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Design Invites You To Live In The Art of The Everyday

Their task is a tough one: to consistently reinvent the wheel (if the wheel were a couch or table), to predict and create trends, and to inspire those who choose their pieces to make a home. Designing for residential spaces, then, goes hand in hand with the philosophy of exceeding the needs and desires of consumers, and indeed predicting these needs and desires before we know them ourselves. Across the world, designers have been taking inspiration from culture, history and place to create pieces that truly reimagine the everyday. From the ways we lounge to the ways we travel through our spaces, and from deeply considered activities like putting food on the table to the simplest flick of a light switch, great design finds ways to inspire and surprise us. Here, we’ve collected a number of our favourite designs that will inspire your everyday. Hug Lamp by Mark Mitchell Design [caption id="attachment_108231" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Photography credits to Mark Mitchell Design.[/caption] Inspired by the warmth of human contact and the value of social interaction, Mark Mitchell Design has introduced the hug lamp. A unique and playful take on lighting, two furry forms resembling open-armed friends embrace to illuminate the globe atop each piece. The Hug Lamp is a creative take on the way that we have all realised the importance of connection over the last year, and it will certainly be remembered for its reflection of these times. Zola Ottoman & Coffee Table by Anaca Studio Soft, sculptural and synergistic, the  Zola Ottoman and Coffee Table by Anaca Studio elevate the living room. This collection offers more than meets the eye: while the subtle curves of the Zola Ottoman blend seamless into any interior and can quickly be transformed into a coffee table by adding a stable plywood layer. Available in a variety of colours and finishes, and with options to customise the level of cushioning, this collection by Anaca Studio is here to complement any living space. Pam Side Table by Savage Design featuring Dekton Say hello to Pam – the new architectural side table featuring Dekton. The team at Savage Design expands its furniture collection with a structural side table, which showcases meticulous attention to detail and ingenious craftsmanship all in an unexpectedly thin frame. In collaboration with Dekton, the minimal profile features a 4mm thick Dekton top, creating a scratch and heat resistant top surface for daily use. This surface is also cleverly raised and recessed within the frame, allowing another Pam to be locked in and secured when stacked. With expert engineering, Pam is designed with extreme adaptability to everyday living; where its a table, bookshelf or room divider, Pam brings a little excitement to any space. “It was one day looking at the material rack in our factory that the idea for Pam came together,” Joel Savage, designer and director of Savage Design, adds. “The rack is essentially the pigeon holes that take a cut length of metal. It’s simple, almost brutalist form, sparked the idea of a cube side table that could be assembled to make a shelving unit.” Opus Allegro by Artedomus [caption id="attachment_108235" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Photography credits to Artedomus.[/caption] Artedomus is renowned for elevating the everyday and adding splashes of unexpected beauty. The Opus Allegro tile embodies this aspiration: geometric coloured marble shapes  are surrounded by traditional white Italian marble segments, combining eclectic styling with the sophisticated tradition. A must-see for tile styling, Artedomus offers exceptional quality and design. ‘Dawn’ Light Series by Sabine Marcelis [caption id="attachment_108236" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Photography credits to Sabine Marcelis.[/caption] The ‘Dawn’ Light Series by Sabine Marcelis explores the complex relationship between light, colour and the time in the day where the sun, clouds and sky join to create an ephemeral display of hues. The Rotterdam-based designer pushes the boundaries of everyday object design to deliver pockets of unexpected moments within mundane routines. [caption id="attachment_108237" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Photography credits to Sabine Marcelis.[/caption] Her ability to create special, magical moments within materiality is showcased within ‘Dawn,’ a unique series of light sculptures, which utilizes a single white neon tube embedded in cast resin that create a subtle manipulation of colour and intersection with light. Artful and beyond enchanting, each piece redefines the relationship between transparency and saturation in a series of colour-backed illuminations. Pinion Project by HATTERN and LAB.CRETE [caption id="attachment_108243" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Photography credits to HATTERN.[/caption] Hattern and Lab.crete collaborated to find harmony in contrasting materials. The Seoul-based studios sought to explore how the deeply different acrylic and concrete textures could complement each other, and come together to create innovative design products. The studios describe their process as adding ‘colour, pattern and shape to the concrete to be penetrated by acrylic fragments’, then filling the spaces cut from the acrylic in with concrete. The result is a new material, where the strengths and unique look of each component are preserved while a new aesthetic is created. Comprising stools and tables, this project truly reflects modern ingenuity and unique materiality. Kubus Sofa by Wittmann for DOMO DOMO’s Kubus Sofa is a playful take on the sofa form. Geometric lines and a strong frame is softened by cubic upholstery and a variety of soft finishes. This piece is the perfect embodiment of refined simplicity making a bold statement - reminiscent of the luxury of the art deco age, with modernist influences and truly modern finishes, the Kubus Sofa by DOMO is a standout design. Paris Apartment by Daniel Boddam [caption id="attachment_108247" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Photography credits to Daniel Boddam.[/caption] Australian designer, Daniel Boddam, designed an entirely imagined project – one that is driven by nostalgia, wanderlust and the inimitable Parisian spirit. As we closed our doors to the rest of the world with international border closure in every corner of the globe, Boddam embraced this opportunity with open arms and created the Paris Apartment. Influenced by Matisse’s proclamation, “I’ll make my own pool,” the Paris Apartment guides the individual through an exquisite portrayal of connection, history and our desires to travel through creativity. Paris holds a special place in Boddam’s heart – a destination deeply rooted in his childhood and growth. In this virtual experience, Boddam shows a restraint in materiality and palette, presenting an apartment bathed in natural light with a selection of sculptural furniture pieces from his past collections. [caption id="attachment_108244" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Photography credits to Daniel Boddam.[/caption] The peaceful environment showcases the collections in their purest form as we move from one space to the next. Re-interpreted in his own modern way, the Paris Apartment is designed to be taken in slowly and steadily – embodying a sense of calm simplicity and repose. Table With Four Blocks by Wonmin Park [caption id="attachment_108248" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Photography credits to Wonmin Park.[/caption] Wonmin Park’s limited edition ‘table with four blocks’ is a sculptural and unique piece. The contrasts inherent in it reflect Park’s unique style, with a combination of South Korean and Dutch influences. Crafted from resin, the grand table exudes luxury, but is approachable and adaptable to the interior it inhabits. The textures and materiality are reminiscent of a pastel cloudscape, which contrast spectacularly with the rigid geometry of the table’s form. This table would be the focal point of any dining space, with soft colours and an unconventional leg design that encourages connection in unexpected ways. Frieze by Marcante-Testa for EX.t [caption id="attachment_108250" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Photography credits to Marcante-Testa.[/caption] Designed by Marcante-Testa for EX.t, FRIEZE is the new bathroom collection created to bring a touch of excitement into the everyday routine. This colourful collection draws inspiration from Roy LIchtenstein’s ‘Entablatures’ series and the early 20th century styles of art nouveau and art deco. Displayed in a series of geometrical structures, designers Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa instilled muted colourways and strong forms in a unique range of basins. [caption id="attachment_108251" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Photography credits to Marcante-Testa.[/caption] Mercante Testa designed Frieze as the central element in the bathroom. By considering the entire spatial dimension of the bathroom and its accessories, the position of the sink is thoughtfully defined by a central wall strip. The upper and lower parts of the wall can be designed in contrasting materials, creating space for the mirror, shelves, furniture and other essential items. Outdoor Collection by Paola Lenti for Dedece This year, Paola Lenti introduces her latest outdoor furniture range, encapsulating the real expression of a contemporary and conscious design philosophy. Focused on bringing vibrant colours into the home, Lenti was driven by the growing need for greater comfort, elegant design and a deep connection to the outdoors. Featuring rugs, outdoor seating and poolside essentials such as sun lounges and hammocks, every product has been meticulously crafted with a captivating textural appearance that has become a hallmark of Lenti’s past work. Designed from exclusive and forward-thinking recyclable mono-materials such as Twiggy and Diade, each piece has been thoughtfully curated and woven to ensure the utmost comfort with distinct style. Each piece is entirely recyclable, waterproof, washable and extremely durable to withstand even the most extreme outdoor conditions. Tim Engelen, founder of dedece, expressess, “With beautiful materials and colours, the collection is an expression of art and elegant design capability, encapsulating both comfort and statement.” [caption id="attachment_108245" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Photography credits to Daniel Boddam.[/caption]abc
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Andy Carson Imagines Local Produce Markets à la Garage Sale

The invention of the internet marked the comeuppance of many things now preserved in nostalgic memory — the garage sale is one of them. This design concept, however, stands to change that. Designed by Atelier Andy Carson and extrapolating on the increasingly momentous movement of buying local, the fourth instalment in HouseLab’s Concept Spaces initiative transforms the urban residential rear laneway into a powerful utility for home grown businesses and local produce start-ups. An exemplar of adaptive reuse considered at the most quotidian scale, the design reimagines the garage space of an urban terrace house as a kitchen and serving space enabling entrepreneurial home cooks to prepare and sell local produce from home. “With the recent COVID-19 pandemic we have seen a swelling of local daytime populations and the importance of local community coming to the fore,” explain Andy Carson and Shaghig Nalbandian, who culminated the brains behind the Concept Space. “Meanwhile local and state authorities have loosened regulations for registering home kitchens and venues serving alcohol.” Riffing off of these evident COVID-driven shifts in behaviour, Andy and Shaghig put two and two together to propose a unique amalgamation of hospitality and residential design. A projecting central bench forms the anchor of the design concept — both literally and figuratively speaking. Serving dual factions, the rolling central bench operates in a multi-functional capacity. With one side providing ample space for the preparation, storage and serving of produce, the other is dedicated to customers from the local neighbourhood. Creating a destination with simple amenities becomes a key part of the offering. “We initially alter ‘path’ to ‘destination’ by slowing the flow of pedestrian traffic and providing a dock for people to meet and interact,” explain the designers. Public interactions can range from a quick pick up when moving through the lane, to counter meals, team meetings, presentations, and functions. Private interactions mean the household can close off the space after hours for family meals, guest dinners or family events. At every turn this space is infinitely adaptable and open to interpretation and use. Sitting adjacent, the primary kitchen workspace and customer interface is thoughtfully fixed and fitted. A full range of premium residential kitchen appliances by Miele comprises a highly effective and productive working kitchen. The XXL version Miele oven and steam oven combination equip the former garage space with the means to create a wide range of high-quality produce and cater for high quantities. Specifying an induction cooktop was key to ensuring flexibility in the roofing department, as it means that no rangehood is required. A Miele dishwasher and wine cabinet provide further essential functionality to the reimagined space. Last but not least, a Zip Hydro Tap ARC offers chilled still and sparkling drinking water as a hospitable gesture for customers and guests to refresh themselves. Toward the rear, moveable amphitheatre style seating offers various configurations, accommodating face to face seating, L shape audience space or other casual seating for functions, presentations, dining, or lounging. Loose furniture stools and bar tables can also gather or separate throughout the space or in the laneway where needed. Materials used in the elegantly finished space vary from the tough and crude to the fine and well finished. A roughhewn monolithic stone block houses the sink, with the working kitchen surfaces all in hardy stainless steel. Finished with a lick of dusty green paint, the fine plate steel of the central bench complements the loose furniture in colourful yet subdued tones. An altogether un-fussy and welcoming grass paver floor runs throughout, immediately softening the hard laneway and demarcating the space. Grey timber slats offer a lightness and softness to touch and the fresh white of the slatted solar pergola with glass over offers rain protection and the play of dappled light passing and marking the time of day. Deciduous vines and plantings also accentuate the passing seasons and provide a varying colour palette. After hours, a horizontally bi-folding gate closes down with its dark grey steelwork embracing the tough/gritty rear laneway. Responding to genuine shifts pertinent to urban lifestyles of today, Atelier Andy Carson and HouseLab have produced an innovative concept for a residential-hospitality design hybrid that supports the development of homegrown businesses and buying local produce. More fortuitously, the result presents an intriguing business case for a contemporary renaissance of the garage sale. Atelier Andy Carson atelier-andycarson.com HouseLab houselab.com.au We think you might also like this ConceptSpace by HouseLab x Bijl Architectureabc
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The transformative power of threshold drains

The open plan living trend has teamed up with Australia’s long-standing love affair with outdoor living to do something special. It has changed – and improved – our backyards. Across the nation, walls have come down, barbeque areas have morphed into outdoor kitchens, and the barriers between indoor and outdoor have blurred. Good-bye back doors, small kitchen windows and step downs. Hello bi-fold doors, sunlight, and warm air! And hello threshold drains. Originally developed by Stormtech to improve access for the ageing and those with disabilities, threshold drains are part of a seamless level access solution in the age of the open plan. Stormtech threshold drains feature the company’s signature linear stainless steel drainage system and concealed channel section for door tracks and thresholds. With integrated subsills, they collect water flows and condensation from around the doorways and quickly convey it outside. But their brilliance lies in their discreet, low-profile design. Incorporating an external linear grate that sits flush beside the doortrack (in line with the ground) and a concealed channel section for door tracks, homeowners can virtually forget they are there. Of course, care needs to be taken with innovation of this type. After all, the Australian weather can change suddenly and is quite capable of destroying this new-found indoor-outdoor ‘harmony’. Considerations like draft suppression and water damage need to be taken seriously. [gallery size="large" type="rectangular" ids="108089,108091"] Stormtech threshold drains do just this. Made in Australia with 316 marine grade stainless steel and manufactured in accordance with AS4654.2.2012, they incorporate draft suppression techniques that do not involve touching the drain or the door tracks. On top of that, they feature a drain that sits about 30mm lower than the subsill and are therefore capable of handling a once a century event! An industry leader, and winners of a Design Mark at the Australian Design Awards for drainage design. The company is a long-time member of the Standards Australia Committee and has played an important role in the formulation of regulations concerning several plumbing products, including linear drainage, all of Stormtech products are WaterMark and GreenTag certified. Effective, discreet, and efficient, its threshold drains are an integral part of the move to ‘Bring the Outside in’! Stormtech stormtech.com.au [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="108085,108087"]abc
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Lush Is The New Luxe In Bangkok

Set within a lush garden site in Bangkok, Archimontage Design Fields Sophisticated has designed a home for a gardener that maintains a strong connection to the land. The new dwelling takes up just 230-square-metres of the 620-square-metre site, positioned abutted up to the road to make the most of the garden. The back of the house faces a large garden, a green area where the homeowner plants fruits and vegetables. The house itself is discrete, with the boxy one-storey design featuring a distinct flat roof, so it can be utilised as a rooftop garden. The form of the rooftop is an expression of the ceiling heights within the home. The bedroom spaces have 3-metre floor-to-ceiling heights, jutting up to 3.5-metres in the living and dining spaces, while the prayer room allows even more height – a jump that carries up to the flat roofline. The different levels evoke their own sense of landscape, while reflecting the sequence of interior spaces beneath. Access to the rooftop garden is via a stair on the side of the home. Hanging over the home is a large tree, which provides ample shade and further promotes the connection between the greenery and the dwelling. It creates an open dialogue with the branches delicately touching the rooftop garden – from one plane to another. The exterior of the building has been clad in grey granite-patterned porcelain tiles, with a few randomised blocks popping out to form small voids, allowing light to shine into the home. A timber-battened awning wraps the home, further encouraging the connection to the garden and its relationship to nature. Despite the angular forms, the orientation and materiality have been carefully chosen as part of the brief to connect the owner with their passion for gardening. Archimontage Photography by Beer Singnoi We think you might also like Screen House by Archimontage abc
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Is your Bathroom a Technology Hub?

When we think of home technology, we think of state-of-the-art ovens and futuristic sound systems, doors that unlock at a touch and televisions that morph into hyper-realistic and multi-dimensional screens. In these spaces, technology is driven by the experiential, it’s the visuals you see, hear, touch and smell that elevate homes into hubs on innovation. And yet, it’s the bathroom where technological innovations are truly making strides, with showers, toilets and tapware evolving to offer maximum performance, cleanliness and longevity. This year – perhaps more than ever – these features have come into their own, with consumers and specifiers looking to create bathrooms that have sanitation at their core. Leading the charge is Caroma, Australia’s leading name in bathrooms. With over 78 years of experience in creating dream bathrooms, Caroma have long been pioneering the latest developments in the bathroom space, informing the way Australian design and use their residential wet spaces. Now, with the release of the Urbane II and Liano II ranges, Caroma are offering an exclusive selection of design-led bathroom solutions that combine modern aesthetics with the latest innovations to ensure bathrooms can become technology-powered sanctuaries. Vjet® Technology Whether you enjoy relaxing under a gentle shower or unwinding with jets of water massaging your back, Caroma’s Vjet® technology gives you the ultimate power in curating your shower experience. Vjet® showers are made with a slider function on the shower head, where a simple slide changes your water pressure from rain shower to waterfall and everything in between. For the first time, one family can have their own showers their way, with variable spray options meaning you have multiple shower experiences in one do-it-all fixture. Cleanflush® With Caroma’s latest evolution in toilets, hygiene and cleanliness reaches new heights. Cleanflush® toilets offer a rimless bowl, removing the general hiding spots for germs and bacteria. This is elevated by patented flush and flow water patterns, which ensure flushes are more powerful and controlled; equalling a cleaner bowl every time. As we try to keep bacteria and unwanted microcosms to a minimum, Cleanflush® offers unparalleled power in keeping the bathroom clean and sanitised, which also ensures longevity for your toilet like never before. GermGard® Adding to the Cleanflush® feature is GermGard®, a unique antimicrobial formula which is another weapon in the fight against harmful bacteria. Killing 99% of a toilet’s bacteria, GermGard® also helps to make cleaning a breeze, working with Cleanflush® to keep the time spent cleaning the toilet to a minimum. Its these features that set Caroma apart, ensuring that beautiful design can be backed up with industry-leading technology. Find out more at Caroma Vogue.abc
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A Design Evolution

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the bathroom is its soul. Where kitchens spill into living rooms and out onto backyards, bathrooms retreat in – a sanctuary for solitude, privacy and rituals of self-care. Because of this, the bathroom is an expression of self, a narrative of shape, texture and materiality that speaks to who we are when there’s no one watching. Despite this, the everyday bathroom is one that has largely been governed by practicality. We choose toilets that save water and fittings that are steam resistant, selecting function over form and dressing up our pragmatisms with French candles and hand loomed towels. Now, form and function can finally co-exist, with the release of a new collection from one of Australia’s most iconic bathroom brands. Building on 75 years of excellence, Caroma has brought Urbane II and Liano II to the market, ranges that combine innovation and design to create bathrooms that look as good as they work. Infusing contemporary Australian aesthetics with pioneering technology and sustainable excellence, the Urbane II and Liano II have raised the bar in luxury bathroom offerings. Perfect for energising mornings and relaxing nights, this curated range of products make aspirational bathrooms achievable, encouraging true creative expression by way of an inspired colour palette. For the first time, each of the collections offerings are available in five luxe finishes, starting from timeless chrome and evolving to the more modern tones of matt black and brushed brass. When it comes to the collection itself, think sleek mixer taps and oversized rain showers, sophisticated shapes in rich hues. As always, Caroma offers a collection that looks beyond statement pieces, creating a holistic design narrative with coordinating flush plates, robe hooks and towel rails. What’s more, PVD finishes, common in-wall bodies, orbital technology and adjustable flush pipes ensure installation is kept simple and that products and fittings can be interchanged later without changing plumbing. Investigate further and it’s evident this is a collection that is just as much about performance as it is about design. Showers are revolutionised with V-Jet Technology, giving an unprecedented level of control over water pressure, while toilets feature GermGard and Cleanflush – patented innovations that help protect against harmful bacteria and create a cleaner, more hygienic and water efficient toilet. In a space that can be difficult to fit out, this range breaks the mould. It provides the products, finishes and vision we need to create bathrooms that are driven by design, all while maintaining the outstanding performance and function that is at the core of the wider Caroma brand. Indeed, with a focus on personalisation and creative self-expression, the Urbane II and Liano II bring bespoke Australian styling to the Vogue range, allowing for wet spaces that are not just bathrooms but sanctuaries. For more, head to Caroma.abc
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Will Vegan Interior Design Be The Next Big Thing?

Vegan Interior Design, the debut publication of Aline Dürr, an award-winning interior architect, coach and animal welfare advocate, comes at a time in which conscious consumerism is becoming recognised globally as an issue of increasing gravity. No longer presumed just a radical diet followed exclusively by impassioned animal rights activists and the hyper-healthy, veganism has flourished in recent years. Corralling the interests of anyone remotely concerned with the environment, sustainability, animal welfare, and/or personal health and wellbeing, the concept is now set to become a prevailing philosophy of the new age. Oriented toward those who are intrigued as opposed to astute on the matter, Vegan Interior Design by Aline Dürr is decidedly more of an introductory handbook than an exemplar of academic literature. Written in clear and simple language, the book's contents are pragmatically presented, culminating in a practical and highly accessible resource for design enthusiasts and professionals alike who are looking to bring a more conscious and informed perspective to their interior endeavours. “I am writing this book without claiming to explain everything exhaustively,” writes Aline. “My aim is to give a good overview and summarise the main points of a very complex subject in an easy-to-digest way.” Aline deciphers veganism in the context of interior design first in terms of materials and finishes, then according to the programme or typology of space. Through the lens of materiality the designer presents facts, busts myths, highlights health risks and introduces vegan-friendly alternatives for materials such as leather, paint, hard surface solutions and a variety of textiles. Vegan or not, as designers and inhabitants of space conscious consumerism is an emerging issue with mounting significance. In her book, Vegan Interior Design, Aline Dürr offers enlightened practitioners and consumers of design services a rudimentary and practical toolkit for applying vegan principles in the context of interior design. The title makes light reading out of a high-minded concept. As an introductory guide to practicing conscious design for interiors, Vegan Interior Design by Aline Dürr is a highly accessible and informative read. However, readers be warned: it only begins to scratch the surface of this emergent topic — here’s hoping there’s more where that came from. Vegan Interior Design veganinteriordesign.com We think you might also like Mims Radford and what she's doing with her digital boutique, Good Thingsabc
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Made in Australia: Innovation, Ingenuity, and Quality spell success for Stormtech

Faced with pressures like high local labour costs, a strong Australian dollar, and fluctuating commodity prices, a lot of Australian businesses have decided to move their manufacturing operations overseas in recent years. While the short-term financial gains associated with such moves are clear, so are their negatives consequences. For instance, those attractive ‘low labour costs’ offshore equate to low wages for workers in developing nations. Lacking the protection of the type of strong industrial relations laws we take for granted in Australia, these workers often face exploitation or worse.   The problems go beyond labour relations. Lack of regulation can extend to areas like environmental standards, quality assurance, and product compliance. So, while the financial incentive to manufacture overseas is clear, the possible consequences of using poor-quality products is also well-known, particularly in the construction sector.

Aussie-made Ethos

At the end of the day, of course, it’s up to each individual business to make the call – stay and manufacture in Australia or move offshore? Some businesses, like specialist drainage supplier Stormtech are taking the first option. The inventor of linear drainage, Stormtech is an exemplar of the Aussie-made ethos; the philosophy that ranks things like ingenuity, innovation, and product quality as its highest goals; and asserts that, in the long run, these priorities will serve it better than short-term financial gain. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="108120,108124"]

Knowing the market

Local knowledge is another key to Stormtech’s success. Through years of experience, the company has not only developed an intimate understanding of the local regulatory landscape but come to know the architects, specifiers, and builders it serves. Industry professionals want a supplier who speaks their language and is there to help them - offering products made with materials like marine-grade 316 stainless steel and vinyl council approved uPVC, furthermore they need products that are WaterMark and GreenTag certified, Stormtech is such a supplier. With a range of drainage solutions that are made-to-length and easy to customise, Stormtech works closely with its clients to find the right solution for each project. And, to top it off, its commitment to the local industry is matched by the aesthetic appeal of its state-of-the-art drainage solutions. A family-owned business with over 35 years of local experience, Stormtech is proof positive that there is life yet in the Australian manufacturing sector. Stormtech stormtech.com.au abc
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10 Heritage Houses Elegantly Restored For Modern Life

We revisit some our favourite recent Alts & Ads projects that respect the heritage of the original building while extending or reconfiguring the internal layouts to make way for growing families, evolving needs or an unforeseen change in circumstances.  

Albert Villa, bureau^proberts

  Albert Villa by Bureau Proberts is a contemporary garden pavilion addition to a classic Queenslander workers cottage bureau^proberts director Terry McQuillan and his wife, interior designer Charlie McQuillan transformed a heritage-listed Brisbane worker’s cottage for the modern era. The challenges of transforming the heritage cottage on its steep, small 264-square-metre block seems to have only fueled the creativity of Terry and his interior designer wife Charlie. Though the “limitless” feeling of designing your own home was “interesting” concedes Terry. Read more  

Paddington Terrace, Porebski Architects

Contemporary rear extension to a Paddington Terrace by Porebski Architects Contemporary rear extension to a Paddington Terrace by Porebski Architects Seating nook with under-bench storage in corner of the kitchen in Paddington Terrace by Porebski Architects Old meets new in the renovation and extension of Paddington Terrace by Porebski Architects Victorian terrace in Paddington is renovated by homeowner and architect It can sometimes take just one room to change the experience of a house. For this 1890s Paddington terrace, a 20-square-metre rear addition with smart space planning and clever joinery has made life easier and more organised for a family of four. “All the daily clutter can now be concealed behind doors, so the house always feels well-ordered, allowing us to appreciate the design,” says homeowner and interior designer Victoria D’Alisa, co-director of Porebski Architects. Read more  

Annandale House, Baldwin & Bagnall

To live in a thoughtfully restored Victorian terrace, in the inner-west suburbs of Sydney, has become something of an idyllic dream for the young, modern Australian family. At least, this is true of the family that engaged Baldwin & Bagnall to realise their dream, having fallen head-over-heels with a c1880s terrace home in Annandale, Sydney. Read more  

Concrete Blonde, Carter Williamson

  Dubbed an ‘architectural jewellery box’ by Carter Williamson Architects, Concrete Blonde is an updated terrace house in Sydney’s inner west that features a delicate and considered array of materials – concrete, brick, timber and stainless steel – accentuated by lightplay captured through skylights and a courtyard well. Read more  

Reed House, Beth George Architect

A mid-century modernist inspired house in Perth, designed by architect Beth George, for a modern family to feel at home in nature. The Reed House in Subiaco, Perth, is home to Frances and Mark Reed and their four daughters aged between six and 16. Designed by architect Beth George – Frances’ sister – the project comprises a restoration to the façade of an original Edwardian house, a renovation of the interiors, and a redesign of the “zany” addition to the rear, pegged to have been built in the 80s or 90s. Read more  

Concert Hall House, Pandolfini Architects

Pandolfini Architects’ client was a private man, nearing retirement; a man of few words, but with a deeply felt affinity toward the musical expression. Having purchased the Victorian-era terrace, now dubbed Concert Hall House, in the 1980s and lived there since, the house was in a condition best described as worse for wear. Worse still, it lacked sufficient space for the client’s pride and joy: his piano, stereo and extensive music collection. Read more  

House B, Whispering Smith

Kate Fitzgerald, founder of the boutique architectural practice, Whispering Smith, and her partner, Matthew Johnston, garnered national attention in 2017 with their imaginative House A in Perth’s seaside suburb of Scarborough. On what Kate describes as a “micro-lot” – a plot of 110 square metres and house area of just 70 square metres – one part of a tripartite sub-division, they put the case for a more liveable and sustainable densification of the suburbs. Now the house is being used by the state government as an exemplar as it develops a new medium density code. House B is the second stage of the project and is, says Kate, “about carving out an existing piece of built and landscape heritage on the site and protecting it while maintaining a piece of remaining suburban Scarborough”. Read more  

Symmons Plains, Cumulus Studio

Symmons Plains, south of Launceston in Tasmania, is an historic property established in the 1820s by colonist John Arndell Youl. After passing through seven generations of the Youl family, the current homeowners – an active, social family – bought the homestead in 2011 and engaged Cumulus Studio to restore the heritage buildings and create a contemporary addition sensitive to the Georgian architecture. Read more  

Henry House, WALA

WALA’s clients, and the residents of Henry House, are a semi retired yet wholly active couple who were looking to downsize from their family home and move closer towards the city. They love entertaining and would regularly host their friends and adult children in their previous home. This is not something they wanted to relinquish so the new house, though smaller, needed to comfortably accommodate regular guests and extended visits. Read more  

House Lincoln, THOSE Architects

As is the case for many growing families, space became an issue for the owners of a typical 1950s Californian brick bungalow in Sydney’s Lane Cove. They loved the original design and the area, but for a husband, wife and two young girls, there just wasn’t enough room. As well as a better sense of connection throughout, the brief included a bedroom for each of the girls, a rumpus room, courtyard and a pool – all on an odd-shaped site with steep slopes and bordering neighbours. In response, THOSE Architects opened up the existing bungalow and added an entirely new wing in the form of a tower that solved myriad design issues. Read moreabc
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How TE-EL Gave This Singapore Family The Gift Of Connection

Terraces usually have a reputation for being a bit like rabbit-warrens—cramped and dark, with small rooms sitting in isolation from one another. But when the owners of this intermediate terrace house in Singapore first laid their eyes on it, they saw potential in an unusual internal void that visually connects the various sections of the house. The owners enlisted the help of Ethan Lin of Singapore design studio TE-EL to redefine the spaces. The goal: creating a home where “family members are conscious of the presence of one another.” “Building on the client’s aspiration, the plan was reconfigured to create an open longitudinal plan that is sandwiched by a front garden and a rear herb garden,” Ethan shares. He ruthlessly gutted out the entire ground floor, removing partitions and unnecessary kinks in the ceiling. A major but needful work to create clean, uncluttered canvas to build upon. As a result, the first floor reads as a gentle and uninterrupted sequence, starting from the entrance patio leading to the main living area, dining space, kitchen and finally the herb garden. In this voluminous communal space, family members go about their own daily activities, yet always with a sense of connection to others. Equally important, was the introduction of air and light into the house. Where ventilation was previously only given a perfunctory nod in the form of a small window on the façade, Ethan introduced an elegant series of tall arch windows “inspired by the existing architectural fenestration language.” The new openings now allow a good breeze to move through the entire first floor. Thanks to these windows and the opening at the rear of the house, daylight is also given leeway deep into the plan. TE-EL's selection of materials and furniture is distinctly simple and disciplined. Chalky white walls, oak flooring, stone, linen and wool make for an earthy ensemble of textures and colours. “In deciding on how to style the spaces, we didn’t want a constrained palette that the client can’t add to as time goes by. Instead, we hope the space can grow with the family,” the designer shares. “Proportion is also important to us and we tend to work with a local carpenter to customise furniture,” he adds. For example, the coffee table in the living area and the dining table in the adjacent space were customised. Of the former, Ethan says, “The client is a family with three young kids and I envisioned this living area to be a place where they can hang out to do craft work. It’s worked out pretty well so far.” In the bedrooms, timber veneered built-in wardrobes that match the oak floors are the only permanent fixtures in the rooms, leaving the clients to pick out suitable furniture for their brood. It is arguably the most sensible approach when it comes to designing for the constantly (and rapidly) changing needs of young children. More than a configuration of spaces or a container of activities, TE-EL has crafted the home as a comforting hearth of familial relations. Here, gentle, seamless spaces foster a feeling of connection among the family and are a balm to both the senses and the soul. TE-EL te-el.org Photography by Studio Periphery We think you might also like this composed apartment in Singapore by TE-EL abc
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Vola’s Sustainable Tapware: Where Danish Craftsmanship and Environmental Values Meet

Stemming from a profound Danish affinity with nature and a deep understanding of the vital role of water, VOLA has made it its mission to protect this valuable natural resource - in their mindful design practices, conscious consumption, commitment to recycling, and lean operations. And in contrast to some of the other brands boasting about their sustainability credentials, VOLA truly exemplifies their stance on the environment. The commitment to creating minimal environmental impact starts with mindful product development. VOLA balances technological advancement with a genuine need to improve the product and its sustainability benefits, releasing new products and parts only if they enhance the human experience and ecological implications. Motivated by true insight rather than the novelty of industry trends, all VOLA’s products are made to order, which reduces both the energy consumption and volume of materials used to manufacture the final product. That careful sense of purpose combined with extreme attention to detail results in classic, timeless and long-lasting designs which make even the products created at the company’s inception just as relevant as they were over 50 years ago. And with VOLA’s mindful consistency expressed through their modular design system, all parts - even in taps created as far back as 1968 - can be replaced or repaired. VOLA’s design system isn’t the only aspect of their offering that transcends time. To ensure their products are built to last, VOLA only uses the finest steel and brass. Manufacturing their products with austenitic stainless steel creates exceptionally high corrosion resistance, ensuring the longevity of the product. However, the incorporation of those particular kinds of metals is also a crucial step in VOLA’s endeavour to fully close the cycle. The highly recyclable profile of the materials allows the brand to recover and re-use 100% of their natural material waste. That minimises both the waste sent to landfill and the need to extract more raw materials from the Earth - and means that VOLA can yield a staggering 386 round-head showers from a single 600kg solid brass cylinder throughout its lifespan. This innovative and future-forward ‘making-without-taking’ philosophy enables the brand to increase their recycling capabilities whilst reducing the levels of energy consumption throughout the lifecycle of the product - the ultimate expression of their Danish heritage and dedication to efficient design. Exemplifying the commitment to creating a greener world that permeates through all aspects of their operations, the tap designer shares the power to preserve Earth’s most precious resource with their customers. While the brand rigorously monitors the amount of fresh water used in the manufacturing of their products, their customers can mindfully control the water flow through the selection of products that feature designed with great precision optional flow regulators. Equipped with small flow regulators, VOLA’s taps and mixers create bubbles that minimise the amount of water used. At the same time, their electronic products feature both time and motion sensors, elevating the efficiency profile of the product even further. Creating timeless, sustainable tapware while preserving Earth’s valuable resource since its inception in 1968, VOLA has undoubtedly set new standards for brands aspiring to protect the planet and participate in creating a greener future. Born out of a genuine human need, the brand combines high quality, durability and low environmental impact to make mindful products that improve how people around the world experience water - an incredible contribution to enhancing the present, while creating a brighter tomorrow.

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Reintroducing The Classics: Tables In The Gascoin Collection

Marcel Gascoin (1907-1986) was one of France’s – and the world’s – most acclaimed furniture designers of the post-war era. With a prioritising of simple functionality, elegance in style, and possession a meticulous eye for detail, it’s little surprise his items became design classics. In 2020, thanks to Cult it’s now possible to have the Gascoin collection in your home. Available in Australia exclusively through Cult, GUBI has reinvigorated two iconic tables from the great designer –the B-Table and the S-Table. Marcel Gascoin’s passion for wood and his dedication to craftsmanship shone through in every piece of furniture he designed, and these elements are clearly seen in Both and B and S-Tables.

B-Table

[gallery type="rectangular" ids="107841,107845"] The B-Table was originally designed in 1951, following Gascoin’s inspired borrowing of space saving furniture found in ship design. Ingenuity, elegance and flexibility define this post-war design classic, now reimagined for modern homes. A single fluid motion transforms the square work table into a round dining table for six. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="107846,107839"] A classic upon launch, and iconic today, the contemporary version of the B-Table is a perfect space for homework, working on a laptop or playing cards, and the can transform easily into a family dining table. The ingenious turning mechanism and magnetic locks make this transformation a breeze, having the B-Table the perfect space saving solution for modern city dwellers.

S-Table

[gallery type="rectangular" ids="107851,107844"] Simple, sturdy and space-efficient – the extendable S-Table is a showcase of Gascoin’s mastery of form and function. Made from solid and veneered oak or walnut, the S-Table is characterized by an understated and timeless elegance that can complement a broad range of contemporary interior styles. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="107850,107842"] The innovative, extendable functionality and clean lines made it a household staple in the 1950s, and make it a design classic today. The hidden extendable sides mean the S-Table can be easily adapted to seat 6, 8, or 10 people depending on the occasion.
Built with FSC-certified oak, formaldehyde-free glue and all-natural materials, the Gascoin collection is more than just beautiful. Crafted from wood with a sincere appreciation for that material, and combining the precision of industrial knowledge and the dexterity of careful handwork, the Gascoin dining collection is a classic that will never go out of style. Cult cultdesign.com.auabc