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Issue 60 - The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

Issue 60

The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

HABITUS has always stood ahead of the rest with a dedicated Kitchen and Bathroom issue of exemplar standards. For issue 60 we have taken it up a notch with our Guest Editor the extraordinary, queen of kitchen design, Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent&Pyke, speaking directly to Kitchen and Bathroom design with some increadable insights.

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How Idle Hands Design Future Proof Their Products
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How Idle Hands Design Future Proof Their Products

Melbourne-based Idle Hands Design is committed to simple manufacturing, ensuring that all products are not only minimalistic but also sustainable.


Idle Hands Design is a design studio in Melbourne that works exclusively with steel. The founders – Kieran Meegan, a steel fabricator, and artist, Rickie-lee Robbie – are partners in life as well as work and their products offer unique problem solving to design dilemmas of sustainability while creating beautifully crafted objects that last for as long as you want them. After his industry in Australia was moved offshore, Kieran, a former shipbuilder, shares “I wanted to try and do something new, something fun.”

He adds: “We started up the business, got a workshop and started creating things…we saw an opportunity in steel, a chance to do something on a smaller scale. Small steel fabrication is a unique market, there is a niche of the product, and uniqueness of the projects.”

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As everything is made in Australia, the duo can assure the quality of their products; and extend this beyond the physicality of the products into design and shipping.

Steel is a smart product for recycling as well, and can be melted and reused; rather than ending up in a landfill.

Sustainability and the dedication to future-proof their designs is key to Idle Hands. “We make sure that all the pieces are zinc plated, which means they’ll never rust, and the powder coat ensures it’ll keep its look forever,” says Kieran.

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Steel is a smart product for recycling as well, and can be melted and reused; rather than ending up in a landfill. Kieran also adds that they always try to use local businesses for shipping and our commercial material needs, preventing ordering in products from overseas.

Their influences come from Brutalist architecture and its similar qualities to steel, both with a simple reduction of form, shape and line. “It’s honest and uncompromising,” says Kieran.

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“Our design philosophy is centred around minimal use of the product. Steal is great for that, you can use very little, and it can lead to really create very simple impactful pieces.” Every part of the process has to be carefully considered. It leaves the design with a simple aesthetic, that is well thought through. The objects could look like pieces of art before you realise their functionality as a record holder or coffee table.

It’s a beloved process for the design couple, who have been together for 15 years. Kieran reveals, they complement each other, bringing new aspects to their relationship and always trying to do their best.

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“You can use very little [steel] and it can lead to really create very simple impactful pieces.”

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About the Author

Emma-Kate Wilson

Emma-Kate Wilson is a Sydney-based contemporary art and design writer. Her writing examines current trends in global interior design and architecture; as well as the broader cultural impact of art and design. After moving to Australia in 2013 from the UK, the writer has immersed herself in the visual language of the country — specialising in designers’ and artists’ pursuit of creative practice.

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Issue 60 - The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

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The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

HABITUS has always stood ahead of the rest with a dedicated Kitchen and Bathroom issue of exemplar standards. For issue 60 we have taken it up a notch with our Guest Editor the extraordinary, queen of kitchen design, Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent&Pyke, speaking directly to Kitchen and Bathroom design with some increadable insights.

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