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Out tomorrow! Habitus #58 – the Creative Spaces issue

Out tomorrow! Habitus #58 – the Creative Spaces issue

The latest issue of Habitus is out tomorrow! A reinvigorated cover starring gallerist Emma Fox is a hint at what lies inside. As the Creative Spaces issue, it’s jam-packed with adaptive re-use and innovation.

What is the value of creativity? The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development predicted in 2021 that the creative economy could represent 10 per cent of global GDP before 2030. Locally, the Australian creative industries (which include architecture, design and craft) comprise eight per cent of the country’s total employment, according to a Deloitte study. The value, then, is enormous.

A new-look Habitus cover, starring Emma Fox, of Sydney gallery Fox Jensen (and Auckland gallery Fox Jensen McCrory

For this issue of Habitus, we look at creative spaces, and through the exploration of problem-solving and design, we see the tangible impact that creativity can have on the way we live. From adaptive reuse to innovative ways of making that honour age-old techniques, each of the stories in this issue highlights different kinds of design thinking and innovation.

The home of Bryant Alsop, originally designed by Geoffrey Danne, photographed by Jack Lovel.

We step inside the renovated mid-century home of two architects. We also visit the home and office of Andrew Jensen and Emma Fox, the gallerists behind Fox Jensen to learn about their journey through the art world and the pieces they’ve collected along the way.

In our feature section, we look at three seemingly different examples of creative problem solving from around the Indo Pacific; and also visit the home of architect Andrew Child in Fitzroy, which extends into a laneway to create a multi-purpose, futureproofed and adaptable response.

Architect Andrew Child has renovated a terrace house and laneway into a multi-use family home, photo by Tom Ross.

The residences included are of equal note, a shophouse-inspired home in Singapore for an art and ceramic collector; a breathtaking house that appears as a sculpture rising from the ground by Wood Marsh; and a small but perfectly suitable rainforest cabin tucked away as a total retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland.

I hope after reading and absorbing the incredible design and ideas on these pages you feel inspired. Feel free to reach out with questions or comments at aleesha@indesign.com.au.

Purchase a copy of Habitus #58 here.


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.