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A WHILE AGO we ran a feature waxing lyrical about the charm of a particularly well-designed new chair. An instant classic. It was just the sort of piece to anchor a space for the long term. Here's a space where another armchair is the star turn -- at architect Madeleine Blanchfield's two-bedroom apartment are a tan leather Womb chair and footstool by Knoll as the cornerstone pieces that will never wilt in a simple city pad.

The apartment is to be found inside The Grid by Ian Moore Architects (the company was known as Engelen Moore at the time). The layout of the apartment is uncomplicated -- "basically a rectangle," says Madeleine, with a dee[...]

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SHATTERED BY A 30-hour-long and difficult flight from Paris, the owners-to-be of this apartment were sitting in a café “with their eyes hanging out”, as they describe it, “like zombies” while flicking distractedly through a local paper l[...]

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FINNISH DESIGN COMPANY Muuto  have come up with a stoneware alternative to the classic glass coffee plunger. Push, designed by Mette Duedahl, has a transparent lid, beechwood grip and stoneware body.

" I wanted to make a coffee press, which [...]

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ENTERING THE HOME of artists Michael Pugh and Janey Pugh I feel a little like Alice in Wonderland -- suddenly falling into another world so special and unique -- a house hidden by tropical rainforest, surrounded by towering black bamboo and a tr[...]

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AS THE MAKERS of this curvaceously elegant magazine rack are happy to admit, the inspiration for the design came from a similar piece of treasure once spotted in an secondhand furniture store. The original piece was remembered and it's designer[...]

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FOR YEARS, EVENT stylist Sharnel Dollar kept a scrapbook of magazine tear sheets and a picture in her mind of what her dream house would look like. Frequent trips to visit family in the United States with husband Perry, inspired both with an app[...]

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FOR MOST PEOPLE the dream of a move to the country usually revolves around a quaint old farmhouse with plenty of old-world, rustic charm. Not so for the Edwards family who left their inner city weatherboard cottage for the coast a decade ago.

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THERE'S NO MISTAKING the city skyline behind these plates. Their creator, Leslie David, is based in Paris and has created an exquisite set of Limoges porcelain dinner plates with blue and gold geometric lines.
David is a graphic designer, art d[...]

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THIS IS A collection, says its creator George Dubinsky, that's inspired by the "intersection of nature and manufacturing". That is to say that George and his US-based company Edgewood Made understands timber and how to make furniture that's beau[...]

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JOHN MACARTHUR IS a man who knits for a living, so it's hardly a surprise to find that his beach house is a place that's less than conventional. John and his partner Julian Porter, who is the head concierge at a hotel on Bondi Beach's seafront, h[...]

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NOT MANY PEOPLE are lucky enough to have a partner who can build the house of their dreams and just about anything they can think of to put in it. When Leah Atkins and her partner David Gleeson moved back in to their weatherboard home on the New [...]

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DUTCH ARTIST MARGIE TEEUWEN and designer Erwin Zwier's whimsical, experimental and beautiful Proplamp is made from Tyvek, a degradable, non-woven material and inspired by what is usually the result of other discarded ideas: a screwed up piece of [...]

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NORWEGIAN DESIGN LABEL Permafrost released the Giant Leap rug for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing in 2009. The rug is 160cm in diameter and made from New Zealand wool. For those more impressed with earthly-inspired designs, there's also [...]

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