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# 16 living in design

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Visit Archibald winner, Tim Storrier, at home, and a modest Glenn Murcutt masterpiece in the mountains. It’s all about simplicity, creativity and the beauty of imperfection.


habitus # 16 The things you choose for your home are as important as the home itself. Objects, furniture and lighting curated over a lifetime are not just functional, but intertwined with story and memory. 24. design news Be inspired by our design hunt; products for you and your ideal space. 27. TABLE LINEN The art of table decoration with luxury linen, bulky texture and vivid colour. 30. FLOORING Tread carefully over this selection – flooring to make a statement. 35. H ARDWARE Bring out your inner DIY with these hardware finds.

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37. THREADS & TREADS Wheelies, burnouts and back-pedal breaks. Hold on to the edge of your seat as you picture yourself in transit.

People living across the Region in unique ways wear their individuality like a badge of honour. Respect to their creative conviction and the well of inspiration it provides. 48. STORRIERS Famous Australian artist, Tim Storrier, invites us in to his charming home amongst the open plains of rural Orange. Experience the life of the artistic country squire, Tim, and his family, complete with an assortment of dogs, cats, horses and peacocks. 63. TORLAP Take a trip to Chiang Mai as we explore the home of artist Torlap 'Hern' Larpjaroensook. Be inspired and transfixed by a home studio that takes a colourful, contemporary approach to traditional Thai living.

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77. A RCH & JANE In the rural surrounds of an old farmstead in New Zealand’s Birkenhead lives creative couple Arch and Jane Macdonnell and their two children. See how their living space is both an escape and ongoing journey through their graphic style.

91. O -D-A Meet a young creative duo making waves with their signature aesthetic. With backgrounds in graphic and product design, o-d-a's furniture focuses on simplicity with a touch of functional detailing that has proved to have international appeal.


habitus # 16 Injecting new ideas into existing spaces and defining design elements that turn the house into a home – these are the missions we set out to complete.

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98. FINNON GLEN Mark Scruby visits a family home in the heart of Victoria's bushland, where interior designers Doherty Lynch have lent a soft touch to a simple structure by Jackson Clements Burrows.

160. vanuatu house Challenges of building on a Pacific Island range from cyclone-proofing strategies to cultural differences. But, Paul McGillick says, architect, Peter Stutchbury had all the answers.

111. C  AIRNHILL RD SHOPHOUSE A triumph in the re-design of a traditional Singapore shophouse. Architect, Richard Ho inserts elegance and light into a usually dim interior, Paul McGillick reports.

172. mount  eliza HOUSE A mindful renewal of an original design by the late Kevin Borland, has been completed by his wife, Huan Borland. Stpehen Crafti discovers that it pays respects to his wider design ethos as well as his specific design quirks.

124. B  ELAVALI house For Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, there are no comprimises when it comes to a design vision. Kerstin Rose agrees that his complete creative control in this home in India has produced a sensitive solution. 137. B  LUE MOUNTAINS HOUSE Glenn Murcutt provides another example of unpretentious design with this compact, humble and sustainable structure in the picturesque Blue Mountains of Sydney.

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183. CASTLECRAG house A 'pinwheel' provided the basis of this design by Neeson Murcutt for a family that were living in what they lovingly refer to as 'Grandfather's House'. Jane Burton Taylor visits.

148. parallel  house Architect, Jonathan Jacka, plays with process, geometry and graffiti in this clever and intensely angular home for his family in the inner-city suburb of Newtown in Sydney.

Take a tour of Israel's pulsing design hub and learn how to make a big impact with small living spaecs. 198. tel aviv This booming, cosmopolitan city is filled with fashion, cafes and the new breed of online entrepreneur. Elana Castle discovers some of its best spots to eat, stay and visit.

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205. book review Why do many of us live in homes far too big for our needs? Guy Allenby learns why bigger isn't always better, referring to recent books on small living, from houses to apartments and even smaller.


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the first word A recent feature in an Australian newspaper contrasted Melbourne and Sydney. It argued that Melbourne had a strong and enduring cultural memory, but that Sydney had none. Melburnians, it said, are always conscious of where they have come from, whereas Sydneysiders are completely ahistorical. One has a strong sense of place, the other lives in cyberspace. LEFT | deputy editor, nicky lobo. right | editor, paul mcgillick.

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ut cyberspace, like the Exploding Universe, seems to be ever expanding, threatening us all with permanent anomie – a feeling of not belonging anywhere. This is an aspect of the clash of modernity and tradition. Currently, Asia is the arena where this clash is most obvious – although elsewhere the Slow movement and the lo-fi revival of individual craftsmanship for contemporary use are examples of organised resistance to the loss of identity through cyber-colonialism. But modernity is an irresistable force and revivalism alone simply leads down a sentimental one-way street – for example, preserving old buildings without adapting them to valid contemporary use. But with modernity – essentially a western invention – threatening to take over, architects and designers in Asia have confronted it. This has not been a rejection of modernity, but increasingly an interrogation of it to define its limits, its threats and its potential. Ironically, it was the European modernists who argued that tradition, if it was to have any value, needed to be constantly questioned. Now, especially in Asia, it is the modernists who are being questioned, not so much as a rejection of modernism, but more to reconcile the benefits of modernism with the need for a healthy, continuing tradition (because it gives people a sense of identity) and with the local climate and environment (because that is more responsible). Once referred to as tropical modern, this critical reconciliation of the traditional and the modern within a heightened awareness of physical and cultural place is increasingly producing some wonderful architecture and product design in Asia. Residential architecture has led the way. Commercial architecture has been more tardy (although Hijjas Kasturi and Ken Yeang in Malaysia, and Kerry Hill in Singapore are notable exceptions), but is catching up, while product design now has a design-driven momentum which could soon make Asia the design hub of the world. Here modernist formalism has been complemented by a resurgent interest in materiality, ensuring that contemporary Asian design continues to be rooted in the reality of everyday life. Paul McGillick | Editor


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If you are looking to bring some life onto your flooring surface, unroll the latest KARTINA collection of rugs from leading design specialists Tsar. The patterns, textures and colours are unmistakable and the customised size service makes buying easy. tsar.com.au

Four simple legs and four simple panels combine to create the elegant structure of Mattiazzi’s latest chairs that perfectly cup the body in the most ergonomic fashion. OSSO is designed by prolific French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bourollec and the Mattiazzi brand was founded by brothers Nevio and Fabiano, making this a completely family affair. This beautiful piece is made using sophisticated CNC tools that shape the complex nature of the structure. Available in an array of colours including natural Maple and natural Oak, OSSO is both compact and sculptural. mattiazzi.eu / hermanmiller.com / livingedge.com.au

It’s just a jump to the left and a bump to the right, hands-free and no fuss. The Blum SERVODRIVE systems are easy to use – your hands can be full of scraps and you don’t have to struggle to open the lid, door or drawer of your rubbish bin meaning no marks on pantry doors. blum.com.au

Encourage your children to DIY with this adorable UTILITY POUCH by Victoria Caswell. The army-green pouch is equipped with all your hand-sewing needs and comes with the scout insignia printed on the front so you are ‘always prepared’. Perfect for budding designers, or just kids with constant holes in their socks or buttons missing. victoriacaz.com


photography Tim Robinson | Styling nicky lobo / ALICIA SCIBERRAS | art direction one8one7

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on the hunt... table linen Clockwise from top left | Linen teatowel in yellow striped 100% linen, $25, Planet; napkin set (set of 6 napkins) in 100% linen, hand screenprinted in blue watercolour, $125, Bonnie and Neil; Iris Hantverk coaster hand-knitted linen/cotton blend in Black, $39, Funkis; 100% hemp placemat or table runner, $22 each, Planet; Iris Hantverk teatowel in charcoal, $52, Funkis; (underneath hemp placemat); cotton napkins in Salmon, $19 each, Planet; table linen set (including runner and 6 napkins) in Connect Gold and Charcoal, $150, Cloth.


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Designer detailing Clockwise from top left |

Momentum (hooded) cape in 100% wool houndstooth, short cut for easy cycling, with detachable hood and reflective stripes in black and white, $300, Cyclette; Maserati GranCabrio Sport convertible 4-seater in Bordeaux and Avorio leather interior is fitted with a 4.7-litre V8 engine (331 kW)and sixspeed transmission, $338,000 excluding statutory charges, delivery and dealer costs, Maserati; Bridget umbrella with ergonomic handle, handsanded to satin finish, Italian body, fine woven canopy and polished metal hardware, USD$349, Starkweather; Nostalgique bicycle in steel with Sturmey Archer 5 Speed internal hubs and timber mudguards, $399, Sable & Argent; Knog Frog bike lights, $20, Deus; Pixie Stix helmet in ABS injection hard shell and unique anti-pinch magnetic buckle by Nutcase, $100, Cheeky Transport; W/SUN WFTS Data Redux Bamboo sunnies (on dashboard), $169, Deus; Together by Bernhard Willhelm black suede heel, $560, Camper; Cubelite Spinner carry-on suitcase in champagne, $599, Samsonite; elbow leather gloves in black, $140, Dents; Halcyon Mark 49 goggles (on scooter), $179, Motociclo; LXS 125ie Vespa in White, from $5,999 for 2011 model, Vespa; Rapha cream gloves (in scooter pocket), handmade in 100% English leather, $170, Sable & Argent.


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A Storied Homestead

Tim Storrier is one of Australia's most successful artists with his own unique visual language. And, as Michael Young discovered when he visited Tim and his wife, Janet, at their home near Orange in rural New South Wales, he also has a very distinctive way of life. text Michael Young | photography Paul green

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Beauty in imperfection For Bangkok-based, Nikki Busuttil, a short trip to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand to meet Torlarp Larpjaroensook became an immersion in art. text Nikki Busuttil | photography OWEN RAGGETT


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Eclectic essence Arch and Jane MacDonnell, the duo behind the Auckland graphics studio, Inhouse, live with their two children in a laidback old farmstead in the back of Birkenhead. Andrea Stevens visits their secluded spot and finds a warm and eclectic interior.

text Andrea Stevens | photography Simon Devitt


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Making things simple

O-D-A is one of the most exciting studios in Thailand’s emerging design culture. Sudaporn JiranUkornsakul reports that their work combines a characteristic simplicity and a consistent quality of craftsmanship. text Sudaporn Jiranukornsakul | photography Ketsiree Wongwan


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No compromise Indian architects Studio Mumbai are attracting international attention for the integrity and imagination of their projects. Here, Kerstin Rose is taken through a recent project and introduced to how the practice thinks.

text KERSTIN ROSE | photography CHRISTIAN SCHAULIN


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his house is unbelievable. Its narrow frontage makes it barely noticeable from the road, the elongated body of the home behind it is almost totally concealed by the branches of mango trees, and the back body of the house snuggles up inconspicuously to a rock wall. The true size of the place – it contains 350m2 of living space – does not become apparent until one strolls through its bright, quiet rooms. Before Bijoy Jain sits down to design a house, he makes a comprehensive and detailed study of the surroundings in which it will be situated. The Belavali House was no exception. The Indian architect, founder of the practice Studio Mumbai, made an extensive survey of the local landscape, observed the course of the sun and measured the amount of groundwater on the land; he included every tree and hill, every hollow and rock formation in his planning. Jain feels something verging on disgust when he thinks of the thoughtless manner in which some building projects are carried out in his country. In Mumbai’s hinterland, entire ranges of hills are being opencastmined out of existence in order to provide raw materials for large-scale construction projects in the financial metropolis. Devastated landscapes and destroyed villages are all that are left behind once the mining work is over. Sustainability and ecological awareness still have little significance in booming India.

ABOVE LEFT | the living area in the backside of the building is connected with the sleeping rooms by a gallery in the first floor. The passage way interruptS the long building and giveS it a lightness. above RIGHT | Entrance to the living area. The terrace stones are rocks from a little river nearby.


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In contrast, Jain sets great store by sustainability and ecological awareness, in “building in harmony with nature, using resources economically and attaining the highest-possible quality”. Clients who are not interested in these things, he says, would be better advised to find another architect. He’s not one for making compromises. “It sometimes takes me a long time to explain my ideas,” Jain explains, “but at the end of the day my clients trust and follow me.” This is exactly what the textile manufacturer from Mumbai who wanted a weekend home in the country did. The coast of the Alibag region is a mere 20 minutes from Mumbai by speedboat and is referred to by the locals as “the Hamptons”. The area is being increasingly taken over by wealthy city dwellers who use it as a place to carry out their leisure-time pursuits. Jain has lived here himself for more than 14 years and respects the traditional agricultural use of the area. “I wanted the house to blend in with its environment,” he explains. “The foliage around the home determined for me the length and height of the building. The garden consists mostly of agricultural crops.” A gravel road leads past fields on the way to Beirola, a small and – by Indian standards – prosperous village. Women and children sit by the village well washing dishes. Every stone dwelling has its own vegetable garden. The Belavali House is situated at the end of the village. Only when seen in the context of its neighbourhood does it become clear just how inconspicuously the property blends in with the surroundings. From the road, it seems no bigger than the nearby farmhouses, and beans and zucchinis grow in the garden, which is tended by a family who also act as caretakers in the textile manufacturer’s house.

One’s vision does not leap straight outside, but wanders there in stages, quickly negotiating the steps up from the living area and into the dining room, then sliding past the trees.

ABOVE | view to the dining room in the living area. All furniture IS made by Studio Mumbai. the window front and green walls GIVE A feEling of being part of nature. OPPOSITE | from the living room The stairs go up to the gallery, where the owners listen to music or to play cards. All installed joinery, including staircase and windows, is made by Studio Mumbai. The ceiling is made from plywood.


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Mountain retreat The relationship of Glenn Murcutt’s houses to the landscape is not so much holding hands as the lightest of touches. But Paul McGillick suggests this holiday house in the Blue Mountains positively embraces its context.

text Paul McGillick | photography Anthony Browell


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