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Grand Designs AustraliaGrand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia

Issue #8.5 - October 2019

Following the success of the new Australian TV series inspired by the UK version, Grand Designs Australia welcomes you to a new era in home design magazines. Whether you’re building a new home, renovating or decorating, this publication features everything readers will need to know about creating their own grand designs. Industry experts offer advice on getting started, mortgages, environmentally sustainable design and project management, to name a few. Grand Designs showcases architects and designers, builders and homeowners working together on projects from concept to completion and features the latest colour forecasts as well as planning your interior, kitchens, bathrooms and window coverings. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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grand designs australia

EDITORIAL Editor Angela Young ayoung@umco.com.au Editor-at-Large Peter Maddison Deputy Editor Cassie Haywood Contributors Carrol Baker, Pete Colquhoun, Chris Knierim, Louise Smithers, Graham Wood Art Director Kate Podger Plans Anthony Allars Sub-Editor Michelle Segal TV House Photographer Rhiannon Slatter ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES AND BOOKINGS NSW Advertising Team Leader Anthea Hamilton P: (02) 9887 0311 M: 0414 319 271 E: ahamilton@umco.com.au Vic, SA & Tas Advertising Manager Natalie Grosso M: 0420 477 422 E: ngrosso@umco.com.au Vic Kitchens, Bathrooms & Heating Specialist John Oliver P: (03) 9694 6430 M: 0417 316 820 Qld Business Development Consultant Lynn Hill P: (07) 3351 8725 M: 0488 424 232 E: lhill@umco.com.au Advertising Production Thomas Pena Advertising Art Director Martha Rubazewicz Chairman/CEO Prema Perera Publisher Janice Williams Chief Financial Officer Vicky Mahadeva Associate Publisher Emma Perera Finance & Administration Manager James Perera Circulation Business Development Manager Mark McTaggart Creative Director Kate Podger Marketing & Acquisitions Manager Chelsea Peters…

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from the editor

design inspiration can come from literally anywhere — the streets, the homes of loved ones, the houses of the rich and famous, forests and mountains… I could go on. But sometimes inspiration can be found in the most obvious place. A design fair, for example. I’ve been wallowing in all the gorgeous innovation oozing out of the London Design Fair, and I am feeling well and truly inspired. I love love love the Ile Maurice low table, designed by F Francesco Maria Messina for Cypraea’s Rising O Ocean collection, which immediately transports me straight to the sea (perfectly illustrated iin situ, above), and I’m desperate to sit my bum down on London Design Medal winner Tom Dixon’s Bird Chaise and rock myself to sleep. As for Uruguayan design studio Muar Diseño’s Hum…

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from peter maddison

“will it date?” I’m often asked how to create timeless architecture. It seems there’s a phobia among some people that anything current will become passé as soon as it’s built. I find this concept fascinating, but also frustrating. Fascinating in that people want to protect their nest egg and don’t want to see its value decline. Frustrating because this phobia tends to propagate conservatism and historic, imported styles like Georgian, Spanish Mission and Victorian. My take is that if something is designed in an original manner and is relevant to its place (use of local materials) and climate (orientation, prevailing winds and temperature), a building will age gracefully and become more valuable over time. Mid-century modernism Along with the question “will it date?”, I’m often asked “where do you start for a good…

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get social

01/ World Architecture Festival The largest interactive global architectural awards program and festival in the world turns heads each year with a “best of the best” line-up. Competition is fierce, but our very own architects and designers made Australia one of the top five nations entering WAF in Amsterdam this year. With shortlisted entries released and the winners’ announcement due in December, we’re on tenterhooks. The WAFX prize was announced early, with 10 winning projects tackling global issues lined up for display at the festival. Pictured is the St Andrews Beach Villa, designed by Woods Bagot and shortlisted for Completed Buildings: Villa. Photography by Trevor Mein.worldarchitecturefestival.com 02/ The Think Brick Awards 2019 A daring use of clay bricks, concrete masonry or roof tiles was the name of the game for the…

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stairway to heaven

01/ This staircase’s earthy combination of timber and metal makes a rustic statement piece, complemented by the concrete and brick surrounds. 02/ We’re not sure what we like more — the way this space plays with reflection, the open riser steps or post handrails that continue seamlessly upwards. 03/ Our golden girl of the bunch, this dainty staircase follows a slight curve aided by the wafer-thin poles to paint an elegant picture. 04/ This striking staircase makes us green with envy. If you thought the stairs were eye-catching from this angle, the kitchen sees a single beam with the steps extending from the sides like wings. 05/ Disconnected from the ground floor, the two-part staircase appears to almost float and is a feature in itself. 06/ This contemporary staircase seamlessly fits onto the cabinetry of…

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architecture snapshot

01 GREAT GRANNY HOUSE Decisive brutalism meets angles in this striking Cooper Shoot (New South Wales) home. Collaborating with architect Peter Carmichael, the Harley Graham team designed a house responsive to the site and the region’s local availability of high-quality concrete. Ocean views to the south are maximised from two wings, while the northern windows flood the home with light. Rugged materials are used on the exterior of the home, corrugated steel and off-form concrete acknowledging local sheds and outbuildings. The structure is complementary and revealing of the homeowners’ personalities and intrinsic way of life. The home has an eclecticism of design well suited to those who live within. 02 MALVERN HOUSE Complete with a living green roof, a dreamy backyard and light-flooded interiors that look like something out of a movie, this…