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 truly amazing array of exotic tropical plants and trees.

The couple came home in 1971 after working and travelling in Europe and “Michael and I wanted to live a different sort of lifestyle," says Janey. "We were expecting our first child and we wanted to live simply and tread lightly on the earth. We aimed to be as self-sufficient as we could .We grew our own vegetables, raised goats and bartered our goo[...]


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[...]


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[...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


FLEUR SCHELL HAS travelled and worked around the world as an artist and art teacher but when she and her husband Richard Noonan looked to settle down, it's unlikely that turning a rock legend's old school into a home and studio was on the agenda.[...]

THE TIMBER TUCK stool and table -- try saying that six times  --  is a new casual table setting from DesignByThem featuring the geometric lines of the original Tuck Stool. Designed by DesignByThem's founders Nicholas Karlovasitis and Sarah G[...]


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[...]


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 [...]


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[...]


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.



BRITISH DESIGNER PAUL Smith is, it seems, the go-to man when a design company is looking to freshen their look. Accordingly Carl Hansen & Søn have teamed up with Smith and US textile company Maharam to celebrate the 100th anniversary of fur[...]


WHILE MANY PEOPLE dream of escaping the city for the country life, a few years ago, Justin van den Berg and Michael Arends found themselves desperately trying to work out the best way back in to an urban existence.

"In 2004 we bought 23 hectar[...]



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