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Five (or so) minutes with architect Camilla Block
Architect Camilla Block is one of three directors of Durbach Block Jaggers and holds an Honorary Appointment as Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney. Camilla, along with eleven of her colleagues, has worked at Durbach Block Jaggers for a staggering 20-plus years. There must be something in the water!
Interviews
March 9, 2021
Ever wanted to live at a luxury resort in the Maldives? Now you can…
Have you ever arrived at the last day of your holiday, slumped yourself over a suitcase, and announced to anyone who’s listening: “I wish I could live here?” Well, if you’ve been luxuriating at one of Soneva’s glamorous properties in the Maldives – now you can. The world-class resort group welcomes guests (and non-guests) from all over the globe to become full-time residents under the Soneva Villa Ownership Scheme.
Hospitality Design
March 4, 2021
Swatch list: Kelly Wearstler curates paint range for Farrow & Ball
Not since the brand’s founding in 1946 has Farrow & Ball invited an external designer to concoct a range of paint colours. Some 75 years in the making, it wasn't just any ‘outsider’ who was the one to break the drought. The British paint house has collaborated with famed American tastemaker Kelly Wearstler to introduce The California Collection, a refreshing palette of eight hues that capture the surf, sand and sun-kissed essence of North America’s West Coast.
News
March 3, 2021
Stokes 14: Architect William Smart’s creative studio in Sydney
Located a short commute from Sydney's centre, Alexandria is a burgeoning suburb with industrial origins, observable by its skyline of sawtooth roofs, exposed trusses and utilitarian facades. For local Australian architect William Smart, creative director of Smart Design Studio, the conservation movement at the northern end of the precinct offered immense appeal.
Commercial Design
March 2, 2021
Cinematic style: The Budapest Cafe in Carlton by Biasol
Dressed in a fit-out inspired by filmmaker Wes Anderson’s celebrated style, The Budapest Cafe in Carlton, a student-dense suburb of Melbourne, follows the popularity of its predecessor in Chengdu, China. Brought to life by local Australian design studio Biasol, led by practice principal Jean-Pierre Biasol, the interior of the 94-square-metre cafe is imaginative and evocative, showcasing offbeat design elements punctuated by compelling blocks of colour.
News
March 1, 2021
Soaring ‘Skyhomes’ join the site of Australia’s most expensive residence
Guided by property developer Lendlease, One Sydney Harbour sees the reunion of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and interior designer Daniel Goldberg, founder and creative director at State of Craft. The two design visionaries previously collaborated in 2012 on both The Shard and Shard Place in London. The One Sydney Harbour site is already known as the home to the most expensive residence in Australia – the penthouse of Residences One was sold for over AU$140 million. But it’s the buzz that surrounds Residences Two, the next step in the harbourside development, that’s capturing renewed attention.
Architecture
February 26, 2021
The ‘Tetris-like’ Arakawa building in Tokyo by Nikken Sekkei
Overlooking a bustling street corner in Tokyo’s historic business district, the Arakawa building site and the commercial ventures it has cultivated have long contributed to the fabric of the surrounding cityscape. When the original building reached its expiry date, Japanese architects Nikken Sekkei focussed on creating a new gesture that would continue this legacy and contribute to the Tokyo of the future. The architects generated a landmark volume where a vertical network of stairs and balconies line its exterior, linking the owner’s private residence and office space with commercial levels available for lease.
Commercial Design
February 24, 2021
Humbert & Poyet’s debut collection of furniture and lighting
The architects behind Monaco-based studio Humbert & Poyet have assembled an inimitable portfolio that spans the global stage. The duo is internationally renowned for the striking interiors of the Beefbar restaurants, The Hoxton hotel in Paris and the Aquazzura boutique in New York City, and are well-regarded for their recent work at the Ultimate Provence vineyard estate in the south of France, bookended by a line-up of prestigious private residences.
Design
February 22, 2021
Neon nights: Kink restaurant and bar in Berlin
Occupying a 19th century brewery site, the Pfefferberg project in Berlin is testament to Germany’s reputation for spearheading avant-garde concepts. The innovative venture, conceived in 1990, was sparked by the desire of local residents to converge in the same arena where social, cultural and commercial activities take place. Today, more than thirty years after the project broke ground, it’s one of the city's most fashionable spots.
Hospitality Design
February 17, 2021
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Members Club in Lisbon by Studio Gameiro
Located in Portugal, in the heart of Lisbon’s charming Estrela district, a formerly vacant commercial space has undergone the ultimate 40-week transformation, revealing itself as a health-centric fitness and social hub called Members Club. Designed by local architecture practice Studio Gameiro, the soul-soothing space corrals a private gym, yoga studio, lounge, bar, cafe, spa and therapy facilities under the one worldly roof. “Our client sought to bring an international vibe to the club,” says architect and studio founder João Gameiro. “We proposed an earthy, warm and global aesthetic, where local craftsmanship and Portuguese materials are shown subtly throughout.”
Interior Design
February 16, 2021