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A Fine Pedigree: Poodle Is Best In Show

When Zoë Rubino and Emilio Scalzo threw open the doors to their aquatinted deco-futurist bar in early 2020, a hot minute passed before they were firmly shut again. Seems a pretty inauspicious omen, as far as grand openings go. But... maybe not? You see, as Melbournians began to slowly (but surely) venture beyond their front doors wide-eyed, trepidatious and all athrill finding themselves in the midst of a refreshing scene change post 112 days of COVID-19 lockdown, Poodle’s 40-seat public and 12-seat private dining rooms, a mirrored cocktail and alfresco courtyard are full, full, full. More than 200 discerning derrieres per night grace Rubino and Scalzo’s establishment – Poodle, Fitzroy – making a very strong case for the resilience of our hospitality and design sectors as we navigate the pandemic. “Zoë and Emilio were excited to reopen once restrictions allowed,” says Wendy Bergman, Creative Director of Bergman & Co., the design firm behind Poodle’s ultra-chic interiors. “They’re now thoroughly enjoying welcoming visitors to the space. [...] It’s been rewarding to see Poodle being embraced by the community.” I can’t tell you how bracing it feels to see full rooms once again. It has a fortifying sense somehow. I suppose this comes as a result of the superadded importance of what ‘the neighbourhood local’ means in our daily lives – that sense of community, of its congregation, our watering hole. As Bergman elaborates, “The brief was to design a new neighbourhood local that eschewed stylistic trends in favour of an authentic, site-specific response.” “Poodle’s modern Italian menu and suburban context became the driving inspiration, allowing us to develop a narrative around authenticity, effortlessness and nostalgia. The venue embraces an unpretentious, lived-in sensibility with a series of quirky and materially-rich spaces to hide out or hang out depending on one’s mood,” shares Bergman. As Fitzroy’s gastrophiles will have you know, Poodle occupies prime real estate alongside the illustrious likes of Cutler & Co. and Marion. This iconic bank of restaurants in classic double-fronted Melbourne terraces lends the newcomer an established bearing – something which Poodle’s brooding art deco aesthetic serves to emphasise. A procession of linear terrace archways and doors frame increasingly introverted dining situations, each lit in the similarly intimate promise of an increasingly Rembrandt-like glow. Bronze, marbles, leathers and deep chocolate timbers provide a princely textural bass note – quite masculine, quite lavish – while graphic contemporary art and the more brazen humour of decorative elements (I’m looking at you, Pepto pink poodle statue) lend excitable moments of personality. “The design of Poodle Bar and Bistro extends to bespoke joinery, furniture and lighting solutions; a fluted glass screen divider, low ‘toad’ stools, ball and slumped-glass wall lights, grappa bottle shelving and an art deco-inspired courtyard balustrade now graces some of Poodle’s branded merchandise and graphics. These pieces, created in collaboration with local maker Please Please Please play a key role in bringing the venue’s imaginative brand identity to life,” says Bergman. Much like its namesake breed, Poodle is every bit an experience of conflated opposites: immensely groomed (but never to the point of contrivance), carrying a dignified demeanour (but with shrill yaps of gusto), a timeless classic (but in a league of its own). A purebred. Bergman & Co bergmanandco.com Poodle poodlefitzroy.com.au Photography by Derek Swalwell We think you might like this story about Cafe Lafayette by Hassell abc
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Bringing Your Bathroom a Soft Exuberance

Trends constantly emerge, entwine and recycle, requiring extensive stylistic research and considered design to keep interiors looking — and feeling — contemporary. A transpiring bathroom design trend from 2021, as discovered by antoniolupi, is the notion of ‘soft mood’, as expressed through the aesthetic and tactile qualities of finishing materials. Smooth, organic and sophisticated, this rising trend calls upon innovative design technology to elevate the atmosphere of bathrooms. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="112112,112114"] As trends evolve, so do the products of antoniolupi. In response to this emerging ‘soft mood’ sensibility, the brand's distinctive Flumood material has been reconstructed, transformed and expanded for the development of antoniolupi’s new, innovative material finish: Colormood. The Flumood material has extraordinary characteristics — its ecological, compact, non-porous, uniform, and non-toxic with a surface that's easy to clean with common cleaning products. And it can be restored when scratched by everyday use. Available in a range of warm and cool colours, such as Serena, Falena and Bianco, Flumood is a clear display of antoniolupi’s innovation. Extending on the qualities of Flumood, Colormood is composed mostly of aluminium hydroxides and synthetic resin with a low styrene content and is applied with a new Italian Soft Touch finish treatment to offer high resistance to stains as well as giving an extremely opaque aesthetic quality. Further, Colormood is anti-fingerprint, resistant to micro-scratches on the surface, does not reflect light and can adapt to any interior design project due to its versatility. Colormood has a distinctive matte finish that is velvety to the touch, with new additional colourway choices to help clients truly create that ‘soft mood’. From the cool, earthen tones of Argilla, Smoke and Mamba to the dark sophistication of Ramerino and Basalto to the elegance of Lichene, Iceberg and Delfino — these carefully curated colours exude smoothness and softness that complements all bathroom designs. This innovative material is available in a range of bathroom fixtures and fittings. Round, organic Colormood bathtubs, sinks and accessories deliver an extraordinary softness in both aesthetic and tactile material. A truly unique multi-sensory experience, antoniolupi’s Colormood products ensure quality, resistance and an elegant, velvety feel that’s perfect for transforming your bathroom. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="112111,112123"] As the leading manufacturer of bathroom ware, antoniolupi’s products are constantly evolving in response to contemporary trends. Indeed, the emerging ‘soft mood’ atmosphere can be created and expressed through the innovative colourways and texture of Colormood. For more information on the new Colormood finish, contact info@antoniolupidesign.com.au

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Modern, Yet Classic: The New Colours Of Laminex

To bring a splash of energy and optimism this cold season, we can look to our surfaces to bring new levels of rich colour and textural warmth to our everyday. This is where Laminex shines. This year, Laminex introduces a new classical range with a modern twist. Titled, ‘Living Pigments’ and ‘Calm Character,’ these two collections explore the depth and versatility of colours found in nature.  With the introduction of seventeen new decors to their Colour Collection, Living Pigments and Calm Character offer expansive options that reconceptualise the very meaning of the natural colour palette. Both additions offer a fresh take on neutral and accent shades, inspired by the depth and versatility of colours found in nature. The Living Pigments range encapsulates seven new solid colour options, inspired by earthy tones. Reminiscent of ochre, terracotta and sand, as well as vegetal greens, the striking colour ways are breathtaking and undeniably sophisticated. From the sunlit gold of ‘Pale Honey’ to the regal depth of ‘Kalamata’ and toasty warmth of ‘Moroccan Clay’, the neutral brown palette truly brings the outdoors inside and grounds any project. The soft green ‘Olivine’ and deeper ‘Hushed Pine’ offer a refreshing yet natural departure from the earthy tones, instead drawing inspiration from the foliage and flora that the earth can create. The Calm Character range offers two new woodgrain finishes and eight new patters, highlighting the extraordinary textures of timber, marble and terrazzo. Sacha Leagh-Murray, General Manager of Marketing and Sales at Laminex, considers that Calm Character  offers a new level of timeless versatility. “With this new collection, we wanted to create a modern yet classic take on neutrals, offering a muted version of colours that had previously not been thought of as natural tones.” The cool ‘Danish Walnut’ works beautifully with the lighter range of textures from Laminex, such as the Living Pigments ‘Porcelain Blush’ or Calm Character ‘Tumbled Terrazzo’. For a bolder design element, the ‘Shou Sugi’ colourway is a striking charcoal which offers a charred timber finish. While Living Pigments and Calm Character work beautifully when specified together, Laminex have truly succeeded in creating a range that complements existing or natural finishes. In addition to being exceptionally versatile, Laminex finishes are durable, flexible, and finger-print resistant: perfect for frequently used areas. With the introduction of seventeen additional decors, Laminex is an ideal material for your next project’s surfaces. For residential, commercial, and workplace projects, Laminex presents a beautifully curated collection of organic, elegant tones to revitalise our connection with nature. Laminex laminex.com.au abc
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Putting A Value on Good Design Through The Legacy of Boyd

“We are calling on our community of designers, architects and enthusiasts to support the need for ongoing design advocacy in Australia,” says Tony Isaacson, Chair of the Robin Boyd Foundation Board. “There is much to learn about the importance of design and its ability to influence broad areas of society, ecology and culture. Our mission, is to continue Boyd’s legacy in embracing a sense of moral responsibility and professional capability to shape the future together, through design.” Supporting the foundation’s mission to “develop and deliver programs that encourage a wider understanding of the value of design and how design can improve our world”, the initiative calls for support in helping elevate and communicate the role design plays in improving the world around us. Funds raised will enable new advocacy projects that amplify the voice of architecture and good design in Australia. The campaign comes following the release of ‘After The Australian Ugliness’ a new book that explores Australia’s design legacy 60 years after the publication of Boyd’s seminal work ‘The Australian Ugliness’. As an architect Robin Boyd (1919 – 1971) played an active role in communicating design to the public, helping to engage people in a way that pushed Australian design and vernacular forward. Today, the Robin Boyd Foundation carries on that work as an independent, not-for-profit. The latest fundraiser will close on Sunday 6 June and is a ‘Plus 1’ initiative with Creative Partnerships Australia matching every donation dollar for dollar up to the value of $25,000.

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The Nordic Heritage of Eikund Finds A New Home At StylecraftHOME

Prior to the latest lockdown in Melbourne, Stylecraft hosted a fabulous party to launch its latest brand Eikund from Norway. With a capacity crowd in the Melbourne showroom, Stylecraft founder Anthony Collins introduced the brand then crossed live to Norway for an introduction to Eikund, its story and products. In true Stylecraft fashion, beautiful food and delicious drinks were served as the guests viewed the furniture and had the opportunity to touch, feel and see the products up close. Popular with the crowd and a stand out among the many fine pieces was the Fluffy armchair designed by Fredrik A. Kayser – as modern today as when it was designed in 1954. Eikund presents a range that comprises Norwegian furniture classics that have stood the test of time in design. For example, the range includes the Krysset lounge chair by Fredrik A. Kayser designed in 1955; The Broadway Lounge chair by Torbjørn Afdal designed in 1958 and Sigurd Resell's øya dining table designed in 1956 and many more. These furniture pieces, that present classics for a new audience, are certain to hit the design mark for architects and designers and are a fine addition to the Stylecraft portfolio of outstanding brands.
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Save 20% on Blu Dot’s Entire Furniture and Furnishings Range

Established in 1997, Blu Dot’s founders were looking to fill their homes with furniture that reflected their passion for art, architecture and design. They didn’t like the pieces they could afford and couldn’t afford those that they did. So they sought to bring modern American design to an affordable market and have been doing so every day since, promising designer furniture for any price range. Reaching Australian shores eight years ago, Blu Dot's annual sale is on now till June 30 across their entire range in store and online - no exclusions. Whether it’s the addition of the newly launched 100% recycled plastic Decade Chair to your indoor or outdoor table, or a Field Lounge Chair in the corner of your bedroom, the time is certainly now and the price is most definitely right. So get to it! Be sure to browse and shop Blu Dot's full range here. Thoughtfully curated by the Habitus team, here are our picks from the Blu Dot annual sale...

Hot Mesh Settee

Ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, the Hot Mesh Settee takes its inspiration from the classic café chair designed by Thonet way back in 1859. The chair is designed to stand out, and fits within a range of styles and contexts.

Pitter Patter Umbrella Stand

The Pitter Patter is deadly straight and immensely practical. The stand is made of White honed Carrara marble base and powder coated steel, that ensures durability and effortless grandeur.

Coco Collection

The Coco Collection consists of three different small tables: the Coco Coffee Table, Low Side Table and Tall Side Table. All serve a designated purpose, and can double as a flourish in the centre of your living space, or a practical assistant next to your lounge.

Field Lounge Chair

[gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="112032,111865"] Proportionate in every measure, the Field Lounge Chair invites the lost art of unwinding with its shapely curves and warm textures. Built on a solid powder coated base, the chair is equal parts sturdy and comfy.

Right On Rug

Citing contemporary principles of heavy doses of colour and a touch of fringe, Right On isn’t necessarily going to be the centrepiece of a living space, but it will certainly liven it up. Right On is available in two distinct colour mixes and three sizes, promising that it will fit wherever you best need it.

Blu Dot - Annual Sale | 20% off all Blu Dot Designs | 1st - 30th June

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This Home in Hobart is Shelter, Sanctuary and Spectacle All at Once

Rain Curtain House is situated at the foothills of Mount Wellington in South East Tasmania and, while the setting is magnificent, the house is more than just a complement to the landscape; it is a study of exemplary architecture and design in itself.   The home was designed for a professional couple, both psychologists, as a place in which to relax; a sanctuary to be one with nature and also enjoy those marvellous views. With this project, architect Thomas Bailey, Principal of Hobart-based practice Room 11, shows a respect for the environment. Through this understanding and sensitivity to place he has interpreted the desires of his clients’ to perfection. As a home, Rain Curtain House has all that would be expected and then some. Designed as a rectangle around a courtyard, there are rooms on three sides for living, dining and eating and private spaces that include a master suite, a bedroom, gym-cum-workshop and a separate building for a study. However, it is the inclusion of the internal courtyard that informs the configuration of the house and provides a place of particular beauty. As the courtyard becomes the catalyst for the overall design, it is also a place in which the residents can find solace and a space; where the outside and the inside co-exist in harmony. Thomas deliberately designed an internal courtyard to edit out the view of neighbouring houses but this has also engendered a monastic feel to the home. Between the cloistered design of the courtyard and the extraordinary views of majestic Mount Wellington, there is the opportunity to reside with nature but also enjoy the human luxuries of comfort we have all come to expect. As Thomas comments, “If you’re going to live on a mountain and experience the outdoors it’s good to know that there is a sanctuary for you to retreat to. And you can enjoy the outdoor discomfort in winter knowing that it’s very easy to have that relieved when you return into the home.” The pared-back aesthetic of Rain Curtain House is reflected throughout: in the concrete walls, bespoke window frames and refined cabinetry. The internal palette is subdued greys and splashes of honey-coloured timber with inclusions of black to delineate and detail features. Utilising steel, concrete and glass, the materiality is spare and clean and helps visually elongate the structure of the home and give it breadth. Externally the house is clad in black oxidized concrete while the courtyard features black cement sheeting. As such, the house responds to the natural light according to the time of day and the season to either merge or emerge from its surroundings. Thomas shares that, “With the light, the house and the mountain are almost the same colour, but I also like the idea that a building becomes a shadow. Even though it’s monolithic, it can also recede into the landscape. It has power when you’re close to it, but when you move away it just disappears into the forest. It’s a lovely idea and very beautiful to experience.” Thomas has further extrapolated the lineal within the courtyard as there are no columns to support eaves. Instead, the roofline has been engineered to cantilever and, with no gutters, the sightline is long clean lines from one end of the structure to the other. Through this design, Thomas has created one of the most striking cause and effects, as when rain spills from the roof into the courtyard it falls as a sheet and presents as a water curtain. It makes a perfectly transparent, shimmering outdoor curtain.
When rain spills from the roof into the courtyard it falls as a sheet and presents as a water curtain.
There were challenges to the build, especially as the house is located in a fire-prone area. Appropriate fire-graded materials have been incorporated into the design as well as an automatic fire shutter. Internally, sustainable ideas have been implemented and adapted for this particular environment. Within the concrete shell there is robust insulation, extremely efficient hydronic heating and an excellent air recirculation flow. Importantly, Thomas has also included the opportunity for natural ventilation, with windows being openable. In fact, the house has been designed with a high thermal mass and, even in the extreme cold, the house temperature is thermally stable for long periods. As well as the house proper, Thomas designed a small studio located at the side of the main residence. This is a workspace and office for the owners and continues the pared-back and minimal aesthetic that has been applied elsewhere with just a chair and desk for furnishings. Understanding that comfort is everything, a hammock has been suspended beneath an overhead skylight and provides just the place to gaze at the forest, ponder a problem or snooze. Rain Curtain House is beautiful and it suits its landscape and the people who reside within its walls. There is every amenity but it all comes together with artistic poise and architectural grace. It is the detail within the design that makes all the difference, whether that is the rain curtain or the sustainable initiatives, the materiality or the separate studio. In such a wondrous natural environment, Rain Curtain House is comfortably at home in its surrounds, just as the residents are relaxed and at peace within their confines. To inhabit this part of the world is a privilege but to live in such a home is the ultimate joy, a singularly restorative and health-giving experience. Project Credits Architecture and interiors by Room 11 Built by Elevate Building Tasmania Photography by Adam Gibson This article originally appeared in issue #50 of Habitus, subscribe to Habitus magazine now, and see another Hobart home by Room 11 here abc
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VOLA’s Stainless Steel Tapware: a Timeless Tribute to Water and Modern Aesthetic

The calm confidence of the premium metal, alongside the unpretentious purity of its subtle hues so closely resembling the translucent fluidity of water has been widely appreciated by designers and architects over the years. Moulded into diverse shapes and forms - like water - this staple of modern design has been creatively employed to produce simple geometric shapes, graphic industrial structures and rounded, organic forms. Universal in its integrity, toned down expression, versatile colouring and tactile manifestation, the material offers an opportunity to achieve a variety of visual outcomes. VOLA’s range of stainless steel tapware encapsulates the metal’s timeless qualities, perfectly highlighting both Arne Jacobsen’s iconic designs - and the brand’s remarkable sustainability credentials. With their focus firmly placed on wellness and environmental commitments, VOLA only uses pure steel - and works solely with suppliers whose quality standards match their own. The brand is also devoted to minimising waste and maximising re-utilisation. All their products are made to order, and they primarily work with highly recyclable metals - such as stainless steel, which is 100% recyclable - to ensure they can recover and reuse the entirety of their waste. Handcrafted at a factory in Denmark and built around a modular design system, VOLA offers an incredible level of customisation and attention to detail as it pushes the long-lasting potential of the products even further. Stainless steel is also incredibly durable and resistant to chemicals and corrosion which not only makes it an excellent choice for the outdoor applications but also ensures longevity - yet another cornerstone of VOLA’s sustainability pledge. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="111609,111605"] However, the long-lasting appeal of VOLA’s stainless steel tapware doesn’t come from the manufacturing process and durability of the material alone. The timeless allure of the iconic forms designed by Arne Jacobsen continues to be as relevant as it was in 1968 when the original modern tap was created by the architect and VOLA founder, Verner Overgaard. The simplicity of a design that conceals the mechanical aspects of the product emphasizes the purity of the material and the sculptural confidence of the form - a timeless fusion of ingenuity and beauty that is bound to enchant for generations to come. The hand-brushed finish of the stainless steel range will establish a pleasant visual dialogue with any modern interior, while the sensual texture provides a tactile and optical quality that evokes the attributes of spring water. Combining the enduring beauty of timeless, modern forms with exceptional quality and sustainability commitments, VOLA’s stainless steel tapware collection offers exceptional performance, long-lasting appeal and iconic visual outcomes - an original design recipe many manufacturers seek to imitate or match.

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Enriching Our Landscape With Authentic Voices

The 2021 recipient of the Arcadia Indigenous Landscape Architecture Scholarship has been announced. Laree Barney, a proud Kalkatungu woman with connections to Winnam has been awarded the honour after impressing the panel with her deep passion for design and mature perspective. As Laree shares: “I was drawn to this degree because I am passionate about sustainability, design, and the ongoing Care of Country using First Nations knowledge.” I am honoured to have been awarded Arcadia’s scholarship while I’m studying landscape Architecture at QUT.” Laree has already commenced her first year of Landscape Architecture studies at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The scholarship offers support and mentoring from the studio’s Queensland team throughout her studies. Arcadia Landscape Architecture has offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and first established the scholarship program in 2017. Partnered with eight universities across Australia, Arcadia launched the program when Principals Alex Longley and Michael Barnett recognised that there was poor representation of First Peoples in the industry. The intention is to encourage Indigenous students to consider a career in landscape architecture, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the industry has proper representation. It is in this way landscape architecture can create meaningful spaces which truly care for Country and consider authentic custodianship and shared knowledge. All Indigenous students enrolled in AILA-accredited Landscape Architecture programs are invited to apply for an Arcadia scholarship. Each scholarship will provide support to each student for the duration of the course. Arcadia Landscape Architecture arcadiala.com.au Portrait photo by Nikita Pereabc
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Refrigeration and Cooking with Designer Flair – Three Ways to Control Your Kitchen

Whether you're an at-home entertainer and chef, or someone who appreciates good wine, it’s clear that temperature control for storing and cooking foods of the utmost importance in the kitchen. With contemporary kitchen aesthetics varying so much, finding the right refrigeration and cooking devices to fit an existing style can be challenging. It’s with this in mind that Sub-Zero Wolf has designed its sleekly modern appliances – to function perfectly and fit seamlessly into any kitchen.

Wine storage and refrigerator drawers

The ICBIW-30R wine storage and refrigerator drawers tick the entertainers' wish list. Storing and protecting up to 86 bottles of wines of any variety in a sleek and stylish way. Better storage for the bottle means more enjoyment in the glass. Sub-Zero wine preservation units act not merely as coolers. They guard against heat, humidity, vibration and light, all of which can rob wine of its complexity and character. Meanwhile two refrigerator drawers situated beneath the wine storage offer ample space for refrigerating cheese and antipasto ingredients, while also keeping beer, mineral water, and soda ice cold. Ensuring your kitchen is cohesive in style and statement-making in appearance, the unit can be fitted with custom panels, handles and optional stainless steel panels. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="111740,111739"]  

M Series transitional oven

Designed with elegant style and built using premium grade materials, the world class technology of Wolf’s ICBSO30TMSTH Transitional M Series Single Oven is further elevated by its sleek, effortlessly contemporary style. Combining intuitive technology and superb ergonomics, the M series ovens feature colour LCD touch-screen controls, pre-set cooking programs, interior lighting and pyrolytic cleaning. The oven boasts a generous 144-litre capacity, and the advanced Dual VertiCross convection heating system. This convection fan system features two corner column fans with parallel vertical heating elements for faster preheating and consistent cooking results across all racks. When combined with other Sub-Zero Wolf refrigeration and cooking appliances, the kitchen becomes a zone of both superior innovation and extraordinary style for the user.

Contemporary induction cooktop

Underneath its sophisticated exterior, the Wolf ICBCI365CB Contemporary 91cm induction cooktop is a pure performance instrument, delivering lightning-fast high heat for stir frying, as well as very-low lows for delicate simmers and melts. Highly efficient, exceptionally safe and easy to clean, Wolf’s induction cooktops feature flexible cooking configurations, with the five heating elements accommodating a wide variety of pan sizes and dish preparation. The black ceramic glass surface resists scratching, staining, impact and heat. The white LED sliding touch controls are crisp and easy to read.
No matter the aesthetic, no matter the need, Sub-Zero Wolf’s refrigeration and cooking appliances will ensure a kitchen is as functional as it is beautiful. Sub-Zero and Wolf au.subzero-wolf.comabc
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Surround by Laminex: Transformative Wall Linings Made Easy

A crucial backdrop to the scenography of any interior, walls play a vital role in establishing the visual context of the space. Applying the right treatment to the wall surface can have a transformative effect on the whole interior, creating an opportunity to elevate the sense of warmth, inject charm - or add personality. Laminex embraces the potent and transformative power of walls by launching a collection of eight carefully curated wall linings that are designed to work with a wide range of architectural styles - and in a variety of settings. The new product range is called ‘Surround by Laminex’ and comprises contemporary and classic styles. The contemporary series sees some of the quintessential shapes modernised for a more streamlined look. The deep, repetitive edges of the Batton profiles elevate the classic timber paneling look, offering a choice of narrower boards for a more striking, graphic visual backdrop. The scooped, textural curves of the Scallop variants combine the universal proportions of the undulating pattern with a thinner, more energised shape for more definition. The arched roundness of Demi Round panels, on the other hand, brings a soft, calming quality to an interior - with the option of a slimmer alternative for a more dynamic texture. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="111595,111596"] Laminex’s classic series also offers more standardised visual outcomes. The Classic VJ 100 panel has been designed for the timeless, versatile and classic tongue and groove panelling look, while Heritage 150 elevates the warm, more traditional appeal of timber panelling through the incorporation of wider boards and more pronounced curving joints. The timeless character of the ‘Surround by Laminex’ range is bound to be a point of permanence amongst ephemeral trends and fashions. However, the collection was also designed to stand the test of time from a product longevity point of view. The panels are made from a medium-density MDF that uses sustainably sourced timber to ensure an excellent impact-resistance profile. The material selection and manufacturing practices elevate the range’s durability attributes and make it an excellent choice for any high-use areas - whether it’s a residential or commercial space. The collection is also a strikingly efficient design solution. It’s cost-effective, easy to install and can be attached to a variety of surfaces like plasterboard, timber, steel, brick or masonry walls. The decorative side comes appropriately pre-primed and can be painted with the desired colour right away. Laminex’s Australian-made, versatile and innovative range of products is a much anticipated visual solution that makes achieving high-end wall designs accessible, while it celebrates the ease of installation, excellent sustainability and durability credentials and exquisitely stunning designs to choose from. ‘Surround by Laminex’ is available from the 2nd of June 2021, so head to suroundbylaminex.com.au to order a sample for your upcoming project.

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A Minimalist Apartment With A Japanese Influence

A minimalist aesthetic keeps the interiors easy to maintain. Meanwhile, warm oak and cool grey concrete accents lend a touch of character to the largely all-white space. The result is a tranquil environment that’s ideal to unwind in. The living room is open and airy, and features a cool palette of white and light oak. There is a series of floating display shelves by the TV feature wall. This design resembles a cascading Japanese waterfall, and brings a sense of calm to the neutral space. To further enlarge the space, a tinted mirrored sliding door conceals the entrance to the study area. The black trimming on this door serves has a sleek handle. The dining area is bright and open, and largely unembellished. This is per the family’s request for a minimalist home with subtle Japanese influences. Yet, instead of a banal setting, it comes off as quietly chic, thanks to the use of black-framed kitchen windows and doors. They add depth and contrast, which breaks the monotony of the interconnected spaces. “Patterned tiles, with a rugged, concrete texture, were incorporated into the kitchen to offer a sense of playfulness,” says the design team, who opened up the space and improved ventilation with metal-framed glass bifold doors. This also improves the flow between the kitchen and the rest of the abode, and makes access easier. A suspended glass partition greets visitors at the foyer. The corrugated glass panel injects a sense of lightness and retains the spaciousness of the interiors while offering a sense of privacy. The half-height shoe cabinet with recess handles and a bench seating serves a practical purpose, as seen in typical Japanese homes. The designer created an L-shaped wardrobe in the master bedroom to maximise storage space, and adorned it with custom made handles and white laminate fronts to brighten up the room. To keep the bedroom looking clean, serene and streamlined, the door to the en-suite bathroom is also concealed. Meanwhile, a side table/dressing table with display nooks for the bedhead wall is a space-savvy addition to the bedroom. Taking slightly more liberties in the bathroom, the design team employed a greater variety of tiles with concrete-like finishes and herringbone patterns – unified, nonetheless, by the same colour. Black-framed glass panels for the shower area and matte black-finished fittings inject a contemporary touch. AMP Design Co. amp-d-space.com We think you'd like this cottage by Kitty Lee abc