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The Ultimate Design Hunter Package Competition Is CLOSED!

The Ultimate Design Hunter Package Competition Is CLOSED!

StarkHouse by Park Associates (Singapore) cc Derek Swalwell | Habitus Living House of the Year 2019

Six weeks of voting, 20 outstanding residential projects to choose from, and 5000 individual voters to tally: at long last we have a winner of the Habitus House of the Year, Ultimate Design Hunter Package.

Now in its second year running, Habitus House of the Year is a carefully curated selection of 20 recently completed residential projects found in diverse locations across the Indo Pacific Region.

According to Habitus, these projects are the most outstanding examples of our distinctive approach to design and unique way of living in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. There are as many commanalities between the projects as there are distinctions, and that’s been one of our favourite things to note.

While we feel our selection is representative of the above, and the Habitus values, we also appreciate that our audience of Design Hunters are highly educated, informed, and understanding of great design. So, we put it to the people to ask the wider community what it thought of our selection by way of a People’s Choice Award.

In appreciation of the time, care and consideration that would be put in to cast an honest vote, we rallied our friends in the industry to contribute to a comprehensive, highly designed Ultimate Design Hunter Package in recognition of time spent to judge and vote in the People’s Choice Award.

And now that the voting has closed, we have a winner! Congratulations to Raphael Alfonso! For those wondering, his House of the Year was Stark House by Park + Associates.

StarkHouse by Park Associates (Singapore) cc Derek Swalwell | Habitus House of the Year 2019

This lucky Design Hunter will be walking away with a $40,000 prize pool comprising the following:

1. Agra rug, Armadillo & Co.

The Agra Collection of rugs from Armadillo & Co. balances visual restraint with sumptuous luxury. Select your choice of colour from the collection’s range of ten hues; Anthracite; Byzantine; Duchess; Juniper; Kingfisher; Marlin; Midnight; Moonstone; Oyster; and Pearl.

Armadillo & Co. 

2. Flocca Linen bedding, Hale Mercantile Co.

Experience pure linen bedding from Australia’s leading linen brand. Hale Mercantile Co.’s luxurious linen bedding is manufactured entirely in Europe from authentic, quality linen. Receive a Queen-size linen bedhead and bedding set including duvet cover, flat sheet and pillowcases.

Hale Mercantile Co.

3. Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge, Premium Sound

Compact and powerful wireless speaker with a timeless design, cutting edge acoustic innovation and magical interaction for a listening experience that inspires the imagination.

Premium Sound

4. Anya Pesce artwork, Studio Gallery

Titled Gold Composition, 2019, this wall mounted sculpture by Sydney-based artist, Anya Pesce, is valued at $3,000. Anya’s work explores surface, colour and materiality, transforming plastic material from its industrial incipient state, to a form that is both illusive and real, arouses curiosity through juxtaposition.

Studio Gallery

5. Georg Coat Stand, Top 3

Georg Coat Stand is two long legs attached to a centre section that leans against the wall. No screws, just a straightforward wardrobe solution for your lobby or bedroom. Shirts and trousers can go on hangers, while you can hang your scarves and jackets on the little bumps on one leg and your bag on the hook on the other.

Top 3

6. Sedis Chair, Stylecraft

The Sedis seating collection designed by Anne-Claire Petre for Anaca Studio balances sculptural curves with strong, minimalist lines informed by Art Deco architecture.


7. Andy Chair, Project 82

The Andy occasional chair by Design Kiosk is an effortlessly comfortable chair that is modern and inviting. Available in 4 aniline leather options this armless chair is easy to slide into, and keeps a room feeling open.

Project 82

8. Ceppo collection tiles, Earp Bros

Receive a $3,000 voucher to spend on any tiles in the Ceppo collection by Earp Bros. The collection includes three stunning colours, Antracita, Stone and Acero offering a diverse collage of complementing tones to easily blend with other materials and products.

Earp Bros

9. Kanta Nested Cocktail Tables, Boyd Blue

This pair of nested cocktail tables is topped with a sunburst-patterned veneer in Smoked Eucalyptus finish with a brass-plated metal base.

Boyd Blue

10. Shunan tables, Top 3

Bring the outside in with Shunan, the round metal and wood coffee table inspired by China’s serene forest. Ideal for use as a side or coffee table, Shunan’s curved ash top is supported by strong, vertical steel legs, creating an organic and elegant feel. This coffee table represents a perfect marriage of classic simplicity and contemporary flair.

Top 3

11. Showers, tapware and accessories, Phoenix Tapware

Select up to $3,000 RRP worth of Phoenix branded collections including showers, taps and accessories from Phoenix Tapware.

Phoenix Tapware

12. Dost lounge chair, Top 3

Named for the native word meaning ‘friendship’, the Dost wool lounge chair was inspired by one of our most basic human needs: comfort. Whether you’re having a bad day or just want to curl up with a good book, a few moments resting on a Dost chair will be as comforting as a cuddle from an old chum.

Top 3

13. Snoopy limited edition table lamp, Euroluce

Table lamp giving direct light with matte black embossing powder finishing reflector and white Carrara’s marble base. It was designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1967.

14. Wardrobe and personal styling, Nique

Receive a $1,500 Nique wardrobe and a personal styling session with Nique creative director, Nadia Jones.

15. Lightning rug, TSAR Carpets

This TSAR Carpets rug, valued at $4,065 RRP, is an atypical representation of lightning; hidden behind a mass of dark clouds, an electrical storm is observable only by a thin glow in the distance.


The People’s Choice Award will be announced this Thursday along with the jury’s awards at the official Habitus House of the Year Cocktail Party. Be sure to check back or stay in touch!


Habitus and Indesign Media Asia Pacific would like to thank our partners for the Design Hunter Package: Armadillo & Co., Hale Mercantile Co., Boyd Blue, Premium Sound, StylecraftHOME, Euroluce, Nique, Top 3, Earp Bros, Studio Gallery, Phoenix Tapware, Project 82, and Tsar Carpets.

Habitus House Of The Year wouldn’t exist without the support of our friends, colleagues and regular collaborators in the industry. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to our Major Partners Gaggenau, StylecraftHOME and Zip and Supporting Partners Armadillo & Co and Earp Bros. Our Trophy Partner Axolotl and our Accommodation Partner Ovolo Laneways. 

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