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Coco Flip Launches New Lighting Collection 'Honey'

3.15.2019

I'm excited to share that one of my favourite lighting designers, Kate Stokes of Coco Flip, has created a new collection, Honey. Showing at Melbourne Design Week as part of a group show called Material Thought at Modern Times, the Honey collection includes a pendant light, table lamp and wall sconce. Taking cues from the humble honey dipper’s soft curves, the unique design features a stepped geometric silhouette that is a nod to a stylised Art Deco sensibility. 


Established in 2010 and run by Kate Stokes and Haslett Grounds, Coco Flip works closely with local craftspeople and manufacturers to create lasting products with depth of character. With play being a crucial part of their design process, they begin with a mood or tone and carry out in-depth research into new materials. For me, Honey sparked the same reaction as their stunning Jolly lighting range for NAU, it feels fresh and unique with incredible attention to detailing. 

Hand made by some of Melbourne’s finest craftspeople, Honey is a beautiful collaboration with Bendigo Pottery, Charles Sandford and glass artist Amanda Dziedzic. Offered in slip cast ceramic stoneware, or hand turned American White Oak, a number of glazes and finishes are available. White or pink hand blown glass completes the pieces, and provides a soft, diffuse glow. 

Photography by Haydn Cattach 

A sculptural piece that celebrates Melbourne’s local artisans, Honey provides a subtle ambient light. The perfect statement piece for any area of the home!

Following on from Design Week (March 14 —24), Coco Flip will be officially launching Honey to the Design Industry at Denfair from June 20 — 22. 

Images courtesy of Coco Flip 

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Fiona Lynch Opens Experimental Gallery in Melbourne

3.14.2019

Coinciding with NGV Melbourne Design Week, leading Melbourne interior designer Fiona Lynch is opening the doors to Work Shop, a permanent gallery in Collingwood. Located adjacent to her eponymous design studio, the gallery is a curatorial showcase of experimental design, fine art and objects from leading Australian and international artists and designers.


Renowned for her artistic approach to interior design and award winning projects, Fiona says Work Shop is the realisation of a long held dream, informed by her early career in fine art. “Prior to studying interior design I studied Fine Art at RMIT in Melbourne,” she says. “This unique path has always been reflected in my work and the way we approach design. Work Shop will afford my studio and I the opportunity to explore this further, identifying commonalities across mediums and materials, and examining the dialogue between art and design in a way that challenges and inspires.” 


In its opening exhibition titled Ideas to Intuition, Work Shop will feature contributing artists including New York based lighting designer Mary Wallis, Australian contemporary artists Makiko Ryujin and Jiaxin Nong, and British porcelain artist Olivia Walker. Revealing an innovative and daring use of their chosen mediums, these works are exhibited alongside original designs from Fiona's own studio. Showcased against a rich and earthy textural backdrop, the effect is captivating. Excited to see how it evolves over time, I'm so glad the gallery is permanent as I'd love to visit one day. 


As well as presenting an evolving array of discovered works, commissioned pieces and original designs, Work Shop is also envisioned as a testing ground for Fiona's award-winning interior design practice; an experimental design laboratory without the confines of convention.

“In this age of instant gratification, it’s very easy to get caught up in the end result, disregarding the creative process required to arrive at a resolved outcome,” says Fiona. “For our first exhibition we’ve called on our contributing artists to investigate the tension between the constructed and deconstructed, the resolved and incomplete, the built and undone, encouraging the viewer to discover beauty at all stages of creative evolution.”

Photography by Lillie Thompson

Located at 7 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood, Work Shop and its debut exhibition Ideas to Intuition will open on Friday 15 March from 5pm to 7pm as part of the official NGV Melbourne Design Week program. The first exhibition will run for three months - visit between 10am and 5pm Mon to Fri, and 11am to 3pm Sat to Sun until March 24th, and by appointment thereafter. 

Images courtesy of Fiona Lynch

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Darlinghurst Terrace by Tom Mark Henry

3.13.2019

Since launching in 2014, Sydney-based Interior Architects Tom Mark Henry have completed an impressive 75 projects across residential, commercial, retail, hospitality and the work place. Founded by Cushla McFadden and Jade Nottage whose extensive knowledge, experience and creativity underpins their diverse and talented team, the Tom Mark Henry studio seeks to deliver an element of the unexpected. Beautiful spaces that foster a full sensory experience with many refined layers, this is demonstrated in their recently completed residential project Darlinghurst Terrace. Pared back to its original features, the former run down three-storey terrace has been filled with minimalist design and injected with contemporary details. 



Although a significant intervention was needed to make the terrace habitable, particular care was taken to retain the original character of the building. The approach was to create a more functional floor plan, and pull natural light through the space. With a focus on the interplay of texture, the design team combined hard and soft finishes, contrasting matt and gloss surfaces, and light and dark to create intrigue and depth in an otherwise monochromatic palette. Describing these quiet juxtapositions as an exercise in restraint, with the goal to achieve balance and simplicity, I think they have more than delivered!



Because the scheme is so light and monochromatic, the team avoided using a cool white on the walls and joinery. The use of dark materials, like the new black stained timber stair case, provides a striking contrast, while the original sandstone walls add an element of drama.

The living area features a carefully curated collection of lighting and furniture including the &Tradition Pavilion armchair by Anderssen & Voll, the Arc Nordic floor lamp designed by Nanna Neergaard and Marie Hesseldahl for Le Klint and the Pena Cotta side table designed by Ron Gilad for Molteni & C. I also love the Cassina Lc7 Swivel Chair designed by Charlotte Perriand (next to the stairs), and beautiful 'Ballerina Series' Black Wire Sculpture (on the wall adjacent to the fireplace). 


Light-filled and airy, the elegant dining space features an expansive custom-made table by Jonathan West and custom concrete bench paired with No.18 Thonet chairs. Tableware from Planet Furniture, stone vessels by Rina Menardi and Lesley Doe Ceramics, and a vintage plaster foot from Montmatre Concept Store provide earthy, organic touches. 


The open kitchen and dining space leads out to a bright white courtyard, beautifully furnished and surrounded by lush greenery. I love the built in bench seating and Roly Poly Chair designed by Faye Toogood. The incredible bronze sculpture is by Morgan Shimeld


Marble threads its way beautifully throughout the home - from the custom shelf in the living area, to the kitchen and bathrooms. The powder room and kitchen both feature a stunning white Emperador marble slab, honed from Euro Natural Stone. 

A beautiful retreat, the bedroom's standstone walls are softened with textural curtains and bedding. The incredible Made in Ratio Cowrie chair, designed By Brodie Neill brings a sculptural element, while the fireplace and recessed niche above the bed provide the perfect places to house artworks and ceramics. The Fragile artwork is by Justin Dingwall and the white ceramics are from Planet Furniture

Styling by Claire Delmar / Photography by Pablo Veiga


Open, light and uncluttered, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication is this inspiring home.  

Images courtesy of Tom Mark Henry

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BoConcept Collaboration + Instagram Giveaway

3.12.2019

Late last year I introduced you to the BoConcept 2019 Collection and for today's story I had the pleasure of selecting some of the new pieces to style and photograph in my home. I'm also really excited to be running a giveaway as part of the collaboration, which I'll share  more details of at the end of the post. 


Already a fan of the Bordeaux series (we have the Bordeaux Console Table in our downstairs living), I couldn't wait to style the Bordeaux Wall System. I love having my favourite books and objects on display, and this flexible, wall-leaning unit provides the perfect solution without taking up too much space. Being compact, the Bordeaux fits like a dream in the corner of our living room and would be ideal for smaller apartments and homes.


I love the subtle effect of white on white, but I couldn't resist showing you how the black looks. The clean bold lines really pop! 


Complimenting our kitchen beautifully is the Adelaide Barstool. This product is already proving to be hugely popular, and I can see why. Featuring a minimal, contemporary design with a graceful, curved silhouette, the bar stool is designed for comfort and is also really easy to clean. This version is also available in white. 


Another favourite from the new collection, the Sydney Trolley in white and oak veneer fits like a dream in our space. Perfect for entertaining, I had fun styling it as a drinks trolley, but it would work equally well as a display for accessories, plants and lamps. The Sydney Trolley also comes in a beautiful black and walnut veneer. 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

In celebration of the new collection, I'm thrilled to be running a giveaway with BoConcept NZ over on my Instagram page. The lucky winner will get to choose a prize from the products featured here today! 

(Open to NZ residents only). 

To see the more from the 2019 BoConcept collection, you can order a catalogue here, or read it online

Additional Accessories from BoConcept featured in this post:
Stone dish (on White Bordeaux Wall Unit 
Candle Sticks (concrete pair and wooden pair)
Vigga Vase (on dining table) 
Tea Set (on Black Bordeaux Wall Unit) 

Drinks Trolley Details:
Mammoth Pinot Noir 2016, Zafferano Ultralight Important and Aged Reds Glass Set, Hans Herzog Grappa Montepulciano - Great Little Vineyards
Seedlip Alcohol Free Spirit, Spice 94 - Father Rabbit  


This is a sponsored post. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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A Still Life Series from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-One: The Architecture Special

3.11.2019

Over the weekend I started reading the latest issue of Kinfolk. A long-time favourite, I can easily devour it one go, but it's also nice to stretch it out, slowly savouring each article as it unfolds. Visually inspiring (the cover alone can take my breath away) the features are also thought provoking, leaving me with ideas to ponder long after I've finished reading. In issue Thirty-One: The Architecture Special, The Chain Reaction by Aaron Tilley has that effect. A still life series inspired by the Rube Goldberg machine, Aaron's approach is perfectly in fitting with this playful, concept-driven narrative - showing the trail of a flower being watered.

Photography by Aaron Tilley  and Styling by Lisa Jahovic for Kinfolk

Such beautiful tones and textures, I love the little splash of water, earthy palette and natural materials. You can see the full series - where a delicate flower eventually gets watered - in the latest issue of Kinfolk


Other articles I'm lingering over include the Home Tour:E-1027 - the French Riviera villa by celebrated Irish architect Eileen Grey, an interview with TRNK co-founder Tariq Dixon, and a peek into the creative world of Noura & Anne, two inspiring architects based in Bahrain. This is definitely a must-read issue! 

Images courtesy of Kinfolk 

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