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Habitus Habitus #47 - Design Culture

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

2 min
the first word

Culture and community Does culture cultivate design? And why are we drawn to the designs that we are? What is it about certain patterns, forms or an overall aesthetic that gets my head nodding in appreciation and not yours? A lot can be said for culture cultivating design (religious or national). The very mission of Habitus is and has always been to unearth architecture, design, and its creators that respond to our very unique way of life across the Indo Pacific Region. This issue, the Design Culture issue, we took the opposite approach. We were interested to look at architecture and design that creates culture around it. In some articles it is a culture of appreciators, in others a culture of inclusivity, or of end users. Architect James Garvan has run a solo…

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

ASIH JENIE TRANSPLANTED ROOTS #150 Based in Singapore, born and educated in Indonesia, Asih loves good stories and lives to tell them. She believes that behind every good design is a good story. She holds a degree in architecture and graphic design but prefers to make a living by telling stories (primarily) with words. She has worked and written for various lifestyle and design publications in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia since 2010 in various editorial roles. Most recently she was the Assistant Editor of Cubes Magazine and Indesignlive.sg. A self-confessed millennial, Asih is most drawn to the kind of architecture and design that delivers the most holistic, multi-sensory experiences. “Like a tropical building that makes the most of the climate for its inhabitants using local materials, or an artwork that…

1 min
sculptural forms

Beeline Design is a brand known for its understated designs and interesting use of materials; they design and create furniture which lends itself to a modern aesthetic but has a timeless appeal. They have continued to do so with their latest additions to the RIDGE COLLECTION. beelinefurnituredesign.com.au Born out of collaboration between Melbourne designers Thomas Cohen and Maxam Whiteley, THOMAS MAXAM has launched CANDELABRA 0001 – the first of several limited-edition designs from the luxury product designers. thomasmaxamstudio.com WAV E by Chiara Provasi is an evocatively curvaceous modular system that invites you to play with space in innovative ways. Elegant and freeform, this sectional piece can be configured to shape each unique environment, creating a sculptural centrepiece. chiaraprovasi.com The frantic pace of today’s world makes the space and time dedicated to oneself especially important. Gessi has…

1 min
surface value

Local fabric and wallpaper brand Willie Weston has launched a new collection developed with three artists from the heart of the Kimberley in northern Western Australia. The FITZROY CROSSING COLLECTION features original artworks by April Jones, Amanda Smith and Lee-Anne Williams, and was developed in partnership with Marnin Studio. willieweston.com With this latest evolutionary step, the elemental geometry of the PUCK WALL ART has been finished in felt. The textile covers the basic profile lending it a tactile quality and diffusing the light with a warm intensity. vibia.com LOOKBACK combines a relaxed pattern with a nod to industrialism on its edges. Available in 7-millimetre porcelain in three stunning tones, special pieces are also available to create feature walls. rockson.com.au The new Laminex decors includes Black Birchply, White Painted Wood, Avenza Bianco, Urban Pezzato and Reclaimed Denim…

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creature comforts

NX IKO and ORLI feature HYDROSENSE – ground-breaking technology from the Phoenix Tapware design and engineering team. With HydroSense, water is transformed. Inspired by nature, the patented pending HydroSense technology delivers curved sheets that disperse midfall into dense, cascading droplets. phoenixtapware.com.au Luxurious linen house IN BED has released new-season and limited-edition designs in Rosewood and a beautiful Pinstripe linen, along with new heavy linen styles as a bedcover, pillowcase and cushion set. inbedstore.com Designed to create a focal point in the decor of the home, the SERIF TV was developed through a collaboration between two of the world’s most esteemed industrial designers, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. The Paris-based Bouroullec brothers specialise in creating furniture through their approach to industrial design. samsung.com Having introduced the first combi-steam oven into the private home in 1999, the newest generation…

1 min
mixing materials

Characterised by its refined, elegant form, the JK EASY CHAIR by Jun Kamahara for Ritzwell is renewed for today featuring high-quality materials enriched by handcrafted artisanal details that combine Japanese culture with minimalist design. stylecraft.com.au Available in free-standing and wall-mounted versions, EXISTENCE by Michele De Lucchi arose as an overlapping of small, varied boxes, like the experiences and keys to one’s life: a totem-bookshelf designed to contain books and objects in a single space, built around similar modules that repeat, though the same form never appears twice. decastelli.com For those looking for first-class surround sound, the BEOVISION HARMONY 652 from Bang & Olufsen can turn any room into a powerhouse for performance. Designed to take centre stage, the Beovision Harmony 652 features two wings fanning out like a butterfly when turned on. bang-olufsen.com…