. With a website that’s been freshly updated for e-comm and showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, Living Edge is a design destination that’s never too far away. Living Edge livingedge.com.au abc
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Week Two of Super Design is here!

After an incredible first week of Super Design, we’re sure you’re wondering how week 2 can match the amazing activations that rolled out over the initial five days. Well – wonder no longer, because Week 2 is here and it packs a serious design punch! Get ready to dive-in to more exclusive content and activate your all-access pass to a limitless world of design. You’ll join even more design discussions with our industry’s best minds, access exclusive insights in inspiring projects, witness never-before-seen content and engage with new products, spaces and conceptual creations. If you were already with us for Super Design’s first week, all you’ll need to do is jump back onto the site and add new sessions to your calendar. If this is your first foray, you’ll create an account and then the entire Super Design world is your oyster – simply browse the line-up and register for the sessions that interest you to build your dream festival schedule. Want to discover our top picks of the week? Read on below!  

23 November

The Rebirth of the Kitchen - Sub-Zero Wolf

24 November

Women Indesign: Collaborative Partnerships and Making a First Impression - Design Nation Well, Designed: Health and Wellbeing in Post-Pandemic Times - Porta The Culture of Collaboration - Neolith & CDK The Winning Appliances Kitchens - Specifying the Kitchen for your Customer’s Tastes and Lifestyles - Winning Appliances Light Stories, the Studio Journey - Euroluce  

25 November

Light Stories, the Studio Journey - Euroluce How the Right Light can Convert your House to a Home with Nicole Rosenberg - About Space Lighting Design-Leg Appliances for the Kitchen and Laundry - Winning Appliances Meeting of Minds: John Wardle and Durbach Block Jaggers in Conversation with Jan Hendersen - Tilt Industrial Design A Future-Proofed Approach to Design - Cantilever The Refresh Butler Experience - V-Zug  

26 November

Experience the Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom - Sub-Zero Wolf How Great Dane Creates - Great Dane Furniture Experience the Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom - Sub-Zero Wolf Finding the Light: Q&A with Michael Anastassiades - Euroluce Cocktail Hour! Four Pillars Gin x Cult - Cult Design  

27 November

The Culture of Collaboration - Neolight & CDK Beyond Carbon Neutral - V-ZUG Global Designer Collaborations, by Offecct of Sweden - Flokk The Culture of Collaboration - Neolight & CDK Missed last week’s content and keen to catch-up? we’ve created a full on-demand library for you to watch whenever, wherever.abc
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The Jasper Bed – Sleek Grandeur Meets Smart Design

Matching the low and wide proportions of the Jasper Sofa, the Jasper Bed suggests an immediate sense of relaxation. Yet this low profile hides a hidden storage area, which along with a series of clever details and design flourishes, preserve the essence of the award-winning Jasper design concept. The wide footprint of the Jasper Bed gives the bed a floating appearance, as if it’s hovering above the group – creating a form of sleep haven that encourages deep relaxation and rest. The wide footprint has been offset by the designers at King Living, who have done away with the need for bedside tables with a series of smart design flourishes. The most immediate of these is the new Lume lighting feature – a dimmable smart light that also features gesture control options. The Lume is featured alongside an integrated side table storage area that features wireless charging for phones and tablets. Both the side table and Lume are seamlessly integrated into the bedhead and base of the Jasper, providing a place to keep items close at hand, and visible in the evenings. The Jasper bed base and bedhead themselves are constructed from sturdy steel frames, with layers of premium foam for maximum laid-back relaxation, and a feeling sink-into-the bed comfort. The padded headboard also provides a comfortable support when sitting up in bed, and the bed frame corners are designed with soft edges to avoid bumps in the night. Below the bed though, is where the design of the Jasper truly impresses, with the in-built storage compartments allowing for neat storage options for homes of all sizes. Functioning through an easy-lift hydraulic system, the storage below the bed is lined with easy-care plastic tubs to protect the contents within. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="107386,107387"] Finally, Jasper’s popular bed-making position takes the back-breaking work out of making your bed by elevating the mattress to an ergonomically comfortable position and providing access to all sides of the bed. Available in King and Queen sizes with a wide range of premium fabrics and luxurious European leathers, the Jasper Bed is suited to accommodate any contemporary home aesthetic or home size. For a smaller footprint, the Jasper bedhead can also be matched with the Promenade Storage bed base. King Living kingliving.com.au  abc
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Using Atlas Marble XL Porcelain Slabs For Sleek Home Design

The beauty of marble is undeniable. A sleek, hardwearing and beautiful surface choice for almost any space, the material has earned its acclaim in the history of design. Rocks On’s new range of Marble XL slabs allow this material to have its greatest impact yet for spaces that demand attention. These porcelain stoneware slabs of authentic marble appearance offer new aesthetic and compositional opportunities for a design lover looking to make a statement. From wall and floor coverings to furnishing elements like bathroom vanities, kitchen bench tops, tables, and more, large marble slabs allow for design freedom that doesn’t compromise on material strength or aesthetics. This new range of Atlas Marble XL slabs from Rocks On possess every precious detail you’ve come to know from marble’s refined aesthetic value. Available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, as well as three different finishes – Matt, Silk, and Polished – so any luxurious contemporary space can have the ideal high-impact finish it deserves. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="107375,107378"] Rocks On pride themselves on being the surface solutions provider for every need. Apart from the Atlas Marble XL porcelain stoneware solution, Rocks On’s other finish options prove they’ve got every aesthetic demand covered. Concrete: The character and versatility of concrete, with its dense, deep shades becoming discreet protagonists of the space, is ideal for giving rooms a strong metropolitan appeal Metal: The attention demanding of metal finishes, featuring bright iridescent reflections, convey the unmistakable allure of industrial design material and architectural authenticity. Stone: Detailed stone finishes decorate spaces with a natural simplicity. With extraordinary creative potential, the large formats acquire even earthier, expressive strength. Decorative: Rocks On’s decorative proposals allow for the limitless creative appeal of wallpaper with all the benefits of porcelain. The Rocks On team have bespoke designs for any setting, characterized by a spirit of research and innovation. Another unique proposal from Rocks On is the Kerlite Easy system. Kerlite Easy is the only porcelain tile dry laying installation system in the world - without the use of adhesives, allowing for the easy installation of superior ultra-thin porcelain slabs. Applied in just three steps, the unique Kerlite Easy system is proven to save 50% of the cost and 80% of the time compared to traditional installation methods. With a thickness of only 7mm or 8mm, the system and highly durable porcelain stoneware flooring is perfect for contemporary residential design. Whether you’re looking for the charm of the new Atlas Marble XL slabs, renovating a space and requiring the quick, alluring appeal of Kerlite Easy, or simply needing a surface that will maintain its beauty for years to come, Rocks On has you covered. Rocks On rockson.com.au [gallery type="rectangular" ids="107380,107379"]abc
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Who’s Got The Best Kitchen Design Of Them All?

To protect the excellence and distinction of the contest during this period of unprecedented interruptions, Sub-Zero Group, Inc., has extended the contest’s deadline by one year. This extension will offer design professionals greater opportunity to complete disrupted and deferred projects and participate in the contest. Projects that meet the contest’s requirements and are completed in 2019, 2020, and 2021 are eligible. The new deadline for submission is January 31, 2022. While much of the design calendar has been thrown up in the air this year, at least there is still the annual Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest to look forward to. A 25-year standing bi-annual tradition of celebrating the design community, the contest honours outstanding and innovative kitchen designs featuring Sub-Zero and Wolf fixtures/fittings – and rewards the exemplary work with a grand sum of over $275,000US. Just last year, an unprecedented seven Australian designers were named finalists, selected from over eighteen-hundred global entries, in the 2017-2018 Kitchen Design Contest. This international recognition was a very well-deserved testament to the exceptional talent and skill amongst our local design industry – and it doesn’t end there. Four of the seven Australian finalists, Mim Design, Maker + May, Chris Connell Design and Studio Lancini, went on to receive global accolades for their winning kitchen designs. The challenge to match – if not exceed – that feat, has officially been set. [caption id="attachment_107436" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Armadale House by Chris Connell Design | Photographer: Earl Carter | 2017-2018 KDC Global 3rd Place Winner Contemporary Category[/caption] As always, design professionals from all walks of life, and diverse design disciplines, are invited to partake in the extended 2019-2021 Kitchen Design Contest. From architects to builders and remodelers, as well as interior, kitchen and landscape designers alike. What’s most pertinent to eligibility is that all design and construction of projects submitted must be completed between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2021; and must be fitted with at least one Sub-Zero refrigerator and one Wolf cooking utility. Entries from across the globe are to be evaluated by an international panel of seven esteemed design professionals. Each a leader in their field, and each a previously named Kitchen Design Contest winner, they form a jury that heralds a passion for elegantly resolved design. For additional information, eligibility criteria, or to enter your work in Sub-Zero and Wolf 2019-2021 Kitchen Design Contest, visit subzero-wolf.com/contest. Entries close 31 January 2022. Sub-Zero and Wolf subzero-wolf.com/contest Header Image: Copelen Street by Studio Lancini | Photographer: Peter Clarke | 2017-2018 Global Winner Small Spaces Kitchenabc
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Dinosaur Designs Embraces Nature With The Wildflower Collection

Looking back on an unprecedented year of uncertainty and anxiety, Dinosaur Designs looked to the wild beauty of nature as the source for Wildflower, a collection meant to calm us, create positivity, and offer us the inspiration we need to close out 2020. The new Wildflower collection from Dinosaur Designs sees an exploration of the shapes and colours of an untamed garden, channelled into a range that expressed joy and wonder. Wildflower is characterised by soft organic forms and a striking vivid botanical-inspired palette. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="107369,107368"] Lush, saturated colours such as Lemon, Leaf, Sandalwood, Cobalt and Peach are married with the classic Dinosaur Designs flourishes of Guava, Melon Swirl and Snow White Swirl. The resulting colour profile makes a beautiful, striking statement that serves the physical designs elegantly. “We hope after a challenging year that these colours lift, inspire and give people hope,” says Dinosaur Designs Creative Director Louise Olsen, “This Wildflower collection evokes that sense of taking a moment to explore the beauty and wildness in nature, and of losing yourself a little.” The jewellery within the Wildflower collection features earthy new statement pieces such as Flat Rock Hoop, Oval Pebble and Rock Chain earrings, alongside more classically sculptural items such as the Rock Pendant and Wave Pendant on chain. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="107356,107355"] Alongside the jewellery items is also a collection of homewares that would serve as stunning statement pieces in any contemporary home. With the sculptural forms of nature as the inspiration, the Wildflower Seed bowls mimic the soft uneven contours of seed pods, while the Branch vase range expressing a pleasing symmetry that’s as functional as it is striking. Likewise the collection’s range of platters, plates and servers, which would serve as the ideal backdrop to fruit, meals, or simply as visual statement pieces in a kitchen. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="107360,107358"] Wildflower is currently available in all Dinosaur Designs’ Sydney, Brisbane, London stores, as well as through their online store. Wildflower photographed by Bart Celestino Dinosaur Designs dinosaurdesigns.com.au [gallery type="rectangular" ids="107362,107361"] [gallery type="rectangular" ids="107365,107364"] [gallery type="rectangular" ids="107371,107363"]abc