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DESIGN 01 AUG 2019 5 MIN READ issue #8

Trend forecasts; the best in 2019 design from on trend lighting to the best places to eat.

Trend forecasts; hip eateries; award predictions. Our in-house experts share the inside scoop.

My Ideal House, Moreton Manor and Harold Park have been shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter) awards. Harold Park was shortlisted for Urban Design; Moreton Manor for Residential Architecture – Alterations and Additions and My Ideal House for sustainability. Here’s why we think they will win:


My Ideal House is the result of a design competition Mirvac ran in collaboration with Australian House & Garden to raise awareness of the importance of good design for the masses. Architect Madelaine Blanchfield’s submission was chosen from over 80 finalists


Constructed in the early 1880s, Moreton Manor is now the focus of Mirvac’s “The Moreton” residential development in Bondi. After 90 years as an institutional establishment, the building was restored as a family home. Its current modern transformation, designed by CO-AP architects for Mirvac, enriches the property’s grand Victorian Italianate style with respect and simplicity. Transformation of the original sandstone stables structure into a poolside pavilion provides connection to the garden. Adapting the original house to modern living enables the continued preservation of the heritage property, and achieves cultural and environmental sustainability.


Mirvac’s Harold Park redevelopment has reimagined urban life for its residents by creating a precinct that exemplifies residential and retail excellence, while also unlocking a new green heart for Sydney’s Inner West. Seven new residential precincts sit harmoniously in the landscape and supply a critical mass of housing. The meticulous restoration of Tramsheds (the former Rozelle tram depot) forms a retail centrepiece, which alongside the 3.8 hectares of new public parkland, creates a village atmosphere with a shared sense of cultural heritage


In recent years, Melbourne’s NGV’s “Friday Nights” series of events has attracted a cult following – many of whom live in Mirvac’s Yarra’s Edge, an easy walk from the gallery. This winter, the NGV has upped the ante with the addition of a Hutong Dumpling Bar pop-up. The Market Lane institution’s head chef, Yibo Wang, will take over the gallery’s kitchen and serve up soupy Shanghainese dumplings every Friday night in winter. With both classics and new flavours on the bill, Hutong’s menu makes an ideal cold-weather accompaniment to the sounds of some of Australia’s brightest musicians.

2019 design wrap up. From architecture to food and award predictions.


Flexible materials such as leather, LED tape, power cables and aluminium emerged as key trends in lighting at this year’s Salone del Mobile, according to Mirvac Residential’s Senior Lighting Designer, Martin Bevz, who attended the event in Milan. Arguably the most exciting week in the annual design calendar, with an abundance of new product launches and mind-blowing installations, Martin says flexibility was a trend as was showcasing the cable and suspension systems, usually hidden away when installing lights. “We are moving away from the idea that lighting must come in the form of a solid object, now designers are experimenting with technology and materials so that lighting is now more a system of units that allow endless configurations” he says.


Ikea’s new TÄNKVÄRD collection, made of rattan, cotton, linen, jute and seagrass, explores a more sustainable – and fluid – way of living. Much of the range has dual functions, such as a room divider that works as a clothes hanger or a storage basket that doubles as a bag. Mirvac recently furnished an entire apartment with Ikea pieces as part of Open House Perth. See the full story on page 36.


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Artwork: ‘Reimagining Country’, created by Riki Salam (Mualgal, Kaurareg, Kuku Yalanji) of We are 27 Creative.