The relationship between nature and architecture is clear in this project by ONG&ONG. As well as a sense of natural tactility in the materials, the family home in Singapore has been designed around a ‘colossal’ pre-war Rain Tree that existed on the site.
District Eight Design is an office and workshop based in Vietnam that merges design and build. In Habitus issue 26 we meet founder, Australian Darren Chew, to discuss his journey. Here, we enjoy his products, made with careful attention to detail.
In Bear House, size matters. Designed for Be@rbrick collectors, the house centres itself around the owners’ Be@rbricks display cabinet and scale is based on the toys, rather than the owners.
Davis Bure House, sitting high upon a hillside at Whale Bay, Northland, is a thoughtful exploration of New Zealand’s history. Both colonial occupation of the land and the Maori response to that has been into consideration in the design, looking at how those events might be woven together. The distinctive high ceilings in particular are a unique design choice for its location, as Pip Cheshire tells us.
An un-used inner-city back yard is reinvented as a Garden room, finding a functional partnership with the house. In this renovation of a late Victorian home, by Welsh+Major, we see the potential for under-utilsed space fully realised in the form of a green sanctuary. Words by Tess Ritchie.
Just the names Walnut and Oak conjure up beautiful images – warm tones, gentle grain and subtle variations of colour. They’re two timbers that need little dressing up, and should be celebrated simply as they are. ercol’s Svelto collection does just that.
With the launch of Wood Melbourne earlier this year and a showroom opening in two weeks time, Oliver MacLatchy is in a local designer and maker we’ll be keeping an eye on. We ask him a few questions to find out what makes him tick – aside from timber.
‘Greenfall Renovation’ is Vo Trong Nghia Architects’ solution to Hanoi’s urban problems. It’s triangle light well, choice of reflective materials and abundance of greenery combats electricity shortages and flooding, pollution and general lack of green, creating a lush explosion of colour in its busy neighbourhood. Words by Tess Ritchie.
Nicolas Chiew is a Sydney-sider from the Northern beaches. His love for recycled timber has become his profession, co-founding the Colonial Trading Company. We chat to this Design Hunter about his interest in wood with a story, his passion for wine and what he’s been up to…