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Habitus #56 explores coastal living as more than a way of life

Habitus #56 explores coastal living as more than a way of life

Habitus #56 explores coastal living as more than a way of life

The Coastal Living issue of Habitus hits newsstands this week! Filled with stunning profiles and residences, it’s a visual feast with stories to be inspired by. Here, editor Aleesha Callahan shares the first word.

It was a breeze putting together this Coastal Living issue (no pun intended!) I think that’s simply because the desire to live by the water has resulted in remarkable design solutions. The ocean sparks a visceral connection to nature that can be both gentle and ferocious.

We meet Gary and Feskie at their Mallorca home, photo by Armelle Habib

From the cities that hug the coasts of Australia and New Zealand to the islands dotted in the South Pacific and Indonesia, our region teems with life right by the ocean. What I’ve learnt through this curation process is there is no singular way to design a residence on the coast – what’s most important is expressing the uniqueness of each environment.

This issue has some of the most impressive residences yet: absolute beach frontage at Somers Beach House by Wellard Architects with a timber-laden home that will age into the sandy landscape, a monolithic Brazilian brutalist-inspired residence (with a jetty) and Greg Natale’s signature pops of pattern and a mid-century remake in Perth by Design Theory.

Somers Beach House by Wellard Architects, photo by Derek Swalwell

At the heart of the entire issue is a feature story on luxury accommodations. Including seven boutique resorts and one-off residences, the piece highlights local vernacular executed with impeccable quality.

It’s also a story that introduces you to our new sister publication Luxury Travel magazine. There’s a natural synergy between Habitus and Luxury Travel as we both have a mission founded on authenticity and sustainability. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Katrina Holden, Luxury Travel’s editor, to source the breathtaking accommodations in the line-up.

I hope you enjoy soaking up the stunning homes and fascinating profiles that make this issue easily one of my favourites. As always, drop me a line if you have any questions or comments at aleesha@indesign.com.au.

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Somers Beach House by Wellard Architects, photo by Derek Swalwell
A sophisticated Sri Lankan beachside accommodation, designed by AIM Architecture and Norm Architects


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.