Habitus Issue 36

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June – august | 2017 AUD$16.95 | NZ$16.95 | USD$17.95 CDN$18.95 | GBP£9.90 | SGD$11.95
Neil Perry graces the Nourish issue. Kitchens & bathrooms reign supreme, and the perfect home 35 years in the making.






A breathtaking addition to Australia’s furniture landscape. Immerse yourself in an inspired mix of local and international designs, from the largest of pieces to the very smallest. StylecraftHOME isn’t so much a place you go to buy furniture, as you do to experience it.

With every visit rich in sensory experiences and bristling with contemporary charms you’ll discover new spaces, stories and ideas at every turn in a living showroom that’s ever-changing, day and night. Discover it for yourself at 100 William Street, Woolloomooloo.



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As Design Hunters we’re constantly in pursuit of fresh design ideas. This issue we’ve crossreferenced the latest pieces with those set to be the longest standing.


Everyone knows that the smallest of details can often make the biggest impact. Let these pieces we’ve painstakingly selected for your perusal, add function as well as flair to your interiors.

The people behind these familiar faces have a home to go to and a story to tell. They help others bring design into their homelife, but how do they help themselves?


Working from home might not be everyone’s cup of tea but Joanne Gambale finds that for Claudia Damichi, who separates her work life from her home life with a dedicated rooftop studio, her bright, bold and colourful art seeps down into her home in the best way possible.


Hardly one to suggest less is more, the inner-city Melbourne abode of multidisciplinary artist Ryan Foote – the man behind the infamous Diamond Lab dining experience –is surprisingly pared back.


In 2005 Kelvin Ho created the architecture and interior design studio AKIN Creative. In the years since, he’s worked on countless residential projects and commerical collaborations. Holly Cunneen discovers how his diverse portfolio has influenced his biggest project –his own home.

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t he man behind an empire. For the return of In Habitus Veritas, stephen todd interviews a dear friend and former boss. s omeone he’s known since the 80s and the very first incarnation of rockpool.

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s omehow we’ve created a world in which we design to our detriment. t he seemingly simple things in life, fruit and vegetables inclusive, are being ruthlessly culled should they exist outside the accepted standard.

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Despite it being an ancient method of material production, glass blowing has changed very little since its inception.

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t he world is becomeing one big global city and as a result international spaces and luxurious spas are inspiring residential bathroom design.

Home is where the heart is: here are our pick of projects to Nourish your being and encourage your sense of creativity.

98 kitchens

Great design is a team effort, get a hold of the architect of your dreams and cook up a kitchen to match.

118 Bathrooms

t he new age of bathrooms: they should restore our sense of wellness and offer a daily dose of luxury.

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Dreams change as easily as plans do. a spirations for the perfect home morphed mulitple times over the years for this family.

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i n a rare example of living large in the city, a church conversion provides plenty of space for an architect and her young family.

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a s city-centric life continues to encourage compact living and separation from nature, one man –and his family – rebelled.

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a studio retreat in rural Victoria is everything one moment and nothing the next.

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Hailed for her use of tactile textures and luxurious materials, Welsh designer Bethan Gray has developed a signature style. Patterns, texture, purity of line, clarity, harmony and attention to detail define her highly original style transcending the boundaries of trend.


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What does it mean to truly nourish oneself?

Admittedly, it must be different for everyone. But surely there are some overarching, universally shared practices? In the kitchen we nourish our bodies with food and nutrition; in the bathroom by lifting design cues from resort-like spaces to rest and recharge; throughout the home we nourish our natural urge to create with an appreciation – or knack – for good design; and we nourish our families using architecture to forge a safe space in which we, as a unit, can seek respite.

These ideas, actions and tendencies don’t benefit from separation, rather they suffer from it. In this issue we’ve brought them together and are approaching this notion of ‘nourishment’ from a holistic standpoint.

From the rooftop of her inner-city apartment-cum-studio, artist Claudia Damichi creates the concepts for her artwalls: bold, colourful, geometric murals wrapping around external façades of an increasing number of Sydney buildings to nourish passers-by as much as inhabitants.

Kelvin Ho, architect and founder of AKIN Creative, divulges his kitchen non-negotiables and within his second line up for In Habitus Veritas, Stephen Todd muses on our tendency to overdesign our life right up to the simplest of details – the fruit and vegetable drawer.

I’d like to invite you to join us as we learn from others – industry professionals, food personalities, creatives, and Design Hunters alike – new ways to encourage nourishing design into our home.

habitus takes the conversation to our contributors discovering their inspiration and design hunter® journeys

Anthony GeernA ert


Photographer Anthony Geernaert’s lens muses objects of interest and integrity, focusing in on the imprint of the human touch and the journey of ownership. It is no wonder then that to Anthony, “always and forever an urban dweller,” it is the neighbours and the community that etch out a sense of place.

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Sentimentality for the past, and a focus on the history that underpins design and interiors, pervades the mind and creative works of Joanna Gambale. With two kids the kitchen is a cherished hub of the home with shared and inclusive spaces paramount. “A modern layout, open [and] light, seems to fit the Sydney lifestyle and more so life as a young family.” Portrait by Larissa Fischinger.

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For Rebecca Gross, nourishment comes through investing in comforting design that supports her everyday. An early morning gym session creates routine to invigorate each day. “Being up and active before the sun comes up and exercising early sets my mood, energy and productivity levels for the day.” And within her apartment where functionality pervades, the bathroom is kept as a sanctified space of design encapsulated in a room visited each day.


The home is a functional and, more importantly, nurturing space for Sandra Tan – our fresh feet on the street in Melbourne. Minimalist design affords her two-bedroom apartment generous room while nature is introduced with, as she affectionately refers to them, her “plant babies” scattered about where she feels they seem happiest. The home is made a setting for slow living to soothe the intensity of the working day, with disturbances from light and noise replaced in the evening with a slow burning candle.

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For Stephen Todd the home is a place to be shared. “My priorities [in a home] have remained constant: simplicity, comfort and a degree of welcoming such that friends come to eat and don’t want to leave.” Over an old AGA oven – one that burns all day heating the home in rural New South Wales – Stephen cooks huge pots of Thai curry, boeuf bourguignon or coq au vin, which he shares with friends. Portrait by Anthony Geernaert.

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Starting off his career as a portrait photographer in New York, Tony Amos, now living south of Sydney, loves living in a house that has ventilation and light coming in from four sides. Tony nourishes himself through an attention to both his body and his mind; avoiding processed foods and reading something that is “considerably longer than 140 characters”.


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Piecing it together

Blue and green should never be seen...

Greenery, Pantone’s crowned 2017 colour of the year, illuminates Sussex Taps minimalist designs. Their GREENERY collection evokes the calm and vitality of nature while showing off their endlessly bespoke range of colours. sussextaps.com.au


A distortion of the common kitchen accessory, the KINK oil bottles from Jam Factory are crafted in Australia from hand-blown glass and moulded with gravity – establishing fluid asymmetry and movement.
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Drawn from his experience working with deluxe hotels, spas and restaurants, Tom Dixon ’s WASHING collection offers a playful and hardy assortment of lighting and storage pieces supported by his hand balms and washes to bask in the bathroom ritual.
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Dirty talk

Suggesting the soft soak of Turkish baths, latest collection from Cool Galah , MOMA , introduces hammam-style towels inspired from Turkey’s long tradition of looming techniques reflecting stonemosaic bathhouses.


An exercise in minimalism, Italian brand Mastella employs organic forms and materials in their VOY bath, a considered expression in the beauty of clean lines and seamless design. abey.com.au

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Methven’s dedication to constructing a better shower is realised in their AIO AURAJET twin shower. Coming off years of research, the Aurajet showerhead promises unparalleled, full-bodied water pressure with maximum body contact and all-over warmth.


The industrial-esque CONCRETE range from Ceasarstone offers the raw touch and textured surface of concrete while remaining easy to clean and never requiring sealing.


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Forks over knives

A youthful spirit governs Tcherassi Vilató’s collection of pop-arty foodfantastical pieces. The almost edible BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE sofa and MISSUNDERSTOOD table add playfulness matured in fine craftsmanship.


Why hide your obsession with food? The LET’S EAT! table from Tcherassi Vilató celebrates the artform of dining with knife-shaped legs and forkshaped supports to create a dining room that is larger than life.


Caesarstone translates the timeless beauty of natural marble onto easy to clean and care for stone. Their ever-popular STATUARIO MAXIMUS collection extends with seven new designs to a range of 48 designs to suit any style or setting.


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The flow on effect

Parisi continues to lead with bold bathroom settings, such as their new CUT sink which traces streamlined, edge-cut profiles to create robust pieces of absolute geometry.


A revolutionary transparent washbasin mixer created in collaboration with Phillipe Starck. The AXOR STARK V utilises concealed design to create an almost invisible faucet, parading the beauty and vitality of water as a feature not needing to be dressed up.


CALDERA by Rogerseller washbasins mimic the unique shapes of collapsed volcanic sites, featuring expressed crisp peaks that plunge into an elegant depression below the surface.


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Fuel your fire

Seemingly poised on the edge of stability, the TWICE AS TWIGGY LED dimmer floor lamp designed by Marc Sadler, is the big sister to the smaller Twiggy lamp –an icon of contemporary design. Now with extended height, extended diameter and extended drama.


The NIKOLATESLA induction cooktop from Residentia takes its name from the inventor in homage of innovation. Fusing hood and cooking surface into a perfectly integrated design, the induction cooktop uses Elica technology to adjust power, speed and control air quality.


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Merging modern invention with traditional techniques, Kamp.studio released a limited edition pour over coffee brewer. Featuring a jug and lid of hand cast porcelain paired with titanium gold cone filter, the set is designed to encourage stronger connections between owner and object.


Always enjoy your wine at the right temperature, with two independent climate zones and exact temperature control from 5 °C and 20 °C, the Gaggenau under bench wine climate cabinet allows professional wine storage for up to 34 bottles. The stainless steel framed glass, lockable door makes a design statement, while the wine can be accentuated impressively thanks to the option of a presentation light.


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Think Pink

Stackable stools to fit and enhance a space of any size, Dowel Jones ’ new THIMBLE stool in spun aluminium is the accent of soft colour you can use all around the home.


Injected with a sense of naivety and joy, the new textile collection from Kate & Kate in collaboration with Arent&Pyke , CARNIVAL clashes texture, print and natural materials to create a playful depth in the everyday setting.


Driven to enhance the bathroom into a true domestic retreat, Kartell by Laufen has released a new range of slimline and countertop washbasins as well as new colour finishes for their furniture pieces, to provide optimum versatility.


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White Party

The OCCO chair from Wilkhahn is a display of incredible versatility. There are four frame types, three choices in cushioning and six shells on offer. All up there are 72 variants – not only does it answer to varying tastes but varying design functions.


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TRACE , the poetic new collection from Parisi is designed as a manifestation of a feeling. Ceramic basins are turned into moody sculptural pieces that introduce organic form and movement.


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At home with familiar faces

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It’s funny,” says artist Claudia Damichi with a smile, “the paper I wrote for my masters – I found it the other day – was titled ‘Is Decoration a Bad Word?’ It made me laugh.”

The joke isn’t just the clichéd title but the artist’s subsequent life-long chase of that elusive meeting of decoration and fine art.

Claudia sits crossed legged among the gouache-on-A4 geometric studies that have piled up on her floor, their colours popping like confectionary against her white-painted Redfern studio.

Most of the studies – optical in design and experimental in colour – represent the early stages of her Artwalls, a departure from the acrylic on canvas works she is known to show at the Sophie Gannon gallery in Melbourne. Large-scale, one-off wall paintings for specific outdoor sites or homes, “they’re a response to architecture, not at odds with it”.

Her latest Artwall is a collaboration with architect Shelley Indyk, whose faded aquaand-purple warehouse in Paddington needed a new ‘skin’. Shelley found in Claudia a shared love of Sol LeWitt and the two of them advanced with creative aplomb to the delight of passers by.

“Once that painting was wrapped around that building you saw it differently,” says Claudia, “you saw the building,” she enthuses.

The idea was initially conceived two years ago, on a night of wine and giggles with an art collector friend who was raucously complaining she’d no more room to hang art.

Within weeks, Claudia was painting the rear exterior of her friend’s 1950s semi in Clovelly, without so much as a consultation.

Visitors saw it and commissions rolled in. She painted her own studio wall and that of her neighbour’s, actress Claudia Karvan. Soon she was balancing on a seven-metre-high scaffold painting the wall of a lightwell for Lee Stickells, the Head of Architecture at Sydney University. “We were really conscious this was a commission, not a quick bit of decorating,” says Lee of the resulting Artwall.

Claudia couldn’t have foreseen painting from a scaffold as a fine art graduate at the Cité Internationale des Arts in the late 90s, but then her work was always evolving. “After Paris, elements of realism started coming into my work…an imagined real world,” she concedes. She began to question how colour changed or informed these spaces, which it often did via optical illusions, an interest

Sydney artist Claudia damiChi is painting the town red, blue, mustard and pink… colours that sing in optical geometrics, responding to people and place with largescale works that inject life into forgotten façades.
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opener | Artist Cl Audi A dA mi C hi in her redfern home. “ i do love the sense we’re ‘up’. w e h A ng out of our windows A nd tA lk to people down below.” Above left | h er pA inting WildfloW er Grey le A ns AgA inst the wA ll in her studio. Above right | the living A re A of the wA rehouse C onversion is rel Atively spA rse. the l A rge pA inting is by lA r A m errett A nd the green/blue neo-geo pA inting by Christopher b ru C e. the white C er A mi C vA se is by lindA d r A per A nd the gl A sswA re is vintAge.” below left | Cl Audi A’s studies A re tA ped A bove the studio desk. below right | Cl Audi A dA mi C hi ArtwA ll on the roof terr AC e. issue #36 habitusliving.com
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Like her paintings, the interior is stripped back but framed in pattern.

of Claudia’s from the start. That and – she’ll happily admit it – the much-discussed concept of decoration.

Again Claudia recalls that masters paper, the crux being: “Could something be decorative and still be fine art?”

Her study of Bauhaus artists Josef and Anni Albers answered that question. She explored decoration at odds with traditional painting; spray-painted dots beneath acrylic geometric lines. The fascination with pattern never left her; and the patterns on the walls of domestic scenes such as Light Conversation (2012) are now coming to life in real scale, adding a new dimension to her work (both figuratively and literally) that sometimes requires computer-aided-design.

“I prefer the risk of not using CAD, but Shelley’s studio wall is uneven and I had to get it right,” Claudia says. “The big works are entirely different to works on canvas. Colours play differently at that scale.” She’s been known to hand-tint Dulux outdoor shades that don’t “sing” in-situ. It’s this sense of spontaneity she loves, along with the chance to “get out of the studio”.

Not that Claudia’s studio feels confined, quite the contrary. For Claudia her studio, AKA the roof terrace of the Redfern warehouse she shares with her husband and two daughters, has everything she needs: “space, light and elevation”.

On the open plan and mezzanine floors below, the family manages to live relatively free of “stuff”. Like her paintings, the interior is stripped back but framed in pattern.

“I’ve just kept it true to what it is: a simple reno of a big warehouse. I like to have space around me to breathe,” she says.

As a keen cook Claudia loves the ritual of meal times. “I can cook and talk and listen to music and help with the homework and that’s how our evenings roll.” As a child, she lived above her parents’ Italian restaurant in Paddington, “so I understood that food was everything”.

The rooftop studio is her domain while the kids are at school and the light is good. “I do love the sense we’re up. We hang out of our windows and talk to people down below. I’ve had funny conversations with architects about how some people like height and some are ground dwellers – it’s all deeply entrenched in our psyche.”

Her claim on the former, aerial option appears to fly in the face of a serious case of vertigo.

“As long as I have a barrier between me and the edge,” she explains. “It’s something about there not being a barrier.”

This fear of breaking barriers doesn’t appear to be pervading her work. If, as she predicts, her Artwalls continue to “climb higher”, we assume she’ll find comfort on the narrow platforms of scaffolds as she decorates our world with her fine art.

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Dramatic Ceramic

Operating at the nexus of art and food, multidisciplinary artist RYAN FOOTE ’s immersive dining experiences have travelled the globe, featuring imaginative flatware and food concepts from his Collingwood kitchen.

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Out the back of a gallery in Melbourne’s Hawthorn East, on most days and at odd hours, a tall creative blur can be found tinkering away on a plethora of projects.

This perpetually glaze-strewn, hands-on maker – still somehow immaculately coi ed – is the behind-the-scenes alter ego of Ryan Foote, a polished professional artist whose works have been exhibited and commissioned in Australia and abroad.

His shared workshop is a trove of tools, moulds, and assorted ceramic wonders, with an enormous kiln big enough to fi re a human-sized sculpture. His work incorporates themes as wide-ranging as politics and cultural identity, articulated through creative processes inspired by geology, gastronomy, fashion, architecture and biomimicry.

With fi ne arts training and experience in sculpture and installation, Ryan began to apply his unique flair to pop-up bars and highly conceptual experiences.

For an event at Gertrude Contemporary in 2009, Ryan produced a thirty metre long gold-mirrored dining table. Dancers serving as wait-sta were clothed in matching outfits, also created by Ryan. But the most striking element was the cuisine. One hundred guests enjoyed ten courses of uncompromising monochrome: white food on black plates.

“The idea was to strip away all of the visual signifiers,” says Ryan. “When you get a completely white dish on a black plate, it’s unexpected – you’re so used to seeing colours that tell you what foods are”.

To date arguably the most detailed of his events is the Diamond Lab. Every aspect –flatware, chairs, the faceted table sprayed with black diamond dust, and the food upon it – was crafted by Ryan. Following a tour of Melbourne, Sydney and Hong Kong, the Diamond Lab is now in storage.

These days, Ryan is occupied by his ceramic studio, creating new lines of beautifully realised flatware and designing

dishes from the plate up. One temperamental glaze he is playing with grows organic fractal shapes when fi red, akin to iridescent bacteria in a petri dish.

Ryan purchased his urban warehouse apartment 10 years ago, intent on renovating the “horrible” nineties interior. After moving to Paris and gaining an appreciation for home cooking, Ryan designed his new Melbourne home around three key features: a generous dining table, a functional kitchen, and a vertical garden. “The dining table is so important. I wanted my guests to face each other and the food.”

On the balcony, Ryan’s vertical garden creates a green threshold to the street below. “I love being able to get my hands dirty, even though I live in the city – a di erent type of dirt to what I’m used to in the workshop.” His handmade pots, in the shape of clustered root vegetables, are maintained and replanted with seasonal crops, in tune with natural cycles.

As his culinary skills developed, learning from his collaborations with chefs and travels across Asia and Europe, Ryan explored food through the lens of art. This led to experiments with 3D printed food, making edible structures out of chocolate. Now designing his own chocolate range with Vero Chocolates (avocado and yuzu flavor, anyone?), Ryan is also working with catering fi rms locally and in Hong Kong to design menus and concepts.

With so much on the go for a solo artist, has it ever crossed his mind to use that giant kiln to cook up a couple of helpful clones? “I don’t know – if there were three Ryans, we could cover more ground – but one of us would still get lumped with budgets and risk assessment!”

With fine arts training and experience in sculpture and installation, Ryan began to apply his unique flair to generating pop-up bars and highly conceptual experiences.
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Full house

KELVIN HO at home. The man behind AKIN CREATIVE on how he organised, or rather re-organised, the house he bought two years ago to nourish his family and fit into their lifestyle.

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Kelvin Ho is a man who, despite his height and long-standing presence in the interior design and architecture industry, somehow flies under the radar. That’s not a slight on his work, rather a compliment to his humble nature. He’s not one to brag about his portfolio, his accomplishments or his success. He doesn’t need to; the aforementioned speak for themselves.

The studio he started in 2005, AKIN Creative, has worked on countless projects across the public and private sphere. From residential to hospitality to retail and around again, Kelvin has worked closely with the likes of Justin Hemmes, Dion Lee, Deborah Sams and Mary Lou Ryan of bassike. The latter for which his partner of 12 years, Jacqueline Perrett, is the communications manager. “Kelvin does all our stores,” she mentions warmly in casual conversation.

With such a diverse portfolio you might expect somewhat of a signature aesthetic that connects one project to another – but there isn’t one. Rather it’s the finer details, hidden intricacies and the behind-the-scenes theoretical approach that characterises his work. “The design process and thinking is what connects our projects – rather than the final outcome,” says Kelvin.

When he first started out any job was considered a good job for Kelvin, but now he has the standing and stature to be selective in the projects he takes on. Given such a luxury he’s drawn to unique briefs that pose a challenge. Decisions are based on what he, and the studio as a whole, can gain or learn from the experience.

That constant search for a challenge isn’t limited by the four walls of his job description. For the second time Kelvin has collaborated with The Australian Ballet, a collaboration born of a chance meeting-cum-conversation with David McAllister in Melbourne and a phone call six months later. In 2015 he created opener

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the set design for Filigree and Shadow, the opening performance of 20:21. This year sees him once again take the reigns for set design, this time for Squander and Glory, the final ballet in the Faster triple bill.

Home is a different yet equally important aspect of Kelvin’s life and for the past two years Kelvin, Jacqueline, their daughter Harriette (four), son Henri (18 months), and rescue dog Lily (nine technically – a part of the family for eight) have called this multistorey house with enviable views across Tamarama beach, home.

Entering the front door, the space immediately opens up to a generous livinglounging mezzanine that on one side extends out onto a porch overlooking the east coast of Australia, and on the other side steps down to a semi-formal dining area. And though it’s certainaly a picturesque vista, it’s the kitchen at the opposite end of the home in which the family spend the majority of their time.

Sharing each meal together as a family is a priority for Kelvin and Jacqueline and they enjoy frequent entertaining. Whether or family or for friends they do most of the cooking together, so not only does their kitchen need to be fully functioning and spacious – plenty of prep space and room for two to move – it also had to be a space in which they feel comfortable spending large portions of time.

The grey marble bench tops, steel-framed exposed shelves beneath, and brushed steel ILVE gas oven have a strong presence to which your eye is immediately drawn. Although the aesthetic is the near polar opposite of kitchens from past homes, it’s exactly the kitchen Kelvin wanted. The reactiveness, sensitivity and care that marble requires creates a sense of responsibility – one welcomed by Kelvin –giving depth and personality to the material. “I like that natural marble stains with lemon juice, wine…and life in general. It becomes an etching of the parties and dinners that we have had at our house,” he says.

The exposed storage, a subtle nod to minimalist artist Donald Judd, in the kitchen means there is no room spatially or visually for

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“I like that natural marble stains with lemon juice, wine…and life in general. It becomes an etching of the parties and dinners that we have had at our house.”

clutter, forcing the Ho’s to keep things minimal and be practical in their purchases. “When looking at new appliances we have to really think about how it will look and where it will fit, because there’s nowhere to hide it,” says Kelvin.

In terms of kitchen non-negotiables he sites a gas stove for being a “tactile and a personal way to cook,” and swathes of natural light – or as much as realistically possible. In both cases he practices what he preaches. The rear wall and door of the kitchen is floor-to-ceiling glass which visually connects the interiors to the courtyard garden designed by William Dangar. Around the corner at the tail-end of the side passage is an outdoor shower wedged between a purposely-overgrown Lilly Pilly and Hawaiian Lily, both affording the family a connection to nature. “We try to shower outside as much as possible,” says Kelvin, who stands tall at six-foot-six, as much for comfort as for their general wellbeing.

With the sea on their doorstep, a rainforest in their backyard, and a professionally considered yet wholly personal interior, all bases are covered for a home to nourish its inhabitants.

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Minimal gesture and apparent nonchalance seem incredibly outdated today. Give us big sweeping statements, unexpected points of view. Each room tells its own tale and we’re gagging for the narrative. Story tellers go to the head of the queue.

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Chef Neil Perry feeds millions of Australians each year. Now he’s at the head of an empire taking the country by storm.

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It’s the first time most of us had experienced Missoni jacquards padded as acoustic wall finishes, or a monolithic, bright yellow interior wall à la Louis Barragán. Or a loft-like oyster bar rag-rolled in murky blue-greens and shimmering silvers to recall the inside of a shell – in which the diner, to extend the metaphor, must be the pearl.

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It’s about the atmosphere in which the food is consumed, from the overture of entering the space to the entr’acte between courses to the coda of the final goodbye.

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as creative director of food & beverage of Qantas, responsible for what goes into the stomachs of millions of passengers a year, and it’s safe to say that Neil Perry is the chef most Australians are likely to encounter at least once in their lives. It could be inflight, bound for one of Qantas’ 200 destinations around the world, eating beef from Neil’s own Cape Grim cows at one of the many Burger Projects across the country, or at any number of Saké or Saké Jr outlets – just some of the UPG operations Neil has taken under his expansive wing. Or it may simply be in the food hall of David Jones where he is busy overhauling the food & beverage offering of the world’s oldest department store.

ST: Neil, so what exactly is your title these days?

NP: Executive Chair of the board, Head of Culinary, Brands, Marketing and Training for Rockpool Dining Group. There’s the CEO, CFO and myself, on a line.

ST: Gone, the long services slogging it out over a hot grill?

NP: Mate, the way I look at myself, I have different parts of my career, but at heart I’m a restaurateur. I’ve had a large part of my career weighted in cooking and food, and I suppose that’s what I think is my great ability. I create menus that people enjoy eating. Some people are really awesome chefs but they don’t really create food that people want to eat.

The light up here on the tenth floor of City Mutual tower issues from fluorescents embedded in a false ceiling composed of acoustic tiles. The desks and partitions are

made of timber composite, the air is still, the only noise the rapid-fire clatter of keyboards. Neil’s carrying first class baggage under his eyes, but strangely doesn’t look tired. If anything, he looks fired up. At almost 60 years old and 90 days into a new business deal that sees him at the helm of an empire, he’s not so much finding his feet as he is kicking ass.

His development plan involves 21 Burger Projects by the end of this year, between 50 to 70 in the country before long. A new seafood iteration of Bar & Grilled, called Wild to debut in Perth early 2018 ahead of national expansion. Rollouts of more Rockpool Bar & Grills across Australia. In effect, by integrating the various UPG outlets, Rockpool Dining Group will be leveraging 15 brands over 50 restaurants and “we could be at 80 restaurants in 2018,” Neil estimates. “For the next 10 years of my life I’m really excited about building this restaurant group to be not only one of the great ones in Australia, which it clearly is, but one of the great ones in the world.

“For years, I’ve focused on building upon what you’d call my brand. But brands are essentially a recognition point. I can’t build a brand, but you can tell me I’ve got one. You can tell me, Oh, I have the most incredible memory of eating at Rockpool Bar & Grill. So if someone says Rockpool, I think quality, I think great service, I think brilliant wine. I tell the kitchen and floor staff now, it’s really important for them to understand clearly what they do because it’s the emotional side that people want to buy into.”

ST: You tell the staff the message they need to convey?

NP: Yes, at each level there’s a different message.

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yellow interior wall à la Louis Barragán. Or a loft-like oyster bar rag-rolled in murky bluegreens and shimmering silvers to recall the inside of a shell – in which the diner, to extend the metaphor, must be the pearl. Stephen Roberts’ iconic D4 Rockpool dining chair remains highly collectible to this day.

For the past decade, Neil has entrusted the elaboration of his dining rooms to one man, Grant Cheyne. Prior to establishing his own practice in 2009, Grant had worked with Philippe Starck then Andrée Putman in Paris and Takashi Sugimoto’s Super Potato in Tokyo. A period at Bates Smart, Sydney, lead him to Rockpool George Street during the firm’s recalibration of that interior in an attempt to capture a new dining public. The fantastical theatrics of yore were fine tuned to cleaner, leaner times, but nonetheless Rockpool closed its doors definitively in 2013. By then Grant and Neil had become partners in design.

“I’ve no title within the Rockpool Group,” says Grant. “I’m my own entity, I just happen to do most work these days for Neil.” Grant’s most remarked work to date is perhaps 11 Bridge, the restaurant only blocks away from the original Rockpool tasked with communicating a new message about quality dining in casual times. The decision to create an all-black “more New York loft than a New York loft” interior (Grant’s words) had immediate impact and garnered the space and the architect a slew of awards. Neil’s recent decision to shut 11 Bridge and reopen it as the best Chinese restaurant in the land has meant that Grant has needed to reimagine the space yet again. “What was all black is now going to be all white,” he shrugs. “Easy.”

Grant doesn’t just do the zwoosh, upmarket stuff. He’s hands-on with all iterations of the Burger Project, for instance, with its readily reproducible industrial aesthetic. (“Someone said of Burger Project that it reminded them of a Japanese carpark,” he relays with a laugh. “And I said, Perfect!”) as well as devising the suite of Saké offers from the ground up, at the same time as elaborating the inaugural Wild in Perth’s Burswood district which will be the template for a national rollout.

“Neil’s had some tough times business wise in the past, and learnt a lot from that,” says Grant. “He has a lot of energy, a lot of ideas, and a great determination to show that he can do it. He’s loving the challenge of bringing these diverse dining experiences up to a better standard, putting them back on the right track.”

ST: What’s the process of working with Neil Perry like?

“He’s very good at doing a very succinct brief. He can explain to me in three sentences exactly what he wants. I respond to that and if it’s on track he’ll say, ‘I get it. Done’. For the new Wild restaurant, for instance, Neil said to me, ‘It’s about the best available, sustainably caught, regional seafood.’ So I interpret that it’s all about the essence. What wagyu beef was to Rockpool Bar & Grill, this extraordinary line-caught seafood will be to Wild. There’s something delightfully primitive about catching and preparing seafood. And I came back to him a few days later with the response: ‘It’s a bit like a really great restaurant in Santorini, isn’t it? ‘And he says, ‘Yeah, nailed it!’ So within a very short space of time we’re

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both on the same wave-length. What I brought to the table besides the Santorini idea, the warm and fuzzy on vacation vibe, was the idea of something really simple. Primal. For instance, the skeleton of the fish inspired me to do lighting and other textures based on filaments.”

Neil’s other collaborations with designers have been less terrestrial. Celebrating his two decade partnership with Qantas, this year is also the 17th he has worked alongside Marc Newson, whose critically acclaimed Skybed business class seat of 2000 segued into him designing the complete cabin fit out of the flying kangaroo’s fleet of Airbus A380s. “Neil has been pivotal to my experience with Qantas,” says Marc by phone from Tokyo. “Having a like-minded and experienced contemporary to work with has proved invaluable to so many aspects of my creative work for Qantas, from the very specific elements like crockery and cutlery to the greater inflight experience that we’ve worked so hard on.” Neil refers to Marc as “a colleague and friend”.

“The great thing about Qantas is that it’s an incredibly loyal company,” says Neil. “I’ve been with them for 20 years, Marc’s been with them since 2000, David Caon worked with Marc on the A380 and now Marc’s passed the baton on to David to run solo. There’s longevity and between us we’re in it for the long haul to create memorable and lasting experiences for Qantas customers.” It’s that focus on continuity, longevity, consistency, that is making Qantas a global premium brand, as intrinsically authentic in the skies as it is upon the ground.

CAON studio is located in Surry Hills, Sydney. It’s a tight family consisting of David Caon, his wife Jermamie Holtz who is studio director and client liaison and project manager on the Qantas account, and a handful of design assistants (including a staffie called Bagel). The degree of focus, the level of attention, the dedication to excellence is the essence they distill in service of the national carrier. To hear them talk about the mechanism of the new Premium Economy seat they designed in collaboration with Thompson Aerospace or about porcelain densities, or about the texture and complexity of a blanket is to witness wholistic design in action. “What I most enjoy about our workshops,” says David, referring to his collaboration with Neil, “is the constant discussion about how we can progress the experience for the passenger. Even after doing it for 20 years, he’s very open minded and willing to experiment.”

Being open-minded and willing to experiment are the two tics that have lead to Neil Perry’s great success. He’s more than a restauranteur, better than a mere chef, greater than the sum of his own parts. When the dust finally settles on the Rockpool empire, we’ll be left with a massive bastion of incredibly well-designed, intrinsically thought-provoking establishments that encapsulate all the signs of their times.

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In the pursuit of apparent perfection we’ve colluded in the over-design of our perishables at the peril of losing all taste.

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When it was first published in 1987, the Pontus Hulten edition of The Arcimboldo Effect celebrated the vegetal portraiture of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, an obscure Renaissance painter as “at once fantastic invention, complex political allegory, and profound metaphysical statement.” Most of us just saw kooky fruit and veg faces. What’s interesting in those portraits – besides the hilarious renderings of the Hapsburg courts of Vienna and Prague as future compost, which they were – is the imperfection of the produce itself. Amorphous cobs, gaudy gourds, truly gnarly tubers.

In the pursuit of apparent perfection we’ve colluded in the over-design of our perishables at the peril of losing all taste. Agribusiness has hijacked nutrition in favour of perceived beauty and we’ve played along to our own detriment. In controlled tests, consumers consistently pick the prettier produce on offer. But as more and more people begin investing time, energy and money into private and community gardens, as a culture we’re going to have to become acclimatized to edible fuglies.

In 2014, French supermarket chain, Intermarché launched its ‘Fruits et Légumes Moches’ (Ignoble produce) campaign to critical acclaim but consumer frustration, it seemed these unsightlies were not actually to be seen in many stores. In Australia, Woolworths followed suit with its ‘Odd Bunch’ campaign, and Harris Farm Markets with its ‘Imperfect Picks’. Thing is, most of the stuff on offer pays lip service to eccentricity while still being carefully graded within the bounds of established aesthetics. The message is strong, it’s where the market wants to go – but we’re not yet ready to abandon American beauty.

Melbourne property developer Neometro has begun working with the 3000acres urban cultivation group to embed residential and community gardening into its multi-residential offerings. The success of the pilot initiative at the 9 Smith Street, Fitzroy, development in 2014 emboldened Neometro to incorporate community gardens into its prestige Jewell development in Brunswick, Fitzroy, from the ground up. Ellie Blackwood of 3000acres explains, “Our speciality is in accessing and activating vacant land belonging to the two main public utilities – VicTrack and Melbourne Water. We’ve set up an opensource mapping platform that enables users to locate available land for activation, and we’ve developed toolkits to streamline the application and management processes.

Our mission is not to target the food-insecure since there are already agencies doing that job. Our role is to normalise food access and the activation of under- or non-used public land.” VicTrack and Melbourne Water both, according to Ellie, “see that what they have is an asset for the community,” but both are by nature riskaverse cultures. A large part of 3000acres’ job then is to minimize this perception of risk, and also to temper the sense of immediate, permanent change. 3000acres’ planting system involves modular, transportable tubs that can be easily shifted as need arises. “Since people are increasingly involved in growing their own produce they’re going to have to get used to imperfection in outcome, although we strive to give them a perfect experience of community and sustainability,” says Ellie.

3000acres was granted $170,000 seed funding from VicHealth. The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation which sees the cost benefit of ensuring healthy lives now compared to trying to remedy unhealthy ones too late.

Alexandra IIjadica launched Sydney’s Youth Food Movement five years ago to address similar concerns. Put simply, “we realized that Millennials simply don’t understand where food comes from, the effort involved in getting food to our tables every day. How do you value something you can’t see? For most Millennials, food comes in packets, is readily available and relatively cheap. You don’t even really have to engage with produce apart from putting it in a microwave. No energy or thought is put into it.” So much of YFM’s focus is on education, with events like Meet The Maker where they bring farmers to town to talk about what they do all day, and answer questions – “some really basic, some sophisticated but in any case questions that need to be asked, and answered.” says Alexandra.

The Youth Food Movement became actively engaged with the food chain last March, with the launch of its Waste Not range of sandwich spreads that double as flavour enhancers for soups and stews. Think Vegemite for the 21st century. All we need now is a new Arcimboldo.

The truly pesticide-free, sustainably produced, mindfully packaged and marketed produce in these images was sourced through the very excellent Flame Tree Coop in Thiroull, NSW.

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in the Shade 1400 º

Glass is the most ethereal of materials.

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Ar riving in Venice aboard a motoscafo from Ma rco Polo airport, the tiny archipelago of Murano is on your left. It’s a place of high pilgrimage, Murano, almost as much as the neighbouring cemetery island of San Michele, squat in its Palladian splendour. Visitors come from around the world to wonder at the miracle that has been banished here since the 13th Century, glass blowing. If the Roman empire was the first age of glass, charming in its halting achievements, the Venetians pushed glass blowing to new heights of hysteria – manifest most clearly in the prodigious Venetian chandelier.

No surprise then, when Patricia Urquiola only a few hours away in her Milan studio says she “hates glass. It makes me vomit. In architecture it’s something of a necessity, but when it came to furniture I always avoided it”. But that was in early 2015 and since then the Spanish designer has been co-opted by Glas Italia to design the highly successful Shimmer range of furniture using rounded glass panels – like icy-pole sticks – covered in a multichromatic laminate. All of a sudden glass is everywhere. Tokujin Yoshioka, David Chipperfield and Barber & Osgerby have all released glass cabinetry since (Tokujin’s for the kitchen, totally transparent). The Bouroullec brothers created a limited edition of their acclaimed Ruutu vases of 2014 for Iittala, this time handrolled in oversized wooden molds and sold uniquely via Galérie Kréo in Paris. Urquiola confirmed her attraction to transparency in April 2016 with the magnificent glass Credenza collection for Spazio Pontacio.

I decided it was time to investigate what all the fuss was about, with a quick trip to Adelaide’s Jam Factory and its glass workshop under the creative direction of Karen Cunningham. First impression... it’s hot. Very hot. Glass is heated to between 1400º Celsius and 1600º Celsius for maximum malleability. And it’s busy, there’s at least a dozen people milling around, apparently with purpose I can’t quite decipher who is actually doing what. A tall, silver haired man in the middle of the kiln-bound

room in hi-viz orange overalls is angling a glob of flaming red stuff from the end of a long, thin pipe. Hypnotic. There’s a circle of deference around him that alerts me to the fact it’s maestro Nick Mount at work.

The Jam “is probably the busiest glass blowing studio in Australia,” Karen tells me. “There are six or seven associates, then six staff often working at once, then a community of 30 to 40 professional artists who hire the studio. So at any given moment we have all four of our work stations occupied, and there are three sessions per day.” It’s captivating, this hive of high fever activity. Most of the new associates are working on a production line creating the Jam’s signature Kink oil and vinegar bottles the elaboration of which engages each of them in one requisite technique of the trade. “One will need to do the starter bubble and master adding colour, another will need to learn the use of calipers to measure the dimensions, yet another will need to judge the drop-out that attains the cone shape, another master the making of the kink, and so forth. In making a single Kink vessel, they are learning the composite skills that go into creating glasses, vases jugs and so forth.” At $96 (small) and $125 (large) and available in smoky, green or clear, the Kink is literally an investment in the future of craft.

As part of the new Jam Factory collection which includes a chair by Rhys Cooper, side tables by Adam Goodrum, and pepper & salt mills by Jon Goulder, Karen Cunningham launched the KC pendant light, free-form, hand blown cones with a sensuous punt and novel curled flex system. Solid coloured or slightly dégradé, in six colourways, they encapsulate the paradox of glass blowing in modern times: the quest for consistency tempered by inherent variance. “Chance plays an incredibly important role in blown glass production,” says Cunningham. “The process of making with molten glass is so responsive that it would depend on the glass on that day, your attitude on that day, the temperature on that day. It is so variable that it is really about a set of circumstances at the time. Its a very human process.”

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Last year, Sydney designer Tom Fereday made a first foray into glass blowing with his Bailey pendant light, developed with Local Design as a limited edition for Kozminsky, Melbourne. “Glass blowing is one of the most beautiful production processes and a process of manufacture that has changed little from its inception,” says Tom. “I always strive to work on projects with the material as the core of its inspiration and for me a light was the perfect opportunity to present the beauty of this material. In term of production with glass blowing you can immediately produce a finished product which is strong and durable. For me this posed the real potential to develop the piece beyond just a one off piece and I was fortunate to gain interest from Rakumba lighting to later take the project on to a finished piece.”

Tom pointed me in the direction of Brian Corr, “one of the most talented glass blowers in Australia,” who guided Tom through his first explorations with the notoriously tricky material. A native of Colorado, Brian majored in Studio Arts at Hastings College, Nebraska, before moving to Australia in 2005 to pursue a Masters degree at the Australian National University in Canberra. It’s at ANU that he is working on his PhD titled “The Fundamental Elements of Contemplative Space in Japanese Architecture”, essentially a lengthy dissertation on the effects of light on the mind.

As part of his research, Brian has spent much time investigating the spectral architecture of Tadao Ando on field trips to his Church of the Light, the main chapel of the Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church outside of Osaka, and his Water Temple residence of the Ninnaji Shingon Tantric Buddhist sect on the island of Kobe. As a result, his fascination is not with glass itself, but with the luminosity it affects. “I am

currently exploring the rare optical phenomenon referred to as ‘glories’ or Brocken Spectre,” he explains, referring to the effect mountain climbers experience of their own shadow being cast on mist or clouds, like a giant projected aura when the sun is low behind them. “I’m hoping to make it available in a gallery context as a contemplative mechanism. The viewer’s silhouette will be cast onto a wall covered with glass micro beads, and surrounded by a prismatic halo.” It’s not gimmickry Brian is questing for (these are no lava lamps), it’s an attempt to communicate a sense of wonder, or the sublime. “And for some, to help them recognize the divine within themselves.”

Sculptural, Brian’s pieces take shape almost against the artist’s will. You get a sense that, if he could, he would incarnate light without relying on any mechanical manifestation at all. “My objects,” he says, “are a means of embodying light and providing contemplative experience. The volumes and voids in the work sculpt the light and shadow within the work. The external surfaces are hand finished and “tuned” like an instrument to provide a specific degree of translucency which obscures the internal image so it seems intangible, ephemeral. I talk about perceptual liminality in my artist statement, and do try to work at the cusp between the tangible and the immaterial.” Unfortunately for Brian (but lucky for us) his extraordinarily finessed works are, despite his best efforts, incredible objects of desire.

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A chameleon kitchen for a contemporary family.

The evolution of the kitchen has seen it surpass being just a place for storing, preparing and cooking food, rebranding it rather as the rock around which we eat, work and commune. In the leafy suburbs of Melbourne, this home that stands as an exposition to the arts and crafts movement parades a contemporary, multi-faceted kitchen.

Designed by Kennedy Nolan as an ambivalent space; suitable equally as a place for the family to both disperse within and enjoy together, as it is to wine and dine a large number of friends. The protruding kitchen island and large dining table act to neatly segment the space, creating intimacy while the spacious dimensions offer moving room for overflowing guests. Used also as a space for work; generous surface areas offer room for administration that extends also into an adjoining study nook. The arts and crafts styling continued throughout the house has been expertly followed through by Kennedy Nolan into the kitchen while meeting the functionality of the space. True to theme, the space is a celebration of craftsmanship with refined joinery and strong use of timber that both exposes and attracts attention to the quality of materials and manufacture. Decorative tiles from Patricia Urquiola behind the stove create a mesmerising accent of pattern while rough whipped concrete surface detailing injects depth and further elevates the proudly raw tables and bench top.

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Azulej-Mutina glazed porcelain tiles on splashback. Carrara marble slab on benchtop. American Oak used for island bench legs and ledge over joinery. Dulux paint on joinery in Mangrove Leaf.

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LAX 120 sink by Franke. Five burner upright cooker and canopy rangehood both by Blanco. Fully-integrated dishwasher by Miele. Active Smart Fridge by Fisher & Paykel. 220mm Squareline Sink Mixer by Phoenix Tapware supplied by Reece.

previous | neutral timber tones and stone benchtops give a paired back but strong feel to the kitchen creating a hardy but welcoming space for the family to cook, eat and enjoy together. above | mosaic tiles from patricia u rquiola inject rhythm and colour to provide a beautiful – and easy to clean – splashback, tying together great functionality and spirit.

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The protruding kitchen island and large dining table act to neatly segment the space.


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from the Undergrowth

With a textural palette, this kitchen reinvents and welcomes in its planted surroundings.

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Designed in reverence to two engrossing lemon-scented gum trees, the brief to architects project tenfiftyfive was to acknowledge and amplify the shadows and light refractions from the outside foliage through to embellish the internal space.

A large void over the dining space further pulls the outside world in, flooding the kitchen and living room with northern winter sun. A mix of concrete, timber, steel and brick pervade the space, stirring an earthy and highly textured palette – chosen for function as well as a means of extending the narrative of the natural landscape into the house. Worn recycled materials embed a historic richness with reused Blackbutt timber dressing the ceiling and red brick, salvaged from old paving, given new life in the exposed brickwork. This material continues as an ingenious splashback, adding rustic grit and texture while providing an incredibly low maintenance finish. Black painted steel punctures the ceilings, windows and shelving to inject an influence of industrial strength. The striking angularity of the steel is soothed through the inclusion of Statuario marble surfaces, timber panelled cabinet doors and brass handles to add softness and warmth.

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Rest Sofa by Muuto. Rug from Loom Rugs.


D900SH Curve by Brightgreen.


Statuario Marble stone benchtops by CDK Stone. Resin8 Coatings protective coating on benchtop. Smoked timber veneer cabinet panels by Royal Oak Floors. Custom cabinet handles by Cleveland Engineering.



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from the Quadra Series by Ilve. Eastmore Flinders Range by Qasair. KV1 kitchen tap in black by Vola. Sinks supplied by Abey. Custom steel doors and windows by Crown Doors.
A mix of concrete, timber, steel and brick pervade the space.
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Another Reason to visit

Living Edge welcomes Welsh designer

Bethan Gray into the ranks.

Bethan Gray is an award-winning Welsh designer known for her use of tactile textures, luxurious materials and attention to detail. She has developed a unique signature style characterised by intricate patterns of light and dark, texture, purity of line, clarity, harmony and a sharp eye for detail. Her work is created through a combination of cutting-edge design technology and traditional craftsmanship, giving it a timeless and enduring quality.

Living Edge is pleased to announce their collaboration with Bethan Gray. Each design features Bethan’s signature sense of pattern, colour and form, transcending the boundaries of trend, making it an ideal addition to the Living Edge range. Visit the range in store or online at Living Edge.

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Holiday at home

Bringing the aesthetic of a tropical resort in line with the sensibilities of a contemporary, liveable kitchen requires a careful touch.

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For House 24, the solution came through a careful selection of finishes, and deft spatial design. Park + Associates produced a controlled palette of restrained colours for the joint kitchen and dining area, allowing the blueness of the adjacent pool, and vivid greenery of the surrounding landscape, to be the visual focus.

By inviting the bright colours into the home, each cooking and dining moment is turned into an opportunity to experience colourful theatre. The timber finishes of the kitchen work with the surrounding landscape, drawing the outdoors in and solidifying the tropical aesthetic the clients were after. The space itself opens up to the outdoors through room-length wide doors, which see the kitchen and dining rooms transformed into a room of constant movement. It becomes a transitory space; where food changes as it is cooked, and where people change from the indoors to the out.

House 24

architect Park + Associates

builder Construkt Pte Ltd

civil & structural engineer

CP Lim & Partners

kitchen JoinerY Stema Furniture & Renovation Pte Ltd

Park + a ssociates

(+65) 6282 0604 parkassociates.com.sg


TON Armchair 30 from Grafunkt.


Crown Giga Nemo chandelier from Proof Living.


Lamitak laminate on kitchen cabinets.

American Walnut timber flooring supplied by Exowood Enterptises Lte Ltd.

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Wine Chiller from Vintec. Refrigerator from Fisher & Paykel. Bosch oven and hood. Induction Hob from Brandt. Sink and tap from Blanco.

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the Lucia collection by Gareth Ashton. Providing a complete look for your bathroom, designed with style and budget in mind. Visit an Abey Australia Selection Gallery to meet the extended Gareth Ashton family, a collection of toilets, baths, basins, showers, tapware and accessories. VICTORIA Selection Gallery 335 Ferrars St Albert Park Ph: 03 8696 4000 NEW SOUTH WALES Selection Gallery 1E Danks St Waterloo Ph: 02 8572 8500 QUEENSLAND Selection Gallery 94 Petrie Tce Brisbane Ph: 07 3369 4777 *NEWLY OPENED* WESTERN AUSTRALIA Selection Gallery 12 Sundercombe St Osborne Park Ph: 08 9208 4500
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Have your Cake and eat it too

Creating an indoor retreat, by effortlessly transitioning elements from the outdoors and incorporating them into a bathroom design can be easily achieved without compromising on high-end style.

Natural lighting (where possible) is preferable to artificial in creating a desirable atmosphere. You can achieve this with large clean windows, architecturally designed skylights, light coloured walls and a large mirror to bounce light around the room.

Natural elements can also be fused into the room design, such as timber, stone and greenery, through the choice of vanity or tile material, or edging and detailing. Further the point with soft, rounded, organic lines instead of harsh, unnatural right angles.

The latest release from Phoenix Tapware, their Nara collection, features a range of bathroom tapware pieces which perfectly embody these natural features and effects.

Their Australian design team have not only captured the essence of organic, free-flowing forms in the development of their zen-inspired tapware collection, they have also incorporated two new patented technologies within the design. So there’s no compromise.

Their new Pivot Glide Technology® allows the handle to sink into the body of each mixer, and gives Nara its fluid form and minimalist appeal. This collection is also the first to feature their Vary-Flo Technology®, a component unique to Nara that allows for easily adjustable water flow projection on installation. Taking cues from nature’s forms, Nara’s open spout construction uniquely frames the subsequent water flow.

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The use of natural materials and organic forms to create tranquil spaces is a venerable pursuit. But these days, it’s equally essential.
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Etching of the Outdoorsgreat

Taking cues from its natural assets, this kitchen embellishes rather than dominates its surroundings.

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Large windows flood light into the kitchen from almost every angle.

Great design is humble; it admits that it is just one part of a larger landscape, that it should not only be beautiful in its own right but also add value, wonder and elaboration on its locality. On a sloping plot in Ivanhoe East, Melbourne, Technē Architecture and Interior Design sought to create a house that actualizes the equilibrium of the external world into the interior.

Large windows flood light into the kitchen from almost every angle while the white washed ceiling and walls, and grey marble countertops, provide a muted palette and quiet tranquility. The clean tones direct your attention to the enveloping scenery as well as the light oak cabinetry and flooring to echo the outdoors.

The cabinetry dissects behind the stove to create lightness while opening up and connecting the kitchen and dining spaces – ideal for the chef who prefers to stay in on all of the communal action, rather than slave away in isolation. This cut-away section accentuates the overhead rangehood, customcrafted from blackened steel, as a sculptural allusion to the charcoal façade of the building. Darker accents in the black painted contours of the stairway and the furnishings pierce an otherwise soft – almost silky – interior, providing a hardiness that mirrors the rough edge of the surrounding outdoors.

De Castro House

ARCHITECT Technē Architecture + Interior Design

Technē Archi T ecT ure + i n T erior Design

(+613) 9600 0222 techne.com.au


Sandrift oak ultra matt timber floor boards from Fethers. Heifer gloss wall tiles and Isis polished bench top soon from Signorino. Earthsense ceiling paint and joinery factory finish in Quarter Wan White from Resene. Blackened steel patina finish rangehood from Barnes.


Oliver professional single bowl undercounter sink in stainless steel from Harvey Norman. Icon mixer in brushed chrome from Astra Walker. Hydro tap, mini boil elite in chrome from Zip. Stainless cabinet handles in powerder-coated white from Madinoz. AFA Cubeline sink in stainless steel and Teknobili OZT7 mixer in chrome from Reece.

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Fine line, finer Materials

lines in materials that improve hygiene while providing a cleaner, sleeker look. It’s a product that works for look and function without favouring one over the other. The perfect harmony enabled by today’s technology.

Bathroom design is becoming increasingly geared toward function in addition to form, on every item serving a specific purpose. Famed international designer Konstantin Grcic defines his work with Laufen and the new materials available as being focused on precision.

“It’s about precision in the material and the definition of the object, but also in terms of design. The small adjustments form a major part of the design process.” And it is a process that has evolved to encompass more than the physical attributes of a product.

Working alongside Roca is Bertrand Illert, a designer with over two decades in the industry. In that time he’s seen change not only in materials and methods, but also at the heart of the very purpose of bathroom products. “The industry is understanding that it is not only about product innovation, but the full package,” he said.

At the 2017 ISH in Frankfurt – the world’s largest biennial trade fair for the bathroom space – more than 200,000 visitors traveled to experience and learn from the forefront in technology, design and innovation.

Leading trends in recent years has been a minimalist approach to the home and lifestyle area – a trend seen not only in styling, but in product design itself. In the bathroom space this drive for minimalism is resulting in finer, more intricate materials imbued with all the strength and structural integrity of their thicker, stockier counterparts – but a world ahead in versatility.

What the likes of Laufen’s SaphirKeramik and Roca’s FineCeramic materials enable is the future of bathrooms. Stronger, more versatile

“Design itself is not just giving a shape to something. It’s no longer creating only an aesthetic element.” Of FineCeramic, Illert explains that new materials are enabling a new way of working. “We can work in a very fine and very precise way, and we can also create lighter and more beautiful shapes out of it. It’s modern, it’s precise, and it’s really a different, new level of design ability.”

The union of emotion, look and purpose of product sets these new ranges apart from what has been seen before in the bathroom arena, and innovation not just for the sake of innovation but with the intent of improving use and function for users. It’s an exciting direction with a world of opportunity.

As bathroom technology evolves, one thing that is constant is the desire for purposeful product.
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Residential resort

In the age of social media how does an experienced designer convey expertise to an enthusiastic client?

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The huge library of reference images available to clients is a double-edged sword – an exciting time for design passion, yet a challenge to ground expectations and design within a budget.

When designing the bathroom of House24, Singaporean architects Park + Associates had this climate to contend with – melding their own established knowledge through the clients’ logbook of ideas, largely taken from family holidays to resorts in tropical Bali and Phuket. Split across two levels, the west facing bathrooms serve as buffers to the heat for the house, and open up towards the greenery of the surrounds. This serves to give the spaces the tropical resort feeling so sought after by the clients, as well as adding to the sense of serenity and rest that bathrooms bestow. The wood style and granite finishes of the bathrooms ground them in the organic and real – reminders that these are human spaces for contemplation and relaxation.

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House 24

architect Park + Associates

builder Construkt Pte Ltd

civil & structural engineer

CP Lim & Partners

Park + a ssociates (+65) 6282 0604 parkassociates.com.sg


Lamitak laminate on bathrooms cabinets.

G654 granite supplied by Builtech Enterprise Pte Ltd.

previous | slate-covered windows afford a sense of privacy in the bathroom, as well as allowing a feeling of nature

to frame the space. above | m uted concrete serves as a visual breaking point from the wood of the house reinforcing the bathroom's purpose of relaxation. below | the constant presence of the outdoors imbues the bathroom with a spa-like sense of calm.

Split across two levels, the west facing bathrooms serve as buffers to the heat for the house.
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Gessi hardware supplied by Hydro Style Pte Ltd. Villeroy & Boch WC and basin supplied by Hydro Style Pte Ltd. Toto bathtub supplied by W Atelier Pte Ltd.
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Invest in the Best

The importance of choosing compliant and conforming products in bathroom designs is critical for its required functionality. When designing your dream bathroom drainage can often feature far down on the list of priorities and while cutting corners can be tempting, shaving margins off by buying cheaper, lowquality products will end up costing more in the long run – and not just in a monetary sense.

The Plumbing Code of Australia does not advise on particular brands or products leaving the onus of checking a product’s suitability firmly with the consumer. A low price point is a hugely attractive feature but what elements do these ‘bargains’ conceal?

Products demonstrating reduced flexibility can signal low quality, as they are only relevant for general applications. A cheap solution also suggests a lack of testing, or a short research and development period, which could lead to problems later down the line.

Unfortunately, the lasting impact of cheap alternatives may be completely unforeseen by those who have invested in them. Reduced flexibility, for example, could lead to the need to rework existing plumbing. Like cheap products from any sector, it is probable that less costly drainage systems will result in a shorter lifespan, thus reducing the customer’s value for money. If drainage systems are not suitable for the job required, it may result in damage, not only to the system, but also to the

building it is incorporated in. In the worstcase scenario, if a drainage system is found to be non-conforming and non-compliant, it may need to be replaced entirely.

Stormtech provides a range of choices to suit a myriad of drainage possibilities. From linear shower drains to threshold drains, Stormtech can even design products to suit specific situations. In the case of drainage, sometimes the corrosion resistance needs to be higher in some project than others. This comes into play in areas such as chlorine environments and sea-front buildings. Stormtech’s use of Grade 316 marine grade stainless steel illustrates its dedication to a higher quality of material. All Stormtech products are WaterMarked and have US UPC and Canadian CSA approval. Stormtech offers the only linear drain product in the world with Global GreenTag™ certification to help with GreenStar credits. Stormtech works with regulators, legislators, end users, trades and distributors to develop problemsolving products.

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Cutting corners to save a dollar here, and maybe two there, will only end up costing you more in the long run.

Cutting edge Couture

The design of your bathroom equals the fabric of your wellness, no one knows this better than apaiser. The company is globally recognised for their unique design and capacity for bespoke customisation, citing the passion that goes into creating each handcrafted piece as their inspiration. Creating unique designs and exploring endless possibilities is what they do well.

With their unique and exclusive apaisermarble, and constantly at the forefront of the latest design techniques and trends- highly individual, timeless designs are what results. Fittingly, they refer to their work as Bath couture.

The Zen collection is an exploration of geometric shapes and the juxtoposition of hard and soft lines. The result is a seamless blend of angles and curves which create a perfect balance. The practice of Zen is about appreciating your life in the moment and this collection enables the user a quiet moment of reflection in the stress of modern daily life.

In a world of mass production and sameness, many of us seek something unique, unusual and extraordinary – you can find it at apaiser. apaiser

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above | oval bath from the zen collection.
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A kind


Gentle bends and elongated lines create a relaxed haven to reflect the coastal location.

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Long gone are the days when a bathroom was hidden in the back nooks of a home, appreciated only for its basic utilitarian function.

The bathroom in this Tamarama house follows the languid lines of the house – asking to be reconsidered as more sculptural talking points than a hideaway hollow.

The main curve of the house seeps into the bathroom to connect seamlessly into the rest of the house – an ensuite feature elevating the adjoining room. The toilet is cleverly tucked away into a recess to the side of the vanity allowing for great privacy in a space that otherwise seeks attention. The double basin vanity designed by Decus and freestanding bathtub are exhibited as sculptural pieces while the long arches of the custom-designed mirrors compliment and accentuate shapely movement. The space opens up within the playful structure, giving ample room and easy access throughout. Large Petra del Nord Blanco floor tiles create a blank palette to emphasise the light cognac penny tile mosaic and create a warmth that is supported through the use of soft timber cabinetry with rounded handle detailing. Naturalness is accentuated through the marbling of the Calcutta Oror Stone bench and splashback. Light is magnified through the reflective tiled surfaces and two glazed louvre windows create opaque privacy while simultaneously inviting in maximum light and ventilation.

Tamarama House

ARCHITECT Porebski Architects

Porebski Architects

(+612) 9310 1234



Ultra X DOWN-UP LED WW W in black supplied by Inlite.


Vanity top, bath and WC Plinth in Calacutta Oro, finished in Honed from WK Stone. Pietra Del Nord Bianco floor tiles in Off White, and glass mosaic Penny Round feature wall tiles in Cognac from Onsite.


Custom mirror. Tondo undercounter basin by Parisi supplied by Cass Brothers.

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Never in the same Vein

Cosentino’s latest additions to the Sensa range are taking kitchens and bathrooms across the world by storm.

Consider: stone. What exactly is it about stone we find so enrapturing? There are few natural elements that hold the potential to propel our imagination in such histrionic directions. And there is certainly no other material to which we habitually return to express our very humbled, human orientation to the natural world. As the physical manifestation of millennia, shaped by time’s passing, the ravages of wind and rain and tectonic fidgets, stone is a microcosm of our world – expressing our dreams of duration and nourishing our desire for the authentically unique. Authentic. Unique. Two better adjectives could not be chosen to describe this alluring power of stone, exemplified recently in Sensa: an unsurpassable natural stone surface by Cosentino. From the uppermost climes of Brazil and India, the Sensa portfolio of high-quality granite is expertly curated in strict accordance with Cosentino’s aesthetic,

performance and integrity criteria to provide homeowners with an equally elegant and exotic surface solution.

Sensa is remarkable for a high degree of delicate veining – making each slab truly inimitable in appearance. Subjected to Cosentino’s signature durability treatment (Senguard NK), Sensa is technologically supported to allow the stone to naturally breathe while still remain impervious to staining and damage. Through enhancing the stone’s natural properties, Sensa is purpose-designed for endurance and conservation of the aesthetic quality of the material with a 15-year certified guarantee.

Now available in eight new finishes, the Sensa range joins Cosentino’s vast collection of high-quality aesthetic-meetsfunctional designs. These natural stone masterpieces travel from some of the world’s most exotic locations to grace only the most elegant of environments: your home.

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Let the seep in sky

Ambience and atmosphere opens this bathroom out from the cityscape and up to the heavens.

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previous | light, space and air are all in plentiful supply through the dominant skylight which opens up the bathroom to feel weightless, as though outdoors. above | blue tiles allude to water and sky, strengthening the narrative of the room’s function and providing a sense of never-ending space. opposite | timber accents on the door and cabinetry celebrate natural grain and texture to establish a hidden world of equanimity in this inner city block.
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A dramatic skylight centres and dominates the space, opening the bathroom up into infinity sky.

Limited – as many houses are – to the shrinking plots of land and increasing demands for space, this bathroom is a rebel yell to the confines of a narrow city block. A dramatic skylight centres and dominates the space, opening the bathroom up into infinity sky.

Mosaic blue penny tiles spill down onto the walls and flooring giving the illusion of scattered clouds and create a sense of weightlessness. Skylights in a bathroom can offer incredible light and air all the while adhering to the all-important concerns for privacy, especially when living in a tightly knit neighbourhood. Movements of the sun create tonal variation within the space to enhance the perceived spatial depth and give the bathroom a sense of endless space and light. A feeling of having escaped the indoors is echoed also in the clever choice of materials. A warm palette of timber adorns the bathroom door and shelving to incorporate further earthy tones and texture, acting to plant the space somewhat in the ground. Cement slabs next to the basin and within the shower offer further storage with muted industrial tones and staining surfaces extending raw texture.

Dark Horse House

ARCHITECT Architecture Architecture

Architecture Architecture (+613) 9417 0995



Glazed Penny Round Mosaic Tiles. Concrete benchtops. Polished concrete flooring with Abilox Illumin-ite pigment.


Gen Y Shower Mixer from Phoenix Tapware.

White Stone Quad Wall Basin from Reece. Rainshower Shower Rose from Grohe. Scala Robe Hook and Pol towel rails from Sussex.

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Entertaining Excellence with Gaggenau at Derby Place

Step inside kitchens in which leading design and precise functionality are perfected, at luxurious new apartments in Kew, Melbourne.

As visual beings, we are often obsessed by what good design looks like. But Gaggenau, the luxury appliance brand with centuries of kitchen expertise, asks: what does it taste like?

The residents of Derby Place would be well placed to answer. Furnished with a full suite of Gaggenau’s exceptional 200 series ovens, fully integrated dishwashers, 5-burner cooktops and rangehoods, their premium kitchens are culinary testing zones – entertaining spaces where design is truly put through its paces.

Owned, developed, and built by Crema Group, and designed by award winning Melbourne-based practices Fender Katsalidis Architects and CBG Architects, interiors at Derby Place are appointed with sumptuous material finishes and fixtures. The sleek fascia of Gaggenau’s ovens and appliances provide “the perfect compliment to the

natural stone and bespoke joinery” within residences, says interior architect Pietro Giordano, while the high impact display suite on site has already hosted a series of functions, with food prepared on Gaggenau appliances by master chef Joseph Vargetto of Mister Bianco and Massi restaurants.

“The Derby Place purchasers have been drawn to the classic, timeless design of the kitchen,” says Katya Crema, associate director and sales & marketing manager at Crema Group. Crema’s collaboration with Gaggenau was built upon “a shared respect for beauty and functionality,” resulting in a series of considered homes, centered around togetherness, functionality and the cooking experience.

Acclaimed by chefs and design enthusiasts alike, Gaggenau continues to support the creative home cook with a taste for the finer things, and an eye for quality.

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A Labour of Love

Kingfisher house by architect JosePhine hurLeY is the realisation of her parents’ dream home. Thirty-five years in the making, it has been fine-tuned with time and age.

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Everyone has a dream home. For architect Josephine Hurley’s parents, that dream home has been 35 years in the making; from buying the property to finishing the build. Due to a run of restrictions and roadblocks, the house, which was intended to be a family home for growing children, became a second home for grown children. But while the brief may have changed, the dream of the home and the value it would bring to their family never did. It was always to be a place where the family can connect with each other, with nature and with friends.

Kingfisher House in Grays Point, Sydney, has been nothing short of a labour of love ever since the Hurleys laid eyes on the property in 1980. The steep half-acre site had a deep waterfront, north-east aspect and views across Hacking River to the Royal National Park. “It was an absolute jungle but [my parents] fell in love with it and put in an offer,” says Josephine. With two young daughters – and three more to come – the Hurleys purchased the property to build their family home.

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Designed to sit on the steepest part of the site, the house echoes its natural contours as it descends down the hill.

Josephine’s uncle, an architect, drew up and submitted the first plans in 1982. Designed to sit on the steepest part of the site, the house echoed its natural contours as it descended down the hill. But due to new regulations and ever-changing council conditions, no plans were approved until March 1990, and refused again in May. As the years progressed the goal posts kept moving, as did the Hurleys’ needs and the requirements for the house. However, the dream and the concept always remained unchanged.

In 2003 Josephine, as a final-year architecture student, took on the house (with a handshake and well wishes from her uncle) as a theoretical project for her thesis. Once complete, the design was lodged – and finally found success. Excavation began in 2007 and the build completed in 2016. “By then the brief had shifted because we were all grown up,” Josephine says. “The house had to be able to contract to be intimate enough for my parents when they are here alone, but expand to be large enough for when we all visit.”

Kingfisher House is accessed via a long, steep driveway and only revealed at the final turn. It then spreads across five split levels and is zoned for accessibility. The house is entered on the third level – where cooking, eating

and gathering takes place – and its two steps serve as an impromptu venue for sitting and socialising. The entrance fans out to the foyer, which opens to the kitchen, courtyard and dining room.

Much of the view is concealed on this level to draw attention inwards, with only strategic glimpses borrowed from other spaces. “It’s the idea of concealing and revealing,” says Josephine. “If you’re having a dinner party you should be focused on your guests, rather than the view.” Thus the dining room is positioned away from the view, and the elongated kitchen, which leads to an east-facing courtyard, has high ceilings, clerestory windows and a cut-out window that offers views through the living space below.

The foyer, dining room and an adjacent sewing studio flow out to a courtyard and then to the swimming pool, spa and sauna nestled amongst the trees. Folding and sliding glass doors enhance the sense of flow, and ventilation, between indoors and out.

From the entrance, stairs lead up to four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a study, and then to the garage above. The soft, subtle bedrooms highlight the views from the balconies, and the rich, textured travertine in the bathrooms echo the granite of the site.

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From the foyer, stairs also lead down to two living spaces that offer shifting perspectives of the surrounding landscape. The more casual sitting room has a balcony overlooking the swimming pool and river, and the more formal room has a panoramic view of the national park. Contained and comfortable, both rooms offer a great sense of openness. “The spaces are designed to a human scale for individual, small groups and large gatherings to take place,” says Josephine. Downstairs again, a self-contained guest area has a lounge, kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom and an outdoor path to the pool.

The natural and robust material palette throughout Kingfisher House – brick, granite, concrete and recycled timber – takes its cues from the original design and the site itself with the tactile and textural qualities creating warmth and an enduring character. “It harks back to the 1980s when my uncle designed the house but it gives it a sense of timelessness. It

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doesn’t feel like a home that’s been built now or 30 years ago,” says Josephine. The profile of the site has also been influential on the roofline as its angles are a “way of connecting to the landscape, stepping with the site and sitting under the trees,” she continues.

Thirty-five years in the making, Kingfisher House has been fine-tuned with time and age, for despite the ongoing obstacles, the Hurleys never lost sight of their dream house, their wish for their family, or the value of good architecture. “This house really was their sixth baby. They have nurtured the site, connected with it and never turned their backs even when it has given them grief,” says Josephine. And Christmas 2016 was finally the first year the family – parents, daughters and now partners and grandchildren – got to experience the house as dreamt and intended.

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Of Biblical proportions

SANDRA TAN finds a sprawling addition to a dilapidated inner city church that celebrates the new and worships the old; forming an exceptional family home and the headquarters for KISTER ARCHITECTS

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On a small urban backstreet on the fringe of one of Melbourne’s most creative precincts, a disused bluestone church cuts a striking profile. Only a discreet timber entry hints at the contemporary home within.

Inside, a concrete path slopes upwards to an impressive courtyard with restrained sculptural landscaping creating an almost futuristic elegance. An invitingly lengthy pool spans the boundary of the property, while curved walls and glass meet the old church’s pillar arches in a dramatic convergence of architectural styles.

“When people come over, I think there is a bit of curiosity and excitement…it is definitely an unusual house,” admits owner and architect, Ilana Kister.

Here, on a site adjacent to a school and low-rise apartments, Ilana found inspiration in the inward-looking cylindrical atrium of Roy Grounds’ iconic Hill Street House – a neat way to achieve a feeling of privacy. Creating a central focal point, the circular link between interior and exterior is cut in half, opening a view to the pool, with a round concrete canopy completing the oculus effect. Through strategic orientation of the house and considered mapping of sightlines, Ilana has produced something of a secluded oasis in what is a very visible location.

With its windows positioned on a curve, the glazed core picks up abstracted mirror images of trees outside, buildings next door, and the arched church windows. “It all comes together in that spot,” says Ilana. Having lived in the

space now for a year, her family have seen the play of light and shade enhance the building in unexpected ways as the seasons change.

Inside, skylights and high windows continue a sense of connection to the seasons, with selective views to its neighbourhood surrounds. Bathrooms in particular exude a sense of sanctuary, bathed in abundant natural light streaming in from overhead glazing, a feature cleverly emphasised by textural geometric tiles which take on subtly different patterns subject to the angle of sunbeams. A muted material palette of concrete, timber and tile creates a contemplative effect, tactile surfaces inviting a more intimate experience of the house.

“For me, the idea of architecture being handmade – which took me a long time to understand – is so important,” Ilana says. “When I watched them build these curved walls, I was blown away. I gained a newfound appreciation for the built process.”

After studying architecture at RMIT, moving overseas and gaining experience in exhibition design, Ilana has steadily built a diverse folio of work for Kister Architects over the past 17 years. Whilst running her own solo practice, she has somehow found the time to be a mother to three young daughters: Jade (nine), Emi (seven), and Jazzy (three).

“I’ve never taken maternity leave – but we’ve always worked it out,” Ilana says. “I actually set myself a deadline to complete all the construction documentation for this place just two weeks before I was due with my youngest!”

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While this high impact residence undoubtedly displays Ilana’s architectural prowess, most importantly, it is a place to raise her children and inspire young minds. Ilana’s daughters have always been fairly savvy about their mum’s job – no surprise, as they have been joining her on site from day one.

“As soon as we moved in, I said to the middle one, ‘Remember when we fi rst came, we knocked down the old building and there was nothing here? Well, that means we’re floating in the air right now!’”

A home this bold positively inspires spatial revelations, and the connectivity of the design teaches its inhabitants to interact in a new, open way. In a metropolitan area where other parents may think twice about allowing their children to roam, with such generous space, Ilana’s are instead encouraged to play independently, nurturing their creativity and a ording them a sense of agency. The large house fosters togetherness for parents too –both often work from home, with Ilana in the new building and her partner set up in the church.

Initially unused to the property’s scale, her two youngest children would seek comfortingly insular spaces in which to play, constructing makeshift cubbies in the cloak room or under the kitchen’s island bench.

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“I was always interested in the intersection of art and science, and I think that architecture is the perfect avenue for exploring that.”
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“I don’t have any regrets. The first sketch I drew was this design. And it still feels right.”

Now, given free rein in the church, “the kids scoot around in circles or trampoline, they can paint and make a big mess and it’s okay,” says Ilana. “Everyone has their own zones and they play wherever they like.”

So far, the church has been stripped back to its shell, with a vertiginous glazed rear and further plans to introduce a loft. “I’d like to do some really interesting things in there, maybe have some art exhibitions,” says Ilana. “At school I was always interested in the intersection of art and science, and I think that architecture is the perfect avenue for exploring that.”

For now, Ilana is enjoying the continual discovery of small new details: seeing her succulents peeking out from over the circular canopy, for instance – an unexpected moment of joy, as the structure begins to grow greener.

“Once you get into a space you’ve designed it can sometimes be easy to fi xate on defects, or realise how you might have improved on something,” says Ilana. “But here, I don’t have any regrets. The fi rst sketch I drew was this design. And it still feels right.”

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Paradise found

In a remote part of FUIJAN , China, ZHANG JUNLIN found just what he was looking for. A far cry from the hustle, bustle and non-stop action of city life, Junlin, his wife and their four young children are able to seek respite in their remote – yet not isolated – home.

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Who doesn’t have the archetypal dream of one day packing it all in and, to borrow a phrase, escape to the country? Put into the context of our regional focus the appeal of the country is met with that of coastal hideaways, rainforests, rice paddies, mountains and the tropics. There is, quite literally, something for everybody and the daydream becomes harder and harder to shake off.

Zhang Junlin works within the realms of the pharmaceutical industry so he, perhaps more so than most, understands the importance of maintaining good health and nourishing one’s self both physically and mentally. The new abode he sought out for himself, his wife and four young children is case in point.

Junlin had been “longing for a natural environment and [simple] life,” says architect Xu Fu-Min of FM.X Interior Design who were responsible for the project. “He had been wishing to own a paradise-like house in a valley far away from the city where he and his family could enjoy a quiet and leisurely lifestyle.” Having engaged Fu-Min’s expertise previously on the design of his new office, Junlin once again enlisted his help.

The home is located in a remote area of Fuijan, China, a south-eastern province renowned for its mountainous terrain and coastal cities. And while romantic connotations of a life lived simply immediately spring to mind, things weren’t quite so rosy for Fu-Min.

“The site was a barren hillside in a rural area, overgrown with weeds. Our first design move was to observe the site, and choose the

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Oftentimes design and functionality can lie on the same page.

house location. The place I chose was a dry mountain stream, and my original idea was to build a house which stretched across both sides over the mountain stream, and [covered] the top of the house with soil to plant [foliage].”

“We took advantage of the topography and designed it into two stories,” he continues. “The ceiling height of the living room is nearly eight meters high, and the second floor is at the same level of the higher slope.”

This was exactly to Junlin’s liking. Tall ceilings and a closeness to nature – literally as much as figuratively – were non-negotiables in the brief he gave to Fu-Min. Junlin grew up in the countryside and as such has the fortunate disposition of being accustomed to sprawling spaces. Unfortunately these are unlikely to be found in the city, not only is the squaremeterage of CBD apartments shrinking (the world over, not just China) but the ceiling heights, too. Fu-Min immediately recognised the importance of this to Junlin and his family.

As well as the double heighted ceilings in the living space, the master bedroom ensuite – a glass box framing untouched stone from the earth – is quite a stand out feature, not

to mention an ode to the aforementioned mountainous terrain smack bang in the middle of the site. “We kept the rock there and took it as the centre to plan the bedroom layout.”

“I did not plan to place the bathroom in a glass box in the beginning, but from the perspective of functionality, I finally decided to use a glass box because it reduces the loss of air conditioning and increases the comfort of the bedroom,” says Fu-Min, proving that oftentimes design and functionality can lie on the same page.

They do say it’s all about who you know and for Junlin, who found this picture-perfect location for his resort-like family home through a friend, and enlisted the help of Fu-Min for the second time around to create it, it couldn’t be more true.

previous left | the master bedroom ensuite is walled in by glass and rather than fight against the landscape of the original site, makes a feature out of it. previous right | plans. above | the entrance to the double-storey abode is on the second floor, and leads to the open-plan living areas downstairs.
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Design in Good Spirits

In 2017, as we see more people become apartment dwellers, spaces are becoming real drivers for connection. This, along with our globalised approach to food (where we can get apples and oranges all-year round) is urging consumer desire to feel re-connected to place, season, makers and the process of harvesting or producing.

It’s no coincidence that there’s a call for brewpubs, café gardens, and anything that integrates how something is made with how it’s consumed. You minimise your footprint, you enrich the experience. But how do you design with this in mind? How can interior architects keep one of aspect of business from cannibalising the other?

Melbourne makers of single malt whisky, Starward, are an example of a relatively small, self-managed project that has nailed this fusion. “It’s been a great challenge to integrate a functional production space and distillery bar into the same space without compromising either area,” says Starward’s Distillery Manager, Sam Slaney. “Production works well unencumbered, so it is about designing a space that allows efficient workflow, while allowing the public a vision into this workspace.”

Keeping railing low (but within safety guidelines) and pushing dynamic pieces of equipment to the customer’s line of sight are key considerations for Starward. Right in front of the clientele enjoying whisky are the connoisseurs making it. Production can be noisy, but the sounds, smells and snapshots of an active distillery contribute to the atmosphere and emphasise the aesthetic.

A few doors up from Starward’s new distillery is Colonial Brewing Co’s Port Melbourne site, which similarly integrates a skyline of craft beer cans into the space in which they are imbibed. “Bertie Street is becoming a real hot spot for this kind of drinking experience – the opportunity to view a working site, sample the products and then take your favourites home with you,” says Jarrod Stivala, National Brewery Operations Manager at Colonial Brewing Co.

With the brewery and distillery so close together, there’s a unique opportunity for this small strip of Port Melbourne to be a guinea pig for industrial manufacturing to meet cool inner-city drinking. Since winning Best Craft Whisky in the World last year, we can only imagine Starward getting busier by the day.

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Nothing & Everything

BRANCH STUDIO ARCHITeCTS ’s latest project in Balnarring, Victoria, was inspired by its natural setting and client, G eORGINA MOOR e ’s, impulse to create a special retreat – a refined she-shed – all of her own.

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Georgina, an ex-commercial pilot, and her husband, Adrian Reis, purchased their four-hectare property six years ago. And they moved there permanently two and a half years ago shortly after retirement. The property contains the couple’s main house, Georgina’s studio a short distance from it, and accommodates dogs, chooks, horses –one of which belongs to Georgina’s daughter – and a wealth of birdlife.

Initially, the studio concept was simply about “keeping the office in order”. But it quickly evolved into the space one went to relax, dream or work – a feminine answer to the man-cave.

So by the time the pair approached principal architect of Branch Studio Architects, Nicholas Russo, with an openended brief, the project called for a brand of architectural magic.

Clearly a changeable space was needed. One that could “be nothing one minute and everything the next,” recalls Nicholas. “And regularly and effortlessly switch between an empty nondescript shell…to a fully functioning private residence – a knitting studio, a reading room, a weekender, a home office, (or house) Friday night drinks with the neighbours, yoga, Christmas Day lunch.”

Nicholas and his Branch colleagues responded to Georgina’s fabulous challenge by developing a compact and highly adaptable 80-metres-squared design located on the edge of the property’s tranquil billabong. Integrated and operable features were embedded in the

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walls to enable easy transformation of the space, depending on the activities and needs of the day – or hour.

“It is very small but you can do so much with it,” says Georgina, who can pull, push, fold or unfold a [sometimes] concealed bed, curtain, panel, wall or shelf by hand, rather than remote control. These purposefully physical manipulations make her “part of the building, not [simply] master of it,” according to the architect.

In this and other ways, the lo-fi, lo-tech studio is a celebration of craftsmanship and the integrity of materiality, rather than technology for technology’s sake.

Natural materials in their raw states such as rammed earth, concrete and timber prevail. Fine brass and copper detailing is found sparingly throughout: both front door veneers are brass and their custom handles are made from copper, bluestone and plywood. A low-hanging pendant light in the main volume and kitchen alcove are brass and brasslined, respectively. All these were designed by Nicholas, and fabricated by his sculptor father, Anthony Russo. The father–son team also created all of the plywood joinery while local builders, LJ Roberts Constructions, contributed the striking exposed copper plumbing and concrete basin in the bathroom.

The external entrance is clad in a richly stained, silver-top ash timber shiplap. Bluestone tiles surround the studio, while burnished concrete was used for the internal floors.

It’s clear that architecture does not stop with walls, floors and ceilings for Nicholas, who incorporates bespoke features in his projects whenever possible. “The brass details were a deliberate and direct response to the raw, natural materiality of the space. It [also has a] pretty but humble quality,” says Nicholas. “Georgina is quite vibrant and energetic, shiny but not glitzy, but also very humble and trusting. In a way the brass is an interpretation of how I found her personality.”

Framed by water and trees, partially transparent, Georgina’s studio sits very easily in nature. And the “chorus of native birdlife, croaking frogs, the mesmerising

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As intended, Nicholas and his team have created a “slow building for slow living”.

water reflections [on ceiling and walls],” says Nicholas, all encourage appreciation of the natural setting.

The same connection is just as present in the bathroom, where nothing separates you from the stars and clouds above, and charcoal rammed earth envelops the room. The latter draws the warmth from the afternoon sun and slowly releases it into the studio, which maintains a constant mild temperature.

North-facing, low-e glazing is another contributor to comfort and passive solar gain, while appearing to levitate above the billabong. “It’s terribly windy here today but you can’t hear any of it with the double-glazing,” says Georgina. “You just see the ripples on the water, the trees swaying.”

As intended, Nicholas and his team have created a “slow building for slow living”, a refuge from the haste of modern life. Their realisation of Georgina’s very own, chameleon space is, of course, attributable to exceptional creativity and technical skill. But, according to Georgina, character also had a lot to do with it. “Nicholas is one of those amazing architects who knows how to handle people. You throw him a hand grenade, and he says ‘leave it with me’,” she says. “Rather than get into a fight, he would go away and return with a handful of great ideas.”

Georgina is reminded every day how special it is to have nature all around you – with a different story waiting to be found each time you look out the window.

“I don’t sit still for long. There’s the chook thing, the horse thing, and now helping my daughter with the flying (lessons). But the studio is my little egg,” said Georgina. “As soon as I open the back door I feel like I’m on holiday. It feels like my home and has given me a new lease on life.”

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It’s all in the Details

A Labour of Love

ARCHITECT Josephine Hurley Architecture  BUILDER 2M Projects

STRUCTURAL EngInEER Jones Nicholson

CIVIL EngInEER Barry Smith Engineers

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Custom designed joinery throughout designed by Josephine Hurley Architecture and built by Refalo Joinery. In kiving and family rooms: Nook couches from Jardan; Eames moulded plywood LCW chairs from Living Edge; Hans Wegner CH07 chairs and Adam Goodrum Nest tables from CULT; Tomahawk Studios Campfire Table from Anibou; Akira rugs from Designer Rugs. In dining room: 3-Frame table from Spence & Lyda. In study: Panton chairs from Space Furniture. In master bedroom: Frame bed & bedside tables from Planet; Eames moulded plastic rocking chair from Living Edge. In bedrooms: Modernica Case Study V-leg beds from Spence & Lyda; Kartell Componibili 3 Round bedside table from Space Furniture.


Lighting throughout from Inlite. In living room: Nelson Bubble Lights from Spence & Lyda. In master bedroom: Mayuhana Pendent from Euroluce. In dining room: Marcel Wanders Skygarden pendent from Euroluce.


Brick Walls: Federation Blue from Namoi Valley Brickworks. Roof: Astro snap lock seam roof cladding in Zinc from Craft Metals. Raked ceilings, fascias, eaves, sauna: Western Red Cedar from Timbeck. Floor & bathroom walls: Travertine Noce from GMW. Granite walls: Alpine Dry Stone Walling from Eco Outdoors. Walls and ceilings: Dulux Vivid White. Skirting boards / stair treads / internal window sills: Recycled Blackbutt from Australian Architectural Hardwoods. Joinery throughout in low-sheen polyurethane finish in Dulux Vivid White. Caesarstone benchtops in Snow.


Miele appliances from Winnings. Bathroom fixtures and fittings from Just Bathroomware. AWS Door & Window systems in anodised aluminium. Door Hardware from Halliday + Baillie. Wood burning fireplace from Jetmaster.

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Kister Architects (+61) 416 270 607 kisterarchitects.com.au


Couch from Jardan. Table from Bespoke furniture. Chairs from Feelgood Designs. Stools from District. Occasional chairs from Featherston and Designage. Outdoor furniture from Made By Tait and Angelucci. Table from Noguchi by Luke.


Lighting from Euroluce, Davoluce and Tom Dixon.


External cladding: Silvertop Ash supplied by Radial Timber and Tait. Precast concrete supplied by Walker Panels. Orangeboard with Macrender supplied by RMAX. Roofing supplied by Colorbond. Green roof flo-cells supplied by Atlantis. Pivot door from Frits Jurgens. Stone supplied by Caesarstone. Laminate supplied by Laminex. Veneer supplied by Finewood Ventech. Bulletin board linoleum supplied by FORBO. Tiling supplied by Urban Edge Ceramics. Carpet supplied by EC Master Series. Blinds from In Vogue Blinds. Paint supplied by Dulux. Fabric from Instyle.


Garage doors supplied by B&D. Door pull from IN-TERIA. Door hardware supplied by Designer Doorware. Bathroom fixtures and fittings supplied by Rogerseller, Reece and E&S Trading. Joinery fittings supplied by Blum. Joinery inserts supplied by Häfele. Kitchen fittings supplied by Franke. Kitchen fixtures supplied by Miele, V-ZUG and Whispair.

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Wood furniture supplied by Playwood Workshop.


Lighting supplied by Tu Ou Lighting VF Ming Xuan Light Fixture.


Staircase by ODYA. Wall paint supplied by Textur Plaster. Slate and Pebble Washout by Kang Ya Stone Materials. Curtains and carpet supplied by Yan Zhi Design.


Bathroom appliances supplied by Hansgrohe.

ARCHITECT Branch Studio Architects

PROJECT TEAM Nicholas Russo, Simon Dinh, Rowena Henry BUILDER LJ Roberts Constructions


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FURNITURE KS Chair from Great Dane. Perennial floor rug from Armadillo&Co.


Custom Nose Dive pendant light by Orchard Design, design by LTNK. Mondo Angel wall lights and track lighting from Masson For Light. Loft wall light by ISM Objects.


Rockcote Marrakesh Concrete Finish on Shower by NMD Plastering & Rendering. Charcoal Rammed Earth by Olnee Rammed Earth.


Hallviken Sink from Ikea. Extended basin mixer from Mizu. Koko Black toilet suite from Fienza. Bathroom accessories from Milli Glance. Custom concrete vanity by LJ Roberts Constructions. Custom copper bathroom Fittings by LJ Roberts Constructions.

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Spas are paradoxical spaces, at once public and private, extroverted yet intimate. Me, I find it kind of humiliating hanging around in my smalls (or less) being whisked by some frantic chappy with a birch switch as they do at the Grande Mosquée in Paris. Nor do I see the joy of being wrapped up like sushi in seaweed for an hour, all alone in a monastic cell on Mykonos with only the tiniest view out to sea, as I was duped into doing a few years ago. The French have an absolute obsession with what they call thalassothérapie (it’s free on the National Health scheme) and so the Atlantic coast from Mont SaintMichel all the way down to Biarritz is awash with resorts vaunting the restorative value of H2O. But no matter how many times I’m asked to – quite literally – test the waters, I always come up gasping for dry land.

It seems I’m in the minority. Increasingly, I’m hearing architects mention clients clamoring for private spa-like facilities in their homes. A steam room, an immersive bubble tub, hot and cold plunge pools. Hammam Sweet Hammam is all the rage. William Smart of Smart Design Studio is working on this kind of lavish facility for a private client as we speak. “In a sense it’s just Phase 2 of the bathing experience,” he says, “cranking it up a notch. That said, I do find it pretty freaky, this desire to bathe en masse.” Kerry Phelan of KPDO says, “yes, they’re being asked for quite a lot now,” and puts the spa frenzy down to the frequency of client contact with luxury facilities as they travel the world.

“I’ve just had a client come back from a European ski vacation with photos they’d taken of the spas and saunas and flotation tanks, you name it,” says Nick Tobias, Principal of Tobias Partners. “Clients are always inspired by luxury hotels, in a sense they set the trends.”

Rome-based Australian architect Carl Pickering recently delivered a 1700 square metre spa as part of the refurbishment of Beirut’s most prestigious hotel, the family-owned Al Bustan. “The Bustanis would often go to thalasso therapy in the Luberon region of France,” Carl explains by Skype from Rome, “so when it came time to design the Al Bustan spa, Mrs Bustani was very involved.” Carl’s design puts several heritage Arabic motifs into play in a streamlined, contemporary way. The traditional mashrabiya, or open-grill woodwork, is reinterpreted as aluminium screens and window shades. Exuberant turquoise, red and green Tunisian ceramic tiling descends in a continuous arc from vaulted ceiling to the floor of the swimming pool, at once anchoring and sublimating the space. It’s a seamless sculptural melding of tradition and modernity. The Bustani family live in the hotel, “so at times it felt like Mrs Bustani was designing her own personal spa,” says Carl. “1700 metres felt just about the right size to her!”

When I spoke to Nick he had only recently returned from something of a pilgrimage – a visit to the Therme Vals in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, completed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor in 1996. Renowned for its sensuous austerity (again, when it comes

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“Clients are always inspired by luxury hotels, in a sense they set the trends.”
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— Nick Tobias

to spas it’s about paradox), the monastic structure is like an archeological dig yet to happen. “Mate, I’ve seen lots of spas and lots of good ones, but this is the Grand Poobah of spas!” he says.

“I spent a whole day there last winter, it was amazing, better than even I could have imagined, and you know what a mad fan I am of Zumthor. It’s all about a procession of volumes that you slowly progress through. It’s a sequence of spaces, each one on its own like a beautiful note in a symphony but when you put them together, the smell, the touch, the sound, the taste of it is just spectacular. Mindblowing. The architecture does quieten you, settle you down, put you in another frame of mind. The scale of the complex plays a large part in its power, but you could scale certain of the ideas down to a domestic iteration quite successfully. For instance, there is one chamber that you enter through a very small doorway in a very large stone wall and then proceed down very long, generous steps that you descend until you’re submerged up to your chin. You’re literally immersed not just in water but in the essence of the slatey stone itself, like you’re at one with the earth, elemental. Then there’s another room, it’s 43 degrees in the water and in the air, the room is flooded with hot pink lighting, you feel like you’re being cooked. The way it speaks to you aurally, the way sound vibrates around and

inside you, that’s a quality worth exploring in residential bathrooms. And then there is an incredibly beautiful water drinking room around a natural spring. The basin is brass as are the cups, it’s communal, sharing, a caring space. That’s something that could certainly inform bathroom design at Tobias Partners.”

Nick points to the kind of totemic, goose-neck hoses as a means of giving a home spa an industrial allure. “And the pump is going to be the big spend – if you’re going to have a home stream room you really must invest in a massively powered pump otherwise it’s just a jazzed up bird bath.” Slatted wood benches? “Ah, no,” groans William Smart. “Tiled, or perhaps Corian. For a really sleek bathroom fit out, as seamless as possible. There are some really quite nifty shower units being imported now, either for pleasure or pretty dirty people.” (He recommends Porcelanosa, which does sound rather piggy.)

More often than not, it’s the bathroom that eats up the biggest share of the budget of a new build, so it’s essential to get it right. “We’ve not yet done a colonic room,” laughs Nick Tobias. “Maybe that’s something I need to be pitching to my clients.”

“You’re literally immersed not just in water but in the essence of the slatey stone itself, like you’re at one with the earth, elemental.”
— Nick Tobias
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| architect Nick tobias visited Peter Zumthor’s legeNdary thermes vals iN swit ZerlaNd last wiNter with his wife miraNda aNd his two boys, samsoN aNd griffiN

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