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Conviviality, conversation and connection, bringing friends and family together around a dining table is where memories are made. It’s an experience that can be elevated through timeless design pieces. As a publication dedicated to expressing and highlighting what it means to live in design, we have a special prize up for grabs if you subscribe to Habitus magazine by 31 August 2021. Confident in its form and style, this is a table that is strong and versatile, the Liqueur Table by Didier makes the perfect accompaniment to any Design Hunter interior. Let life unfold around the smooth curves of the Liqueur Table. 

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Modest With A Touch of Luxury

Working on a small south-facing site in St Kilda, this home responds to the less-than-ideal conditions while never losing sight of the client’s ambitions for a comfortable two-bedroom home with a touch of indulgence. The brief asked for a modest, yet spacious home, taking advantage of the minimal footprint. But there were some key inclusions that needed to be factored in – an ample backyard space for growing vegetables, and an open-air clawfoot tub – both of which were met. Upstairs accommodates the two bedrooms and bathroom, with the balcony off the main bedroom being the perfect place for the bathtub. Timber battens add a sense of privacy, while still allowing air and light to flow through, creating the desired feeling of bathing outdoors. Downstairs is the main living space, with an open plan kitchen, living and dining areas. Negating the constraints of a south-facing site, the ground floor creates a sense of spaciousness with double-height ceilings, while skylights bring natural light into the living area throughout the day. Materiality is consistent throughout, with blackbutt timber used along the floorboards and for joinery details, which add a warm and tactile quality. Helping to carve up spaces and creating elements for storage, the joinery is made in the same black oil-stained timber used on the façade. The dark exterior of the building has been deliberately chosen as a backdrop for the curtain of green that will eventually grow up the side of the building. Being able to entertain was also central to the brief and has been achieved through clever design inclusions such as a wall-to-wall bench that doubles as shelving and storage, but also extra seating when hosting guests. While being modestly sized, this home manages to tick all the boxes for its owners, bringing in thoughtful details and simple, honest materials. Modscape modscape.com.au Photography by Emily Bartlett We think you might like this modern home in Adelaide by PLY Architecture abc
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The Road Less Travelled

Habitus: What is your background?

James Howe: I studied journalism at university because I could string a sentence together and enjoyed reading the Weekend Australian Magazine on a Saturday. My first job was at a small newspaper in the Northern Territory outback, which was strange and exciting for an Adelaide boy like me. It was an intoxicating place, with endless adventure to be had. I loved it. l still go there every year or two, mostly trying to find ways to get to the remotest fishing spots I can find on Google Earth. I developed a freelance journalism and photography practice in Oxford in the UK, travelling to Europe and Africa to cover stories for magazines. It was the ideal place to be, because the Australian media has a strange obsession with Oxford University and ate up pretty much everything I threw them on the subject.

What led you to where you are?

I had never even heard of furniture design as a discipline until about five years ago. One day, my wife and I were shopping for furniture for our Adelaide house and I stumbled upon Borge Mogensen’s J39 Chair on Google Images. I still can’t explain it, but at that precise moment I became instantly and completely obsessed with furniture. In the following days, I spent hours looking at photos of the inside of Borge Mogensen’s home on the Internet (he is dead, which makes this habit either more or less creepy – I can’t decide which), as well as the work of Donald Judd. I also started exploring the local design scene where I found people creating world-class work such as Khai Liew and ceramicist Ulrica Trulsson, as well as the Adelaide craft and design institution JamFactory. I also began designing furniture myself. I was fortunate enough for my first piece to win an international design award which took my wife and me to New York and gave me leverage to get into the JamFactory, where I stayed for four years.

How do you split your time between work and play?

It’s difficult because my hobbies take high priority. Aside from work and family, my three great loves are surfing, fishing and rock climbing. Running your own business allows the luxury of scheduling work around swell events, so that is good. I usually make up work time in the evenings once the kids are in bed.

What does home mean to you?

Home is joy and chaos in equal measures, because we have five children. My wife Joey and I both work to create a place of love and happiness for them. We live by the beach in Port Noarlunga, and the sea is a huge anchor for me. I visit it every day.  

How does your home reflect your passions, interests and creativity?

I enjoy having a house to play with as a holistic design project. Thankfully Joey has an interest in design too, so is generally willing to put up with it. My long-standing fascination with traditional stone masonry means the garden is full of stone paving and walling I have built over the years.

How do you balance personal and professional life?

Balancing work and personal life is a constant challenge with five kids and Joey working full-time as a law professor at Adelaide University. You get used to squeezing work into small available time slots. I tend to work four days a week and stay home with our youngest two on the fifth. The kids get familiar with the local manufacturers I use and I get familiar with the local playgrounds they use, so we all learn something.  

What obstacles have you had to overcome?

In my school years I was a terrible student and ended up dropping out. I probably had ADHD or similar — my grade 10 report card was straight-Fs, and I took it out to the shed a burnt it before my parents got home! Learning how to focus on academic work and find a path into university and a successful career was an unbelievably steep learning curve. But the experience has instilled me with a belief that human beings are capable of extraordinary personal reinvention.

What’s something you wished you had known before setting out on this career path?

How to design a really really good chair — something I still wish I knew.  

Why do you believe culture, art and design are important?

I am very fixated on beauty, which is unfashionable in the current Australian design industry. But I think it’s very important to talk about, especially today. We used to create beauty almost by accident, as a by-product of the human toil necessary to build our environment. In the modern era, automated production of pretty much everything has made beauty scarce. I think this is a tragedy. Beauty may no longer be a by-product of our industry, but we can still consciously create it. I believe we should endeavour to do so whenever we can. Thankfully today there are a lot of people who think along similar lines, which is why I can have the tremendously blessed job of being a furniture designer.   James Howe jameshowe.com.au We think you'd like to read our interview with Planter Hunter Georgina Reidabc
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Building the Future

The Buildings that surround us provide places to live, work and play. That they can be designed with finesse, abound with amenity and facility and can be structures that evoke pride and inspiration, adds to the texture of our cities. Good building design enhances not only the skyline but the well-being of citizens and, in The Building category in the 2021 INDE.Awards, exemplars abound. As supporter of The Building category Neolith understands just what it takes to be the best. For over 35 years the company has been supplying high quality, premium natural stone and stone products to the architecture and design community. The company is built on a philosophy that includes the ideas of solidary, strength, style, sustainability and the sensory and sanitary. Always ahead of the pack, Neolith, like the entrants in The Building, is the best at what they supply and produce. [caption id="attachment_10248" align="alignnone" width="1100"]Samsen STREET Hotel Samsen STREET Hotel by CHAT Architects winner of The Building at the 2020 INDE.Awards.[/caption] Ross Cameron, Vice President APAC Neolith, commented “First of all, it is an honour to be part of the INDE.Awards and support the architecture and design community. We are excited to partner with INDE in Oceania and Singapore, it is the beginning of the next evolution and the INDEs is the first platform we want to share this moment with.” In accord with an architect’s vision, a building can complement the landscape and add beauty. To design an iconic building takes talent, of course, but myriad other aspects are required to be taken into consideration, such as the creativity of the form, innovation and site planning. Materials are integral and the right products can make or break a design and that is why Neolith and The Building category are a perfect complement to each other. Cameron explained, “The 2021 Neolith collection is composed of 57 different models which are available in more than one finish, not to mention the variety of bespoke colours available for architects, some of which are ready and exclusive for Oceania. Neolith offers sustainable solutions with more thicknesses and sizes than any other brand. What is even more exciting is that Neolith will soon be present and closely supporting architects and designers.” [caption id="attachment_10249" align="alignnone" width="1100"]Samsen STREET Hotel Samsen STREET Hotel by CHAT Architects winner of The Building at the 2020 INDE.Awards.[/caption] As the only awards programme in the Indo-Pacific, the INDE.awards recognises the design diversity and creativity that abounds in the region. The Building category pays tribute to the outstanding contribution that is made each year by talented practitioners and this year the entries have raised the design bar higher, yet again. Last year’s winner of The Building was CHAT Architects’ Samsen STREET Hotel in Thailand. Reinventing an ‘unspoken typology’ in Bangkok and transforming the idea of a ‘love’ hotel, the architects have created a new incarnation of the building. Scaffolding components have been used on the façade and surround the building and this helps address a more transparent interaction with the structure and to re-activate street life. This is a project that champions a new and different way to view street architecture that speaks of place and culture but is updated for life today. Now with Neolith’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region comes a wealth of experience and knowledge as Cameron concluded, “We are eager to build a new team in Australia and focus on offering a competitive service to the design community, fabricators and specifiers. [caption id="attachment_10250" align="alignnone" width="1100"]Samsen STREET Hotel Samsen STREET Hotel by CHAT Architects winner of The Building at the 2020 INDE.Awards.[/caption] The Building category typifies best practice that makes its mark on people, cities and countries. This category showcases the diverse and extraordinary projects from across our region and presents a snapshot of the architecture landscape of our time and for the future.   Photography of CHAT Architects' Samsen STREET Hotel is by W Workspace.abc
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A Homecoming: Saturday Indesign is BACK

Since it was first launched way back in 2002, Saturday Indesign was always about doing things differently. We looked at sprawling design expos and saw a need for something more intimate and sensory, where curated environments would lay a platform for genuine connections and lasting relationships. Working with the likes of Space, Zenith, Design Nation, Living Edge, Cult, P4, Stylecraft, Wilkhahn, Poliform, Haworth, Tait and many more, we launched an event unlike any other, where cities were lit up with the latest in design.  Through product launches, panel discussions and exclusive parties, Saturday Indesign fostered a community built on connectivity, where the industry’s leading brands opened the doors to their showrooms and invited us into a world of their creation. Now, perhaps more than ever, we see a renewed need for this, for an event that can reunite our industry and provide brands, designers and design lovers with a connection point to discover new product and fresh inspiration. With this in mind, we are excited to officially announce the return of Saturday Indesign, which will be coming back in early 2022! Through Saturday Indesign, we invite you into the showrooms of the brands you love, where each space is intimate, interactive and charged with activations. Over 12 hours, you’ll explore the latest in design, where you’ll learn, meet and get inspired as you’re first on the ground to uncover the next big thing. What do I do next? 2022 might seem far away, but it will be here before we know it. So the Saturday Indesign team is already hard at work, in discussions with our key exhibitors to ensure this event is our best yet. More than just bringing you the latest and greatest, we’re committed to holding an event which is safe and considered, giving our exhibitors and visitors the time they need to be prepared, confident and ready to dive in. There are many ways to get involved in Saturday Indesign. You can attend, collaborate or exhibit/sponsor. To get in touch or be the first to hear more on SID leave your details below. So get ready to come home: Saturday Indesign, 2022. abc
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Wine Storage You’d Want to Show Off

Whether a casual wine drinker or at-home-sommelier, the importance of proper wine storage cannot be overstated. The enemies of wine – temperature, light, humidity and vibration – can ruin even the nicest bottle. The team at Sub-Zero know the values of proper wine storage, and the value that aesthetics plays in this. Offering a range of wine storage units, Sub-Zero’s cellaring products allow for the design-appreciating wine connoisseur to store their wine, while matching the existing designer style of their kitchen, master suite, bar, butler’s pantry or anywhere in the house. Seamless and flexible design is built in the Sub-Zero DNA. Renowned for the ease of which their refrigeration products can fit into any existing aesthetic, this flexibility is carried over into their wine storage units. With the help of an integrated door hinge and toe kick, as well as and fully customisable and adjustable panel-ready doors, these are wine storage units that not only store your wine in perfect conditions, but fit effortlessly into any space. More than mere coolers, Sub-Zero Wine Storage guards against the harmful effects of heat, improper humidity, light, and vibration. Through superior-grade materials, advanced technologies and a 75-year tradition of American craftsmanship, these elements will be stopped before affecting your wine, making sure that you'll always get the best out of every glass. The adjustable LED lighting on the interior of the units fully illuminates the wine space when the door is open, which is both a practical and presentational flourish, as opening the wine unit immediately places your wine in the spotlight. An intuitive, touch control panel offers ergonomic and convenient to settings such as light and temperature. Red and white wines can be stored at optimum serving temperature, within one degree of setpoint, thanks to the units’ two individually customisable temperature zones. Not all wines are created equal, and neither are wine bottles. But thanks to the full-extension racks featured inside these units, standard-size bottles, half bottles, and magnums can all be easily accessed without agitating their neighbours. With a 42 – 146 bottle capacity depending on the model selected, humidity control to prevent corkage, and UV resistant glass doors to shields from harmful light, there’s no better way to ensure that special bottle you’re saving will be as perfect as the vintner intended. And with such broad customisation, the aesthetic of your kitchen will only be enhanced by Sub-Zero’s Wine Storage solutions. Sub-Zero subzero-wolf.comabc
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Italian Villa Meets Melbourne Contemporary

Conceived as a bespoke residential apartment project, Huntingtower Road Apartments feature striking arches accompanied by lush verdant greenery. Developed by Orchard Piper and designed by Jolson Architecture and Interiors, the 10 apartments are set on a leafy street in Armadale. The aesthetic sensibility of the project is a response to the vernacular of the suburb, which includes many large period homes. Huntingtower Road Apartments have been purposely designed to read as a single volume, much in the same way as the houses along the street. The gardens and the arched structure create a holistic and all-encompassing feeling. Deep arched windows and doors open out to a colonnade, while the form alludes to an Italianate Villa. Orientation and views have been considered for each apartment, optimising light and aspect to the surrounding trees. While a strong aesthetic choice, the arches also provide a sculptural veil for the residents, adding a layer of privacy. Over time plants and vines will cascade, adding an additional element of greenery and privacy. The interiors feature stone fireplaces and marble benchtops, while voluminous space has been factored in with two living areas and three-metre ceilings in the larger apartments. The curving design language seen on the architecture has been carried through to the interior detailing, on the curved vanity pulls for example. Sculpted forms and highly handcrafted elements all come together to make a series of homes that preference natural light and abundant greenery. Jolson Architecture and Interiors jolson.com.au Photography by Lucas Allen Styling by Swee Design We think you might like this family home in Auckland abc
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Cj Hendry brings her signature brand to Australia via Straya

If you’ve ever found yourself in the midst of a conversation with an Australian, only to be thrown by words like “arvo,” “stubby”, “bottle-o” and “hard yakka”, Cj Hendry’s latest exhibition in Australia, aptly entitled Straya (Australian slang for “Australia”), aims to decipher the lion's share of them. The New York-based, Australian-raised hyperrealistic artist has returned down under for her first exhibition on the continent in over seven years. “I just felt that after a pretty shitty year globally, it was time to celebrate with something fun and entertaining,” says the artist who is known for her interactive exhibitions which often fuse a level of mystery, social media shenanigans and an interactive exhibition environment underpinned by a series of exceptional pencil drawings. STRAYA is based on a card game designed by Cj entitled, ‘straya slanguage’, a deck of 240 Australianisms and their interpretations that "test how Strayan you really are". The exhibition celebrates Australian slang in two parts. The first, a public art element, took Cj’s Instagram followers on a journey around Australia, a place that Cj describes as “one of the most beautiful places in the world.” The second part of STRAYA centres around an interactive exhibition in the John Reid Pavilion, a 1,700-square-metre building in the Brisbane showgrounds, the floorspace of which was filled with over 500 tons of sand. Whilst the sand is undeniably evocative of Australian beach culture, it ultimately serves as a canvas for the imprinted undersides of Cj’s custom-made STRAYA flip flops which were gifted to each visitor at the exhibition. As the flip flop soles navigate the space, over 50 different Australian sayings populated the floor. “What is interesting, is that language unites us all, no matter where we come from,” says Cj. “I wasn't born in Australia (the artists was born in South Africa,) but I feel a great sense of belonging and the language really makes me feel a part of it. By people walking and imprinting the common vernacular, we express a shared identity.” The second component of the exhibition, located centrally in the space, is an over-scaled mock up of the card game in the form of a partially open-sided yellow box. The internal panels will exhibit 30 drawings of a selection of crumpled playing cards from the card game. The STRAYA series also consists of 10 limited editions of lenticular signs (100 of each). In addition to the artworks for sale, guests attending the exhibition will be able to purchase ‘straya slanguage’ card games, towels, pins and ‘bugger bandaids’; merch is also available via the artist’s website. This immersive exhibition underscores Cj’s commitment to reinvesting her capital back into her studio and into her exhibitions. “I feel that my job as an artist is to dive into a concept and explore it completely,” explains Cj. “For Straya, I asked myself, how do you capture words in a visual sense and how do you get people to interact with language? I think that STRAYA really transforms language into a physical thing.” Editors note: We recognise that the slang and colloquialisms that make up this exhibition are a reflection of white Australian vernacular and do not consider Indigenous perspectives. Cj Hendry cjhendry.live Photography by Cj Hendry Studio We think you might like this interview with artist Elizabeth Barnett abc
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9 Home Workstations That Deliver On Style And Fit-For-Purpose

The correspondence between residential and workplace design is closer today, than ever before. Admittedly, WFH was rough at first, as we learned the hard way about the nuances of getting things like ergonomics and acoustics right. We can say now that, as they were, our homes were not properly fit for work. And to add salt to the wound, the market for home workstations was wanting, unsophisticated and hardly fit for purpose. Now that we’ve seen the error of our old ways, and design has had time to resolve every little issue and irk, let’s take a moment to look beyond our dining room tables and dream a little. What does your ideal home workstation look like? Whether put to work in a home office or a homey office, here are 9 impeccably designed home workstations that prove to be 100% fit for purpose.  

Noa sit-stand desk by Tom Parfitt, Benchmark

Noa is a compact, height adjustable ergonomic desk for home working designed around the tenets of biophilic design and made from solid oak. Noa is highly tactile with sides and top that are shaped with softly, rounded edges. A central sit-stand mechanism allows for the table top to smoothly rise and fall, controlled by a console on the underside. benchmarkfurniture.com  

Candy Cubicle by Sabine Marcelis, AHEC

Designed by Sabine Marcelis with her partner—an architect—in mind, Candy Cubicle is a desk created in response to a brief by the Design Museum and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), which called for nine international designers to develop a wooden desk and chair set up to suit their “new ways of working from and living at home” during lockdown. Hiding its contents inside a pale wooden shell when they are not in use, Marcelis’ conception is a transformer home workstation. Opening along a central axis, the Candy Cubicle transforms from a block into an L-shaped desk setup. The entire desk, as well as the drawer trolley and matching cylindrical stool nestled within it, are set on wheels so that they can be easily closed and moved around an open floorplan. americanhardwood.com  

Ready-to-Ship Home Office, Cult

The ‘Ready-To-Ship Home Office’ from Cult is crafted to bring you the perfect combination of functionality, style and convenience. Featuring three different packages: The Virtual Meeting, The Webinar and The Zoom Call, each one boasts a collection of exceptionally designed pieces to take your set-up to the next level. Each one of the ready-to-ship edits comprise of a desk, a chair and a table lamp and have been specifically curated to meet a variety of interior styles and requirements. cultdesign.com.au  

Office Desk by Bodil Kjær, Karakter

Originally designed in 1959, this iconic desk was the first of its kind with its pure and simplistic design, almost floating mid-air. Bodil Kjærs’ design has been called ‘The most beautiful desk in the world’ – or, the ‘James Bond desk’ as it was featured prominently in three early Bond movies. karakter-copenhagen.com  

Airia Desk, Herman Miller

From its elegant combination of wood and aluminium, to its thoughtfully crafted details such as cork-lined drawers, Airia combines beauty and functionality. Designers Ayako Takase and Cutter Hutton were motivated to design an “intelligent desk that acknowledged technology and the stuff that we accumulate when working, but do it in a subtle, integrated and intuitive manner”. hermanmiller.com  

Kabinett by Alexander Lervik, Adea Smartwork

At first glance, Kabinett looks like a regular cabinet or bench but it has built-in features that allow it to be transformed into an entirely different piece of furniture. The innovation lies in its function. You get a worktable that can be raised and lowered from a piece of furniture that doesn’t look like a table. adeasmartwork.com  

WFH Desk, Koala

Featuring smart features that make all the difference. Clever cable integration to keep your cords in check, bag hooks for easy storage, phone/laptop charger indents to keep you powered, as well as smart ‘gutters’ that hold your smartphone and tablet in place while you work. Finished with a beautiful birch veneer and made of high-grade, sturdy 18mm ply, the Koala WFH desk is tough as nails, but easy on the eyes. au.koala.com  

NCW Double Workstation Desk, Reddie

“Non-Corporate Workstation” NCW is all about having a little fun at work. Who wants to work on a boring white laminate desk? Not NCW. Featuring a teak veneer desktop with solid teak edges and a black metal frame with a cable tray and leg holes to hide and keep those cables neat and tidy. There is also a cable hole cut out to the top and a rattan divider to soften things up a little. reddie.com.au  

Solari desk system, IOC Project Partners x Gensler

Designed in collaboration with Gensler, Solari is the benching system that combines stellar performance with out-of-this-world style. Based on an electrically controlled, height adjustable work surface, desks can be configured across the open plan and accessorised with divider screens and storage elements that give every occupant a sense of personal space. ioc.itabc
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IFI Juries Home To A Smorgasbord Of Design Expertise

The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) this week has announced its juries for the 2021 IFI Global Awards Program (GAP). The two juries, one for the IFI PRIZE and the Design Journalism Award, and another for the IFI Design Distinction Awards, feature celebrated architects, interior architects and designers, industry thinkers and media personnel from across the globe. Both juries will convene later this year to determine the winners of the award categories, which identify and honour both the contributions of individual luminaries and best in class built environments. Steve Leung, IFI Past-President 2020-2021 and Global Awards Program Chairman and Jury Chair, says the members of the jury range in their experiences and disciplines to form a group with an exemplary level of understanding. “For the second edition of the IFI GAP jury, we are honored to be collaborating with some of the most talented and celebrated leaders, practitioners and game changers from the Interior’s discipline. Their priceless experience and level of professional expertise reflect the caliber and diversity of the most exemplary achievements IFI GAP recognizes on a world scale, providing the means to build an IFI World Interiors Hall of Fame of those who shape Interiors and write its history,” he says. Jurors representing major design institutions alongside the 2020 award recipients will consider nominations for IFI’s highest honor, the IFI PRIZE, and the IFI Design Journalism Award. Both of these awards recognize the exemplary contribution of individuals in strengthening and progressing interior architecture and design. In the form of a global design competition, IFI’s Design Distinction Awards jurors will be charged with selecting the best built projects from around the world. The IFI Design Distinction Awards jury features a stellar selection of international practitioners, as well as a Media Jury comprised of leaders from top international design publications/platforms. They will consider entries across ten different categories: Commerce, Habitat, Health, Humanitarian, Learning, Play, Stay, Student, Sustainability and Work. Award winners will be presented at a hybrid Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner as part of the IFI CONGRESS – IFI’s biennial global convening of industry representatives and invited keynote speakers to share progressive ideas, knowledge, and developments in interior architecture and design worldwide. The 2021 IFI CONGRESS takes place in São Paulo, Brazil in November. The deadline for project entries to the IFI Global Awards Program is Tuesday, 31 August 2021. For more information, ifiworld.org/GAP.   Please find the full list of jury members below.   IFI PRIZE & Design Journalism Award Jury Steve Leung, Jury Chair: Founder, Steve Leung Design Group (Hong Kong SAR, China) Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis: Professor of Industrial Design, Politecnico di Milano (Italy) David Gensler (USA) Alice Rawsthorn: 2020 IFI Design Journalism Award (IFI DJA) recipient, design critic (UK) Rosanne Somerson: President, Rhode Island School of Design – RISD (USA) IFI Design Distinction Awards Jury Steve Leung, Jury Chair: Founder, Steve Leung Design Group – SLD (Hong Kong SAR, China) Soo K. Chan: Founder, SCDA Architects (Singapore) Randy Howder: Managing Director, Gensler (USA) Marcio Kogan: Founder, Renata Furlanetto; Director, Studio MK27 (Brazil) Amanda Stanaway: Global Leader – Workplace Interiors, Woods Bagot (Australia) Paul Tange: Chairman, Tange Associates (Japan) Adam Tihany: Founder, Alessia Genova: Managing Director, Tihany Design (USA) George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg: Founders, Yabu Pushelberg (Canada) Woody Yao: Director, Zaha Hadid Design – ZHD (UK) Media Jurors: Sarah Douglas: Editor-in-Chief, Wallpaper* (UK) Paul Keskeys: Content Director, Architizer (USA) Jessica Ma: Editor-in-Chief, Designwire (China)abc
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It’s Time To Design Your Own ILVE

ILVE has long stood as a brand that’s passionate about creating the best cooking environment for home cooks. Cooking is about individual expression, and with Design Your Own ILVE, this individuality extends to the design of the ovens themselves. Built for, and exclusive to Australia, the Design Your Own ILVE process allows design loving cooks to create an entirely bespoke oven to match their kitchen exactingly. With a massive range of over 60,000 options and over 200 colour selections, you can rest assured that there’s a custom ILVE oven that’s perfect for any personal aesthetic. “Meticulously built with every possible scenario accounted for, the configurator gives our customers and partners the ability to design their dream freestanding oven, visualising the product as it comes together with live pricing as you go through the build journey,” says Daniel Bertuccio, the Marketing Manager for ILVE. “You can create 60,711 different combinations of models, sizes, cooktops, colours, styling options, accessory trims and even add in rangehoods, allowing you to build the perfect oven for yourself or your client. From a 90cm Majestic in Capri Blue with Chrome Styling to a 150cm Professional Plus in Sand Yellow with a Teppanyaki Plate, the possibilities really do feel endless.” [gallery type="rectangular" ids="111399,111401"] Personalisation in residential design is well beyond a passing trend, and with Design Your Own ILVE, this personalisation extends to every aspect of the oven. The online configurator allows the user to choose the required size and cooktop, rangehood, and all features. A small sleek oven for an apartment? A large statement piece for an open plan kitchen? All decisions are left in the hands of the user. Once you have designed your dream oven using the online configurator, a design summary is generated to the design’s specific requirements. Simply take this to your local ILVE dealer, and your oven will be on its way. The process itself is extremely intuitive and designed with the same care for design that ILVE imbues into the ovens themselves. Try the Design Your Own ILVE process right now at ILVE.com.au [gallery type="rectangular" ids="111397,111396"]abc
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The Concrete Masterpiece That Is Albury House

Built to withstand the extreme hot and cold that inland Australia endures, Albury House is an intelligently designed house that is able to open up or close down depending on the inhabitant’s preference. Created by Kerstin Thompson Architects, the house channels its surroundings with its earthy textural palette. albury house The overarching material seen throughout the build is cement. Built on a concrete slab, the exterior is made of concrete bricks that also feature within the interior, lining the walls as both a climactic and sustainable measure. Cement sheets line the ceiling and flyscreen doors are moveable via cement screens. The use of cement allows for a more natural climate control process that is able to regulate house temperatures all year round. Coupled with the desire to acknowledge the environment the dwelling resides within, and it makes sense for cement to be a dominating texture both inside and outside Albury House. The house is arranged along an upper and lower terrace that sorts the spaces into certain functions. The terraces also separate the house into a warmer side (to the north) and a cooler side (to the south). The stepped floor in combination with the roof angle creates living spaces that are shady in summer, sun-filled in winter and provide views of Huon Hill to the south. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="111554,111555"] Ply provides a contrast to the steely greys of the concrete throughout the interior. The kitchen cabinetry channels the classic country homestead but the mood of Albury House gives it a contemporary feel. Furniture curation carried out by the client intertwines smartly with the interior materials, with the odd blemish of colour seen in the rugs, artworks and greenery that is seen between the walls, flyscreens, louvres and sliding glass walls that make up Albury House. albury house bookshelf The parti of the house is formed by a cluster of concrete brick ‘pods’ which establish view-lines and contrasting qualities of space. Some areas are more discrete, closed and snug, with timber lined spaces inside them and in the residual spaces between and around the ‘pods’ it's more expansive, with open areas that function like breezeways and celebrate the delight of masonry’s mass and texture. Without the use of artificial heating or cooling, Albury House will be able to mediate between heat and cool without compromising within either season. Heavy uses of concrete combined with the accentuations of timber has created a contemporary country home that provides comfortable living quarters in an area renowned for its violent temperature changes.   All photography by Dan Preston abc