SID 2013: LiveLife, well ...

We were very pleased to host a Habitus LiveLife event on Saturday morning as part of the Sydney Indesign agenda. The panel was led by Habitus’ emphatic Deputy Editor Nicky Lobo and featured speakers Dr Caroline Butler-Bowden, Bruce Eeles and Tim Ross discussing adaptive reuse and whether “the old is the new new”.

The Showroom was full of curious guests, earnestly listening to the interesting topics raised by the speakers – topics such as how we currently view design, what are the benefits of the ‘old’ and the ‘new’, adaptive reuse and sustainability, the importance of protecting architectural history, the reasons we are drawn to architecture and much more.   An interesting topic was raised as the discussion turned for some time to how to adapt a heritage or Federation home whilst still maintaining the charm and original qualities which initially drew you to it – the panel had some interesting ideas all coming from very different perspectives, Mr Eeles from a heavy architectural working history, Dr Butler-Bowden from her work in the Historic Houses Trust and Mr Ross’ from his comical anecdotes of university life in terrace living and owning his own older-style home in Sydney’s lower North Shore.

It was so rewarding to see a host of like-minded people discussing topics relevant to our industry and to our future.  It was also a treat to see some new KE-ZU product be utilized in the showroom like never before.   Andreu World’s Reverse Table with timber top and New Ronda, bd Barcelona’s Gaulino Chair and Chorus Furniture’s Theo Sled-based chair were the perfect pieces to allow the relaxed and open discussion to carry on at the showroom.

KE-ZU’s SID partner Yellowtrace’s immensely popular redesign of the showroom allowed the crowd to form before the colossal printed screen – almost appearing as if the speakers had squatted (fabulously) in an empty warehouse!

An excellent kick off to an excellent day – with many thanks going to Saturday’s speakers, and Habitus!

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