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6.27.2016

Kicking off with some local news, the Volley Swivel Chair by Jamie McLellan is a new release from NZ design company Resident. I was instantly drawn to its unique shape which   is sophisticated yet playful. Made from flat components pressed together into a comfortable three dimensional form, it features a robust swivel pedestal base allowing for 360 degrees of rotation. The Volley Swivel chair is available in a variety of upholstery finishes (also with timber legs) from Simon James Design

Images via Resident

Amsterdam-based design studio Formafantasma has produced a range of objects that draw references from Rome's ancient ruins and museums. Reinterpreted as abstracted, minimal forms combining marble, metals, porcelain and wood, I particularly love the porcelain Acquedotto pourers which are based on ancient Roman vessels. Find out more here

Image via Dezeen

A recent discovery, Melbourne-based Interior Design Studio We Are Huntly are producing some inspiring work. Founded by Kylie Dorotic and Alicia McKimm, the talented duo say they are dedicated to bringing something exclusive to each project, and it shows. Whether they are selecting a custom design print, a tailor made tabletop, or bathroom fixtures the emphasis is on craftsmanship and attention to detail. Here's a peek from their portfolio. I also recommend checking out the recently completed The Penny Drop Café

Hampton Penthouse by We Are Huntly / Photography by Brooke Holm / Creative Direction by Marsha Golemac

Richmond Residence by We Are Huntly / Photography by Brooke Holm / Creative Direction by Marsha Golemac

Another one of my favourite chairs currently, the Bollo Armchair designed by Andreas Engesvik for Fogia was initiated as a typical Scandinavian lounge chair with slim features and modest use of materials. I love how the generously shaped cushions, which are designed for a heightened level of comfort, create a bold contrast to the slim metal frame. Recently nominated for the BoBedre Design award 2016 Furniture of the Year, I would love to see it win!

The Bollo Armchairs featured in this collaboration between Residence Magazine and Riksbyggen / Styled by Elin Kickén & Evalotta Sundling / Photograph by Kristofer Johnsson

Image via Fogia 

I was excited to see a new pendant light called Liuku by beautifully ethical Danish brand Mater, who I first featured here. Following on the heels of the Terho lamp, Finnish designer Maija Puoskari has once again created a beautiful design to add to Mater’s collection of lighting, incorporating wood and glass with a sustainable long-lasting LED bulbs. “The Liuku pendant is a very interesting and original piece of lighting. It captures the beauty of Scandinavian elegance, characterised by blond oak wood, calm colours and honest materials”, says Henrik Marstrand, founder and CEO of Mater. Consisting of a coloured mouth-blown glass shade nestling over an FSC-certified oak base in two different shapes, with long-life LED built in, Liuku’s shade is available with clear glass or in three beautiful tones of smoke, deep smoke, or gradient violet. Additionally, the wooden base can be used on it’s own as a single pendant, or to create a rows and clusters. 

Images via Mater 

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Workspace Lighting Wishlist

6.24.2016

A new lamp for my office has been on the wishlist for ages. I always say good things take time, but now that my office has been freshly painted, I'm really itching for one. Lighting is such an exciting element for me. I'm drawn to elegant lines and new innovations, but mostly I keep coming back to the iconic designs that are truly timeless. I want to invest in a special lamp that I know I will have for many years to come, even if it means waiting a little longer! It also needs to be functional, and for the office that means effective task lighting, as I regularly work in the evenings. Here are some beautiful lamps that never fail to get my heart racing. 

Styling and photography by Riikka Kantinkoski / Weekday Carnival


via String 

Lampe Gras: New Colours via Milk Decoration

Styling and photography by Nina Holst / Stylizimo

Photography by Mikkel Mortensen and Illustration by Christophe Louis for Kinfolk

via Gubi




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Forest House by Fearon Hay

6.23.2016

Completed this year, Forest House by NZ-based Fearon Hay Architects is set at the foot of the Waitakere ranges. An area in the Auckland region that features lush native rainforest, scenic coastline and windswept black-sand beaches, the home's collection of timber clad, gabled structures fit beautifully into the rugged surroundings. Exterior shells of native timber boards and shingle roof are founded over cast in situ concrete masses, bracketing the interior spaces within, while courtyards provide the perfect space for cooking and fire. Known for their incredible craftsmanship and ability to apply their design-led approach to a broad range of typologies located in diverse environments, Fearon Hay have once again delivered a master piece. See more here.

Styling by Amelia Homes / Photography by Simon Wilson 

Images via Fearon Hay

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Perfect Imperfect

6.21.2016

Since its arrival last week, Karen McCartney's new book Perfect Imperfect has become a cherished addition to my collection of interior books. With styling by Glen Proebstel and photography by Sharyn CairnsPerfect Imperfect explores the aesthetic of the Japanese principle wabi-sabi which advocates that beauty is found in imperfections. A celebration of accident, curation and collection, it features Karen's thought provoking commentary and interviews accompanied by stunning visuals from the homes and studies of international and Australian creatives, including artists, video directors, designers, photographers, architects, ceramicists, retailers, hoteliers, gallery owners and visual merchandisers. A collaborative process that has taken years to come together, it has involved working across continents from New York to London, Paris and Belgium as well as around Australia. 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

I have long been a fan of Sharyn Cairns work and the book reflects all that I love about her photography such as the moody colours, rich textures and play on light and shadow. The book embraces both current design objects and those that are well worn, the result being a collection of beautiful interior settings that mix comfort, design and offbeat beauty. Published by Murdoch Books, here's a small taste of what you'll find inside, including the incredible Belgium home of interior designer Bea Mombaers below. 

Images courtesy of Allen & Unwin  


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Thisispaper Flagship Store

6.20.2016

I recently received an email from Thisispaper announcing the opening of their new Flagship store. Established in 2011, the Warsaw-based design studio specialises in graphic design, art direction, retail design, print publishing and event planning. Also known for their beautiful range of products which are designed and crafted at their studio, their distinctively understated aesthetic carries through to the interior fitout of the new store. Located next to their studio, the rawness of the transparent resin floor is warmed up by the use of birch plywood, with an impressive shelving unit that extends over the entire back wall. Designed and made in collaboration with TYLKO who I featured here, it's the main element of the interior, yet it's white plywood finish blends seamlessly into the minimalist space.

Design by Thisispaper Studio / Photography by Maja Wirkus

Customers can browse the gorgeous range of goods while tasting high quality Japanese tea and listening to a selection of vinyls played on the Dieter Ram Braun Audio 1 Stereo. Sounds perfect to me. 

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Dulux Colour Swatch Service | Part One

6.17.2016

Today I'm going to introduce you to a fantastic new service by Dulux which allows you to order Large Colour Swatches online. Wanting to give my all-white home office a change, but knowing how important it is to test the paint colour at home first, this free service has been a real game-changer. The often daunting and time-consuming process has become a whole lot simpler, and with no need for sample pots, a lot less messy! 


I started by visiting the Dulux Colour Wall where there are hundreds of paint colours to choose from. With some of my favourite Pins as my current inspiration, the 'Whites & Neutrals' and 'Greys' provided plenty of options for what I was after. You can order up to four swatches at a time, so I narrowed down my choice to a light grey 'Lyttelton', dark grey 'Maraetai Quarter' which both have the green undertones I love, a beige option 'Glinks Gully Double' and a 'greige' (grey/beige combo) 'Midhirst Half'. Once I had decided on these four colours, I simply added them to my Sample List. I then clicked on the 'Order Swatches' button, added my details and a few days later they arrived. Too easy! 


Next came the fun part. With not a paint brush or test pot in sight, I simply grabbed my washi tape and placed the large swatches on my wall. Knowing how much my office light changes throughout the day and night and how this effects the appearance of colour, I moved the swatches around the room and took note of how the colours looked at different times of the day.


Photography and Styling by Michelle Halford for TDC

The Dulux Colour Swatch service has been hugely beneficial in helping me make that important final decision, and what's more I really enjoyed the straight-forward and hassle-free process. I wouldn't hesitate to use it again for future projects. 

Look out for Part Two where I will reveal the new look! 

Thanks to those who entered the Citta Design Giveaway this week and huge congratulations to the winner, Rosie Turner!! 

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