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country 路 coast The rituals of family life are what a house should be designed around; architecture itself should not be the primary focus or the centre of attention. A house should provide the framework in which to live, be it reading a book in a library or cooking a meal for the family. Coastal architecture should acknowledge that a rural experience is fundamentally different to the experience of living in the city. A coastal house should place you in a landscape in a way that gives extra significance to the basic rituals of life. Coastal housing should be relaxed, low maintenance and integrated into the landscape, an experience that should be memorable and nurturing, like the qualities which we seek in the country itself.

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e are excited to be introducing new pages to Style + the city over the coming months and we hope you enjoy getting to know our city and its people just that little bit better. In this edition, Rick Eckersley shows us his own private Idaho on the Mornington Peninsula. We get to see first hand how he has achieved the perfect balance between work and play in his home and garden. We ask Rick to share with us his favourite plants to use – and the plants he would like to see less of. We think you might be surprised by his answer. Over the weeks, we’ll introduce you to interesting new places and faces, websites, creative arts and must-have fashion outfits and accessories. We will also be searching high and low for the best of the best when it comes to design for your home. There is lots to cover in this fabulous city – we look forward to sharing it all with you. We hope you’ll also share with us what you’d like to see in your magazine. \ sian macpherson

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or Rick Eckersley, the idea of the perfect weekend setting entails gentle, rolling hills abundant with eucalypts and native grasses. In pursuit of a getaway that would allow him the space and the freedom to do “whatever he pleases whenever he pleases”, Eckersley sought a country setting for a second home. After an insightful friend tipped him off about the ’80s-style house for sale at Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula, Eckersley was quick to realise the potential that lay beyond the English-style rose garden. The property’s large shed and guest cottage made it possible to combine work and leisure with separate spaces for designing and creating. The guest house was transformed into a landscape-design studio in which Eckersley could work continuEs » P34 32 The weekly review \ May 30, 2012

Island style: Miles in the open plan kitchen. Collaboration: Rick Eckersley and business partner Miles Broad. Dining: The original bronze Artichoke light is one of Rick’s favourite features.

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take it as red: The shed packs a contrasting punch. Reflection: The natural billabong beckons contemplation. Heirloom: A bed for sunbaking or star gazing. Home office: Natural inspiration lays outside the window.

Favouring a mix of plant varieties, the Eckersley Garden Architecture style is more a multicultural garden than strictly native in style. A FAst FivE Q & A Favourite plant at the moment? Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii – Beauty Bush, it has incredible winter berries. Most underrated plant? Scleranthus biflorus (pictured) – Beautiful moss-like grass that mounds into soft cushions Most overused plant? Definitely Magnolia Little Gem. Most beautiful garden you have ever seen? The moon garden in the Philippines. Favourite style of garden in any climate? Any garden that makes your soul respond. Gardens with mood and atmosphere.

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for his peninsula-based clients; his business partner, Miles Broad, helped to create a carefree, contemporary Australian garden sympathetic to the surrounding landscape. Both agree that the key to the success of the property’s sustainable garden is drainage – much consideration and preparation of the soil had been given to get the garden through wet spells, and deep mulch beds were built to get through the dry.

“The key to the success of the property’s sustainable garden is drainage.” The house itself also received an overhaul. With the blue-and-white chintz now gone, the house has been brought into the now through modern furnishings and open-plan living. A galley-style kitchen has made way for a more modern island bench, conducive to long cups of tea after a morning’s session tending the garden. Knocking down walls to create open-plan living spaces was first on the agenda. Ripping out carpets and replacing them with slate tiling throughout was the obvious choice to connect the exterior and interior spaces. Chosen for its practicality as well as its aesthetic continues » P37 May 30, 2012 \ The weekly review 35

Roma Vendetta When Jacques Cadry started his business in 1952, he knew the beauty of an original hand-woven rug was only part of the story. With each authentic pattern comes a unique heritage and history. His knowledge and passion for the stories behind each piece, has been passed down through generations of the Cadry family. In celebration of our 60th year, we invite you to view the Jan Kath collection.       

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Modern living: Contemporary furniture brings a new mood to the ’80s home. Bedroom: Charcoal walls accentuate pops of colour. Sculpture: Industrial artwork contrasts with the natural surrounds.

“Everything looks good against grey.” appeal, the slate-tile floor is not only able to withstand muddy boots and dusty winds, it also adds texture and visual interest to the open space. The kitchen’s charcoal-grey backdrop adds a sense of drama and ambience, while the limed lining boards of the pitched ceiling add a sense of height and lightness to the internal living areas. Eckersley maintains that “everything looks good against grey”, and chose to add accents of colour through pieces such as the red Rope Chair by Kenneth Cobonpue and original bronze Artichoke pendant hung over the dining table. It is the biological pool and natural billabong, however, designed and built by Eckersley with a jetty and pontoon, that gives the landscape the aspect of an oasis. Referred to as a “sweet water pool”, a man-made lagoon that encourages plant life, which in turn effectively filters the water ensuring no chemicals are needed. But while the bio pool offers a stunning watery vista, swimming in it is not to everyone’s liking. There are currently plans under way to include a salt chlorinator, which will mean the swimming water, separated from the plant life, will be less pond-like in terms of algae levels and slime. As is his nature, the garden and house are a continual work in progress for their current custodian. For now, though, reclining on a family-heirloom wrought-iron bed that is covered in plumped mattresses and worn linen, it would appear that Eckersley has found his nirvana within the landscape he has created. \ » GET THE LOOK » P41 May 30, 2012 \ The weekly review 37


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Arthur G Factory Furniture Sale Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June 9.00am to 5.00pm

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OBJECT OF DESIRE \ PH ArticHoke LigHt by PouL Henningsen


fast facts Designer \ Poul Henningsen Date \ 1958 country \ Denmark Materials \ copper, stainless steel, white concept \ Glare free, diffused light stockist \ cult Melbourne 9066 1177

anish designer Poul Henningsen began his long collaboration with Louis Poulsen Lighting in 1925. During his time at the celebrated lighting company, Henningsen’s pioneering work concerning the relationship between light structures, shadows, glare and colour reproduction came to the fore. Particularly interested in exploring man’s need for light with the way in which it is distributed though lampshades, Henningsen designed the PH Artichoke lamp based on 72 “leaves” on 12 steel arches. Designed to ensure the light source was not visible from any particular angle, the 12 rows of six leaves each offers diffused light with a unique pattern. Henningsen, a man of firm principles and ideals claiming “all political art is bad - all good art is political” is widely recognised as a thought provoker who liked to turn things upside down, much like the upside-down-looking Artichoke lamp. The original light shades was designed for the Langelinie Pavilion restaurant in Copenhagen in 1948, and are still hanging there today. In 2008, Loius Poulsen celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Artichoke Light with the release of 50 PH Artichoke lamps in gold. \ SM


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1. Sticky Light \ $800, Greg Hatton. 2. Red Sherlock Wheelbarrow \ $266, Silvan, 1300 745 826. 3. Tolix Stool 75cm \ $511.50 Thonet, 1800 800 777. 4. Granada Indoor Table \ $695 Jati, 9427 8452. 5. Butterfly Chair \ from $320, Angelucci 20th Century, 9415 8001. 6. Cobalt & Ink Paint \ Murobond, 5472 1586. 7. Hunter Original Tall Gumboot \ $169, Hunter Boots Australia, 9386 5544. 8. Panton Classic Chair \ $1955, Space Furniture, 9426 3000. 9. Myrtle Slate Flooring \ $79m2, Eco Outdoor, 9427 8911. (Ryan McVay \ THInKSTOCK)


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Why did some of Australia’s top chefs choose a Lacanche to cook on at home?

Possibly, it’s because they knew that since the late eighteenth century, the village of Lacanche in the heart of the Burgundy food and wine region has manufactured range cookers that have always been highly regarded by connoisseurs and lovers of good living. Over 200 years later each Lacanche is still handbuilt-to-order for each individual customer by this family

owned French company. Available in 15 models and a choice of 18 enamel colours or stainless steel, Lacanche range cookers offer many options including - gas burners, radiant or induction hobs, griddle plates, simmer plates, bain maries/steamers, fryers, planchas, gas, electric or convection ovens, warming cabinets - that can be added to suit your needs.

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Keep it real and get to know the masters behind the iconic chair of the century. Eames: The Architect & The Painter \ ACMI Federation Square, June 1-17.


When Mamasita’s queue leaves you queasy, head south of the city for the next best thing. Radio Mexico \ 11-13 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, 9534 9990.


In case you haven’t heard – it’s all about the jacket and Helmut Lang is the master of cuts. Helmut Lang Linen Viscose Suiting Jacket \ $770, Green with Envy, 1800 674 047.

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If you’re in the market for buttons of all shapes and sizes, coverings and finishes’ then Buttonmania holds the secret to all your design dilemmas. Buttonmania houses eight separate button and belt businesses and private collections to form one of the world’s most definitive collection of retailers and manufacturers – right in our very own city. Head to the Nicholas Building in the CBD to find the button you’ve been searching for.

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