About Habitusliving


Habitus is a movement for living in design. We’re an intelligent community of original thinkers in constant search of native uniqueness in our region.


From our base in Australia, we strive to capture the best edit, curating the stories behind the stories for authentic and expressive living.


Habitusliving.com explores the best residential architecture and design in Australia and Asia Pacific.


Learn more

What's On

Caroma & Axolotl’s International Colour Day Workshop

To celebrate International Colour Day, Caroma and Axolotl are teaming up with a bunch of leading Australian Designers to talk about colour for a workshop, delivered both in-house and online on 18th March 2021. Kicking off at 6pm, Emmaline Cox, Sonia Van De Haar, Yasmine Ghoniem and Gavin Harris will be sharing their insights into how they incorporate colour into their projects. These designers are renowned for their ability to use shades to tell a story and mould a space through the use of colour, and shapes up as one not to be missed by budding designers of all sectors. The event will run from 6-9pm and will be held at Caroma on Collins, located at 39 Collins St, Alexandria. Those who are unable to to attend can also tune in live via Caroma’s Facebook page. To register your interest or for more information, click here.abc
Header Slider

The First Word From Habitus #50

By their very nature, architecture and design are slow mediums. And they need to be. Buildings, much like the furniture and objects within the pages of the issue, are not made to be used once and thrown away. In this sense, design should always be imbued with legacy, longevity and sustainability. While that’s not always the case, the projects, people and products that have been carefully selected for this special issue of Habitus show just what it means to leave an indelible mark – a legacy. In Melbourne, we visit Jeff Provan at his Albert Park home, which is overflowing with trinkets, art and a covetable collection of designer furniture pieces. Jeff’s influence through his property development company Neometro can be felt across some of the most beloved pockets of the city, showing the impact that quality design can leave behind. [caption id="attachment_109747" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Jeff Provan of Neometro at home in Melbourne[/caption]   A passionate architectural photographer from Perth shares an incredibly personal project with Habitus. For more than four years, Jack Lovel has been photographing and cataloguing the work of Iwan Iwanoff, a mid-twentieth-century master whose canon of projects can now enjoy their time in the sun. [caption id="attachment_109748" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Photographer Jack Lovel[/caption]   In Singapore, we explore a truly breathtaking project, one that joins two households and two generations together. While in New Zealand we have a project designed to withstand rising sea levels and coastal erosion in the years ahead. The enduring spirit of exceptional design should be a given, but as the world continues to shuttle forward at breakneck speeds, it can be easy to miss amongst the noise. We invite you to take a moment of pause, to absorb the richness and quality that good design can leave behind. [caption id="attachment_109749" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Buckletons Bach by RTA Studio, New Zealand[/caption]   As always, join us and our loyal army of Design Hunters online at habitusliving.com and @habitusliving to keep the conversation going. Aleesha Callahan Editorabc
HAP - Feature

Melbourne Design Week 2021: Editor’s Guide

Running from Friday 26 March to Monday 5 April, Melbourne Design Week 2021 encompasses over 300 events, exhibitions, talks, tours and films, all coming together under the theme of ‘design the world you want’. With such a huge list to pore over we have curated a selection of our top picks.

A New Normal

A New Normal is an installation of 15 speculative architectural ideas for how the city of Melbourne can adapt and change to become a self-sufficient city by 2030. The project features an impressive mix of names including Edition Office, Kennedy Nolan, Foolscap Studio, John Wardle Architects, WOWOWA and Fender Katsalidis to name a few. Read more [caption id="attachment_109737" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Cathedral of Circularity by Edition Office[/caption]  

After the Australian Ugliness

A ticketed event being held at the Walsh Street House where Robin Boyd lived, this panel talk brings together writers, thinkers and academics to discuss the seminal book by Boyd The Australian Ugliness, and poses the question – what comes next? Read more and book  

The Business of Sustainable Design

Bringing together four unique design leaders – Vanessa Katsanevakis from Sussex Taps, Michael Karakolis from Fibonacci Stone, Samantha Seljak from Seljak and Jeremy McLeod from Breathe Architecture – this panel talk will unpack how a sustainable approach to business doesn’t need to be one-size-fits-all. With innovation, dedication and transparency, sustainability can do more for business, and society as a whole, than affect the bottom line. Read more and book  

A Suggestion of Possibility

In this exhibition, Nat Turnbull takes familiar household objects and reinterprets them in space to spark a questioning and dialogue that we have with objects and their meaning. Read more [caption id="attachment_109740" align="alignnone" width="1170"] A Suggestion of a Possibility[/caption]  

Brave Blooms

Brave Blooms feature 25 artists and creatives in a holistic design showcase, including Biasol, Daniel Barbera, Fomu and Heimur. Curated by Tracy Quertier the exhibition explores core themes and principles of holistic, ethical and sustainable design, interior styling, conscious living, community, ritual and mindfulness. Read more  

Can the Suburbs Save the City?

Curated by FreeState, this debate will surely leave you thinking about the value and potential of our cities and suburbs. Artists, service designers, academics, strategists – all radical thinkers will discuss how we can create better communities for the future. Read more and book  


Using waste materials from their studios, By-Product is an exhibition that sets out to question design processes and how the industry can move towards a circular economy. Part digital, part physical, the exhibition wants to encourage others to make from waste. Don’t miss the opening night party with a performance by Luke Howard! Read more and book the opening party [caption id="attachment_109736" align="alignnone" width="1170"] By Product[/caption]  

After Hours

What do creatives do in their spare time? After Hours is an exhibition curated by Volker Haug that invites architects and designers to share their passion projects – the things they create when outside of their 9-5 job. Read more  

Broached Recall

Broached Commissions and Elton Group have collaborated on a new series of design objects. Part of a two year exploration, these objects use historical timber veneers inciting a dialogue between old and new. Accompanying the objects is a creative short film, produced by Paul Barbera, which abstracts the fabrication process. Read more [caption id="attachment_109738" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Broached Recall[/caption]  

Tomorrow’s Thoughts, Today’s Possibilities

An online panel discussion, Tomorrow’s Thoughts, Today’s Possibilities throws designer Elliat Rich into the future; while Alex K, the Keeper of Time, will transport attendees between the design states of 2021 and 2029 showcasing designs to bring future visions closer to today. Read more and book  

Cultivated: Creating a Circular Economy for Authentic Furniture and Lighting

Cultivated is a new sustainability program for furniture supplier and brand Cult. Launching as part of Melbourne Design Week with an exhibition and short film, visitors are invited to discover the lifecycle of furniture, while watching Sustainability Stories where designers and professionals share anecdotes about a more sustainable future. Read more  

Designing a Legacy

Self-described ‘design tragic’, and previous Habitus cover star Tim Ross will be presenting a talk, pieced together with film, personal reflection and his signature comedy to take a look inside some of Australia’s most iconic homes. Read more and book  

Future Inheritance: 20 Speculative Objects For a Time to Come

Curated by Marsha Golemac, this three-day exhibition brings 20 artists, designers and makers together to explore the power of objects, and how ideas and meaning are transferred from one generation to the next. Read more [caption id="attachment_109734" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Thomas Coward for Future Inheritance[/caption]  

Jam: JamFactory Australian Made Presents

With multiple events over the course of the program, catch talks, enjoy a coffee and get up close and personal with the latest range of pieces released by Australian designers, ceramicists and makers from JamFactory. Read more  

The Art of Light

The Articolo showroom will transform into an immersive exhibition showcasing a site-specific installation that is the result of collaboration and community, created by award-winning Melbourne artist Yandell Walton. Read more  


Why is the world of business, including design businesses, obsessed with growth? For this panel talk, Plyroom and Coco Flip invite you to a conversation about what it means to be intentionally ‘small’. Including a range of thought leaders, makers and designers, this talk will be moderated by Indesign editor Alice Blackwood. Read more and book  

Melbourne Design week 2021 runs from Friday 26 March through to Monday 5 April – see the full program here.

Around The World
Primary Slider

Plywood Interiors Maketh A More Personalised Space

For architects and interior designers practicing in Singapore, such as Mikael Teh, residential projects are typically bound by the laws and limitations of a space that pre-exists from the very beginning. This Strathmore Avenue apartment is no different. Rather than bend to the will (or to the walls) of the existing curved apartment building, the founding designer of Monocot harnessed the transformative power of plywood interiors to reconfigure the entire internal layout, creating a custom space for his clients — a couple in their early 30s and their dog, Lucy — to live in and entertain.

Rather than bend to the will (or to the walls) of the existing curved apartment building, Monocot harnessed the transformative power of plywood interiors to create a custom space for the clients.

  As far as its brief went, Monocot’s Strathmore Avenue project had seemingly simple beginnings. Having connected with the designer through friends and previous clients of Mikael’s, the Strathmore Avenue apartment owners engaged Monocot to create for them a cozy house with “a touch of them”. As a young and sociable couple who like to entertain this called for a spacious living and dining room, while more individual briefing notes included a breakfast nook in the kitchen — for the wife, as a token reminder of being at home with family in Australia — and an outdoor area within the study room, in order for the husband to be able to smoke. Convincing the client to agree to a thorough internal reconstruction was challenging enough, let alone convincing the client to agree to composing their entire apartment of plywood interiors. “The husband is a huge fan of the colour, though the wife is not,” explains Mikael. Identifying design elements that proved agreeable between the two of them became the crux of the design. “We had a lot of issues with getting the right mosaic colour for the kitchen backsplash,” recalls the designer. In the consummated space, the mustard backsplash is in harmonious juxtaposition with the green cushioned bench seat in the kitchen. The terrazzo tile selected for the flooring of the kitchen, bathroom and outdoor areas synthesises the fresh palette.  

In the consummated space, the mustard backsplash is in harmonious juxtaposition with the green cushioned bench seat in the kitchen.

  In reconstructing the apartment’s internal walls with ply, Monocot was able to straighten them, accommodating for an open wall shelf. Decorated with books, design objects and items of sentiment, the simple plywood open shelf system becomes a shrine to the life that the couple live together, with their dog Lucy, in the Strathmore Avenue apartment. MONOCOT monocotstudio.com Photography by Studio Periphery Dissection Information Wall lamps from L’appart Pendants from Louis Poulsen Custom designed wall shelf system by Monocot  

A plywood open shelf system designed by Monocot becomes a shrine to the life that the couple live together in the Strathmore Avenue apartment.

  We think you might also like The House Apartment in Singapore by L Architectsabc
What's On

The Space For Living

The spaces in which we live give us shelter, comfort and sustain us. A home is also a place of respite and retreat and offers opportunity for family to gather and friends to visit. It is our personal ‘castle’ and the personification of who we are. The Living Space in the INDE.Awards is a special category that means something to all of us – whether we live in a single residence, an apartment, a warehouse or a mobile home. Our individual homes shine through myriad designs that architects and designers present, whether modern or traditional, as where and how we live, is the catalyst for our lifestyle. As supporter of The Living Space, Gaggenau has been an integral part of the plethora of outstanding homes that have been entered in the INDE.Awards over the years. Always innovative, and as leaders in design, Gaggenau is in step with the architecture and design community, their needs and requirements. For Gaggenau it is all about quality and design and being the best. Olya Yemchenko, Senior Brand Communications Manager, Gaggenau Australia comments that, “When looking to design The Living Space, the end result, is informed by many factors – incorporating the individual needs of the occupant’s lifestyle and aesthetic proclivities. It is a delicate balance of creating a welcoming, visually pleasing space that responds with intelligence to its local context and culture. Gaggenau design represents a symbiosis of tradition and avant-garde. Each intuitive, unique interaction, even those beyond the minimalist interface, reward the touch, sight and ultimately taste. The design is more than what you see, it is what you touch and feel. We understand that it is the sum of all the parts that creates the full picture, providing a holistic experience for a life, a culture or a home.” It is said that the devil is in the detail and nothing could be more accurate than when devising a new residential project or designing a new oven or stove top for the kitchen. As the focal point in our home, the kitchen these days presents the latest technologically advanced products but also an aesthetic that adds a creative mix to this favourite room. Gaggenau has been constant in its research and development and has been at the forefront of innovation throughout the last century; with the introduction of stoves in the early 1900s, built-in appliances in the 1950s and the first 90-centimetre oven in the mid-1980s – to name but a few initiatives. In fact, there have been so many design firsts introduced by Gaggenau that it has been at the pinnacle of appliance design world-wide since the company was established. Gaggenau is constantly evolving and through its superior products the company ensures its place as a market leader. Yemchenko explains, “In over 330 years of constant change, at Gaggenau, we have learned that there are three sacred constants in the production of the exceptional: the vision of the designer, the quality of the materials and the skill of the craftsperson. Grand architecture demands great interior pieces. Every Gaggenau piece is distinctively designed, crafted from exceptional materials, offers professional performance and has done so since 1683. Aesthetically, our philosophy is to create timeless classical pieces that somehow become a part of the overall design concept, yet retain their individual and distinct appeal. With living and working environments blending together due to the increase in virtual workplaces: preparing, enjoying, discussing, it all occurs increasingly in the one space, the living space. And if the kitchen is the heart of the home, then Gaggenau is the soul of the kitchen. The winning project of The Living Space in the 2020 INDE.Awards was Expandable House by Urban-Rural Systems (Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore-ETH centre), Indonesia. An innovative design, this is a home that is adaptable and can be configured to encompass the diverse needs of the residents. As change is ever with us so design interprets and curates the products, materials and processes that become integral to the fabric of our homes. Colours and patterns are in style one year and out the next, however quality fittings and fixtures, materials that will stand the test of time and products that are trusted and reliable, as well as beautiful, are timeless. Knowing that a trusted partner can provide outstanding quality with cutting edge design is reassurance that every architect and designer requires and Gaggenau is ever ready to provide outstanding products and superior customer service. Exploring the Gaggenau experience Yemchenko elaborates, “Gaggenau is built on a foundation of luxury, precision, avant-garde design and professional cooking in the home. It is these values that drive our interaction with all partners; architects, designers, developers and end consumers. Our difference is our brand characteristics and how these manifest themselves in our products. We do not talk about product features or how we contribute to the A&D space, rather the assurance that we, Gaggenau, enable and inspire the designer to create better living spaces.” As our homes are at the very nucleus of our lives, so we celebrate the artistry and ingenuity of the architects and designers who create them. The Living Space is a category that everyone understands, the projects influence how we live and who we are and it is the category that presents an unparalleled view, a snapshot if you will, of design today and for the future. The INDE.Awards are open and now is the time to share your latest residential projects. Enter here for the opportunity to showcase your work to a local, regional and global audience.abc
Design Products

The Quintessential Dining Room Showpiece

Distinctively individual with a striking personality, the Tyron Collection is a vision that examines an interplay of materials. From the mind of Paolo Cattelan, the range is the ultimate in versatility and elegance. The base of the table is complemented by the various materials its top is composed of. The Tyron Collection comprises six different and equally stunning products; Tyron Wood, Tyron Crystalart, Tyron Crystalart Drive, Tyron Keramik, Tyron Keramik Drive and Tyron Keramik Premium. [caption id="attachment_109162" align="aligncenter" width="612"] Tyron Wood[/caption] The Tyron Wood of the Tyron Collection has five different variants, with the Masterwood finish being a real standout in innovation. An exclusive finish, Masterwood is a unique product in the market that is used for wooden tops that have been created with diagonally positioned slats of differing sizes. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="109172,109174"] The positioning of the slats makes for a breathtaking surface. The visual flair of the design cannot be understated, and no two tables are ever alike, due to texture and colour being unique to each individual product. The aesthetic impact is further accentuated by the decoration of the top’s upper surface edge, its shaping, and the irregularly angled edges that highlight its thinness. [caption id="attachment_109163" align="aligncenter" width="261"] Tyron Crystalart[/caption] The Tyron Crystalart Drive and Tyron Keramik Drive editions of the Tyron Collection are both extendable, making them an ideal choice for entertaining, as well as offering flexibility and space saving options. The Crystalart Drive is the result of a perfect blend of industrial process and craftsmanship. The table is defined by the new Crystalart top, the result of a process that elevates the durability of its glass, and creates a beautiful decorative printing. The enchanting new finish in amber shades brings colour and movement to the glass. Its transparent colours and light effects make it hard not to fall in love almost instantly upon viewing. [caption id="attachment_109168" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] Tyron Keramik Drive[/caption] The new Tyron Keramik Drive brings an artistic spirit to the collection, which is clearly witnessed with its Marmi ceramic top. Available in 12 luxury finishes, the variant utilises monolithic textures and the elegant grain of the materials to create flourishes of light and shade that serve as stylistic grounds for the collection. [caption id="attachment_109173" align="aligncenter" width="612"] Tyron Keramik[/caption] Finally, the Tyron Keramik adds a masculine beauty to the collection, while the Keramik Premium variation sees brushed bronze or grey lacquering to the design for a touch of elegance. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="109164,109175"] Whether used in an office, as the focal point of a living room, or even within a chic dining room, all products within the Tyron Collection exude designer charm and style, and exemplify Cattelan Italia’s unique approach to design.   Cattelan Italia cattelanitalia.com/enabc
Design Products

Discover The Classics: Reinvented

In a year that has been unlike any other, we have found ourselves on the hunt for solace. We’re looking for escapes that are not across oceans but rather located within the everyday, moments within our habitual routines where we can find time to pause, relax and unwind. As we search for these spaces within our homes, it is the bathroom that offers opportunities for complete relaxation. In a chaotic world, the bathroom represents privacy and seclusion, where morning and evening routines promote self-care and a dialogue between mind, body and soul. But what of bathrooms that have seen better days? Those that have taps that drip, shower heads that offer a mere trickle or fixtures that date back decades. These bathrooms – especially now we have been forced to spend more time than ever within them – may act as a block to finding the relaxation we search for. Enter Caroma: Australia’s leading bathroom manufacturer with over 78 years of experience in creating quality bathrooms. Through their Classic range, Caroma open the door for everyone to achieve a space of everyday luxury, where form, function and design come together to create bathrooms that are both practical and beautiful. Building on the Caroma Classic range is a new collection that takes the brand’s core approach to functionality and infuses it with timeless design, offering a refined selection of products that can refresh the look of any bathroom. Featuring soft curves and sleek modern designs, the Luna range of bathroom fittings and accessories are designed to work both as a whole collection or as individual pieces. The modern and classic approach to the range ensures that single pieces can complement existing bathrooms and bathroom fittings, meaning you can find your sanctuary without a full renovation. Key to the Luna range is a selection of colourways that help redefine “classic”, with sleek chrome offerings available alongside finishes of brushed nickel, satin black and brushed brass. Adding to this is a superior level of construction, with exceptional quality, durability and longevity ensuring the products are built to last. It is this approach to design which breaks down the barriers to creating beautiful spaces. Where functional and appearance can be considered in tandem, ensuring designs can be conceptualised and executed without compromise. In doing this, the sanctuary can change from pipe dream to reality, ensuring rest, relaxation and solace can be achieved in home’s across the country.abc
Primary Slider

This Architect’s House Has A Lifetime’s Worth Of Stories To Tell

Having called the place home for thirty years, this was not John Wardle’s first renovation of Kew Residence. In fact, this marks the architect’s third iteration of alts and ads to his own house. Brought on by the family home becoming an empty nest the latest refurbishment seized the opportunity to tailor spaces to display a sentimental collection of objects and artwork while reconfiguring spaces for socialisation and retreat. Practically speaking, the brief called for an upgrade in thermal efficiency as well as alterations to be made to accommodate for John and his wife, Susan, to age in place. But there’s sentiment behind the project too. Key to the renovation was the desire to showcase an eclectic array of art, objects, materials and fittings — sentimental items that detail the story of John and Susan’s life — duly on display. As an architect, fine craftsmanship is one of John’s greatest passions, as is evidenced throughout the new and improved Kew Residence. Using timber as the primary material, the refurbishment celebrates the value of the handmade through unique moments of custom designed and finely crafted joinery and furniture. A neutral palette of tones is used throughout, creating a simple backdrop, against which an extensive collection of art and objects add colour, pattern and texture in moments of personality throughout. A generous study lined in Victorian ash overlooks a leafy garden. On one side of the room is a collection of ceramics, opposed by a vast built in bookcase. Timber cladding seamlessly spans from floor to walls to joinery, forming a delightful cocoon of materiality. A window seat in one of the corners pays tribute to that in Louis Kahn’s Fisher House, something admired by John since being a student of architecture. The house’s mood is at its deepest in the enigmatic open plan kitchen. Quartzite benchtops, charcoal toned cabinetry and folded steel shelves, partly obscured by smoked glass, are backed by dark concave mosaics, by Japanese manufacturer Wakei. Used as both a material finish and a coveted collection item, handmade Japanese tiles appear once again in Kew Residence, and in a particularly rare form. Resurrected from a rare sample found in a factory in Taijimi, Japan, especially for John Wardle’s house, the glazed tiles used in the newly added powder room aptly express a penchant for handmade details and items of irregularity. Bespoke elements become Kew Residence in its third evolution — the joinery throughout being one of them. Designed by John himself and precisely constructed by a team of builder-craftspeople, the carpentry has rationality to the nth. Ergonomically intuitive and aesthetically seamless, the custom fittings are distinguished by features of high usability, such as concealed sliding panels, incised door pulls, hidden cupboards and built in shelving. Responding to the pointy end of the brief, John Wardle’s house, Kew Residence, has undergone a complete renovation — speaking in specs, that consummates 382 square metres of residence, spread across three storeys. In the interest of increasing its thermal efficiency, the house was brought back to bare stud, receiving upgrades to all walls, floors and ceilings. Windows were all re-glazed to insulated double glazed units and included new seals to all doors and panels. A new lift now connects all floors, making a proactive and considered move to address the promise of age. Living by the renowned words of William Morris, John Wardle has filled his home with objects of purpose and beauty, collected throughout his life and travels, now aptly displayed through the meticulous curation of space. Now in its third iteration, Kew Residence expresses John’s passion for fine craftsmanship at every turn. John Wardle Architects johnwardlearchitects.com Photography by Sharyn Cairns abc
Design Hunters
DH - Feature


Alicia McKimm and Kylie Buhagiar each bring a unique approach to their projects, as a creative partnership this results in holistic spaces that leave an impact. We chat with them to find out their design philosophy and what comes together to make a GOLDEN project... golden. [caption id="attachment_109655" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Brighton Residence. Photo by Sharyn Cairns.[/caption]  

What drew you to pursue a career in design?

Kylie Buhagiar: I originally studied visual arts and that then led me down the path of interior design. While studying, I worked at a large well-known interiors firm, which really cemented my training and love for design. I then went on to work there for the next 5 years. Alicia McKimm: I studied interior design straight after school and always knew I wanted to pursue a career in design, as I was drawn to the balance between the creative and functional. [caption id="attachment_109670" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Brighton Residence. Photo by Sharyn Cairns.[/caption]  

What defines the GOLDEN philosophy?

KB: GOLDEN is all about a feeling. We want to create contemporary, timeless, functional spaces that are deeply felt and build a business focused on great work and great client relationships. At GOLDEN, we design spaces that are harmonious, resolved and make you feel good. It functions well, it’s aesthetically beautiful, and it’s not over-designed. We aim to create projects that reflect the refinement of our shared belief in spaces that go beyond the aesthetic – timeless interiors, high quality, holistic, functional and beautifully detailed. It's always about delivering a high-quality project with longevity and with a unique approach for each client. We really want people to walk into the space and it just feels right. [caption id="attachment_109671" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Seen Skin. Photo by Sharyn Cairns.[/caption]  

What do you think are important considerations when designing a home?

AM: We always talk about how spaces shouldn’t feel over-designed and how crucial it is for the end-user to be able to walk into a space and not be hit with multiple design elements. Instead, everything should feel perfectly balanced and seamless in its expression and it’s imperative that any elements that aren’t adding value to a space be removed. Yes, we believe in beauty and understand a fit-out must look good, but if something doesn’t have a greater purpose then it has no reason to be there. Everything we do is first and foremost embedded in function. [caption id="attachment_109672" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Astrus House. Photo by Lillie Thompson.[/caption] To avoid a space feeling over-designed or over-the-top, we adopt a reductionist approach to designing interiors and begin our projects with what we’ve coined the ‘big idea’. From there we then work our way down to the details, as opposed to doing it the other way around. We want the end-user to enjoy their experience from the moment they step foot into a GOLDEN interior. Elements that contribute to this are sensory, the lighting, textures, special planning, smell and sound. We believe a well-designed space is one that is not “overdesigned” yet feels harmonious, well balanced and considered. [caption id="attachment_109673" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Lakeview Penthouse. Photo by Sharyn Cairns.[/caption]  

What does living in design mean to you?

AM: Good design contributes to a better way of life. Architects and designers are charged with ensuring an interior respects both function and aesthetic. To live in design is to respect the process and aesthetic of a carefully constructed space that evokes connection.
Good design contributes to a better way of life. – Alicia McKimm
[caption id="attachment_109674" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Lakeview Penthouse. Photo by Sharyn Cairns.[/caption]  

As a partnership, how do you both complement each other?

KB: We have a likeminded aesthetic; however, we approach design in different ways, which creates a balanced process. I have a background in visual arts, and my broadened thinking weaves in an artisan approach to spatial design. Alicia is likewise very creative but grounded in function and pragmatics. We also both had 10 years of experience prior to stepping out on our own. Our team complements one another through individual differences and our shared creative passions. Coming together through collaboration, we are able to produce a richer quality of work. GOLDEN designbygolden.com.au Photography courtesy GOLDEN  [caption id="attachment_109675" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Brighton Residence. Photo by Sharyn Cairns.[/caption]abc
Design Products

The Timeless Sophistication Of Italian Stone

So instead of continuing her long adventure of finding one, she decided to create a collection of her own. SIDES by Kathy Arnold is the by-product of her experience in interior design, illustration and a deep love for all things technical. While her professional career in interiors has developed over the years, she has always experimented with product design, creating custom-made pieces for friends and family. As time has gone on, Kathy’s skillset and love for product design has strengthened. It has led to an evolving identity through every customised piece, and last year, SIDES was born. “Years ago, the search for side tables ignited a small conversation with myself that I should call my business ‘SIDES,’ as a fun idea,” expresses Kathy. “Then it started to develop into something bigger – a piece of me that I discovered after a long time being in this industry and a hidden creative passion that I’ve grown a deep love for.” The SIDES design philosophy is based on purity and design longevity. Built on the foundations of high-quality craftsmanship and timeless materiality, SIDES products are designed to go with you on every step of your journey; handed down through generations, and always finding a home. Manufactured predominantly from material offcuts, Kathy finds a new life for every piece in each product she designs. Produced by local artisans in Sydney, her vision for SIDES is to not only be recognised for its distinct style, but for exemplary craft and responsible use of materials. For the first edition, Kathy has released SIDES: The Stone Edit. Inspired by the inherent purity of Italian stone, this collection showcases a range of side tables in a geometric play of shapes, heights and sizes all custom-built in Statuario, Carrara, Marquina and Travertine stone. The Stone Edit range is made to let the inherent nature of the material itself shine, making each piece unique – no two tables will ever be the same. These pieces have been meticulously designed in a variety of heights, allowing you to decide whether they should stand alone as a statement piece or be nestled together in a combination of tables. “I have always had an appreciation for low-height pieces of furniture,” Kathy adds. “They’re quite sophisticated and exude this sense of relaxation to them when you’re sitting down and can easily reach over to the table. It’s not overwhelming to the pieces around it but stands out on its own as well.” “I have designed the taller pieces slightly higher than the usual side table height. It gives them a point of conversation, its own identity and directs your eye to the table. It can stand on its own as an art piece or a functioning side table.” After endless experimentation with oval, triangle and rectangle structures, Kathy found herself captivated with the combination of different geometries within the same piece of material. The tables feature a surface profile that leans more on the round, organic nature, which is contrasted by the strong linearity of its feet. For Kathy, she believes that the single material throughout creates a cohesive story between each point of the table, while showcasing the robust versatility of the Italian stone. “I want people to see this simple form and feel comfortable. SIDES and The Stone Edit is designed to make people want to use these tables for everyday living and for a long, long time,” Kathy notes. “With pure geometry, forms and timeless materiality, the table challenges the idea of always having something new. People can respect where the material comes from and the love, passion and craft that has been instilled into every table.” The Stone Edit is available now directly through SIDES. Custom orders are available upon request. Photography by Nicole England SIDES sides-sides.com We think you might like these modern furniture pieces by acp atelier abc
Editors Picks

Adele Bates Designs a Modern Retreat

One of two townhouses in the Melbourne seaside suburb of Elwood, the latest residential interior project by Adele Bates uses the strong architectural form as a backdrop to create an elegant and timeless interior. The architecture, designed by Designworx Architects, is defined by a striking gabled roof form with dark tones and textural bricks. Using the architecture as a reference point, Adele Bates has created an interior that flows from outside to inside, and inside to outside. This is seen most notably in the upper floor where the roof form punctures through to the main bedroom space. Using the architectural palette as a starting point, the interiors express a rich and textural array of materials that feel sophisticated and calming. French grey oak floorboards flow across the open living spaces on the ground floor, including the kitchen and dining. The single plane floor finish offering a harmonious and seamless experience. Complementing the grey floors is a dappled natural stone, which has been used in the kitchen, bathrooms and also to the fireplace. The fireplace is used as a grounding central element within the space, the stone making a statement with soft polished plaster above to frame the solid form. Balancing out the tones and material palette is a darker timber joinery inciting a considered use of negative space. Functionality was imperative in the kitchen. Highly detailed, the space is proportioned with a sense of human scale and tactility, while paying attention to ergonomics, which also adds to its timelessness. Key to the brief was to create a light-filled interior and this has been achieved with floor to ceiling glazing on both ends of the house, allowing light in while giving views out to greenery and landscaping. Moving upstairs to the bedrooms, the distinct gable roof form creates a unique characteristic to the main bedroom, with high angular ceilings accentuated by the industrial black-framed glazing. The main bedroom has been planned and designed with custom elements to bring luxury and refinement. A walk-in wardrobe has been concealed within a timber box, easily hidden with cavity sliders. It also functions as a thoroughfare to the ensuite, and as a wall to the back of bed, which is then completed with a custom-designed velvet bedhead. Elwood Residence highlights what can be achieved through a considered materiality and clever space planning – a home of timeless elegance. Adele Bates adelebates.com.au Photography by Dave Kulesza We think you might also like this restoration project by Studio Prineas Project team + Dissections Developer/Builder – Mascobuild Architecture – Designworx Architects Styling – Bea Lambos Hemera table lamp by Ross Gardam for New Volumes Utrecht chair by Cassina Phoenix Tapware in Gunmetalabc
Design Products

Pam Table Collaboration Cause For Celebration

November 2020 marked the release of the Pam Table, the inaugural design product to come from the newfound collaboration between Cosentino and Savage Design. And frankly, it was time. Set aside the fact that the two esteemed manufacturers originate from opposite sides of the globe, and Cosentino and Savage Design have a lot more in common than one might initially presume. Both long-standing, multi-generational family businesses with an affinity towards materiality and steeped in rich design heritages, the two are fortuitously compatible with one another, as they’ve recently discovered themselves. [embed]https://youtu.be/ZZbtBYbv7mc[/embed] The Pam Table represents the expansion of Savage Design’s material repertoire, with the introduction of Dekton by Cosentino in an architecturally structured side table with a hidden talent. As ever, the brand’s meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship of the metalsmiths is front and centre, showcased by the eloquently thin metal frame. Joel Savage, designer and director, explains the design process “We had been working on an architecturally inspired side table but hadn’t got the proportions right. It was one day looking at the material rack in our factory that the idea for Pam come together. The rack is essentially pigeon holes that take cut lengths 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.” James Groom, designer and creative director, elaborates further on the choice of Dekton “Being so thin, it was perfect to become the interlocking feature in the already thin frame. It also opened up the possibility for us to fabricate the material in-house, expanding our factory teams' capabilities, whilst allowing us tighter control over lead times with no need for outside assistance. This plus Dekton’s properties of being non porous, scratch, stain and UV resistant made it a fantastic material to use for a table surface”. The minimal profile combined with 4mm thick Dekton top gives Pam an elegant presence. The use of Dekton not only creates a scratch and heat resistant top surface but its cleverly raised and recessed within the frame to allow another Pam to be locked in when stacked. This agility enables Pam to be a table, bookshelf or room divider and can adapt to the reconfiguration of a space. Pam’s frame comes in Savage Designs’ four signature finishes — brass; stainless steel; aged bronze; and black. Each option can be paired with a Dekton top in either the industrial Kreta or tactile Sirius finish. To celebrate an end to 2020 and the beginning of a more positive year, Cosentino is giving three lucky people a pair of the Pam side tables. To win, register your details and receive a link to watch the full interview video with James and Joel. Don’t forget to make sure you are following both @savagedesignsyd and @cosentino_au on Instagram!