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Houses Issue 122 June 2018

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For the architect, designer, home owner, home builder or anyone simply interested in the best residential design, every issue of Houses tells the story of inspirational homes, their surrounds and the products that complete them. Through generous pictorial coverage from leading photographers, floor plans and lists of selected products, you share the delight of each home presented. You’ll also meet some of the creative people who designed them and keep up with the latest design trends and issues. Be inspired!

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Architecture isn’t always such serious business – often it’s playful and fun, with the aim of making spaces enjoyable to inhabit. To achieve design excellence you need to think outside the box and solve problems in new and inventive ways. Many of the homes featured in this issue – alterations and additions, new builds and apartments – are about experimentation and challenging the status quo. Wowowa Architecture is a practice that is “drawn to opportunities for play and whimsy.” At Wowowa's Tiger Prawn (page 26), the clients were drawn to Monique Woodward’s parallel between the Hawthorn brick ornament and the tiger prawn – and as a result, the prawn became the inspiration for both material and form. The scalloped brick facade on the rear extension is both contextual and playful and…

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WRITER Peter Tonkin Peter Tonkin is a director of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects in Sydney. Peter is an adjunct professor at the University of Canberra and an emeritus trustee of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales. PHOTOGRAPHER Luc Remond Specializing in interiors, lifestyle, architecture and portraits, Luc Remond has captured both the raw and the manicured of Sydney’s urban-meets-natural landscape for fifteen years as a commercial photographer. PHOTOGRAPHER Shannon McGrath Shannon McGrath trained in fine arts and photography at RMIT University and has taught photography to first-year students at that institute. Shannon concentrates on architecture and interior design with a growing interest in furniture, lighting and industrial design. WRITER Hannah Wolter Hannah Wolter is an architectural graduate at Hindley and Co. She is a former assistant editor of Architecture Australia magazine and a contributing writer for Artichoke and Houses…

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fresh finds

01 Timeless door handle The Timeless door handle by DND is comprised of two minimal graphic elements – a line and a circle – that intersect with boldness and clarity. Mechanical elements and fixings are housed innovatively within the body, creating a seamless aesthetic. parisi.com.au 02 Déchirer tile collection Designed by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina, the Déchirer collection of porcelain wallpaper tiles represents an innovation in ceramic coatings, with a relief that is barely perceptible. Suited to indoor or outdoor spaces, Déchirer is available in XL format. artedomus.com 03 Pure carpet planks Blending references to nature with contemporary style, Signature Floors’ Pure carpet planks are characterized by stormy greys, earthy tones and bold highlights. The range is available in five colourways with two overlay patterns, ‘Fossil’ and ‘Misty.’ signaturefloors.com.au 04 Soka baths and basins A combination of…

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California Captured: Mid-Century Modern Architecture – Marvin Rand BY Emily Bills, Sam Lubell and Pierluigi Serraino (Phaidon, 2018) PP 240 • RRP $89.95 In the middle of the twentieth century, Los Angeles was a place of untrammelled growth, optimism and, of course, good design. From those heady times until today, images of sun-drenched, innovative architecture have mythologized the Californian lifestyle and cemented LA’s position at the centre of mid-century modernism. California Captured, in presenting the work of native Angeleno photographer Marvin Rand, seeks to expand on the visual understanding of this part of the city’s architectural history. Marvin Rand, who passed away in 2009, worked as a photographer for more than five decades, capturing buildings by architects such as Welton Becket, Craig Ellwood, Edward Killingsworth and Ray and Charles Eames. A ubiquitous…

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anchor ceramics

It’s the only way I know how to bring anything into the world,” explains Bruce Rowe of Anchor Ceramics. He’s recounting his design process – a methodology acquired through formal design training and architectural practice, involving rigorous testing through drawing and numerous iterations of maquettes. This has allowed Bruce to create a polished collection of products for Anchor Ceramics, encompassing ceramic light fittings, wall tiles, planters, hooks and one-off sculptural pieces. While many makers hone their products over time, Bruce approaches the production through the lens of a designer, making a concerted effort to refine and edit. The Potter DS linear pendant light encapsulates this process, as it took more than two years to resolve. It’s this approach that makes Anchor Ceramics distinctively a design studio as opposed to a pottery…

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b&b residence by hogg & lamb

Brisbane practice Hogg and Lamb is a partnership formed between architect Michael Hogg and designer Greg Lamb, whose formative years in practice were shared at Donovan Hill. While B&B Residence is the first house completed under the Hogg and Lamb banner, it follows decades of the pair working to refine the ways in which their domestic architecture responds to a subtropical, vernacular context. Exploring a client-driven predilection for muted finishes and pure geometries, B&B Residence arrives at an architecture that is “humanist and minimalist at the same time.” While alterations to the Paddington Queenslander appear relatively imperceptible, new additions emerge defiantly; they materialize as rising planes, fortifying an elevated garden onto which new rooms of varying enclosure open out. The separation between old and new is declared by a two-storey garden…