Inside & out: Winter warmer


ACT designers Front/Centre

Two local designers have been selected as Front/Centre finalists at Denfair – a showcase of contemporary design to be held in Melbourne on 20-22 June. Daniel Margules uses his skills in woodwork and welding to produce furniture designs that are a meld of art and functionality. Many of the unique pieces are created from reclaimed materials. The ACT is also represented by Estelle Briedis, a surface designer and screen printer who specialises in creating original surface designs, exploring ideas of architectural geometry, the mathematical process of tessellation and the aesthetics of symmetry.

Growing Good Gardens

The Kodo Hat & Coat stand by Daniel Margules is a finalist at Denfair’s Front/Centre exhibition in Melbourne. Photography: Tim Bean.

The 2019 Yates and Life Education ‘Growing Good Gardens’ grants program is now open! There are 10 grants to be won, valued at $1,000 each. Early learning centres, schools, youth and community groups (including sports clubs) across Australia are invited to submit a design for a garden that encourages a passion for growing and learning healthy habits. Applications close 17 June.

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Haier upgrade

Appliance brand Haier has joined forces with McDonald Jones Homes to release a free upgrade package (conditions apply). Valued at $6,343, the package, which is exclusive to the McDonald Jones NOW Series, delivers home owners added value as they can move into their new home without having to shop for home appliances. The package includes a family size fridge, 90cm oven, gas cooktop, rangehood and dishwasher. Additionally, the laundry package includes a front load washer and dryer.

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Winter warmer

The nights are getting cooler so it’s time to make sure your air conditioner is ready to keep you cosy and warm. Kyle Rafter, Fujitsu General Australia’s national product manager, provides tips on how to improve efficiency when heating the home with reverse cycle air conditioning:

  • Keep the indoor and outdoor unit clean.
  • Have the system serviced by a licensed technician.
  • Use timers. Program the system to turn on to heat the room before waking and before returning home from work or school. This avoids operation at full power during peak times and lowers demand on the unit.
  • Only heat the rooms being used. Keep doors and windows closed and for homes with ducted system, use zone control features to heat specific areas.

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