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# 18 living in design

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What happens when you spend a lifetime collecting art, curating furniture and forming a design ethos? You create a distinct and authentic way of living that cannot be mistaken for anything but a true expression of yourself.

# 18 Products in your home can be more than just beautiful and functional. They can inspire a whole new way of living, providing the means to express your personality and values. 26.  design news Design Hunter furniture, lighting, accessories, technology and finishes. 37. WINTER HOLIDAY When the powder’s fresh, you should be too – check out our snow gear ideas. 39. SUMMER HOLIDAY Hang ten or just relax poolside – the best fun happens in the sun. 41. CAMPING HOLIDAY Get rugged in the great outdoors, but make sure you’re prepared!


45. TIME In our busy lifestyles, time is the most precious asset of all –what do you do when you have some?

They say travel broadens the mind. Hopefully. But what it certainly can do is give us a different perspective on where we come from, what we have been doing so far and where we might go in the future. Try these case studies. 56. ALEX POPOV During his forty-year love affair with Mallorca he has already designed one much-publicised house on the island. Paul McGillick talks to the eminent Australian architect about how he has given new life to a 17th Century farmhouse and what living on the island means to him. 71 STUDIO JUJU With child-like curiosity, young Singapore design duo Studio Juju create products that respond to human behaviour, sometimes with anthropomorphic results. Mandi Keighran speaks with the humble pair about their work.


79. SIMON LLOYD AND LIBBY DEMPSTER Their journey has been a professional one and a journey of the mind. Stephen Crafti meets a visual artist and a choreographer who first collaborated on dance and now collaborate in the ongoing evolution of their house.

89. SUBODH GUPTA This Indian artist with a booming international reputation engineers the trans-migration of everyday objects to trigger a cultural disconnect, enabling us to see unsuspected meanings in these otherwise disregarded objects.

# 18 In this section we always offer a rich variety of houses and ways of living. But this issue is especially diverse, perhaps with an emphasis on turning the old to new use and celebrating the union of the past and present.


98. NEWTOWN HOUSE Opening up tiny terrace houses is a favourite Sydney exercise. Paul McGillick looks at this inner-suburban example where an architect couple embraced the craft of building and a verdant landscape.

164. LAGUNA LIVING Renato Vidal is a remarkable artist who has long wanted to realise his dream home. Aya Maceda found it on a dream site, the product of a collaboration between Vidal and some designer friends.

110. GREEN HOUSE K2LD is one of Singapore’s most innovative practices. Paul McGillick visits one of their recent projects which resonates with cultural context while exploring the sustainable qualities of copper.

178. PERTH ADDITION Architect, Jonathan Lake, saw potential in this 1910 heritage-listed house in the leafy eastern suburbs of Perth in Western Australia. Anna Flanders reports that the brief was to create a modern family home which respected the existing house.

125. KAREKARE HOUSE The New Zealand bach, or holiday cottage, has undergone a revolution in recent years. Andrea Stevens enjoys one by Michael O’Sullivan which celebrates its own location. 139. ARTIST’S HOUSE This home on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur is for an artist. Amy Ng learns that architects, Building Bloc, were asked for an imperfect house.


152. FAMILY HOME From the street it is a typical late-Victorian suburban cottage. But Stephen Crafti was amazed at the transformation that architect, Fiona Winzar, worked.

Enjoy a visit to the historically and culturally rich capital of Tasmania and look at the climatic and cultural implications of designing in the tropics. 192. HOBART Australia’s southernmost city surprises Jane Burton Taylor by its mix of the old and the new. It not only boasts amazing historical sites, but arguably the country’s most innovative art museum.


199. BOOK REVIEW Paul McGillick reviews three books and finds an unexpected link between contemporary tropical architecture and an icon of Brisbane’s late colonial period.

the first word In my last editorial I reflected on the issue of gated communities. In fact, I speculated about whether they are communities at all.


left | editor, paul mcgillick. right | deputy editor, nicky lobo.

ell, please indulge me if I pursue this topic a little further, because it goes to the heart of how we live – namely, the balance between privacy and community. You see, that’s the pesky thing about being human. Like Goethe’s Faust we are no sooner satisfied than desiring yet again. We need security, but we also need change. We need respite, but we also need stimulation. We need privacy, but as social creatures we also need to belong. Margaret Thatcher supposedly said there was no such thing as society. But there is and we are what we are because of the constant interaction between what we are fundamentally and how we are shaped by our social context. I am just back from looking at houses in Jakarta. Several were in gated communities and all were different – which made me realise that gated communities take many different forms, depending on who lives there and how well planned they are. I realised that gated communities may be defined by more than a perimeter fence and they may be driven by more than fear of crime and anti-social behaviour. One community I visited consisted largely of Christian families and it was as much the practice of their faith which brought them together as the need for security, although memories of the 1998 riots are still very fresh. Another community, near the University of Indonesia, was largely populated by people associated with the university. Yet another community, clearly consisting of affluent people, was nevertheless adroitly planned by eminent local architect, Andra Matin, to provide common landscapes and amenities to ensure that the residents were brought together. Furthermore, gated communities are often more porous than we might assume. The Christian community mentioned above contains a sub-community of original residents from the area. The pedestrian gates remain open until dark to allow a flow of people to and from the adjacent kampung whose residents sell food within the gated community and who are looked after when their low-lying kampung is inevitably flooded during the rainy season. Of course, I also saw homes which did not belong to a gated community, but which still managed to maintain privacy and security while also engaging with the street and the local community. So, the issue of privacy and community is a moveable feast which goes back to the beginning of human history and which is being played out to this day. And it will continue to be played out as new social, cultural and economic contingencies emerge. In fact, gated communities are going to become more common, so perhaps the real issue is how we plan them to ensure that they really are communities and are not isolated from the wider, outside community. Paul McGillick | Editor

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Easily fitting into any setting, the NEUTRA collection is solid and robust. The elements consist of a rounded washbasin and bathtub made from natural stone, designed by Steve Leung and crafted to evoke an oriental essence that is still truly modern. The timber adds warmth to the stone, now offered in two new finishes – Ice Silk and Sand Brown.

The O SERIES wooden hardware pieces by boutique architecture and interior design practice Interia are a romantic gesture to any door or wall. These beautifully crafted wooden knobs were “born out of a desire to incorporate circular timber joinery handles within a recent architectural project and the failure to source this item” on the existing market. The whole series has a strong focus on environmental sustainability with each piece being fabricated from salvaged off-cuts. Based in Tasmania, Interia have access to some of the worlds best quality timbers and the O SERIES timber typically comes from building sites that use Huon Pine, King Billy Pine, Celery Top Pine, Myrtle, Sassafras and Tasmanian Oak. The quality and intention of this range, lovingly shaped by Interia, is clear.

Old and new technology mix it up in this iTYPEWRITER by Edinburghbased industrial designer Austin Yang. This console allows users to enjoy the experience of old world typing, but with the advantages of new world technology. Not just a novelty project, the iTYPEWRITER was designed with the older generation in mind, providing a more familiar way for them to type on the iPad.

The GRASSHOPPA lamp is a re-release of the 1947 design classic by Greta Grossman by Dutch company Gubi. The modernist form features a steel tripod stand and elongated conical shade, ball-jointed for mobility. /

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With a strong passion for showcasing the untouched talents of Australia's most skilled creatives, private publishing house Au.Thentic Press have selected standout photographer Ingvar Kenne as the subject for their first publication entitled CITIZEN. Sydney based photographer Ingvar Kenne (who shot this portrait) is best known for his portraiture and was selected by publishers Christey Johansson and Marcus Piper (pictured) for exactly that, the authenticity in his practice. /

The pendant light is a simple way to create varying levels and different points of interest in a room, particularly when the product is as beautiful as the OAK by Australian designer Ross Gardam. The Ross Gardam studio focuses on furniture and lighting and Ross is paving a sustainable path for the Australian design community with all his products made locally and from eco-friendly timber.

Designed as a modern day version of the English Windsor chair – the WINDSOR by Matthew Hilton is made from Ash and Walnut timber using exclusively traditional techniques. /

This refined bamboo cutlery has been shaped by Japanese furniture designer, Koizumi Makoto. The collection, entitled MINOTAKE, encourages thoughtful consumption, where the user enjoys every moment of the culinary experience. Light and strong, each piece is delightfully sensorial and tactile.

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Play Clockwise from bottom left: Ligne Roset Togo Sofa & Chair, designed by Michel Ducaroy in the 1970s, with multiple density foam constructions and quilted leather cover, private collection; Handmade Cushions by Erika Tucha in recycled vintage wool, $300 each, Vampt Vintage Design; Nintendo Wii, from $178, various retailers; Progetti random wall clock by rnd lab, $398, top3 by design; Nuptial Pendant by Trent Jansen in steel and organic cotton, $1,435, Living Edge; Ply Entertainment Cabinet with bevelled natural marine-grade plywood frame, steel base, black laminate front, $2,500 inc GST, Craft Design Realisation; PS Cabinet in

white powdercoated steel, $149, IKEA; Frame sideboard by Studio Pastoe in Oak with aluminium, $8,950, Great Dane Furniture; Loewe Connect ID 46 tv in green with white frame on a table stand, $4,699, Audio Products; Molteni & C Night & Day Metal Storage Unit by Patricia Urquiola, sheet metal basket with matte lacquered top, in chalk white, $1,630 inc. GST, Hub; Wooden Domino Game, $425, The Country Trader; River Weave Ticking Stripe handmade rug in Natural/ Indigo, 100% hemp, $595, Armadillo&Co.; feature panel paint Endure interior lowsheen accent in Sun Shower, $82.90/4L, Taubmans.

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on cabinet | Music Hall 5.1SE 2-speed belt driven turntable in gloss black with Goldring GL2400 MM cartridge, $1,099, Len Wallis Audio; en&is megaphone in black, $590, top3 by design; Yellow Submarine Money Box, $39.95, Sugar Ray T-Rex Dinosaur, $34.95; and Robert Triceratops Dinosaur, $34.95, Hart & Heim. on unit | Talking Mug Laughing, $19.95; and Mr Men Mug (Mr Happy), $14.95, Hart & Heim. on sideboard | Go Home Junior Gyrobot small, $24.95, and Sumobot small, $29.90, in Beechwood, top3 by design.

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Mallorcan meditation Australian architect, Alex Popov, has had a long-standing love affair with Mallorca where, in the late 1970s, he built a much-published house for himself. Paul McGillick spoke to him about his most recent house there and why Mallorca matters.

Text Paul McGillick | Photography Lars Ranek

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curious approach singapore is now an international hotspot for young creatives, providing myriad opportunities for new design stars to emerge. But there's no ego with studio juju, as Mandi keighran found out when she met them in Milan this year. text Mandi Keighran | photography caleb ming

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Pathways to design The visual arts, industrial design and dance collide in this Melbourne house. Stephen Crafti meets Simon Lloyd and Libby Dempster to explore how their respective artistic personalities find domestic expression. Text Stephen Crafti | Photography James Geer

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Subodh Gupta Trained as a painter, NEW DELHI-based SUBODH GUPTA also works across sculpture, installation, photography, performance and video, using everyday objects to comment on economic transformation in a beautiful and thought-provoking way.

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The perfect collaboration Two creative architects and an emerging artist made for a perfect combination – one that resulted in a conversation piece nestled in a leafy suburb in Kuala Lumpur. Amy Ng gets a glimpse into their process. text Amy Ng | photography Zheng Jao Tan, Ken Soh

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erfection is boring,” chuckles Leon Leong, as we walk around his loft-like terrace house in Taman Desa, a stone’s throw away from Kuala Lumpur. It’s quiet here, and you can hear birds chirp merrily during the late mornings and where the streets belong to both the young and old in the established neighbourhood. From the variety of vintage furniture (unceremoniously thrown out by neighbours) that has found a new home among his workspace, it is not hard to see what he means about not wanting perfection. “They hold so much character,” he adds. Indeed, chalk marks can still be seen on some of the chairs once used in an old school and you can see the wood’s grain emerging from peeled-off shellac finishes. It looks like they have been to war and back, but only now celebrated like heroes. Leon believes that a home, much like his art, is a process. There aren’t any picture perfect moments, nor an ending – merely stages at various completion as he grows with the space. “I didn’t want something that was too sterile, too polished and unreal,” he says. “I commissioned BC and Wen Hsia of Building Bloc because I saw their portfolio and loved

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I didn’t want something that was too sterile, too polished and unreal.

LEON | resident

PREVIOUS | Nestled in between a row of old terrace houses, Leon's house may look unassuming at first glance. But glass louvres in place of roof tiles and the addition of small trees on top of the porch roof turned heads and raised quite a few eyebrows. ABOVE | The living room shares its space with the kitchen, and is peppered with eclectic furniture that Leon has collected over the years. opposite | Leon in his kitchen which the architects moved to the front of the house. Most of the fittings are made of concrete – negating the need for built-ins.

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