Studio Griffiths | Women in Design

 
 

WOMEN IN DESIGN SERIES

THE LOCAL PROJECT & DOT + POP

“Simplicity, style and elegance are the signature of the most successful design ideas and will always remain the cornerstone of my approach to design” Gilliane Griffiths

 

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Studio Griffiths is an interior architecture and design practice based in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria established in 2014. Headed up by Creative Director Gillianne Griffiths with the philosophy that simplicity, style and elegance are key to successful design.

As a trained musician turned designer, Griffiths orchestrates single and multi-residential spaces with a focus on composition, rhythm and harmony, creating interiors that are considered, uncomplicated and highly sophisticated.

With a master’s degree in music, majoring in conducting, Griffiths began her career as a professional musician. “As a musician I also learnt about architecture and art, and these became a driving force in my creative expression, as they do for many composers. The volumes and forms of buildings, sculptures and paintings can inspire and shape a line of music,” Griffiths says.


 
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There are many qualities in the language of music that are resonant in design, and music thus defines Griffiths’ work as a designer.

For me the two disciplines go hand in hand. Composition, shapes, rhythm and form are used to create harmony in music as they are in design,” Griffiths describes. “I am accustomed to bringing black-and-white notes to life in the same way I can envision a room.” 

 

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Griffiths creates interior spaces that are modern, sophisticated and uncomplicated. Studio Griffiths’ work exudes a feeling of peace and calm, whether it’s a high-end home in Melbourne or a more organic abode on Mornington Peninsula. With restraint and attention to detail, rooms are carefully composed with all elements working together in perfect harmony.

“Any project will have endless possibilities, as long as you search for them. Our role is to realise our client’s dream home,” Griffiths says.

 

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Griffiths takes a purist approach to the forms in a room before layering it with warm and natural textures, jewel-coloured accents and shimmering metallic finishes. Custom elements add one-of-a-kind detail, and clients are always left with space to add their own personality and expression.

“It’s rewarding to see the joy and satisfaction clients get from living in their home and making it their own,” says Griffiths.

Offering a full interior architecture, design and decoration service for single and multi-residential projects, Griffiths takes a hands-on approach from the commencement to completion of the project. She leads a talented and professional team of designers with the studio consistently delivering spaces that exceed client expectations. Gilliane’s philosophy is to approach design with transparency and without constraints that limit a space to just one style.

 

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“In a nutshell, my style is understated luxury, sophisticated, elegant, considered and effortless. I am renowned for my uncomplicated and considered approach to intelligent design. I love minimalist and clean design, so my spaces are restrained but extremely functional and exudes warmth.”

The studio’s signature colours are Black, Charcoal, Greys, White and tonal variations. In addition, neutral earthy tones layered with accents of muted colour, unique objects and textural elements are always layered into the design.

“Using natural elements makes us feel calm, grounded and, above all, relaxed and connected with our surroundings”. 

 


 

Main Ridge House is one of Studio Griffiths most applauded projects to date. Located on a quiet hillside in the idyllic Victorian town of Main Ridge, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom modern English farmhouse is casual, sophisticated and timeless. The rolling green countryside and lush vineyards that surround this family farmhouse inspired the approach to the interior design.

The idea was to merge the forms of traditional farmhouses with clean contemporary lines whilst offering visual continuity with nature. The result is a modern interpretation of traditional English barn architecture. It strikes a balance between natural textures and materials, earth dark-stained furniture and black-stained panelling, juxtaposed against floor-to-ceiling panelled clinical white joinery.

 

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The open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area is at the centre of the house where it opens to outdoor living spaces and the landscapes to the north and south. The kitchen with its new three-metre-long central island bench, black stone and timber panelling is a focal point and juxtaposes the clinical white joinery behind beautifully. This central space leads to the bedrooms, bathrooms and utility zones and the consistent use of materials, colours and finishes creates cohesion throughout.

Floor to ceiling glass doors and windows offer a strong connection to the outdoors and frame views of the surrounding farmland so the expansive landscape can be enjoyed from every angle of the spaces throughout the house. A structure that provides room to breathe, see, hear and experience the surroundings, Main Ridge House delivers understated luxury and an exciting play of form and function.

 

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‘Women in Design’ Series by DOT + POP & The Local Project


Edition 1: MELISSA BRIGHT ON EMPOWERMENT | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Edition 2: DESIGN BY GOLDEN | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Edition 3: CASSIE JAMES-HERRICK ON SELF-BELIEF | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Editions to be released every Monday and Wednesday, watch this space!

 
 

Minimalist and taking over Instagram - Nichba Design

 
NICHBA DESIGN
 

If you follow us on Instagram you will have no doubt seen us posting images of this stunning brand… just quietly, we are a little bit obsessed!

Nichba Design is a Scandinavian interior design concept from Aalborg in northern Denmark created by Nichlas B. Andersen. The young label combines the Scandinavian design tradition with today’s requirements for modern living. Space-saving living ideas with sophisticated details and modern designs - that is the philosophy of the Danish label.

The label is known for simple and minimalist products. Powder-coated iron and an innovative use of magnets are the main features of these unique designs by Nichba.


 
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Source: If you follow us on Instagram you will ...

TRENDING | Peaches and cream interiors

 
Bicker Design

Bicker Design

 

Trending - Peaches & Cream

 

Tonal, muted and undeniably gorgeous - we love this trend! Popping up all over the gram, pinterest, design blogs and mags, it's here to stay. 

So whether you add a pop with a cushion, go big with a whole wall or all out with a complete room overhaul - you will not regret it! 

Are you loving this trend as much as us?!

 
Bicker Design

Bicker Design

Dan Gayfer Design

Dan Gayfer Design

Dan Gayfer Design

Dan Gayfer Design

Arabeschi di latte Bitossi

Arabeschi di latte Bitossi

Odod Design

Odod Design

Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

Tribe Studio

Tribe Studio

Stone Designs

Stone Designs

India Mahdavi

India Mahdavi

 

The most beautiful nail salon we ever did see...

 
Photography | Justin Alexander

Photography | Justin Alexander

 

PROFESSIONAIL | BY JASON BYRNE DESIGN

 

 

Professionail Hornsby asked Jason Byrne Design to create a new salon unique within the Professionail franchise family and what they have done is most likely the most divine nail salon EVER - check out the images below, I'm sure you'll agree with me!

The concept was inspired by the simplicity of the nail file, the shape helping to soften the linear lines which was required to order the stores functionality. The nail file concept evolved into privacy screens, niches for nail polish displays and a hand wash area. To encourage customers to explore the salon, zones were placed opposing each other, with the drying station, magazine and drinks station placed in a central zone. This central zone is the heart of the salon, providing direction and privacy for customers.

The salon celebrates femininity, embraces thoughtfulness whilst improving workflow. It’s modern, has a feeling of space; yet provides pockets of privacy.

 

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Within the concept everyday materials were elevated to be luxurious. Paints were selected in flat and glossy finishes, appearing similar but offering different qualities and experiences. The accent green and blue paint is deliberately chosen to encourage customers to have fun with their nail polish colour selection. They are playful statement colours, surprising and bold, making customers look twice.

The end result – their client’s description of the store, ‘Cuban Barbie Gone Wild’ – and what’s better than that!

Professionail Hornsby was recently shortlisted as part of The Dulux Colour Awards 2018.

 

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“We were inspired by the simplicity of the nail file while evolving the stores concept. The nail file shape softens the linear lines which order the stores functionality. The store embraces greys and pinks as the predominant colours. Flashes of green and blue delineate changes in the layering of materials. These greens and blues also seek to encourage customers to have fun with nail colour selection. The store celebrates femininity and emphasises the fun and beauty of a visit to a nail salon.” says Jason Byrne of Jason Byrne Design.

 

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The Client:  Professionail Hornsby
@professionailhornsby

The Shopfitter: Danielle Guo | Addison Joinery

The Photographer: Justin Alexander
@justinalexanderphoto

The Floral Arrangements: Bird Wood and Bloom
@birdwoodandbloom

The styling: Kris Won
@kri.ss.ii

 
 
Source: Professionail Hornsby asked Jason Byrne ...

Need motivation to exercise? This space will get you moving!

 
Photography: Damian Bennett.

Photography: Damian Bennett.

 

The Well, designed by Tom Mark Henry, a concept that embodies a holistic approach to wellness and health in both aesthetics and feel.

"Our aim was to create a sense of calm on arriving to the space, where you can leave your stress at the door and focus inwardly on your health and well being."

The design brief was to totally transform the existing site, which was dark and restrictive, to a light-filled wellness centre that radiated health and happiness.

The brief was realised by ensuring natural light travelled deep within the space and used a very soft palette to ensure that light was maximised. A 5-meter tall Ficus Hilli sits under a light-filled atrium, and a circular staircase made from white powder coated perforated mesh wraps around the tree to carry visitors from the ground floor café and reception to the first-floor gym, yoga studio and Pilates studio. This sculptural piece serves as the backdrop to the reception counter and can be seen from the café space.

 
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Tom Mark Henry won Emerging Interior Practice of the Year at the WIN 2017 Awards hosted by World Interior News. Cushla McFadden, co-director of Tom Mark Henry, attended the annual ceremony in London in February to receive the award.

“It is a real ‘pinch-us’ moment to be recognised on a global scale after only four years of business,” said co-director Jade Nottage. “It is an acknowledgement of the whole Tom Mark Henry team as everyone is imperative to our success and has worked very hard over the last four years. We are committed to our craft and it is gratifying and flattering that our passion and dedication has been recognised, particularly amongst the calibre of the other shortlisted practices,” Nottage said.

Judge Fiona Naylor commented: “For a relatively new practice Tom Mark Henry shows an energy and ability to deliver and retain the integrity of great design on what are probably high-pressure or low-budget commercial and hospitality projects… Their work is not overdesigned; there is a certain restraint and solid decision making going on.” 

 
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A stunning country abode - Limerick House by Solomon Troup Architects

 
Architect - Soloman Troup | Photogrpahy -  Tatjana Plitt

Architect - Soloman Troup | Photogrpahy -  Tatjana Plitt

 

Brunswick based firm Solomon Troup Architects have recently completed their first project, Limerick House, located in Eganstown, about 10 minutes outside of Daylesford, Victoria. It is a modest addition to an existing house that was owned by the clients’ father, who built the house out of three disused railway cottages.

The form of the addition was inspired by the old dilapidated shearing sheds that inhabit the local area. Black-stained timber decking boards were used to clad the entire addition to further enhance the resemblance of the aged timber look of the local dilapidated shearing sheds, whilst silver-top ash lining boards add warmth to the interior space and contrast the black exterior.

 
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Helen Kontouris designs "NGV Room" for the Australian Open 2018

 
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Helen Kontouris Designs the Australian Open Pavillion for the National Gallery of Victoria called the "NGV Room by Helen Kontouris".

 

The National Gallery of Victoria has engaged Australian artist and furniture designer Helen Kontouris to create a unique hospitality space for fans on site at the Australian Open Tennis 2018. Through her furniture, lighting and object designs, Kontouris has created an intimate and sensory retreat that celebrates the energy and diversity of the Australian Open.

Known as The NGV Room by Helen Kontouris, the spaces evokes a cool and calming oasis for tennis fans to retreat to amongst the bustle of the Australian Open. Opened for the duration of the Australian Open from 14 – 28 January 2018, the space highlights Kontouris’ contemporary range of lighting and furniture designs.

Helen Kontouris has worked as a designer for over a decade and is known for integrating organic forms and imaginative elements into traditional concepts. Her approach often takes traditional, linear concepts and combines a fluid feminine sensibility inspired from a narrative informed by her travels. Kontouris has created work for industry leaders De Padova, Alessi, Kundalini, Celda, Ritzenhoff, Schiavello and museums. 

 
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Pictured above are the Botanical Screens, Softscape seating upholstered in  Kvadrat  textiles, Softscape floor lamps, Softscape ottomans and Penelope Table and stool. All available through  L  EN  at  Stylecraft . Floral arrangements by  Flowers Vasette .

Pictured above are the Botanical Screens, Softscape seating upholstered in Kvadrat textiles, Softscape floor lamps, Softscape ottomans and Penelope Table and stool. All available through LEN at Stylecraft. Floral arrangements by Flowers Vasette.

Shown above is the Softscape floor lamp available through  L  EN  at  Stylecraft . Floral arrangements by Flowers  Vasette .

Shown above is the Softscape floor lamp available through LEN at Stylecraft. Floral arrangements by Flowers Vasette.

Penelope Table and stool available through  Stylecraft  and the Panier stool available through  Space Furniture .

Penelope Table and stool available through Stylecraft and the Panier stool available through Space Furniture.

 

HOME TOUR | Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group

 
Architectural Design  Auhaus Architecture  | Photography by  Mike Baker  | Styling by  Heather Nette King  | Featuring furniture from  Meizai

Architectural Design Auhaus Architecture | Photography by Mike Baker | Styling by Heather Nette King | Featuring furniture from Meizai

 

Say Hello to 'Courtyard House' a stunning home from the AuHaus release by Lifespaces Group. This home has been designed for relaxed living with all spaces arranged around a large central courtyard which draws light and breeze into the house and creates a strong connection between all living zones.

The material palette of blue-stone and natural hardwood creates an elegantly understated and robust family home with lofty ceilings and generous glazing which floods the living areas with natural light. The semi-enclosed courtyard acts as an outdoor room, an entertaining space onto which all internal areas flow. This central courtyard also provides a controlled and private external outlook regardless of neighbouring conditions.

Check out the rest of the AuHaus Release here.

Find out about Lifespaces Group here.

 
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TRENDING | Terazzo Lighting Love

 
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REMODERN - CERAMICS MADE BY BENTU

 

The hottest trend of the season is Terazzo - terazzo flooring, bathroom tiles, tables, furniture and now it's lighting - and we are super excited about it!

Designed by Bentu, an experimental studio based in Guangzhou, China, "Ceramics Made' is Bentu’s new terrazzo collection made using concrete and waste ceramic, and it is now available at Remodern.

Remodern supports and promotes progressive international design, searching out brands that push modernity, innovate and create original, timeless and highly crafted design. They provide architects, interior designers and industry clients with an emphasis on efficient product specification services, timely delivery and achieving project specific requirements.

Due to the inherent nature of concrete, each pendant has natural variances in texture and colour - qualities that are to be embraced and treasured!

 
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Home Tour - Green Gables, Mt Martha by Studio Tate

 
Photography | Sharyn Cairns

Photography | Sharyn Cairns

We love a home tour, a little sneak peak into the beautiful homes of amazing people, and today's tour is one you will want to add to your Pinterest inspo board for sure! 

Green Gables House in Mt Martha is a heritage Tudor-style beach house which has been completely renovated and restored by Studio Tate. One of the main goals of the renovation was to stay true and respectful to the original heritage architecture and to add a sense of casual luxury, something which was suitable to the beach side location. 

Overall it oozes coastal vibes, with plenty of texture, nude and grey tones,  soft furnishings to die for and the use of robust durable materials to keep it balanced - and we just love the luxe beach side house vibe they have created - can we move in for summer please?!

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Stylish Inner City Melbourne Kitchen...

 
Photography Credit: Martina Gemmola | Styling Credit: Ruth Welsby

Photography Credit: Martina Gemmola | Styling Credit: Ruth Welsby

Cantilever Interiors - Bloomfield Road, Custom Kitchen

Cantilever Interiors is renowned for designing and installing elegant and sustainable kitchens – and they have gone a step further with this stylish inner-city Melbourne home.

Cantilever’s designs extend beyond the heart of this home to create a wonderfully balanced, consistent style throughout the key areas. In addition to its celebrated kitchen designs, Melbourne-based Cantilever Interiors
draws upon the furniture design background of co-owners Travis Dean and Charlie Wilde to create beautifully simple, highly functional residential cabinetry.

A consistent palette of White Two Pack, American Oak Veneer and Caeserstone ‘Snow’ Recon bench tops create a sense of harmony between the key areas of the home. The simple, timeless colours promote design endurance while creating an elegant backdrop for the owners to express their personal style.

The kitchen’s concrete floors are complemented by a simple palette and the
design features a fresh white subway tile splash back and integrated appliances, creating a feeling of lightness and space. Inspiring yet attainable, Cantilever’s designs for the Ascot Vale home promote a sense of continuity throughout the home.

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Modern and Fresh - Caufield North Project by Joy Design Co

 
Interior Design & Styling Kristel Marshall - Joy Design Co | Built by NuScope Constructions | Photography Stephanie Rooney

Interior Design & Styling Kristel Marshall - Joy Design Co | Built by NuScope Constructions | Photography Stephanie Rooney

We love seeing home renovations and we love this modern, fresh, minimalist and super divine home designed by Joy Design Co

Situated in Caufield North, this 1980’s home renovation was dedicated to elevating it’s gallery-like living spaces with the new kitchen and bathrooms sitting quietly and elegantly alongside.

Joy Design Co's brief was to evoke calm and restraint in these rooms, to create a scheme that didn’t compete with the layered feel of the rest of the home. The kitchen and bathrooms were designed with a minimalist and timeless aesthetic with white joinery and quartz stone in subtle greys. They added small accents of black to anchor the look and compliment the artworks.

The lighting choices were chosen to honour the artwork throughout the home, hand-blown glass modernist pendants by Mark Douglass feature over the island bench in the kitchen and a single hand made porcelain pendant crafted by Porcelain Bear in the powder room.

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Backyard oasis... Elwood Pool House

 
Designed by  Pipkorn Kilpatrick  | Photography by  Martina Gemmola  | Landscape Design by  Kate Patterson Landscapes

Designed by Pipkorn Kilpatrick | Photography by Martina Gemmola | Landscape Design by Kate Patterson Landscapes

We featured this stunning home on our instagram this week and you all LOVED it - the response was so incredible and you all wanted to see more, so here it is.

Behold the Elwood House by Pipkorn Kilpatrick, which features stunning landscape design by Kate Patterson Landscapes... and what an absolute beauty, I could easily spend my days lounging around in this beautifully thought out home. 


Pipkorn Kilpatrick says: "Our inspiration was the main house - a beautifully kept, originally ornate Californian bungalow. We wanted to compliment its beauty without trying to mock or compete so for the pool-house, the design was a simple form with clean lines and a pitched roof to accommodate storage. The feel is raw and relaxed with smooth concrete floors with exposed aggregate running into the stone tiles that surround the pool, large timber joists with exposed steel support and enormous aluminium sliding doors that disappear into the wall cavity. The theme is replicated in the dining room - panelled raked ceiling with the same sheer curtains dropping from a concealed pelmet cavity and soft Terrazzo tiles with large sliding doors - and in the fireplace/bbq with its clean lines, textured natural blue stone and bbq bench area concealed behind. We love way the dining room sits happily against the backdrop of the original house, showing off and enhancing its iconic features without competing."


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Check out one of Sydney's most Instagrammable new apartments...

 
1788 Residences Double Bay

Introducing Double Bay’s most beautiful address. Moments from one of the world’s greatest cities Sydney, 1788 Residences by SJD Property are designed with the utmost care, inspiration and appeal.

This elegant harbour-side enclave with its distinct European sensibility has been known and loved for generations. An exclusive sanctuary, it is a place to have it all and get away from it all.

Refined, convenient and beautifully conceived in every aspect, these custom-made residences are blessed with perfect proportion and a timeless aesthetic. Every element, every facet in these extraordinary residences is simple, beautiful yet highly crafted – there is no compromise on space, materials or detail.

The building is designed to reflect its privileged position at the very heart of the village. From the finishes and fixtures, to the lighting and walk in wardrobes, this is the apartment all influencers and celebrities would love to live in!

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1788 Residences Double Bay
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1788 Residences Double Bay
1788 Residences Double Bay
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A Nail Salon that dreams are made of...

 
All Photography - Damian Bennett 

All Photography - Damian Bennett 

California Nails, designed by Tom Mark Henry is what dreams are made of...

 

A far cry from the typical nail salon, California Nails is a new nail salon in Barangaroo, Sydney, designed by TomMarkHenry. It is a soft, feminine and dreamy space inspired by vintage Californian imagery. 

Gently dusted in powder pink with hints of blue-green and burgundy to enhance a vintage inspired Golden State vibe, the salon’s curvaceous features, customised fittings and textured accents create a soft and feminine environment that breaks the mould to deliver a nail salon like no other.  

Our brief was to reinvent the California Nails brand by creating a soft and feminine environment, a far cry from the typical nail salon that tends to lack warmth and soul,” says Jade Nottage, Director of TomMarkHenry.

The design and construction of California Nails meets Barangaroo’s Green Star rating requirements, minimising the salon’s carbon footprint and contributing to the development’s target to become Australia’s first large-scale carbon neutral community. The TomMarkHenry design team also selected materials that balance the chemical component of the manicure process, using an environmentally friendly clay-based render that helps to clean the air and control humidity.

TomMarkHenry thrives on the creative and collaborative development of unique and exceptional spaces, and its authentic and adaptable approach ensures the dynamic studio continues to push the boundaries of design and expectation with spaces such as California Nails. 

Now who wants to meet up for a Mani Pedi? I do!! 

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Need some colour inspo? Dulux Colour Forecast 2018

 
Creative Director - Bree Leech

Creative Director - Bree Leech

Discover the future of interiors with the Dulux Colour Trends for 2018.

You will find inspiring colours and ideas on how to bring the future of colour to life and into your home... we absolutely love this forecast, what a stunning collection of colours!

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DULUX Kinship – 

Details are informed by familiar and traditional architectural treatments, while colour is simple and uncomplicated, providing warmth without overwhelming the senses. Punctuations of red hint at Eastern influences.

Folklore revival. Kinship focuses on renewing our faith in one another and the world around us. Drown out the negative vibes and embrace truth and transparency.

The Kinship trend brings together a diverse mix of cultural references. Furniture forms are inspired by traditional crafts such as wood turning, knitting and sewing.

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DULUX Essential – 

A minimalist approach to shapes, finishes and forms is warmed by cosy Hygge vibes. Imperfections are a key attribute of the Essential trend, playing out through textured finishes and a handcrafted aesthetic.

Simple forms, subtle textures. Essential’s palette draws together cool greys and soft warm shades. Wall finishes such as Dulux Suede Effect allow you to create a bespoke finish that is either heavily textured, or soft and subtle – depending on the application.

Our search for genuine simplicity inspires a newfound appreciation for natural and recycled materials. As we embrace the old as new, we repair our rifts with nature and move towards a more conscious way of living.

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DULUX Reflect – 

Reflect looks at the past to re-imagine the future. Iconic designs are reissued in new materials and/or proportions while new designs reference classic forms with a fresh twist.

Metallic details add an opulent mood to the reflect trend. Porter’s Paints Liquid Gold in Bronze Gold is a rich metallic finish, with a depth that gives the impression of cast bronze.

The style plays out in an opulent fusion of eclectic classic style. Hints of 70's glamour clash with sassy bursts of 90's style. Twentieth-century relics are recast as sophisticates of the new century. Design statements are bold, yet an understated luxury remains intact.

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DULUX Escapade – 

With a distinct nod to the 80s, quirky shapes are finding their way back into our furnishings. Offset by the colourful undercurrents of the Memphis Movement as well as a 50's Palm Spring vibe.

Organic shapes blend with solid forms in a lively clash of styles. Kick back and prepare to take off, let your dreams run wild. Adventure and discovery hover on the horizon. Paradise is just a plane ride away.

The glamour of travel lives on in the fine leather finish of your designer luggage and the free-spirited selfies filling your social feeds. Luxury is what you make it – a hot Brazilian beach, a stylish Palm Springs spa, or a Miami-esque pina colada.

 

Houseboat Heaven... if you've ever wanted to live on the water, I've found your new home!

 
Project by Infinite Design Studio | Photographer Prue Ruscoe

Project by Infinite Design Studio | Photographer Prue Ruscoe

Is this the dream house we have all been searching for? It's on the water, has beautiful interior design, a deck to watch the sunset and drink vino and you can move it to a new location whenever you feel like a change of view... I'm sold! 

Infinite Design Studio has restored and redesigned a house that has prime position on Sydney Harbour. The two-storey houseboat moored in Pearl Bay, Mosman, was once the permanent home of the client and their children.

Infused with new life, it is now their holiday retreat and entertaining space, afloat on Sydney Harbour.  “I am a big believer in spending time on site to immerse myself in the location and to understand how best to integrate the qualities of the surroundings into the design,” says Michelle Macarounas, Principal and Lead Designer at Infinite Design Studio. “This property sits in such a fabulous location that we created an extremely pared-back palette so as not to compete with the views and environment.

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The restored and redesigned houseboat has an open living and kitchen area and deck on the first floor, as well as a double bedroom and ensuite. The master suite is upstairs, with a large bathroom, reading area and entertaining deck. Light, ventilation and openness are of vital importance for life on the water, fostering a sense of spaciousness and connection with the stunning surrounds. Infinite Design Studio transformed the interior and exterior living spaces with a soft palette and natural materials that reference the natural environment. Inside, French oak flooring, cream-coloured travertine tiles, contemporary joinery and custom-made furniture are a lighter counterpart to the darker weatherboard exterior.

Views of the harbour are captured through timber-framed windows, and circular mirrors throughout the house reference portholes and enhance the natural light and openness. The houseboat was originally constructed from parts of a barge built in the 1800s, which transported produce across Middle Harbour before construction of the Spit Bridge in the 1950s. To preserve this history, Infinite Design Studio restored the heritage features, including the timber window frames and leadlight window and the benchtops that date back to the original barge.

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Marine grade components ensure the houseboat is watertight, and all mechanics, hydraulics, electrical and facilities were upgraded, as were the finishes and fixtures. Infinite Design Studio creates sumptuous and sophisticated spaces with warmth and soul. A unique and exceptional project, the design of Mosman Houseboat pays respect to the vessel’s history, takes advantage of its privileged location and provides for contemporary luxury living on one of the world’s most dazzling waterways.

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The Pool | NGV

 
The Pool is co-curated by Isabelle Toland, Amelia Holliday and Michelle Tabet and was originally commissioned for the Venice Architecture Biennale by the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Pool is co-curated by Isabelle Toland, Amelia Holliday and Michelle Tabet and was originally commissioned for the Venice Architecture Biennale by the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Pool is an architecture exhibition that represents the connection between landscape, culture and architecture as observed through the frame of a singular architectural and landscape typology – the swimming pool.

As the 2016 Australian exhibition at the prestigious Venice Architecture Biennale, The Pool offers a lens through which to explore Australian cultural identity through an exploration of the pools of Australia – natural or manmade, inland or coastal, temporary or permanent. 

You can experience this incredible installation at NGV Melbourne

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The Pool is a fresh and joyful exhibition that extends the practice and thinking of architecture, offering a celebratory and accessible conversation about the ways in which pools as places affect us both socially and culturally. Pools are levellers of age, background, education and commitment.

The exhibition, consisting of a functioning pool, invites visitors to ‘take a dip’ inside the gallery. Complemented by multimedia and audio content the exhibition provides insights into the pool as a setting for cultural exchange, including stories of segregation, competition, sustainability and survival.

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FREE ENTRY | NGV AUSTRALIA, FEDERATION SQUARE, GROUND LEVEL, NGV DESIGN STUDIO
 

18 AUG 17 – 18 FEB 18 | OPEN 10AM–5PM DAILY

 

Brick is back... Fish Creek House - Houses Awards 17

 
Photography Ben Hosking

Photography Ben Hosking

Fish Creek House by Editon Office  was the winner of 'New House over 200m2' category in the Houses Awards 17 - which was announced this month. 

"The Fish-Creek house is contained within the singular gesture of a long, highly textured wall, which closely wraps three nested, black timber pavilions offering shelter while they sit upon the lowered wall and gaze out upon the undulating and extraordinary landscape that surrounds them." 

We love the modern simplicity of this single story dwelling, the use of brick to add texture and the way it fits into it's surrounding landscape. 

Jury citation

"An abstract object sits embedded in the landscape - a long, highly textured wall wrapping three black timber pavilions and enclosing five courtyards. The structures offer shelter from the at-times harsh climate, as well as views over the extraordinary landscape and coastline to the east.

The textured brick wall, with its carefully curated mortar jointing, anchors the building to the site. Its earthen materiality is attuned to the landscape, mediating between screening a busy road to the west and opening up to the view.

The planning of the house into three discrete pavilions separated by courtyards allows for the entry of northern light along its length, and for the incremental shutting down or opening up of the house to suit either its owners - an elderly couple - or larger family gatherings.

Building a sizeable project with a high level of quality and detail on a relatively modest budget is a significant achievement in itself. This project goes much further - it offers an alternative model for ageing in place, with careful consideration of the single-level plan, the accessibility of bathrooms, access to outdoor spaces and an acute awareness of scale."

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