In this issue of Home Design Magazine, we step into the perfect Manhattan penthouse. Plus, window shading options, create a brilliant bedroom and ensuite space, and eco-friendly furniture.
The national Timber Design Awards this year were an opportunity for architects, designers and design industry professionals to showcase the use of this beautiful material in the design and construction of their projects. From single residential to multi-res, commercial, office and public buildings, the use of timber appears in myriad creative applications, both structural and decorative.
I’ve been judging these awards along with colleagues for more than five years and every year we see more entries and higher standards, no doubt brought about by the increasing interest in using timber for its durability, beauty, renewability and sustainability. This issue we showcase the finalists in the residential category and celebrate the use of responsibly sourced and creatively used timber.
Outdoor living is no doubt front-of-mind for many of us as the warmer weather returns. Creating an outdoor space, somewhere to enjoy a picnic or just a quiet place to sit, can be achieved quite simply. This issue our stylist Sabrina and photographer Tim ventured into the wild (the garden outside our offices!) to shoot our latest issue. They used a variety of outdoor furniture, furnishings and accessories that you’re sure to love. Our Outdoor Rooms feature delves further into the design, construction and decoration of an outdoor space whether on a rooftop, balcony, in a garden or by the beach, showing that the creative options are endless.
Windows and doors make up a large part of our homes in Australia as we love bringing the outside in. However, protection from the elements will not only make our homes more comfortable on the inside, it will also help us save power. This issue we explore the range of shading systems available and ascertain which is the best solution for your home.
Projects this issue range from apartments in New York and Sydney to homes in Griffith and Melbourne. Among these projects is the winner of the AIA NSW Architecture Wilkinson Award for Residential Architecture — Houses (new), designed by Popov Bass Architects. Thermal mass, abundant light, gallery spaces and Mediterranean-inspired courtyards define this stunning contemporary Australian home in regional New South Wales, described by the judges as having an overriding sense of tranquillity.
Enjoy this issue.
Kate St James, FDIA