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Habitus #53 is out now!

Habitus #53 is out now!

Catch a little taste of what awaits inside the latest edition of Habitus magazine – the Art issue – out Thursday 3 March.

For many, design is the embodiment of function being expressed through a lens of beauty, or in the eloquence of Louis Sullivan, “form follows function”. On the other hand, does that mean art is devoid of purpose?

I believe in the power of art as an expression of culture; it’s a barometer for society at any given moment in time. It’s a notion that is closely aligned to the mission that Habitus has had from its very beginning – to uncover how culture shapes the way we live.

Art and design have a lot to learn from each other and many of the stories that came to life while putting this issue together show the different junctures where the disciplines are intrinsically interwoven.

Shaun Lockyer at home, photographed by Andy Macpherson

The home of Shaun Lockyer is an example of this. Over the past 18 years, his family home has undergone 11 renovations, where incremental changes are blended with art and objects.

In Singapore, a framework of design thinking underpins everything at the botanical design studio This Humid House, but through the testing of ideas an artistic expression can be found.

Adelaide Residence by Williams Burton Leopardi, photo by Caroline Cameron

Similarly, the homes we visit throughout this issue bring to life how art can inspire architecture. At Adelaide Residence by Williams Burton Leopardi, the owner’s collection of art and antiques formed the brief for the renovation of an Edwardian terrace.

While at Dolphin Sands Studio in Tasmania, architect Matt Williams collaborated closely with the builder to craft a small pavilion structure that is itself a work of art.

Dolphin Sands by Matt Williams Architect, photo by Adam Gibson

I hope you find the tendrils of artistic thinking interlaced throughout this issue and enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed piecing it together.

As always, reach out at aleesha@indesign.com.au and fill your feed with inspiration at habitusliving.com.

Aleesha Callahan

Photo by Sarah Pannell


Aleesha Callahan

Aleesha Callahan is the editor of Habitus. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Aleesha seeks out the unique people, projects and products that define the Indo Pacific region. Aleesha was previously the editor of Indesignlive.com and has written and contributed to various publications and brands in her 10 years in the architecture and design industry, bringing intimate insight to her stories having first trained and practised as an interior designer. Her passion for mid-century design and architecture began while living and working in Berlin.