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NAU Launches New Collections at ICFF

5.22.2018

Following on from their 2017 international debut in New York last year, Australian design brand NAU has returned to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) to unveil two stunning new collections. The first is the Jolly lighting range by Kate Stokes, who many of you will know as the designer behind award-winning design studio Coco Flip. Marking her debut collection for NAU, it's great to see some female representation amongst the talented collective! An advocate of ‘slow design’, Kate is fastidious in her pursuit of quality design through detail; finding joy in creating products with personality, designed to last a lifetime. Arising from the desire to create a playful lighting collection, Jolly is an exploration of form and material. It features translucent, hand-blown glass juxtaposed against solid-coloured metal rods and shades to create a balance of material composition, while the asymmetric elfin-like form injects a cheerful sense of joy.


The collection includes two pendant light variations, the single rod pendant and double rod pendant. Positioned at different angles, the lamps give the pendant such a fun and quirky edge. I love this design! A compact wall light completes the collection, while the gorgeous range of colours make it even more special. The refined palette includes black, eucalyptus, burgundy and satin-polished brass, all of which are designed to complement the soft glow of the opal glass shades.


NAU also introduces the SIA chair by Tom Fereday who has been with the collective since its launch last year. Named after its unique adjustable backrest, SIA, meaning movement, is a lightweight timber chair that is slender in design yet uncompromising in comfort. Shaped from solid natural timber, the curved seat and articulated back is contrasted by a minimal steel frame that supports the sculptural timber elements and allows for a convenient stackable design. While originally conceived for the dining room, the SIA chair is perfect for both commercial and residential applications.

Art direction Heather Nette King photography Mike Baker

The SIA chair is available with a black powdercoat frame, and the seat and backrest is made with solid timber in ash, black stained ash, oak, smoked oak or walnut.

Currently on show at ICFF until 23 May, NAU had been awarded with Best Stand for Innovation! Once again designed by award-winning Australian firm DesignOffice, the striking stand takes inspiration from the Australian landscape and palette, with photography by Brooke Holm. If you're in New York head along and meet NAU designers Adam Goodrum, Kate Stokes and Adam Cornish at the NAU Stand (#1941) between 12.00-3.00pm each day. 

Images courtesy of NAU

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Homes to Inspire | Sleek + Sophisticated in Stockholm

5.21.2018

Located in a historical building in Sweden, this residence has been meticulously renovated to showcase the original features. With clean lines, luxurious textures and a refined elegance, it is quite the show-stopper. From the curved velvet sofa and statement artworks to the parquet flooring, it oozes sophistication at every turn. The two-toned walls accentuate the high ceilings while the beige marble in the kitchen provides a warm, tonal effect - so sleek!


Images via Alexander White 

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Seaside Abode by Norm Architects

5.18.2018

Combining Scandic-Bohemian feels and barefoot luxury, this beautiful coastal home in Denmark calls for slow days spent by the sea. Recently completed by Norm Architects, the renovated and modernised home is situated amongst the unspoilt nature of North Zealand, just an hour out of Copenhagen. A quiet and secluded location surrounded by stunning scenery where Japanese zen aesthetics and danish cottage style charm come together, it boasts subtle, Nordic luxury and eclectic design elements.


With architect Linda Korndal leading the project, and Laura Bilde working on the interior architecture, the goal was to bring nature into the space, blurring the lines between inside and out - an ambition many of us can relate to in today's increasingly digital and urbanised world. 


The serene interior features a rich and natural material palette of wood and stone. Earthy colours carry through the spaces, with a faint touch of blue and green tones in the handmade ceramics and soft linen. Furniture, sculptures, design elements and art pieces add a more refined and international sense to the house, while the surrounding nature flows through the panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows. This is further emphasised through references to colours, tactile surfaces and painted objects.


Dark and light nuances are bridged by subtle midtones in the furniture and bespoke elements, creating a balanced look and feel. The soft and minimal settings are harmoniously accompanied by picture-perfect ocean views. Custom interior elements provide timeless well-tailored solutions, while the understated decor reflects the surrounding landscapes. I particularly love the living room couches designed by Piero Lissoni and the custom-made sculptural lamp in the entrance way. Oak wooden plinths, bronzed brass lamps, Noren (Japanese fabric dividers), objects, ceramics and art pieces collected by their owners during their travels embody the same design language and earthy palette.

Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Peace and tranquillity with plenty of soul, this home is a true dream.  

Images via Norm Architects 

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Dulux Colour Awards 2018

5.16.2018

The 32nd Dulux Colour Awards for Architecture and Interior Design were held at a Gala event at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne last week. The prestigious industry awards programme recognises the most creative and considered use of colour in nine project categories.



With 15 Finalists from NZ architecture and interior design firms celebrating their shortlisted projects, this year’s awards highlighted the impact of colour as an architectural and interior design device; from the warm muted tones of a studio interior to the shimmering metallic finish on a period home extension, the varied application of colour was demonstrated with universal flair.



Courage and innovation typifies the inspired use of colour in all of the winning projects. Excited to share a couple with you today, the first is Percy St by Bagnoli Architects. Winner of the Single Residential Interior category, the Victorian cottage has been transformed with a new home extension, while retaining as much of the original design and history as possible. Lines of sight, light, texture, colour, fixtures, fittings and detailing are custom designed throughout the entire project.


The design connects the old to the new internally via an interplay of floating built-in furniture versus solid and rich brass and marble detailing. Circular forms define and contain moments through the design. 


The main living area has one conical skylight, painted yellow, warmly capturing the eastern morning light and a second painted blue capturing and cooling the north/western light, marking time through the space. From sunset the LED lights within the base of the cone provide an evening glow. 

Photography by Ari Hatzis

The Dulux colours used is this incredible project are Spanish Olive, Bleached Coral Half, Antarctica Lake Quarter, Duck Egg Cream Quarter, Fair Bianca Half and Antique White U.S.A.

This next project, Elsternwick House by Fiona Lynch, was awarded a Commendation for the Single Residential Interior category. With a storied past, the grand, historic bones of this magnificent Victorian home became the interior design studio's muse as they reimagined the space with respect for its past and vision for its future. 


The brief from the client was to celebrate the existing historic features through a respectful palette and to layer contemporary fittings and furniture to reflect the young family's lifestyle. Grand rooms were made more intimate and liveable through playing with scale of carefully curated furniture and fittings. A commanding original fireplace in deep russet marble informed Fiona Lynch's choice of Dulux Elusive Blue for the surrounding walls, whilst the soaring ceiling inspired elegant velvet curtains in unexpected tobacco.


Fiona Lynch delivered an exciting exploration of colour with a considered approach ensuring a wonderfully resolved marriage of new and old. Despite their contemporary aesthetic, the intervention of iconic pieces are at harmony with the homes historic character bound by a timeless reverence for materiality and proportion.


"Integral to the project, and to the client, was to ensure each room maintained its own particular aesthetic - be it dining, study, formal or informal lounges. The architecture and layout dictated much of the flow, however, for us it was also important to create cohesive journey that slowly revealed itself as one moves from space to space, taking an evolutionary approach from room to room" says Fiona Lynch. Soft, earthy Dulux Pipe Clay in the lounge melds into grey Dulux Tristan in the adjacent study; through to a dining room swathed in striking blue Elusive Blue. The bedrooms were calm and enriched in deep Dulux Silkwort, with varying tones in velvet, linen and upholstery completing the calm, strikingly adult rooms.

Photography by Sharyn Cairns

Such a serene and elegant home!

For information on the Dulux Colour Awards 2018 judging panel and to see the full list of winners take a look here

Images courtesy of Dulux 


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The Inspiring Studio of Williams Burton Leopardi

5.14.2018

Providing a seamless mix of architecture and interior design, Adelaide-based Williams Burton Leopardi (WBL) create inspiring spaces that are made intelligently and from the heart. Wanting to create a design office to accurately demonstrate their design philosophy, their dream was realised last year with the completion of the Williams Burton Leopardi Studio. With a uniqueness and beauty that takes my breath away, I'm excited to be sharing it with you today.


Having revelled in the work of many residential alterations and additions over the years, WBL used these projects as a foundation for their own studio. A second home and a space to be inspired and to inspire their clients and collaborators, it was important that the studio reflect their work and values. The starting point was the discovery of a derelict 300 square metre space in the 100 year old State Heritage listed Darling Building, while en route to the pub one one day. Presenting an enticing opportunity to work with a storied building and in turn create their own, they looked past the pigeon poo and water-stained walls and carpets, to see the building's potential and delicate natural light.


Their strategy was to touch as little as possible and as much as necessary. "Repair was celebrated, understanding that an object or space can more beautiful for having been broken, the flashes of gold throughout a nod to the Japanese art of Kinsugi."


Contrasting the original, gritty exposed building fabric with delicate and carefully detailed insertions, these soften the masculine with the feminine, and the practical with the beautiful. With a limited budget the studio was opened up to maximise the wonderful light, while modest insertions of steel framed glazing, recycled 1920’s partitions and found objects set the scene, but not a salvaged aesthetic. Internally there are framed views of the connected spaces, and the front meeting spaces look out to the city scape. The light well allows an outlook to the sky and a window to the developing Adelaide Skyline.


WBL's design process is both interactive and reclusive, and inspiration can happen at the most opportune and random moments. The planning and layering of the space caters for this. Senses are stimulated with adaptive reuse everywhere, tactility abounds and solitude or collaboration is there for the taking. The spirit of the fitout moves and flows like their moods, enhanced by the play of natural light and the use of the familiar, the subtle and the flamboyant.

Photography by Christopher Morrison

Believing that small details can make life memorable and inspiring, WBL's work builds connection through celebrating life’s daily rituals, creating environments that are distinctive to people and place. This couldn't be truer for their own studio. Not only a second home where the majority of their time is spent, it's a space to be inspired, a space to be outgoing, a space to retreat, a space to collaborate, a space to ‘live life well’ and most importantly, a space to love. 

Images courtesy of Williams Burton Leopardi

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