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LUXURY HOMES La dolce vita Authenticity defines the architecture of this Italianate house, but its grandeur is tempered by a touch of playfulness


Winter wonderland This home in a mountain resort responds to the views and a need for ski-in, ski-out functionality


SPOTLIGHT ON INDONESIA Exotic, tropical and blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth, Indonesia offers visitors the impression they have discovered a rare treasure



INVESTING IN ISKANDAR Iskandar Malaysia continues to attract significant local and foreign investment, with all five flagship zones surpassing economic expectations



INTERIORS Artistic muse This eclectic interior was inspired by a painting and the ambience of luxury hotels


Chinoiserie meets chic Modern lifestyles bow to Chinese tradition in this bungalow, where the antique sits in harmony with the new


Strength of character This loft celebrates its industrial beginnings with a simple layout and sympathetic new materials


BATHROOMS Light touch A spacious, airy bathroom in a penthouse apartment Now you see me This dazzling powder room disappears within a tall column



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In a white room Custom wall panels wrap this entire powder room in white


Eastern appeal This powder room reflects a love of Japanese tradition


Private lives Bathrooms with multi-zones to allow flexibility of use


Well connected A bathroom that connects to its pristine mountain setting


KITCHENS Natural character This pared-back kitchen features warm wood surfaces


Changing places An interior rethink for a penthouse kitchen


Design to the fore This new kitchen is an integral part of the architecture



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We open this issue of Home & Apartment Trends by looking at two opulent, but very different retreats. A palatial city residence offers a chance to luxuriate in grand Italian style, while a vast, sprawling ski lodge presents the ultimate mountain village escape. An exotic tropical retreat and health spa in Java introduces our special section on Indonesia, followed by some of the newest and most sought-after residential developments in Jakarta. We also feature a range of properties in Iskandar Malaysia, which continues to attract significant local and foreign investment. Apartments and interiors are highlighted in this issue as well, followed by selections which reveal the latest trends in kitchens and bathrooms. Trends publications are also available as eBooks. This exponentially increases the potential audience for our featured designers and advertisers. Our readers benefit from the enhanced experience that eBooks provide, and of course, the environmental footprint of our publications is minimised.

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The home on our cover features a grand salon, topped by a glass roof. This internal courtyard space accommodates several formal living areas.

MesaStila resort in Central Java is set on the highest point of a former coffee plantation. The architecture and decor recalls the region’s Dutch Colonial past.

Natural wood and stone appear throughout this Japanese-look powder room. The basin has been carved from a single piece of grey granite.

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La dolce vita Authenticity defines the architecture of this Italianate house, but the formal grandeur of the interior is tempered by an engaging touch of whimsy and a sense of playfulness


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Integrity is a word often used by architects, but it is most aptly applied when an established architectural style is being reinterpreted for modern living. For architect Dan Nepp of TEA2 Architects, a commitment to integrity and authenticity informed the design of the Italianate house featured on these pages. “The house is in a prestigious suburb, on a large site,� says Nepp. “The neighbouring properties feature stately, gracious homes and this house needed to complement the scale and picturesque quality of the surroundings.

Above: A formal symmetry reinforces the grandeur of this Italian-style villa designed by TEA2 Architects. But although the arched openings to the loggia are large and enhance the substantial presence of the house, they are balanced by the intimate scale to the private balconies and rooms on the second level. Left: Entry to the house is through the front loggia, which is furnished with drapes, a rug, and inviting sitting areas.

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Above: Smoky blue walls contrast with the marble and cream-coloured joinery in the grand entry. The personality of the owners, one of whom has worked as an interior designer, is reflected in their choice of furnishings and artworks, which have an unexpected quality.


A Mediterranean architectural style was chosen by the owners, and it needed to be authentic in terms of its scale, materials and detailing. Strong, classical forms were essential, to balance the expected flourishes and enrichment of the interior the owners planned.” The formal gated entry leads to a large courtyard that follows the Italian tradition, harking back to a time before cars. These can be parked around the side of the house, ensuring that the formal grandeur and symmetry of the exterior are not compromised. Walls and columns are of stone – the precise

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pattern and size of each block was defined by the architects and laid with fine 6mm joints. And each arched opening features a carved keystone set in the authentic manner. Further evidence of the attention to detailing can be seen in the traditional wood-lined eaves and carved wood rafters that enrich the transition from stone walls to tiled roof. Nepp says the architecture was also driven by the owners’ desire for an atrium-style grand salon – a feature inspired by the great glazed barrel vaults so often seen in historic railway stations in Europe.

“The owners’ desire to have this open, airy space at the heart of the home drove the design,” he says. “The other rooms needed to wrap around this internal courtyard – this helped to determine the formal symmetry of the architecture.” The architect says a request for generous loggias at both the front and rear of the house was another design influence. With casual outdoor furniture and drapes softening the arched openings, the front loggia creates an inviting, glamorous entry. A touch of whimsy is also evident at the

entry, where two verses of a poem are etched into the marble floor. “We always recommend owners inject their own personalities into their home, and it was especially appropriate for this home that the owner’s fun, welcoming personalities were evident right from the entrance,” says Nepp. The entry is also designed to draw people through the house – there is a visual axis right through the grand salon and out to the loggia and landscaped gardens at the rear. “Natural light spilling into the grand salon draws you through,” says the architect.

Above: A whimsical poem is etched into the marble floor in the entry. The sense of arrival is further enhanced by the view through the house to the outdoors. Both the outlook and the light help to draw people through to the grand salon. The owners chose a mix of new and salvaged light fittings for the interior, all of which are in keeping with the Italian look.

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Facing page: Natural light floods the grand salon from the glass roof and double-height glazed walls. This internal courtyard accommodates the formal living spaces, including the dining area. Several furnishings, such as the lights, suggest a faded glory that counters some of the more playful elements. This page: A suspended room in the salon is an eyrie retreat for the owners, complete with a hanging day bed and traditional furnishings.

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Above: A hand-carved baldacchino and painted columns frame the rear wall of the kitchen. There is a second working kitchen behind the main kitchen, and refrigerators positioned on either side of the rear wall. Right: The family room features a triple fireplace custom built in stone. Green walls reinforce the link with the outdoors and create a playful counterpoint to the strong lines of the fireplace. The casual dining area doubles as a sunroom for the family.


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“The layering of spaces means that despite the openness of the grand salon, the entire home is not revealed at once. There is a suggestion of something more beyond.� The sense of anticipation is reinforced by a fusillade of open spaces defined by monumental stone columns, which lead through to the grand salon. Here, as the name suggests, everything is on a grand scale – from the soaring glazed barrel roof, windows and doors, to the stately columns and the scale of the furnishings, which include glittering chandeliers, large sofas and a 12-seat dining table.

Another unexpected and somewhat playful feature is a floating room suspended high above the salon at one end. Like a house within a house, this lantern-style structure features glazed walls that provide expansive views. “The owner had her heart set on a special room that would seemingly float at the end of the grand salon,” says Nepp. “The sensation of floating would be further heightened by two hanging daybeds.” Nepp says it was important that all the rooms surrounding the grand salon could take advantage of the natural light and airy quality.

The salon is consequently open to the kitchen, family room and sunroom. The attention to interior detailing can be seen in all these spaces, which reflect the owners’ unique style. An elaborate, armoire with a hand-carved, gilded cornice and painted Tuscan columns anchors the main kitchen, and custom carved lion legs introduce a touch of whimsy to the substantial island. “Much of the interior design was about breaking away from convention,” says Nepp. For example, the family room beside the kitchen features a triple fireplace hand carved

Top: Elaborate crown mouldings feature throughout the house, with many of the patterns replicating historical profiles. This girl’s room, which opens to a balcony, also features a papered ceiling. Above: In a break with convention, this room is a combination dressing room-bathroom – one of two bathroom spaces in the master suite. A glass door frames the view into an enticing shoe and accessory room.

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Architect: Dan Nepp, TEA2 Architects (Minneapolis, MN) Design team: Steve Nordgaard, Ann Carlson-Yunga, Tom Henningsen, John Yau, Ruth Foster, Colby Mattson and Andrea Peschel Swan, TEA2 Architects Interior designer: Owners Structural engineer: Mattson Macdonald Young Roofing: Vande Hey Raleigh concrete Spanish tile in black by Dalsin Roofing Doors and windows: Black clad by Loewen with custom front door and interior doors Flooring: Travertine; wood flooring supplied by Anderson Ladd Paints and varnishes: Benjamin Moore Recessed lighting: Iris Audiovisual systems: Lutron; designed by Enhanced Home Systems Blinds: Contemporary Blind Design Kitchen cabinets: Lacquered and stained wood Benchtops: Natural stone Bathtub: Victoria & Albert Amalfi Tub filler: Graff Bathroom floor tiles: Calacatta Classico Oro and Pasha White Mist onyx from Walker Zanger Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by David O Marlow

Above right and facing page: All the large arched openings feature carved keystones set in the traditional manner. The stonework on the walls and columns have fine, 6mm joints. This loggia, at the rear of the house, features an outdoor fireplace. Right: The pavilion-style indoor pool is flooded with natural light from a glazed roof. The columns are close to the water, enhancing the effect of a Roman bath.


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from stone. Colourful furnishings, green walls and a collection of portraits above the fireplace further enhance the relaxing, friendly ambience. Other key features of the home include a pavilion-style indoor pool, which has a glazed gable roof. An outdoor fireplace within the rear loggia overlooks the picturesque Italianate landscaping, with its rolling green lawns and a colonnaded seating area opposite. save | share | images Search 42232 at

Winter wonderland The layout of this multi-building house responds to the views and a need for ski-in ski-out functionality – the design calls to mind old mining structures that were once a familiar sight in the area


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Designing a home in a mountain resort can mean conforming to guidelines on architectural styles. However, it is possible to step away from the upscale rustic cabin forms typical of such developments, particularly when there is an alternative structural precedent to follow. For this house – by architect Barry Gehl and builders Rob McRae and Todd Thesing of Highline Partners – the owners wanted a design that would respond to resort restrictions but have a contemporary feel. The developer of this community had a new home guideline, that followed the rustic Montana look, says Gehl.

Above: Gabled roofs and shiplap cladding abound in this Montana house. However, this is only half the story – an exposed frame and specific structural treatments evoke the look of old mining buildings that once dotted the area. The three guest suites are to the right, with the great room and circulation tower to the left. Left: The master bedroom – with the lower chimney – has a self-contained feel, much like an old cottage.

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Left and above: An exoskeleton of chunky wood beams and extended rafters leads the eye beyond the house and invites contemplation of its structural makeup. The open design, combined with large sections of glass, allows vistas right through the house to the mountains beyond. Glazed pocket doors 3.65m high and 5.5m wide retract into a cavity between the indoor and outdoor fireplaces to merge the interiors with the alpine environment.


“However, mining industry structures were also once common in this landscape and we chose to reference these strong, raw forms instead to create a more edgy, modern feel.” To this end, the house was designed with a dramatic, highly visible wood structure that extends beyond the footprint of the interiors in some places, much like a wooden exoskeleton. Rob McRae says Gehl and the structural engineer worked through several possibilities to arrive at the intricate combination of raised shed roofs, supporting trusses and beams. “Diagonal steel tension members set into

giant trusses in the great room guard against seismic activity and winds. The chimney on the fireplace is steel, clad in stone, and this also anchors the house against lateral movement.” The exposed structure approach carries over to the connected buildings, too. “Of course, the other prominent material is glass, allowing the front of the home to open up to the views,” says Gehl. “On the street side smaller, cutout windows help create privacy.” The exterior walls are finished in shiplap cladding, specially dried in a microwave kiln to prevent warping in the dry alpine environment.

Facing page: Exposed rafters and beams ensure the architecture is part of the interior aesthetic as well. Waxed metal elements to the rear play up the industrial feel and contrast the warm hardwoods. Above: The corner cabinet in the dining area was designed by the architect for storage and for stereo speakers. Metal feet on the custom hardwood table continue the pairing of these two materials.

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Above: The sitting room is off the great room and provides a place for intimate conversation – important when the owner may have up to 20 visitors staying at any one time. Facing page: Going up? A climbing wall provides a white-knuckle ascent option for family and visitors. Two self-rappelling stations mean one person can climb without the aid of a partner. Metal door surrounds add to the home’s modern, industrial edge.


“The exposed structure naturally forms part of the interior aesthetic as well, with the look of the beams and stonework extended by slate and oak floors,” says the architect. “We introduced an industrial accent with the waxed metal finishes on the fir cabinets, some large door entries and the stairway.” In terms of layout, the house steps across the mountainside, with the position of each build element optimising views one way and privacy the other. Part of the brief to the architect and builder was to site the house so family and guests would be able to ski in and ski out.

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The segmented house comprises the great room, a four-level circulation tower – calling to mind a mine shaft tower – a master bedroom, four guest suites, garaging, and ancillary spaces, such as a ski-tuning room. Enclosed walkways connect the various spaces. The great room encompasses a dining area, kitchen and sitting room. Giant glass doors retract into a slot between the indoor and outdoor fireplaces, opening the interiors to an outdoor living area with an in-ground spa. “The tower accesses the garage at the first floor level, then the great room, followed by

Architect: Barry Gehl, Krannitz-Gehl Architects (Seattle, WA) Interior designer: Barbara Leland, Barbara Leland Interior Design Builder: Rob McRae, Todd Thesing Highline Partners Lighting design: Lightwire Cabinetry company: Wilson Cabinetry Structural engineer: Richmond So, Richmond So Engineers Cladding: German shiplap pattern with Cabot’s semi-transparent stain in Savannah Moss; rainscreen in rough-sawn cedar with Cabot’s semitransparent stain in Sagebrush Roofing: Monier Lifetile with Bonderized standing seam and concrete shake from Extreme Roofing Flooring: Concrete by Mirror Image; hand-scraped reclaimed red and white oak from Jacksons Hardwoods Doors and windows: Loewen aluminium with Heat Smart Plus System 1 from Montana Sash & Door Wallcoverings: Clove tile in Blackstock Leather; Diamond Plaster; Parker Paint Climbing wall: Entre-Prises Heating: GeoComfort GSHP vertical well geothermal retrofit by Harvey’s Plumbing and Heating Basins: Deco Lav Splashback: Mosaic, Incense Blend Taps: Grohe Tub: BainUltra Origami in Thunder Gray Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Benjamin Benschneider

walkways to the guest and master suites, and finally, a study on the top floor,” says Gehl. “However, climbing the stairs isn’t the only way to reach the top of this tower. “A local specialist in competitive climbing walls was asked to create one here for the stair tower. This had to be suitable for both novices and experienced climbers and have two selfarresting rappelling stations. We also stepped the wall away from the windows – this prevents any swinging accidents,” says McRae. Furniture choices further the back-country mining aesthetic and the contemporary accent.

The dining table is made from a large, uneven wood slab, while the angled corner cabinet was designed by the architect along modern lines. A year after building was completed, the house was retrofitted with a geothermal heating system, which draws on the warmth of the ambient ground temperature via deep wells. In an area served mainly by propane gas, this has resulted in savings of 75% on power bills. save | share Search 42238 at

Facing page: This guest suite builds on the exposed structural appeal, but tie-rods are used to hold the framing together rather than beams. Rungs on the ship’s ladder – designed by Gehl – extend across the wall to form a desk and shelving behind. This page: The master bedroom has a fireplace that looks as if it has been there for a hundred years. Doors to the bathroom are resin embedded with twigs – a whimsical touch in a home constructed mainly in wood.

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Paradise found Exotic, tropical and blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth, Indonesia offers visitors the impression they have discovered a rare treasure

An appeal to the senses A lush environment, historic colonial buildings and a raft of spa and wellness options ensure visitors to the MesaStila resort enjoy a rewarding stay


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Today’s traveller wants every convenience on tap, but a visit to Indonesia offers more exotic rewards than a wall-size television, silent air conditioning and 24-7 shopping. Remote, lush and tranquil, this tropical country encourages visitors to leave their cares at the airport and immerse themselves in its culture. MesaStila offers just such an escape from everyday cares, says manager Tamie Utami. “The retreat is defined by the environment in which it sits. MesaStila is surrounded by eight volcanoes and nestled within 22ha of active coffee plantation and tropical jungle,” she says.

The resort offers wellness activities with a Javanese and Indonesian flavour – such as batik drawing and pencak silat martial arts – set in and around buildings that reflect the days when the country was known as the Dutch East Indies. “Arriving guests are greeted at the reception building. This colonial-era wooden structure, with a Javanese-style roof is a move away from the heavy masonry designs long clung to by architects from the Netherlands. “Originally a railway station, the light, airy building was moved and reconstructed for a new lease of life at MesaStila,” Utami says.

Preceding pages: Set on the highest point of what was once a coffee plantation, the MesaStila resort offers a wellness experience in a lush location. Part of this is the Green Java restaurant, which serves healthy, nutritious fare. Coffee is still produced at the resort and the aromatic scent fills the air. These pages: Alongside the infinity pool, there are steam and sauna vents serving the authentic Turkish Hammam spa on the level below.

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Preceding pages: Built in 1927, the Clubhouse at MesaStila is the former homestead of the coffee plantation. Classic Javanese wood beam ceilings and panelling are offset by typically Dutch decorative tile flooring, in a blending of architectural styles. Above: The aptly named Plantation Villas enjoy the heady scent of the coffee trees that are still growing nearby.


MesaStila’s scenic location was once an expansive coffee plantation – the original homestead has been turned into the Clubhouse at the resort. Built in 1927, this building has classic Dutch colonial features, such as pillars, masonry walls and heavy interior woodwork. However, this Indo-European hybrid villa does feature some concessions to the climate, with its Javanese roof form and other general similarities with traditional cottages. “The Clubhouse is the heart of the MesaStila resort in many ways,” says Utami. “Everything from casual teas to large, formal gatherings are

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held here. Outside, a labyrinth-pattern pebble meditation provides a place to wander along and enjoy some peaceful contemplation.” The 23 guest villas at MesaStila effectively constitute a village, built on the top of the hill, right in the middle of what was originally the coffee plantation. Sizes range from 80m2 to 135m2 and all feature large living areas and verandas which take in the views of the manicured gardens, the verdant jungle, the sea and mountains. Each room has been rebuilt from a traditional Javanese wooden house and is decorated

with original antiques and local art collections. Coffee is still actively grown and produced at the MesaStila resort and the fragrance of coffee trees in bloom can be enjoyed from the onebedroom Plantation and Arum Villas. Ambar Villas offer two bedrooms, and the grand Bella Vista Villa comprises two freestanding and three adjoining historic villas – once part of a nearby royal court. This has five bedrooms, and its own pool and garden. Also built in the traditional open Javanese style, the spa restaurants, Java Green and Java Red, overlook the infinity-edge swimming pool

and adjacent paved areas. The pristine view is made the more distinctive by the copper-domed vents of the Turkish Hammam spa situated on the level below. While the health and wellness resort offers every contemporary convenience, it is the exotic setting that truly inspires guests, says Utami. “And the authentic historic architecture here helps capture their imagination. The Reception and Clubhouse buildings call to mind Java’s rich traditional culture and more recent colonial past. Guests have the sense of being in another time and place – a total escape.”

Above: The one-bedroom Arum Villas at MesaStila are lavishly furnished with traditional Javanese decor and antiques. Features include a large Mediterranean bathroom, a cosy day bed and a large balcony overlooking the spectacular views of Central Java’s mountains.

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Location: MesaStila, Central Java Developer: Mesa Hotel Resorts Story by Charles Moxham Photography courtesy of MesaStila

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Left: The illuminated exterior of the Clubhouse at dusk shows off the pillars and masonry walls typical of Dutch colonial architecture. Above: Formerly a railway station, the reception building at MesaStila was relocated and reconstructed on site. The building reflects the merging of traditional Javanese and European styles.


Forward thinking Many new condominium projects in Jakarta will be launched over the next year, as abundant supply keeps the market competitive, says Cushman & Wakefield


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High prices and the scarcity of land in Jakarta have made middle-segment apartments an attractive option for property buyers. And although sales activity is expected to slow a little, developers are optimistic. The latest property market report from Cushman & Wakefield says Central Bank regulations on the new minimum down payment for

second property mortgages have slightly affected sales. But at the end of 2013, the middle-segment condominium market still dominated, contributing 53.2% of the total sales for the year. And the total units of future supply have exceeded the total number of existing units, following numerous launches during 2013. An extra 12,500 new condominium units were

launched between October and December alone, from 23 newly launched projects, bringing the total proposed supply in the Greater Jakarta area to 122,152 units. New projects launched in the fourth quarter were dominated by the middle segment market (55.8%), followed by the upper-middle (25.1%) and upper segment (19.1%). The optimism shown by

developers reflects the state of the Indonesian economy, says the report. “Despite slower growth, the economy maintained its positive momentum during 2013 and is expected to have achieved a growth rate of 5.6-5.8% for the full year.� Inflation during 2013 was 7.8%, up from 4.3% in 2012. The stock market saw a sharp decrease in the last quarter,

Facing page: Crisp, contemporary architecture defines the new Verde luxury apartment development in the Jakarta CBD, which is being managed and marketed by Cushman & Wakefield. The real estate services firm, founded in 1917, advises and represents clients on all aspects of property occupancy and investment. Above: Verde is designed to be a tropical green oasis in the middle of the city.

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Above: High ceilings and panoramic views are features of apartments in the new Verde development. The latest Jakarta property market report by Cushman & Wakefield says that due to the scarcity of land in the CBD and high prices, the majority of new condominium projects will be in other areas, such as Tangerang and South Jakarta. Facing page: Tropical landscaping at Verde is maximised in the public areas.


which was down 10.9%, and the Rupiah depreciated 26.7% over the entire year. New projects completed during the last quarter of 2013 include Green Central (Tower Cerberra) in Gajah Mada, Silkwood Residences (Tower Oak) at Alam Sutera, ParkView Condominium in Depok, and Skyline Apartment (Tower A-Paramount Skyline) in Serpong.

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Cushman & Wakefield says the majority of the proposed projects will be located in Tangerang (20.0%), followed by South Jakarta (14.7%). Projects in the prime and CBD areas represent just 4.9% and 4.6% of the future supply. The condominium price trend continued to increase, along with the growth of inflation and land prices. The report says middle

class condominium prices range from Rp 13 million to Rp 20 million per m2; the upper-middle class prices range from Rp 20 million to Rp 30 million per m2; and the upper class price range is above Rp 30 Million per m2. However, the report says the large future supply will ensure the market remains competitive. In the rental market, the

report says asking rates for both purpose-built rental apartments and serviced apartments are likely to increase early in 2014. Frasers Residence Menteng and Ascott Kuningan are scheduled for completion in the early part of 2014, adding 308 units to the supply. And approximately 49,000 condominium-for-lease units are scheduled to enter the market over the next three


years, increasing pressure on the occupancy rates of the other two sub-sectors. In the past year, occupancy rates for rental apartments in Jakarta have been maintained, although Cushman & Wakefield has observed a slight change in the tenancy profile. There has been an increase in expatriate tenants in the condominium-for-lease subsector. Expatriates still hold

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the majority of units in both serviced apartments and purpose-built rental apartment sub-sectors, with local clients holding most condominiumfor-lease units. Both the condominium-forlease and serviced apartment sub-sectors continued to experience positive growth, while the supply of purpose-built rental apartments remained at the same level.

The report says the highest occupancy rate recorded was for purpose-built rental apartments and associated sub-sectors. This stood at 84.2%, a 4.2% annual increase. Serviced apartments however, suffered a slight quarter decrease of 0.1%, taking the level to 81.7%, which marks a 1.4% annual decrease. The decrease was mainly caused by the expiration of long-stay

tenancies, due to the December holiday season. The occupancy rate in the condominium-for-lease market declined to 58.4%, down 0.4% for the quarter and 1.1% for the year. Local tenants still dominated the sector, occupying 58% of the total leased units, however, the number of expatriates had increased 5% over the previous quarter.

More than 1700 new units in the condominium-for-lease market were supplied, following the completion of six major projects – Grand Palace Kemayoran (Tower Catania, Dario and Genova), Green Central (Tower Cerberra), The Residence@Dharmawangsa, Grand Center Point (Tower C), Silkwood Residences (Tower Oak), and Serpong Greenview (Tower Cotton Wood).

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Facing page: The Senayan Residence is an established apartment in Jakarta managed by Cushman & Wakefield. . Above: A landscaped pool area, complete with shade trees and water features, is a key drawcard for residents to the Senayan Residence.

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Icon of the city The tallest residential property of its kind in central Jakarta sports a sleek architectural facade – Domaine is a beacon for anyone seeking a premium inner-city lifestyle With upmarket hotels and the main business district as neighbours, any new development has a lot to live up to. Architecturally dynamic with grand public spaces and refined interiors, the new Domaine residential complex stands tall at the heart of the Jakarta Central Business District. Ideally located directly adjacent to the Shangri-La Hotel and Shangri-La Residences, Domaine is another joint venture for developers Lyman Group, Kerry Group, and Salim Group. This central city address is also close to major lifestyle hubs and will enjoy direct access

to Jalan Sudirman and Jalan KH Mas Mansyur. The new development more than lives up to its illustrious location. Domaine comprises two sculptural towers set on a landscaped 1.2ha complex, complete with a retail podium, and world-class recreation and health facilities. The tallest residential property in Jakarta to feature a shimmering double-glazed curtain wall facade, Domaine was designed by noted Singapore architect firm SCDA. The towers will be a landmark addition to the city. And the individual apartments at Domaine are equally impressive. Every unit has 8m-wide

Facing page: Designed by a leading Singaporean architect, Domaine offers a dramatic addition to the central Jakarta cityscape. The twintower residential complex is close to major arterial routes as well as the city’s business and lifestyle hubs. Top: Warm welcome – the entry to Domaine is refined and understated, in keeping with its 5-star neighbours. Above: A swimming pool is one of many residents-only facilities.

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Top: Public spaces and dining areas are ideal for entertaining business guests, friends and family. Above: All individual units are finished to a very high specification, with an emphasis on contemporary, neutral decors.


and 3m-high floor-to-ceiling windows in both the living and dining rooms, ensuring interiors are spacious and flooded with natural light. In addition, all units in the high-spec towers will enjoy sweeping city panoramas. Along with the advantage of a prestigious address, Domaine offers a different kind of luxury – that of space and privacy. There are only four units per floor to ensure exclusivity. The recreational facilities include a gym, spa and sauna; a large swimming pool on level two, a yoga pavilion and children’s playground. There is also a jogging path through the verdant

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grounds, soon to be dotted with mature trees. A sky terrace offers breathtaking views of the Indonesian capital. Security includes card access to facilities and lifts, full surveillance, and video phones. Smoke, gas, and fire sensors and a back-up generator bring complete peace of mind for all residents. For details, phone (+62) 21 5790 5550. Email: Web: save | share Search 43271 at

Above: The indoor-outdoor sky terrace sets residents of Domaine at the top of the world. Left: All apartments in the high-end complex enjoy spectacular views of Jakarta.

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Power play A sedan that matches world class performance with luxury features that make life easy on the go – the new BMW 5 Series stands apart 48

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Improving on a good thing isn’t always easy, but when an already hugely popular executive business sedan is reinvented, it makes sense that everything from looks and performance to sheer comfort will be taken to the next level. BMW prides itself on always staying ahead of the competition, and the revision of the BMW 5 Series, including features suited to Indonesia, is a good example of this, says president director BMW Indonesia, Ramesh Divyanathan. “BMW has demonstrated with the 5 Series how a model can be optimised to match market demand through a raft of innovative measures.

“Several aspects of the BMW 5 Series sedan have been revisited. The car’s exterior has been refreshed, enhancing its good looks.” The sedan has many features simply designed to make short or long-distance driving hassle free. The iDrive Controller, for example, has a touch-sensitive surface – an address can be entered into the BMW Navigation System Professional by finger touch on the Controller. The navigation system is also preloaded with a map of Indonesia – running late because you are lost is a thing of the past. In addition, the new BMW 5 Series offers customers a full

rear-seat entertainment system complete with tablet-style displays and a Harman Kardon Surround Sound system. Yet another touch of BMW driving luxury is the inclusion of a Dakota leather comfort seat. “This series takes the driver and passenger experience to the next level,” Divyanathan says. For more on the BMW 5 Series sedan, go to the BMW Indonesia website:

These pages: Sleek, powerful and quick to turn heads, the BMW 5 Series sedan makes a strong statement in terms of good looks and improved driver comfort. The updated luxury car includes iDriver Controller with handwriting recognition capability. The upgraded BMW 5 Series also features leather comfort seating.

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Live, work, play With an office tower, two apartment towers and a retail area all set within a tropical landscape, L’Avenue in South Jakarta is transforming the whole concept of an integrated development Above: A private oasis in the heart of the city – L’Avenue in South Jakarta offers an all-in-one lifestyle. With two apartment towers, a commercial tower, retail and entertainment facilities, the living is easy. An expansive landscaped pedestrian precinct is a key drawcard. Facing page: Amenities include a retail mall and a resort-style landscape with a swimming pool and shade trees. There is also a tennis court for residents’ use.


A competitive real estate market has a great spin-off for potential buyers – architectural innovation, high-end amenities and lush landscaping are just the start. L’Avenue is a development that puts it all within reach. Strategically located in Gatot Subroto – Pancoran, South Jakarta, this mixed-use project is just minutes away from the Golden Triangle business hub.

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L’Avenue comprises two 29-storey apartment towers, one office tower with an eyecatching curved facade, and a one-level retail hub. The three distinctive buildings are grouped around an attractive, open landscape that provides a pedestrian precinct, complete with shade trees, pavilions, grass and water features. Residents can also enjoy other amenities, including a

swimming pool, fitness centre, club house, jogging track, spa and tennis court. Developed by PT Bintang Rajawali Perkasa, L’Avenue offers 341 residential units in the South Tower and 249 in the North Tower, with tranquil sky gardens on Levels 9 and 21. The apartments offer a mix of one-, two-, and threebedroom units, all of which are finished to a high standard and

semi furnished. The floors in the living and dining room and main bedrooms are marble. And the kitchens feature wood cabinetry, marble countertops and cooking appliances. The residences also have high ceilings, and floor-toceiling windows ensure there is plenty of natural light, while full sun is screened. With shops, restaurants, cafés and entertainment

facilities available on site, all lifestyle requirements are catered for. Contact PT Bintang Rajawali Perkasa, Jl Raya Pasar Minggu Kav 16, Pancoran, Jakarta Selata, Jakarta 12780. Tel: (+62) 21 791 800 88. Web: save | share Search 43172 at

Facing page: L’Avenue in Gatot Subroto – Pancoran, South Jakarta is just minutes from the business centre that is the Golden Triangle, yet it is a world away in terms of peace and quiet. Top and above: Attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the development, from the sky pool to the sky gardens that bring nature right into the residential towers.

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Crowning glory Luxurious finishes, lush landscaping and a lifestyle and location to envy – LeParc is the jewel in the heart of Jakarta that brings it all together


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There are myriad benefits to living in the city, including being close to offices, shops, restaurants and public transport. But one thing most people don’t expect in the CBD is a lushly landscaped sanctuary offering high-end residences within a park setting, with every modern amenity. LeParc in Thamrin Nine, developed by PT Putra Gaya Wahana and designed by renowned architectural firm WATG, is exactly such a resort-style development. There are four residential buildings with different characteristics on two hectares of

land. Three are low-rise buildings – LeParc Mansion, Townhomes and Terraces. These will be followed by LeParc High Rise, which will be built in Phase 2. LeParc Mansion offers a modern interpretation of the classic contemporary architecture of the early 20th-century, which was popular during the Dutch Colonial era. This luxury residence is designed to appeal to discerning local and international clients wanting a prestigious address and a world-class lifestyle. On the interior, a vast atrium creates a

lush tropical greenhouse with a cascading fountain. The apartments themselves also offer a unique residential experience, with an emphasis on elegant urban living, says Thomas Elliott, director of design for PT Paramita Abirama Istasadhya (PAI), the interior designer. “I set out to create living spaces that are reminiscent of great European apartments,” he says. “The interiors are light and airy, with high ceilings, and the rooms flow from one to the other. A simple, enduring palette is employed throughout.

Facing page: An oasis of green living – LeParc is a resort-style sanctuary in the heart of the Jakarta CBD. Three of the four planned buildings in the low-density development are low rise, and they are set within a green, tropical landscape. LeParc Mansion, shown here, references traditional Dutch Colonial architecture. LeParc Townhouses and Terraces have a more contemporary design. Above: The idyllic resort nature of the development is evident in the shared amenities, which include a swimming pool with lounging terraces. There are also numerous other water features throughout the landscape.

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Above: Apartments and penthouses in LeParc Mansion include both tropical modern or Menteng Art Deco transitional designs. This apartment is finished in the Menteng Art Deco transitional style, with the foyer setting the tone for the entire interior. Right: The dining room of the same apartment features decorative black screens. Facing page: Contemporary interior design defines the interiors of the LeParc Townhomes. Crisp materials reinforce the clean-lined look, while the wood accents warm the space visually.


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“Window surrounds and architrave profiles complement the rooms, introducing soft shadow detailing. The design also offers polished marble floors that will accent the interior architecture, giving each space a real sense of drama.� LeParc Townhomes have a more contemporary character. These multi-level units embrace the central park and several units come with their own lap pool. The Terraces at LeParc is a luxury, 13-storey condominium located on the east side, directly facing the central park

and swimming pool. With a choice of tropical modern or Menteng Art Deco transitional design, these units have spacious open-plan living areas well suited to entertaining. Environmental sustainability was a key design driver for the development. Windows are double glazed, and the air conditioning system provides power savings. Several units have solar panels that generate heat for hot water. All of the facilities provide five-star accommodation. LeParc has signed an

agreement with the adjacent Waldorf Astoria Hotel, which means residents will be able to use the hotel’s á la carte services in LeParc, such as a concierge, laundry and room service. Other amenities at LeParc include a business centre, badminton court, jogging track and children’s playground. LeParc is close to shopping arcades, offices, hotels, restaurants, a school, sports hall, cinema, ballroom and MRT station. “LeParc’s location is second to none and I am proud to be involved in such an important project,” says Elliott. “It is

a very rare thing to have such low-rise, garden-type apartments in the centre of a major urban area as Jakarta.” For more details, contact PT Putra Gaya Wahana, UOB Plaza 40th Floor, Jl MH Thamrin No 10, Jakarta 10230, Indonesia. Tel: (+62) 21 2993 7299. Email: Or visit the website: save | share Search 42408 at

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Savouring success A new loft-style development in Jakarta has caught the imagination of an increasingly sophisticated market – Gayanti City already has buyers on the waiting list


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Lifestyle developments often have a theme that sets the tone for the entire project. For the new Gayanti City development in Jakarta, it’s the trendy New York lifestyle on offer that is proving a major drawcard for buyers. The loft-style apartments are modelled on the character Tony Stark’s apartment in the Iron Man movies – they have a minimalist vibe that makes

them the ideal urban bachelor pad. Polished concrete, stainless steel and wood enhance the look of sleek efficiency. Equally popular are the two-bedroom units that capture the fashionable lifestyle of Carrie Bradshaw from the Sex and the City show. These units are colour co-ordinated and lavishly furnished. Co-ordinating marketing agent, Jones Lang LaSalle

Indonesia, has partnered with the developer, Pt Buana Pacific International. The company says more than 100 units sold at the launch in a single day, and there are buyers on the waiting list. The company says there is a strong demand for well-located projects that deliver a quality lifestyle. Gayanti City is located at the junction of Jalan Jenderal Gatot Subroto and Jalan

Kapten Tendean, just outside the 3 in 1 traffic restricted area. For more details, contact Pt Buana Pacific International, Jalan Gatot Subroto Kav 2, Jakarta Selatan 12710, Indonesia. Tel: (+62) 21 2930 5310. Email: Web: save | share Search 43254 at

Facing page and above: Gayanti City in the heart of Jakarta is a new lifestyle development by Pt Buana Pacific International. The project features a mix of loft-style units and lavishly furnished two-bedroom units, inspired by movie characters Tony Stack of Iron Man, and the television character Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City. Above left, top and lower: Masculine meets feminine – both apartment styles are proving highly sought after.

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Height of luxury Now and again there is a game-changer in the world of international air travel – such is the new Boeing fleet from Garuda Indonesia Above: The new Garuda Indonesia Boeing 777-300ER houses a total of 314 seats. There are eight First Class suites, 38 Business Class seats, and 268 Economy Class seats. Whether travelling First Class, Business or Economy, every Garuda passenger enjoys spacious cabins, ergonomic seats and attentive service personal on these state-of-the-art airliners.


Refinement and prestige have returned to air travel. The famous 1970s jet age, with its non-stop in-flight parties and the thrill of supersonic travel – these images of style and privilege are conjured afresh in a new fleet of aircraft set to grace the skies over Asia and around the world. Garuda now presents the Boeing 777-300ER. Five-time winner of the Leading Edge

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Best Aircraft award, the Boeing 777-300ER offers unsurpassed comfort, says Djunadi Putra Satrio, vice president marketing of Garuda Indonesia. “Our airline has also attracted the Skytrax Award in 2013 as World’s Best Economy Class and Best Economy Airline Seat – an achievement that we are very proud of.” In-flight facilities in the fleet of sleek new airliners are

offered in three all-new classes – a new First Class Service of unprecedented luxury, the roomy, New Business Class and the New Economy Class. “There are eight First Class suites featuring spacious, ergonomic seats that can be converted into a full flat bed with a comfortable mattress. Twenty-five custom settings ensure the seating and sleeping is tailored to your personal

needs. The sense of lavish personal space is enhanced by a refined, finely detailed cabin interior and generous additional storage space.” An on-board chef serves sumptuous fine cuisine from countries around the globe, and the latest in-flight entertainment is a touch a way via a personal 23.5in-wide LCD screen. Free in-flight connectivity is available for WiFi.

The live television service and connectivity are offered in all classes, and are free for First Class fliers. The Business Class is also extremely well appointed, with a revolutionary seating layout designed to enhance in-flight privacy. All 38 Business Class seats are in a staggered layout, so each guest enjoys direct aisle access. “We want everyone who

flies on the Boeing 777-300ER to enjoy the ultimate Garuda Indonesian experience and feel the best of world-renown Indonesian hospitality,” says Satrio. To reserve your flight via Garuda’s 24-hour call centre, tel: (+62) 21 2351 9999. Website: save | share Search 43267 at

Top left and top The spacious First Class seating on Garuda’s new Boeing 777-300ER transforms into a comfortable bedroom suite. Every convenience, including superb inflight entertainment, is considered in the new jets that put the glamour back into international air travel. Above left and above: First Class seats offers 25 custom settings while the Economy Class won the Skytrax Award 2013 as World’s Best Economy Class and Best Economy Seat.

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Jewel in the crown Iskandar Malaysia continues to attract significant local and foreign investment, with all five flagship zones surpassing economic expectations

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Frontier of growth It was launched just seven years ago, but already Iskandar Malaysia has become the nation’s powerhouse of economic growth. Knight Frank highlights progress to date A wealth of committed investment for Iskandar Malaysia will continue to ensure the region’s economic contribution to Johor and Malaysia is significant. The latest market report from leading real estate services firm Knight Frank says that since its inception at the end of 2006, Iskandar Malaysia has made great progress in attracting both local and foreign investment. The report says cumulative investment breached its target of RM100 million at the end of 2013, with the total cumulative committed investment for the


region from 2008 to October 2013 being RM129.42 billion. “With the residential sector forming 33.66% of this investment, about 65% (RM84.61 billion) is from local investors and the balance of 35% (RM44.81 billion) is from foreign investors. Realised investments already account for around RM56.32 billion, or 44% of the total.” Iskandar Malaysia is now in its second phase of development – strengthening and growth. Several key developments in all five flagship zones have been completed

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or are approaching completion. These include physical and soft infrastructure, and catalytic projects. Key developments include Johor Premium Outlets, Legoland Malaysia and Legoland Hotel, Gleneagles Medini, Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios, Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park, Netherland Maritime Institute of Technology, Management Development Institute of Singapore, prominent schools and universities, the Kota Iskandar State Administrative Centre and the Port of Tanjung Pelapas.

“The Johor property market had been stagnant for 10 years in terms of property development and prices compared to Kuala Lumpur and Penang,” the report says. “However, property prices started to escalate steeply from mid 2012. Most of the property launches have been focused on high-rise condominium-apartments, and take-up rates have been good, especially from foreign purchasers. Typically, Singaporean buyers account for between 35 and 50% of all sales. Most of these units are acquired for investment purposes,

and/or to be utilised as weekend and holiday homes.” Significant land transactions in 2013 include major acquisitions by Mah Sing Group in Plentong, R&F Properties in Johor Bahru, Hao Yuan Investment Pte Ltd and Capitaland Malaysia and Termasek Holdings in Danga Bay, and BCB Heights Sdn Bhd in Medini. “Currently, there is still much hype over the 902ha free trade zone known as Medini Township at Nusajaya,” the report says. “It will continue to be the hot spot,

Preceding pages: Puteri Harbour is one of the more scenic development areas in Iskandar Malaysia. The latest property market report from Knight Frank Johor Bahru notes that Iskandar Malaysia continues to be an attractive investment option, of particular interest to Singaporeans. These pages: Paradiso Nouva in Medini Zone A is a 382-unit project by Zhuoyuan Iskandar, a joint venture between China’s Zhuoda Group and Iskandar Investment Berhad. Facilities include a Sky Lounge with rooftop deck, a gymnasium, lap pool, children’s pool and sauna. The security system includes guard patrols and a guard house.

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the jewel of Iskandar Malaysia, due to its special economic zone status, whereby it is granted substantial tax breaks. This includes exemption from the Real Property Gains Tax and minimum purchase price threshold for foreign purchasers.” The report says Iskandar Malaysia will continue to be an attractive investment destination, especially for Singaporeans. This is largely due to the strong Singapore dollar, world-class infrastructure, enhanced connectivity, and the various catalytic industries in Nusajaya.


Strong support from state and federal governments, as well as an influx of SMEs from Singapore, could also create more employment opportunities. “In addition, the warming of the bilateral relationship between Malaysia and Singapore and other ASEAN countries augurs well for the future development of Iskandar Malaysia. China, Japan and South Korea are potential countries that would likely contribute to the future FDIs in Iskandar Malaysia.” The report says the region is on track

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to achieve its goals, with continuity in the implementation of planned programmes under a stable and engaging government. For more information, contact Knight Frank, Suite 3A.01, Level 3A Bangunan Pelangi, Jalan Biru, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Tel: (+607) 338 2888. Mobile: (+6012) 708 3880. Fax: (+607) 332 6788. Web: save | share Search 43177 at

Facing page, top and lower: The Sky Lounge (top) and service residence interior (lower) typify the high standard of specification at Suasana. Above: Iskandar Malaysia is attracting investment in a wide range of industries. Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios is an integrated media production facility on a 20ha site in Nusajaya, Johor Bahru. Far left and left: There are many significant attractions, both historic and new, in Iskandar Malaysia. Shown here are Kota Iskandar, the administrative capital, and Legoland Malaysia.

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On the water With its fully integrated waterfront master plan, Tropicana Danga Bay offers an holistic urban lifestyle with every convenience A pioneering property development in the heart of Iskandar Malaysia is setting a new benchmark for modern urban living. Tropicana Danga Bay, developed jointly by Tropicana Corporation Berhad (formerly known as Dijaya Corp Bhd) and Iskandar Waterfront Sdn Bhd, is a mega mixed-use development that is transforming the 182ha Danga Bay area into a vibrant waterfront metropolis. The development is strategically located, just a 10-min drive to Singapore via Causeway Link, and a 15-minute


drive to Legoland, Hello Kitty Town and Edu-city. It is linked to all the major highways in Johor, which makes it a desirable place to stay and invest. The dynamic RM8.3 billion project has been designed to provide an holistic blend of upscale lifestyle properties, high-end commercial premises and a wide range of retail and entertainment facilities, including a 1 million sq ft luxury-brand shopping mall. To enhance connectivity and encourage a healthy lifestyle, the entire community is

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linked by pathways and sky bridges. It is designed as a pedestrian precinct, which merges seamlessly with the natural 2ha waterfront central park. The first phase of the development, Tropez Residences, launched in 2011, is fully sold, The newly launched Bora Residences offer a wide range of luxury residences, ranging from 694sq ft to 1500sq ft, with limited edition penthouses at 3300sq ft. The multi-tier security system includes a digital lockset with CCTV and video recording at key points.

Green design initiatives have been incorporated into the building design. These include an automated waste system, the first to be implemented in Johor. For details, contact Tropicana Danga Bay Sdn Bhd, Lot PTB 22902, Teluk Danga, Persiaran Abu Bakar, Sultan, Johor Bahru 80200, Malaysia. Tel: (+607) 2341 585. Web: save | share Search 43187 at

Facing page and above: Tropicana Danga Bay offers luxury waterfront living, with an integrated freehold development close to Johor Bahru City and just 10 minutes from Singapore via Causeway Link. The waterfront development offers a mix of commercial and retail premises, including a luxury mall (above), and upscale residences in high-rise buildings, all set within a lush tropical landscape. Left: The project features linked walkways, including a waterfront boardwalk, tunnels and sky bridges that connect all areas, expanding business opportunities. All images are artist impressions.

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Added flavour Passion or preference – there are plenty of ways to give a modern interior a touch of individuality


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Artistic muse This eclectic interior was inspired by a painting and the ambience of luxury hotels No matter how complex an interior design project, there is sometimes just one dramatic idea at its heart. This house, one of two on a subdivided corner block, was already under construction when interior designer Massimo Speroni stepped in. However, he was in time to work with the owner to make some minor structural tweaks to maximise floor space and improve flow. To this end, walls were repositioned in the dining area and a dividing wall was erected between the kitchen and living areas to give more bench and storage space. In addition, two small windows were removed from the living area to provide sufficient unbroken space for an all-important feature wall. In terms of interior decor, the client wanted a home with personality and a wow factor. It also had to reflect the level of luxury you might expect in a five-star hotel, says Speroni. “My main inspiration was the 19th-century painting Romans of the Decadence, which the owners had seen in Paris. I had this reproduced as a washable vinyl wallpaper mural and hung on the living room wall.” Rich finishes and furnishings are all inspired by the mural, with elements such as goldpainted corbels, dado rails, ornate frames and heavy drapes contributing to the atmosphere. Modern Italian furniture adds playful contrasts. “Pasha armchairs from Pedrali are the shape of classical wing chairs, but being transparent, they are almost invisible within the design,” says Speroni. “High-gloss ceramic tiles bring uniformity and together with the mirrors, help reflect light through the spaces. “The sense of lightness is continued in the kitchen with Louis Ghost chairs, also in clear polycarbonate, and a sparkling chandelier.” In the master bedroom, a bespoke king-size headboard in white velvet, Mystere Snow from Warwick, furthers the plush aesthetic.

Preceding pages and left: Light is everywhere in this interior by Massimo Speroni, who created a textured wallpaper print of a Renaissance-style painting to lead the aesthetic of the design. Top and above: A screensaver displays a section of the painting, so the television can hide in plain sight – as do the clear Pasha Italian wing chairs. A zebra-pattern rug adds to the eclectic nature of Speroni’s lavish interior scheme.

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Interior, kitchen and landscape designer: Massimo Speroni, Massimo Interiors (Melbourne) Builder: Jeff Sarkis, Zealous Group Roofing: CSR Monier tiles in Charcoal Tiling: Lumina Bianco ceramic tiles; Elite Grey Polish ceramic tiles Flooring: Elite Grey Polish ceramic tiles; Braewood carpet in Grey Haze Wallcoverings: Dulux Lexicon Quarter Security/home automation: Hills Voicenav by DAS Heating system: MXZ series, Split System by Mitsubishi Electric Windows: Aluminium powdercoated in Woodland Grey Skylights: Massimo Interiors Blinds and curtains: Mystere Snow from Warwick; Dresden Ivory from Charterhouse Lighting: Living room, Iconic Arco floor lamp; dining room, antique clear Krystal Chandelier from Meizai Furniture: Living room, Pasha armchairs by Pedrali, Stone Stools by Kartell, Saarinen Tulip side table; dining area, Philippe Starck Louis Ghost chairs; Saarinen Tulip table Kitchen cabinetry: Laminate in Arctic White with lustre finish, and Asian Night with matt finish Benchtops: Quantum Quartz, in Luna White Tap: Hey Joe sink mixer by IB Rubinetterie; Zip Hydrotap Sink: Franke Oven: Bellissimo by Technika Cooktop: Ilve, gas Ventilation: Technika Refrigeration: Westinghouse Virtuoso Dishwasher: Asko, integrated Bathroom vanity: Quantum Quartz in Luna White Basin: Imperial Ware Wesley Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Stu Morley

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Top right: The landing on the upper level also features mirrors to bounce light and increase the feeling of spaciousness. Centre right and far right: Themes of transparency and reflection continue in the master bedroom. An embossed silver wallpaper wraps around three walls in the room. Right: A cantilevered vanity, large mirror and glass shower walls add visual space in the ensuite bathroom.


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Chinoiserie meets chic Modern lifestyles bow to Chinese tradition in this new bungalow, where the antique sits in harmony with the new

Our homes are invariably an expression of who we are and where we have come from – our passions, preferences, and not least of all our heritage. As this project shows, this can make for a lively interior, where the past sits alongside the new in perfect harmony. Terri Tan, an interior design consultant at Designworx in Singapore, says the owners of this new four-storey bungalow


have a connection with China – one of the owners is from Shanghai. “The couple wanted the interior to reflect this connection, but in a modern way,” she says. “Essentially they requested a contemporary Chinese style that the French refer to as Chinoiserie – it needed to be warm, with traditional Chinese accents.” Tan says Designworx was

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involved in the project right from the architectural planning stage, which meant the team had an opportunity to explore a more customised approach to space planning compared to other interior projects. “Spaces were planned and configured according to the family’s needs.” Additional inspiration for the design came from some of the owners’ existing antique

furniture, and their desire for a colour scheme that would not date. Tan says the scheme had to be neutral enough to complement the Chinois look. In the main entrance is a timber-framed partition with textural translucent Italian glass inserts. This forms a decorative backdrop to two antique armchairs and a Chinese cupboard. It also provides a degree of separation for the

living room, and screens the powder room on the other side of the entry. Celadon green armchairs with a Modernist feel are teamed with a chic corner sofa in white linen in the living area. The room is punctuated with black and white accents – a grand piano adds a touch of drama, as does a recessed ceiling with cove lighting and champagne gold-effect paint.

Preceding pages: Antique Chinese furniture creates a warm, welcoming entry to this new bungalow. The wood-framed partition is inset with textural Italian glass. These pages: Because the owners love to entertain, the living room, kitchen and dining room flow together. Designer Terri Tan of Designworx chose a neutral backdrop to highlight a bold black, white and Celadon green colour palette with warm timber accents.

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Preceding pages: Key decorative features in the bungalow include a metal screen in the dining room, which incorporates a Chinese knot pattern. Ebony walls in the entertainment room have niches for Star Wars collectibles. Top: Wood, marble and innovative lighting impart a sense of mystery to the master bathroom. Above: Dark wood creates a warm, cosy setting for the attic study.


“The beauty of the paint finish in the recessed ceilings is the textural quality,” says Tan. “It is not flat, like ordinary paint. Instead it has a subtle sheen like wallpaper.” Because the bungalow looks out on the surrounding greenery, there are sheer curtains in the living area that don’t block the view. Tan says the owners love to cook and entertain, and

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frequently host large parties, so the formal dining room is close to the kitchen for easy socialising. A decorative metal screen framed in wood helps to separate these areas from the entry lobby. “The motif in this wall was inspired by a Chinese knot,” says Tan. “The end result is a feature wall that looks very contemporary, yet retains a warm classical feel.”

A marble table top and another recessed ceiling with cove and pendant lighting add a glamorous touch to the dining area. In keeping with the upmarket look, the kitchen incorporates top-of-the-line appliances, including Miele cooking appliances, a SubZero refrigerator and wine fridge and a Wolf gas hob. Natural walnut features

extensively throughout the living areas, but the design team chose another species for the entertainment room in the basement. A wall was removed at the planning stage to be replaced with a semicircular wall clad in ebony. “This wall enclosing the entertainment room has niches to house the owner’s Star Wars collectibles,” says the designer. “The entire space was inspired

by Star Wars movies – the room is dark and mysterious, with spotlights on the collectibles. Each display niche is customised and finished in natural ebony veneers.” In the master suite, the Chinois connection comes through once more. The fullheight headboard is clad in a premium Cetec fabric with a pared-back, yet eye-catching Oriental pattern.

Architect: Gabriel Kon, GK Architects (Singapore) Interior designer: Terri Tan, Designworx Interior Consultant Wallcoverings: Goodrich Kitchen cabinetry: Formica laminate Benchtops: Caesarstone Cooktop: Wolf Refrigeration: Sub-Zero

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Above: In the master bedroom, rich, textural fabrics and designer furniture epitomise the mix of modern and classical that defines the entire interior. The Cetec fabric on the headboard has an Oriental pattern. A fur throw and a glittering chandelier reinforce the glamour. Blinds and drapes are from Intelligent Windows. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Peter Chua, Caesar Production

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Strength of character This loft celebrates its industrial beginnings with a simple layout and sympathetic new materials Open-plan living can go far beyond having a kitchen overlook the family room. One way to bring out the drama in a large industrial volume is to ensure the entire space can be read at a glance. Built in 1907, the clocktower in San Francisco’s South of Market district first housed lithography print factory. In the early ’90s, the building was converted into live-and-work spaces, maintaining its

brick and wood surfaces as well as the overall concrete, industrial feel. When architect Irit Axelrod came to renovate an 167m² loft in the historic building, it was decided to make the most of the strong simple form and build on its industrial material palette. The original 4.25m ceilings, concrete columns, mezzanine, and steel window frames have been retained, says Axelrod.

Left: Looking as much like an art gallery as a loft, this design by Irit Axelrod favours industrial-style

surfaces, minimalist furniture and plenty of space. A blade wall provides privacy for two bedrooms.

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Preceding pages: An Eames chair provides a pop of colour in a decor that is largely in hues associated with commercial premises. The elongated shelf not only plays with extremes of scale but also echoes the shape and orientation of the loft space. Left: The original wall of windows was retained. The concrete window surround, concrete columns and polished concrete floor are complemented by clean-lined furniture in the same colourway. Everything about the design accentuates volume, from the floating bookshelves to the white ceiling.


“The floor was stripped back to the original concrete and sealed with a highgloss finish. The wall of windows was kept and other walls surfaced in plywall. “To maximise the impact of the large volume, I set the mezzanine-level master bedroom, and guest bedroom beneath, behind a freestanding wall finished in grey wallpaper – a dark planar insertion into a white loft envelope. This allows you to see past the wall and understand the dimensions of the space at a glance. “Other internal walls needed for room


separations were made of glass or acrylic to maintain a visual flow of space.” The minimalist kitchen is set in front of the dividing wall and has sleek aluminium cabinets and stainless steel benchtops. “The introduced materials – acrylic, stainless steel, and plywood – all play off the industrial feel,” says Axelrod. “However, I used them in a more finished way. For example, I designed a coffee table in layered resin sheet to create a piece that’s refined, despite the basic material.” Some whimsical touches include a

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wall niche containing miniature models, further dwarfed by the apartment’s scale. And in the master bedroom, artificial grass grows at the base of a pillar. With furniture chosen in sympathetic hues, colour accents are achieved through stacks of multi-hued books. Apart from the living room furniture, a desk and the kitchen, the loft is an open space, dotted with sculpture. “The end result is a vibrant new take on a well-known theme – an industrial loft with a modernist aesthetic,” Axelrod says.

Architect and interior designer: Irit Axelrod, Axelrod + Stept Architects (San Francisco) Kitchen manufacturer: Arclinea San Francisco Flooring: Existing polished concrete; birch veneer ply Paints and varnishes: Benjamin Moore Lighting: Ingo Maurer; custom linear pendant in kitchen by Irit Axelrod Heating: Existing radiant baseboard Furniture: Herman Miller Eames moulded plywood lounge chair from Design Within Reach; Porro dining table, Moooi sofa from DZINE; custom-designed acrylic coffee table by Irit Axelrod; Megis chairs Kitchen cabinetry: Aluminium Benchtops: Stainless steel

Splashback: Black acrylic by Tap Plastics Taps: KWC Oven, cooktop, refrigeration, dishwasher: Bosch Bathroom vanity, shower surround: Stainless steel Bath: Zuma Taps: Hansgrohe Axor Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Tim Maloney

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Above left: The master bedroom has a birch plywood floor, in keeping with the industrial chic sensibility. Grass ‘growing’ at the base of the structural concrete pillar adds a light touch, as do the his-and-hers icons on the door to the master bathroom. The stack of books was Axelrod’s way of bringing colour into a monochrome palette. Above: A glass dividing wall and stainless steel vanity top and shower surround combine rugged materials with a finished treatment. Wall niches here echo the elongated niche in the wall of the open-plan living areas.

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Light touch Removing a bath and angled glass walls helped create a light, spacious bathroom for this penthouse apartment

Right: This internal bathroom in a penthouse apartment was completely stripped and refitted to create a much lighter, more spacious ensuite. Designer Leonie von Sturmer introduced a central pillar to shield the large shower area behind. This features small square porcelain tiles that are a similar material to the tiled walls and floors. The cantilevered vanity has walnut cabinetry and a Carrara marble top.


Internal bathrooms can pose a challenge for designers due to their lack of natural light. Space is often another issue needing to be addressed. Both these factors came into play with this penthouse apartment renovation, says designer Leonie von Sturmer. “The existing ensuite bathroom was very enclosed with a bath right along the back wall, a corner shower, and two glass doors at a 45° angle. There was not a lot of space remaining.” To create a much lighter, more spacious room, the bathtub was removed. This left space for a larger, open shower area, which is positioned behind a new tiled pillar in the centre of the room. “The pillar provides a degree of privacy for the shower, but doesn’t enclose the room,” the designer says. “The owner didn’t want to be able to see straight into the shower area.” Wrapping all sides of the pillar in small, square porcelain tiles similar to the larger tiles that line the rest of the bathroom helps to give it definition and textural interest. “Removing the bath also gave us more space for a longer vanity unit,” says von Sturmer. “This features flush, cantilevered walnut cabinetry. We lined the interior of the cabinets and the mirrored doors with walnut to add a touch of luxury, and also introduced walnut shelving. The walnut is teamed with Carrara marble on the vanity top.” Because the owners wanted the layout to follow Indian vastu shastra and Chinese feng shui design principles, the toilet area needed to remain in its existing position near the door, on the southwest side of the room. However, a half wall was added to hide it from the entry. A walnut magazine rack was set within a niche in the wall. LED lights were specified to maximise the light-coloured porcelain tiles on the walls and floor, reinforcing the sense of openness.

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Bathroom designer: Leonie von Sturmer, Von Sturmer’s (Auckland) Builder: Moir Point Park Developments Cabinetry: Walnut veneer Basins: Kool Max Vessels from Metrix Taps: Dornbracht from Metrix Shower fittings: Cristina Sandwich Rainshower, Dornbracht Imo shower mixers and Imo Complete shower Towel rail: Metrix Floor and wall tiles: Porcelanosa Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Facing page: Vessel basins enhance the contemporary, sculptural look of the vanity. They are teamed with Dornbracht wall-mounted taps. Left: The shower incorporates a rainshower head. Walnut shelving provides a distinctive accent beside the mirrored doors. Above: Walnut also features in a niche in the half wall beside the toilet. The niche accommodates a magazine rack.

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Now you see me This dazzling powder room disappears within a tall column as soon as the door closes Architect: Robert Ciccozzi Architecture (Vancouver, BC) Interior designer: Robert Ledingham FIDIBC, FIDC, FIIDA, FIDER, Robert Ledingham Design Consultants Builder: Calrudd Construction

Above: A glass-framed mirror and Coppa Pedestal glass washstand by Vitraform make the most of the custom silver-leaf Bisazza mosaic wall tiles that line the powder room. White ceiling tiles complete the disco-like effect. The lapacho floor continues through the residence. Right: Art glass features in wall niches on the powder room exterior. Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Roger Brooks


While privacy is always a priority, it’s a useful advantage for guests if a powder room is just a short step from the living spaces. One way to achieve both proximity and discretion is to create a nifty disappearing act. This modestly sized powder room appears to be in close vicinity to the kitchen, although it is in a corridor that opens onto the living and the cooking areas. To achieve a sense of privacy, the doorway faces away from the public spaces, says designer Robert Ledingham. “When the curved pocket door slides shut, the powder room disappears from sight, taking on the form of a decorative column finished in lustrous Madagascar veneer, an African hardwood. To complete the picture, several display niches are scalloped out of the facade. These are internally lit to highlight the objects on show.” Having successfully achieved a vanishing act, the powder room reveals a glamorous, night club-like interior. “The owners loved the look of the sparkly, silver leaf mosaic tiles used elsewhere in the home, so these became a leading feature of the circular space,” says Ledingham. “To maximise their impact, I specified a clear glass sink, a sculptural element in its own right, that avoids obscuring any part of the wall.” Indirect lighting plays a part in the room’s glittering presence. The circular glass-framed mirror is internally lit, picking up on the lustre of the mosaic tiles. In addition, lights are embedded in the lapacho flooring. These pick up highlights on both the mosaic wall tiles and the white glass tiles on the ceiling. “In this dramatic powder room even the wall-hung toilet has an unexpected, albeit understated, profile,” says Ledingham. save | share | images Search 43359 at

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Fluidity and form A rising young furniture designer and a leading bathroomware manufacturer present Toja – a sinuous geometric collection from Toto Good design can be integral to our everyday lives – from the moment we get up in the morning to the time we get ready for bed. No-one understands this better than leading bathroomware manufacturer Toto. The company recently commissioned Alvin Tjitrowirjo, a rising young Indonesian furniture designer, to design a new product collection.


The result is the Toja series. The name Toja is an ancient Sanskrit word for water, connoting fluidity, clarity and character – qualities that can be seen in the new collection. Hanafi Atmadiredja, Toto director in Indonesia, describes the Toja series as an exploration of form and a statement of character. “It is a comprehensive and versatile range for modern,

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design-driven spaces. And while it may be a departure from convention, it is not completely unfamiliar. It has the same spirit of adventure and excitement that defines other collections in the Toto range.” The Toja series is defined by its sleek, elegant geometry, which Atmadiredja says is the building block of the series. “We believe that great design is not an imposition but

a conversation. The sinuous curves perfectly complement the geometric proportions of the range.” All the elements in the series – the faucets, washbasins and toilets – co-ordinate for a fully integrated bathroom. “At Toto, we are always on the lookout for new, innovative ways to improve our products to enhance people’s lives,” says Atmadiredja. “We

welcome the opportunity to invite a creative talent to put a fresh design spin on our collections. Toja is Toto Indonesia’s second designer product. As with our previous new range, we set out to break new ground – to challenge our manufacturing and engineering capabilities with new designs. This in turn advances our production process and techniques.

“This collaboration with Alvin T allows us to explore and create new expressions of form that are not restrained by the limitations of current product designs.” Atmadiredja says new techniques were developed in the process of creating the smooth, flat china surfaces. A new glaze features on the ceramics to maintain their smooth straight surfaces and

Facing page and above: Sleek, sinuous curves and geometric proportions define the new Toja range of taps and washbasins from Toto Indonesia. Left: The Toja series was designed by rising young Indonesia designer Alvin Tjitrowirjo, who pushed the boundaries to create a product that is a departure from convention.

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Above and right: The Toja toilet is highlighted by its sleek, geometric form. The range includes toilets that can be wall mounted with concealed cisterns. A new glaze on all ceramic surfaces is designed to maintain the pure white lustre for years. Far right: Toja tapware comes in a range of options, with all products fully co-ordinated.

pure white lustre for years to come. And high-tech materials, such as Shape Memory Alloys, were used in the thermostats. This ensures Toja is not just a fresh new look, but also offers improved functionality. For more details, visit the website: save | share Search 42415 at


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Designer: David Ruff, Nava Companies (New York) Interior designer: Penny Drue Baird, Dessins LLC Vanity, basin and wall panels: Corian in Glacier White Tapware: Boffi

Above: Custom-designed and fabricated Glacier White Corian clads every surface except the mirror in this new powder room. Designed by David Ruff, the room incorporates a small drawer and shelf. Because the pattern on the front and side of the drawer is aligned with the wall behind, the unit appears to merge with the wall when viewed from the front. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel


In a white room This new powder room features custom-designed wall panels that wrap the entire space in white Older apartment buildings have plenty of character, but the interiors often need to be updated for modern living. The owners of one such apartment chose to add a new powder room to the interior during their major renovation project. And, as interior designer David Ruff points out, they also took the opportunity to do something a little playful. “A powder room stands alone, so you can think further outside the square,” he says. “The owners of this apartment were very open to ideas and prepared to do something different. They wanted to add an element of fun – to surprise their guests.” Ruff’s solution was to wrap the entire room in custom-designed Glacier White Corian panels imprinted with a pattern inspired by traditional Hindu tile patterns. “Because the powder room measures just 1.5m x 1.8m, we attenuated the pattern so that it is slightly larger at the bottom of the wall and reduces in size towards the top. This increases the perceived height of the space. We also designed the panels so that the pattern is continuous right around the room. It even clads the back of the door so that when it is closed, the door is perfectly blind on the inside.” Ruff says the continuity extends to the Corian on the front of the vanity and a small drawer unit opposite. “These items flatten visually when you look at them front on, because the pattern is aligned with the wall behind. The mirror is also set in a recess, so it is flush with the wall.” The designer says each panel was designed using CAD software, and a digital file sent to the fabricator. The Corian was then precision cut using a computerised milling system. save | share

Left: The pattern on the Corian was inspired by traditional Hindu tile patterns. The size of the pattern reduces slightly as it goes up the wall, which helps to enhance the sense of space. Above: Corian also wraps the square-edged custom vanity unit. To retain a seamless look, the mirror is flush with the wall.

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Eastern appeal This slender powder room reflects a love of Japanese tradition and design


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It is one thing to bring a Japanese focus to a design – but quite another to ensure this adds to the efficiency of the space. This powder room was created for two owners who trade in Japanese antiques. So it was no surprise they asked designer Elina Katsioula-Beall to make this passion part of their interior design, including this narrow powder room. The room now features Eastern heirlooms and natural surfaces, says Katsioula-Beall. “We used a merchant’s ledger chest as the vanity, and added a granite top, a

basin in solid stone and a raised pebble splashback. The pebbles are repeated in a niche at the rear of the space, drawing the two areas together. “Opposite the vanity, a backlit shoji screen implies a window behind, although in fact, there are none. “The light-coloured maple floors and walls give this small area a roomy feel.” save | share | images Search 43361 at

Kitchen designer: Elina Katsioula-Beall NKBA, ATAS, DeWitt Designer Kitchens (Pasadena, CA) Vanity: Japanese choba dansu antique chest from Yoshino Japanese Antiques Vanity top: Granite from Molise Marble & Granite Basin: Natural granite from Stone Forest Tapware: Luna by Graff Splashback: Black pebble tiles, Creative Environments Flooring: Maple engineered wood from Armstrong Wall coverings: Tokiwa silver pattern Lighting: Halo recessed halogens Toilet: Darling tankless toilet by Duravit Feature element: Antique ramma window transoms from Yoshino Japanese Antiques

Facing page: Silver-coloured wallpaper adds to the exotic feel of this Japanese-themed powder room. The shape of the mirrors behind the vanity references that of an antique Japanese horse throw, or umagaki, in the nearby kitchen. Above left: Swing doors provided a traditional feel and helped optimise the limited available space. Above: Elina Katsioula-Beall had plumbing built into the chest, which provides ample storage. Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Suki Medencevic

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Private lives In planning the family and guest bathrooms for this new house, the designers created multi-zones to allow for flexibility of use


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There is a classic theory for bathroom design that dictates a square room, with each wall accommodating one of the four main amenities – shower, bath, vanity and toilet. It’s an idea that was turned on its head in the design of the family and guest bathrooms featured on these pages. Designers Darren Genner and Simona Castagna of Minosa provided multi-zones

to allow for a degree of privacy and flexibility of use. “Both bathrooms have a blade wall in the centre, so amenities could be positioned on both sides in addition to the perimeter walls,” says Genner. “In the family bathroom, for example, we tucked the toilet and shower behind this wall, and positioned the vanity on the front. This means that potentially the room can be

used by more than one child at a time without closing a door – there is still a certain amount of privacy.” The designers chose to line the bathroom with Pietra Grey marble, which has a distinctive veining that complements the sculptural white tub and Minosa handbasin. To create contrast, the blade wall is clad in sparkling blue, black and purple mosaic tiles

Above left and above: A cantilevered vanity unit is suspended from a central blade wall in this family bathroom. The vanity incorporates the Minosa Scoop wash basin from the company that also designed the bathrooms and interiors in the new home. For privacy, the toilet and shower are positioned behind the blade wall. Left: A lift-up door on the mirrored cabinet provides easy, eye-level access to storage.

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Above: In the guest bathroom, mosaic tiles also feature on the rear wall, helping to contain the space visually. The Crema Marfil marble flooring in this room flows right through the main living areas of the house. Right: The tub in this room is hidden behind the blade wall. Because it is out of sight of the entry, the room also doubles as a simple powder room.


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with a touch of silver. A long mirrored cabinet reinforces the horizontality of the cantilevered vanity and provides eye-level storage that’s easy to access. The blade wall in the guest bathroom has the same mosaic tiles, which are repeated on the rear wall. “This is a very large room and we wanted to make the space a little more intimate,”

says Genner. “The mosaics help to enclose the space.” In this room, the bathtub and shower are positioned out of sight behind the blade wall. “We designed this room so that at first glance it appears as a powder room, which is often how it is used. Yet the facilities are there so it can be a full guest bathroom.” For visual continuity, and to provide a seamless flow,

the flooring in this bathroom features pale Crema Marfil tiles that match the tiles in the main living areas of the house. “Both bathrooms have two tall mirrored panels that maximise the light and bring a little drama to the spaces,” says Genner. “Multi-zone lighting is another feature – subdued sensor lighting is complemented by additional lights as required.”

Bathroom designer: Darren Genner and Simona Castagna, Minosa (Alexandria, NSW) Vanity units: Hung Lift by Minosa Basins: Scoop by Minosa Shower fittings: Gessi Ovale from Minosa Toilet: Dial by Parisi Towel rails and accessories: Gessi Rettangolo from Minosa Tile walls and floor in family bathroom: Pietra Grey marble Tile floor in guest bathroom: Crema Marfil marble

Mosaic wall tiles: Bisazza Iside Ventilation: Minosa quiet extraction Lighting: Steng from Special Lights on Crown Blinds: Simple Studio Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Simon Kenny

Above: The shower is also positioned behind the blade wall. This section of the bathroom is essentially a wet area – there are no shower screens and the water flows out through a long drain. The sparkle of the mosaic tiles on the blade wall is reflected in the Crema Marfil marble tile flooring.

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Well connected This airy master bathroom offers visual and material connections to its pristine alpine setting Above: Clean lines and a simple material palette feature in this master bathroom by architect Gary Todd. With two entries, a double vanity and double shower, the room easily accommodates both owners. A glass shower enclosure and cantilevered vanity enhance the sense of spaciousness.


A serene space that invites one to linger and contemplate is the design objective of many bathrooms. But when the project is in an alpine setting, with only a wall of double glazing between the bather and the wild outdoors, the results can be dramatic, as well. This contemporary master bathroom forms part of a house nestled at the base of the Wakatipu Basin and overlooking the Shotover River. The bold, modernist design is the work of architect Gary Todd, builder Glen Cayless and the owners, who led the vision. The landscaping beyond the windows is by Joe Nutting.

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The house links to the mountain landscape through its shard-like, rocky profile and by the use of materials that intensify the look. These include shuttered concrete with a textural finish, and square Kerlite tiles from Italy, chosen for their resemblance to slabs of stone. “The master bathroom also connects to the surroundings through material choices,” says Todd. “Palissandro, a white Italian marble with onyx veining, is used on both the floors and walls. A wall of glass looks out to a garden and meandering stream, and the smooth marble surfaces link visually with the river stones and

Architect: Gary Todd ADNZ, Gary Todd Architecture (Dunedin and Wanaka) Interior design: Owners; Gary Todd Landscape design: Joe Nutting, Southern Landmarx Tiling: I Bianchi Di Rex Palissandro tiles from SpazioCasa Bathroom vanity: Lacquer gloss finish with Caesarstone top from Masterwood Joinery Basins: Cielo Shui from SpazioCasa Taps: Bolero Shower fittings: SpazioCasa Rettangolo with Remer showerhead Shower enclosure: Metro GlassTech Bath: Gioia Lighting: Lighthouse Dunedin Blinds: Luxaflex from McKenzie and Willis Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel

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white pebbles outside. As the bathroom is set in a quiet rear corner of the home, privacy wasn’t an issue here. Even the curvaceous tub looks as though it might have been hewn from the mountainside.” To avoid detracting from the outlook, the bathroom has a minimalist aesthetic, with invisible latches on the vanity and glass walls on the two-person shower enclosure. The understated, sculptural tub filler echoes the lines of the bath. The glass walls also work to enhance the sense of spaciousness, as does cantilevering the his-and-hers vanity, says Todd.

“There are two ways to reach this bathroom from the bedroom, skirting the sides of a dressing room between the spaces. This arrangement also offers the advantage of an acoustic buffer.” Concealed lighting under the double vanity, together with LED star lights over the bath, offer subtle night-time illumination. Automatic roller blinds can be lowered to mitigate alpine glare during the day. In-floor heating with full insulation to the floor, walls and ceiling, plus cross ventilation, ensures the bathroom is comfortable in both the heat of summer and the chill of snow in winter.

Above left: Part of the landscape – natural stone surfaces and the soft lines of the bathtub connect the bathroom to the landscaping, which over time will assimilate the home still further into the terrain. The window wall is double glazed to counter weather extremes in the scenic mountain region.

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Material world Organic or man-made, the right surface can inform an entire aesthetic

Natural character Set within a sculptural house built in rugged off-form concrete, this pared-back kitchen offers a warm material contrast


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In architecture and interior design, nothing exists in isolation. Material relationships are formed in sympathy, or in contrast – whichever brings out the best in both. This clean-lined kitchen, by the designer of the house Dane Richardson and interior designer Lynne Sheen, was created partly in response to the house and its surroundings. The highly contemporary home features walls of concrete and is nestled into the hillside. In some areas, the exposed grey walls form part of the interior aesthetic and the expansive open-plan living, dining and kitchen volume

includes a swathe of textural, off-form concrete. Richardson and Sheen played off the cool, rugged look of the textured, unpolished material, creating a warm kitchen in a limited palette of wood, glass, chrome and engineered stone. The choice of natural wood was important, not only in terms of warming up the look but also for creating visual connections right across the room, says Richardson. “Blackbutt wood veneer was used for the perimeter cabinetry and on the outer face of the island. It is also seen on the fireplace element that sits between the living and dining areas.�

Preceding pages and these pages: A wall of unpolished concrete with exposed-tie construction holds forms an eye-catching backdrop to this living space. The kitchen, a collaboration between Dane Richardson and designer Lynne Sheen, features contrasting warm wood surfaces and sleek glass fronts to the corner cabinets. Other accents include white stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances. Bar stools in stainless steel and wood conform to the limited material palette.

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Architect, interior designer and kitchen designer: Dane Richardson BDA, Dane Design Australia (Dunsborough, WA) Interior designer and kitchen designer: Lynne Sheen Kitchen manufacturer: Dunsborough Woodworks Window, door hardware: Busselton Aluminium Cabinetry: Blackbutt wood veneer, lacquered; obscure glass in anodised aluminium frames Benchtops: Caesarstone on island, Staron on perimeter Flooring: Ecostone tile from Trimview Ceramics; marri solid plank inserts from Big River Timbers Wall treatments: Off-form concrete; granite slab; Ecostone tiles Blinds: Blinds by Derrick Sambrook Kitchen sink: The Sink Warehouse Taps: Ram Luka Oven, cooktop: Smeg Ventilation: Ilve, custom box Refrigeration: Sharp Dishwasher: Miele Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Andrew Pritchard; image below by Mark Cooper

Above: A wall built from untreated granite discovered on site offers a textural juxtaposition to the smooth, opaque glass door to the wine cellar directly opposite and the sleek white floor tiles. However, it is in keeping with the general colour palette of the design. The generous use of wood in the kitchen, on the fire surround and for the bookcase, is continued in other areas of the home, including the open treads on the stairs.


A niche bookcase along the far end of the room is also in the same species. “We used veneer rather than solid wood for the cabinetry, as it is fixed to a rigid carcass. Solid wood in this context could warp after extended use,” says Richardson. Large central sections of the floors in the dining and living areas are laid in solid marri wood. This species is noted for its gum pockets and rich character. “While the look of wood predominates, there are counterpoints. Translucent glass fronts both the end cabinets and also wraps around

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the corner to the left, forming the entrance to the wine cellar. This shiny surface connects with the white stone benchtops and both materials are in keeping with the pale wood and white floor tiles. Low-maintenance white lacquered Melamine was used on the working side of the island,” says the building designer. Directly opposite the cellar entrance, in the circulation corridor, is a massive feature wall made of raw granite, unearthed on the property. Like the coarse concrete, this provides a strong contrast to the smooth surfaces. The kitchen has been designed to make links

across the room in terms of shapes as well as continuity of materials, says Lynne Sheen. “In particular, this is seen in the connection between the dropped box rangehood and the fire surround, which are similar in proportion, if not scale. The choice of the rectangular box for the rangehood allowed us to conceal a heavyduty extractor with minimal visual impact. We added the wood trim for further continuity.� The kitchen is generally only used by two people and so did not need to be set up to feed a multitude. Tall doors to the left of the stainless steel refrigerator open to a walk-in pantry.

The glass-fronted cabinets contain crockery, and those on the far right hold small appliances. Richardson says having the kitchen designer on board right from the construction stage meant she was quickly in tune with the overall palette and aesthetic. This helped her tie the kitchen aesthetic more closely into the fabric of the home, rather than it having it look like an isolated unit within the greater living space. save | share | images Search 43354 at

Above: The dining table is in recycled timber, in a similar hue to the blackbutt cabinetry and marri wood flooring. The bucket dining chairs continue the white and tan colour scheme. Despite the modest size of the kitchen, ample storage is provided by the walk-in pantry to the left of the refrigerator, and long, deep compartmentalised drawers to the right. Pendant lights chosen by the owners accentuate a horizontal emphasis within the work space.

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Changing places An interior rethink provided the perfect opportunity to reorganise this penthouse apartment and give the kitchen a central position Apartment renovations come with their own set of challenges, but they can also be an opportunity to carefully re-evaluate and optimise the space at hand. When designing this kitchen, part of a two-storey penthouse renovation, Paul Leuschke of Leuschke Kahn Architects ensured it would take a central position in the home. Originally built more than 20 years ago, the penthouse sits above a threestorey building, and was tired and in need of a remodel, says Leuschke.

“The owners wanted to maximise the views and create a sense of spaciousness. This really drove the design of the penthouse and ensured the kitchen was an integral part of the wider living space.� With this in mind, several walls and floor joists were removed to create a light-filled space that opens into a doubleheight void, and the kitchen and living room were relocated. “We moved the kitchen to a position where it had some links and substance and where we could create that height. This

Facing page: Part of a penthouse renovation by architect Paul Leuschke, this light-filled contemporary family kitchen is oriented to harness the harbour views in the distance. A stainless steel bench continues past the floor-to-ceiling windows to maintain privacy, and is set above floor level to allow light in. Above: A large island benchtop extends into a floating timber breakfast table. The crisp look of the steel and the white Caesarstone island is balanced by the natural warmth of the stained oak cabinetry.

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Above: The dark timber floor, stainless steel benches and white cabinetry provide high textural contrasts. Simple, clean white walls complement the wood tones. To enhance the sense of space and light, a double-height void was created by removing several walls and floor joists. LED lighting features underneath the cabinetry on the back wall, with uplights above. Above right: The hard-wearing stainless steel bench is designated as a food preparation area. A coffee machine is built into the cabinetry beside the refrigerator. The island bench faces the living area to create a connection to the wider space.


meant changing places with the living area, where you spend most of the time sitting down. We felt it was more important to have height in the kitchen – it isn’t so important elsewhere,� says Leuschke. The large contemporary family kitchen centres on the island bench, which extends into the floating timber breakfast table, harnessing the waterfront views. However, with large floor-to-ceiling windows and the elevated aspect, privacy was a concern. To address this, the architect carried the long stainless steel bench

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past the windows and raised the cabinetry off the ground to let in light. This bench forms the cooking centre of the kitchen, with an integrated cooktop, steam oven and sink. To maintain a connection to the wider open-plan space, the island bench faces into the living area. At the end of the island unit, a Fisher & Paykel CoolDrawer was installed, alongside a separate drawer for glassware to ensure easy access from the living areas. Directly opposite, dark-stained timber

cabinetry provides additional storage and houses both the refrigerator and built-in coffee machine. The warm richness of the stained oak is set against the crisp white Caesarstone surfaces of the island unit and benchtop, giving definition to the streamlined kitchen, says Leuschke. “The stained oak on the floors and cabinetry gives the kitchen warmth and strength while the bright, clean white pares it all back and connects nicely with the rest of the penthouse.�

Kitchen designer: Paul Leuschke NZIA, Leuschke Kahn Architects (Auckland) Cabinetry: J & T Concepts Benchtops: Caesarstone from The Laminex Group Sink: Burns & Ferrall Taps: Dornbracht Tara from Metrix Walls: Resene in Double Alabaster Lighting: Pendant from ECC; Inlite Blinds: New Zealand Window Shades Flooring: Superior Floor Hardware: Halliday and Baillie Storage systems: Blum New Zealand Ovens and induction cooktops: Miele Ventilation: Miele

Refrigerator: Fisher & Paykel Dishwasher: Asko Coffee machine: Miele Story by Ellen Dorset Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Design to the fore The kitchen in this new house is an integral part of the architecture, not an afterthought – an approach reflected in both the understated materials and the styling When an architect and interior designer work together on a new home project right from the start, you can be assured every detail will be fine-tuned leaving nothing to chance, including the kitchen design. Such was the case for this project. The Lockwood house was designed by architect Jorgen Frandsen of Ambienti Team Architects, with the interior and kitchen design by Irene James of James Trent Design – both Tauranga-based companies. James says she worked very closely with the owners on the interior.

“The home has an idyllic waterfront location, which impacted on the kitchen design, just as much as it did on the rest of the architecture,” she says. “It was essential that the kitchen be an integral part of the overall design, so that it would not detract from the view. It needed to blend in effortlessly in terms of the materials and design.” For this reason, James specified Rift Melamine cabinets with an understated woodgrain finish for the island, and a shelving unit and countertop to one side.

Facing page: Rift Melamine cabinets harmonise with the blonded timber walls in this new Lockwood home. The frosted glass splashback was specified to ensure the woodgrain of the timber would not be obscured. Like the pendant lights, the frosted glass also reflects the changing light on the estuary beyond. Fisher & Paykel appliances were chosen to complement the crisp, rectilinear lines of the interior. Above: The island incorporates display shelving and a stainless steel design feature. Stainless steel was also introduced to the rear wall, with a custom-designed rangehood.

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Top left: A workbench beneath a sliding window incorporates deep drawers with hidden detailing that includes 45° arris corners. Top right, above and above right: Stainless steel surfaces feature on the main work areas, providing a crisp contrast to the warm wood. Kitchen designer Irene James avoided the use of overhead cabinets to keep the interior uncluttered. Above, far right: Designed to maximise a spectacular waterfront view, the house opens up to a long terrace. The kitchen is also designed to ensure the view is glimpsed from all areas.


“This is a perfect complement to the blonded timber walls,” the designer says. “At the same time, however, because there is so much wood in the house, we wanted to include something different. Soft White Melamine cabinets with stainless steel benchtops provide contrast on the rear wall and give this part of the kitchen a slightly industrial look.” Stainless steel is also on the custom rangehood that conceals a powerpack ventilation unit, on the toekicks and on a design feature on top of the island.

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However, the splashback is in frosted glass – a deliberate play on the changing light that occurs with the estuary tides and at different times of the day. “The frosted glass reflects the light in the same way, and lets the grain of the timber walls show through,” says James. “The essential nature of the Lockwood interior is never compromised.” The designer says because the owners love to cook and entertain, the kitchen needed to be highly functional with plenty of storage right where it is needed.

“We added an aluminium appliance cupboard to conceal the small appliances and other items they needed to have close at hand. It keeps the clutter hidden.” James says although it seems simple, there is a wealth of detailing in the kitchen. A work counter in front of the window features concealed drawers with 45° arris corners, for example. Rift Melamine on the sides of the island wraps around the base to enclose the unit. And drawers include wooden liners for cutlery – all simple touches that add a touch of refinement.

Architect: Jorgen Frandsen, Ambienti Team Architects (Tauranga) Interior and kitchen designer: Irene James, James Trent Design (Tauranga) Builder: Lockwood Homes franchisee Oceanside Homes Kitchen manufacturer: Chelsey Mathieson, Heirloom Kitchens Cabinetry: Melamine Rift woodgrain; Melamine Soft White Benchtops: Brushed stainless steel; Marbello Glacier White Splashback: GlassArt Sink: Ikon from Mico Bathrooms

Tapware: Methven Tahi from Mico Bathrooms Ventilation: Ilve Oven, cooktop, refrigeration and dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel, available from Kitchen Things Window and door hardware: Alpwood Flooring: Polished concrete Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

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index Alpwood

Dunsborough Woodworks 116-121


Ambienti Team Architects 126-129




Katsioula-Beall, Elina

Anderson Ladd







Knight Frank Johor Bahru 62-67



Kon, Gabriel

78-85 18-27

Nutting, Joe

Arclinea San Francisco Armstrong



76, 125

Krannitz Gehl Architects KWC





Extreme Roofing


Baird, Penny Drue


Barbara Leland Interior Design Benjamin Moore

Fisher & Paykel

125, 129 85

Leland, Barbara



Frandsen, Jorgen Franke


Gary Todd Architecture



Gayanti City

Blinds by Derrick Sambrook


Gehl, Barry



Genner, Darren

Boffi Bosch


Lockwood Homes




Charterhouse Contemporary Blind Design


129 85 16, 115 27



Parker Paint


Suasana Bukit Ceylon




Suasana Iskandar Malaysia


Mathieson, Chelsey

16 129 72-77 115 126-129 16

McKenzie & Willis




Medini Lakeside



54-57, OBC 50-53 58-59


2 5, 60-61

Pt Putra Gaya Wahana 54-57, OBC


United Malayan Land Berhad

Ram Tapware



Dane Design Australia






Design Within Reach


Designworx Interior Consultant


Highline Partners IB Rubinetterie Ilve Imperial Ware Ingo Maurer

78-85 Dessins LLC



Inlite Iris

DeWitt Designer Kitchens 108-115

J&T Concepts


Jacksons Hardwoods

Dornbracht Dulux

IFC-1, 44-47 99, 125 76


129 99, 125


Metro GlassTech



Mico Bathrooms


76, 120, 129 76 93 125 16

Miele Minosa


Mirror Image


Mitsubishi Electric


Moir Point Park Developments

122-125 27

120, 125

96-99 Molise Marble & Granite

James Trent Design



James, Irene


Montana Sash & Door

115 27, 76 27

Richardson, Dane BDA

7 125


Victoria & Albert

96-99 16







Wilson Cabinetry





Sarkis, Jeff


Yau, John

Senayan Residence


Yoshino Japanese Antiques

Sheen, Lynn Simple Studio


Walker Zanger

Robert Ledingham Design


6 39-41

Von Sturmer’s






Robert Cicozzi Architecture

Ruff, David

Vande Hey Raleigh 1

Von Sturmer, Leonie

Richmond So Engineers


68-69 70-71





Quantum Quartz Reed Panorama Exhibitions



Tropicana Corporation Berhad

76 28-37

Herman Miller

6, 94, 131

Tropicana Danga Bay

Mesa Hotel Resorts

Henningsen, Tom



Heat Smart Plus


Toto Indonesia


115 38-43


Puteri Harbour

Creative Environments

Dalsin Roofing


Todd, Gary





Trimview Ceramics

Harvey’s Plumbing and Heating 27 Heirloom Kitchens


The Laminex Group

IFC-1, 44-47


Cushman & Wakefield Indonesia


Trends Publishing International

Pt Griya Cerial Nusa Mekar




TEA2 Architects

Pt Warisan Eurindo




The Sink Warehouse

Pt Granitoguna Building



Tan, Terri


Pt Buana Pacific International

Garuda Indonesia

85 125

Tap Plastics

Pt Bintang Rajawali Perkasa


Mattson, Colby McRae, Rob

Pt Wisma Kartika


Mattson Macdonald Young



16, 27

Masterwood Joinery

Halliday and Baillie








GK Architects



Stone Forest


Swan, Andrea Peschel


Castagna, Simona




Busselton Aluminium

Carlson-Yunga, Ann







Paradiso Nouva

Lighthouse Dunedin

Massimo Interiors


Oceanside Homes


Speroni, Massimo





Superior Floor


Calrudd Construction


Special Lights on Crown




Goodrich Global


Nordgaard, Steve


Gioia GlassArt

New Zealand Window Shades 125








Southern Landmarx

Philippe Starck


85, 115, 120, 125



So, Richmond




Nepp, Dan


Leuschke Kahn Architects 122-125

Burns & Ferrall Cabot’s

18-27 54-57, OBC

93 106-107

Leuschke, Paul NZIA

GeoComfort Geothermal Systems



Moooi Nava Companies



Big River Timbers


Ledingham, Robert

Foster, Ruth





16, 93

BMW Indonesia 48-49, 132-IBC



Axelrod, Irit


Kitchen Things

Enhanced Home Systems

Axelrod + Stept BainUltra

76 108-115

120 116-121 113

Zealous Group

16 115 72-77






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