Saturday, 6 June 2015

Forever Furniture: A Buyer’s Guide to the Dining Table

There comes a time when a make-do piece of furniture won’t do.

The dining table is not only a gathering spot for family and friends, but also a focal point in the home. If you intend to shop for one you’ll have forever, you will probably want to buy only once. So what do you need to look for? A dining table needs to be well crafted and strong, seat a good many people and be of a good shape and size to suit most rooms. As a dining table can be an expensive investment, you will need to take your time in your search to tick off the key criteria you hope the table will satisfy at home.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Lights Up: Euroluce in Milan 2015

Now this is a pretty pendant worthy of a contemporary castle. Fairy by Axo Light is reminiscent of 'magical objects that appear to have jumped straight out of a fairytale. Powered entirely by LED, it sparkles even when the light is turned off, and is a romantic collection of lights designed by Manuel Vivian to evoke the magic of fairy dust. "The collection is a charming waterfall of crystalline reflections that creates a glamorous atmosphere with it's multi-faceted glass diffuser and creative play at different heights," says the creators.
Available in creative linear or circular suspensions, Fairy is perfect for the bathroom or any room in the home really. It will be on show at Euroluce 2015 in Milan and you'll find it in either of the Mondo Luce showrooms in Sydney or Melbourne.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Kaleidoscope Classic: Wegner’s Wishbone in 25 Colours

Beautiful in wood, the wishbone chair is a delightful dining room seat. Now the iconic classic is available in a kaleidoscope of colours. The distinctive lacquered options have been inspired by Wegner’s original palette and range from soft neutrals to bold, vibrant hues – lending themselves to almost every imaginable interior decor and taste. There are red-browns, orange-reds, deep greens, subtle blues and purples as well as a neutral range spanning from white to black, There are also a dozen new colours launched a few years ago in celebration of the chair's 60th birthday and these are subdued light greens, sea blues, soft violets and a new white option. All are available now in Australia from Cult Design.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Peter Stutchbury: AIA Gold Medal winner for 2015

Peter Stutchbury has been awarded Australia's highest architectural honour, the Australian Institute of Architects' Gold Medal for 2015. The His work has spanned educational, industrial and residential projects and he is well known for its innovative approach to sustainability. Presently he lives in a 45-square-metre 'tent home' he erected on a site in a suburb on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. "The tent house provides a model for sustainability," Stutchbury said. "It is a purposeful step towards a radical view of living in the 'suburbs'."
Stutchbury is no stranger to accolades. Over the past three decades his practice has accumulated about 50 major awards. Of his residential projects, he is best known for his responses to unique Australian regional landscapes, and this is best seen in recent celebrated projects: the seaside Bay House near Sydney, and the Invisible House in the Blue Mountains, NSW. He also designed Wall House for fashion designer Issey Miyake.
Previous Gold Medal recipients include Jørn Utzon, Glenn Murcutt and Richard Leplastrier.

Invisible House, Blue Mountains, NSW. Photography by Michael Nicholson
Hermit House, Sydney, NSW. Photography by Michael Nicholson
Land House, Sydney, NSW. Photography by Michael Nicholson
Peter Stutchbury's tent house Sydney.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Blushing Beauty: Dulux Colour of 2015 with Copper Highlights

Rapunzel, Rapunzel... let down your coppery hair so I could climb up those lustrous locks into your blushing pink tower with glowing copper pendant lighting and dusty pink sofas. Then to bed I would fall asleep in sateen-soft pale pink sheets and dream of knights in coppery coloured shiny armour.

1. Botantical mural decorates a cupboard; via
2. Copper blush is Dulux Colour Of The Year 2015; via 
3. Blush pink sofa; via
4. Copper blush is Dulux Colour Of The Year 2015; via 
5. Copper lights styling by Heather Nette King, photo by Mike Baker, copyright Fairfax Media; via
6. Copper, blush and grey bedroom; via, photography by

Magdalena Jasek stars in this Rapunzel editorial for Harper's Bazaar China. Gracing the Asian publication's February 2015 issue, the image series highlights feminine wardrobe staples and long haired looks that are dramatic and other-worldly. Titled 'Fifty Shades of Pink', Harper's Bazaar China's Rapunzel editorial is captured by Maurizio Bavutti.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Wire Works: Metal lighting from Amalfi

Many will love this new range from Amalfi that includes a selection of pendant lights and floor and desk lamps inspired by shapes and wire forms. The pendant lights are spectacular, boasting strong lines formed by geometric shapes and are available in popular matte black and copper finishes. The new floor and desk lamps also embody an industrial structure in a high sheen copper finish and are easy to introduce into any interior scheme. Priced from $84.95 upwards, these are lights are affordable, too, providing a cool but low-cost design interpretation of a trend that seems to be delightfully hanging around.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Along the fold: Origami Kami bedlinen from Aura

It's definitely neo and geo, but there's not a fluro in sight with the new Kami range of bedlinen from AuraHome. Inspired by origami, the Kami pattern is an ode to the ancient Japanese craft of paper play. Enfold yourself in Kami's crisp cotton sateen goodness for zen-like slumber.