Yarra House : Melbourne : Australia

Victoria (the state) is by far at the top of my list when it comes to Australian Architecture.

Yarra house celebrates modern Australian family life in its generosity of space, without ostentation, that is both practical and serviceable.   The palette is natural and subtle, respecting its materiality, with an emphasis on the handcrafted.

The focal point and central pivot of the house is a sculptural circular staircase.  This transitional element divides the entire double-storey space as it stretches out into a steeply sloping site.

Curved surfaces play against rigid lines in a style that the architects describe as ‘archaic’ – an effortless blend of both the primitive and artistic. Substance was the primary factor in the selection of timbers, stone and every other interior feature.

One seems to get lost in the beauty where the floors become walls; walls become ceilings; and ceilings open up to sky.

Light cascades down oak and white plastered surfaces. It washes over limestone and marble, illuminating art, furniture and every handcrafted and natural surface throughout the house.

Project : Yarra House

Architect : Leeton pionton Architects

In association with Susi Leeton Architects

Photography : Peter Bennetts

Painting : Song Ling and works can be found at Eva Breuer Art Dealer


Refreshed and back on board Twenty Ten

After a long break.. I have returned.  Stay tuned for updates.  Sal

Watch out – Australian Designers


I spy a couple of upcoming brilliant Australian Designers: 


Brodie Neill is a young dynamic designer capturing the attention of the international design scene with his new and exciting use of form. Only recently having graduated, the 28-year-old Australian has quickly built up an impressive collection of international exhibitions and prestigious clientele.


jet – desk

carbon / fibre / Swarovski crystals

A Swarovski-inspired desk with seamless fluidity partly encrusted with crystals. The dynamic form’s undulations are detailed with a mix of dark crystal colours and effects contrasted against the smooth graphite table surface.


Brodie Neill Jet    





scuba – chair

leather / fibreglass / lacquered fibreglass

A contouring lounge consisting of a single surface rolling and wrapping to create both form and function. 

scuba is sold through domodinamica 


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Korban/Flaubert is a design and production office founded in 1993 by metal specialist Janos Korban and Architect Stefanie Flaubert.  In 2001 Korban and Flaubert set up their current studio/workshop/showroom in the industrial suburb of Alexandria in Sydney.  They describe the workshop as ‘a laboratory of form’, in which they playfully explore the cross-over between geometry and nature.



Sculptural Lounge 

Material: Stainless Steel


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jetstream-2 Korban flaubert



Big Noodles

Material: Stainless Steel


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For details on the above mentioned products please contact Korban/Flaubert.

Massproductions presents the ‘Harry Stool’ : designed by Chris Martin

Called Harry, the product comprises two curved, laminated components held together by solid, wooden wedges.



This simple concept led to a charming stool which can also function as a footrest or a side table. The Harry stool has pleasing tactile qualities and is available in two heights and three surface finishes; natural, black and white stained.

Massproductions : Harry Stool

via: Dezeen & Daily Icon

Knoll : Live. Learn. Play

Has been created for the ones we love.  Knoll kids is a collection of spirited, modern furniture scaled for a younger generation.

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From the top:

Kids Cyclone Side Table, with Child’s Bertoia Diamond Chair

Isamu Noguchi‘s Playful tables were manufactured in 1954 in varying sizes, and later evolved into a table that became a companion piece to the Bertoia wire children’s chair.

Child’s Womb Chair

Eero Saarinen‘s 1948 Womb chair, made exclusively for Knoll, displays the Finnish-born designer’s flair for challenging rules, breaking molds and setting new standards for modern design.

Child’s Risom Amoeba Table and chairs

Jens Risom’s original 1941 collection for Knoll incorporates a natural aesthetic characteristic of understated Scandinavian design.

All pieces are available through Knoll

Splashbacks : Architectural Kitchen Spaces



Wanting a change in the kitchen? Lets show you a couple of fantastic ways to transform your kitchen into a place of desire.

The Splashback Company has collaborated with a unique team of artists to create Everprint Glass. The product allows them to capture any image, pattern or photograph on glass for use in a range of architectural applications. Everprint Glass is suitable for use in both interior and exterior settings including: kitchens, bathrooms, bar, restaurants, facades, signage and furniture. It’s constructed using 6mm toughened safety glass, it is suitable for use behind a gas cook-top.  And is UV and fade resistant. 
The project is a collaboration with Melbourne Artist Soula MantalvanosThe sketch is an adaptation of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s The Banquet of Cleopatra’.


Everprint Glass: Created By Melbourne Based Designer Brent O’Keefe






Insitu Furniture: Caprice Stool: Marcello Ziliani


Areaware: Orbit Chandelier: Patrick Townsend


Next up is another wonderful product from The Spashback Company.


Prosatin is a smooth, non-reflective glass splashback.  Prosatin is an alternative to the ‘high gloss’ finish of a regular glass splashback with the same level of heat resistance and durability.





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Poliform Sideboard-Immagini-073


The Splashback Company: Prostain Splashback

Insitu Furniture: Miura Stool by Plank: Designer: Konstantin Gricic


Poliform: Free Sideboard: Designer: Carlo Colombo




The Gauge : workplace

The latest Green Star-rated building, the Gauge at Melbourne’s Docklands, is the next big thing for Lend Lease, which is riding the green style wave after the success of its award-winning building, 30 The Bond, in Sydney.  The building was complete in April 2008



The Gauge

Throughout The Gauge, where the focus is on the individual, traditional desks interplay with work style alternatives.  The cosy lounge area by the open fire is complete with board games and magazines, it’s a sanctuary for personal time.  The environment is diverse managing to keep it social, but professional.  The glazed meetings rooms with a natural stream of light, foster collaboration and team work, while elsewhere den-like concrete walls enclose for privacy.  This sophisticated result reflects the authenticity and diversity of Melbourne’s commercial and cultural aesthetics.



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Hecker Phelan & Guthrie in association with WHO Design and Lend Lease


photo: Marcus Clinton