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Habitus Habitus #42 - Trailblazers

What does it mean to live in design? With three issues published each year, Habitus is a publication that has been passionately unpacking design from the inside-out and outside-in for more than ten years. Habitus explores how architecture and design express various ways of life, going beyond one-dimensional stories to gain a real understanding of how people live. Through rich narratives, Habitus unpacks what makes design and architecture from the Indo-Pacific so unique. From outstanding houses, to in-depth profiles and a curation of the latest design products – everything featured in Habitus offers a way for readers to connect with the richness and diversity across the region.

Indesign Media Asia Pacific
3 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the first word

What makes us so Special? In the spirit of this issue’s theme, Trailblazers, I invite you to consider the following: As architects, designers and creatives, how can we position ourselves to stand out from the crowd? Anyway, should we want to? I would suggest: Yes. Human kind is by nature creative – whether it’s our passion or profession – so it makes sense to pursue a point of difference. But I would caution against doing so at the cost of a purpose. The work of those featured in this issue, varied and spread across the Indo Pacific, was chosen for its unique approach to architecture and design as much as for its honest and responsive qualities. The architects and designers Habitus speaks to in the pages that ensue have caught our eye and…

2 min
habitus takes the conversation to our contributors discovering their inspiration and design hunter® journeys

CHU LIK REN SERIAL FOUNDER #40 Lik Ren is a practising architect with a multidisciplinary firm based in Singapore. He appreciates craftsmanship and the finer details that imbue each design with its unique identity. With age, Lik Ren began to prioritise nature in the design of living spaces. He admires people who have made biophilic designs a part of the main agenda today. He finds great pleasure in forest bathing. LUC RÉMOND EXPLORING CLIMATE AND CONTEXT #170 Specialising in interiors, lifestyle, architecture and portraits, photographer Luc Rémond has been capturing the raw and manicured of Sydney’s urban-meets-natural landscape for 15 years. His deep love of nature combined with a keen eye for design has helped him create a signature style of sincerity and vibrant escapism, treating each varied job with the same level of care…

1 min
gather round

The LINEA AKADEMIA chair by Kaksikko for Finland’s Nikari exudes Nordic charm. The result of research into American Shaker style, new life is brought into the classic form of the chair creating a design conversation between Nordic and American style. nikari.fi Designed by Canberra-based Tom Skeehan of Skeehan Studio, the NAVE chair’s frame is refined to essential structural elements. Constructed with tubular steel whose tactile firmness is offset by unique upholstery details, Nave is a comfortable chair ideal for contemporary design friendly living spaces. stylecraft.com.au Inspired by radical and minimalist style, the new MUSE Sofa from Space Copenhagen features natural timber combined with feather topped cushions and tactile fabrics giving it a cosy and laid back aesthetic. Playing with proportions and softer details, the new piece meets new demands in both domestic and hospitality…

1 min
fluid forms

The latest creation by Sebastian Herkner for Sancal, VESPER is a functional table family with heights to suit every project. Vesper is German for a cold dinner, reflecting the table’s use as a low occasional table or a dining table. Stylish and practical, the table tops use stone and resin to simulate the irregular edges formed by erosion. kezu.com.au The COLOURFORM sofa collection offers a fresh, inspired take on colour and form for sofas. Designed by Scholten & Baijings in collaboration with Herman Miller, ColourForm is a comfortable and timeless design for home and office environments - available in Australia through Living Edge. livingedge.com.au The CHARLOTTE chair for DANTE Goods and Bads is newly available in Australia from DOMO. The Aluminium chaise longue with removable leather mattress and adjustable headrest is a striking design.…

1 min
enhance nature’s elements

Sussex Taps has a history of exquisite tapware and passion for local design. The company has recently been selected to be part of a government-backed Victoria-wide campaign aiming to drive awareness and appreciation for local manufacturing and craftsmanship. sussextaps.com.au From Phoenix Taps comes ORTHO. A notable release for the designer and design enthusiast market, its form is keenly inspired by modernist design principles. Working within the constraints of minimalism and using the language and geometry in aethetics, Ortho is a perfect statement of design love in the bathroom. phoenixtapware.com.au Specialists in ergonomic IT products, CBS presents LOLLY, a personal desk light that gives power to the user through integrated USB ports. Lolly breaks new territory with USB-C charging capabilities, providing 50,000 hours of illumination. The lamp head can be angled to illuminate areas of…

1 min
design deconstructed

Internationally recognized by The Red Dot Award for Product Design 2018 and the Australian Good Design Best in Class, the TUROA VJET shower from Methven is the designer shower for the modern bathroom. Crafted from high-grade stainless steel for its durable properties as well as lack of environmentally harmful chrome-plating. While you’re showering in supreme style and comfort you can relax easy, knowing Methven designed the Turoa with material that can, in future, be collected, reused and repurposed into new products. Showering has never been so relaxing. methven.com/au Willie Weston’s latest collection of fabric and wallpaper honours the legacy of Indigenous design. Partnering with artists from Maningrida in Central Arnhem Land, the BÁBBARRA collection features original artwork resulting in a collection with a contemporary aesthetic and regionally-specific iconography. willieweston.com…