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Klaylife's Breathtaking New Campaign

2.15.2019

Since its launch four years ago Australian brand Klaylife is the name that has become synonymous with stunning hand made, clay bead chandeliers. Working with local and artisans and stylists, their latest collection was created in collaboration with Melbourne's Elena Martorella of Three Queens Interiors. Interweaving Elena's signature intricate and creamy macramé work with Klaylife's soft grey toned clay beads, the stunning pieces have been beautifully styled against the sriking backdrop of a former church. The result feels truly epic, with the architectural features and scale of the venue perfectly offsetting the dramatic sizes and shape of the Klaylife chandelier collection. 


Klaylife has made a big impact on the global style community with their hand made chandeliers. By providing a bespoke experience and unique product, they are at the same time creating and safe guarding jobs for the indigenous people of a remote community in South Africa's Kwazulu Natal, who rely on the income to support their families. Fittingly (since every chandelier is hand made with love), the collection was released yesterday on Valentine's Day.   


With a romantic and delicate aesthetic, the new collection of chandeliers are ideal for bedrooms or lofty spaces where you want a softer look. The Klaylife palette sees the introduction of a deep ink tone which can be applied as monotone colourway - perfect for moody deep toned spaces - but it also anchors a spectacular ink-indigo-denim-white-ombré which is versatile and can be styled to suit everything from beachy interiors to more sophisticated room scapes. Meanwhile favourite shapes like the Dome have been extended to include a charcoal pale-grey-white-ombré option. 


The incredible campaign showcasing each of the new designs and colourways was created by the brand's favourite creative duo, Photographer Armelle Habib and Art Director/Stylist (and Klaylife design collaboration alumni) Jacqui Moore. Photographed and filmed at The Establishment's newly opened studio in Melbourne's Fitzroy, the former church hall provides a spectacular backdrop for the new collection. With soaring ceilings, it is flooded with light which pours through its high windows creating dramatic shadows among the ecclesiastic arches and columns. 


In celebration of the launch Klaylife have created a video series called 'Styled by'. Here's a look at the first episode, an interview with the incredibly talented Stylist/Creative Director Jacqui Moore who shares her vision for the shoot and further insight into the creative process. 




Visit klaylife.com to explore the new collection. 

Styling and creative direction by Jacqui Moore / Photography by Armelle Habib

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An Unforgettable Trip to Tasmania with David Jones for The Art of Living

2.14.2019

With a huge sense of excitement, I set off on my first ever trip to Tasmania last week with David Jones. In celebration of The Art of Living we were treated to an incredible journey of discovery at Australia's leading contemporary museum, MONA. Spread across two days, the event consisted of a series of immersive experiences showcasing the best of David Jones fashion, beauty, food and home. With the main focus on homeware, I've put together a summary of highlights from this unforgettable trip. 

Travelling in style with Samsonite Lite-Cube DLX suitcase and Bose Quietcomfort 35 Wireless Headphones from David Jones 

Arriving in Hobart Monday night I checked into the Maylands Lodge, which is set within one of Tasmania's finest heritage properties. Settling in to my beautiful suite, I was delighted to discover a welcome pack that included a gorgeous Waverley Alpaca Throw and luxury Sheridan robe from David Jones.

My home for two nights, Maylands Lodge

Known for offering superior products and services across national and international brands in fashion, beauty, food, technology, and homewares, the iconic Australian department store celebrated its 180th anniversary in 2018. David Jones is also the oldest continuously operating department store in the world still trading under its original name. With 45 stores as well as an online store, including its first international store in Wellington New Zealand, I'm very excited about the Auckland store set to open later this year.


Waverley Throw and Sheridan Bathrobe from David Jones

On Tuesday morning we set off on the ferry, which took us up the River Derwent, direct to the stairs of MONA. Greeted by contemporary performers, followed by a welcome speech by David Jones ambassador Adam Goodes, we were then led to through to the beautiful MONA eatery, The Source


Aboard the quirky new Mona MR-II Ferry

An awe-inspiring table setting that included elaborate foliage, shells, bones and 62 edible elements set the scene for The Art of Entertaining. With a focus on food and home, the gourmet four-course lunch designed by chef Vince Trim showcased an incredible array of Tasmanian produce, local winemakers and artisan distillers. Inspired by nature, the extravagant meal included Confit Tasmanian salmon, summer vegetables and Slow cooked Robbins Island sirloin, stunning cheese platters with Tasmanian honey, and a decadent dessert featuring Lark whisky & hazelnut black pearl with textures of chocolate and late summer berries. And yes, it was all as heavenly as it sounds! 

Dinnerware by Robert Gordon for David Jones with Glassware from Riedel and the David Jones collection, Cutlery from the David Jones collection 

Exquisitely presented, the food was served on the new David Jones dinnerware collection, designed in collaboration with Robert Gordon. The hand-made pieces feature warm, neutral tones and an organic feel, perfectly suited to the nature-themed lunch. These were paired with elegant glassware from the Riedel and David Jones collection, along with cutlery from the David Jones collection.

'The Art of Entertaining' lunch at The Source, MONA 

With new Wireless Speakers from Bang & Olufsen providing stellar sounds, the lunch also featured a an artistic display of homewares showcasing new collection pieces from Georg Jensen and Dinosaur Designs. A huge fan of these brands, I loved how the textural elements of the designs were enhanced by the unique outdoor installation. A third display featured Robert Gordon sculptural pieces custom-made especially for the launch. From start to finish, the lunch was an incredible sensory experience. 

Wireless speakers by Bang & Olufsen from David Jones 

Georg Jensen pieces, now available from David Jones

New pieces from Dinosaur Designs, available end of  February from David Jones

Bespoke pieces created by Robert Gordon for 'The Art of Entertaining' art display (not for sale)

Following the lunch and a guided-tour of the MONA gallery, we headed back to our hotels to get ready for the evening event, The Art of Fashion. Located at MONA'S The Void, the textured sandstone walls in this part of the museum are truly spectacular. Providing the perfect backdrop for the dazzling runway showcasing the best of international and Australian new season designer collections, this was followed by a progressive cocktail experience. An incredible evening with unexpected twists (in true MONA Style) I've shared some memorable moments over on my Instagram Story Highlights. 

The scarified sandstone walls inside the Void at MONA and seating for the David Jones Runway 'The Art of Fashion'

On the second day we headed back to MONA for the Art of Wellness. Soothing the mind, body and soul with a revitalising brunch, we had the pleasure of indulging in the beauty, fitness and lifestyle brands that David Jones has on offer. Located at Faro, within MONAS Pharos space, with floor to ceiling windows looking out on the Derwent, the dreamy views framed with incredible floral arrangements provided the perfect setting to reflect and re-energise.


Faro restaurant at MONA provided a tranquil setting for 'The Art of Wellness' 

Treated to a delicious brunch that included an amazing Japanese food selection and Juice Station with fresh juice by Vitamix, I loved how The Art of Wellness had a sustainable focus. Very much in fitting with David Jones' commitment to reducing their impact on the environment by eliminating any paper or plastic, the brunch included reusable Avanti stainless steel Waterbottles and Keepcup coffee cups, both available to purchase from David Jones.  

Delicious Japanese food overlooking the River Derwent

Guest speaker at the brunch, Australian actor, director and wellness warrior Theresa Palmer, shared some fantastic tips on wellness which I've been putting in to practise since arriving home. We were also guided through a breathing session - the perfect way to re-centre and reflect on our time in Tasmania. 


At home enjoying a Nespresso coffee in my reusable Keepcup from David Jones - perfect for on the go, it also suits our decor perfectly

I'll definitely be living off these memories for some time! 

To see more from the new season collections visit davidjones.com


Images1-4, 14-21 by Michelle Halford for TDC
Images 5-13 courtesy of David Jones

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Connected Spaces by MENU | Collection 2019

2.13.2019

Releasing Connected Spaces for 2019, Danish brand MENU continues to unite spaces through carefully considered designs, making transitions from one place to another seamless, interesting and enjoyable. Showcased at the Stockholm Furniture Fair last week, here's a look at what's on offer. 


If the Tearoom Club Chair was a study in minimalist luxury, the new Tearoom Lounge Chair and Tearoom Sofa offer elegant proof of the study’s success. Nick Ross’ two latest designs are natural evolutions offering an indulgent way to relax; the lounge chair with its wider, lower seat, and the sofa comfortably accommodating multiple guests. Demonstrating the appeal of simple, geometric forms, the Tearoom series pairs the luxurious feel of full upholstery with a beautifully clean silhouette. So refined and elegant, this is definitely one of my favourite new designs for 2019.  


As a big fan of Theresa Rand's playful Échasse Series, I'm excited to see a new addition to the range, the Échasse Hurricane. Completing the poetic trilogy with an ethereal expression that reimagines the classic elegance of glass vases and bowls with delicate legs (échasse is French for stilts), the new design features a clever, orbital shape. Designed as a sanctuary for tealight candles that prevents breezes from extinguishing the round drops of light, the stunning Échasse Hurricane could just be the ultimate amplification of the Nordic term 'hygge'. 



Originally conceived to serve a broad range of needs at Menu Space, MENU’s showroom/creative co-working space/café in Copenhagen, the Harbour Chair design has expanded to respond to all kinds of needs in private and public spaces. The latest rendition – the Harbour Side Chair – adds a new chapter to the Harbour story.

Designed to be paired with any of the existing Harbour Chair bases, the Harbour Side Chair has a slender, compact shell, allowing for a fit into into more spaces and under more tables. The new shell replaces armrests with gently curved sides that retain the sense of being cradled and supported while inviting complete freedom of movement. Beautiful on their own or alongside Harbour Chairs and Harbour Column Tables, the Harbour Side Chairs continue the collection’s elegant minimalism and ergonomic, comfort-driven experience. 


Other new addition include the Harbour Bar & Counter Side Chair (below) and Harbour Side Chair with Swivel.



Proving that inspiration can come from the most unexpected places, it was on a visit to New York City that a certain vintage-style pendant repeatedly caught the eyes of Norm Architects’ founders Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn as they strolled Lower Manhattan’s Financial District. The form – born in the 1920s – soon underwent a modern makeover in the designers’ imaginations, becoming the stylish new Bank Pendant. At once nostalgic and novel, the design pairs big-city glamour with an intimate sense of warmth. 

Norm Architects’ take on the retro pendant reflects the designers’ focus on functional, simple, and timeless objects that leave nothing more to add or take away. In the Bank Pendant, ornamentation has been removed to reveal the essence of the omni-light form, which generates 320-degree illumination. The pairing of opal or smoke mouth-blown glass with black powder coated aluminium creates beautiful contrasts, with gently curved edges throughout the design creating the soft, unified expression Norm Architects are known for.

“There is something unexpected about the shape of the glass that makes the product interesting from an aesthetic point of view. It is more intriguing than a perfect sphere and takes you back to a different era.” – Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Norm Architects


In creating the Bath Series, Norm Architects set out to transform the bathroom into a blissful respite, and as you will see from these new products, they have certainly succeeded. The new collection has expanded to meet new demands and offer new functional and aesthetic possibilities, all the while staying true to the MENU core ethos of soft, functional minimalism.

The full lineup now includes trash bins in an array of sizes, multiple mirror designs, a shower tray, a towel bar, a toilet roll holder, a shower wiper, and a towel ladder. The Bath Series also offers a toothbrush holder, a soap pump, and a toilet brush – all three available in both freestanding and wall-mounted editions. Norm Architects’ minimalist, human-centred sensibility shines through each accessory, with the designs responding to real-life needs while maintaining a sophisticated, modern expression. With purposeful, meticulously executed details, the Bath Series elements are refined yet adaptable, deeply thought-through and delightfully simple. I'll take one of each!


MENU introduces the Cast Sconce Wall Lamp by designers Tom Chung and Jordan Murphy, the duo behind the instantly recognisable, industrial Cast Pendant. For this addition they have adapted the small but mighty shade concept for wall applications, with a presence that rivals its functionality. The compact new Cast Sconce Wall Lamp unites triangular, linear and round elements into a sophisticated geometric silhouette that contributes to the room’s ambiance both when the lamp is on and off. 

Continuing the pendants’ graphic expression, the Cast Sconce Wall Lamp also incorporates new components to establish a distinct identity. The thoughtfully designed brushed brass vertical bar and mounting plate create an engaging form that naturally assimilates into the décor of any space. I love it! 



Images courtesy of MENU

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News from String

2.11.2019

An exciting year for String, the iconic Swedish shelving brand is celebrating its 70th birthday. Coinciding with the release of some beautiful new designs for 2019, I've picked out some favourites to share with you today.


String have introduced a new Beige colour to their modular shelving famously known as the String System. The perfect neutral, I love these tone-on-tone palettes with impeccable styling by Lotta Agaton Interiors. Showing the versatility of the shelving systems, I'm sure I could find a place for them in every room of the home! 


Opening the door to the outside with the new Outdoor String, the collection is made from a galvanised material to withstand long-term corrosion. 


From year to year the String campaign imagery offers so much inspiration for the 'shelfie' lovers amongst us. Created in collaboration with stylist and creative adviser to String Lotta Agaton, I always find myself studying every little detail. Who knew I also needed one for outdoors? Genius! 

Styling by Lotta Agaton Interiors / Photography by Marcus Lawlett

Images via String.se

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