Aussie-made EthosAt 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 marketLocal 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
Albert Villa, bureau^probertsbureau^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 ArchitectsIt 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 & BagnallTo 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 WilliamsonDubbed 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 ArchitectThe 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 ArchitectsPandolfini 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 SmithKate 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 StudioSymmons 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, WALAWALA’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 ArchitectsAs 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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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