Monday, 16 June 2014

Winter is coming: Citta Design's smart bedlinen

When the weekend weather starts to chill, there is nothing like a good sleep-in. To ensure a well-deserved catch up on rest and relaxation is the success you dream of, equip your bedroom with creature comforts. Some essential must-haves include a soft rug, luxury bedding, a bedside table and a good lamp. Citta Design has them covered in their current range of gorgeous homewares for the bedroom. In the first pic below check out the range which includes Avenue print pillows, Constellation duvet cover, Soren woven bedspread, Geo sheet set, Guarida copper lamp, Oak coffee table, Tulip wool rug, and cute bedside fluffy friend. Other smart offerings follow, or read more ideas for cosy bedroom retreats in my story for Life&Style online at Fairfax Media.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Creative Concrete at Slab Homewares

Every now and then, when it appears concrete homewares and finishes have started to get a little dull, the thought that concrete has been around since Roman times firmly places the material back in the classic category where it merely requires designer updates. Open to numerous interpretations, concrete gets that edgy refashioning when designers invent ways to manipulate it, mix it and combine it with other materials. Slab Homewares makes concrete products that have been paired with wood and metallics to soften and transform the everyday living objects they are made available as. They are ideal for the minimalist home, but look just as right in vivid, decadent decors, as well. Here are some old and new designs.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Etsy Pop-Ups In-Store At West Elm

I just love the idea of big store initiatives that embrace local artisan craftsmanship. Take for example West Elm's plan to join forces with Etsy in the company's first Australian pop-up stores in the Sydney and Melbourne outlets on June 21st, between 1-6pm. The event will give West Elm customers the chance to scoop up one-of-a-kind pieces from the likes of Sydney screen print label Pom by Pomegranate, and ceramics made by Koa by Kaitlin in Melbourne, and of course many more.

As the trend in interior design is to mix statement pieces with novel items, a collaboration such as this offers West Elm customers the chance to buy both in one store. They also get to purchase some of the unique 'props' stylists often use in catalog shoots to individualise the look of a collection of furniture and homewares. For Etsy online makers, the in-store experience allows them to connect to the customer base of a bricks and mortar retail outlet where their products can be styled in situ with larger pieces of high-end furniture and furnishings. Check out West Elm FB events for more information.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Post-modern origami: Melvin Ong's twist on tradition

Melvin Ong graduated from Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design with a degree in Product Design in 2010 and then worked and exhibited in London before relocating back home to Singapore in 2012 to establish his studio, Desinere. He launched his first collection in Design Tide Tokyo 2012, and has continued to wow audiences at the recent Maison&Objet in Singapore, Maison&Objet Asia, earlier this month. Here are some of Ong's super smart and tactile designs. Note the inspirational twist on traditional Asian crafts, such as Japanese origami and ceramics.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Shine On: Chris Hardy designs at Object Gallery

It's not too late to get along to see a great exhibition of compelling works from 12 designers, all of whom have participated in the highly acclaimed Workshopped showcase held in Sydney each year. The show, called Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design, is being held in Object Gallery until June 21 at 417 Bourke Street, Surry Hills. The gallery is open 11am-5pm Wednesdays-Saturdays and has free entry. See below three amazing lighting designs from one of the designers, Chris Hardy: the nylon-coated Paper pendant, the porcelain Sixties pendant and the timber Trulli pendant.

Monday, 2 June 2014

The Bold and Beautiful: Black and White Beds

It may be still relatively warm this autumn in Australia, but there's no doubt winter is coming! 
As we spend more time indoors during the cooler months of the year, many turn their attentions to getting cosy in bed. Here are three ideas in bed furniture for those contemplating a new place to sleep.

The Low Profiler
Arflex have had another successful year at the 2014 Salone del Mobile, and have added new pieces and additional products to existing collections, which are now available in Australia. Bernhardt-Vella’s Suite bed creates practical elegance through the padded fabric houndstooth check headboard with leather piping.

The Four Poster 
Designed and made in Melbourne by Aero Designs, this modern take on the traditional four-poster queen bed sees an elegant steel frame run into a bold slatted bedhead with a fabric awning in either black or white.

The Bed Head 
The Ralston Queen bedhead from Heatherly Design Bedheads includes a piped-side profile detail with options of buttoning and contrast piping. Dress the bed in various check patterns to striking effect.