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 hectares at a quaint little place in the country," says Justin. "We were about to start work converting an old woolshed in our home when I was diagnosed with dystonia, a debilitating movement disorder. To receive the medical attention I needed, we had to go back to Sydney." Having living in the inner city for nearly 20 years, it seemed the best option.

"I initially dismissed this terrace when I saw it for auct[...]

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[...]


IT WAS NEARLY 20 years ago that a quirky log cabin weekender with unattractive 70’s additions caught the eye of a young couple house-hunting on Sydney’s northern beaches.  Immediately recognising the potential and overlooking the negatives t[...]


HOW DO YOU juggle two busy jobs, being a wife to a busy man and mum to three active kids? It’s all in a day’s work for Leah Kress creator of the Infancy stores for children’s clothes, home wares and gifts, Leah sees the juggle as just a par[...]


BRITISH LAMP MANUFACTURERS Anglepoise® have collaborated with fashion designer Paul Smith to re-interpret the classic Type 75™  table lamp.

Designer of the Anglepoise Type 75 lamp, Sir Kenneth Grange, says that Paul Smith has given "a spec[...]


HAVING TO GO outside to get from the living room to the bedrooms (and the bathroom) mightn’t be to everyone’s cup of tea, but the intention for this low-cost, lightweight weekender was always to create something that felt a little like “ele[...]


Fanuli X the generalist

WHEN YOU WANDER into a furniture store on the hunt for a new sofa, it’s likely that one or two will catch your eye across the crowded room. First impressions are very important but, says Fabio Fanuli, the decision mak[...]


HERE'S A GLOBE that not only sheds a warm glow and looks terrific in lamp shades where the fixture is designed to be prominent, but it's dimmable too. The Caget Squirrel Cage Lamp is available from



DUTCH DESIGNER HARRY van Ierssel and  his Chilean partner in life and business, Camila vega Faba, aren’t easy to pin with any convenient label. And that’s probably because the sheer range of their works is so wide and, says Harry, “I’m [...]


ORIENTED TO CATCH the cooling trade winds and positioned above an idyllic little sandy cove at Bacolet on the Caribbean island of Tobago, Ohana Villa seems an impossibly perfect piece of paradise.

Designed with a Balinese feel by Caribbea[...]


WHO WOULD HAVE guessed that a quick glance into a real estate agent’s window would prove to be the answer to Annie Herron’s problem. There she saw an advertisement for a three-bedroom farmhouse set on 420 acres that stopped her in her tracks[...]

foto Antonio Citterio by Wolfgang Scheppe

ANTONIO CITTERIO IS passionate about design, passionate about “real design” and passionately dismissive, in equal measure, for a contemporary media that can elevate “superfluous design” for no good reason at all.

“The media decide a[...]


THERE'S A COUPLE of remarkable things that distinguish the new apartment buildings -- One Central Park -- that now dominates Sydney city's western edge. First there's a huge heliostat reflector that cantilivers out from it's top; and second there[...]




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