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.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Boho Bedroom from Bowerhouse

Cultured cane, bent bamboo and right-now rattan furniture is certainly getting its moment du jour. With the advent of interest in these much loved oldie-but-goodie pieces of mid-century style the savvy stylist is picking up auction finds at very reasonable prices. Classic Seventies bedheads, drinks carts, and coffee tables are popular at auction houses but designers are also sensing that there is more to the trend that a mere nostalgic dalliance. Bowerhouse in Western Australia offers plenty of cool re-fashioned contemporary versions of these funky classics. Take for example, the Terrance bar cart, Barrel side table or Byron armchair. What I love is the combination of natural materials of the furniture with the colourful fine embroidered quilts, cushions and bed throws that Bowerhouse offers to complement the hard stuff. It's a perfect match, especially in the bedroom. See below.

Bowerhouse Young Bedroom: Vintage Kantha Quilt, Drum Stool in Wenge (used as side table), Ikat Kantha Cushion, Stripe Cushion, Stripe Floor Cushion, 'Little Bird' Legacy artwork framed, 'Vivid Floral' Legacy artwork framed, Wanderer tote bag
Bowerhouse Bedroom: Terrance Bar Cart, Little Dancer Artwork,  Vintage Kantha Quilt, Silk Kantha Cushion
Bowerhouse Barrel Side Table
Bowerhouse Legacy Cushion and
Vintage Kantha Quilt

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Woodworks are top shelf at Handkrafted

Karl Young of Saltwood Designs in Perth, Western Australia, is single-handedly bringing back the humble butcher's block, refashioning it into an attractive kitchen bench. Made from recycled Jarrah end-grain butchers block with Tasmanian oak shelves, the table can be made to any specifications. It's available from a new online marketplace called Handkrafted, which caters to those wanting to commission high quality, custom-made furniture. I love that the site features talented woodworkers from across Australia. Handkrafted's goal is to create a way to help discerning buyers seek and find unique, high-quality and sustainably produced goods and connect them with the right craftspeople and artisans to bring their design to life. What a great idea!

Other Saltwood Designs

Monday, 9 March 2015

Wabi House: Japanese sense in a Western context.

Is this your idea of domestic bliss? Wabi House in Southern Californian is an atypical modern home that combines the lan­guage of traditional Japanese building with American modern charm. It was designed by Sebastian Mariscal for Shino and Ken Mori. The pair gave their architect a fairly open brief but also gave clues about their living style by describing how they lived day to day in Tokyo when growing up. From these Mariscal developed his design. From the charred outside cedar cladding to its calm interior, Wabi House oozes serenity. The interior opens up to the garden and courtyards. There is an area of tatami for sitting and viewing the garden and the walkway to the house bridges a pond of koi (carp). Modest, humble, and displaying an unconventional aesthetic, this house is what the Japanese might regard as wabi-sabi style. All photos by Daniel Hennessy Photography.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Going to Extremes: Black and White Checks & Stripes

If I could be pretty Polly and stay on the streamers of colour that exist imperceptibilly between black and white stripes I would never veer toward the contrasts of monochrome, the light and shade, the black and white. My life would be filled with cheerful brightness but also, at times, with mediocre blandness. Oh for a life of extremes.

1. The Club Hotel, designed by Colin Seah of Ministry of Design, Singapore,
2. Still from Polly Maggoo, a satirical art house film made in the 1960s by William Klein. Polly Maggoo is a 20-year-old Brooklyn-born fashion model in Paris, and Grayson Hall pays Miss Maxwell, a fashion magazine editor based on Diana Vreeland.
3. Houndstooth check towels, via susannavento.fl
4. Cafeteria La Biennale Venice by Tobias Rehbeger,
5. WOW Black and white powder room by Los Angeles interior designer Christian May, via
6. Balmain Resort fashion colllection 2013,
7. Zebra-wallpaper,
8. Stylist Susanna Vento painted all surfaces in her 61 sqm apartment chalk-white and decorated it with furniture, lamps, rugs and accessories exclusively in black and white, bringing more light and spacious feel into her home, via susannavento.fl

Stills from Who are you Polly Magoo? by photographer William Klein.