In today’s fast-paced world, retail fashion experiences are overwhelmingly characterised by high turnover rates and the very brief temperaments of season and trend. Hidden within this landscape however lie two havens, distances apart, yet linked by an alternative philosophy that values timelessness, quality and a sense of community. We take a trip from Sydney’s The Frock Exchange to Melbourne locale, Archive, to discover how two very different – yet similarly minded – fashion consignment stores are slowing things down. All photos by Rafaela Pandolfini.
Vina Lostado at Sol Haus studio has designed her dream home that’s somehow both tiny and luxurious. Reflecting her own philosophy, the house embodies ideas of simplicity, sustainability and living within means. The mini home has 140 square feet of living space that, with ample windows, operable sky lights, portable solar panels and solar heating, is entirely self-sufficient. Double doors open onto a patio to extend the living area, while bringing in fresh air throughout the space.
Concealed within the labyrinthine streets surrounding Kichijoji Station in Tokyo’s west lies BONDO, a “hand made art store” focusing on hand-crafted objects sourced from across the four islands of Japan. Ben Davis – writer, photographer and editor at the Thousands Tokyo – sat down with owner and friend, Yuichi Murakami for a chat about daily life, the conceptual process of curating the store, and the unique energy of well-crafted things. All photos by Ben Davis.
Melbourne-based studio Edwards Moore breathe new life – and light – into a single-storey terrace house in Carlton North. Squashed between a multi-storey apartment block on one side and another Victorian terrace on the other, the project – dubbed the ‘Lightbox House’ – features an additional storey with perforated floor that allows light to filter through to the ground level. We talk to the architect duo about the design philosophies behind this luminescent, inner-city oasis. All photos by Daniel Aulsebrook.
BIG have announced a proposal for a new concept zoo in central Denmark. The proposal takes the original 1960s zoo in Gizskud and reimagines it as a place where humans and animals now exist in harmony, turning traditional notions of animals in captivity on their head. According to preliminary plans, the 300 acre site will be organised around three geographical zones – Asia, Africa and America – where animals will be able to roam in the freest environment possible. Visitors will be able to access these areas using hiking and biking trails, boats or from the air. The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in 2019. (via ArchDaily)
Melbourne-based, Polish-born, South-African artist, Andrzej Nowicki, shares his family recipe for ‘Pork & Pineapple’ - a uniquely delicious dish born with its origins in communist Poland, but which has continued to change and evolve with each of his family’s migrations to South Africa, New York and beyond. Andrzej, who is also the mastermind behind the Grey Eye Society - a Melbourne class which combines with wine appreciation - treated Assemble Papers to his latest version of the family favourite. All photos by Pino Demaio.
Spanish architecture studio Ábaton have developed a transportable micro home that embodies principles of wellbeing, environmental balance, and simplicity. Along with wood sourced from regulated forests, most of the materials can be recycled and meet the sustainable criteria that Ábaton applies to all its projects. It blends in with the environment thanks to its large openings that bring the outdoors inside.
In Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia architects have designed a house specifically for trees. The project is part of an ongoing initiative to reverse the rapid and near total urbanisation of Vietnamese cities. In one of the most densely populated areas of Ho Chi Minh city you can find the prototypical house, comprised of what appears to resemble five building-sized concrete planters. The five units work together to create an interconnected and elevated garden compound positioned around a central courtyard. This forward thinking initiative seeks to reconnect urban dwellers with a small slice of mother nature amongst the concrete jungles common to the every-day city existence.
ON OUR WEBSITE:In the aftermath of the 2009 Black Saturday fires, Strathewen resident, Dominic Bourke reflects on the process of rebuilding a life, community and home through the resurrection of his studio, destroyed in the blazes along with many other homes. Bourke – a teacher, poet, builder and musician – built the retreat using reclaimed materials, including timber milled from the burnt forest and wood salvaged from the demolition of the Barwon Heads bridge. All photos by James Geer.
Lauren Berkowitz is an Australian installation artist who is known for exploring the complex modern condition through ephemeral works, reflecting concerns with the passage of time, humanism and the environment. Berkowitz uses only degenerative or regenerative materials in her artwork, often combining local, native plants and European, introduced plants to draw on particular environments, such as Sydney in her 2010 show, Sustenance:”I’ve always been drawn to specific sites and have often been commissioned to create works at a particular museum or environment, so…my starting point is often to go to a space, observe the landscape around it and kind of work with those materials. In a way it’s good discipline too, because you’re limited to a certain palette of materials - but it also just makes sense to use what’s readily available in your environment”.