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Editor’s Letter Editor-at-Large Credits Social

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Natural Selection Beat the Bedtime Blues Underfoot Culture Shock Carbon Neutral Architecture Shorts Book Reviews Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Sustainable Rooms by Design What’s Hot

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239 “Design is something that every person can take part in no matter how modest. It may not involve a completely new building, but joy and a better way of life can come from the simplest things” – Peter Maddison 28

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OHANA A Whole New World SOUTH YARRA JEWEL New York State of Mind ESCAPE Ovolo 1888 42

KITCHENS 178 180 182 184

ALL CLASS On the Edge EASY BREEZY Hamptons Luxury CAPE SCHANCK A Fresh Start A FRESH TAKE Heritage Renewed

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I LOVE THE NEW GRAND DESIGNS HOME COLLECTION WITH ITS FOCUS ON NATURAL MATERIALS. TAKE A PEEK ON PAGE 28! LEFT Ohana features recycled timber pendant lights and bar stools

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his issue, I’m delighted to include a selection of products from the new and beautiful Grand Designs Home Collection. As you would expect, natural materials including reclaimed timbers, organic linen, wool, art glass and ceramics take centre stage, with pieces including sofas and chairs, tables, lighting, soft furnishings and accessories. Each piece was developed by experts and curated from around the world to bring you pieces that you’ll love to live with for many years. I am especially fond of the coffee and side tables which feature tops in reclaimed timbers from old doors and legs from reclaimed structural beams, along with the timber bowls and hangers crafted from fallen mountain trees. Upcycling at its best! When it comes to creating beautiful interiors with natural materials, designers are becoming more attuned to specifying products that are eco-friendly and from sustainable sources. One such project this issue is Ohana, a family home on Sydney’s North Shore designed by eco architect Gareth Cole. The interiors were created by the homeowner’s sister, designer and artist Catherine Whitting. The house was constructed from aerated concrete blocks and uses passive solar design principles, resulting in a sustainable building both inside and outside. The American Barns NZ TV house on the outskirts of Auckland is another story of ecofriendliness and unconventional resources. This amazing house is built using materials from two old barns in New York’s Mohawk Valley — shipped across the world to become the family home of Morella and Marty and their children. Utilising rescued beams from a local

sawmill, New Zealand timbers and local stone, this unpretentious home is a warm and friendly residence which will sustain its inhabitants for many years. We spend 90 per cent of our time inside our houses, so it makes sense to create beautiful interiors to nurture our bodies and our minds. Buying once and buying well is my mantra, especially when it comes to purchasing furnishings. There’s a groundswell of interest in natural materials and products for our interiors, and it’s good to know our home-grown designers and manufacturers are rising to the challenge to create quality pieces. This issue, we profile New Zealanders Douglas and Bec and Penney + Bennett, along with Australian design duo JP Finsbury. These creatives share a passion for their craft, which is evident in the beautiful products they create. Long live local design! Whether you’re at the planning stage, the building stage or the decorating stage of your project, this issue you’ll find loads of inspiration, materials and products to help you create your perfect corner of paradise. Enjoy this issue.

KATE ST JAMES, FDIA EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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his magazine is all about celebrating great houses. Some may ask, “What makes a great house?” “How do you create one?” “Is it worth being on television and having producers and TV crews following your every move?” If you make it onto television and appear on Grand Designs Australia, you have some pretty compelling criteria. Basically, there is no formula or checklist for getting onto our show. And it’s not about ‘grand’ — as in expensive, big designs. What we look for is a unique design and construction process. This does not have to mean using an architect or building out of bottle tops; rather, it must be something original and not seen before. We always look for inventive techniques. For instance, Series Six had a house clad in crushed bricks (Kinglake Non-Toxic House) and one made from one cubic metre of shipping anchors (Yackandandah Sawmill House). As the show rolls into Series Seven, it is surprising that there is endless inventiveness out there. Coming next year are houses made from cross-laminated timber, found objects, translucent sheet and stretched fabric. Originality of design will continue to occur as we morph into a computer-driven, robot-built, high-tech future: 3D-printed and fully mobile homes are just around the corner. Houses on GDA are also selected based on their location, but this does not mean the site needs a million-dollar view. Some of the best episodes have been about how homeowners

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deal with difficult sites. The beautiful Hunters Hill House in Sydney was a battleaxe block with no street frontage, surrounded by 11 abutting neighbours. It was how the architect dealt with these challenges that was remarkable. Equally, the fabulous Balgowlah Pop Art House from Series Six saw the owners turn their back on overlooking neighbours, sacrificing northern orientation for privacy. It’s the decision-making about natural assets that the show likes to investigate. Another aspect about becoming a GDA house is the willingness and ability to tell your story. We look for owners who are passionate about their home and preferably have a stake in its implementation. The human side of architecture is more interesting than the nuts and bolts of building. Having an emotional investment makes the house tangible for viewers. How compelling was Ralph Alfonso building his Mini Skyscraper in East Melbourne? It was a house fitted to the man’s environmental stance, therefore a great house.

When all elements of design, construction, location and personality fall into place, a memorable home usually emerges. The only things that can get in the way are variations, authorities, relationships, cashflow problems, weather and recession! TV houses are the result of the great generosity of owners to share their unique stories. They are a celebration of the most difficult things we ever do. I’m happy to report that all the owners of houses that appear on GDA enjoy sharing their stories. Almost all end up great friends and miss the crew from GDA when filming winds up. Houses are personal portraits of who we are, the values we have and the optimism we have for the future. This is what makes residential architecture so fascinating.

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35: UNDERFOOT 38: CULTURE SHOCK 42: CARBON NEUTRAL 45: ARCHITECTURE SHORTS

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03 & 07: UPCYCLED Crafted from reclaimed doors and beams, the Braxton side and coffee tables feature solid elm. 04: ATTENTION GRABBER The Jett solid oak entertainment unit features durable French-grown oak, ensuring many years of pleasure. 05 & 11: COLOUR INSPIRATION Infuse your space with colour and textural ambience from the Textiles

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range which includes the Clive and Triangle cushions. 06: SOFT TOUCH The luxurious appeal of hide is fashioned into a classic-style butterfly chair. 09 & 10: ACCESSORISE Handcrafted exotic mango wood and textured ceramics display the beauty of natural textures, colours and materials. 12: REST UP Designed to offer supreme comfort. effortless good looks and relaxation, the Walker sofa features 100-percent linen removable covers.

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01: SWEET AS PIE The Loom velvet quilt is made from 100-per-cent cotton–velvet. Take your cues from the pros here — don’t forego the matching European pillowslips and style with white for a picture-perfect bedroom. wallacecotton.com 02: MAINTAINING TRADITION All the linen from House of Baltic Linen, as you may gather from the name, is traditionally farmed and harvested in Lithuania. houseofbalticlinen.com

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03: COUNTRY CLASSIC Made from pure quilted cotton, the Cornwall European pillowcase, sold individually, features a soft pinstripe and traditional tie closures. taylorroad.co.nz 04: FEMININE BEAUTY Aptly named Dusk, the appeal of the 100-per-cent linen set lies somewhere between femininity and raw beauty. cultiver.com 05: TALL ORDER Pillows make a bed, so make sure you pay close attention. Contrasting colours and patterns keeps things interesting while depth is achieved with European pillowcases. majorminorsydney.com

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06: SO FRENCHY, SO CHIC This show-stopping pure-linen duvet cover is at once eternally chic and understated. We love the navy-trimmed brilliant white Euro pillowcases to match. Styled by Belinda Hall and Fiona Richardson, Richard Hall & Sons. Photography by Martina Gemmola. cultiver.com 07: THE BIGGER, THE BETTER The hand-knit throw in Natural is made in India from pure cotton and features an oversized cable-knit stitch in keeping with current trends. household-linens.com


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08 07 08: PLAY THE GAME For a spirited look, opt for the striped Beauden quilt — no holds barred here. taylorroad.co.nz 09: PILLOW FIGHT A deep and saturated olive green graces these linen pillowcases — pair with white and navy and you’re onto a winner. houseofbalticlinen.com 10: THROWDOWN The Irma throw collection comprises a range of all-season linen throws in a variety of sizes and colours, perfect for the sofa, table, bed or bench. linenthings.com.au 11: FRINGE BENEFITS The Casablanca bedcover celebrates the raw beauty of natural flax while natural fringing subtly references the detail as seen in Moroccan bedding. linenthings.com.au

Pretty Pair Cultiver pillowcases are made from pure linen and are available in an array of colours. Sold as a set of two. cultiver.com

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01: 50 SHADES Handmade from pure wool in India by artisans the Pleat rug is colour blocked with shades of oatmeal marle, peony marle, tuberose marle, walnut marle and limestone marle. armadillo-co.com 02: OUT OF THIS WORLD Inspired by nature, this rug was designed while Jenny Jones was staying in the Pyrénées. It evokes the memory of mountains meeting the sky, rose gold and electrifying blues thrown off the snowy peaks. jennyjonesrugs.com 03: MEMORY LANE The High Tea rug is designed by Petrina Turner for Designer Rugs. Petrina was inspired by her childhood and a love of all things stitched. designerrugs.com.au; designerrugs.co.nz

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06: AGAINST THE GRAIN The Canyon Lingonberry wool rug was designed by Brita Sweden and handcrafted by skilful craftsmen in India. It is also certified by the Good Weave organisation. habitathomecollection.com.au

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08: OLD-WORLD CHARM The wool used in the Kelim rug is hand-dyed and Woolmark-licensed, while the weaving technique is the Punja loom — a traditional manual loom that’s one of the oldest in the world. urbancouture.com.au 09: ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE The Moroccan Azilal rug will imbue your interiors with a sense of wanderlust. paddotopalmy.com.au 10: INTANGIBLE THOUGHT The Claremont rug, shown here in Teal, features an abstract design expertly crafted by artisans from two-toned hand-spun New Zealand wool and art silk. therugest.com 11: TRAVELLER’S TALES Inspired by global culture, the Asha rug features bold patterns on a cream background. barefootgypsy.com.au

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CULTURE SHOCK Add life to your interiors with pieces that speak to your personality E D I TED BY / / H O L LY C U N N E E N 01: PICTURE PERFECT The Floral oil timber painting is designed and made in Australia by Bonnie and Neil, renowned for their flora- and fauna-based designs. bonnieandneil.com.au 02: NATURAL INSTINCT Too Young For Tragedy II is a

limited-edition, framed print by Mitch Gobel, a self-taught artist compelled by wildlife and the environment. Living on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Mitch uses resin and a range of other mediums to produce a completely unique effect. apacherosestore.com

03: FEELIN’ FLORAL Rachel Castle of Castle and Things paints, prints, screen-prints and embroiders, so whatever your medium of choice, you can hang her art. Rainflower 2 is acrylic on 500gsm pure European linen. castleandthings.com.au

07: MIXED EMOTIONS Jiwoon Pak, a Korean artist and illustrator with a portfolio of digital paintings such as Fade to Grey, uses her medium to explore the aesthetics of watercolour in a contemporary context. au.lumas.com

04: GO WITH THE FLOW Bondi Desert IV by Nicole Maguire is an extension of her 2015 Bondi Series. She uses a similar palette but looser style of movement. bluethumb.com.au

08: FLOWER POWER Flannel Flowers and Banksia Robur, 2016, is taken from Laura Jones’ first solo exhibition, Wildflower, at Olsen Irwin Gallery. The series was a contemporary take on traditional still life. olsenirwin.com

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05: ALL HEART Hazel Print from Pax and Hart is designed by Australian artist Emma Labattaglia and printed on 180gsm white matt paper. apacherosestore.com 06: CARPE DIEM Be inspired to live in the moment with two simple words hanging on your walls. Shine Bright is screenprinted directly onto a plywood base. meandamber.com

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09: HUMBLE BEGINNINGS What started out as two sisters crafting cement ceramics has extended to a collection of prints inspired by the colours, patterns and textures characteristic of the Australian landscape. Of Green and Shaded Lines is pictured. Photography by Will Watt. studio-twocan-shop.com.au


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10: FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS Brad Rusbridge’s oil paintings feature narrative content that is often obscure or ambiguous. Interrogation is pictured. bradrusbridge.com

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CARBON NEUTRAL Uncovering the latest eco finds E D I TED BY // JAME S C L E LAN D 01: HANGING AROUND Made in Australia from electroplated brass, the Hanging Garden pendant takes inspiration from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. satelight.com.au

03: BOXED IN The natural timber textures and patina of the Japanese-inspired, Australian-made onsen make for a charming piece that can be used in any bathroom. onsen.net.au

02: STICK TO IT These pieces utilise crumbled rubber cast stone and Tasmanian oak to evoke the aesthetics of naturally worn stone and bamboo. ashallen.com

04: MIRROR, MIRROR Textural, hand-rubbed teak creates a natural frame encasing a large mirror. uniqwafurniture.com.au 05: DRIFTING AWAY A driftwood-clad ply structure topped with a solid glass top creates a contemporary side table with a rugged, textural form. uniqwafurniture.com.au 06: BEDTIME A queen-size four-poster bed built with an unfinished teak frame exemplifies its rugged textural charm. uniqwafurniture.com.au

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07: BY YOUR SIDE A solid teak side table with an open construction provides a simple geometric aesthetic and is available in a range of natural finishes. uniqwafurniture.com.au

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13 10: KOALA-TY REST The Koala mattress offers a peaceful night’s sleep and helps save endangered koala populations in partnership with Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. koalamattress.com.au 11: SOUND OFF IN STYLE Natural cotton featuring artwork from Louise doubles f L i Videlyck Vid l k also l d bl as acoustic panelling. The surface can be decorated with images of your choice. alexandelle.com.au

12: HANGING ON Available in custom sizes, the garment rack is a simple yet elegant design that’s handmade from solid, reliable hardwoods. douglasandbec.com 13: MIRROR IMAGE Made from solid American oak and available with a leather or canvas strap, this wall-hanging mirror is the work of local New Zealand designers. Natural materials and artisanal workmanship combine to create a truly beautiful piece. douglasandbec.com

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01: BREEZE BLOCK HOUSE The initial brief for Architect Prineas was to reimagine and reconfigure the existing structure of this residence for the clients’ modern lifestyle. The connection between inside and out was reconsidered, the internal layout reorganised and soon enough, the Breeze Block took form. The job was so well done the residence was announced as a finalist for the 2016 New South Wales Architecture Awards in the Residential Architecture — Houses (Alterations & Additions) category. Photography by Katherine Lu. architectprineas.com.au

ARCHITECTURE SHORTS Standout architecture that goes above and beyond ED I T E D BY / / H O L LY C U N N E E N

02: TOTARA HILL HOUSE Perched on the hillside of Mount Taranaki, Totara Hill House is all about the view. But Studio 106 Architect, responsible for the design and build, was also concerned about the physical impact of the building on the landscape. A key decision was to have a low-slung building presence, allowing for long overhanging eaves and a gentle roof pitch. Despite being built on the family farm, the end result is the opposite of a traditional farmhouse. Photography by Jo Wickham. studio106.co.nz

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03: PONSONBY BARN The modern interior of the Ponsonby Barn is pleasantly contradicted by the exterior front façade, which has retained its villa form. Initially, this was seen as a drawback of building on a heritage site, but working closely with the homeowners, Studio John Irving Architects turned this potential roadblock into a defining characteristic. The brief called for a “focus on quality not quantity” and contained a short list of non-negotiables, such as a brick build with a tongue-and-groove ceiling, with the end result being minimal yet far from austere. Photography by Gary Chan. studiojohnirving.com

Deepwater House

All five levels of the Deepwater House perch nonchalantly on the high tide lane at Bondi Beach. To counteract the constant activity surrounding the residence, the overall design was intentionally restrained. Subtle design cues including varying ceiling heights and rooms and balconies that sit within yet project beyond the exoskeleton were utilised by Tobias Partners. Photography by Justine Alexander. tobiaspartners.com

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04: DOUBLE LIFE HOUSE The Double Life House hides behind a narrow inner-city terrace in Sydney. Retaining as much as possible of the existing building and leading with a sense of dematerialisation was important to the homeowners, and Breathe Architecture was careful to oblige. Any added materials were robust, honest and unpretentious to ensure the longevity of the 100-year-old building. An aged exterior is in striking contrast to an interior that champions concrete, steel and modernity. Not just a retreat from the outside world but an architectural feat, the Double Life House was shortlisted for the 2016 New South Wales Architecture Awards. Photography by Katherine Lu. breathe.com.au


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LIVING UNDER THE SUN EDITED BY MICHELLE GALINDO, ROBERT KLANTEN & SVEN EHMANN | GESTALTEN | POA

There’s a running theme throughout Living Under the Sun of lush green forests and gaping ocean views. Bright colours and a ‘life is a feast’ approach are key players, too. The book focuses on architecture in the tropics and presents the challenges of the climate as establishing cohesion between time-honoured traditions and new building techniques. The end result is a constant mediation between tradition and innovation, native and exotic. There are permanent residences and seasonal homes to excite your imagination and ignite the fire in your belly to get started on something yourself.

IN BLOOM NGOC MINH NGO | HARDIE GRANT | $90 With interiors inspired by the beauty of flowers, In Bloom: Creating and Living with Flowers had us at hello. Eleven artists, designers, stylists and makers from across the globe were selected by author Ngoc Minh Ngo to fill the pages of her second book. Each chapter details the ways in which these creatives have organised their living and/or work spaces in reference to the splendour of florals. From wall murals and nature printing to bringing branches and blooms from the outside in, In Bloom exemplifies the wondrous ways to work with flowers.

CITY DREAMERS GRAEME DAVISON NEWSOUTH PUBLISHING | $30 Australia’s best-known urban historian Graeme Davison is the force behind City Dreamers. The book presents Australian cities from 1788 to 2016 and stems from Graeme’s work in the field. Not only does he offer the city-goer experiences through the eyes of iconic figures in Australian history, but he also looks at significant yet anonymous groups who have likewise marked history — the snobs, slummers, pessimists, exodists, suburbans and antisuburbans. City Dreamers will appeal to the architects, planners, sociologists, cultural critics and historians among us, or those that way inclined.

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ALL THE BUILDINGS IN MELBOURNE JAMES GULLIVER HANCOCK | HARDIE GRANT | $30

James Gulliver Hancock lives in New York and grew up in Sydney, but he shares nostalgic memories of his first trip to Melbourne, foreshadowing a life-long love of urban architecture. Much has been said on the Sydney versus Melbourne debate, and most of it in good spirits, with Sydneysiders touting their beaches while Melburnians hotly defend their rich arts and culture scene. But instead of debating the pros and cons, James celebrates each city for the different experience they offer. After blogging and then publishing All the Buildings in New York followed by a Sydney edition, it’s no surprise Melbourne was next.


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GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER? It can be difficult to find the time to sit down and share a slow meal with friends or family. Create an inviting dining space that’s ready when you are, and it may happen more often ED I T E D BY // H O L LY C U N N E E N

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IT’S ONLY NATURAL Blond timber, raw leather, imperfect ceramics and wildflowers — this look celebrates everything untouched

01: STEP UP The darkness of the Palazzo Mocca oak matt timber floor effectively grounds an open-plan space. quick-step.com.au 02: PICTURE PERFECT The Nest Weave rug from Armadillo & Co’s Earth collection features carefully sewn turnover ends to frame the rug, offering contemporary lines. armadillo-co. com; theivyhouse.co.nz 03: AHOY, SAILOR! A fresh, nautical theme subtly comes through with the Demijohn table lamp. freedom.com.au; freedomfurniture.co.nz

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multiple themes. freedom.com.au; freedomfurniture.co.nz 06 06: WITH OR WITHOUT YOU The angles of the Reveal’Up stem and stemless glasses create a contemporary shape and emanate understated elegance. taylorroad.co.nz 07 & 08: WALLFLOWER If you haven’t got a green thumb, try a printed green wall by Garmi Cocos instead. norsu.com.au 09: BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN Blond timber and peachy leather comprise the Leather Sling side table. westelm.com.au

04: OPEN-DOOR POLICY Clean, solid lines and plenty of room for extra guests are the best bits of the Avenue dining table. freedom.com.au; freedomfurniture.co.nz

10: TALL STORIES Display these geometrically folded plant pouches in groups and on different levels for a layered effect. cranmorehome.com.au

05: REINVENT YOURSELF Formal yet modern, the Avenue dining chair can easily tie into

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06: IN THE AIR The Blue Waters print is inspired by the beautiful northern nature of Scandinavia and painted in cold, dusty blues. fatherrabbit.com

MODERN MINIMALIST Do more with less. The number one rule here is not to clutter. Wire furniture and frames will keep the space feeling open

07: GET SET The 2K Labware 16-piece cutlery set is made from stainless steel with a titanium coating. 2klabware.com.au 08: PUSH IT The marble salt and pepper vessels are the easiest way to add elegance to your set-up, creating a modern yet reďŹ ned aesthetic. marblebasics.com.au

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01: PLATE UP Locally made in Matakana, New Zealand, these artisanal ceramics by Vicki Fanning of Frolic each offer something unique. greenwithenvy.co.nz 02: SITTING PRETTY The Highback Welsh Stick chair by Bern Chandley Furniture has a blackwood seat, arm rail and crest while the spindles and legs are of English ash. handkrafted.com

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03: SHAPESHIFTERS Create a centrepiece or decorate your sideboard with the Quintessential Shape Set made from pure marble. marblebasics.com.au 04: FROM A TO B The Paris shelves, which are accessible from both sides, can be used as a room divider in large lofts and ďŹ&#x201A;owing spaces. anibou.com.au

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07: OUT WITH THE OLD A gold cutlery set is a contemporary take on traditional silverware. 2klabware.com.au 08: CRISS-CROSS The Bruges dining table evokes the classic style of Belgian furniture with its solid timber-crossed supports. mcmhouse.com

This dining space is in a Point Dume residence in Malibu, and designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

09: ’TIL DEATH Use the Produce bowl as a fruit bowl or bread basket — this one’s defi nitely a style staple for the ages. marblebasics.com.au

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A CALL TO ARMS For special occasions, a formal dining room is a must. A long timber table, leather chairs and bar cart will convey the mood 01: FULL EFFECT What has more old-school charm than a drinks trolley? Go the extra mile and make sure yours is fully stocked. greenwithenvy.co.nz 02: FREE FALL The Pegasus Latvia fabric comes at a width of 140cm and can be made into curtains or used for accessories. jamesdunloptextiles.com

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05: BUTTER SOFT The Maggie chair teams tan leather with a boxy shape and pinched leather stitching. jardan.com.au 06: ALL FORMS A collection of colourful vases in assorted shapes adds character and interest. Deeper colours including emerald and dark teal wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stray from the formal mood. villeroy-boch.com.au; smithandcaugheys.co.nz 07: DOUBLE-CROSSED The honeycomb effect of the Recovery dining table is created by fungi which attacks the heartwood of mature-standing totara trees. yoyo.co.nz

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nown for her expertise in and passion for sustainable design, Editor-in-Chief of Grand Designs Australia magazine, Kate St James, was invited by eco developer, SUCH Developments, to create one of the rooms at the show. Kate’s Eco Urban Retreat bedroom, which picked up the People’s Choice Award, demonstrated how easy it is to source products to create a stylish and healthy environment — a retreat from the busy world outside using beautiful, handcrafted, eco-friendly furniture and furnishings that won’t cost the earth.

Sisal carpet in Biscuit. interfloors.com.au Factory 2 #445404 contemporary wall mural. visionwall.com.au Walls painted in zero-VOC paint Tampico. ecolour.com.au

Sheets and pillowcases in organic lightweight linen in white, doona cover in organic heavyweight linen in Natural, and throw in organic linen in white. houseofbalticlinen.com.au Cushions on bed: Dreamtime long lumbar cushion in black, Rake in Natural and black. Cushion on chair: Rake lumber cushion in black, Gudri Stitching bed sash in black, Birds Nest artwork in Natural and black. bandhini.com.au Ripple bedside tables in reclaimed mango wood, Strand four-poster bed in reclaimed teak, Strand chest of drawers in reclaimed teak, Klop side table in recycled teak, Congo Relax chair in Kubu with reclaimed teak legs. uniqwafurniture.com.au On bedside tables: Conti vases handcrafted in ceramic, Cocoon vases handcrafted in white bone china, Otis lamps in mango wood with linen shade, Notre Monde Slice round tray in Charcoal. papaya.com.au; suchdevelopments.com.au

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Wallpaper mural Factory 2 #439915. visionwall.com.au Kapri Sisal flooring. interfloors.com.au Walls painted in Karen Walker Fuscous Grey with Magnetic undercoat and Whiteboard topcoat. resene.com.au LED candle set; large iron arch wall mirrors with panels; trestle tables in fir wood; wingback chair with oak legs in charcoal linen; recycled butcher’s block coffee table with recycled sewing machine legs; wood nickel focus tripod lamp; pear-shaped trinket box; drip glaze bowl; metal and recycled timber bookcase; sausage dog bookends; antique metal perpetual desk

calendar; sperm whale ornament and Mystical Horse. oneworldcollection.com.au Shelving in Wilsonart Laminate (Type 335) containing a minimum of 34 per cent postconsumer recycled content and Hollywood reading lamp with recycled car headlights. emacandlawton.com.au Bespoke shelving, Zarrella Kitchens; LORDO ergonomic desk chair with Level 2 gold environmental certification. t-c-w.com.au Samsung 40-inch smart TV. harveynorman.com.au Antique coat hook, Old King Cole Antiques, Concord. decorinstyle.com.au


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01: The Free Standing phone booth provides a place to use mobile phones surrounded by soundabsorbing materials, and includes a built-in shelf for note taking. simonjamesdesign.com 02: Gidon Bing’s lighting range is a direct incarnation of his work in a functional form, suiting both modern and classical environments. gidonbingceramics.com 03, 09 & 15: Vaughan Fletcher offers utilitarian art in the form of his sculptural furniture collection. His body of work includes the Punga light, Twig coat stand and the highly modular Landscape sofa. fletcher-systems.co.nz 04: The Oscar daybed is a tip of the hat to the stripes of seaside deck chairs, as well as a flexible base for the linen-upholstered squab. candywhistle.co.nz 05: The Edna chair is defined as a classic with a modern interpretation, timeless yet solid in stature and unerringly stylish. theearnestworkshop.co.nz 06: Under the creative direction of Nathan Goldsworthy, the Ballet chair captures the fluid movement, grace and strength of the dancer. goldsworthystudio.com; cultdesign.co.nz 07 & 12: The Helix table features precision detail and manufacturing while still appearing light and soft. The Compound sideboard is the latest commission from Citta Design’s Beautiful Utility range. davidmorelanddesign.com 08: The Frankie lamp is part of a family of lighting products which explores combining natural timber and 100-per-cent recyclable felt, resulting in a pared-back, tactile lighting range. designtree.co.nz 10: The Cloak cabinet is designed by Emma Fox and is a customisable exploration into flat-pack innovation. well-groomed-fox.com


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hat began as an interest in observing structures and landscapes on long family car trips turned into a career in architectural photography for Rhiannon Slatter, who you may recognise as the photographer capturing many of the houses that grace these pages. After experimenting with a range of media while studying creative arts after finishing school, Rhiannon completed a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at Melbourne’s RMIT University. “I craved a high level of technical skill and wanted to learn more about the different avenues available to make a career of photography, so I selected a course geared to these outcomes,” says Rhiannon. After completing her studies, Rhiannon went on to assist a wide range of commercial photographers, working with a variety of subjects from food to interiors. But it wasn’t long before her childhood interest in the built environment guided her down the path of architectural photography, an avenue she’s stuck with for more than a decade. Photographing projects for a wide range of firms, Rhiannon collaborates with architects, designers and makers to bring to life

the story behind their creations. Her work has been extensively published in both local and international design publications — a testament to her talents. For Rhiannon, inspiration comes in many forms, but it mostly stems from the creative work of others and the world around her. “The thing I love most about my work is the diversity of design I encounter,” she says. “The projects I’m most interested in photographing probably haven’t been designed yet, so I wouldn’t want to put a label on them.” Alongside the rise in her photography career has been the development of an innovative artistic practice. Studying the characteristics of raw materials, Rhiannon produces highly designed abstractions of structural forms which are unique architectural pieces in their own right. Her photographic series, Concrete, was exhibited in May at C3 contemporary art space in Melbourne and at the Gaffa Gallery in Sydney. Looking towards the future, Rhiannon hopes these projects will increasingly become the mainstay of her practice, but there’s no doubt she will continue to respond to the spaces around her, capturing the finer things in life. Rhiannon is represented by the Black Eye Gallery in Sydney. rhiannonslatter.com.au


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eaving London behind, Adam Price and his partner in business and life Kobe Jones established JP Finsbury in Sydney’s Inner West. The concept is all about custom spaces and objects. Before taking the plunge and moving to Sydney, Kobe was a partner and project manager for Russell Sage Studio in London, working on properties for Gordon Ramsay before meeting joinery craftsman Adam and launching JP Finsbury in 2012. The bespoke joinery business combines their varying yet complementary skill sets. With Adam managing the workshop and Kobe overseeing the office, sales and marketing, the business has truly become an extension of their life. “It works because we have a shared view on what is important, which has become the cornerstone of the business,” says Kobe. Working closely with designers and architects, JP Finsbury creates interior fitouts and custom joinery that interprets the client’s vision while staying in line with their own understated and considered aesthetic. “The end result is what they are after, but we don’t always take the road they imagined,” says Kobe. In Sydney, the business has garnered a solid portfolio of workplace and hospitality

interiors as well as high-end residential joinery and furniture. Working with local designers, Kobe and Adam revel in the diverse nature of the business and the ever-changing opportunities that come their way. Essential to JP Finsbury’s success is Adam’s superior knowledge of timber and how it behaves, a passion that is used to achieve the best outcome for the client. In the company’s short time in Australia, JP Finsbury has certainly made a name for itself. With an unrivalled focus on quality and expertise, Kobe and Adam are just getting started. jpfinsbury.com.au


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f we had to describe textile designers Penney + Bennett, we’d choose the phrase ‘purposely spare’. And in the current climate of design, they’re a breath of fresh air. Not only are their designs minimal, but their collections are thoughtful right from the get go. “If something doesn’t have a function or purpose, it’s taken away,” says Sarah Carson, who founded the label with Loren Marks. Their silk blankets keep you warm in winter and cool in summer; their pure linen sheets, duvet covers and pillowslips preserve your bedding while providing breathable fabrics; and their European pillows keep you propped up during those lazy Sunday mornings in bed. Patterns and prints inspired by the New Zealand landscape tend to be monochromatic and are balanced out by block and neutral colours. “Our pieces are androgynous and ambiguous, so they work well in many different spaces which we love,” says Sarah. And the entire collection can be worked back within itself in countless variations — which we love. Although they’re important, design and aesthetics aren’t the only considerations for

Sarah and Loren, with natural fibres and fabrics playing a starring role. “Not only are they better for your hair and skin, but they’re also better for the environment as they break down easily in landfills unlike synthetic fibres,” says Sarah. “We believe in natural fibres, longevity and investment pieces. We wear things until they are worn out, then we repair them to extend their wear.” Admittedly, there is a certain element of fun in the shiny and new, but the pride that comes with an investment piece — not necessarily one that breaks the bank but one that’s been on high rotation for years — far outweighs the fleeting feeling of instant gratification. penneyandbennett.co.nz


IN PROFILE “We believe in natural fibres, longevity and investment pieces. We wear things until they are worn out, then we repair them to extend their wear” – Sarah Carson

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Douglas and Bec

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e’re often intrigued by the special connection between father and son, but what about the relationship shared by father and daughter? Douglas Snelling and Rebecca Dowie are the dynamic duo behind furniture and lighting studio Douglas and Bec. Working together for nearly 10 years, they’re clearly onto a good thing. With a background in fine arts, Bec credits a deep appreciation for architecture, sculpture and the work of Alexander Calder — the originator of the mobile — as her inspiration. Describing her design style, Bec says “there’s a minimalist aesthetic, but there’s also a unique playfulness and subtle femininity”. A fascination with lines — both linear and circular — is evident throughout the various collections, which creates consistency and a point of difference. But Bec’s studies aren’t her only source of inspiration. “My designs are often informed by a sense of

nostalgia,” she says. An example of this is the new floor mirror which boasts similar qualities to that of a mirror her mother once owned. Likewise, the Line Pendant 06 — Bec’s favourite piece — also draws from the past. “It’s reminiscent of a mobile — playful and calm — yet it makes a bold statement and is always a striking feature of any interior space,” she says. While Bec looks after the majority of the design work, it’s Douglas who brings her sketches to life, leading the team from prototype to production. “We’ve got a special working relationship where Doug is able to turn my ideas into functional pieces,” says Bec. And for the future? “My design dream is to merge my fine arts with my design practice and make beautiful things that are more one-off,” says Bec, “things that can co-exist with our Douglas and Bec design practice.” douglasandbec.com


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Old Bones TWO DERELICT BARNS IN NEW YORKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MOHAWK VALLEY ARE TAKEN APART AND SHIPPED ACROSS THE GLOBE TO CREATE A FAMILY HOME WITH A DISTINCT TWANG

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DETAILS HOUSE AMERICAN BARNS LOCATION AUCKLAND

LEFT An antler pendant complements the interior OPPOSITE A generous dining table is ideal for entertaining

WE LOVE THE EXPOSED BEAMS IN THE LIVING AREA, A FITTING FEATURE FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE LOCATION

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Alongside the 10 acres on the outskirts of Auckland was a wide, lazy river flanked by tall trees. “I checked it out, saw the water and said, ‘Of course.’” For Marty, who spent his childhood on a Hawkes Bay farm, it was important to provide the couple’s two daughters Alessandra (12) and Sophia (11) with a lifestyle that embraced the elements. And when you own a sawmill, timber is an obvious go-to building material. The Red Stag mill in Rotorua, however, only produces basic framing pine and Marty was looking for something with a bit more character. A Google search unearthed Heritage Barns in the USA. “The company dismantles derelict barns from the early pioneering states and

recreates the useable timbers as a house,” says Marty. A photo of a barn in the Mohawk Valley caught his eye. Now those vintage timber beams — hewn from eastern hemlock, yellow pine and oak more than 200 years ago — are on the opposite side of the globe and form a substantial part of the 400-square-metre house, which has history, quite literally, supporting its structure. Marty, a down-to-earth type, explains the process with typical brevity. “We looked after the earthworks, laid the slab, and worked with an architectural designer to draw up the plans. Then, Heritage Barns flew over a team to erect the whole thing.” But Morella remembers it differently. “It was one step forward, two steps back,” she says. Communication between herself and Marty, and those working on the job, was frequently fraught. “Design is so subjective and at times we were talking at cross purposes.” To streamline the process, and save their sanity, Morella stepped back from the coalface. While Marty dealt with the construction, she plotted the decorative detail. Such teamwork has resulted in a house that Marty and Morella can be justifiably proud of: it’s rugged to take the knocks of country living, but tempered by Morella’s unpretentious style. The house is lodge-like in its materiality and dimensions. “We’ve always liked the Queenstown style, using beautiful woods and stone,” says Morella. The house has a simple plan with an entry hall bisecting the bedroom wing and the main room. This great room has massive presence: it soars up to 8.5 metres at its apex roof and stretches 16 metres within the landscape. Its capaciousness accommodates a kitchen, a couple of dining zones — one for entertaining and a separate one for the kids — a section with a pool table and bar, plus a living area in front of an impressive fireplace made of schist. On one side of the room, above the kitchen, a mezzanine lends some intimacy to the proportions. Marty runs his hand proprietorially over the timbers as he walks through the space.


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Timber ceilings add warmth and texture

WHILE THE FLOORS ARE AMERICAN OAK, NEW ZEALAND TIMBERS PLAY THEIR ROLE. THERE’S STANDARD PINE FRAMING TIMBER, A SARKED CEILING IN RECYCLED RIMU AND MACROCARPA STAIR TREADS THAT LEAD TO THE MEZZANINE The world’s your oyster

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The plentiful palette here is a lumber lover’s dream. Exposed antique beams from that 1810 upstate barn are naturally the hero of the room. Their pitted and pockmarked faces speak of the passage of time; some even sport holes where trennel pins once joined them together. Marty rescued beams from the original Red Stag sawmill to join the line-up, and steel filters that once separated wood chips from the pulp have been re-used as banisters on the mezzanine. While the floors are American oak, New Zealand timbers play their role. There’s standard pine framing timber, a sarked ceiling in recycled rimu, and macrocarpa stair treads that lead to the mezzanine. The textural surfaces bring a sense of warmth to this voluminous room. American oak floors are complemented by ground concrete in certain sections, which add thermal mass. Underfloor heating keeps Jack Frost at bay. “It’s the best invention ever,” says Morella, who has done her bit to lend warmth to the space with colour and accessories that soften the nature of the architecture. A wall


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PROJECT TEAM Architectural designer Equinox (equinoxdesign.co.nz) Builder Jurlina Construction, Mike Jurlina (02 7452 2307)

FIXTURES & FITTINGS Joinery — bedroom wing windows and doors Eurotimber (eurotimber.co.nz) Joinery — garage and living room/ barn Cedarlite (cedarlite.co.nz) Flooring — concrete and timber Absolute Flooring (02 151 5186); South Pacific Timber (southpacifictimber.co.nz) Plumbing fittings Northside Plumbing (northsideplumbing.co.nz) Bathroom fittings and tiles Hometrends (hometrends.co.nz) Fireplace Warmington (warmington.co.nz) Central heating — bedroom wing Complete Heat (completeheat.co.nz) Heating — underfloor to barn RadTech (radiant.co.nz) Fire to guest barn Metro Fires (metrofires.co.nz) Internal doors The Door Shed/Renall Doors (renalldoors.co.nz) Interior finishing, sarking and recycled rimu Kauri Warehouse (kauriwarehouse.co.nz) Kitchen cabinetry/worktops Waikato Joinery (waikatojoinery.co.nz) Exterior cladding/finishing Rosenfeld Kidson & Co (rosenfeldkidson.co.nz) FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Kitchen appliances Kitchen Things (kitchenthings.co.nz) Lighting Lighting Direct (lightingdirect.co.nz); Lighting Plus (lightingplus.co.nz)

ED’S FAVE THE TIMBER-CLAD BATHROOM, WHICH IS OPEN AND LIGHT WITH A RUSTIC EDGE painted in Resene’s Karaka Bay alongside the kitchen sets the tone for accents of red. “I like the imperfection of the rustic style. We are very messy,” she says. In the kitchen, Morella opted for an open-shelved pantry discreetly tucked behind a wall. Brick-look tiles form the splashback and iron bar stools, with cowhide seats keeping with the industrial theme. The view is an ever-changing aspect of the design, a dynamic presence from morning to night. Watching the tidal river meander through the mangroves is a privilege for this busy family. In the quiet time before the girls wake, Morella sits with a coffee looking east over the river. “I love seeing the sunrise as it turns the sky pink,” she says. Alessandra and Sophia have taken to country life after many years in the city, and

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enjoy helping to look after the 27 animals, including a dog, several cats, goats, a pet lamb and a sick chicken now holed up in a spare room. On weekends, they join dad in stand-up paddle boarding, wakeboarding or catching a flounder or two. “They also go off-road biking with their friends up the road,” says Marty. It’s an idyllic retreat where many memories are being made. Just beyond the front door, a picture window frames a life-size bronze of a red stag, standing proud as he surveys the scene. Marty came across the sculpture in an antique shop in London — in a previous life it graced a hotel lobby for 90 years. For the stag, being back in the wilderness is a certain homecoming. And for Marty, Morella and their two girls, it is equally so.

SERVICES Schist Hydestone North Harbour Stone (northharbourstonemasons. co.nz); Hydestone (hydestone.co.nz) Structural timber Red Stag (redstag.co.nz) Frames and cassette panels Northern Frame (nfpl.co.nz) Landscape design Xanthe White Design (xanthewhitedesign.co.nz) Electrical PACE (joe.pace@orcon.net.nz) Historic US barns Heritage Barns (heritagebarns.com) Building supplies Placemakers (placemakers.co.nz); ITM (itm.co.nz) Earthworks and landscaping Glenrock (glenrock.co.nz)


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It’s all about the curves in the open-plan living area

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hey say the home is a reflection of the soul, and for architect and homeowner Robert Puksand, his is bursting with energy, colour and pure joy. Revolving around the concept of creating a happy place, the Field House is proof that good things happen when you go with your gut. Already living in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton, Robert and his wife Joanne were keen to move closer to the beach, so when a site came up for grabs, they didn’t hesitate. “There was an existing property on the site which was demolished,” says Robert. “But we lived in the house for a couple of years while we were sorting out the permits.” With their two kids well and truly out of the nest, Robert and Joanne decided to create a residence that would take them into the next phase of their lives together. “The project enabled us to get organised and create an easy-living, low-maintenance home with space for returning children, visiting friends

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and potential grandchildren,” says Robert. With a new build comes the opportunity to address everything you missed out on in previous homes and live your life the way you want to — a notion Robert was more than happy to run with. Such luxury additions included a four-car garage, gym, artist’s studio, laundry and a generous master bedroom suite. “Being an architect, I was happy for the house to be a little different and experimental,” he says. “The most important part of the brief was that it needed to be a happy house, just like our family. Translating happiness to a house means that it can’t be too serious and needs to create delight.” And delight the Field House does, but the project faced some potential setbacks along the way, spurring some serious innovation. One of the permit requirements ruled that the first floors couldn’t overlook the neighbours’ private spaces, prompting the inclusion of the floating wall planes. “In effect, the walls act like horses’ blinkers in that they limit


DETAILS HOUSE FIELD HOUSE LOCATION BRIGHTON, VICTORIA DATE COMMENCED JANUARY 2014 DATE COMPLETED FEBRUARY 2016 COST $1.8 MILLION

“WE HAVE TRIED TO CREATE A HOME WHICH DOES MORE THAN MAKE US FEEL SAFE — WE HAVE CREATED A HOME THAT MAKES US FEEL GOOD AND ENGAGES OUR SENSES” – ROBERT PUKSAND

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the views over adjacent properties but still enable an unrestricted view over the external living spaces and the pool area,” says Robert. “I thought it would be really cool to design a house where it felt like you were living in a sculpture rather than a traditional building.” Inspired by his passion for art, Robert took a different approach that revolved around making plain walls interesting rather than embellishing them with endless finishes. “In order to make the wall planes more noticeable, we have run with a white theme for the primary walls and black for the walls we don’t want to be noticed,” says Robert. “When we were designing the house, we had a theory that when you see the convex curved wall ends layered over each other, it would

start to make other crescent shapes appear, so the house would become an evolving series of patterns and shapes. We also have bright pops of colour to create an element of surprise when you walk through the house.” Evidence of this concept is found in the kitchen, with the orange island bench offering some serious curves and appearing as a piece of art rather than a place to prepare meals. Quashing the concept that the home is all about clean lines and peace and quiet, the Field House is a capsule of happiness, light and excitement. As Robert says, “We have tried to create a home which does more than make us feel safe — we have created a home that makes us feel good and engages our senses.”

“I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE REALLY COOL TO DESIGN A HOUSE WHERE IT FELT LIKE YOU WERE LIVING IN A SCULPTURE RATHER THAN A TRADITIONAL BUILDING” – ROBERT PUKSAND

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PROJECT TEAM Architect and interior designer Robert Puksand, Gray Puksand (graypuksand.com.au) Builder Jonathan Lipshut, 360 Construction Group (360construction.com.au)

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Curved walls allude to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sculptural nature

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DETAILS HOUSE LONGVIEW HOUSE LOCATION WILDES MEADOW, NEW SOUTH WALES

ED’S FAVE THE FLOORTO-CEILING GLASS WINDOWS THAT PUT THE SURROUNDING FARMLAND ON DISPLAY WOR DS / / A N NA B E L L E C L O RO S P H OTO G RA P H Y / / IAN P ROV E ST

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he village of Wildes Meadow in New South Wales’ Southern Highlands is nothing but stretches of greenery and crisp air. With space on tap — 40 hectares to be exact — the undisturbed field offered a blank canvas for architect Roger Vidler to create a home that could very well be his life’s work. Situated on a cattle farm, the brief revolved around creating a weekend residence for Roger, his partner and extended family members to enjoy, but the couple also stay on the farm during the week to attend to the operation of the cattle business. Comprising three connected pavilions arranged in a stepped line, it was essential every room featured a view of the surrounding farmland and national park. “What was required was a four-bedroom house with a generous living area,” says Roger. “Each bedroom was to have an ensuite bathroom and two of the bedrooms were to be in a separate guest section.” With free rein to design a home without restrictions, Roger was able to play with concepts that were usually out of the question. He took two years to design and document the house, with the design crystallised by the time construction started. “As an architect, the design embodies some ideas about proportions and numbers which I used as determinants,” explains Roger. “It was unusual for me as a city architect to have an absolute clean-slate site. This has been unique and what you’d call a ‘free hand’.” Largely constructed of factory-produced materials, the home was assembled on-site without too much hassle thanks to a cracker group of trades. “I worked closely with the builder and his team and he collaborated with subcontractors whose worked I admired,” says Roger. “He was remarkable in relishing the challenges that presented themselves.”

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Red furnishings contrast against the natural environment

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A portable island allows flexibility in the kitchen

Timber wall panels bring warmth to the interior

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“IT WAS UNUSUAL FOR ME AS A CITY ARCHITECT TO HAVE AN ABSOLUTE CLEAN-SLATE SITE. THIS HAS BEEN UNIQUE AND WHAT YOU’D CALL A ‘FREE HAND’” – ROGER VIDLER GRAND DESIGNS

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“IF EVERY ARCHITECT IS ALLOWED A MASTERPIECE, THIS HAS TO BE MINE” – ROGER VIDLER

Simplicity is key in the bedroom

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Chequered wall panels bring colour and interest to the space

Given the untouched nature of the land, the main environmental consideration was ensuring the 60-metre-long house had minimal impact on the surrounding farmland. “The house can’t be seen by neighbours or from the public domain,” says Roger. “And as the trees and other plants grow, the effects of the weather — mainly the ferocious winds we experience — has been tempered to a great degree.” A highlight of the property is its ability to be opened up or closed off. Given the expanses of glass present in the design, there’s never a shortage of light, but a more intimate atmosphere can easily be achieved thanks to block-out blinds that also help regulate the home’s internal climate. “There are parts of the house that are designed to be changed and unfolded,” says Roger. “The primary change is opening up and closing off the bedrooms in the outdoor pavilions. Closed, they form discrete rooms, and open, they form a suite of spaces with vistas of the surrounding countryside.” Now at the end of his career, Roger has gone out with a bang, exploring spatial concepts on an unrestricted site — a rarity in today’s increasingly urban environment. “I’d have to say I can’t do any better,” he says. “If every architect is allowed a masterpiece, this has to be mine.”

There’s nothing like a study with a view

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The property is surrounded by farmland and lush greenery

A pop of yellow adds brightness

PROJECT TEAM Architect Roger Vidler (0438 848 297) Builder STH Construction, Shaun Haberle (0414 433 828) Quantity surveyor Frank Gategood (0408 886 590) Structural engineer D’Ambrosio Consulting, Angelo D’Ambrosio (0408 795 522) Landscape architect Diana Pringle (0412 280 357)

SERVICES Earthworks Divalls (02 4829 8200) Concreting Henderson Concreting, Chad Henderson (0414 254 295) Heating Brivis (1300 274 847) Water treatment Ultraclear (02 4889 8288) Concrete floor system Ultrafloor (02 9201 7000) MATERIALS Stainless steel Southern Cross Stainless Steel (02 9644 2811) Stone Southern Marble and Granite (0404 825 875) Wall panels Bondor (02 9609 0888) Windows and glass Crystalwall (0417 735 141) Timber benchtops DGI (02 9647 2911) FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Furniture Anibou (02 9319 0655) Lights — internal Artemide (02 9699 8472); Space Furniture (02 8339 7588); Euroluce (02 9356 9900); ECC Lighting + Furniture (02 9460 6600) Lighting — external Inlite (02 9699 3800)

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Colour Paete Timber and red dominate this home. Navy, slate and concrete cool everything down, while pops of yellow are a nod to the abundant sunlight streaming through the oversized glass panels

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DETAILS HOUSE LITTLE HARTLEY HOUSE LOCATION BLUE MOUNTAINS, NEW SOUTH WALES DATE COMMENCED 2012 DATE COMPLETED 2015 COST $450,000

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hey say if you play with fire, you’ll get burned — but sometimes it’s worth the gamble. Such was the case for Francois and Dominik, two friends who decided to build a weekender house smack bang in the middle of a high-risk bushfire zone in the Blue Mountains village of Little Hartley. Calling on the expertise of sustainability warrior Ruth Kealy of Sydney firm Urban Possible Architects, the three-hectare site of choice featured a steep slope and was blanketed in trees. Undeterred by the challenging location and absence of services, a position for the house was nominated based around the ethos of the home, which was to have a minimal impact on the surrounding environment. “This positioning allowed the tree canopy to be trimmed rather than cleared and enabled the house to tread lightly on the site,” says Ruth. In line with Francois’ and Dominik’s passion for rock climbing, the house was to be small but spacious, providing plenty of room for friends to spend the weekend. “Friends, climbers and pets are

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always welcome,” says Ruth. Consisting of a single level, it was also essential that the residence was low-maintenance, packed full of eco considerations and shielded from the main road and western sun. Having recently completed a Masters of Sustainability at Sydney University, Ruth was the right person for the job. A 20,000-litre rainwater tank, prefabricated lightweight roof construction, an insulated floor slab, double glazing, openable windows, solar hot water, recycled hardwood cladding and a double-insulated wall system to the west are just some of the green features of the property. Completed over a three-year period, the house is separated into two wings linked by a butterfly roof. Clad in Corten steel and recycled blackbutt timber, the main part of the home contains two bedrooms, a bathroom, living/dining/ kitchen, deck and sauna with the studio housing a third bedroom and bathroom. A defining feature of the residence, large sliding doors instantly boost the size of the living space, beckoning the outdoors in. A reflection of its rustic appearance,


WE LOVE THE USE OF CORTEN STEEL AND BLACKBUTT ON THE FAÃ&#x2021;ADE OF THE HOME. BOTH MATERIALS WILL EVOLVE AND MORPH WITH THE ENVIRONMENT OVER TIME

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“THE STUDIO WAS ERECTED APPROXIMATELY TWO YEARS AFTER THE ORIGINAL BUILD, HOWEVER THE CORTEN CLADDING WAS ALLOWED TO BAKE IN THE SUN BEFORE BEING USED ON THE STUDIO PART, GIVING AN INTERESTING VARIANCE IN THE COLOUR” – RUTH KEALY

the interior is rugged and honest in style, with honed concrete, timber and leather providing a nice balance of textures that’s so very fitting of this nature-inspired home. The build was not without its fair share of challenges; the high-risk bushfire zone (BAL29) meant the house’s design and materials had to adhere to strict regulation. “Openable windows and bushfire zones needed to be shielded with screens, which worked in part of the design but not throughout,” says Ruth. To address this issue, three-metrehigh, pivoting, toughened, double-glazed doors were installed with the glazing raised 450mm above ground level. “A steel-clad butterfly roof with a central gutter linked to the rainwater tank is fitted with a screen and

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flushing device to avoid the potential lodging of burning embers and leaves,” says Ruth. Budget constraint was also an issue, which meant the construction was phased. “The studio was erected approximately two years after the original build, however the Corten cladding was allowed to bake in the sun before being used on the studio part, giving an interesting variance in the colour,” says Ruth. Good things take time, and despite a few setbacks, this humble abode came good. Hidden from the main road, the structure blends into its surrounds with ease, offering an oasis that is a mirror image of the distinctly Australian nature that encases it. And what could be better than that?

ABOVE A hammock on the deck is the ideal spot to enjoy the sun OPPOSITE TOP The open-plan living area welcomes the outside in OPPOSITE BELOW A minimal kitchen is brightened by colourful artwork


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ED’S FAVE THE BATH RIGHT NEXT TO THE WINDOW, WHICH FRAMES THE VIEW TO PERFECTION

LEFT Generous doors ensure there’s always an abundance of light

PROJECT TEAM Architect Ruth Kealy, Urban Possible Architects (0449 853 339; urbanpossible.com) Builder Greenscape Constructions (greenscapeconstructions.com.au)

FIXTURES & FITTINGS Fan Big Ass Fans (bigassfans.com/au) Washcloth, basin and shower Caroma (caroma.com.au) Dishwasher and oven Bosch (bosch.com.au) Fridge Fisher & Paykel (fisherpaykel.com/au) Bath Bunnings (bunnings.com.au) Tiles Skheme (skheme.com) Joinery Richard Brailey (0410 167 041)

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Colour Paete The quietness of the bush is reflected in the colours chosen here. Deep greys, whites and timber are neutral and calming. Soft blues and pops of red are mirrored in the timber, leaves and sky

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DETAILS HOUSE SUBURBAN DELIGHT LOCATION NORTH SHORE, SYDNEY

WOR DS // PENNY CRASWELL P H OTO G RA P H Y / / K ATH E RIN E LU

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1960s light-brick home on Sydney’s Lower North Shore has had a major redesign without extending its existing footprint. The owners, a young family with children, wanted to transform their living spaces into bright, open and functional areas, with better flow and connection to the outdoors. The architectural response was to reconfigure the existing fabric of the home, rather than adding a potentially costly extension that didn’t suit the site or the needs of the owners. This meant rethinking every space and fi nding new meaning and purpose for those leftover, missing spaces that exist in many homes. With the expertise of Bijl Architecture, the fi rst step of the new design revolved around doing away with what director Melonie Bayl-Smith refers to as an example of the “lost space of the suburbs” — an oldfashioned strip verandah at the front of the house (complete with fake Greek columns). “The original architectural intent is that you would apparently sit on the verandah and look at the street, but there’s no privacy and in reality, no-one would really sit there,” says Melanie. “Instead, these spaces end up becoming a junkyard for old furniture — a weird architectural anomaly.” This verandah space was absorbed into the interior of the house, extending the living room to the edge of the floor plan and enclosing it with glass doors and windows wrapped in a façade made of vertical timber slats. This approach was about creating a design strategy that was seamless. Rather than trying to match the existing brick or adding a series of openings that betray the age of the house, the screen is a way of controlling the appearance of the house and brings an almost sculptural quality to the front elevation.

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A light and bright kitchen combines style with function

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ED’S FAVE THE OPEN-PLAN LIVING SPACE WHICH OPENS TO THE OUTDOOR AREA

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“WE CAPITALISED ON THE BENEFITS OF HOUSES OF THIS ERA — A LOT OF THEM HAVE TRUSSED ROOFS AND THE WALLS IN THE HOUSE CAN BE CHANGED RELATIVELY EASILY” – MELONIE BAYL-SMITH

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“IT’S ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY — HOW CAN WE MAKE BETTER USE OF WHAT WE HAVE? SMALL CHANGES CAN AFFECT A LARGE TRANSFORMATION” – MELONIE BAYL-SMITH The double skin of the façade offers a series of advantages, with the operable windows allowing fresh air and access to nature — the trees can be touched from inside the house — and timber slats acting as a balustrade/screen for privacy. Bijl Architecture associate Vanessa Tang-Lee describes the screen as the most important design element in the house and marks it as one of the most enjoyable to design. “We worked with the builder to source the materials and detailed the façade to make sure it looks good from inside, outside and from every angle,” she says. Inside, the internal walls to the entry, living, kitchen and dining space were removed to completely reconfigure the

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area. This was made possible thanks to trussed roofs, which are common in houses of this era and allow the internal walls to be moved. “We capitalised on the benefits of houses of this era — a lot of them have trussed roofs and the walls in the house can be changed relatively easily,” explains Melonie. The new floor plan features two main living spaces — one living room at the front that connects to the street via the screen, and another kitchen and family room at the back that opens out to the backyard. This kitchen/family space also features built-in joinery units that act as storage, banquette seating and a desk for studying, providing the owners with a highly functional space

ABOVE Study in style OPPOSITE BOTTOM A David Trubridge pendant adds warmth to the dining space


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Outdoor entertaining is a cinch during the warmer months

WE LOVE THE TIMBER SCREEN, WHICH ADDS AN ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENT, LETS IN LIGHT YET PROVIDES PRIVACY

perfect for contemporary family living. “Before, when the computer was in a separate room, I felt like I couldn’t really participate in what was happening,” says the owner. “But now, because the computer is here, I can be in the kitchen and helping with homework at the same time.” As well as providing an individual solution that perfectly suits this family,

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the design also points a way forward for other architects dealing with similar types of homes and asks the very important question: why build more when you don’t need to? “The owners didn’t want to make it bigger,” says Melonie. “It’s about sustainability — how can we make better use of what we have? Small changes can affect a large transformation.”

PROJECT TEAM Architect and interior design Melonie Bayl-Smith (director) and Vanessa Tang-Lee (interior designer), Bijl Architecture (02 9958 7950; bijlarchitecture.com.au) Builder Wilkinstruct Engineers Cantilever Consulting Engineers (cantileverengineers.com.au)

MATERIALS Front door Sydney Woodworkers (sydneywoodworkers.com.au) Stairs Eco Outdoor (ecooutdoor.com.au) Roof Colorbond (colorbond.com.au) Benchtops Caesarstone (caesarstone.com.au) Mosaic tiles Academy Tiles (academytiles.com.au) FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Living room rug Armadillo & Co (armadillo-co.com) Hooks Design by Them (designbythem.com) Feature light David Trubridge (davidtrubridge.com)


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LIVING ROOM

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SITTING ROOM

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Colour Paete Beachy is a word that comes to mind for this house. Blond timber with white joinery is decorated with teal, yellow and blues reminiscent of the ocean. This combination also gives a slight Scandinavian feel

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A games room is the perfect spot to have some fun

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reating a family home is one of the most personal and challenging tasks any homeowner can undertake. An opportunity to start from scratch offers a blank canvas to include everything a growing family could ever ask for. Located on Sydney’s North Shore, this residence is a glowing capsule of warmth, style and relaxation. Originally a tiny 1940s home perched on a generous 2000sqm block, the homeowner’s parents decided to subdivide the land into two blocks for each of their children. Keeping it in the family, the client’s sister, Catherine Whitting, was responsible for the interior design of the home, working with architect Gareth Cole from The Ecologie Group. For homeowners Malcolm and Belinda and their three children, it was important the home reflected the family’s ethos and was also environmentally friendly. “We wanted a home that would have a low impact on the environment, so we looked for an architect who could design a house which maximised passive heating and cooling, was energy efficient, and used environmentally responsible materials,” says Malcolm. The brief also revolved around creating personalised interiors complete with bespoke paintings by Catherine, which create a personalised atmosphere.

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Comprising six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a lounge room, kitchen, lobby/lift area and a music room, the design of the home needed to be sleek and refined with an eco edge. “The homeowners wanted a sustainable interior, clean in lines and materials with a reference to their love of animation, entertainment, travel and Indonesian design,” says Gareth. “The homeowners travelled to Indonesia [the client’s birthplace] to source materials and finishes under the guidance of Catherine.” Returning with a container bursting with wall cladding, furniture, tiles, pavers, timber beams and decorative items, Malcolm and Belinda were able to have a hand in the creation and decoration of their property. To address sustainability, a 20,000-litre water-harvesting tank was incorporated into the design of the home along with the correct glass-to-floor-area ratio, which ensures maximum levels of insulation. “These methods ensure homes benefit from long-term thermal features, with a reduction in running costs and the improved health of occupants,” says Gareth. Catherine also worked with the clients while they were in Bali, helping them source sustainable materials and products to incorporate into the interior’s design.

Inspired by the family themselves, Catherine created a visual client profile and moodboard to determine the interior’s palette. “We gave Catherine a list of things we loved and asked her to integrate them into our home,” says Malcolm. “Our thoughts and wishes were translated into tangible objects and designs that were beautiful and practical.” A monochromatic palette was utilised throughout the interior and exterior of the home, providing the opportunity to showcase the family’s art collection and reference their passion for classical music. “The interior celebrates bold graphic references to vintage animation and a love of timbers and stones,” says Catherine. “Each element of the house reveals an architectural purpose and story that transcends the built form of a house into a family home. From the intricate and emotional

DETAILS HOUSE OHANA LOCATION PYMBLE, SYDNEY DATE COMPLETED 2016


EDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FAVE AXIS STOOLS ADD A POP OF COLOUR AND A HINT OF STYLE TO THE KITCHEN

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PROJECT TEAM Architect Gareth Cole, The Ecologie Group (ecologie.com.au) Interior designer Catherine Whitting (stjameswhitting.com) Builder Peter Zembis, E-Con Group (e-congroup.com.au) Interior design project manager Gordon Albany

LEFT The family's love of entertainment and animation is reflected in the choice of wallpaper in the childrens’ rooms

details embodied in the personal spaces to the fusion of open spaces between indoor and out, the home is a space for nurturing, entertainment and escape.” This home is a mirror image of the family of five who dwell within its walls. Combining style and personalisation, the residence is full of life and character. “It is uniquely us!” says Malcolm. “Everything was designed to reflect us as a family.”

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Colour Paete A balance between playful and sophisticated, this project combines neutral tones with bold colours. Charcoal, timber, black and white are enlivened by bright orange, teal and yellow


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he buzzing suburb of South Yarra is home to some of Melbourne’s most prestigious properties, upmarket boutiques and on-trend cafés, making it the perfect spot to set up home base. For a family of four, a new apartment was the ideal shell to create a space that ticks all the boxes. It was important the interior suited the architecture of the vacant apartment, so the owners called on the expertise of designer Aaron Wong from award-winning firm Alexander Pollock Interiors. “The clients had just moved into the apartment and were looking for a designer to help make the place a ‘home’,” says Aaron. “They were looking for something that was sculptural and modern.” The project revolved around the furnishing of the living, entry, study and outdoor terrace for the couple, two teenagers and Burmese cat who would be living there. Previously living in a classic and traditional home, the clients were keen to transition into a space that was contemporary in style and low-maintenance. Aaron utilised a neutral scheme to create depth by combining an array of materials and textures. “My inspiration was a New York apartment mixed with plenty of

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sculptures, interesting objects and furniture, featuring a simple colour palette,” he says. “The atmosphere I was trying to achieve was a luxe feel using neutral, demure colours. Points of interest were created using natural stones and interestingly shaped furniture.” The open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area is a melange of subtlety, with sandstone, marble and textural fabrics layering to create a space that’s all about sophistication. A marble Walter Knoll Tama coffee table is a classic architectural piece that takes centre stage, tying in with the monochrome grid-line cushions and decorative pieces including Kelly Hoppen’s Alabaster lamps, which were the first to be used in Australia. The family can also enjoy a more formal dining experience just steps away from the kitchen, where an eightseater dining table surrounded by leather chairs offers plenty of room for entertaining and family dinners. Located off the family room, the covered outdoor area is Aaron’s highlight of the project. It features an external fireplace encased in sandstone and a generous seating area with a daybed, offering a place to unwind and enjoy the sun or perhaps a glass of wine. A woven

DETAILS HOUSE SOUTH YARRA JEWEL LOCATION SOUTH YARRA, MELBOURNE DATE COMMENCED AUGUST 2015 DATE COMPLETED MARCH 2016 COST $250,000


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PROJECT TEAM Interior designer Aaron Wong, Alexander Pollock Interiors (alexanderpollock.com)

rug in oatmeal is an on-trend addition to the space that complements the timber furniture and coffee table. Pops of colour are introduced through plants and yellow and green cushions, which add freshness to the neutral space. A stunning residence that’s reflective of the stylish suburb it’s a part of, this South Yarra home is the perfect balance of style meets comfort. Full of character and exuding harmony, this is definitely a place to call home.

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WE LOVE THE OUTDOOR AREA WITH A DAYBED, THE IDEAL SPOT TO CATCH SOME RAYS AND TAKE AN AFTERNOON NAP TOP The outdoor area offers plenty of room to kick back and relax ABOVE A simple but stylish study

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ES CAPE // OVOLO 1888 The front façade of the heritage-listed Ovolo 1888

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ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS A NEW PERSPECTIVE HAS RESULTED IN A DYNAMIC HOTEL IN AN ICONIC SYDNEY LOCATION WOR DS / / H O L LY C U N N E E N PHOTOGRA PHY // MICHA EL W EE

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hat was once a wool-store-cumoffice-space-cum-carpark is now the heritage-listed building in which Ovolo 1888 currently resides. A recognised and respected brand, Ovolo isn’t exactly a new kid on the block. However, despite the hotel’s success in Hong Kong and Australia, the owner wanted a fresh perspective and distinctly Sydney feel to this new venture. That’s where Sydney-based architecture and interior design firm Luchetti Krelle entered the picture. Despite a big presence in the hospitality sector — think Sydney institutions Acme, The Butler and Barrio Cellar — the firm hadn’t had much to do with hotel projects. And interestingly, that’s exactly what got them

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the ticket. “The Ovolo team were keen to get a fresh take on the design without too many preconceived ideas of what hotel design should be,” says Rachel Luchetti, director of Luchetti Krelle. “We also have a lot of experience in dealing with heritage buildings.” No more than a stone’s throw away from Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay Wharf, the exterior of the building is an exposed brick façade in keeping with its surroundings. Behind navy curtains is the double-door entrance. Inside, the atmosphere is decidedly moody. The lights are dim, the furniture black, and the walls exposed brick with a limewash finish. In the reception, there’s an original painting from local artist Jasper Knight, the first of many hints of a characteristically

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Sydney aesthetic. “His artworks have been scaled up and reproduced as environmental graphics in all of the rooms,” says Rachel. Mood lighting and a masculine appeal are not restricted to the public spaces either. Tan leather sofas adorn the suites, and we love the exposed lightbulbs swinging from the ceiling either side of the rooms’ custommade king or queen beds. “The room numbers are pretty cool and are created through shadow play,” says Rachel. There are 90 suites, two being “extra special”: keep an eye out for Stirred and Shaken. “Stirred has an amazing roof terrace, kitchen and lounge area, and Shaken has soaring ceilings, a freestanding bathtub, cocktail bar and its own street entry through a grand heritage door,” says Rachel. Every room has something unique, with a few of the loft suites featuring an upstairs sleeping area. With accommodation aplenty, booking just one of these amazing suites may seem like a safe bet, but as the weather warms and word continues to spread, you’ll want to get in sooner rather than later.

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WE LOVE PIECES OF JASPER KNIGHT'S ART ECHOED THROUGH ALL THE SUITES

ABOVE Canary yellow from the walls is reflected in the furniture and flooring RIGHT All-white bedding is accented by a single red cushion and two black drop pendants either side of the bed

OPPOSITE TOP Split-level suites offer an interesting way to separate spaces and create barriers between relaxation and entertainment BOTTOM LEFT Exposed brick walls bring an industrial element into a largely modern interior BOTTOM RIGHT Towering ceilings create a spacious feel

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ON THE EDGE A minimalist kitchen with sleek and dramatic finishes

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ubtly striking, this kitchen achieves high-end drama without feeling overdone. Designed by Colleen Holder for Royale Kitchens, the end result is a functional space with zones focused around cooking, eating and entertaining. The streamlined layout imparts a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, and is intelligently constructed in its formation of spacious work areas that encourage easy movement. “This renovation has brought back a sense of freshness and warmth to the residence,” says Colleen. The mirrored surfaces of the splashback and island bench are welcome points of interest, reflecting natural light and emphasising a sense of openness. Functionality is furthered by the inclusion of an adjoining storage and pantry area that’s tucked away in the corner and conveniently hidden by a sliding door. The kitchen is defined by the juxtaposing textures of timber and stone. The cabinet doors, panels and kickboards are finished in southern oak, grounding the room in organic hues. For the benchtops, black stone is used as a sleek contrast to the earthiness of the oak and timber laminate flooring. This sophisticated edge extends to the stainless-steel Smeg appliances, with the ovens, fridge and induction cooktop seamlessly incorporated into the design. Three matt black pendant lights with copper accents add a metallic touch and tie in with the black stone. A nod to low-maintenance style, this kitchen combines classic simplicity with striking finishes and intriguing design elements to achieve a refreshed and refined elegance that packs a punch. royalekitchens.co.nz

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“ORIGINALLY A TIRED AND HARD-DONE ROOM, THIS RENOVATION HAS BROUGHT BACK A SENSE OF FRESHNESS AND WARMTH TO THE RESIDENCE” – COLLEEN HOLDER

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hen you think of the Hamptons, the notion of cool, calm and collected comes to mind, so when these homeowners decided to change the style of their original kitchen, it’s easy to see why they opted for a Hamptons-style ‘down-date’. Incorporating design choices that balance a coastal feel with a layer of sophistication, designer Reuben Hurst has created a timeless look. The kitchen’s natural influences are reflected in the minimal colour scheme and rustic timber flooring. The ocean-inspired gunmetal blue of the island bench is offset by lashings of white, contributing to what Reuben describes as “a light and airy atmosphere of relaxed beachside living”. Dado panelling on the cabinets, doors and bench bottoms, together with the traditional feel of the bevelled subway-tiled splashback, injects character and a decorative Hamptons flair into the space. It is this focus on high-end, detailed finishes that establishes a casual elegance in the kitchen. The Bianco Carrara marble benchtop, deep-profile forward skirting and diamond-topped pilasters of the island bench ensure a commanding element in the kitchen. Stainless-steel handles on the cabinetry are a simple yet refined feature that helps to tie in the striking vintage bridge-style faucet with the rest of the space. Enhancing the seamless look, glass pendant lights were shortened to create the illusion of a higher ceiling. The functionality of the kitchen was also considered by the designer in the construction of a new wall which conceals a butler’s pantry, perfect for entertaining and hiding away clutter. Boasting a design that is all about high-end sophistication, this space is rich in detail but relaxed in atmosphere. rosemountkitchens.com.au

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BOASTING A DESIGN THAT IS ALL ABOUT HIGH-END SOPHISTICATION, THIS SPACE IS RICH IN DETAIL BUT RELAXED IN ATMOSPHERE

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reating a kitchen that harmoniously connects with the surrounding natural environment formed much of the brief for Adele Bates Design, who was called on to create a contemporary and organic aesthetic that’s full of light. The home is nestled in a beautiful part of Victoria, with panoramic views that were all the inspiration needed to create the clients’ new kitchen and bathroom. “The beautiful natural landscape was at the heart of this project from the get go,” says designer Adele Bates. “We had a beautiful palette out the window to start with.” The original kitchen was narrow and out of place, suitable for apartment living but not adaptive to the clients’ lifestyle as it lacked the multi-functional features they desired. “Enjoying a cup of tea and reading the newspaper in the space was a priority,” says Adele. Realising their vision, Adele Bates Design delivered a large and more functional kitchen that prioritised space. Removing walls that were previously lined with the old kitchen joinery afforded more room for bench and circulation space, as well as enabling the installation of a butler’s pantry. A key design feature of the room is the way the kitchen opens up in two different

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directions. On one side, timber sliding doors and floor-to-ceiling windows open to a large deck overlooking the landscape, and on the other side, the room opens up to the interior living area. The inclusion of two island benches further increases the functionality of the space. The central island has an induction cooktop and sink for food preparation while also allowing for interaction with guests from all sides. The second island bench incorporates a cantilevered Carrara marble stone top that is the perfect spot for eating and relaxing. Importantly, the kitchen complements the native landscape it looks upon. The natural stone benchtops and clean white cabinetry impart a contemporary elegance, while solid recycled timber cabinetry fronts and joinery connect back to the natural environment. In a similar vein to the kitchen, the renovated master bathroom draws inspiration from the 360-degree views of the upper floor. Organic colours taken from the outside environment directly translate into the large-format stone textured tiles and feature tiles behind the vanity, enhancing the natural, minimalist aesthetic and serenity of the space. adelebates.com.au


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“THE BEAUTIFUL NATURAL LANDSCAPE WAS AT THE HEART OF THIS PROJECT FROM THE GET GO” – ADELE BATES

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HERITAGE RENEWED A space that balances contemporary elements with heritage aesthetics

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einvigorating a classic style with a modern twist, this kitchen from Kitchens by Peter Gill is at once functional and homely. The clients envisioned a period-style kitchen with a high-quality look, which was achieved by matching refined heritage finishes with a contemporary aesthetic. The functionality required in a kitchen was established through the open-plan design, with the inclusion of spacious work areas deemed a necessity by the clients. To open up the space, the original Tasmanian oak pantry was removed and a Botticino marble island bench was added, functioning as an additional work area as well as a place for eating and relaxing. “The final product is open and light while keeping that heritage look and feel,” says Peter. The brightness of the space is encouraged through the unification of the white colour scheme and complementary marble benchtop and splashback. The seamless incorporation of heritage accents is captured in the Victorian-inspired inlay moulding and pewter handles of the cabinetry. In keeping with the consistency and harmony of the design, appliances including the fridge and dishwasher are integrated into the cabinetry to ensure a polished look. Adding to the distinguished and familial warmth of the environment is the inclusion of the stunning mantle-style rangehood, a subtle statement that won’t date. The perfect blend of contemporary and heritage aesthetics, this kitchen is all things classic and practical. Decorative touches give the space its unique heritage style, while clean finishes and an open layout work to retain a modern accessibility and bright ambience. kitchensbypetergill.com.au


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“THE FINAL PRODUCT IS OPEN AND LIGHT WHILE KEEPING THAT HERITAGE LOOK AND FEEL” – PETER GILL

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t’s often said a kitchen or a bathroom is make or break when it comes to selecting a home. So in the pages that follow, we’ve curated a selection of our favourite trends, finishes, layouts, design features, appliances and fittings for each. Whether you’re fashioning a home to grow old in, flipping houses for fun or preparing to renovate, read on for some serious inspiration.

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01: COMPACT KITCHENS Current trends may be steered more towards open-plan living in which vacuous kitchens lead to lounge areas with an island bench and counter stools partially separating the two spaces. But not every home has the space for that or even suits the aesthetic. This custom kitchen by Cantilever Interiors demonstrates just how eicient small spaces can be. Photography by Martina Gemmola.


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KITCHENS 02: A HINT OF ATTITUDE This kitchen from IKEA earns its place for being a breath of fresh air. The moody atmosphere is established by the exposed brick wall, timber surfaces and jet black cabinetry, taps and fixtures. Copper cookware and the stainlesssteel rangehood, wine racks and refrigerator keep the kitchen from overwhelming the user. 03: SIMPLE IS BEST The phrase less is more comes to mind here. While investing in statement pieces certainly has its benefits, simplicity speaks just as loudly. The Statuario Maximus marble-inspired design from Caesarstone can be used on benchtops, splashbacks and waterfalls. Lightly veined, it keeps a space from looking washed out, with five pendants of varying heights adding depth. But this look isn’t for those who are lazily inclined — keep appliances, utensils, pots and pans discreetly tucked away. 04: WHITE LIGHT The illusion of space is strong in this kitchen, which is essentially confined to run along a single wall. Services for the laundry, kitchen and living room needed to be integrated into this compact space and as a result, Scavolini’s kitchen solutions were chosen to allow for the easy integration of all these facilities while retaining beautifully clean lines. Leafless branches and other flora on the side bench add depth and contrast to the space.

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06: COMFORT IN THE FAMILIAR A country home offers endless charm and we love the immediate sense of modesty and hospitality emanating from this kitchen. The Chambord large single-bowl sink and Armando Vicario Provincial twin-handle sink mixer — both available from Abey — give a distinctly Hamptons-style vibe, while the drawer and door handles bring it back to the country. Our favourite part? The dish rack and exposed storage on the kitchen wall.

07: ONE OF A KIND You may remember the Kuitpo Song Tower House from Grand Designs Australia Series Six. Homeowners Nick and Cate Foskett, who built the house from the ground up, were intent on creating a home that “wasn’t your average rectangular box” — and the kitchen was no exception. The cabinetry was a custom job by Gawler Custom Specialist Joinery and the cantilevered bench with diagonal support is a true showstopper. Photography by David Solm.

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SINK DIFFERENTLY. Abey Australia’s diverse range of sinks provides you with a selection from around the world. Visit an Abey Selection Gallery to browse the range. Barazza Cubo Single Bowl – Barazza 1 & 3/4 Bowl – Barazza Easy200 Double Bowl

VICTORIA Selection Gallery 335 Ferrars St Albert Park Ph: 03 8696 4000

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* N E W LY O P E N E D * WESTERN AUSTR ALIA Selection Gallery 12 Sundercombe St Osborne Park Ph: 08 9446 8255

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08: CLUB RETRO This kitchen from Grand Designs New Zealand Series One is pretty hard to forget given the homeowners’ unwavering enthusiasm for American Gothic. Pastel-coloured Smeg appliances big and small instantly give off a retro vibe, working in harmony with the painted cabinets and bench. In addition, timber wall panels and recycled timber benchtops take the space from gimmick to authentic.

09: KEEP YOUR WHITES BRIGHT Convenient design, clean lines and a hint of the great outdoors characterise this space. Double bifold doors sit in front of the kitchen island to give you a scenic backdrop when preparing meals, while a dining table extends beyond the bench to bring everyone together. Silestone Lyra from Cosentino is used for the island bench, side bench and splashback.

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03: THE PERFECT BALANCE Perfect symmetry is said to be what humans find most attractive in one another, so it follows suit to extend this theory to the home. If anything, this bathroom is proof of the appeal. Nougat terrazzo stone tiles from Fibonacci Stone adorn the walls and floor of this bathroom by McBride Charles Ryan, while his-and-hers basins sit front and centre, alerting the eye to the perfect symmetry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; right down to the gumtree leaves either side.


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Catlins, he was adamant the rustic yet modern aesthetic should extend to every corner of the house — including the bathroom. Large-format graphite tiles work well with the mosaic emerald tiles to create a masculine space. To balance these darker colours, a brilliant white basin and toilet, timber surfaces and a large skylight are used to a decidedly handsome effect. 06: WHEN NATURE CALLS You might recall the notable role timber played in the Turners Beach Eucalypt House from Grand Designs Australia Series Six. The whole home is characterised by blond timber and pastel colours, and the theme clearly extends to the bathroom. The white subway

tiles and porcelain basin and bath, together with the charcoal floor tiles and matt black fixtures, ground the look. Photography by Rhiannon Slatter. 07: COLOUR BRIGHT This bright, cheery and modern bathroom is from the Launceston Sub-Station from Grand Designs

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Australia Series Six. You mightn’t recognise it immediately, as this bathroom gives a contemporary and colourful respite from a largely industrial interior, while demonstrating how heavy colour and a bold mosaic can appear light and fresh when filtered outwards. Photography by Rhiannon Slatter.

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08: ROOM TO MOVE When you have a bathroom as big as this one, it’s important to ensure it doesn’t look empty, and the VOV bathtub from Abey does a perfect job. The smooth white finish is in keeping with the modern minimalism evoked by the room as a whole. Timber floorboards, long-pile mats, rustic towels and hanging plants work nicely together to create a lived-in feeling.

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09: MIRROR, MIRROR What screams luxury louder than gold? The Antique Mirror Copper tiles from Original Style’s Glassworks range add opulence to this bathroom, while subtle design cues including the extended surface beyond the tub provide plenty of space for candles and accessories. What’s more, mirrored tiles create the illusion of space, making a potentially small bathroom feel perfectly luxurious.

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he understated elegance and classic beach-side feel of the Hamptons formed the inspiration for the surrounding outdoor areas of this beautiful home located in Sydney’s northern suburbs, proving that style doesn’t have to be sacrificed when designing for a family. In executing the clients’ vision, Inge Jabara Landscapes delivered contemporary gardens that matched the newly built home, spaces that work to evoke the nearby coastal beaches in a way that is sophisticated while still remaining functional and accessible for a family. “We decided to go with Hamptons-inspired gardens with two major features in the front garden,” says landscape designer Inge Jabara. “One was a reflection pond to bounce the reflection of the house to the onlooker, the other a large feature pot with a shell finish to mimic the close proximity to the beach.”

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“WE DECIDED TO GO WITH HAMPTONS-INSPIRED GARDENS WITH TWO MAJOR FEATURES IN THE FRONT GARDEN” – INGE JABARA The stunning front garden incorporates a planting palette that is a mixture of gardenia, westringia natives, lilly pilly natives, pear trees and box hedging. “We tried to produce as many green spaces as possible, with each window being able to look out to green space.” The architectural challenge perceived by the varying level changes of the site were combated by carefully positioned retaining walls, tiered planting and decorative hedging. Bluestone tiles were used to create a pathway that affords a seamless connection between

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the front garden and the interior of the home, as well as providing continuity with the reargarden pavers around the pool. The soothing natural grey of the tiles is also translated in the assorted pebbles that border the pond, the neutral colour of both accentuating the glossy greens and silvery blues of the encompassing plants. The expansive backyard was put to good use in the creation of an inviting and multifunctional space focused around a large pool and lawn area against the backdrop of a grand,

flowering gum tree. A generous wooden deck becomes a user-friendly alfresco dining area which is linked to the home through the inclusion of tall, glass sliding doors that open onto it, producing a free-flowing indoor– outdoor living and entertaining experience. A design favourite, the deck offers easy access to an adjoining undercover area off the pool that is the perfect spot to escape the sun. Featuring an inbuilt bench seat, towel hooks and an exterior shower, the zone reflects the desired Hamptons aesthetic in its laidback luxury feel. Extending from this paved spot is a wooden deck that wraps around the remainder of the pool, tying in with the deck of the alfresco eating space and allowing for additional seating that is situated in direct sunlight. A sense of luxury was also created by the frameless glass fence that encloses the pool area. The extensive lawn is again aimed at accommodating the needs of a large family, an enviable component fit for all manner of activities and entertainment purposes.


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ith an outlook over Julian Rocks jutting out of the foaming Pacific, this Wategos Beach garden in NSW is a haven by the sea. The garden is part of the Wing House, as it’s known, and was designed by architect Peter Stutchbury. The palatial home is tucked into the rear of the sheer block, with the Byron Bay Lighthouse Reserve as its backdrop. The dramatic wing-like 27.5-metre span roof is an architectural feat and allows warm natural light to filter throughout the home, which is constructed from steel, timber, concrete and glass. With the house positioned to the rear of the steep block, designer Matthew Cantwell from Secret Gardens worked with the natural landscape to subtly blend and layer additional plantings. “The slope is steep and the house is positioned at the rear of the block so the garden needed to enhance the entrance experience; help absorb the house into the terrain and

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simplify the outlook from the house to the ocean,” he says. Built elements in the garden landscape were locally sourced and chosen for their earthy look, which complement and soften the man-made features in the architecture. Natural stone steps give the garden a raw organic feel and juxtapose the warm timber and cool cement stairs that take you up through the garden to the home. Hardy drought-tolerant plants including the century plant (Agave attenuata) are interspersed with cardboard palm (Zamia furfuracea), blue jade plant (Crassula arborescens ‘Bluebird’) and a myriad of other plants. Prolific use of grassy plants throughout the garden including flax lily (Dianella caerulea ‘Little Jess’) and Reineckia carnea bring sweeping form to the landscape, adding movement as they flow in the sultry ocean breeze. The plants were chosen for their texture and colour, to create an earthy tapestry. Matthew says the garden mixes plant varieties and creates an interesting palette of greens. “While the garden is still young, as it grows it will enhance the architecture of the home, while being low-maintenance,” he says.

One can only imagine how this garden will look, as it grows through the seasons and reaches full maturity. Not only is the garden beautiful and timeless, it will require little upkeep, giving the owners more time to enjoy their natural haven by the sea. Throughout the garden spaces, there are ample features to capture the viewer’s attention. A rectangular wooden bench sits parallel to a retaining wall, inviting passersby to sit and enjoy the beautiful light-filled garden. As you walk through the space, you can’t help but be in awe of the sheer size and scale of it, and what can be achieved on a vertical plane with clever landscaping. There are many stunning features in this garden; however, the designer’s pick is the secluded secret garden that surrounds the outside bathtub. The zen-inspired space is soothing and tranquil — what a wonderful place to immerse yourself in the beauty of the landscape with a chilled glass of wine and a few bubbles. There’s no getting around the fact that given the steepness of the block, creating the garden was a challenge. This is an example of how sound design principles and innovative


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landscaping solutions on a steep or undulating block can be a design triumph of colour, texture and form. In this instance, adding steps in organic shapes throughout the landscape takes you to various levels throughout the space. These are complemented by layers of planting and strategic groupings of plants to soften the hard landscaping elements. Being in an elevated position facing the coast, plants are buffeted by drying sea breezes and saltladen winds, which can be damaging to their leaves. This is where careful plant selection comes into play, choosing plants like blue chalk sticks (Senecio serpens), coastal banksia (Banksia integrifolia) and coastal rosemary

(Westringia fruticosa) to withstand these harsh conditions. Michael’s philosophy in landscape design is about inclusion — emphasising all elements in the garden and ensuring there is the appropriate balance between the soft and hard landscaping elements — to give the landscape a sense of cohesiveness and harmony. “We love plants so the focus at Secret Gardens is always to lean towards delivering an interesting planting scheme,” he says. A garden should be easy on the eye and take the viewer on a journey through the various spaces within it, where around each corner you just may find the unexpected. You have found it here and the best is yet to come.

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laude Monet said it best when he declared “the richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration”. Turns out one of the icons of French Impressionism was a wordsmith, too. Dense city living is increasing in many countries across the globe, and now more than ever, an interest

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in outdoor living is on the rise. However, in planning alfresco areas, we often suffer from tunnel vision and focus on the most obvious elements — furniture and outdoor settings, pergolas, dividers, pots, planters and outdoor cushions are all culprits. They have a strong visual presence, but it’s the smaller details that

create a cohesive, long-lasting look. Lighting, for example, is a crucial element influencing the atmosphere and usability of any outdoor space, but it often comes as an afterthought. Likewise, an outdoor sound system may come across as luxurious and unnecessary, but you’d be surprised to see the difference it makes even in a casual setting. We spoke to Bec Sparky, a qualified electrician, renovation expert and consumer brand ambassador at Clipsal by Schneider Electric to get the lowdown on lighting. “Lighting outdoor spaces is all about achieving balance — there’s a fine line between too much and not enough,” says Bec. “There are three types of lighting: ambient, task and accent, with good lighting design layering all three.” Ambient lighting is the ceiling, wall or flood lights illuminating the space in its entirety. Task and accent lighting add to this, creating atmosphere. Task lighting may hang directly over your barbecue or alfresco kitchen or perhaps take the form of a step light illuminating a path or driveway. On the other hand, accent lighting is largely decorative, such as a statement chandelier or pendant. “This is where you can really bring in style aspects like hanging feature lights or lanterns,” adds Bec. Getting to the nitty gritty, LED lighting, sunset switches and motion sensors can take the user-friendliness of your backyard to the next level. LED lighting emits a warm glow, which Bec recommends over coolertoned lights for the backyard, while their inherent energy efficiency will not only lessen the demand on your purse strings,


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but also their impact on the environment. Sunset switches are designed with a light sensor which triggers artificial light once the natural light dissipates beyond a preset level. “Because they react to the natural sunlight, sunset switches only turn lights on when you need them, so you’re never wasting electricity,” says Bec. Designed in a similar vein, motion sensors are popular thanks to their convenience. “Perfect for spaces like porches and balconies, motion sensors will help you save energy as they only turn lights on when they detect a person approaching,” says Bec. They also have obvious security benefits, too. Moving on to outdoor speakers, the market certainly isn’t lacking and the pricing spectrum is remarkably broad. According to Bec, “An in-built audio solution is much more fuss-free as they can be built into the walls or ceiling of your pre-existing outdoor entertaining area. I’d also recommend something wireless that every guest can operate with ease. This saves people from having to get up from the table and stop the conversation to change the song.” At the end of the day, you want your outdoor living space to be a social hub for entertaining as much as a resort-like escape. So do your research and set to work creating your ideal outdoor space.

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Cassita 2 features a sleek, compact design and is shown here with the optional LED light bar from Peter Meyer Blinds

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the cool air in and hot air out — or vice versa. Awnings can also help prevent your furniture, floor coverings and curtains from fading. By installing awnings over your patio or alfresco area, you can keep your outdoor furniture from weathering, too — not to mention the increased usability of the space. In summer, overhead sun beating down doesn’t pose such a problem when you’ve got shade to relax under. And in the cooler months, a retractable awning means the cool air won’t seem as biting when you’re basking in the sun’s rays. Retractable awnings may carry a higher price tag, but the versatility

they offer far outweighs the cost. Kresta has developed its Paris Café blinds which roll down to enclose outdoor spaces, keeping the warmth in and wet weather out. Innovation and technology have seen little add-ons make a world of difference. Motorisation affords ease of operation, while automation allows for a carefree approach to home maintenance. “Most awnings can be motorised and we have a range of sensors to detect sunlight, wind and rain, which can be set to match the customer’s needs,” explains Lloyd. Likewise, semi-translucent mesh fabrics allow small amounts of natural light


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into the room and provide visibility through the fabric to the outside. Aesthetics shouldn’t be overlooked either. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, consider a custom purchase — not just in terms of the fabric, but the frame itself. “Our awning frames are custommade by cutting, bending and welding metal tubing and fitting the fabric (acrylics, canvas or mesh) to the frame, creating the right look for your home,” says Shally Shwe from Kresta Blinds. Screens, like awnings, can create privacy for street-facing windows and windows onlooking the neighbour’s yard or a shared patio. Another benefit is the visual appeal they can add to space. “Screening can enhance a home and change an area without great expense,” says Ben Gowing of Yardware, pointing out that screening can in some cases be cheaper and easier to install. The diversity in screening comes largely from a choice of materials. Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) has no grain, meaning it can be cut, drilled, machined and filed without damaging the surface. It can also be painted to produce a smooth, quality surface, but should only be used indoors. Weathertex, reconstituted or compressed hardwood contains no glues, resins or silica. Perspex, either solid or transparent plastic, is lightweight, impact-resistant, cost-effective and comes in myriad colours. Corten, too, is popular for outdoor use and often chosen due to its high strength. All of the above except for MDF are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. There’s a lot more choice in the market of awnings and screening than the average person might realise, and in terms of design, it’s certainly come a long way. Paris Café blinds by Kresta Blinds


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LISTENING PLEASURE WHETHER LISTENING TO MUSIC OR WATCHING YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE, YOU’LL WANT TO ENSURE THE EXPERIENCE IS A SOUND ONE 01: This project is part of a full home installation which was designed with the property’s interior designer. The colour-matched speakers, which are part of the Artcoustic Spitfire Series, blend seamlessly with the walls they’re mounted on and provide an outstanding stereo sound system for the wall-mounted TV. An added bonus is the drop-down projection screen which lowers from the ceiling for an added touch of cinematic magic. artcoustic.com

02 & 03: The Focus XD family is a series of high-fidelity audio loudspeakers that have been designed to integrate seamlessly into the digital music ecosystems that now exist, meaning fully wireless playback and streaming options are feature-rich and easily accessible. Fully integrated digital amps, signal processing and wireless technology mean your music goes directly from the source to the speakers, allowing high-quality lossless audio to be played and enjoyed like the original performance. With three distinct variations of the XD family available, there’s something for everyone. busisoft.com.au

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premium performance and experience, they come with a much larger price tag than many are used to. Remember that these products are like designer furniture — an investment for the enjoyment of your lifestyle and a guarantee of quality and performance. Bear in mind, music is a subjective experience and the same case can be made for headphones or any other kind of speaker. Each has its own character, comfort and feel. Always make sure they suit your own preferences in terms of audio reproduction and wearability.

01: The Virtuoso is a USB pre-amplifier and digital-to-analogue converter built specifically for headphones using either a USB or optical input cable to transfer data from a digital source to your headphones. Burson Audio has made a name for itself when it comes to high-end audio components and its expertise and talent is reflected in the quality and look of the Conductor. Designed as a desktop unit, it’s capable of handling any headphone you match it with and comes with a 6.35mm headphone jack input. busisoft.com.au; bursonaudio.com 02: Sonorous 8 headphones are a premium hi-fi item. Handmade in Final Audio’s workshop in Japan, they represent the ultimate in luxury headphones. They’re crafted with the meticulous detail the Japanese are renowned for and feature an engineering and development cycle which took two years to complete, ensuring the quality is as high as the price tag. The headphones provide a joyful and exuberant sound experience which can tackle any genre, and they offer a counterpoint to their cousins, the Sonorous X. busisoft.com.au; final-audio-design.com 03: LCD-3 headphones are the flagship headphones from Audeze, which prides itself on being at the forefront of the engineering and design curve when it comes to audio technology. Utilising planar magnetic technology, the LCD-3 has been described as one of the best headphones when it comes to audio clarity, depth and delivery. Users of these headphones rave about the high musical fidelity of the product, saying they are able to lose themselves in their music, movies and other audiodriven activities. Due to their construction and enclosed technology, the LCD-3s are comfortable but heavy headphones, so use these when you can sit back and relax. A dedicated headphone amplifier will apparently reveal the full brilliance of the headphones’ performance. busisoft.com.au; audeze.com 04: The NightHawk headphones are a first for audio industry specialist AudioQuest, widely known for its high-end cables and audiophile products. The NightHawk is semi-open and boasts sustainability as a core ideal. Featuring 3D-printed liquid wood ear cups, bio-cellulose diaphragms and soft natural fabrics as part of their construction, the NightHawk provides a high-quality build that also offers an intimate listening experience. They provide a level of acoustic clarity which can be listened to for hours on end, mirrored by a degree of comfort and ergonomic design that is hard to find in other headphones. Performance is exceptional across the wide range of media we have available to us today, from music to movies. The level of quality and care which has been put into these headphones can even be found in the cables supplied, threaded for maximum durability and sound performance, whether you are in the comfort of your home or on the move. ambertech.com.au; audioquest.com 05: Sennheiser has a long-standing tradition of excellence in the headphone industry, and with the introduction of its HDVD range, the company has brought that same passion for audio into the DAC/ amp product category. You can use a wide range of headphone connections to utilise the performanceboosting characteristics of the HDVD 800, allowing you to enjoy your audio with zero fuss. sennheiser.com


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he Home Design & Eussen Living Student Design Awards 2016 competition brief was to completely renovate and fit-out Barangaroo House, which operates as accommodation for Indigenous Australian families and students in Sydney. The cottage is also used to accommodate Year 12 graduates who wish to stay in the city after they’ve completed high school until they commence university or a job. This is only temporary accommodation, not permanent, so it has transient occupants. The cottage was designed to make residents and visitors

feel welcome, not overwhelmed, and encourage them to stay in the city rather than return to outback country properties. It included an outdoor relaxed space to extend the communication hub of this building, with the expectation being far beyond the traditional table-and-chair setting. It is a place to relax, gather, socialise and bring people together — now commonly known as the 5th Room. The competition was judged by Home Design and Grand Designs Australia’s Editor-in-Chief, Kate St James, John Eussen from Eussen Living, David Crook from International Floorcoverings and Sharon Rae fromColour Intelligence.

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y design for Barangaroo House was inspired by the occupants’ spiritual connection to the environment. The use of natural materials and the warm colour palette create harmony throughout the space. The 5th Room is a large, open space that incorporates multiple communication hubs, which can be utilised as multi-functional spaces. Two bi-fold doors create a seamless transition between indoors and out. These doors open up

between the open living and kitchen area and the two outdoor firepits, which create a place for social gatherings. The undercover firepit structure is constructed from stainlesssteel posts and polycarbonate sheeting, which allows natural sunlight through while blocking out UV rays. My Barangaroo House design represents outback familiarity as well as city living. This will be a place of harmony for relaxing and bringing people together.

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rana is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘welcome’, which is precisely what my redesigned space for Barangaroo House aims to make its residents feel. A space that is customisable to the needs of its guests who require both personal and collaborative areas. With an open-plan layout and interchangeable indoor–outdoor spaces created through the use of sliding glass panels and multi-use modular furniture, the redesign seamlessly merges internal and external areas. Sustainable suppliers and materials were used throughout the space, and all stylistic design choices including the colour scheme, layout, furnishings and choice of artworks were made with the culture of the clients in mind.

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he concept of my design for Barangaroo House was developed through the idea of gentle gestures, a sense of orientation and adaptation to a plurality of activities. My aim for the house was not to overwhelm the occupants, but to welcome and allow them to feel a sense of belonging in their new home.

y design caters for both heritage values and students experiencing a cultural shift in collaboration and social networks. Integral to the design is the blend of traditional outback concepts and colours, and the unique flavour of Sydney, a modern cosmopolitan city. The design is multifunctional in that it is a mix of flexible configurations

I believe this was achieved through the added touches of earth elements included in the space, the Australianoutback-inspired colour palette, floorto-ceiling pocket windows that created a micro environment, and the way every zone is oriented towards the native gardens.

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CAROLINE LODER Whitehouse Institute of Design, Sydney

of separate sleeping accommodation through to open-plan, free-flowing external and internal living areas. Raw, earthy, natural materials â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including reclaimed timber, local stone and metal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be featured throughout the home, with colours that reflect the Australian outback and the city of Sydney. All internal living areas open to the pivotal external communal landscaped space.

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DOMINIQUE SCHEFE Billy Blue College of Design, Brisbane

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y design for Barangaroo House was inspired by the concept of the family tree as it connotes unity and growth. The new design will transform the property into a place of temporary residence, as well as a home that encourages the community to come together, support one another and strive for their highest potential. Using a combination of neutral hues to achieve a natural colour palette and organic

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textures and shapes, it gives the property a harmonious connection to the outback. The major challenge of this project was linking the closed-off interior to the outdoor area and creating a seamless connection to the 5th Room. This challenge was overcome through the slanted glass windows that span the back of the house, inviting the outdoors in and opening the indoors to the sky. This symbolises limitless possibilities and freedom.

rich visual and tactile textures included. The colours used are warm hues of orange, red, pink, yellow and brown, which are characteristic of the setting sun over the desert. The update will create a warm, open and homely space that combines contemporary styling with cultural elements to create a comfortable and relaxed space that is modern, yet still reminiscent of home, easing the occupantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; transition through education and community.


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E XPE RT ADVI CE / / A RC H I T E C T U R E The Monet haystack hedge and arch is one of the best-known living sculptures found at Cloudehill

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e are so lucky in Australia when it comes to integrating the garden into the architecture of a building. Indeed, no modern-day design for a new house or alteration is complete without exploring all the possibilities. Most people have a garden fence and it definitely looks better with some plants growing over it. Here are some hints and tips I’ve heard through the grapevine — pardon the pun — when it comes to turning your garden fence into a living, breathing delight. Let’s start with your garden-variety chain link fence. Relatively inexpensive, it makes a great web on which to grow climbers. If you have a brick or timber fence, you may need to create a frame for your climbers and attach it to your existing fence. There’s a variety of climbers to choose from that are surprisingly low-maintenance, including vines, creepers and ramblers. 1. Determine the type of look you are after and remember, spring is the best time to plant. TIP: Most climbers can handle various types of soil as long as it’s free-draining. They prefer a sunny spot with shaded roots. You need to water them in after planting next to your fence. Climbers will grow up and over just about anything. 2. Assess the planting site before buying a climber, noting which direction the wall/ fence faces and how sunny the location is.

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TIP: Ask your local nursery for a variety that thrives in the area. 3. Consider the method of support. This may include horizontal wires. Run galvanised wire spaces 400mm apart along a wall or fence, securing them at 2m spacings. Trellis panels of timber can be painted a dark grey and effectively recede behind the planting. They should be mounted on the fence with battens or posts or left free-standing. Tie the stems with soft garden ties. 4. In well-drained soil, place the plant at least 300mm in front of the support to ensure good air flow. Dig a hole 10mm deeper and twice as wide as the root ball, then remove the climber from its pot and loosen the roots. 5. Once the plant is in the hole, water it well while the plant is establishing itself and tie it to the fence if the stems are long enough.

CLIMBERS TO CONSIDER As a general guide, if you want a fastgrowing vine, opt for a perennial. Certain types of grapevines can grow up to a metre a year, or you can get climbers that are already in bloom up to 2m high that come in large containers. Large potted climbers should be left in the container and tied to a trellis, as flowering can take up to two years if you plant them out of their container. Younger plants should establish more quickly in the garden and grow faster. If you are looking to have foliage

on your fence all year round, you can look at a range of ivy as well as creeping fig and Carolina jessamine. Clematis is a deciduous climber with a broad range of colours that flowers all year. Mandevilla is an impressive climber that features dark green leaves and pink flowers. Some varieties offer fragrant flowers and a variety of cream-coloured blooms. Passionfruit vine is evergreen; it’s a strong climber that will grip around wire and mesh. Flowers appear in summer with the added bonus of fruit in autumn. Bougainvillea is an all-time favourite. This fast-grower flowers from spring to autumn. Its bright pink and red blooms will transform any old fence. Wisteria is noted for its purple flowering clusters; it needs a sunny spot in the garden. Certain wisterias can take between 10 and 20 years to flower if grown from seed, so it is best to buy them already in flower. Potato vine displays white or purple flowers. It’s an evergreen climber that can be found in most parts of Australia. It’s fastgrowing and hardy. Hardenbergia is an Aussie native evergreen. As a twining plant, it will coil around anything, but it ideally needs to be planted in conjunction with a northernorientated fence. Pandorea is a great Australian native similar to wisteria or jasmine and comes in a few forms. Golden showers displays yellow flowers in spring, while the white Lady Di stays in flower for most of the year. Ornamental grapevine is the go-to deciduous climber for growing over pergolas. It provides summer shade and allows winter sun. It puts on a spectacular autumn foliage display of orange and red. So what are you waiting for? Get growing!


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The Superpod, featured in Grand Designs Australia Issue 4.5

AFFORDABLE DESIGN It’s challenging enough to buy a home, but securing one that offers great design at a price point that has some relevance to your budget is another matter WO R DS / / AN D R EW WIN TE R PHOTOGRAPHY // FINLAY MCKENZIE

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he word ‘affordability’ in a design magazine? Yes, it’s true. Rarely will you find words such as ‘affordable’, ‘inexpensive’, ‘cost-effective’ and certainly never the word ‘cheap’ used in design-led, inspirational publications such as this. But my editor wants us to break the mould and focus on exploring whether housing and good design can really be affordable. Unfortunately, ‘affordable’ is a word many young families and our grown-up children are well used to, as it seems, in many cases, to allude to nothing more than the impossible dream. As for my opinion? Surely building, buying an existing home or creating a stylish residence associated with the term ‘great design’ is a near impossibility for most first-home buyers or young families who live anywhere other than 300 kilometres inland and up an unsealed road where your nearest soy skinny latte is a flight away! Maybe it is possible, so first let me tackle the where. Sorry, but Toorak, Vaucluse, Cottesloe and the like are off the list. Location is the first compromise, and to get it right, you need to look further out to the less-desirable side of town. However, even within the big city boundaries, you don’t necessarily have to go too far in kilometres. Often things become more reasonable 50–75 kilometres out of the CBD. Of course, that 50-kilometre trip can take three long, boring hours in peak-hour travel time. Do you really need access to the CBD every day at peak times? Many of us don’t anymore and

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that may become a growing trend. It may break your heart, but it shouldn’t break your bank account to head outwards. Rural or regional towns with train links are attractive aesthetically or have historical kudos which can be considered, too. Coastal areas within 90 minutes of a big city can also offer great value. You just have to think about your employment source; could you keep your job and live away, commute or do less days at work and do some at home? Employers are more flexible than ever as technology allows them to track your every move. Will these areas ever really grow in value? I would argue it is quite possible, providing the location offers a level of self-sufficiency in respect of amenities. With the rising costs of our prime centres, this could be the decade we witness alternative locations coming to the fore. If that was the case and demand increases, these areas could suddenly become subject to some sustainable capital growth as our need to be in one place all the time seems to be diminishing. If you can source a location that is a great place to live, embrace the difference. In the pursuit of the affordable price tag, compromises will be made geographically, but if a great home is a must-have, here is your chance! With the location determined, is it really possible to introduce a touch of style and good design to your new-found address? I am being rather brutal here, but some inexpensive locations typically offer little attractive housing and don’t encourage residents to create an immaculate residence. It’s a sweeping

generalisation, and I realise there are many exceptions — areas including Redfern and St Kilda were once considered ugly ducklings. In real estate, you are commonly and sensibly encouraged to follow the crowd and go to the next trendy suburb where the lattes are flowing. But to ensure value and affordability, you have to move in before all this happens, which makes you the one taking the risk. To build new, you may have to take the plunge with a new house and land release, but the blocks in established


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areas waiting for a buyer are often better. With keen sellers and local amenities on tap, this is your chance to lead rather than follow. Often areas of this type can feature an abundance of ’60s, ’70s and ’80s blandness where doom and gloom, low ceilings, mission brown everything and mustard-coloured glass rules. Maybe old timber cottages that have had their previously attractive façade wrapped in hideous sleep-outs and timber casement windows desecrated for aluminium sliders.

Providing the bones of the house are good, these home types can become the ultra-cool designer pad you so desperately want to live in. The secret to success with existing unmodernised housing stock is to embrace the original architecture and enhance it for this decade. Have fun with your creativity — you are the trendsetter! If your talents lie elsewhere, pay the professionals to help you with a scheme/ project. Similar rules apply to a new build; seek inspiration from magazines, online and the

environment your new home is situated in. I advise the blending of a combination of inspirations — pure plagiarism is rarely successful. To play the designer home game where affordability is key, think somewhere else and something different or smaller. Great design should never be the preserve of the prime inner-city suburbs or those households with six-figure salaries.

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the single tube has the ability to complement a range of individual tastes. hydrotherm.com.au 04: TWIST & SHOUT Hydrotherm’s Swivel series towel rack ensures maximum functionality without compromising wall space or style. The swivel action conveniently allows towels to be accessed quickly and easily, a serious benefit for those taking hot showers on cool mornings. For the perfect combination of flair and functionality, don’t miss out on this stylish addition to your bathroom. hydrotherm.com.au

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exclusively supplying some of the world’s most sought-after high-end luxury fireplaces. Intent on providing Australians with a dynamic collection of designer fires, the company has strategically gathered not only award-winning designs, but also fireplaces that have been manufactured with highquality materials such as raw steel so they are built to last. Innovation, technology, environmental impact, operational expertise and quality are assured, while design is always at the forefront. sculptfireplaces.com.au 09: SMOOTH MOVES To meet the highest level of design in the bathroom, Duravit has developed an innovative method called c-bonded which connects the ceramic furniture washbasin to the surface of the vanity unit to create a perfect whole. This seamless new look produces an exceptionally sleek washing area that is also wear-resistant. duravit.com.au 10: ONTO A WINNER The new series of built-in ovens from ILVE are the culmination of two years’ research and development to bring Australian kitchens an oven that has the technology, sophistication and appearance that reflects ILVE’s ethos. Technology is at the forefront of this new range, which offers a new feature called CHEFassist. A colour, TFT touchscreen with smart control panel available in 11 language settings and more than 35 pre-set recipe modes enables the user to cook any dish for the entire family — perfectly. ilve.com.au

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installation a breeze. ltlt.com.au 13: TAKE A WALK With capacity for 600 to 4000 bottles, the Transtherm ESPACE walk-in cellar is the modern-day, climate-controlled equivalent of an underground wine cellar. It recreates the ideal cellaring conditions for large collections. Delivered in a kit, the cellar can be built into your living space in less than half a day and can be disassembled if you relocate. transtherm.com.au

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14: FRENCH TWIST Traditionally used to provide access to a verandah, French doors can make a powerful style statement. Double rebates and seals achieve an air-tight fit to guarantee no drafts and the highest energy ei ciency, while multi-point locks ensure security. The doors are factory hung and fi nished with double or triple glazing and open inwards or outwards. Enjoy an abundance of natural light and open up your house with French doors. paarhammer.com.au

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13 and foams, this loveseat is sure to stand the test of time and comes with the Plush 10-year peace-ofmind warranty. plush.com.au 12: LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE The Australian-made LED landscape lighting from Light This Light That is sure to brighten your space. The Trifid light is perfect for pathways, stairs and barbecue areas. The light can be customised in both height and bend to suit individual requirements. There are numerous sizes available in each style of light, and all lights from the range can be used in water features and ponds. With a choice of finish in either 316 marine-grade stainless steel or solid copper, the lights are made to withstand the Australian climate. The lights have been developed using a unique plug ‘n’ play wiring system to make

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15: WHAT’S MORE? You can now make outdoor living more comfortable, beautiful and exclusive than ever before. The Morsø Forno is more than an oven. After allowing you to create mouth-watering versatile dishes, it also exudes the warmth and ambience of an outdoor fi re. Coupled with the Terra table, the Morsø Forno can be placed on small terraces and weather the outdoors year-round. castworks.com.au 16: FINISHING TOUCHES The latest release from the Australian design team at Phoenix Tapware is the Contemporary Finishes Collection, which features a range of their mixers, showers and accessories in a variety of fi nishes including Chrome, Matte Black, Brushed Nickel and Gun Metal. The Vivid twin shower in Brushed Nickel is defi nitely a stand out in this collection, with its chic design and warm, soft metallic appearance. phoenixtapware.com.au


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Turners Beach Eucalypt House from Grand Designs Australia Series Six

ASK OUR ARCHITECT Editor-at-Large Peter Maddison answers readers’ questions

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Peter, I have come into a substantial inheritance and wish to reinvent the way my family of five lives. We aspire to live somewhere along the Eastern Seaboard north of Sydney. We currently live in Devonport and will sell our modest home. With almost no budget, where should we live, which architect should we engage, and what style of architecture is best for our family? We are interested in water sports and our kids still need educating.

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Well, what an opportunity for you! Personally, I don’t believe there is something called “no budget” — my alarm bells start ringing when I hear this. In my experience, there is always a budget. You need to quantify this with a fi nancial planner before you get carried away. That said, I would not discount the south of Sydney. The south coast of Kiama is beautiful. Considering your kids, I would suggest a spot where travel is minimised. This is why the North Shore of Sydney is so popular (and expensive). With regard to architects, the world is your oyster. Go to fi ndanarchitect.com.au and settle on someone you relate to and whose work you admire.

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I am about to take two months off work to travel around Australia. I’m keen to hunt down the best residential architecture this country has to offer. Where shall I start? How do I fi nd out about them and make

an itinerary? I am a design nut with no intention of actually building — I just love looking.

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The best way to get a handle on what’s happening is to go to architecture.com. au and click on Residential Buildings. There are 470 results, so pin the ones you like. The architects are all listed with their contact details. This is a way of building an itinerary. Other resources are the Houses magazine website, The Australian Encyclopaedia of Architecture and the Open House program which is in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

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With so much hype around having a good home, how real is this idea? In a world stacked against housing affordability, I am coming to the realisation that design is out of reach for me and the majority of my generation. How can we have quality of life when it is so out of reach?

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I agree that the cost of land and building is expensive relative to average wages in this country. Grand Designs Australia doesn’t just follow expensive builds. In fact, some of the most interesting projects come from owners with limited means including the Turners Beach Eucalypt House in Tasmania and the Mini Skyscraper in East Melbourne (Series Six). Design is something that every person can take part in no matter how modest. It may not involve a completely new building, but joy and a better way of life can come from the simplest things such as a door handle, a chair or the quality of fabric.

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I am a retired Perth woman, recently widowed. I wish to downsize my home. What would you recommend I look for? I have four grandkids who come to stay from time to time.

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I suggest you move into something that is low-maintenance. Personally, I think it’s rewarding to be in touch with the ground;

assuming you have the resources, perhaps a newish home with a small garden and good supporting amenity close by (shops, medical, community). Look for something on one level (no steps) and compact. Your ability to stay in a manageable house with no steps could save you a lot of money and provide greater dignity as you grow older. Don’t provide a bedroom/bathroom for each grandchild — let them share. It’s better fun, anyway!

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INDEX AAA ......................................................................................... 238 Abey Australia .................................................................... 189 ACS Designer Bathrooms .............................................124 Australian Pressed Metal ................................................49 Bali Republic ..........................................................................30 Balmoral Homes ................................................................109 Boral CSR Bricks ................................................................. 95 Bosch Hydronic Heating .................................................. 14 Bream Unique Lighting ..................................................195 Caesarstone ..............................................................................4 Castworks................................................................................ 47 Concrete Resurfacing Systems ..................................211 Design Tours ........................................................................237 Designer Lights ..................................................................237 Designer Staircases ...........................................................44 Dowell Windows .....................................................................6 Duravit ......................................................................................193

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Easy Living Home Elevators .........................................50 Escape to Paradise ..........................................................237 Forest and Wood Products Australia ..................... 22 Häfele .......................................................................................... 19 Harvey Norman .................................................................... 82 Hydrotherm ............................................................................. 10 ILVE ................................................................................................ 8 International Floorcoverings Australia .................235 James Hardie .........................................................................96 Jetmaster Fireplaces ........................................................40 King Living Furniture ...................................................... IFC Kresta Blinds ..........................................................................20 Laticrete.................................................................................. 201 Len Wallis Audio .................................................................138 Light This Light That ........................................................ 110 Lopi.............................................................................................. 39 Monier Roofing ...................................................................IBC

Paarhammer Windows ...................................................137 Phoenix Industries ..............................................................191 Plush Think Sofas ................................................................ 37 Proline Floors ........................................................................ 62 Rapid Effects .......................................................................237 Sandstone Art .....................................................................237 Schots Home Emporium ................................................151 Sovereign Interiors ...............................................................12 Stormtech ................................................................................. 16 Storybook Designer Homes ........................................123 Thermofilm...........................................................................209 Vintec ......................................................................................... 25 The Woodworkers Company ........................................72 Yardware ............................................................................... 202 Zip ........................................................................................... OBC


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Grand designs australia issue 5 5 2016  
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