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Curated With Love: Great Design Pieces To Celebrate Her

And what better way to show our love and appreciation for the mother figures in our lives than to gift them a design piece perfect for their home this upcoming Mother’s Day? From decorative vases and vessels to furniture feature pieces, Habitusliving’s collection contains the best and most noteworthy design pieces to celebrate with. Whether the person you’re celebrating this Mother’s Day embraces clean minimalism or strives for curated maximalism, seeks out vibrant colours or takes a tonal, monochrome approach to design, you’ll find some of our memorable pieces just up ahead.

Flowerpot VP3 Table Lamp by Verner Panton from CULT

Synonymous with the Flower Power movement of the late 60s, the Flowerpot VP3 Lamp by Verner Panton has become a revered design icon. The sculptural profile of the lamp reflects a break away from conventional, linear design to embrace a more open, modern perspective that promotes peace and harmony at the time. This unique lamp is defined by two semicircular spheres facing each other, illuminated by the light around its edges. Available in an array of colourways, the Flowerpot VP3 Lamp brings a touch of colour to any room in the house.  

Press Tea Light Holder by Tom Dixon from Living Edge

Bold in silhouette and simple in function, the Press Vertical Tealight Holder by Tom Dixon is an artful statement for your living space. Its unique form is designed to bring a calming atmosphere to the daily routine, elevated with a striking sculptural shape. The Press Series features a range of heavyweight grooved vases, bowls and candleholders made of thick, chunky coils of transparent glass, meticulously engineered to catch and refract light to create kaleidoscopic pools of colour throughout the day.  

Pillar Vase from Jam

The Pillar Vase from Jam for JamFactory is the perfect pairing for an exquisite Mother’s Day bouquet. Reminiscent of the supports, structures and angles of the built environment, this vase is playful, vibrant and functional all at once. Designed by Liam Fleming, the Pillar Vase’s angled and asymmetric profile is designed with a rippled, transparent surface, highlighting the intricate details of the flowers within.  

Shape Salad Server from Jam

Designed by Danielle Barrie for Jam, the Shape Salad Servers put a fun twist on the conventional kitchen utensil. Featuring clear-cut lines and a simple central fold for scooping and mixing, these salad servers are as functional as they are stylish.  

New Volumes™ Collection 01 from Artedomus

New Volumes 1 New Volumes™ Collection 01 by Artedomus is the inaugural collection for the home and office. Renowned for consistently pushing the boundaries of natural materials and textures, this extraordinary collection does no less. Collection 01 explores the beloved Elba: a rich, complex stone that has been brought to life by some of the most esteemed designers to date. Featuring exceptional products such as Hemera by Ross Gardam, Semper Vase by Dale Hardiman, Bacchus by Tom Skeehan and many more; this is the perfect statement piece to celebrate a special day.  

Resin Beetle Bowl from Dinosaur Designs

Handcrafted using a double pour method to create the unique dot markings, the Beetle Bowl from Dinosaur Designs is the perfect statement piece for any surface. The bowl showcases a curved, organic profile that is distinct to the renowne brand. The marks, splatters and swirls interweaved throughout the design reflect the individual, artful nature of the Dinosaur Designs creativity.  

Sundae Lounge from DesignByThem

The Sundae Lounge by Australian-based industrial designer, Jason Ju, creates a refreshing narrative for the modern home-workplace. Showcasing a functional charm with a distinct personality, Sundae proposes a new lounging style – one that looks beyond the boundaries of commercial design and hits closer to the comforts of home. Modular, dynamic and exceptionally comfortable, Sundae is the complete package, ready to welcome you home in a soft embrace.  

Flo Coffee Table from Anaca Studio

With simplicity and design function in mind, the Flo Coffee Table from Anaca Studio is a result of considered design and exemplary craft. The table’s soft, rounded square top is enhanced by its clean, minimal lines underneath. Made with solid American Oak, Flo is designed to complement every and any interior style with its timeless design and compact stature.  

Wine Storage from Sub-Zero Wolf

If your special Mother’s Day someone is a Cabernet connoisseur, prefers Pinot Grigio or has a taste for Tempranillo, then a Sub-Zero wine storage solution could be the ideal gift. Available in a variety of widths and configurations to fit into any home, these wine preservation units protect bottles from heat, humidity, vibration and light to help them retain their flavour and character. These units contain dual storage solutions to house reds and whites in their respective climates, to accommodate the preferences of every wine-lover.

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A Champion for Change

Habitus: Can you tell us a bit about Seljak Brand?

Samantha Seljak: My sister Karina and I founded Seljak Brand in 2016 to find more sustainable ways to make and use things that are regenerative by design. We make recycled, closed-loop wool blankets – they’re made from factory floor waste and old woollen garments. These are shredded, carded and spun into a new yarn, before being woven into our blankets in a mechanical recycling process. If customers no longer want their blanket, we pick it up free of charge using a carbon neutral courier service. Then we remanufacture it into more blankets! In this way, we’re taking responsibility for the entire life cycle of the product and ultimately closing the loop, ensuring none of the precious resources we’re using, go to landfill or become devalued.

What is something you’ve learnt since starting Seljak Brand?

The learnings are many! We've learned about the vast network of people committed to creating a better textiles future. After working with so many wonderful collaborators since we launched; manufacturers, other designers and brands, universities, and our wider community, we deeply understand the issues that the textiles industry faces towards achieving a sustainable and just future. From getting really nerdy about what fibres and compositions lend themself to recycling, to tackling the monumental textiles waste issue with other like-minded folks, we honestly learn new things every day. I’ve realised that despite large threats like climate change, I’m filled with hope that there are so many incredibly smart and driven people working towards a common goal. One that is inclusive and restorative for people and the planet.

Can you tell us about your new Pyramid blanket, what was the thinking behind the design?

Pyramid is inspired by the volcanic hinterland of the Sunshine Coast and the feeling of being cradled by mountains. For the Pyramid design, Karina created an artwork featuring two mountains – Ninderry and Cooroora – which were turned into vessels, with the moon hovering above them. The tonal greens are a nod to the lush landscape that thrives between the old volcanic plugs of the hinterland. It’s part of our design range, which is inspired by landscapes across Australia. Strong colours and shapes from regions well known and loved, and also those affected by climate change feature in these blankets. We work with our mill partner in Lithuania to weave the artworks into blankets. The Pyramid blanket is made with yarn spun from reclaimed woollen jumpers in Italy.

You recently created a speculative design for Melbourne Design Week, can you share that project with us?

We created the Playing with Fire Blanket in response to NGV's Melbourne Design Week and Friends & Associates’ exhibition: 'A World We Don’t Want'. It’s a new kind of PPE for fire preparedness at home. A patchwork of reclaimed 100 per cent wool blankets inspired by the firefighter’s jacket, this wearable blanket provides a cocoon to survive the increasing frequency and severity of bushfires in Australia. After hearing myriad stories of coming face-to-face with out-of-control bushfires, Karina borrowed a local volunteer firefighters jacket, a refurbished Singer sewing machine and old woollen blankets to design the Playing with Fire Blanket. Because extreme weather events are only going to increase in frequency and intensity with a heating climate, we wanted to create a unique work exploring how the onus is increasingly on frontline workers, communities and individuals to survive, and wondering how the hell we’re going to do it.

You’ve just moved into a new shopfront and co-share space in Brisbane – talk us through that process, how did you find the site, and how did you apply the ethos of Seljak to the fitout?

I came across the empty shopfront in Highgate Hill last year and immediately saw the potential to create a studio for Seljak Brand. But also bring together other Brisbane creatives to enable endless possibility for collaboration and cross-pollination. After living with Clare Kennedy, the founder of Five Mile Radius, in a sharehouse for most of 2020, it was a no-brainer to get her on board. Five Mile Radius is also working to accelerate the transition to more sustainable material futures and make buildings and furniture from recycled materials. So together with Clare, we embarked on the commercial leasing journey and prepared to turn the shop into something we wanted; a studio that was beautiful, functional, sustainably built and flexible for everyone’s needs. We developed a brief for ourselves that was true to circular economy principles (designing for disassembly and reuse, using waste or second-hand materials) as well as using locally made, low impact materials and products. The fitout features desks and shelving that are screw-fixed (without the use of glue) so they can be taken apart and reused in another life, and design to the standard lengths of supplied ply to avoid offcuts. We used locally sourced ethically-grown timber, Five Mile Radius’ construction waste terrazzo, secondhand office chairs from the Department of Transport & Main Roads, and low VOC paint made on the Sunshine Coast. With a showroom and gallery up the front, and a co-working space out the back, we’re now proud to share the space with other excellent local creatives; Sophie Vaughan of Studio Gentle, furniture designer Tom Wade of Plain Store, photographers Aimee Catt and Anwyn Howarth and Marilena Hewitt of Platypus Publication. Read more about the Playing with Fire Blanket, the closed-loop studio fitout and the Pyramid blanket. Seljak Brand seljakbrand.com.au Showroom photography by Anwyn Howarth, product photography supplied by Seljak We think you might like this interview with the founder of Leifabc
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Herman Miller And Knoll Will Soon Become One

Herman Miller last week made public its acquisition of American furniture brand Knoll, forming a partnership that will incorporate the expertise and design nous of two major design companies. Spanning across 100 countries worldwide, the acquisition will see the two brands form the basis of their work around conceiving what residential and commercial spaces require from furniture in a post-pandemic world. Herman Miller and Knoll collectively have 19 leading brands and a global distribution power that is a force to be reckoned with, including 64 showrooms, more than 50 physical retail locations, multi-channel eCommerce capabilities and an inimitable troop of dealers to boot. Both companies share mutual values surrounding commitment to design, innovation and sustainable practice, and the acquisition by Herman Miller will ensure the long-term future of Knoll as a renowned design firm that has crafted premium home, office and higher education pieces and accessories since 1938. Andi Owen, chief executive officer and president of Herman Miller, says the acquisition by the company will build an unprecedented network within the design sphere. “This transaction brings together two pioneering icons of design with strong businesses, attractive portfolios and long histories of innovation,” he says. “With a broad portfolio, global footprint and advanced digital capabilities, we will be poised to meet our customers everywhere they live and work. Together, we will offer a deep portfolio of brands, technology, talent and innovation, to create meaningful growth opportunities in all areas of the combined business.” Knoll CEO and Chairman Andrew Cogan says the purchase of the company will bear fruit for many members of the design community. “This combination validates the strategic direction and our success in building a preeminent constellation of design-driven brands and leaders, and is a testament to the achievements of the entire Knoll team in bringing a contemporary perspective to how we work and live,” he says. “Our clients, the design community and dealers will have access to an expanded, exceptional portfolio of brands through enhanced channels. And our associates will benefit as part of a larger and more diversified company with a shared design legacy.” “In addition to driving value for Herman Miller and Knoll shareholders, dealers and customers will benefit from a broader combined portfolio that will deliver beauty, joy, efficiency and utility. The transaction will also create enhanced opportunities for employees across both organisations. Herman Miller and Knoll both have cultures guided by values that support problem-solving design, and doing well by doing good, and these shared beliefs will contribute to a smooth integration.” The acquisition will be made by means of a cash and stock transaction valued at $1.8 billion. The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of calendar year 2021, subject to the satisfaction of closing conditions. Herman Miller hermanmiller.comabc
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The Understated Luxury of VOLA’s Brushed Gold Finish

The magnificent epitome of luxury and splendour. An instantly recognisable symbol of refinement and quality. The ultimate expression of indulgence and a colour so uniquely universal in its timeless expression, it transcends time, trends and style. And even though all that glitters is not gold, that’s definitely the case when it comes to VOLA’s alluring tapware finish - Brushed Gold - which encapsulates all of the marvellous qualities of this precious metal. Continuing the brand’s fascination with the formative power of colour in creating atmospheric interiors started by Arne Jacobsen in the 1970s, Brushed Gold offers a charming avenue for creative expression and a sophisticated way to visually elevate the space. Designed with longevity in mind, the finish establishes a classic air of rich elegance. At the same time, its subtle yet robust materiality combines a delicate, reflective quality with a grounding, tactile experience - resolving into a warm and luxurious mood. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="110462,110449"] Part of the exclusive Colour Series, the glistening finish complements VOLA’s minimalist product design, which sees all mechanical parts subtly hidden away. It further elevates the lightness and sculptural quality of their functional shapes, highlighting the organic curvature of the circular and cylindrical forms. The simplicity of design combined with the rich yet gentle shimmer of the finish makes it the perfect fit for a variety of interiors. Brushed Gold will work harmoniously with natural hues and material finishes and provide a more striking, contrasting visual outcome when combined with more decisive colours - such as black. From subdued neutrals and bright pastels to more pronounced colour schemes and saturated tints - VOLA’s Brushed Gold is bound to inject an elegant and delicate sense of splendour to any space. And with all VOLA products available in this uniquely sleek finish, the possibilities to create the desired bathroom are endless. VOLA products are hand-crafted to order at the company’s factory in Horsens, Denmark. The ‘made-to-order’ approach allows for advanced customisation opportunities. The range is also based on a modular design system and encapsulates an incredibly unique combination of handles, spouts, cover plates and accessories. Available in a variety of colours, finishes and configurations, VOLA’s collection enables a wide range of design choices for bathroom environments - and ensures the longevity of their products. Combining the famously exquisite Danish craftsmanship, incredible attention to detail, uncomplicated, functional design with the timeless colouring and grounding textural quality, Brushed Gold is set to turn any bathroom into an indulgent, elegant and universally appealing space. VOLA en.vola.com/ [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="110441,110460"]abc
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How to Level up your Bathroom Design

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the bathroom is its brain, the place where form and function collide to offer space to recharge and reset. And yet, not all bathrooms are created equal. Some offer the “bare necessities” approach, giving you the fittings you need without the luxury you deserve. On the other end of the spectrum are spaces that are led by appearance, where there might be beauty but the design lacks the functionality that truly makes a bathroom work. In order to create a space that has it all, we need to ask what our bathrooms offer us? Do they provide a canvas that draws out our design aesthetics? Do they reduce our cleaning time while simultaneously providing a hyper clean and safe environment for our family? Do they help us to relax and unwind? Or are they doing the opposite of these, creating a space that we move in and out of without engagement or inspiration? Thanks to Caroma’s new Vogue collection, creating your dream bathroom is easier than ever, with their exclusive collection of design-led bathroom ware. From sumptuous freestanding baths to luxurious rain showers, Caroma has everything you need to create your dream space. Needing more inspiration? Here are our top tips for taking your bathroom to the next level:

Find your personality

Caroma’s new collection is all about personal expression, where mixing and matching colours and textures allows you to create a space that is truly your own. Forget the white and silver of bathrooms past: the new Vogue range offers endless opportunities to explore your personal design aesthetic. Get inspired with seasonal tones and on-trend hues, colours that offer depth and richness to elevate any bathroom from a forgotten room to a luxurious space. Think moody matt black and sleek gunmental, statement brass or timeless brushed nickel – there’s a finish for every palette.  

The technological hub

Is your bathroom a technology hub? Does your shower allow you to customise your water pressure? Does your toilet actively prevent the accumulation of germs or does it fight bacteria without the aid of chemicals and cleaners? If not – here’s your chance to level up, with Caroma offering exclusive technology that will bring your bathroom ahead of the curve. With Vjet® Technology, you are in control of your showers, able to switch from a soft, cascading rinse to a high-pressure deluge with a simple slider function. When its comes to the toilet, Caroma cuts your cleaning time down, with Cleanflush® and GermGard® innovating the game. The patented flush and flow water patterns of Cleanflush® an the antimicrobial formula of GermGard® ensure your bathroom space stays cleaner and safer for longer.

A place to retreat

Finally, you need to ask how your bathroom makes you feel. Look beyond the base practicalities of a bathroom because the best of them do much more than just that. They’re spaces to retreat and reset, to bookend your day and help encourage mindfulness and relaxation. In this way, your bathroom should be like your own personal spa retreat, a sanctuary filled with the textures and colours that help you instantly unwind. Commit to the process and create a biophilic space complete with natural finishes and luxe accessories, where the sometimes sterile feel of a bathroom is replaced by something warmer, richer and relaxing.   Want to know more about levelling up your bathroom? Discover the full Vogue collection here.abc
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Premium Living Coupled With The Gift Of Generosity

Generosity was key in delivering this outstanding project, from the sculptural building’s civic engagement through to the ease and functionality of its living spaces. It’s an approach that has not gone unnoticed and which saw developer Stirling Capital and architects MJA Studio pick up both the state and national UDIA awards for High Density Living. Situated on the rise of Mount Pleasant, which was once considered as a location for Perth’s CBD, Cirque is the first significant apartment development in a suburb which is dominated by detached houses taking advantage of the wrap-around river views. clique exterior view “We were conscious that for the first cab off the rank that they wanted to set a really high benchmark for the precinct, and show how contemporary multi-res dwelling can create an excellent lifestyle experience,” says MJA design director, James Thompson. The result is an exceptionally resolved project that thoughtfully balances amenity and aesthetics at every turn – and curve – of this butterfly-shaped building. That careful consideration is especially evident in the kitchen-dining spaces which feature an extensive package of V-ZUG appliances, including Combair oven, induction cooktop, Combi-Steam oven and Adora dishwasher. Thompson needed no convincing to specify the range, having included V-ZUG in his own recent home renovations. “In terms of sustainability V-ZUG is a world leader, they’ve got a great story about how they manufacture, what they’re all about,” says Thompson. “The aesthetics really fitted in to what we wanted to achieve, just the quality of touch and finish. We were trying to have elements of reflectivity within in the interior scheme and that beautiful black glass finish reflects river and room perfectly. [They’re] a really attractive appliance and the way that we could stack the Combi steam cooker and the Combair oven is just really functional and allows accessibility to be cooking multiple things at once; it’s the perfect entertainer.” clique lobby V-ZUG’s sustainability credentials aligned with the developer’s overall environmental vision for Cirque, as Perth’s first 5 Green Star rated apartment complex. In addition to passive lighting and ventilation, maximum rating energy and water fixtures, and low VOC materials, the project also saw 90 percent of construction waste diverted from landfill, 90 per cent of all formwork pipes and cabling was PVC free, and 95 per cent of the steel was sourced from responsible steel makers. “There was a holistic approach, it wasn’t just first principles,” says Thompson. “There was a whole lot of thought in terms of generosity to future residents, future neighbours and community.” This ethos carries through in the shared residential zones with multiple outdoor spaces, pools and north facing communal gardens, and in the external amenity via the creation of a new laneway, an interactive light art display, and community art and meeting spaces. “The future of multi-res development is about creating maximum amenity and liveability not just for the people who live there but also for the people of the neighbourhood, ensuring that there’s a mixing of existing and new residents, because I think that’s how you create better villages and communities: a cross fertilisation of newcomers and people who have been there for a long time.” v-zug oven That cross fertilisation was certainly evident in the promotional events for the development, which were held in a display suite featuring a working V-ZUG kitchen, and welcomed down-sizers from Mt Pleasant, right-sizers from wider Perth and young professionals deciding to make Cirque their first home rather than a renovator’s delight in the suburbs. Thompson was present at many of these functions and even credits the working kitchen with playing a part in the buyers’ decisions. “The trained crews who would come and cook from it - it was just amazing how quickly you could feed 60 to 80 people, all coming out of the one kitchen, seamlessly. I think that’s why a lot of the buyers went for the upgrade, they came in, they saw it, it’s a much better looking product and just so functional.” There’s a saying that generosity is the best investment and this project reflects that sentiment in spades, providing comfort, flexibility, eco-smarts, great entertaining, longevity, lifestyle, civic benefits and more for its residents and the local community.   Photography by Dion Robeson   V-ZUG vzug.comabc
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SCCI’s latest program set to inspire the next generation

Running until 30 June 2021, the latest program for SCCI is packed full of workshops, talks, and films curated for young people. The range of events draws on SCCI’s network of architects, designers, artists, academics and cultural leaders to share their professional work and ignite the passions of young audiences and it is set to inspire the next generation. While live events went on hold for most of last year, they make a triumphant return in 2021, including a series of SCCI Architecture mini-hubs in collaboration with key education partners – University of Newcastle and Western Sydney University. Speaking about the intent behind the selection of speakers and talks, SCCI founder Dr Gene Sherman AM says, “SCCI Architecture Hubs seek to nuance the architecture and design conversations by connecting culturally significant professions with other disciplines, thereby creating progressive, original and stimulating conversations.” The list of speakers crosses disciplines and industries with architects, writers and critics, artists and philanthropists joining the mix. The three keynote speakers include Councillor Jess Scully, Oscar-winning film producer Emile Sherman, and author and academic Professor Cameron Bruhn. Other names in the Australian line-up include architects, artists, writers and editors, and philanthropists:
  • Camilla Block (Durbach Block Jaggers)
  • Andrew Burns (Andrew Burns Architecture)
  • Angelo Candalepas (Candalepas and Associates)
  • Graeme Dix (Johnson Pilton Walker)
  • James Grose (BVN)
  • David Kaunitz (Kaunitz Yeung)
  • Jen Kulas (Breathe Architecture)
  • William Smart (Smart Design Studio)
  • Kerstin Thompson (Kerstin Thompson Architects) and
  • Troy Uleman (John McAslan + Partners)
  • Megan Cope
  • Janet Laurence
  • Caroline Baum
  • David Clark
  • Stephen Todd
  • Alison Kubler
  • Andrew Cameron AM
  • Lisa Chung AM
  • Dr Gene Sherman AM
  • Museum director Kim McKay AO (Australian Museum) and
  • SCCI Global Emissary Dolla Merrillees
  In addition to the program targeted to tertiary age students, there will be a two-month-long series of workshops spread over weekends dedicated to kids aged 8 and up. Each of the skills-based workshops is free and experimental. Activities are designed around the themes of architecture and fashion, including topics like fabric dyeing and weaving, architectural model and maquette making, footwear design and embellishment, African head wrapping, architecture sketching, paper millinery, museum design and city building. The SCCI Stepping Stones Youth Programme host venues include SCCI Braelin Pavilion in Centennial Park, Paddington Reservoir, Chau Chak Wing Museum and BVN Sydney. Tickets available now to book online for all workshops until sold out. SCCI scci.org.au Lead image: Model making at the Smart Design Studio office. Photo by Romello Pereiraabc
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A Sanctuary Made For Slow Living

Vän Hus Interior Design transformed this resale flat into a sanctuary for slow living, in consideration of the hectic lives of the young inhabitants. The team was inspired by the Scandinavian and minimalist design philosophies when it came to the renovation of this resale flat. As such, the unostentatious palette comprises neutral tones; whites and greys with black highlights and warm accents that lend depth, ensuring comfort, tranquillity and timelessness. van hus flat kitchen Keeping in mind that the homeowners are not frequent cooks due to their busy schedules, existing kitchen walls were knocked off to give more weight to resting spaces. The designers believe that the only way to create a purposeful space is to consider the lives and habits of their clients diligently. By doing so, a unique identity can be created, avoiding cookie-cutter homes. “It gives an impression of understated elegance,” say the designers of the island counter, which serves as a food preparation space, as well as a bar for the appreciation of aperitifs, backdropped by a slim console and round mirror (bottom left). Crafted with Silestone from Cosentino, the white plinth features soft marble grains, standing out quietly against a backdrop of laminates in neutral tones. Arranged in a herringbone pattern, the dining wall feature thoughtfully conceals the unsightly household shelter by the entrance. Natural stones and tactile surfaces imbue the bathroom with a sense of serenity, allowing the ultimate respite from a hectic working life. “We proposed durable materials that require minimal maintenance in order to make the couple’s lives free and easy,” the designers say, referring to the Cosentino countertop and Hafary tiles that make up the calming sanctuary. Vän Hus Interior Design vanhus.com Photography courtesy Vän Hus This article originally appeared on our sister publication Lookbox Living, and we think you might like this interview with designer Thomas Coward abc
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Mediterranean Brutalism Meets Ritual At Sense of Self

“It’s wellness without the BS. Leisure without the artifice,” says Mary Minas, who together with Freya Berwick founded Sense of Self, a new wellness and bathing experience in Melbourne. Rejecting the typical luxe hotel day spa or high street shopfront, Sense of Self is a double-storey, converted warehouse in Collingwood, highlighted by a large mineral bath, Finnish sauna and cold plunge pool. It’s underpinned by an approach to wellness with no expectation to be better in some way, or be sold to, or to perform – to just ‘be’. Plus, an acknowledgement that wellness is for everyone, not just an already created market. “We felt that there was a real gap in that sense of more passive kind of space, where people could come and just be with themselves,” Berwick says. And, take the opportunity to explore their relationship between the body and space. From the moment you enter the building, the experience is a curation of unfolding ceremonies, including undressing, the performance of washing and then bathing, encouraging you to move through the space and stay present. “We wanted to create a really sensory experience, because that’s what you need to be in your body,” Berwick says. It took 12 months to settle on the site, which has been used as a landscape architecture studio, retail space and even possibly a foundry with a furnace in the basement, which was revealed during construction. “The building has an energy, and I think we felt that too, which is a little woo-woo,” Minas laughs. The duo also collaborated with SetSquare StudioChamberlain Architects and Hearth Studio to create the new space, bringing their own insights visiting spas and bathhouses in Europe, North Africa, Japan and Scandinavia. “In each place there are different sets of rituals, or water activations, that people would undertake. I guess we wanted to think about the best things that were out there in terms of what this bathhouse could be, and then layer that with what our modern needs are,” Minas says. They arrived at a ‘Mediterranean Brutalism’ style. Mediterranean inspiration is reflected in terracotta, travertine, micro cement and sandstone elements, while Brutalism aspects are reflected in double-height volumes and monolithic forms by Berwick’s partner, carpenter and industrial designer, Fraser Munro. The palette follows suit with rich, tactile materials in soft colours, offset by brass highlights, including Sussex Taps custom pool fonts, which tie into the water, humid and wet environment themes, plus light-filled spaces echoing Roman baths. “We started with exploring and understanding water as both movement and a driver for growth, healing and nourishment, then extrapolating how these concepts translate into physical materials,” says Caitlin Perry, principal at SetSquare Studio. Although SOS pre-dated Covid-19, it’s timely in its response to rising trends of social isolation and shrinking comfort zones. “Ultimately, we want to encourage a broader audience to make self-care a ritual, which is needed now more than ever. We could all use a bit of healthy hedonism right now,” says Berwick. Photography by Martina Gemmola We think you might like this story about James Garvan abc
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Extending A Home With Volume, Voids and Openings

Set in the hillside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the clients of Fabian Tan Architect put forward the brief to transform their existing terrace house into a home that could accommodate their lifestyle. Working with the existing conditions and wanting to overcome the typically dark interiors, the architects developed a concept around the idea of ‘extensions’. This led to a series of spaces that materialised through new volume, voids and openings. A T-shape form to the street front denotes the entrance, which then opens onto a garden courtyard before feeding through to the home itself. Openings in the building allow trees to grow through the structure, softening the verticality of the buildings overall height. The foliage and growth respond to the client requirement for security and privacy. The ground floor is dedicated to open plan living spaces, that connect out to a series of enveloped outdoor areas, allowing fresh air and cross ventilation. Internally, a large central void has been sculpted out of the main interior, which enables all floors to be connected through a series of windows and openings. But more importantly, it allows natural light and ventilation into the rooms on upper levels. Climbing up further into the home, a new study sits as a loft area atop the former water tank slab, accessed via a spiralling staircase. Pushing up into the sky again, a new roof deck adds incredible views of the city skyline, while catering to the client’s wishes for added lifestyle. By getting creative with what is added and what is taken away, Fabian Tan Architect has encapsulated and extended this home to accommodate an all-new way of life. Fabian Tan Architect fabian-tan.com Photography by Ceavs Chua We think you might like this home in Indonesia by Tamara Wibowo abc
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Presenting The Luminaries in the 2021 INDE.Awards

[gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="110645,110646,110670"] As exemplar practitioners and leaders in their chosen field of design, the three nominations for The Luminary in the 2021 INDE.Awards are Jean-Michel Gathy, Penny Forlano and Andre Fu. Each nominee has established a special place in their sphere of practice, influencing not only the country from which they come and in turn the Indo-Pacific region, but also making their mark on the global stage of design. As supporter of The Luminary, Wilkhahn shares the values of those nominated for this category. For more than 60 years Wilkhahn has been at the forefront of design, providing exceptional office and conference furniture for a global market. As a pioneer and innovator Wilkhahn has made, and continues to make, its mark just as the nominees for The Luminary have made an indelible impression on the broader architecture and design communities.   Andre Fu For the past decade and a half, Andre Fu’s vision has been defined by a seamless alignment of cultural and design sensibilities, modern luxury, art and craftsmanship. A trained architect, his projects span scales and typologies, continuously bridging the gap between cultures, and drawing as naturally on European principles of beauty as from Oriental qualities, traditions and modernity. His projects range from an original furniture creation, contemporary art galleries in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai and major hotels and restaurants around the world. We asked Andre how his practice has progressed over the last decade. “Over the last ten years the definition of luxury has evolved tremendously with an increased focus on comfort and experience. There has been a greater bridging of cultures, narrowing the gap between east and west and I reflected this movement in my book, Crossing Cultures with Design. My studio has grown through work on projects over a spectrum of locations – from Monaco to London to Beijing – creating works that are unique, with a specific narrative, reflecting their location yet with a universal quality. I believe my work has contributed significantly to a better global understanding and appreciation andrefustudio.com   Penelope Forlano Penelope Forlano’s experience studying, teaching and working across three continents gives her a truly global and far-reaching perspective. Her interdisciplinary training in art, interiors, architecture, design, and anthropology has resulted international recognition including acquisition in the art collections and a solo show at the Salone Satellite in Milan in 2004. Her practice focuses on experimenting with advanced fabrication techniques and handcraft with academic research, resulting in awards across academia, teaching and design practice. In 2018, Penelope earned her Doctorate which examined intergenerational object meaning, object/place attachment, and resulted in a series of domestic objects exploring kinship and large-scale architectural public artworks on community identity. Her collaborative approach with First Nations People and community has delivered projects communicating diverse voices and identity typically under-represented in the built environment. We asked Penelope about the areas of interest in her practice. "Areas of interest: anthropology, design anthropology, design for custodianship, advanced manufacturing technology combined with hand-craft, multidisciplinary problem solving, material testing and experimentation, emotion and design, public space, community engagement, time-based engagement with the built form. "The climate crisis and its solutions are global and complex. What concerned me is that despite advancement in sustainable design research, there is a lack of research and practice into the emotional aspects of consumption which is the leading cause of ever-growing consumption rates and thus part of the climate problem. Insatiable consumption is a problem created in part by design and should be solved through design. This has fuelled my practice and PhD research." forlanodesign.com   Jean-Michel Gathy [caption id="attachment_110670" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Image courtesy of Denniston[/caption] Educated in Belgium, Jean-Michel Gathy founded DENNISTON in 1983, a niche architectural and design company, recognised as one of the world's leading hospitality design firms. The practice has designed some of the most renowned luxury hotels, interiors and landscapes built and has an exceptional portfolio of clients featuring the industry's top hoteliers. We asked Jean-Michel about the leading drivers for design in the future. “Creativity is emotion. There is always emotion in our designs. When you check into a hotel, you are away from home, but you still want to be comfortable. To me, the mark of a well-designed hotel is one where you feel as relaxed, comfortable and at ease. There are so many beautiful hotels in the world that are unsuccessful because they are cold and emotionless. "Today's hotels have shifted from a places-of-convenience to lifestyle venues. People like to associate themselves with the underlying values of the hotels they have chosen so, well-being will unquestionably be adopted into a good hotel design. As travellers are becoming more discerning and craving unique experiences, hotels have to respond in different ways both big and small.” denniston.com.my   Wilkhahn wilkhahn.com   Erratum We regret that an incorrect image was included on our website to introduce the 2021 INDE.awards Luminaries. An image of Andra Martin was incorrectly attributed to be Jean-Michel Gathy. We deeply regret this and apologise unreservedly for the mistake. Jan Henderson INDE.Awards Programme Directorabc
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Coolamon House Leaves Life At The Door

Sitting proudly atop the Byron hinterland, Coolamon House provides box office views with a thoughtfully crafted house that marries connection and separation beautifully with the use of a central courtyard. Designed by DFJ Architects, the house uses its positioning to its advantage, being mindful of the climate and sustainably preparing for it accordingly. coolamon house backyard coolamon house view Despite the radiant warmth that frequents the Byron region in the summer months, strong northerly winds, namely when elevated, can render outdoor lifestyles effectively redundant during the period. To combat the climate, DFJ built the house around an oasis courtyard, with the house itself protecting the garden. The central garden provides a tranquil space that connects the main house and the guest accommodation — accessed by a path that hugs the courtyard perimeter — allows private and personal space to be respected, but for connection to be encouraged with the adoption of the central green area. Given the illustrious position of Coolamon House, it would be a travesty not to take advantage of the view of the hinterland below. Floor-to-ceiling windows line the exterior, with a purposely minimal interior seen throughout the living spaces to ensure that nothing is taken away from what lies below. The house is essentially a one-bedder crafted with a minimalist mindset. The pathway that leads to the guest rooms also provides access to the laundry, powder room and the pool that sits at the rear of the courtyard. The garage and office are located off the driveway, that stops well before the house in an attempt to ‘leave the outside world behind’ and tune into the serene frequencies that Coolamon and its subsequent setting provides, while ‘taking in the finely tapering slab cantilevering out into the panoramic expanse beyond’. DFJ say when the plantings below the house mature that it will appear as if it is floating, with developing patinas settling over the raw palette of concrete, blackbutt and folded brass that the structural material consists of. The interior is consistent with the raw materials used to craft the outside, with smatterings of blue seen throughout the space and a terrazzo kitchen countertop mimicking the emulsion mixture. Wooden flooring, naturally stained cladding, concrete-esque walls and a colourbond roof all combine to create an entity of raw materials carefully moulded by DFJ to create a space that ensures it is regarded, but does not take away from the view. coolamon house bedroom In terms of sustainable design features, DFJ have ensured the house is readymade for the conditions it finds itself within, without the use of artificial heating and cooling. The house is naturally ventilated and relies on daylighting to heat the house, with a thermally heated slab and underfloor heating used for winter. Summer living is comfortable, with courtyard and pool installations ensuring an easy way to cool off. The house is powered by a 21kw solar system, 5 22,500 KL water tanks that harvest rainwater, as well as preparing for bushfire season with a dedicated bushfire tank and a defendable asset protection zone. coolamon house courtyard Coolamon House is an exercise in setting a house amongst nature and allowing it to seamlessly transition amongst the trees. As its character evolves and the plants continue to grow, the house will be able to tell its own long, extensive story, through the use of it’s vegetation, materials and, of course, that view.   coolamon house exteriorabc