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CONTENTS ISSUE #5.2 REGULARS 21 23 24 26

Editor’s Letter Editor-at-Large Credits Social

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Autumn Hues Off the Wall Cut a Rug When Two Become One Eco Finds Architecture Shorts Book Reviews Home is Where the Heart is What’s Hot

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ecently, I returned from a month-long ‘working’ holiday. Regular readers may recall I have a holiday house, the renovation of which is over schedule. I had planned to have the landscaping completed by Christmas 2015, however other priorities came along and there really is no rush to complete it. The landscaping is being carried out by my husband, Ian, and me. More him than me, though, as he has more time and the physical capabilities to do it all with hand tools without a machine in sight. The land is around 1100 square metres and the house takes up about one quarter of that footprint. We have a fabulous fruit and vegetable garden, too, from which we eat and share produce with our neighbours. I harvested a few bucketloads of chillies among other things, and while I love spicy food, it would take me several years to consume that many, so I dried some, froze some and gave lots of them away to anyone who put up their hand. Ian hates grass. He prefers something that doesn’t require constant mowing, watering and fertilising. I agree. We have planted lots of hardy, colourful natives of varying types and heights, which will eventually mature and add softness to the landscape, provide nectar for the local birds and bees, create a microclimate to help heat and cool the house and provide a haven for us to escape to when city life gets too hectic. Neighbours and passers-by found Ian in the garden every morning from sun up until about noon. They often stopped to chat to us or at least waved on their way past. Many were intrigued to know what we were doing and what the end result would be. It was a good way to get to know more of the locals and talk about a topic very

close to our hearts, the environment and how to create a more environmentally sustainable house and edible garden. The project is still a work in progress. Once the landscaping is completed, I can start on the interiors, employing the same principles of sustainability in the materials and furnishings I choose. The house is not old, so the interiors will only be given a freshen-up; hence no structural work is required. I don’t have a timeline, but I would like it to be finished by next Christmas as we are planning a family holiday there, including relatives visiting from overseas. There’s nothing like a deadline for motivation. Landscaping plays a very large part in creating a home, and while it’s not always completed by the end of filming Grand Designs Australia’s episodes, there are some notable exceptions. I particularly like the North Balgowlah House this issue, with its nod to mid-century Palm Springs desert style. Another project featured is the glamorous River House by Paul Clout, which features lush tropical gardens and a resort-style outdoor entertaining area including a beautiful pool and spa. Our two outdoor projects this issue demonstrate the positive impact landscaping can have. The desert-style garden designed by Richard Bellemo is a stunning addition that’s given new life to a Melbourne home, and the Japanese garden by Motoyoshi Kihara, also in Melbourne, is a secluded haven that’s pure Zen with its trickling water features, lanterns, bamboo fences, rocks and traditional plants. With autumn in full swing, it’s a great time to get out in the garden. If your building project isn’t completed yet, it’s an even better time to start planning your landscape so that it truly complements and enhances your home. Enjoy this issue,

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Launceston Sub-Station from Grand Designs Australia Series Six

FROM PETER MADDISON

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hy do we put off making design decisions? As Series Six of Grand Designs Australia is now complete — and as my own home renovations truck along — I have more empathy than ever for those going through the building process who have not selected everything up front. In this issue, Mark and Karen (Launceston Sub-Station) dig deep to make the selections for their sensitive renovation, while Warwick and Melanie (North Balgowlah) anguish over simply approving selections and materials suggested by architect David Boyle. Building always costs more than you expect, but it can be stressful just committing to design decisions. And this is amplified if you don’t engage a design professional. There is an expectation because of the statement a house makes about the people living in it. It’s not like a bad selection of shoes for instance, which can be buried in the bottom of your wardrobe. Buildings are an enduring statement of one’s values and cultural aspirations that sit like a big, fat hat on your head — every single day — for years! Friends and society judge what is built. The implication is that the design should be thought through thoroughly. And it can be hard when making decisions on the run that aren’t part of a master design approach. At the Launceston Sub-Station, Mark and Karen found interior solutions by borrowing ideas from their exotic overseas holidays.

Warwick and Melanie made their decisions by finding mid-century exemplar house details and joinery that they could actually see, touch, photograph and extrapolate. Whatever your method, the best option is to pay for a professional to design and coordinate all the design decisions early on. It’s well worth it for efficiency, cohesiveness and peace of mind. You just need to find a designer who is on the same page. Renovations generally cost more per square metre than new builds, but this was not the case with Launceston and Balgowlah. The Launceston renovation was about half the dollar per square metre of the Balgowlah House. This was largely due to the quality of the selections and joinery. These components make a big difference if you have an eye and a budget for it. The devil is in the detail found in the

accuracy of the schedules/specifications accompanying the drawings. If obtaining quotes from builders, prices can fluctuate wildly if every detail (down to the hinges) is not specified. Additionally, it’s much more difficult making these design decisions once a builder starts because of the inevitable compressed lead times doing it this way. So the migraine buster: decide on everything early, ideally with a design professional’s help. Pay deposits to secure key materials three months before they’re required. Don’t make changes. Good luck.

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01: LEFT OF CENTRE Assembled on a metal rod and finished with cord for hanging, the Angulo asymmetrical wall hanging will add an off-centre charm to your living space. urbanoutfitters.com 02: BOXED IN This series of colourful wall hooks made from 45-degree-angled cut timber can be grouped in a

03: LUCKY CHARM This U-shaped wall hook gets its malleability by being made from steamed, solid, natural ash and is perfect for your coat, hat and keys. cultdesign.com.au; cultdesign.co.nz 04: HAVE KNOT This hand-knotted wall hanging features oversized tassels and is made by Fairtrade artisans in Bangladesh. What’s better than style with substance? thedharmadoor.com.au

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05: TICKING AWAY Minimalist perfection is perhaps the most apt description of the matt grey concrete wall clock by time connoisseur Karlsson. letliv.co.nz 06: GREEN WITH ENVY The Emerald wall hanging is inspired by a diamond kilim pattern and printed on sturdy canvas. The imperfections and blots of the hand-painted watercolour enhance its beauty. downthatlittlelane.com.au

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This unique, chunky knit wall hanging is made from supersoft Pendleton wool and is created by Portland-based artist Jeannie Helzer in collaboration with Urban Outfitters. urbanoutfitters.com

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12: FOR THE LONG HAUL All Bride & Wolfe American oak timber — including this circle shelf — is FSC certified, which means the timber is sourced ethically and that long-term forest management plans are implemented and approved. cranmorehome.com.au

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13: MODERN ART A truly modern way to display art or photography, the Luna frame holds nine 4-inch by 6-inch photographs, prints or small artworks, and hangs neatly on the wall. taylorroad.co.nz

07: & 08: COLOUR ME HAPPY These felt-on-linen pieces from Rachel Castle are colourful, cheerful and artistic. Uplift the spirit and project positive energy into your home. castleandthings.com.au 09: LONDON CALLING This set of four 22-centimetre plates that depict iconic buildings of London’s cityscape are too good to eat off, so mount them on your wall instead. royaldoulton.com.au 10: ON THE FRINGE There were only 100 made of the Milford wall hanging, so get in quick. This limited-edition piece is a melange of soft, feminine colours with a tribal design. kipandco.net.au; letliv.co.nz

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Add an artistic quality to your living space with this spraypainted navy poster. The intrigue lies in its surprising simplicity. xavierandme.com


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01: SEEING SPOTS The Monochrome Freckle rug adds texture and interest to a simple interior. Whether it’s for big or little kids, it’s sure to please. collected.co.nz 02: ONE FOR ALL The neutral hues of the Medina rug ensure it is complementary to a wide range of interiors. A wool–viscose blend ensures comfort underfoot for a practical price. freedom.com.au; freedomfurniture.co.nz 03: OMINOUS ABODE With dark hues of blue, hints of black and a faint silver pattern,

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04: TRICKY TRIANGLES A neutral base and a few pops of colour mark the Hargrave rug as a simple yet stunning addition to your home. designerrugs.com.au; designerrugs.co.nz 05: COOL IT Woven in India, the wool– cotton blend Madeleine rug incorporates a mesmerising mixture of blue tones for a serene effect. freedom.com.au; freedomfurniture.co.nz

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06: SHAPESHIFTER Optical illusions and visual confusion emanate from the kaleidoscope-inspired Bark rug. Customise the size and colour to suit your existing space and furniture. xavierandme.com 07: BY THE SEA The inspiration for Christine McDonald’s Coal Coast rug comes from a combination of sandy seagull footprints with a Japanese shibori twist. designerrugs.com.au; designerrugs.co.nz

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08: FADE OUT The intricately detailed Kerala rug on of boasts a hand-woven gradatio eutral colour from stormy navy to ne grey. lightly.com.au 09: BEAUTIFUL BAMBOO The Bamboo silk rug is hand-ttufted plant using fibre from the bamboo p itself. Boasting a similar effectt to conventional silk, it’s slightly more m affordable and gives off a mettallic lustre. xavierandme.com

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02: WHOOP-DE-DOO Originally designed in the 1950s by Louis Poulsen, the classic Doo-Wop pendant is brought into the 21st century in Baby Blue. livingedge.com.au 03: & 04: MIX AND MATCH The Hue mugs in blush and plates in blue are a fresh and contemporary way to tell a colour story in hand-glazed, artisanal shapes. crateandbarrel.com 05: IN THE JUNGLE The Vitra Eames elephant in light pink will add playful style and childish humour to your interiors. livingedge.com.au

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02: LIGHT READING Each pendant in the Manhasset collection is made from recycled book pages, resulting in a simple yet visually spectacular design. zipper8lighting.com 03: OFF THE PEG Crea-re’s lamp shades are crafted from clothes pegs made from Polish beech wood. crea-re.com 04: TAKE A SEAT The EOOS Crosshatch lounge chair utilises parachute cords as a basis for its foundation. Perfect for executive suites or laidback living. livingedge.com.au 05: RAISING THE BAR Handmade from American oak, the Yo barstools have a timeless appeal. tidedesign.com.au

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06: PARISIAN HOSPITALITY Made from flax, these French linen sheets and pillowcases are durable, long-l asting and sourced from low-impact crops. andreaandjoen.com 07: SLEEP TIGHT The Acacia bed is handmade from local Australian hardwoods. naturalbedding.com.au 08: LOUNGING AROUND Of striking Italian design, Flexform’s Lifesteel sofa is made from the highest-quality leather. fanuli.com.au

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09: SOFA, SO GOOD Minimal and contemporary, Herman Miller’s Bolster sofa is constructed to the strictest of environmental standards. livingedge.com.au

15: STEP TO THE SIDE Utilising modern construction techniques, the plastic and fibreglass mould of the Eames Side chair makes this piece an environmentally friendly choice. livingedge.com.au

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10: TABLE TALK Resurrection is crafted from the recycled remnants of an old Victorian dining table, masterfully repurposed into a new and exciting piece of furniture. martindavisfurniture.com 15 11: FLAT PACK The Aviator chair by Zev Bianchi is crafted from bamboo and ply as a flat cut-out, which is then flexed into a classic ’50s-style piece with a sustainable bent. bcompact.com

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12: CRINKLE-CUT The Paola Paronetto clay vase collection features handcrafted Italian ceramics uniquely textured with recycled paper pulp and fibres. fanuli.com.au 13: DOMINO EFFECT Environmentally certified, Herman Miller’s Domino storage suits a range of design styles. livingedge.com.au 14: CHECKMATE Geometric in design, the King & Queen tables are visually stunning. mogg.it

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01: CLEVEDON ESTATE Two pavilion-like buildings were added to a pre-existing house and constitute the impressive architectural feat that is the Clevedon Estate, winner of the 2015 NZIA Auckland Architecture Award and 2015 NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award (Alterations). Within the pool pavilion, which was built for sociability, tough materials are countered by elegant proportions for an overall refined look. The second pavilion serves as a garage and office and features expansive windows that seem to throw its occupants into the hills beneath. Photography by Lance Herbst. herbstarchitects.co.nz

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02: LYTTELTON STUDIO RETREAT Precariously clinging to the towering hills above the renowned port and immediately south of Christchurch sits the Lyttelton Studio Retreat. With several bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and living areas — in addition to a work-oriented offi ce and studio spaces — the structure was designed to be an offi ce/residence. Designer and builder Michael O’Sullivan of Auckland architecture practice Bull O’Sullivan ensured the strong presence of sustainability in the fi nal design. The orientation and planning of windows, along with double glazing throughout, maximises passive solar benefi ts while timber is used extensively in the interior. In fact, the upcycled 100-year-old Australian hardwood timber previously formed the Lyttelton Wharf before it was destroyed in the 2011 earthquake. Photography by Patrick Reynolds. bosarchitecture.co.nz

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03: TOWER HOUSE A series of small structures that don’t dominate environmental or architectural surrounds, the Tower House is centred on a sense of community as well as a family focused on the environment and outdoor recreation. Starting with a weatherboard home, the residents and Andrew Maynard Architects were opposed to creating a monolithic structure that had no connection to the home’s history or original framework. Instead, the resulting village-like structure fosters community with a communal veggie patch in the front yard that neighbours are encouraged

to tend. Openings and double-glazed windows were designed to optimise passive solar gain, a white roof reduces urban heat sink and heat transfer internally, and the need for air conditioning is eliminated through active management of shade and flow via ventilation. Unsurprisingly, and most deservedly, the Tower House received the Eleanor Cullis-Hill Award for Residential Architecture — Houses (Alterations and Additions) in the 2015 Australian National Architecture Awards. Photography by Peter Bennetts. maynardarchitects.com 04

Originally a home for horses, this small, neglected barn – dubbed #thebarntas – was transformed above and beyond expectations, and went on to win the Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Project Architecture in the 2015 Australian National Architecture Awards. Governed by the Burra Charter mantra, “do as much as necessary but as little as possible”, the architects at workbylizandalex were intent on retaining as much of the original structure’s fabric as possible while still providing services and amenities and maximising spatial usefulness at every opportunity. Photography by Matt Sansom 04: EASTERBROOK HOUSE The leafy, green location of the Easterbrook House was chosen for its magnificent surrounding views, resulting seclusion and exposure to the sun. So as not to impose on the natural environment, Easterbrook embodies a modest footprint of just 120 square metres. Subsequently, this called for meticulous planning without any wasted space. A width of 4 metres is countered by a soaring mono-pitch roof, while full-height glazing brings a feeling of capaciousness to the main living zone. A splittruss roof allows an external pergola to shade the home in summer and clerestory windows enable low winter light to filter in. On the inside, glulam beams, plywood walls and ceilings, aluminium joinery and concrete floors lend a casual, holiday feel. Photography by Emma-Jane Hetherington. daa.co.nz

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UPCYCLE: 24 SUSTAINABLE DIY PROJECTS REBECCA PROCTOR | THAMES & HUDSON $40 Upcycling challenges the current culture of disposability in a way that doesn’t hinder our natural desire to design and create. Rather than adding to waste, we can repurpose an object no longer fit for its intended use to take on a new and extended life. And that’s just what Upcycle is all about. Twenty-four relatively simple DIY projects fill the pages, showing readers how to make lampshades from fresh seaweed, a mat out of sailing rope and even fashion an “original fake” Panton chair from a whole tree trunk. Each project encourages the reader to see standard materials in a new light, no longer limited to their industry-intended uses. This mentality can easily extend beyond the scope of the book.

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Originally an online project, Cabin Porn was born from a group of friends sharing images to inspire and motivate their inner homebuilder. As the project took off, thousands of submissions from across the globe created an online archive of more than 12,000 cabins. From there, more than 200 cabins have been hand-picked and curated in the print version of Cabin Porn in a bid to promote preservation and community. Highlighted are 10 personal stories relayed through images and text detailing the emotional relationships people share with the land. While some cabins were built using materials sourced from their immediate environment, others are only accessible on the other side of a 10-kilometre hike.


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01: STONE COLD The Stoneclay collection from Signorino comprises neutral, concrete-look tiles in four colours with a delicate, textured finish. signorino.com.au 02: HATS OFF Simple yet effective, the monochrome Fat Hat pendant features a black exterior, white interior and a boxy design. aboutspace.net.au 03: TRIBAL VIBES Add energy to your industrial decor with the colourful Scandi Geo knotted cotton rug. Texture and durability are the result of a traditional dhurrie weave technique. zanui.com.au 04: THREE’S A CROWD The colours and materials that make up the Plinth sofa are as close to nature as it gets. The frame is made from American oak with a lacquer

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finish, while the feather-wrapped foam cushions are upholstered in an ecru-coloured, washed hemp fabric. marktuckey.com.au 05: COOL COLLAB Holding true to the traditional Danish design principles Great Dane is renowned for, the Stobie coffee table was designed in collaboration with a local designer and cabinetmaker. greatdanefurniture.com 06: A FRESH START Haymes White on White paint offers a more open approach to interior design and decorating, ushering one space into another. haymespaint.com.au

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05: TOP IT OFF Made from pure linen and accented with a subtle black trim, the Clemens cushion is a simple piece with a discreet colour contrast. countryroad.com.au 06: NATURE’S CHOICE Dusty tones and a wool–silk blend make up the Rainbow Bark rug. Soft yet striking, this rug creates a stylishly humble atmosphere. jardan.com.au 07: FEELIN’ FISHY The Fishbone table is available in a number of shapes, so you can incorporate this intriguing design into any space. moroso.it

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05: PRECIOUS METALS Display jewellery, shells, ornaments and trinkets with purpose. The linen lining and gold-finished edges give the glass shadow boxes a point of difference. westelm.com.au

02: STORAGE APLENTY There’s no need to sacrifice style for storage with the Bestå TV cabinet, which features plenty of room to stow away books, DVDs and magazines. ikea.com.au

06: HANDY ANDY The mechanism installed on the backrest of the Andy sofa allows for an adjustable inclination from horizontal to vertical — a delicious feeling for the back. spacefurniture.com.au

03: BIG AND SMALL A layered look is ideal when working with cushions. Think outside the box and play with size instead of colour for a chic take on things. linenmoore.com.au 04: CURVEBALL Don’t be afraid to add a statement piece of art to keep things original such as Oly’s cast-resin Mobius sculpture in polished black. cocorepublic.com.au

07: THE PERFECT MARRIAGE Discreetly hidden compartments beneath the surface of the Chiva coffee table seamlessly combine function and style. boconcept.com/en-au; boconcept.com/en-nz 08: THE ART OF SUBTLETY ou A neutral palette doesn’t mean you can’t play with patterns. Use soft tones such as the Amalfi porcelain ikat jar. zanui.com.au

09: GREY SKIES Woven on a handloom and enzyme washed for a soft finish, the light grey Chambray throw embodies subtle luxury and responsible design. weylandts.com.au 10: HARDEN UP The smooth, refined shape of the Providence timber serving bowl contrasts nicely with the rustic and natural warmth emanating from the richly grained acacia hardwood. williams-sonoma.com.au illi

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durable cotton and feature blanketstitch detailing on all four seams. We love the turquoise option for its coastal vibes. linenmoore.com.au 04: SEEING RED The uninterrupted, bright red hue of the Gurli cushion speaks for itself. Bold pieces such as this are best utilised in small doses as complementary accents. ikea.com.au 05: LADY IN RED However you choose to display the Perla bowl, the rippled glass will stand on its own as a design piece. emporiumhome.com.au

05 06 06: CRYSTAL CLEAR The Blanda clear glass bowls come as a set of four — scatter them across different surfaces in your living area or position them in a cluster. ikea.com.au 07: COSY ON OVER There’s plenty of room on the Kivik corner sofa plus chaise, so invite everyone around with no holds barred, or better yet, spread out and get comfy. ikea.com.au

08: THE REAL DEAL Solid hardwood and a tapered geometric base work together to reflect the timeless qualities of the Flynn coffee table. jardan.com.au 09: SUPERNATURAL STYLE For a stylish yet practical piece, the Natural Cord carpet, shown here in Pinto, is extra heavy duty for use in any room in the home. prestigecarpets.com.au 07

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01: Designed by stylist Amber Armitage and produced in West Auckland by Studio Ceramics, these sweet little Archie ramekins are available in soft pastel colourways such as Moss Green and Chalk White. amber-armitage.com 02: Renee Boyd’s extensive experience in ceramic arts is evident in her products. A subtle nod to her local natural environment of the Waitakere Ranges can be seen in her work, translated into modern shapes, patterns and textures. reneeboyddesign.bigcartel.com 03: Design and maker studio Thing Industries has created this simple yet ingenious little house for keeping your sundry items tidy and tucked away. thingindustries.com 04: David Moreland is dedicated to designing and producing refined and innovative design solutions, including these simple yet striking Elevation tables available in a combination of powder-coated steel and American oak. davidmorelanddesign.com 05: Utilising unique combinations of media — such as vintage Japanese

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cotton, embroidery and wool — means that these artworks take on an heirloom quality, with each one handmade in the Native Agent studio in West Auckland. nativeagent.co.nz 06: The Emperor blanket is made from New Zealand wool, which is a fully renewable, biodegradable and sustainable resource. penneyandbennett.co.nz 07: City pride is a snap with this Auckland map art piece that features clean lines, vintage batons and a fade-proof canvas. fatherrabbit.com 08: Brother-and-sister duo Olivia and Ryan Smith have created a bold graphic rug collection born from a love of Italian design and ethically produced from traditional weaving techniques in India. nodirugs.com 09: Named after its studio’s surrounding native kanuka trees, this cushion by Kanuka has a unique and sophisticated spin on the current palm pattern trend. kanuka.co 10: The modern mid-centuryinspired shape and textured grey cotton make this light shade a perfectly pared-back addition to any style of home. cittadesign.com 11: Designtree adds to its repertoire with this elegant standing mirror, which is handcrafted in solid American ash timber. designtree.co.nz 12: Based in Te Aro, Room 99’s creators, Lisa and Grant, combine graphic and industrial design to produce New Zealand-made furniture such as this Method dining table. room99.co.nz 13: Adam Sinclair proves bespoke, handmade furniture is within everyone’s reach, producing beautifully finished furniture from his studio in Mount Maunganui. adamsinclairfurniture.com 14: A relaxed Kiwi take on a classic mid-century shape makes the Piha chair the perfect place to sit by the fire. noho.co.nz 15: Disrupting old paradigms is at the forefront of Shooting Sparrow’s homeware/street-wear brand, creating unexpected objects and delivering a unique style to the market. shootingsparrow.com 16: Prolific designer and all-round awesome businesswoman, Liora Saad has created a new collection of New Zealand-made candles with her quirky trademark design aesthetic. toodlesnoodles.com 17: The Powerhouse father-anddaughter team at Douglas & Bec continue their prolific work with this pared-back standard lamp in the perfect shade of mustard. shop.douglasandbec.com 18: Your Decal Shop is collaborating with local artists Flox, Shane Hansen and Evie Kemp to make affordable decals, so every home can have a piece of New Zealand art. yourdecalshop.co.nz

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synthetic lighting and suggestions of feature lighting will add value. A considered colour and material palette goes hand in hand with the question of market appeal, and you must not assume everyone is in alignment with your taste. While it is advisable to offer contrasts through material selections, not every wall needs to be a feature. Soft furnishings, for example, can offer dramatic contrasts within a room while also allowing for ease of change as trends diverge. In addition, there is always a lust for the elusive X factor. Design flair offered on some level within a space often appeals to people who want to live in style, but don’t always know how to achieve it themselves.

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Clark Bardsley Creative blood runs thick for this designer wunderkind

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t’s not often career aspirations you have as a kid are realised later on in life. But a piece of advice from a school teacher introduced aspiring artist Clark Bardsley to the concept of industrial design, unknowingly handing him a nugget to his future. Leaving his rural Waikato home in New Zealand after finishing school, Clark made the move to study at Victoria University’s School of Design in Wellington. After completing his studies, the lure of metal came calling, with Clark joining Auckland brassware brand Methven as a designer. Later entering the global design realm, Clark took on a role as senior designer in London for PearsonLloyd, before returning home to New Zealand in 2013 to launch his award-winning Auckland studio, Clark Bardsley Design (CBD). Now the director of CBD, a casual lecturer at The University of Auckland and a designer at Alt Group, it’s safe to say Clark has his hands full. Offering a one-stop shop for clients, CBD provides a range of ‘things’ and design services from strategy to implementation. “Most of my work is privately commissioned or produced

under license,” says Clark. “My most popular pieces include the Cloud range of pendant lights, the Golden shelves and my Wrinkle furniture, including the Wrinkle coffee table and Tangle stools.” A common thread that links CBD’s creations together is simplicity. There’s an unmistakable sense of quality and a minimalist aesthetic, ensuring each piece makes its presence felt. Investing in such unique designs is money well spent, offering a space not only a point of difference, but also a slice of an industrial designer’s creative outlet. clarkbardsleydesign.com


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Nath an Goldsworth y Designs worth their weight in gold

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rading a dream to become a car designer for a career as a furniture crafter was less stepping out of the fast lane and more a race won for Nathan Goldsworthy. It was during his studies in industrial design at Wellington’s Victoria University that Nathan fell for something else — furniture. “I always liked fixing the vacuum cleaner or the lawnmower, helping my brothers pull things apart and put them back together,” says Nathan. “I started to develop a fascination with manufactured things and with how we are able to manipulate raw materials in extraordinary ways.” During his final year at university in 2004, Nathan started Conscious Design with James Whitta, a company that would later be renamed Goldsworthy after James left the business. Goldsworthy’s signature collection encompasses everything from chairs and stools to tables, shelving and benches. Drawing inspiration from his surroundings, Nathan designs pieces with a purpose. “I think it’s important to find a way to connect with the

people who use things by infusing a design with an emotive character — a romance,” he says. “If something has the potential to be used and loved for a very long time, it’s worth making.” One of the most popular pieces of the collection is the Tio chair, which is also one of the more established pieces on offer. Designed in 2006 from reissued American oak, Tio is an oldie but a goodie that also features interchangeable upholstery for when you’re in the mood for something different. Goldsworthy’s focus is on producing pieces that are both affordable and usable for the consumer, and you know you are buying a quality piece when the designer themselves utilises it in their own home. “I think my best products come from having a real brief,” says Nathan, “All my ideas come from real situations.” goldsworthystudio.com


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“I think it’s important to find a way to connect with the people who use things by infusing a design with an emotive character — a romance . If something has the potential to be used and loved for a very long time, it’s worth making”

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natural creator, Elise Cakebread turned an instinct into a career. Starting her business in early 2014, the talented maker has launched her name and products into the spotlight, and if you take a look at her pieces, it’s easy to understand the hype behind this local gem. With a knack for textile design, Elise studied a Bachelor of Creative Arts while trotting around the globe. The saying “if the glove fits” has never been so relevant, with Elise realising she wanted to have a career in design after interning at a glove atelier in the couture capital of the world. “It was in France that I decided I really wanted to design and make things,” she says. “I knew my skills weren’t at the level I wanted them to be, so I came back home and enrolled in a textile design degree at RMIT.” After the completion of her studies, Elise began to collaborate with names including Hotel Hotel in Canberra and Dulux. Working on Cakebread products, commissions and installations, the designer admits the past two years have been somewhat of a whirlwind.

“Some of my initial projects included Space in Richmond and an installation at the former Dagmar Rousset store,” says Elise. “I also launched my first soft furnishings collection, Silver Linings.” There’s a real focus on the local, handmade persona of the pieces Elise creates. In a quantity-driven industry, it’s nice to see an emphasis on quality and integrity. “My main inspiration comes from the materials I work with,” says Elise. “I love to play around with combinations of fibres and yarns, exploring the unique properties they have to offer. I spend a lot of time researching and experimenting with traditional textile techniques, developing skills and then seeing how they can be reinterpreted or developed on.” Currently working on her next collection, Elise is also nudging the Cakebread brand onto the international stage, with hopes to see her products in stores around the world. And for a local designer, there’s no greater thrill than global recognition — and we can’t think of a worthier recipient. elisecakebread.com

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ABOVE LEFT Tethered and Tied cushion in Moonshine, Blue Moon cushion, Tassel cushion in Frost, Large Scale Wale cushion, Pile High Club cushion, Tassel cushion in Moon, Tethered and Tied cushion in Night Garden ABOVE RIGHT Large Scale Wale throw in Moonshine


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“I love to play around with combinations of fibres and yarns, exploring the unique properties they have to offer”

Puff and Tuft quilt in Moon Blue, Large Scale Wale throw in Moonshine and assorted cushions. Photography by Michael Quinlan

Pile High Club cushion. Photography by Matthew Stanton

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Just as writers experience writer’s block, designers can get stuck for inspiration — but when it rains, it pours

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f you’ve got a gift or are blessed with a great talent, there’s an unofficial onerous to pass your talent down the line and teach those who’d like to be taught. Far from a burden, such responsibility can foster feelings of pride. And no one knows that better than Trent Jansen. As a well-established designer creating pieces for brands such as Moooi, DesignByThem and Tait as well as custom creations — and having worked under designer Marcel Wanders in Amsterdam — Trent knows the industry better than the back of his hand. But he’s not one to hoard his knowledge nor is he hesitant to share his wealth of experience. “I am lecturing and running workshops at various educational institutions in Australia and abroad,” he says. Thinking more hasn’t resulted in him doing less. Employing a unique style of conceptual design — known in his studio as design anthropology — each piece Trent creates is influenced by historical and cultural research and is designed to appeal emotionally to its user. “[The] objects and spaces I design explore the unique identities

of individuals, families and communities, embodying engaging narratives that excite due to their exoticism or comfort due to their familiarity,” he says. But it’s not easy to be constantly working on the cusp of innovation. And when your name is your livelihood, it can become a weight on your shoulders — the pressure to release something less than perfect can surmount. “Sometimes I hate being a designer,” admits Trent. “There is nothing more excruciating than not making the connection between an interesting narrative and a good design outcome.” But when he’s lost for inspiration, Trent turns to the mythology of the Australian national identity — the bush legend, native flora and fauna, and the archetypal Australian surfer — for guidance. “When a good idea arrives after weeks of contemplation and percolation, it’s one of the best feelings I have experienced.” And clearly, it’s all worth it. trentjansen.com


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“When a good idea arrives after weeks of contemplation and percolation, it’s one of the best feelings I have experienced”

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DETAILS HOUSE LAUNCESTON SUB-STATION LOCATION LAUNCESTON, TASMANIA DATE COMMENCED MAY 2014 DATE COMPLETED AUGUST 2015 COST $600,000

Homeowners Mark and Karen Bartkevicius

PETER’S WRAP-UP “MARK AND KAREN’S MOTIVATION WAS ALWAYS SO PURE; OLD BUILDING PEOPLE DRIVEN BY AN UNADULTERATED LOVE OF HISTORY, AND IT’S THIS PASSION THAT HELPED CREATE A BALANCE”

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elf-confessed “old building people” Mark and Karen Bartkevicius have spent more than 20 years rescuing old structures, using traditional methods to return ruins to their former glory. The pair undertook a two-year campaign to secure Launceston’s iconic hydro sub-station, and although the derelict structure isn’t a place most would like to call home, Mark and Karen aren’t most people. Erected in 1922, the sub-station is somewhat of a Launceston icon. Perched high on a hill, the structure offers a bird’seye view of the city below, commanding presence with its unique location. With a goal to turn the hollow shell into a home within an ambitious period of eight months, Mark and Karen were optimistic about the challenge, choosing to focus on the positives, such as the fact they could refurbish the sub-station without having to adhere to heritage limitations. “A building of this age and location is to die for,” says Mark. “Anything is possible.”

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Opting to restore the building rather than replicate it, the structure had to be made safe after decades of decay before the build could commence. Arguably the most distinguishing feature of the sub-station, the antique brickwork consists of 100-year-old Launceston blues that were repaired using a traditional lime render mortar recipe. “It’s a calcimine paint, which is lime with colouring,” says Mark. “It’s an ancient method of doing things, and I love it because with every event that happens, it just picks up more character.” Having taken longer than anticipated, the schedule was steered off course due to the amount of decay and time needed to repair the historic bricks. By May 2014, work had begun on the new roof, but trouble hit in August, when the estimated budget quickly passed Karen and Mark by, threatening to pull the pin on the build. Mark and Karen compromised by getting rid of their idea for a pool in order to push ahead with the restoration. A huge sacrifice for the couple, this decision marked their commitment to the project, and their tenacity was rewarded shortly after when the second floor was laid using a high-end dark concrete that’s moody and practical, constructed to absorb the heat from the sun. In October, the bulk of the structural repairs were complete and steel lintels for reinforcement installed. With the installation of the panoramic windows came the realisation the structure was no longer a ruin, but a house, “signalling its transformation from industrial ugly duckling to retro modern swan,” says

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T V H O US E // LAUNCE STON SUB STATION

AN ALL-CONSUMING PROJECT FOR MARK AND KAREN, THE ORIGINAL CHARACTER OF THE SUB-STATION HAS BEEN PRESERVED, FROM THE IMMACULATE BRICKWORK TO THE PRESENCE OF THE INSULATORS

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PROJECT TEAM Architect Sam Haberle, S. Group (0427 771 428) Builder Shaun Moore, Moorey Constructions (0419 340 299) Engineer Rod Jesson, Engineering Edge (03 6326 9805) Bricklayer Martyn Jordan, Heritage Bricklaying (0400 971 422)

SERVICES Concrete polishing Jamie Webster, Polished Concrete Creations (pcctas.com.au) Electrical Mark Pennington, Glen Dix Electrical (glendixelectrical.com) Gabions Daimon Philpott (0437 519 017) Home automation Gavin Nation, Nation Technology (03 6343 0655) Landscaping Chris Calverley (0419 333 019); Luke Crerar (0407 271 568); Milo, MK Excavations (0417 595 017) Painting Matthew Evorall, Matty’s Painting Service (0409 412 211) Plasterer Gary Artis, GA Plastering Contractors (0407 855 732) Plumbing David Bingley, Midlands Plumbing (0400 280 806) Tiler Darren Richards (0408 559 649) Timber floor finishing Beau Della Valle, T&G Floor Sanding and Sealing (0417 506 340) Built-ins and bathroom suites Toledo Furniture (toledofurniture.com.au) Kitchen/laundry Matthew Wooten (0400 805 500) Steelwork and staircase Leon Richardson, Crisp Bros (0417 520 734) MATERIALS Native plants Sally Staubmann, Habitat Plants (03 6397 340) Stainless steel Elliott Leedham, Fulton & Goodwin (03 6344 1766) Heat pump Alistair Black, Calorex (0418 130 876)

Peter. A magnificent cantilevered staircase was specially engineered for the space, featuring a matching steel balustrade. Another sign of Mark’s resourceful nature is the storage-facility-turned-solar-farm that provides for the house’s needs as well as the government’s. The completion of the build in August 2015 confi rmed the structure’s grandeur.

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An all-consuming project for Mark and Karen, the original character of the substation has been preserved, from the immaculate brickwork to the welcome presence of the insulators. Creating something of lasting value, the substation is “imposing, derelict and loved by generations,” says Peter. “In short, a oncein-a-lifetime restoration.”

FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Sculpture Frank Prins (0476 153 486) FIXTURES & FITTINGS Sliding doors Unique Doors & Windows (uniquedoors.com.au) Tiles Bisazza Melbourne (perini.com.au)


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Rustic tones of brick and rust are given a contemporary edge with crisp white and dark grey. The fresh tones of turquoise, aqua and blue in the bathrooms add cool water to this scheme

Timber floors Britton Timbers (brittontimbers.com.au) Bathroom/kitchen tapware and fittings Michael Vedovelli, Reece Plumbing (reece.com.au) Windows and glazing Leigh Vodak, Glass Supplies (0439 312 362)

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A ’50S-INSPIRED HOME THAT’S A SWEET TREAT FOR THE SENSES

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arwick Noble and Melanie Hughes aren’t your average married couple. With a love of all things ’50s, the duo have adopted the decade as not just a passion, but also a way of life. So what’s the missing piece? An iconic home that reflects the pioneering spirit of the age, of course. Already living in a ’50s-style fibro house with stick-on bricks in Sydney’s North Balgowlah, Warwick and Melanie fell fast and hard for modernist architecture, with its simple lines and minimalist aesthetic. Garnering inspiration from the Rose Seidler House and iconic US marvels including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the bar was set incredibly high. But Warwick and Melanie were committed to building a home that delicately balances their ’50s love affair with the needs of day-to-day family life. “It’s an effort to not just replicate iconic design, but also update it without losing what made it cool in the first place,” observes Peter Maddison.

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Beginning the build in August 2014, the 1951 fibro was demolished to make way for a fresh slab. A relatively smooth build, progress was swift, with zig-zag steel quickly installed, which holds up almost half the house. By December, glazing was present, marking the project’s transition from building site to home. But with the property quickly taking shape, Peter raised concerns about the home looking like a bag of mixed lollies when he discovered the plans to use pastel panels on the garage and exterior of the home. “There’s been a lot of overthinking as we’ve been so desperate to do this and it’s taken years to get to this point,” admits Melanie.

DETAILS HOUSE NORTH BALGOWLAH HOUSE LOCATION NORTH BALGOWLAH, SYDNEY DATE COMMENCED AUGUST 2014 DATE COMPLETED AUGUST 2015 COST $1.7 MILLION

Timber panels are a clue to the home’s retro nature


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Pushing ahead with their vision and politely ignoring Peter’s advice that “great design lies in the deft touch” and reassurance that “white space is OK”, a stone fireplace was installed in January 2015 to great effect. An iconic marker of decades past, it’s a real feature of the interior, which is full of custom joinery that ended up costing a whopping $250,000. However, once installed, the cost of the bespoke joinery demonstrated its worth, with a huge bench running the entire length of the living, kitchen and lounge spaces. Sticking to the minimalist aesthetic the ’50s is known for, Melanie and Warwick went back to basics, selling their collection of vintage furniture and buying classic investment pieces that won’t date.

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A pop of red in a Featherston chair is throwback perfection

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“IT’S AN EFFORT TO NOT JUST REPLICATE ICONIC DESIGN, BUT ALSO UPDATE IT WITHOUT LOSING WHAT MADE IT COOL IN THE FIRST PLACE” – PETER MADDISON Completed by August, the end result is a striking residence that subtly commands street presence, with several neighbours hitting the brakes when driving past. Upon entering, Peter remarked that you’d almost expect “Ol’ Blue Eyes himself to walk out the door”. In classic ’50s style, cacti are abundant and a garage door is clad with pastel-coloured panels of different sizes. Inside, the interior is a capsule of sophistication and simplicity, with Featherston chairs present in the living room, which flows directly to the kitchen and lounge spaces. These areas can be cut off with sliding timber doors or opened up to achieve the ultimate flow. Upstairs lie the bedrooms and bathrooms, with

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daughters Evie and Lola enjoying having their own rooms for the very fi rst time. A breezy deck accessible from the three bedrooms offers water views, as well as a closer look at the cactus garden atop the roof. “Reaching back to ’50s Palm Springs and dragging it to this Sydney suburb was always going to be an experiment because this house is more than a copy,” says Peter. “They’ve achieved that elusive balance, a house that’s a work of art but also one a family can live in. Is this place as good as those pioneering designs of the ’50s?” Thanks to an obsession cultivated over many years, we have to admit Warwick and Melanie have created something that’s pretty darn close.


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A separate study offers peace and quiet

PROJECT TEAM Architect and colour scheme David Boyle, David Boyle Architect (davidboylearchitect.com.au) Building and construction Paul Gray, Graybuilt (graybuilt.com.au)

FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Coffee tables Gallery Midlandia (gallerymidlandia.com.au) Dining table and chairs Cult Design (cultdesign.com.au) Downstairs patio furniture Spence & Lyda (spenceandlyda.com.au) Children’s beds and side tables Dellis Furniture (dellisfurniture.com) Lounge and family room furniture Vampt (chairs) (vamptvintagedesign.com) Stairwell pendant About Space (aboutspace.net.au) Upstairs deck furniture The Urban Balcony (urbanbalcony.com.au) FITTINGS & FINISHES Curtains and blinds Complete blinds (completeblinds.net.au) Lighting Tovo Lighting (tovolighting.com.au) Vola tapware and fittings Dedece (dedece.com) Bath and shower Bette bathtubs and Rogerseller toilet and basin (wcbathshower.com.au) Whitegoods and kitchen appliances Miele, Winning Appliances (02 9694 0300) Sub-Zero fridge Multyflex (multyflex.com.au) Joinery Fine Earth Joinery (fineearthjoinery.com.au) SERVICES Landscape execution (planting, fencing and fishpond) Craig Gaul, Landscapes Combined (0418 464 231) Landscaping James Headland, Pangkarra (pangkarra.com.au) Office, family room TV/AV cabinet and internal kitchen cabinetry design Matt Michel Design (mattmicheldesign.com.au) Upstairs Bolon flooring The Andrews Group (theandrewsgroup.com.au) Pool Pools by Design (02 9970 8044) Upholstery Top Notch Upholstery (topnotchupholstery.net.au)

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Concrete floors, white walls and timber joinery are injected with Seidler’s signature primary colours of blue, red and yellow– green combining to create an authentic modernist colour scheme MATERIALS Bathroom walls, kitchen splashback and sideboard benchtop Corian (1300 795 044) Fireplace stone Eco Outdoor (ecooutdoor.com.au) Tiles Di Lorenzo (dilorenzo.com.au)

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PROJECT // SKIN B OX HOUSE

SECOND SKIN A WINDSOR TOWNHOUSE TRANSFORMS INTO A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

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An olive green hide rug ties in with the indoor–outdoor look

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possess the creative foresight required to turn an undesirable property into a place worth coming home to. Beginning the transformation in May 2013, the original townhouse consisted of two bedrooms, one bathroom and incredibly low ceilings. There was no harmony within the space and, worst of all, no connection to the outside elements. “The clients are a couple in

DETAILS HOUSE SKIN BOX HOUSE LOCATION WINDSOR, VICTORIA DATE COMMENCED MAY 2013 DATE COMPLETED MARCH 2014 COST $450,000


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their 40s who were looking to settle into one residence,” says designer Rob. “They were aspirational and knowledgeable about design from the outset, demanding a modern interior that would suit their needs and provide a cool environment for their teenage children to stay over.” With a strict brief, the process involved renovating the whole house using a material palette that would “envelop the senses and create a contemporary feel”, while improving indoor–outdoor flow. The master suite was also ready for an overhaul, along with the

living areas and kitchen. Also on the agenda was the creation of a new roof deck with city views. Broken apart and put back together again over the speedy period of 10 months, the body of work undertaken and the end result is impressive, to say the least. With a strategy to work with as much of the original building as possible, “the existing bathroom and laundry were maintained and the only significant piece of demolition was the curved roof of the rear living room to allow for the new

LOOKING BACK ... “THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INSIDE AND OUT IN SUCH A TINY SITE, THE SCALE OF THE DOOR, WHICH DISSOLVES THIS BOUNDARY, AND THE USE OF THE CANTILEVERED TRANSLUCENT SKIN ALL RESONATE WITH THE SITE AND ARE GENUINELY INNOVATIVE” – ROB NERLICH GRAND DESIGNS

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NOW CANTILEVERED OVER THE GARDEN, THE FIRST-FLOOR BEDROOMS AND ENSUITE ARE COCOONED IN THE ‘SKIN BOX’, A STRUCTURE ENCASED BY POLYCARBONATE BALUSTRADES

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bedrooms and ensuite above”, says Rob. Once two claustrophobic rooms, the new living area is big on space thanks to a fully glazed wall and sliding glass door that “dissolves the barrier between the living area and the garden”, says Rob. A highlight of the new room is the tongue-and-groove timber ceiling and joinery that’s the perfect match with the vertical timber battening found mere steps away in the garden. The use of concrete in this space was a risk that paid off, with the Pandomo floor making its way from the living area to the courtyard, ensuring continuity in style and aesthetic. Furnishings are simple and cut to the chase here, with a Halo pendant adding another dimension and materials including leather, cowhide and timber adding layers of warmth. Now cantilevered over the garden, the first-floor bedrooms and ensuite are cocooned in the ‘skin box’, a structure encased by polycarbonate balustrades with


an aluminium privacy hood connecting it to the spaces below. “The inspiration for the skin box came from the idea of building fabrics of ‘skins’ that mediate their environments and filter light,” says Rob. “The idea was to float the first floor above the slender, existing ground floor and envelop it with a lightweight translucent skin that would allow light through, control glare and privacy, and encourage a sense of spatial expansion to the courtyard. During the day, the skin seems silvery opaque, and at sunset, the evening sky reflects purple hues.” To access the box from the ground level is by way of a staircase that also leads up to the second floor roof terrace complete with picturesque views, a dining setting and plenty of seating to kick back and unwind with a drink in hand. “Providing a dramatic rooftop experience, the pop-up addition makes an idiosyncratic contribution to the streetscape,” observes Rob.

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The outdoor terrace is ideal for entertaining family and friends

“PROVIDING A DRAMATIC ROOFTOP EXPERIENCE, THE POPUP ADDITION MAKES AN IDIOSYNCRATIC CONTRIBUTION TO THE STREETSCAPE” – ROB NERLICH Now at one with its owners, this Windsor abode has morphed into a fascinating creature that welcomes the outside in to beautiful effect. With its minimalist interior, the materials utilised steal the spotlight — just as they should. “The origins of the Skin Box House sit within the frame of contemporary modernism and the play of phenomenology, site and sustainability,” reflects Rob. “In the context of an increasingly connected world, it defines itself uniquely.”

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PROJECT TEAM Architect and landscaping Rob Nerlich and Kate McMahon (manarchitects.com.au) Builder Parris Constructions (parrisconstructions.com) Stylist Kim Edwards (0401 041 910) Structural engineer Meyer Consulting (meycon.com.au)

FIXTURES & FITTINGS Polycarbonate cladding and insulation Danpalon (danpalon.com.au) Prefinished timber floorboards Mafi (mafi.com.au) Splashback and pantry door Rimex Metals Australia (rimexmetals.com.au) Sink mixer Teknobili (reece.com.au) Rangehood Whispair (whispair.com.au) Oven and cooktop ILVE (ilve.com.au)


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WE LOVE THE ROOFTOP COURTYARD THAT HAS PLENTY OF ROOM FOR HOSTING DRINKS UNDER THE STARS

Dishwasher Fisher & Paykel (ďŹ sherpaykel.com/au) Floors Pandomo (pandomo.com.au) Courtyard bench McMahon and Nerlich; Pariss Constructions FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Pendant and feature lighting KE-ZU (kezu.com.au) Lounge chairs Poliform (poliform.com.au) Bedside tables Warren Platner (1stdibs.com) Planters Angelucci (angelucci.net.au) Bedroom chair Hub Furniture (hubfurniture.com.au) Brass pendants in bedroom Angelucci (angelucci.net.au) Kitchen stand Joost Bakker (byjoost.com) SERVICES Cooling McKinnon Heating & Cooling (mckinnonheating.com.au)

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DETAILS HOUSE FAMILY TIES LOCATION ALEXANDRA HEADLAND, QUEENSLAND DATE COMMENCED AUGUST 2014 DATE COMPLETED APRIL 2015 COST $775,000

RIGHT A room with a view, the family is able to enjoy meals while looking at the ocean

“THE FIRST VISION WAS TO USE THE SLOPE OF THE SITE TO CREATE VIEWS AND PRIVACY FROM DWELLING ONE TO DWELLING TWO” – SCOTT FALCONER

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dilapidated brick and weatherboard house located at the crest of a steep block of land doesn’t paint the most promising picture. Yet, in less than a year, this site was transformed into the modern architectural feat gracing these pages. For the homeowners, working with the architects and designers at Aboda Design Group was a perfect match, but it wasn’t a coincidental pairing. “The owners of the property had followed our work and had a clear idea of the architectural outcome they were seeking,” says Scott Falconer, director at Aboda. As a result, two predominantly detached dwellings provide a home for three generations of family and, just streets back from the beach, boast impressive views north to Noosa Heads, east to Mooloolaba and south to Caloundra.

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“THE OWNERS OF THE PROPERTY HAD FOLLOWED OUR WORK AND HAD A CLEAR IDEA OF THE ARCHITECTURAL OUTCOME THEY WERE SEEKING” – SCOTT FALCONER

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Although it may look compact, there’s more to this family duplex than meets the eye. The primary dwelling operates as a family home for two parents and their three children. With four bedrooms, two living rooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and an alfresco area, there’s ample room to enjoy the home together or — taking advantage of the multiple living spaces — separately. The second, lower dwelling provides a place for the grandparents to live. Completely self-contained, it includes a kitchen, dining, laundry and living spaces. A large family occupying a single lot could potentially spell out family feud,

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but Aboda eliminated this risk by creating two separate, fully functioning spaces. “The project demonstrates the potential to contain one single family (three generations) on a standard residential lot while providing a sense of space, long vistas and privacy,” says Scott. All that’s left is to enjoy the perks of living with loved ones close to the sea. While the home now projects an air of carefree coastal charm, the build, however, couldn’t have been more different. When something looks effortless, it’s a safe bet it took a lot of work to make it appear that way — and this is no exception. “One challenge of a family duplex is that it requires Impact

ABOVE Mismatched dining chairs and a rustic table keep things casual

OPPOSITE TOP There’s plenty of space on the kitchen island to prepare meals, or enjoy them OPPOSITE BELOW The family cat disguises itself as part of the decor

Assessment Approval,” says Scott. “With the assistance of town planner Liam Pinese from KHA Development Planners, the application was successful and we maximised the potential of the site.” And while several builders and designers might see a slanted site as something to overcome, Aboda saw it as a feature to embrace and take full advantage of. “The first vision was to use the slope of the site to create views and privacy from dwelling one to dwelling two, both of which enjoy living areas and vistas in opposed locations,” says Scott. Bringing the beauty of the outdoors in, a neutral palette was adopted for the interior, taking a back seat to the design


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FINAL THOUGHTS “THE PROJECT DEMONSTRATES THE POTENTIAL TO CONTAIN ONE SINGLE FAMILY ON A STANDARD RESIDENTIAL LOT WHILE PROVIDING A SENSE OF SPACE” – SCOTT FALCONER

ingenuity of the exterior. Although the boxes create an impressive silhouette, they’re simple shapes that don’t impose on neighbouring properties or the streetscape. Expansive windows and glass doors allow an abundance of natural light to fi lter through, while soft greys and cool whites were chosen to adorn the walls and play off each other, generating a warm, subtle effect. By the same token, timber floors, kitchen cabinets and a rustic dining table ground the interior scheme and bring it back to nature. According to Scott, it’s

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a “simple, durable material palette [chosen] to mirror the restrained architectural response.” When neutrals are in play, it’s important to choose at least one element to alleviate the look and bring it to life. In this case, it’s colour. We love the thoughtfully spared interior that — on occasion — is accented by bright bursts of teal. Be it a sofa, glazed pot plant, quilted throw or artwork, it doesn’t have to be obvious but it does have to be considered.

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PROJECT TEAM Architect/designer/ interior designer Aboda Design Group (aboda.com.au) Builder Kernohan Constructions (kernohan.com.au) Structural and civil design SCG Consulting Engineers (scg-engineers.com) Town planner KHA Development Managers (khadm.com.au)

SERVICES Plumber Peter Neyland Plumbing & Drainage (0412 518 764) Electrician Fusion Electrical Services (fusionelec.com.au) Certifier Suncoast Building Approvals (suncoastba.com.au) Joinery Alternative Kitchens (alternativekitchens.net.au) Louvre pattern design Steve Boggs, Clemenger BBDO (clemengerbbdo.co.nz) FIXTURES & FITTINGS Aluminium joinery G.James Glass & Aluminium (gjames.com) Sanitaryware Reece (reece.com.au) Flooring Queensland Timber Flooring (queenslandtimberflooring.com) Tiles Coolum Tile & Stone Studio (coolumtss.com.au)

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PROJECT // RIVER HOUSE

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A generous dining space is perfect for entertaining

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Grand in sheer scale, the body of work spans four bedrooms with ensuites, an open-plan lounge/dining/kitchen, a play room, formal winter lounge, boat shed, triple garage, lagoon-style pool with spa and an integrated fish pond. The interior palette is predominantly inspired by natural materials including the use of granite stone walls, travertine and the presence of Australian grey ironbark timber found throughout the property. Indoor–outdoor living is prevalent, with natural light continually flooding the home thanks to electric doors encasing the living area, exposing the Noosa River on one side and the pool on the other, both of which can be enjoyed throughout the seasons with a click of a button. As Paul’s favourite part of the space, the living area boasts a double aspect and a statement fireplace. A covered outdoor entertaining space is located on the river side complete with a barbecue area and pizza

THE INTEGRATED FISH POND IS A CONSIDERATE TOUCH TO THE SPACE, INJECTING INSTANT ZEN INTO THE LIVING AREA

DETAILS HOUSE RIVER HOUSE LOCATION NOOSA, QUEENSLAND DATE COMMENCED MARCH 2013 DATE COMPLETED SEPTEMBER 2014 COST UNDISCLOSED


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“WE DESIGNED THE HOUSE TO BEND AROUND THE WHOLE AREA TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY ASPECT OF THIS BEAUTIFUL POSITION” – PAUL CLOUT oven — must-haves when entertaining friends and family. Moving back indoors is the kitchen, featuring a stone benchtop meshed with timber — a beautiful juxtaposition of luxury and nature. The integrated fish pond is a considerate touch to the space, injecting instant Zen into the living area. The bedrooms and formal lounge are located upstairs. All generous in size, the bedrooms take advantage of water views and boast their own private bathrooms. The end result is a home that offers all the creature comforts of contemporary living while embracing the picturesque surrounds offered by the Noosa River. “The house pushes the limits of standard engineering design and construction,” says Paul. “It’s fitted out with the very best finishes and detailing in any current residential home.” And when creating a space for your family to grow, that’s exactly what you want.

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PROJECT TEAM Architect/designer, builder and interior designer Paul Clout Design (paulcloutdesign.com.au)

Colour Palette

All of the elements are referenced in this scheme. Water is the backdrop with blues and greens coming from the landscape. Earth is in the timber and stone, fire in the furnishings with orange and red and there’s an abundance of air from so much natural light

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Get the Look

01: Champagne Natural cowhide rug from cowhiderugsonline.com.au 02: Beat Tall pendant from tomdixon.net 03: Paris cushion stack from linenmoore.com.au 04: Loop timber table from marktuckey.com.au 05: Laia stool from coshliving.com 06: Ping Pong Pang chairs by Paolo Rizzatto for Serralunga from spacefurniture.com.au 07: East Hampton modular sofa from cocorepublic.com.au 08: Concrete planter from livingemporium.com.au

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INDUSTRIAL FURNITURE

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CANTEEN STACKING CHAIR Vintage Beech & Silver RRP $119

HURST IRON CHAIR Gun Metal RRP $259

REPLICA METZ DINING CHAIR Rustic White with Timber Seat RRP $99

REPLICA METZ CHAIR Galvanised Shiny Black or White RRP $79

TAMBA DINING CHAIR Iron with Plywood Seat RRP $129

BENJI FOLDING CHAIR Black Iron with Plywood Seat RRP $129

OWEN STACKING CHAIR Rustic Reclaimed Timber & Iron RRP $179

REPLICA METZ CHAIR Rustic White RRP $79

CHANDRA CHAIR Black and Blue RRP $229

MOLI TEAK CHAIR Iron & Reclaimed Timber RRP $225

PASCHE DOUBLE CHAIR Stained Timber RRP $795

BONITA CHAIR Reclaimed Teak RRP $319

REPLICA METZ CHAIR Electro Plated Gold or Copper Finish RRP $79 - $259

LEO SIDE TABLE White, Black, Blue or Mustard RRP $59

TEAK ROOT SIDE TABLE Natural - 35 x 35 x 40cm RRP $169

FINNIC BAR STOOL Black Steel and Antique Ash RRP $279

LEO STACKABLE STOOL Yello with Pine Seat RRP $89

REPLICA METZ MEDIUM STOOL Galvanised Silver RRP $47

REPLICA METZ LOW STOOL Rustic White RRP $49

TRACTOR STOOL Iron, Distressed Red RRP $139

SIERRA STOOL Brown Goat Leather & Steel RRP $119

PARIS STOOL Brown Goat Leather & Steel RRP $139

CAGNEY BAR STOOL Natural Elm RRP $149

DECKER STOOL WITH NO BACK Reclaimed Natural Elm RRP $265

DECKER STOOL WITH BACK Reclaimed Natural Elm RRP $399

OTTO BAR STOOL Iron Legs with Leather Seat RRP $195

DECORATIVE TEAK LADDER Teak Root White - 40 x 10 x 180cm RRP $99

PENCO BAR STOOL Recycled Timber RRP $225

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TOBIE BAR STOOL Elm with Iron Frame RRP $199

HAVANA BAR STOOL Grey Steel RRP $119

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INDUSTRIAL DINING

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PIRATE DINING TABLE Concrete with Timber Legs - 230 x 100 x 76cm RRP $2,699

VERMONT DINING TABLE Natural Pine - 260 x 100 x 75cm RRP $2,995

NAVOTA DINING TABLE Recycled Timber & Iron - 170//200/240 x 100 x 75cm RRP $1,699 - $2,099

EASTON CONSOLE TABLE Recycled Wood & Iron - 145 x 50 x 76cm RRP $1,395

CONSORT CONSOLE TABLE Reclaimed Teak - 166 x 39 x 72cm RRP $499

GARDENIA TABLE Reclaimed Teak - Various Sizes Available RRP $599

BATAS CONSOLE TABLE Recycled Wood & Iron - 160 x 43 x 76cm RRP $1,495

DAKOTA COFFEE TABLE Recycled Wood & Iron - 120 x 60 x 45cm RRP $599

AMAR HALL TABLE Recycled Wood & Iron - 145 x 45 x 76cm RRP $749

METZ DINING CHAIR White with Black/Blue/Green/White or Red RRP $99ea

PARIS BISTRO TABLE AND CHAIRS Iron - Table: 71.5 x 71.5 x 60cm, Chairs: 37 x 80cm Table: RRP $199, Chairs: RRP $119ea

AGENA DINING TABLE AND ANDRAS BENCH Recycled Wood - Table: 190x75x76cm, Bench: 160x36x47cm Table RRP $1,599, Bench RRP $499

BANTA BOOKSHELF Reclaimed Timber - 70 x 45 x 225cm RRP $1,495

PAXTON DINING TABLE Reclaimed Pine - 240 x 100 x 78cm RRP $2,695

BERKLEY ROUND DINING TABLE Reclaimed Pine - 160 x 160 x 78cm RRP $2,195

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INDUSTRIAL LIGHTING

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NEVADA PENDANT LIGHT 46 x 36cm RRP $89

THOMAS PENDANT LIGHT Gun Black - 26 x 27cm RRP $139

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CONCRETE PENDANT NO. 2 43 x 43 x 35cm RRP $199

CONCRETE PENDANT NO. 3 40 x 40cm RRP $199

SPELLO PENDANT LIGHT Matt Brass Plated - 36 x 41cm RRP $189

PARISIAN PENDANT LIGHT 31cm RRP $279

CONICAL PENDANT LIGHT Antique Brass - 30 x 30 x 25cm RRP $89

INDUSTRIAL WIRE CAGE PENDANT Nickel - 16 x 16 x 25cm RRP $59

BIRDCAGE PENDANT LIGHT Antique Brass - 22 x 22 x 37cm RRP $89

MARBAIX PENDANT LIGHT Rust Patina - 40 x 36cm RRP $249

MARBAIX PENDANT LIGHT Copper Patina - 40 x 36cm RRP $249

MARBAIX PENDANT LIGHT Rustic White - 40 x 36cm RRP $249

BOURLON PENDANT LIGHT Copper Patina/White Int - 22 x 17cm RRP $139

BOURLON PENDANT LIGHT Rust Patina - 22 x 17cm RRP $139

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ARTOIS PENDANT LIGHT Rustic White - 48 x 31cm RRP $219

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BOURLON PENDANT LIGHT Copper Patina - 22 x 17cm RRP $139

HARLOW PENDANT LIGHT Matt Black - 40 x 40cm RRP $229

OSCAR PENDANT LIGHT Matt Black - 38 x 38 x 40cm RRP $379

LUNA PENDANT LIGHT Antique Silver - 28 x 28cm RRP $249

LAGES 7 LIGHT PENDANT Solid Copper - 20 x 20 x 26cm RRP $299

MID-CENTURY HAXAGONAL PENDANT Galvanised Iron - 26 x 26 x 38cm RRP $149

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SAFI PENDANT LIGHT Black Oxidised Shade - 31 x 29cm RRP $119

LAGES 3 LIGHT PENDANT Solid Copper - 20 x 20 x 26cm RRP $249

AIRO PENDANT LIGHT Antique Black - 45 x 45 x 18cm RRP $149

TERKU PENDANT LIGHT Orange - 13 x 13 x 13cm RRP $65

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INDUSTRIAL LIGHTING

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WORKSHOP PENDANT LIGHT 12 x 12 x 30cm RRP $59

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SALEN PENDANT LIGHT Orange - 38 x 38 x 30cm RRP $159

DOME HAND BLOWN PENDANT Glass & Wire - 25 x 25 x 45cm RRP $249

MORA LARGE PENDANT LIGHT Grey/Wood 50 x 50 x 55cm RRP $299

5 LIGHT STEPPED CONE PENDANT 24 x 24 x 113cm RRP $359

LOMBARD 5 LIGHT PENDANT Black - 110 x 59 x 49cm RRP $695

PARISIAN 3 LIGHT PENDANT Matt Black - 134 x 33cm RRP $849

THE DRIP CLUSTER PENDANT Black - 33 x 33 x 180cm RRP $1,099

JACANA 4 LIGHT PENDANT Black 100 x 30 x 33cm RRP $349

HALLE 8 LIGHT ANTLER CHANDELIER Natural - 84 x 84 x 37cm RRP $1,099

BOTTLES CHANDELIER Glass - 45 x 45 x 42cm RRP $349

SARAMA MIRROR Carved Wood - 90 x 60cm RRP $445

ALISHA MIRROR Carved Wood - 115 x 85cm RRP $499

RANA STORAGE BOXES Natural Wood - Four sizes available RRP $39 - $89

TALA IRON MIRROR Rustic Iron - 90 x 45cm RRP $495

BAHAR STORAGE BARRELS Recycled Oil Barrel - 3 Sizes Available RRP $59 - $99

400 Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill, Victoria Telephone: 1300 774 774

PARISIENS ARCHED MIRROR Iron Detail - 45 x 80 x 159cm RRP $395

IDA SHOE LASTS Wax Coated Wood - 29 x 9cm RRP $14.95ea

EMPIRE BEADED CHANDELIER Natural - 81 x 81 x 102cm RRP $799

TANGIER PENDANT LIGHT Iron with Rustic Finish - 50.8 x 50.8 x 33cm RRP $249

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CONCRETE FURNITURE

CORSO DINING TABLE Polished Concrete/Stainless Steel - 180/200/240cm lengths 180cm: RRP $1,895, 200cm: RRP $1,895, 240cm: RRP $2,195

MOLINA POLISHED CONCRETE TABLE Polished Concrete - 160/200cm lengths 160cm RRP $1,299, 200cm RRP $1,599

BARONA CONSOLE TABLE Polished Concrete - 140 x 35 x 85cm RRP $1,195

AGENA ROUND DINING TABLE & AGENA STOOLS Polished Concrete - Table: 120 x 77cm, Stools: 40 x 45cm Table: RRP $1,695, Stools: RRP $195ea

PALOMA COFFEE TABLE Polished Concrete/Timber Legs - 120 x 60 x 43cm RRP $749

BARONA COFFEE TABLE Polished Concrete/Rust Patina - 125 x 50 x 40cm RRP $659

SAFFI CONSOLE TABLE Polished Concrete/Galvanised Iron - 146 x 36 x 90cm RRP $995

FRANCO CONSOLE TABLE Polished Concrete/Rust Patina - 140 x 40 x 83cm RRP $1,195

VAULT BENCH Polished Concrete/Galvanised Steel - 160/190 x 36 x 46cm 160cm: RRP $549, 190cm: RRP $619

TEMPO SIDE TABLES (SET 2) Concrete/Rust Patina - 40cm & 35cm RRP $319

VADER STOOL Concrete/Steel - 35 x 35 x 46cm RRP $219

PUEBLO PLANTER & VAULT CONCRETE BENCH WITH RUST PATINA LEGS

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PINTO STOOLS (SET 3) Polished Concrete/Rust Patina - L: 47cm, M: 57cm, S: 66cm RRP $389

VAULT BENCH Polished Concrete/Rust Patina - 160/190 x 36 x 46cm 160cm: RRP $549, 190cm: RRP $619

AZUR COFFEE TABLE Concrete/Iron Legs - 50x36x37cm RRP $299

MIKKO STOOL Concrete/Timber Seat - 41x41x46cm RRP $219

CHESS STOOL Polished Concrete - 36 x 36 x 46cm RRP $149

LUCCA SQUARE STOOL Polished Concrete - 35 x 35 x 46cm RRP $149

HIVE SQUARE STOOL Polished Concrete - 43 x 43 x 46cm RRP $149

BABAR STOOL Polished Concrete - 35 x 35 x 46cm RRP $149

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CALAMA DINING TABLE & ALBAY CHAIRS WITH ARMS Table: Polished Concrete - 200x100x74cm, Chairs: Stainless Steel/Bungee Cord Table RRP $2,099, Chairs RRP $559ea

CONCRETE FURNITURE

LATINA CONSOLE TABLE Polished Concrete - 140 x 38 x 83cm RRP $895

GENOA BAR TABLE & ROXAS BAR CHAIR Table: Polished Concrete - 140x70x105cm, Chairs: Stainless Steel/Bungee Cord Table RRP $999, Chairs RRP $499ea

MAKATI DESK Polished Concrete - 120 x 60 x 75cm RRP $1,195 PRIMA VANITY WITH

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PRIMAR VANITY Polished Concrete - 60 x 40 x 77cm (Also available in 90cm, 120cm & 150cm) RRP $499

NAVARA COFFEE TABLE Polished Concrete - 130 x 70 x 42cm RRP $749

TONGA COFFEE TABLE Polished Concrete/Timber Legs - 79.5 x 79.5 x 40cm RRP $595

VOLTARI COFFEE TABLE Polished Concrete/Iron Castors - 100 x 100 x 35cm RRP $795

SAFFI COFFEE TABLE Polished Concrete/Galvanised Iron - 106 x 106 x 37cm RRP $1,195

TRINCO COFFEE TABLE (SET 2) Polished Concrete/ Rust Patina Legs - 90 x 45cm RRP $1,129

BELLAMY TROUGH SINK Concrete - 91.5 x 48.2 x 12.7cm RRP $549

FARMHOUSE SINK Concrete - 76.2 x 45.9 x 26.5cm RRP $499

VORTEX BASIN Concrete - 60 x 40 x 10cm RRP $349

LIDO BOWL Concrete - Three Sizes Available RRP $69 - $169

BARREL CONCRETE PLANTER Concrete - Three Sizes Available RRP $129 - $209

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CUBO SQUARE PLANTER Concrete - Four Sizes Available RRP $99 - $275

BOMPU PLANTER Concrete - Four Sizes Available RRP $89 - $259

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PRESSED METAL & WALL PANELS

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KOTA WALL DECOR Natural - 18 x 55 x 2cm RRP $17.95/pc

‘WILD BERRIES’ PRESSED METAL Raw/White/Grey - 1835 x 920mm RRP $139 - $159/sheet

‘GEOMETRIC’ PRESSED METAL Raw/Grey - 2000 x 967mm RRP $139 - $149/sheet

‘CLOVER’ PRESSED METAL Raw/Green - 870 x 170mm RRP $139 - $149/sheet

‘FLOWERS’ PRESSED METAL Raw/White/Grey - 2000 x 930mm RRP $139 - $159/sheet

‘LEAF’ PRESSED METAL Raw/White - 610 x 610mm RRP $49 - $59/sheet

‘FLEUR DE LYS’ PRESSED METAL Raw/White/Grey - 910 x 1800mm RRP $139 - $159/sheet

‘VINE’ PRESSED METAL Raw/White/Grey - 830 x 1850mm RRP $139 - $159/sheet

‘INDUSTRIAL RIVET’ PRESSED METAL Raw/White/Green - 1835 x 920mm RRP $139 - $159/sheet

VINTAGE PRESSED TIN

VINTAGE PRESSED TIN #1 Antique Green - 30 x 30cm RRP $149/m2

VINTAGE PRESSED TIN #2 Antique Red - 30 x 30cm RRP $149/m2

VINTAGE PRESSED TIN #6 Antique White - 30 x 30cm RRP $149/m2

VINTAGE PRESSED TIN #4 Zinc White Wash - 30 x 30cm RRP $149/m2

AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST RANGE OF VINTAGE PRESSED TIN WITH OVER 80 DESIGNS AVAILABLE IN STORE! ‘unearth the uncommon’

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Photography Shannon McGrath

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A MAN’S WORLD

A GENTLEMAN’S HOME IS SHAKEN UP IN THE MOST STYLISH WAY

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An overlapping circular pendant is a functional statement piece

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Located in the sought-after hub of Prahran, Melbourne, the single-storey four-bedroom abode offered plenty of room to move, leading Charles to work with local architect Chris Stribley and builder Dale Cheesman to speed up approvals and push ahead with the revamp. “Being on a project that had the potential to become a lot larger than intended required a bigger team,” says Charles. The body of work revolved around the transformation of the house into a “spacious

DETAILS HOUSE PRAHRAN GEM LOCATION PRAHRAN, VICTORIA DATE COMMENCED AUGUST 2014 DATE COMPLETED NOVEMBER 2015 COST $450,000


WE LOVE THE TEXTURES IN THE LIVING ROOM, FROM THE WOVEN TEXTILES TO THE RUSTIC LEATHER PIECES

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A study is given edge with artwork and accessories

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Mosaic tiles generate interest in a simple monochrome bathroom


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PROJECT TEAM Interior designer/project coordinator Charles Prior, Baxter Creative (0403 036 696; baxtercreative.com.au) Architect Chris Stribley, Cera Stribley (0416 492 919; cerastribley.com) Builder Dale Cheesman, All Round Building Solutions (0419 545 320; allroundbuilding.com.au) Joiner Alex Townsend, AJT Cabinets (0431 482 291; ajtcabinets.com)

LEFT The outdoor area is meant for entertaining during the warmer months

CHARLES AND HIS FIRM, BAXTER CREATIVE, WERE GIVEN THE TASK OF CONVERTING THE BUSINESSMAN/FORMER VICTORIAN OF THE YEAR’S UNINSPIRED HOME INTO A SPACE THAT REFLECTED THE REFINED GENT HE IS executive retreat”, he continues. “We merged the hallway, the original living room, a bedroom and a bathroom into a spacious master suite.” A guest bedroom, bathroom and study were also created, along with giving the open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas new life. With specific needs when it came to storage and entertaining, the client served as the inspiration for the interior. “He is bold and stylish, and his choices for fashion are represented clearly in the interiors scheme,” says Charles. “We wanted to create a classic, timeless space that was bold and dynamic.” The masculine vibe of the home is evident through the use of a dark colour palette revolving around charcoal and navy with hints of gold to up the luxe factor. The open living space offers layers of complexity in terms of the colour selection and materials used. Filled with light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, the space features tan leather lounges that work with the timber cabinetry utilised in the kitchen, which introduces veined marble and an architectural pendant light that adds edge to the space. Just steps away is the outdoor entertaining area, decked out with a barbecue, fireplace and a wood-fired pizza oven, which was a late addition after the client visited a colleague in

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New Zealand who gave him the idea. With an eight-seater dining table, there’s plenty of room for long lunches out in the open. Original ceiling cornices were freshened up with a lick of white paint, cementing the traditional character of the property. A suspended glass chandelier hangs from the ceiling in the bedroom, with a fireplace stoking its old-school, masculine persona. Pops of green found in the accessories and plants liven up the cocooning space, along with tan leather armchairs that offer the ideal spot to kick back with a good read. The standout feature of the space is the velvet-upholstered, sapphire blue bedhead — an exuberant addition that adds instant sensuality to the space. A walk-in wardrobe in the bedroom that leads straight to the bathroom is a storage fiend’s dream. Offering plenty of space for designer digs, the homeowner can either display a collection or conceal it thanks to seamless timber cabinetry. The main bathroom’s black and white scheme provides a clean-cut space that goes back to basics. Double sinks, a generous shower and a freestanding bath encompass all the necessities one requires in a bathroom. The finished product is a capsule of sophistication, calling upon the client’s individuality to dictate the signature aesthetic, which is all things classic, stylish and bold.

Colour Palette

Beautifully masculine, this palette is confident and sophisticated. French navy and steel grey are lifted by crisp white ceilings and skirting boards. The cognac leather and chocolate flooring warms the living space, while the beige and blue rug along with the pale grey marble lightens the mood


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01: Wabi-Sabi rug from jennyjonesrugs.com 02: Skull artwork from xavierandme.com 03: Copper bowl from tch.net 04: Louis Poulsen black AJ table lamp from livingedge.com.au 05: Oly San Francisco Jonathan coffee table from cocorepublic.com.au 06: Charles Ghost stool by Philippe Starck for Kartell from spacefurniture.com.au 07: Marvin sofa from jardan.com.au 08: Nautical cushion from boydblue.com

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INTERIOR PROJECT / / C O SMO P O L I TA N SA N C T UA RY

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CONTEMPORARY AND SPACIOUS, BOASTING CITY VIEWS AND SPENCE & LYDA-STYLED INTERIORS, THIS PENTHOUSE APARTMENT IS SIMPLY STUNNING

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his designer penthouse in Viking by Crown’s 10-storey residential complex is the epitome of stylish city living. Centrally located in Sydney’s burgeoning design district of Waterloo and just minutes away from the CBD, the top floor apartment reflects the luxury concept of the Crown Group through its premium design. Styled by Spence & Lyda, the concept behind the interior’s design was to “bring the outside world in”, explains Fiona Lyda, founder of Spence & Lyda. The three-bedroom space is an impressive 212m 2, 47m 2 of which is a stunning covered outdoor area, the perfect canvas for Spence & Lyda’s exceptional pieces. The building’s overall design, and location close to Sydney’s heart, helped to inspire the interior style. “When I first walked into the apartment, I was drawn to the living room and outdoor space,” says Fiona. “We were standing there

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DETAILS HOUSE COSMOPOLITAN SANCTUARY LOCATION WATERLOO, SYDNEY

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The master bedroom is luxurious and contemporary, with standout pendant lighting hanging bedside, made from hand-blown glass by Brokis

as the sun went down and I was struck by the amazing quality of natural light. We worked with the apartment’s own elements to bring that light in.” Accentuating the sense of lightness, the apartment features a classic neutral colour palette that’s easily adaptable for the future. A raw aesthetic has been introduced to the living area, with timber features and soft furnishings of animal hide adding warmth and character to the space. The contemporary style continues to the covered outdoor area, with timber flooring and a grey-toned Missoni Home textile collection making a statement. Hints of colour also adorn the complex’s balconies, with custom-built aluminium bi-fold louvres enabling the outdoor rooms

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to be fully enclosed for privacy if needed. The operable louvres enable residents to manually control heat, light and air depending on the season and time of day. The apartment has been styled with a well-travelled homeowner in mind. “These people are in a good place in their lives, where ease of living and the finer things in life are important,” says Fiona. Standing out against the neutral interiors are the one-of-a-kind pieces in the modern penthouse. This eclectic combination of accent pieces is a favourite part of the design process for Fiona, and includes an old Javanese wooden cart that has been refashioned into a coffee table, woven wicker chairs sourced from Denmark, and porcelain lights hand-thrown in Melbourne. spenceandlyda.com.au


INTERIOR PROJECT / / C O SMO P O L I TA N SA N C T UA RY

“THESE PEOPLE ARE IN A GOOD PLACE IN THEIR LIVES, WHERE EASE OF LIVING AND THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE ARE IMPORTANT” – FIONA LYDA

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A YEAR IN THE MAKING, SYDNEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CRUISE BAR HAS REOPENED ITS DOORS TO AN INTERIOR TRANSFORMATION ACROSS ALL THREE LEVELS

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lush outdoor garden area to enjoy the crisp air, a refreshing breeze and — if there aren’t any ships docking — an inimitable view of the harbour. Upstairs, the Junk Lounge — named after Hong Kong harbour’s traditional vessels — offers a slightly more sleek and sophisticated atmosphere. Featuring the moody hues of grey, black and dirty gold, a few more hanging plants and a decorated feature wall of distressed Venetian blinds offer a soft contrast. Eye-catching murals by the world-famous urban artist Fin DAC are located near the copper-topped bar, while the lounge boasts mood lighting that stems from pendant lights fashioned from fish traps. The standout feature for us has to be the mise-en-scène created by the 24-seat communal table handmade in Oregon.

YOU CAN VENTURE OUT TO THE LUSH OUTDOOR GARDEN AREA TO ENJOY THE CRISP AIR, A REFRESHING BREEZE AND — IF THERE AREN’T ANY SHIPS DOCKING — AN INIMITABLE VIEW OF THE HARBOUR


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ES CAPE // C RUI S E BA R ABOVE Distressed timber adds to the rustic feel ABOVE RIGHT A unique feature wall is fashioned from upcycled Venetian blinds BELOW & OPPOSITE Rows of hanging baskets and green accent cushions bring the outdoors in

WE LOVE THE BUTTERY SOFT COUCHES AND MISMATCHED STOOLS Distressed gold stools with a laser-cut, Art Deco pattern provide ample seating and a touch of luxury. Alternatively, enjoy the comfort of sunken lounges before floor-toceiling windows or the colonial-style timber chairs in the elegant bar-side area. For private parties and special occasions, The Deck — located on the third level — is suitable for a wide range of functions and events. Having previously been the VIP bar for Australian Fashion Week, it has since nearly doubled in size and is the perfect venue for unleashing your inner interior designer — its decorative potential limited only by your imagination. Cruise Bar has once again established itself as a go-to destination in the eyes of Sydneysiders and bar-goers alike. Only this time, we’re taking note, too.

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esigned by PM Concepts with Cosentino, this kitchen’s main feature is a sleek, exposed-steel and timber bridge, which allows you to view the entire space from overhead and dictates the theme of the room. The combination of modern elements contrasted with industrial touches results in a light, open space, perfect for entertaining while retaining functionality. The cool, pristine white that coats the walls, cabinet doors and kitchen islands is beautiful in its simplicity and allows the industrial features throughout to complement the space rather than dominate it. The polished concrete floor, which is in a neutral palette, is reminiscent of Australia’s famous beaches, boasting a combination of rocky surfaces and smooth textures. Touches of exposed rock running up the wall and underneath a mounted platform contrast against the sleekness of the kitchen. Industrial features are brought in through the artworks framed in tarnished silver, and a striking mounted wall sculpture in various industrial shades. pmconcepts.com.au silestone.com/oceania

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ocated in Mosman, Sydney, this entertainer’s kitchen boasts designer elements with views to match, perfect for a family home. Designed by Sydney Kitchens, the space’s minimalist style is made up of a contemporary palette of dark timber veneer and luxe New York marble. These premium features reflect and match the beautiful surrounds of the Lower North Shore. Creating a modern, open-plan design requires careful consideration of the space as well as the necessities of the owners. Ticking all the boxes, this kitchen offers warmth and style, employing a range of textures and on-trend, monochrome shades. Dramatic black veins present in the marble splashback and island façade create a strong focal point in the kitchen. Known as a butterfly-book detail, this statement pattern complements the timber, anchoring the overall aesthetic of the space. The placement of the timber veneer and white cabinetry that conceals storage results in a seamless transition between the kitchen, dining and living areas. Handleless drawers throughout help maximise functionality and extend upon the minimalist style. The plentiful storage means that utilitarian features can be hidden, which is perfect for entertaining guests and keeping mess out of sight. By balancing a modern aesthetic with the functional needs of the owners, this design creates a welcoming space that can be enjoyed by the whole family. sydneykitchens.com.au

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collaboration between Tile Warehouse and Jason Bonham of Bonham Interior, two elegant bathrooms have been designed for a stunning penthouse. Creating an intimate space with warmth and sophistication is extremely hard to execute, and this is exactly what has been achieved. Tasked with gentrifying two bathroom interiors, Jason describes the pre-existing spaces as “oppressive and claustrophobic”. Now light and open, these are truly luxurious bathrooms that tick all the boxes. Using mosaic tiles and marble flooring as the foundation of the rooms, the designers have cleverly created a duality of spaces that complement each other beautifully. Each bathroom has its own unique character, with one leaning towards a feminine aesthetic and the other a masculine one. The clever use of

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colour distinguishes the spaces. White with a gold trim has been used to express a softer tone, while deep greys with stainless steel were employed for a more moody aesthetic. Features such as the inclusion of the dramatic pendant lights do more than just add to the overall visual appeal. The unusual fittings cast a soft glow, which helps soften the hard surfaces of the tiles and vanity. Other premium features including accessories from Gessi make the bathrooms feel like luxurious, rich parlours. Designed for the whole family, these bathrooms have been built without compromise. Finishes throughout are described by Jason as being “of the highest order”. This, coupled with highend fixtures and ample storage, makes these bathrooms two of a kind. tilewarehouse.co.nz


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he California bungalow is a classic residential design that defi ned an era. For this home in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, a minimal, modern interior fused with tradition offers the best of both worlds. With five kids and two parents living under one roof, it’s essential the home offers quiet nooks for relaxation — enter award-winning design team Minosa Design, who were tasked with creating a parents-only bathroom with no kids allowed.

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The contemporary design revolves around a monotone palette and makes use of natural materials, quality fixtures, a large open shower and endless storage options. “Very rarely are we presented with a space that is free of anything. A space that is square with good light and a clean slate was a dream to work with.” says stylist, Simona Castagna. Zoning the bathroom was the first priority, with the toilet tucked away out of sight from the bathing area. Now split into three zones — bathing, vanity and hamperstorage-cum-seating — it’s clear every inch of this bathroom serves a purpose. Entering through the wardrobe, a luxe statement is made by the marble-topped hamper running along the wall and the freestanding bath perched on a raised Carrara marble platform. “The platform was created to deal with the change of material, and the designer chose to accentuate this change by mitring the edges of the marble and creating a block-like feel to the floor and back wall,” says Simona. Separated by a sheet of glass is the shower space with a Gessi 3-millimetre shower head. “Not only does this look sharp, but it has two roles — it is a rain soaker and has a built-in waterfall to offer the user a large amount of water when required,” says Simona.

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WE LOVE THE RAISED MARBLE PLATFORM — A SLAB OF LUXURY Located opposite the bath and shower space is the oversized vanity area featuring a custom basin made from a “single piece of Solid Surface material with two eco-friendly bowls slumped out of the top of the surface”, explains Simona. Lift-up doors are located above and below the vanity area, providing ample space and storage. Lighting in this space is of the utmost importance, with the ability to adjust the mood accordingly throughout the day. “Accent lighting is run through the niches and under the step and vanity unit to add depth to the dark spots of the space,” says Simona. “The task lighting over the vanity is controlled through LED downlights. The room’s light comes via LED and up-lighting, and we also have dim control so the mood can be brought right down when needed.” The end result is a stunning space that ticks all the boxes when it comes to style and convenience. “Overall, this clean, simple design is a modern triumph,” says Simona. “The space is well balanced, has many features that come together and is the perfect space to unwind … or start up.” minosadesign.com


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Desert DELIGHT

AN INNOVATIVE DESERT-STYLE DESIGN HAS GIVEN THIS MELBOURNE GARDEN A NEW LEASE OF LIFE

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RIGHT The back garden features the same planting scheme as the front, ensuring continuity

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his is a garden that looks like it has been plucked from the Australian desert and placed in the unsuspecting Melbourne suburb of Wheelers Hill. The new front garden is a desert oasis with Corten curved retaining walls representing gorges found in the heart of Australia. These walls are set at varying heights to provide privacy and create intimate pathways that lead you towards the house and take you around the house and out into the backyard. The letterbox is unique, and a highlight of the postman’s day. It is also made of Corten, with a roof planted out with cacti. This allows everything in the front yard to have a relationship with the landscape itself and every available space has been utilised. The tones of red and yellow in the gravel and the Australian natives used complete the Australiana theme. As you enter the backyard down the south side of the house, your view is drawn to the unique stone sculpture, a focal point of the backyard. It stands tall and creates a sense of calm. At the point in the garden where steel meets stone, a feature Corten wall can be seen. This wall represents a water cascade using hydenbergia plants, which spill out from the wall to mimic water flow. This ‘water cascade’ is certainly a water-efficient, no-maintenance feature. The backyard is a small space chock-a-block with interest. The main focal point is certainly the stone sculpture, which is hugged by circular dry-stone walls. All stone walls in the garden double as seating and create different levels. From the decking that overlooks the backyard, the garden looks like an artist’s palette, bursting with colour and texture. There are mounded garden beds representing small hills and termite mounds created from crushed scoria rock. The continuation is kept from the front garden into the backyard by using the same planting. A rich diversity of plants has been used, which are drought hardy and low-maintenance. The goal is for the plants to deliver rich colours and textures as well as a strong architectural structure that highlights the other elements in the landscape. Mallee eucalyptus has been planted to represent a forest; grevillea groundcovers have been planted along with pig face, woolly bushes and hakeas. A variety of grasses such as carex and lomandra, Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata and the giant flowering Doryanthes excelsa were all used for the Australiana theme. In contrast, exotic cacti have been planted, inspired by the desert country of South America. The cacti provide a vertical element, giving the garden height, structure and create avenues through the pathways. They have also been cleverly used to frame the striking stone sculpture. They stand tall either side of the path and, by creating a living frame, they themselves are viewed as a living and ever-evolving form of sculpture. The homeowners’ brief for this garden makeover was driven by their love of nature and a belief in a sustainable future. They specifically requested a low-maintenance space where roof water was to be utilised and captured in tanks. This garden delivers all of that, and a great deal more. Richard Bellemo is a landscape designer, horticulturalist and director of Melbourne-based RB Landscapes

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PROJECT / / K I H A R A L A N D S C A P E S The old spa was turned into a Japanese-inspired hot spring

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orging a close connection with nature, this is an authentic Japanese garden — one that sits tucked behind the custom-designed timber gates of a modern home in the popular Melbourne beachside suburb of Brighton. The main challenge for Motoyoshi (Moto) Kihara of Kihara Landscapes was to design and build a garden that would be perceived as truly Japanese yet still complement the look of a contemporary Australian home. The garden was to consist of three clearly defined areas — front, side and rear gardens — and while it was important that all three areas be able to stand alone, they needed to be tied together, as if to be one large space. Entry to the front garden is via Japanese-style sliding timber gates. Handcrafted from Victorian ash timber by Zen Hisao of Zen’s Studio, the gates feature a carving, symbolic of a bamboo shoot, and are stained light brown to reference the colour of bamboo culms. Looking through the main entry gate, a Japanese rock garden featuring carefully hand-selected rocks

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PROJECT / / K I H A R A L A N D S C A P E S ABOVE A granite lantern adds contrast in the front garden LEFT Set against a backdrop of bamboo, this water feature is a calming addition BELOW A traditional Japanese water feature fed by a bamboo spout adds an authentic touch

is visible, as is a carved granite pagoda. Beyond this lies a ‘yotsume’ bamboo fence, which was handcrafted by Moto in the traditional way using Japanese twine and special knots. Throughout the various garden areas you will find a plethora of features, including antique doors, a granite water bath, lanterns and an outdoor Japanese hot bath, all of which are special in their own right but, in keeping with Japanese tradition, work together as a seamless whole, with no one feature dominating another. Similar care was devoted to the plant selection. Moto has chosen plants traditionally featured in Japanese gardens such as the weeping maple (included for its autumnal colours) and the weeping cherry (prized for its spring blossoms). For year-round greenery, there are flourishing stands of bamboo supplied by Red Cloud Bamboo and for splashes of bright seasonal colour, azaleas. In the rear garden, the existing spa pool was transformed into a ‘rotenburo’ (Japanese hot spring/outdoor bath). The old tiles and capping were removed and replaced with multi-coloured slate, as was the interior surface of the pool, to give it the appearance of a natural spring. This shallow body of water is now a perfect spot in which to relax and view the garden. Not only did the garden impress the owners, but in Landscaping Victoria’s 2012 Victorian Landscape Awards, Kihara Landscapes won the award for best Residential Landscape Construction in the $75,000–150,000 category.

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EXPO MILANO 2015

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This appeared as a massive stack of fruit boxes about three storeys high. The outward expression of this rational design mirrored its magic garden theme, which was based on the humble apple tree.

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the enormity of this event. Upon arrival at the site at 9am, the bus park was full. We were, therefore, dropped off some 2 kilometres from the entry gate. A forced march landed us among 250,000 people. Yes, that’s a quarter of a million people all trying to get in! After an hour or two standing in the sun, we were eventually admitted and following a quick revival coffee, we headed off on a wellplanned tour of an incredible collection of pavilions, mostly built of timber. It seems the world has linked sustainability with timber. And so it should — half the mass of timber is locked-in carbon. Added to that, timber is perfect for knockdown, reassembly and reuse.

The expo itself ran for six months, with most pavilions earmarked as temporary. This was hard to believe, given the sophistication and sheer scale of these buildings. The reality of viewing inside the pavilions meant at least a one- to two-hour queue. When combined with our desire to view all the buildings, at least from the outside, this meant we only went to a select few. The displays indoors were equally as spectacular as the exteriors. They included interactive elements, food and merchandise to entertain the throng. As a sampling of this experience, 10 moments stand out and are detailed as follows:


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THE VATICAN (THE HOLY SEE) It’s interesting the Vatican had a pavilion. In fact, it was one of the most compelling designs, with a pure white composition and a dramatic canary yellow drape on the exterior. Neon was also featured on the exterior, highlighting biblical phrases and Popes’ names.

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France utilised a labyrinth/garden theme, featuring an extraordinary, interlocking timbervaulted structure. We were met by the administering architect, who explained the whole building was demountable and all fixings invisible (not one bolt or screw to be seen). It was made from 300 LVL (laminated veneer lumber) pieces, each a different shape.

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CHILE The Chilean pavilion was like one giant, elevated lattice box. It was an incredibly rigid superstructure given the triangulated frame and was all constructed from LVL. The whole building sat on just four pillars.


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This was one of my favourite buildings, featuring classic Japanese design elements. The structure was made from about 17,000 50 by 10 by 10-centimetre components, with each stick ‘half housed’ over its neighbour mimicking the method of construction used in ancient temples.

RUSSIA Was this building trying to say something? With its enormous, blade-like, reflective cantilever, this dramatic building was somewhat an extrovert, focusing back on the world outside. Inside, Russia told a story of food security, culture and a celebration of science. If not subtle, it was fascinating.

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This smaller exhibit was quite a dynamic undertaking, again using LVL as its core element. Like an opening flower, its playfulness and small scale was a standout. TREE OF LIFE

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This major building was one of a number that was not demountable. Using GRC (glass-reinforced concrete) as the outer skin, it appeared to have almost grown out of the ground, becoming more perforated or branch-like in the upper levels. The environmental credentials of the building may be doubtful, but its fluid form is certainly fascinating.

AUSTRIA This pavilion was all about celebrating Austria’s environment. It consisted of a huge, two-storey, rectilinear base made entirely from CLT (crosslaminated timber) with a hollow inside, except for the inclusion of a rainforest complete with a winding mountain path. At one point, different-sized letters aligned to spell the word ‘breathe’.

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WHEN SUNLIGHT SHINES THROUGH A PRISM, YOU CAN SEE ALL THE COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW. IN FACT, DAYLIGHT IS A MIX OF ALL COLOURS, AND ALL THE COLOURS OF NATURE COME FROM LIGHT WOR DS / / BA RBA RA B ROMLEY, MD IA

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It is widely documented that we only need the primary colours of light to see all the colours of the rainbow, with the human visual system and perception taking care of the rest. This method of just using particular portions of the spectrum is employed in fluorescent, high-intensity discharge and LED light to produce white light. It’s not exactly the same as daylight, but it is close enough for the human eye to interpret as daylight.

TEMPERATURE OF COLOUR

The colour temperature of a light source is a numerical measurement of its appearance. It is based on the principle that any object will emit light if it is heated to a high enough temperature and that, as the temperature increases, the colour of the light will change along with the temperature. If a poker in a fire is heated enough, the poker will give off red light. Keep heating it and it will go from red to orange to yellow to white and finally to blue–white.

A light source’s colour temperature is the temperature at which the colour of the hot poker matches that of the light source, which is expressed by the Kelvin unit of measurement. For example, a light source may be specified as having a colour temperature of 4000 Kelvin. This simply means that this particular light source would have a slightly bluish, somewhat coolcoloured appearance.

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WARM VS COOL

Some find it confusing that low-colourtemperature light sources are referred to as warm while those with higher colour temperatures are cool. Colour and light sources from the violet/blue end of the spectrum are referred to as cool and those toward the red/orange/yellow side are warm. Correlated colour temperature (CCT) describes the overall colour appearance of a lamp. Measured in Kelvins, colour temperature is used to describe the overall colour tone of a white light source. Common warmer light sources, similar to incandescent colour, have a Kelvin temperature of 2700K or 3000K. Cooler light sources commonly used in offices include 3500K and 4100K. Very cool colour temperatures, often used to match daylight, are 5000K and 6500K.

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Clovelly House from GDA Series One. Photography by Rhiannon Slatter

Have you ever noticed the rug you purchased in-store was not the same colour when you took it home? This is because the light source was different in the store compared to where you live. As important to the colour temperature of the source is the colour rendering index (CRI) of a light source. CRI is a quantitative measurement of its ability to reproduce the colours of various objects faithfully in comparison with an ideal or natural light source. Natural outdoor light has a CRI of 100 and is the standard of comparison for any other light source. The higher the CRI (based on a 0–100 scale), the more natural the colours appear. This is so important when designing your lighting layout. Not only is the positioning of your light source important, but the colour temperature and colour rendering are also two of the most important factors of any interior. With knowledge of

Water Tower House from Grand Designs UK. Photography by Jefferson Smith

both the CCT and CRI, a general impression can be given of how objects or the space will appear. Another consideration to take into account is the mood you wish to convey as well as economics.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LIGHT

Some designers are concerned about aesthetics, while others mostly consider space. However, it takes a lighting designer/ specialist to bring the science of lighting into the equation. Most importantly, lighting is for the people inhabiting the space, so there must be an understanding of the visual qualities required for health, safety and enjoyment. Light influences how productive we are at work, how well we learn and how quickly we recover from illness. The rise of LEDs means it’s gradually getting easier and cheaper for lighting manufacturers to put this knowledge into practice and produce products to promote health. With consideration to people, aesthetics

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and the technical body of knowledge, a professional also needs to factor in economics and the environment. The process for lighting designers follows the same basic phases. In the schematic design phase of the process, many lighting designers think in layers. These include: 1. Visual task lighting: To prove enough light to recognise a flaw in black silk or to be able to walk safely through a corridor. 2. General or ambient lighting: To set a mood or impression and create lighting that provides safe circulation within the space. 3. Visual interest lighting: To add a touch of magic. It is interesting to note that visual interest, the third layer, may be a priority in a restaurant. However, adequate lighting for menu reading and for safe circulation through the space is also important. We are lighting for people, so the psychological response is equally important. How the lighting affects the behaviour of people using the space is also of considerable concern for the designers of the space and their clients. Lighting designers think about how behaviour is affected by lighting. The following are some examples of how lighting can shape behaviour:

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• Visibility of vertical and horizontal junctions aids orientation. People follow the brightest path and lighting can affect body position. • Brightness can focus attention. When creating a focal point, increasing the brightness contrast between the object and the surroundings increases the impact. People like to face walls that are illuminated. As design professionals, the effects we create with lighting must complement the various design elements already present within the space. Incorporating the right lighting to suit the space and created the desired effect is key. Below are some examples: • Pleasant: Use wall lighting as the main light source, rather than light from the ceiling, and distribute brightness in a nonuniform fashion throughout the space. How bright or dim is dependent upon the homeowner and the application. • Spacious: Provide high levels of illumination with even distribution of light on the walls and uniform lighting on all surfaces. • Relaxed: Distribute lower levels of light in a non-uniform fashion. • Visually clear: Provide high levels of illumination on activity/ task planes with peripheral luminance.

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TRADITIONAL VS CONTEMPORARY

Having a traditionally themed lighting design in your home is a classic and timeless choice that is likely to suit any colour palette you choose for your walls. Selecting light fixtures with lower lumen levels are perfect for creating warm, rich lighting tones to complement a rustic aesthetic. Alternatively, for a contemporary home design, consider a futuristic feel with lots of white light and chrome casings to complement a minimalist interior design approach. Create a similar high-tech atmosphere by ensuring your lights are controlled by dimmers, remote control or even wireless internet. As visuals are the key with this trend, ensure your home is illuminated in a contemporary way by opting for a mixture of ambient, task and accent lighting to highlight all features of each room. While the strength of this style is its appearance, don’t forsake finance for fashion and be sure to use LED lowvoltage lamps for savings on power bills as well as to benefit the environment.

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PENDANT LIGHTS

Pendant lights hang from the ceiling and can be a single, large feature or several lights clustered together. The current trend is to go big and group, but make sure your lights match your existing decor. To make a cluster of lights more interesting and functional, range them at different heights or make the shades complementary shapes.

CHANDELIERS

Chandeliers are making a comeback in interior design. Often extravagant and elegant, they come in crystal, metal or wood in a variety of styles from classic to modern. With a wide range of styles to suit your interior, you will no longer be limited to the traditional shapes. A good chandelier will be the focal point of any room.

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money and arguments about who left the lights on. You can install battery-driven units along walkways and stairs so night-time trips need not wake up the household. LEDs are now dimmable, so you can choose to use even less power.

LIGHTS OUT!

Thinking about the layers of light and how lighting affects the users of a space on both psychological and behavioural levels will present you with a mental lighting design concept. Lighting is a key factor in helping each space meet the intent of its owner and the needs of its users. Keep that in mind and enlist the help of a lighting designer for a wellthought-out space that’s both aesthetically pleasing and purposeful. Barbara Bromley, MDIA is a lighting specialist and interior designer. thehouseoflight.com.au

South-East London House from Grand Designs UK

FLOOR LAMPS

Floor lamps offer subtle, task-based lighting and can be used to feature or reflect a part of the room. Utilise the latest technology and gain a cost-effective, elegant form of illumination.

LED DOWNLIGHTS

LED downlights are great to light every nook and cranny in a space and can be used to highlight certain areas such as staircases. The trend with downlights at the moment is to group two or three together towards the wall, positioned away from the centre of the room.

EFFICIENCY IS TRENDING

One trend that’s unlikely to go out of style is choosing LED lighting wherever possible, as it lasts longer and uses considerably less energy. Wireless sensor lighting turns off lights when you aren’t in the room, saving

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Don’t be afraid to use external fittings in your interior. IP-rated lighting is suitable for Australian and New Zealand weather conditions and a lowmaintenance option for interiors as they are dust and bug proof. Imported from Italy and available from thehouseoflight.com.au Palladio

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“Our hanging, polished stainless-steel fireplace by Cocoon Fires is one of our favourite additions to our own home” – Mark Gacesa, Ultraspace

WITH THE INTENSE HEAT OF SUMMER OVER, IT’S TIME TO THINK ABOUT HOW TO KEEP WARM THIS WINTER WO R DS / / DAN IE LL E TOWN S E N D The Harcourt House from Grand Designs Australia Series Six features a Jetmaster fireplace and metallic accents in the living area. Photography by Rhiannon Slatter

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The double-sided Lopi 4415ST HO GS2 fireplace has a heating capacity of up to 195 square metres. lopi.com.au

Fireplace trends FOR CONTEMPORARY DESIGN

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lean, unadorned interiors are at the heart of contemporary design. Creating smooth lines defines the mindset of the 21st-century designer, and gas fireplaces have mirrored this transition, providing sleek, slimline designs with glass viewing areas, easy operation and a wide range of options to match any interior design. Central to this evolution is the cleanface design. These innovative fireplaces are designed so non-combustible wall sheeting or tiles can be fitted straight to the edge of the glass frame. Unlike other fireplaces, no grilles or vents are seen, so the glass frame containing the log and fire blends seamlessly

into its surroundings. The design still allows convection heat to exit the fireplace, so heating ability is not affected. This design complements the most indemand heating trend around, the linear gas fireplace. With wide, landscape viewing areas and smooth lines, these fireplaces provide a unique centrepiece to any room without taking away from the original design and decor. Lopi Fireplaces’ range of linear and traditional direct-vent gas fireplaces provides the beauty of fire with a large viewing area, adding to the aesthetics of a room without the distraction of grilles or vents. The Lopi range of linear fireplaces is available from 950-milimetres wide through

The Lopi 6015 HO GS2, shown with stainless-steel fireback liner and driftwood twig and stone Fyre-Art. lopi.com.au

to a massive 1550 millimetres for a fireplace that really makes a statement. In addition to the linear style, Lopi Fireplaces has recently introduced two traditional-style gas fireplaces with a clean face design — the 564 GS2 and the 864 GS2. The 564 GS2 is ideal for smaller, enclosed rooms such as bedrooms and dens and for those who don’t need a large amount of heat but still want to enjoy a beautiful fire year-round. All Lopi gas fireplaces feature GreenSmart 2 technology, which includes comfort control, accent lighting, invisible safety screens and smart thermostat remote controls as standard.

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01: Escea’s slimline, energy-efficient AF960 gas fire has a 7-kilowatt heat output and 4-Star rating. The AF960 also burns cleaner and retains more heat within a room. The AF960 seamlessly integrates into various settings and is Smart Heat enabled, so you can control the fireplace anytime with the Escea app. glendimplex.com.au 02: The Archer gas log space heater range offers the natural look of a gas log fire. With a 5.4–5.7-star rating, it achieves the ultimate in efficiency and high heat output. auroraclimatesystems.com.au 03: Escea’s highly efficient DL1100 gas fireplace has a heat output of 10.4 kilowatts. agnews.com.au 04: The Masport R5000WS combines sleek looks with rustic style and heats medium-sized spaces for a cosy ambience. The large 8-millimetre radiant cooktop is perfect for a kettle and the handy storage space allows wood to remain dry for optimal burning. masportheating.com.au

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wide-angle flames set on driftwood logs or a bed of crystals and volcanic stones. regency-fire.com.au 13: The Greenfire GF900 gas fireplace includes black enamel reflective panels, the ability to heat between 80–120 square metres and a three-speed fan as standard. regency-fire.com.au 14: The Regency Greenfire GF900 gas fire looks remarkably like a real wood fire. regency-fire.com.au 10


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French FLAMES

Sculpt Fireplace’s new range of French fireplaces includes brands such as Axis, Seguin and Bordelet. The collection features suspended fireplaces, cast-iron wood heaters, fireplaces handmade in the south of France, Australia’s largest wood heater, and the country’s first remotecontrol, slow-combustion wood burner and four-sided fireplace. The entire range of luxury fireplaces is exclusive to Sculpt Fireplace Collection in Australia and New Zealand.

BELOW Handmade in the south of France, the Bordelet Tatiana is the largest suspended fireplace in the range and offers a 180-degree view of the flames. Available in Intense Black or Anthracite Grey. sculptfireplaces.com.au

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The Axis H1200 is a panoramic, high-quality, solid-steel firebox made in France. With refractory bricks, the intense black metal frame will warm interiors with its bold edge. The firebox combines quality and energy efficiency with high-end design, and features a large viewing area, 10-year firebrick warranty, five-year firebox warranty and lift-up door system. The manually assembled, interlocking, heat-retention firebricks can be heated to 600 degrees Celsius. sculptfireplaces.com.au


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High-performance aluminium windows and doors from awsaustralia.com.au Photography by Michael Downes, UA Creative

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THERMALLY BROKEN WINDOW AND DOOR SYSTEMS NATURALLY RETAIN HEAT IN WINTER AND KEEP THE HOUSE COOL IN SUMMER, WHILE PROVIDING AN ABUNDANCE OF NATURAL LIGHT AND A SENSE OF OPENNESS

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loor-to-ceiling windows and doors are a bit of a catch-all of the modern home. Looks aside, there are some equally weighty environmental and economic benefits to these types of windows, doors and skylights when properly treated. They flood the home with natural light, open up interior spaces and, if you’re lucky enough to have them, provide expansive and uninterrupted views. Consider the finer details and you’ll avoid unnecessary repercussions. To protect your home against energy loss through aluminium-framed doors and windows, ensure they are thermally broken and make use of polyamide thermal strips. Thermally broken window and door systems naturally retain heat in winter and keep the house cool in summer, while providing an

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abundance of natural light and a sense of openness. Not only does this reduce the cost of household energy consumption, but it also puts less pressure on the environment. The benefits are win-win, and who doesn’t love that? As an excellent thermal insulator, polyamide strips are used between the aluminium interior and exterior elements of the frame. It is this thermal breaking that minimises any transfer of heat and cold through the frame, leaving you free to maximise natural light and views without worrying about excessive energy consumption, overheating or having to endure winter chills. Admittedly, this technology is often more expensive as it comes at the helm of a more intensive and rigorous manufacturing process. In the long run, though, the savings add up. And you can’t put a price on the environment.

ABOVE ThermaLine energyefficient windows from dowell.com.au OPPOSITE Skylight from velux.com.au


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S O URCE B O O K / / W I N D OWS, D O O RS & S K Y L I G H T S ABOVE Bi-fold door system from woodworkers.com.au

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Another great option, sustainably and economically speaking, is the installation of skylights and roof windows. Confined areas in and around the home such as attics, lofts, rooms in the centre of the house and even dark corners can still benefit from natural light and ventilation through the installation of skylights. New technology allows for electronically operated systems, adding further ease and convenience to this modern home phenomenon. The VSE Electronic Opening skylight from Velux comes standard with a pre-installed electronic motor, control system and intelligent rain sensors. On the other hand, roof windows are designed for applications in which the device can be easily reached. As such, they are the perfect complement to lofts and converted attic spaces, adding extra room — and value — to your property. Not only do they naturally fill the space with unrestricted light, but a ventilation flap also encourages fresh air flow. For a roof window that opens further, Velux offers both centre-pivoting and top-hung roof windows, each standard with ventilation flaps.

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AS THE COST OF MAINSTREAM ENERGY SOURCES SKYROCKETS, USING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY IS MORE CRUCIAL THAN EVER WORDS // DA NIELLE TOW NSEND

The trench convector, suitable for all types of homes, is a sleek design that lends itself to rooms with large expanses of glass. Each unit is custom-made to suit the room’s requirements. For an elegant finish, they are built into the floor and covered with a sleek metal or timber grille. h2oheating.com.au

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EFFECTIVE ENERGY ALTERNATIVES

HYDRONIC HEATING The most efficient way to heat the home

ABOVE Hydrotherm designs and manufactures heated towel rails and hydronic heating systems. Rails are water-filled, providing effective heat transfer and there is no maintenance required. The chrome plating used in all Hydrotherm railings is manufactured from high-quality copper tubing. The rails are coated in a premium high-quality nickel and chrome-plated finish and handcrafted to exacting standards. The products can be used in the bathroom, laundry, kitchen and pool area. hydrotherm.com.au

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Balancing Act in bronze, chrome, gold or copper. volkerhaug.com

Flipside pendant. volkerhaug.com

Brightgreen’s D900 SHX Curve surface-mounted downlight combines LED Tru-Colour technology with flexibility. With a simple surface mount, the low-energy D900 SHX will increase the thermal efficiency of your home by avoiding cut-outs and gaps in insulation. brightgreen.com Side Step pendant. volkerhaug.com

Side Kick pendant. volkerhaug.com

LED LIGHTING

We talk to Melbourne lighting designer Volker Haug about LED lighting GD: What lamps do you prefer to use in your designs? Volker: It is not only the aesthetics that are important when selecting a lamp, but energy efficiency is also a factor. For these reasons, we offer an extensive range of decorative dimmable LED lamps that mimic their incandescent predecessors beautifully. GD: Is it possible to save energy without compromising the look of a designer light fitting? Volker: Yes, more so now than ever. With the recent advancements in lighting technology, LED lamps can capture the warm colour temperature and filament style of an incandescent lamp while simultaneously possessing the superior energy efficiency of a compact fluorescent.

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The Brightgreen P900 Curve pendant is more than just a design accent, it’s also engineered to create beautifully ambient lighting throughout the home. brightgreen.com


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Zen Energy Urban PowerBank

SOLAR STORAGE Solar energy isn’t just about installing panels; it’s about greater control of your energy requirements and reducing costs

Australian households have been early adopters of solar energy, however the future of home energy is evolving, with 2016 shaping up to be a big year for solar storage. ZEN Energy’s director of innovation and business development, Richard Turner, says households are eager to seek protection from rising electricity costs. “Solar energy is economically viable, with the costs dropping more than 50 per cent in recent years,” he says. “For those installing a solar home energy system, storing that excess power makes a lot of sense, however it’s important to stay ahead of the solar revolution and purchase a system that is energy-storage ready.” ZEN Energy’s Urban PowerBank advanced battery storage system is available for domestic and commercial on-grid applications. “ZEN offers solar energy storage systems that give homeowners complete energy independence or less reliance on the power grid,” says Richard. “It’s important to understand how much energy you need to store and the amount of direct power required to run your appliances, especially if you’re seeking grid independence.”

Australian renewable energy and solar expert Solahart is collaborating with Tesla Energy to become a Tesla Energy Authorised Reseller. It will be the only Australian reseller to provide solar hot water systems, photovoltaic systems and Tesla batteries. The Tesla Powerwall is now part of Solahart’s renewable energy range. Tesla Powerwall batteries can be retrofitted to existing photovoltaic systems or sold as part of an integrated solution when paired with a new PV system. solahart.com.au

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FEEL THE ENERGY

Build the ultimate energy-efficient home by ensuring full insulation of your windows and frames, thanks to thermally broken double glazing

Viridian LightBridge, photo by Michael Kai. viridianglass.com

General manager at CSR Viridian, Daniel Black, talks thermally broken double glazing GD: What are the benefits of using thermally broken double glazing? Daniel: Installing high-performance doubleglazed windows will have a significant impact on a home’s energy efficiency and can also help reduce unwanted noise. Thermally broken double glazing is the last piece of the puzzle for homeowners looking to build the ultimate energy-efficient home by ensuring full insulation of the window and its frame. GD: What is the difference between double glazing and thermally broken double glazing? Daniel: Double-glazed windows use multiple

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glass panes, typically separated by an aluminium spacer. The sealed gap between the two panes provides thermal resistance to reduce the amount of heat escaping in winter and keep homes cooler in summer. These windows have a low thermal conductivity material inserted in the frame to provide even greater energy-saving optimisation. GD: What are the must-have features for energy-efficient glazing solutions? Daniel: When looking for ways to meet Energy Code requirements and improve home efficiency, Viridian recommends following the below hierarchy: • Basic: For homeowners looking to achieve the first level of insulation and solar control, a single glass pane with low-E coating will be effective.

• Better: Installing a basic insulated glass unit, i.e. double glazing, will allow homeowners to significantly improve the performance of their windows. • Best: The best solution for energy performance is to select a double-glazed unit with low-E coating and argon gas. Viridian’s LightBridge allows homeowners to achieve a 6-Star NatHERS rating without reducing the size or number of windows in the home. • Ultimate: For the ultimate highperformance glass, homeowners can choose double-glazed windows that include warm edge spacer bars, i.e. thermally broken double glazing. Windows with warm edge spacers use insulating plastic composite materials or stainless steel to provide the final level of protection.


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The Bushfire House from GDA Series One was given new life after it was destroyed

WABI-SABI

Finding the value of imperfection WO R DS // PETER C OLQUHOUN P HOTO G RA P H Y // RHIANNON SLAT TER

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tudying architecture in the 1980s, I enjoyed an array of subjects from enlightening periods of the Greek and Roman orders and gothic engineering through to the age of structural steel and the skyscraper. The common thread was the reinterpretation of beauty and how to apply new structural breakthroughs to symmetry and balance. In architecture and design, Western cultures were always trying to make order out of chaos. While acknowledging that, in nature, everything including man slowly decays and dies, architecture and design was a way of leaving an eternal mark. Salvador Dali once said, “Have no fear of perfection — you’ll never reach it.” Running parallel to this in the East was a Japanese philosophy that said: if in nature everything erodes and decays, why not accept and embrace this as a viable aesthetic principle? Appreciate the beauty of impermanence. All of a sudden, the irregular, the stained, the marked and the imperfect has its own intrinsic beauty. In his book The Pleasures of Japanese Literature, Donald Keene observes the Japanese sense of beauty has long differed from its Western counterparts. It has been dominated by a love of irregularity rather than symmetry, the simple rather than the ornate. The Japanese design philosophy of wabi-sabi is rooted in Zen Buddhism. Some believe that trying to explain it diminishes its true meaning. One of its core principles is that nothing of true worth or beauty is ever complete or fully explained.

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Contemporary ways of describing it include the words rustic, bespoke or handmade. Can you be modern in the sense of ‘less is more’ and introduce the principles of wabi-sabi? Absolutely. Both reject applied decoration that is not part of its inherent structure. But where modernism creates items that are sleek, seamless and smooth, wabi-sabi celebrates things that are one-offs and handmade — the ravages of time, earthiness and flaws are to be admired. One celebrates technology, and the other nature and all its glorified unevenness. Applying a wabi-sabi design aesthetic to a purely modernistic item such as a fridge or dishwasher is where it becomes tricky. In this case, it’s the acceptance of fingerprints on that purely functional item or the peeling of paint on a pristine white wall. It is the appreciation of what we have, not the acquisition of more. The patched rug as opposed to a new one has qualities of having served a purpose; it has wrapped a newborn and worn off hundreds of chilly nights. Its stitches indicate someone’s time spent, its faded fabric and fraying edges are seen as appealing qualities, not unwanted. The timber cladding slowly turning from

red to grey with rusty nail stains are to be celebrated, not immediately whitewashed over. Everything eventually breaks down and that same level of disorder is tolerable. It’s nature’s way. This is not to say that one should tolerate untidiness or actively seek disorder. Wabi-sabi is the result of the natural order. Dirty dishes and socks on the floor still need to be attended to, but applying a degree of understanding that these things happen and to not let it ruin your day is in a sense applying tolerance and the ‘vibe’ of wabi-sabi. It is as much a state of mind as opposed to a design movement. In essence, it’s the rejection of perfection. Of course, summing up ancient design principles in a small article is in itself flawed. Therefore, if you feel this piece is incomplete or less than perfect, keep in mind I’ve simply tried to inherently script in the principles of wabi-sabi. So next time you’re thinking of painting over cracks or replacing old tiles, perhaps those wrinkles in everyday objects speak of their inherent beauty? If one always seeks perfection, then contentment will never be reached. May wabi-sabi be with you, always.


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Smart design is the solution to space problems

SMALL IS POSSIBLE

Do you really need all that space? WO R DS / / A N D R EW WIN TE R

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ig is beautiful’ and ‘spacious interiors’ are phrases we embrace to market our homes and are features buyers love, but is that really the case? It was only three or four decades ago when the modern family was delighted with one living space, three bedrooms and one bathroom. It was comfortable, and usually combined with a big backyard, shed, etc. However, in recent decades, our focus has changed and we all demand big. We regularly cram our new homes into their blocks and are happy with any floor plan, provided it is ‘sprawling’. Of course, who wouldn’t like all that freedom for privacy, storage and entertaining? But while this revolution was taking place, along came a lifestyle change for many households — going out more. We leave our prized, huge spaces and eat out, we love entertaining outside, and some of us go to the gym and play sport nowhere near our homes. We all embrace a new, modern lifestyle that generally keeps us out and about more than ever. This change for many does not mean we have fallen out of love with our homes; in my opinion, the contrary is the case. But do we really need all that space? I have recently been involved with a new TV show airing on Foxtel’s LifeStyle HOME channel. Tiny Houses Australia has given me great insight, as it follows the stories of Aussies turning their backs on convention and living tiny. Their housing may be a little too extreme for many of us, but as a former London real estate agent, I have seen fantastic compact housing options and I know that it is possible to

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review our hunger for excess square metres in our homes. What I found so interesting about this recent project is that the reduction of space is not just about keeping costs down, it is also about freeing up time and living comfortably. If you are about to design or build your new home, I would like to put forward a few points to ensure you are not wasting space. As I’ve written in recent articles in this magazine, any room can look amazing and be a wonderful environment to live in with nothing more than creative, appropriate and functional design. Remember, every square metre you can lose saves money; typically anything from $1500 to $4000. Here are some points to consider: • Secondary ensuites or a bathroom can be purely shower rooms of no more than 4.5 square metres. The main bathroom can be as little as 6 to 8 square metres depending on fittings. Laundry rooms often feature wasted space. Stacking the washer and dryer and building in storage can reduce this area massively. • Secondary bedrooms can be 8 to 9 square metres, excluding the wardrobe. Sounds scarily compact, but think about the actual function of the space; does it really need any more? I often see master bedrooms as great, huge spaces, for what purpose I have no idea. Anything from 15 to 20 square metres can suffice. Put those extra square metres in the wardrobe/walk-in as that’s where the space is often needed.

Living spaces are trickier to compromise as their function is vital to the ongoing success of the home. Rather than flowing living room one to the meals space to living room two, combine living one and meals with living two being separated by sliding partitions or doors. By doing this, the overall space of the three zones can be practically reduced and still function well. A living/meal area size should reflect the overall size and occupants of the home, however around 30 square metres is a minimum for most family needs. • Kitchen areas need to be open to living spaces. Their overall space allocation depends on the household size and effective storage solutions. A straight-line kitchen serving one to four people could easily cover as little as 6 to 8 square metres with the same floor space. • It would be totally remiss of me to fail to mention the outdoor space, which is a key area if you’re considering the brave, new world of smaller living. This can be a true extended living space for many months of the year and is a more economical space to construct, so you can afford to go big. As the intro of this article asks, “do you really need all that space?” You should ask yourself if you really do, because all that money saved could help you create a beautiful, architecturally designed home with a higher specification and features that were previously out of budget or, perhaps, allow you to build what you thought was out of your financial reach.

SECONDARY BEDROOMS CAN BE 8 TO 9 SQUARE METRES. SOUNDS SCARILY COMPACT, BUT THINK ABOUT THE FUNCTION OF THE SPACE; DOES IT REALLY NEED ANY MORE?


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Green roof with photovoltaic solar tubes used for hot water and hydronic heating. An electric scissor staircase is fitted for easy access to the roof

NEW-AGE MATERIALS

Understanding the long-term viability of introducing environmentally conscious materials into today’s residential builds WO R DS / / C HRIS KN IE RIM

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t’s time to stop using the same old building materials and start thinking about those we use internally and externally for retrofit or new construction. Today, more companies are becoming aware of consumer requirements and needs. And with increased consumer awareness in sustainable materials and products, companies are being forced to rethink their products, materials and marketing. The long-term viability of introducing environmentally conscious materials into today’s residential builds is paramount to maintaining a healthy planet. The introduction of these new-age materials will have a greater impact than just the products themselves, as consumers are starting to think and ask more questions about products other than just their usage. Furthermore, there is an ever-increasing amount of awareness around the effects of building products and materials on our health and wellbeing. Does the product contain chemicals that may be detrimental to one’s health? Does its composition have any adverse effects on the health of family pets or on the environment? With the ability to purchase almost anything you can imagine, whether online or over the counter, companies are striving to capture the consumer dollar. New ideas and materials are hitting the market at a greater pace than we have ever seen. At the same time, consumers

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want to know more about these products, their environmental impact and their sustainability credentials. For a building supplies company to survive in today’s competitive market, it must place greater emphasis on the sustainability of its products. It is also important for consumers to develop a greater understanding of the materials they want to use in their homes. The composition, origin and life expectancy of the materials are all important points to note before including them in your design and build. If the material is made using a high chemical composition, will it be detrimental to your family’s health or will it have future ramifications on the environment when it is eventually removed? It is important to know the life expectancy of the external and internal materials. And for outdoor materials in particular, considerations such as UV stability are crucial in our harsh Australian environment. Consider the benefits of incorporating environmental materials in all projects. If you are trying to be environmentally conscious, it is imperative to research the materials and products you are considering using. A sustainable and environmentally efficient home relies heavily on the choice or materials used. Do it right and do it once to avoid problems that can be very costly. Although aesthetic appeal remains a fundamental concept in all design, it is also

important to consider the sustainability of all building materials in the project. Here are some points to think about: • Are the materials on the project compatible? • Can the materials have multiple benefits? • Could the texture of the materials have multiple benefits for acoustics and aesthetics? • Could the palette minimise external heat absorption while also reflecting internal light? Not only are we seeing a revolution in internal products and materials, but people are also starting to use alternative products to brick and timber externally. Companies are manufacturing external wall linings that are quicker to install and have the appearance of existing surface finishes with the added benefits of insulation. Consumers, designers and builders must think more about product and material selection for all residential applications. Many new-age materials outperform older materials, and with companies becoming more creative, we are seeing a rise in the number of products on offer that provide faster installation times, shorter construction times and shorter overall construction terms. The long-time viability of introducing environmentally conscious materials is clear. So start researching and thinking about the products and materials you are able to incorporate into your project. Consider the long-term benefits of your choices, and while you may pay a little more initially, you will have a house that performs better, is less dependent on mechanical heating and cooling, is kinder to the environment and far more aesthetically pleasing than a traditional build. In building, just as in life, you always get what you pay for. Chris Knierim is an award-winning designer and builder, and is the Managing Director of Designer Constructions Group


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COMPOSTING Composting is one way to help the environment while saving money. Compost can provide valuable nutrients for your plants. By doing your own composting, you save money and take advantage of your food waste. Also collect fallen leaves and lawn clippings to add to the compost and use them as mulch on the garden. From an aesthetic perspective, a large compost site or bin in the backyard doesn’t have to be an eyesore. Hedges, shrubs and burying bins underground can help.

RECYCLE Clever design can make a feature of recycled garden items — either from your own garden or recycling centre — to help keep garden makeover costs down and to add a rustic, lived-in feel to your green space. Bringing in a garden expert can save you in the long term and inform you about what can and can’t be salvaged from your existing garden (including plants and materials). Repurposing materials can drastically reduce the cost of new work and provide a connection to the space.

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and provides a response that meets your brief. This is where a design and landscape expert can really help. Landscape designers have suppliers they can call on year-round for plants and industry relationships for all of the building materials. We know how long something will take to build and how much things cost, so bringing in an expert is a good way to stay on budget. Recycling plants and materials, creating your own mulch and getting expert advice on plants and watering programs will all pay off in the end. If drought-tolerant plants aren’t chosen or you live in a harsh and dry climate, watering can be quite costly over the long term.

PICK SUITABLE PLANTS Selecting the correct plants for your garden plays a large role in their future cost and upkeep, and it is essential to choose plants that not only look great, but will also cope with local conditions. A few low-maintenance plants suited for mass planting of large areas are Beschorneria, Echium and Westringia. These work well together, are drought hardy and flower at different times of the year. Combined with various ornamental grasses and succulents, they create an amazing effect without all the fuss. Matt Leacy is the founder of Landart Landscapes. landart.com.au


01: FEELING FLEXI Introducing the new Blix Flexible Hose sink mixer by the design team at Phoenix Tapware. This sink mixer will feel right at home in any modern or contemporary kitchen and features a velvet-touch, matt black rubber hose, which detaches from its cradle for added flexibility when washing large pots. phoenixtapware.com.au 01

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02: HIGH LIFE ACS Designer Bathrooms has long supplied the Australian market with an extensive range of Porcelite stone basins and baths by MODA. The elegant and beautiful designs have become showpieces in high-end homes around the world. Always at the forefront of the latest styles and technologies, ACS has extended these stunning products by offering custom finishes using the latest manufacturing techniques. The available finishes on MODA stone basins and baths are metal, glass, timber and concrete, creating new and exciting design possibilities. acsbathrooms.com.au 03: STANDING OVATION As we spend increasingly long hours at the office, it’s important to take care of our health and wellbeing. With experts advising us to stand up

more and sit down less, the perfect solution comes in the form of a stylish Varidesk. With an array of different models available, there’s a standing desk to cater for your office needs. au.varidesk.com

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08: & 09: SURRENDER TO SOLITUDE Practical and beautiful, Kresta shutters offer the perfect combination of light, privacy and airflow while providing insulation against noise. Ideal for many climates, the shutters let a free flow of air into your home while protecting your interiors against the harsh sunlight. Kresta’s Alycore Plus PVC shutters are built to last with a unique co-extruded internal aluminium core that reinforces the structure of the shutter. Kresta also offers a 20-year platinum warranty for peace of mind. kresta.com.au 10: TIMBER! Designer Staircases’ new range of timber feature screens will complement your staircase and provide a practical room divider as well as a bold design statement. By utilising the same timber theme used in a staircase, the timber feature screens are designed to form the

boundaries of a room without closing it in. The company can also custom design and laser cut powder-coated metal screens for indoors and out. These can be used as a backdrop to your landscaping or to conceal rainwater tanks and air-conditioning units. designerstaircases.com.au 11: AT EASE Peace of mind and year-round comfort are now possible in bushfireprone areas. Composed of FSCcertified, self-extinguishing Manilkara timber, Schott Pyranova glass and unique seals, Paarhammer Tilt & Turn windows, doors and sliding doors are available for use in all bushfire-prone areas up to and including Bushfire Attack Level Flame Zone (BALFZ). Double glazed for the highest energy efficiency, with low U-values and high sound protection, Paarhammer windows and doors also feature a multi-point, metal-tometal locking system for premium security. paarhammer.com.au

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It is true that in a relatively temperate climate such as Australia, some systems seem over the top. My advice is that one should at least meet the 6-Star energy rating system set by the Building Code of Australia and, more importantly, conduct one’s ongoing operational lifestyle around being aware of the environment. That is, compost, growing veggies, wearing a jumper rather than turning up the heating, riding a bike, recycling, etc. That is not to say solar hot water, heat recovery systems, photovoltaics, geothermal and thermally broken window glazing systems aren’t bad; they all help. Pick and choose your solution depending on your long-term goal and level of commitment.

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Sue and David, unless you are particularly familiar with the various trade skills and the

building industry, this idea can be fraught. With even the best set of plans, the building process requires ongoing massaging and managing to implement the plans you have had done. I would suggest only the architect and the engineer really understand the detail they have put into the plans. The last thing you need is to make a decision that undermines the design intent. This assumes, however, that the drawings you have had done truly reflect your aspirations and brief. To know this, you would have been actively involved with all the design decisions and selections and approved them. A 20 per cent fee saving sounds like a lot, but it’s not hard for changes during the construction to cost a lot more due to indecision or lack of knowledge.

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Building science really only became understood from the 1960s onwards. Prior to this, longevity, thermal comfort and orientation in building were not understood. Any building after this period will generally have better bones. With that, I mean damp-proof coursing, insulation, storm water collection and improved glazing systems. If you elect to renovate a structure from pre mid-century, it will have to have been maintained and upgraded over the decades or you will have a big job. You are correct about the cost of renovating versus building new. There are no rules about this and so many variables. My advice is to speak to a professional.

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