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Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia

Issue 8.6

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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2 min.
from the editor

if there’s one thing that Grand Designs provides in spades — both the TV show and this m magazine — it’s that wonderful opportunity to have a good old snoop around other people’s houses. Who doesn’t love to see how everyone else designs, styles and lives in their homes? Of course, even better than looking at a screen or a page is to get out there and have a physical snoop around, which is exactly what I did during the Design Canberra Festival. And I cannot recommend it enough. Walking through the Pedro Geleris-designed Sutton House, in Griffith, I was able to really feel the significance of the huge, centrally located fireplace around which every ssingle living space revolved. And that was after I’d experienced the sheer roominess of the double-height…

1 min.
a return to rattan

INSPO Love a bit of boho chic or just fancy a pop of natural? Rattan works wonders for any style Photography by Lisa Cohen. Styling byTess Newman-Morris. barefootgypsy.com.au…

4 min.
2nd yield

01 Lighting the way to sustainable practices is plant-based light manufacturing company High Society. Located in Italy, the brand is using compression-moulding techniques to give life to the leftover products of wine, hemp and tobacco production. The three materials create a distinctive, minimalist look in different colours, reflecting the tones of excess hemp, wine pomace (the pulpy residue left over from wine-making) or discarded leaves and stalks from tobacco cultivation. The Highlight suspension lamp reinvents the classic silhouette with organic materials, sleek surfaces and idiosyncrasies that make these lights so highly admired. A portion of profits from each lamp supports local initiatives against drug dependency and gives back to the community. high-society.it 02 “Without corn there is no country.” This famous Mexican phrase is the banner behind a movement for local,…

3 min.
elliot gorham

elliot Gorham creates furniture with the idea that “form follows function”. Keeping his unique furniture simple enough not to clutter a space, yet complex enough to engage himself and the client, Elliot’s designs play with typical styles and add a twist. Industrious, creative and impatient, Elliot has been a maker his whole life. “From a young age I was always assembling bits and pieces with nails and glue, never quite realising my initial vision, but enjoying the process immensely,” he recalls. “To better myself as a craftsman, I went to the Australian National University Art School and completed four years of furniture studies.” At the end of his course, Elliot found himself equipped with new hand skills and knowledge, but still falling short of achieving his primary vision. But that wasn’t…

2 min.
matthew johnson

a career born not out of ambition, but the desire to experiment with a visual language that reflected his perception of the world, Matthew Johnson creates unique artworks inspired by the natural environment. Whether it’s the mesmerising kinetics of the ocean or verdant and structural complexities of a rainforest, Matthew’s visual language encompasses light, colour and form. “My paintings are nuances of atmospheric environment observed and imagined,” he explains. “Orb-like forms are used to mesh and meld the entire picture plane into a single entity within the subject and field of each painting.” It was almost natural for Matthew to be creative, growing up with a father well established in the art industry. “Meeting artists and visiting art exhibitions was simply part of my childhood,” he says. “It seemed normal and I…

3 min.
pause a while at the calile

bVN Sydney principal architect Phillip Rossington believes a shift in how people enjoy their homes could in part be due to increased travel, which has exposed us to more lifestyle-focused hotels and resorts. “I think we want our homes to contain the sort of spaces that we find in those resorts, both indoors and out,” he says. This got the Grand Designs Australia team thinking: travel and holidays can provide huge inspiration when it comes to conjuring up your dream home. So we decided to set out and find some. A perfect starting point was the new Richards & Spence-designed Calile Hotel in Brisbane, somewhere Mike and Megan Fishwick, of this issue’s TV house project Suffolk Park, also stayed and soaked up the inspo while their house build dragged on. Subject of palpable buzz…