The Nature of Design

EST MAGAZINE ISSUE 52 | The Nature of Design

I spoke to French designer Pierre Yovanovitch during his recent visit to Melbourne, who shared his strong need for contact with nature and time spent with animals as an antidote to Paris life.

In this issue, we see how architecture and design can create a closer relationship to nature and the profound impact this connection can have on our mental and physical health. We view wellness through the lens of the tactile and introspective interiors of a harbourside apartment redesigned by Arent&Pyke and Gwyneth Paltrow’s serene family sanctuary by Brigette Romanek. At the same time, Danish studio Norm Architects’ contemporary rendition of a traditional summerhouse reflects a Nordic approach to biophilic design.

Our latest film takes us to Topanga, California, inside the Saddle Peak Residence by Sant Architects overlooking the coast of Santa Monica. We meet owner Goktug Sarioz, who affirms the role of architecture in capturing the surroundings: “There’s nothing more restorative than being in a place like this.”

Architects Gabriela Carrillo and Mauricio Rocha invite us inside a secluded Mexican jungle retreat that responds to a dense and steep site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, while on Sydney’s Clovelly Beach, Andrew Burges Architects blur the natural and manmade in the Gully House. Design commentator Karen McCartney writes on the dialogue between architecture and water in the Oxley Pool and Boatshed by Allied Office, and our special feature further explores this interplay in four distinct pools and pavilions.

In the Detail pages and throughout this issue, we contemplate the notion of wellness in the context of residential design and how nature and wellness are inextricably linked in the search for creativity, inspiration, solace and comfort.

– Sophie Lewis, editor



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