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Good Form Welcomes 'Variations' by Iconic Mid-Century Design House Rex Kralj

5.20.2019

Auckland furniture and design store Good Form is proud to announce the launch of a significant expansion to the Rex Kralj product range in conjunction with the recent Salone del Mobile in Milan. Echoing the history of the brand with its unique utilitarian perspective and mid-century origin, the suite of new designs are defined by clean lines and timeless modernity. 

Rex bench seat & Small CC table 

Small CC table

Founded by Niko Kralj in Slovenia in 1952, Rex Kralj has since become known for its significant contribution to 20th century industrial design. Krajl's work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and is also part of the collection of Design Museum Danmark in Copenhagen, among other high profile international exhibitions. Today, Rex Kralj continues to produce a number of Niko Kralj's iconic mid-century designs while also collaborating with leading contemporary designers who channel its rich heritage for inspiration. 

Draw table

Bar table CC & Bar stool CC

Dining table CC & 4455 chair 

Project bar chair

The brand's new offering includes dining, lounge, storage and office furniture in the traditional materials used by the company; oak, beech, walnut and plywood. Each piece is available with a new range of customised finish options and an upholstery selection in fabric or leather. New finish options have also been added to existing designs to add a deluxe element.

The extensive range of new designs ensures the brand remains relevant to contemporary interiors. Where previously Rex Kralj only offered a small dining table solution, now there are two impressive designs which cater to a large space. These are elegant adaptations of two successful chair designs which the company has produced in the 1950s, the CC Stool and the Mosquito Chair. Similar developments have been made with another existing design, the Shell Chair.

Small table trio SQ

Shell Square dining armchair 

Shell lounge chair (available in a range of timbers and colours) & Medium CC table (with optional marble top) 

Shell dining armchair, Round dining table CC & Small CC table 

1960 Chair 'Utility Edition' 

Mosquito collection

Shell Square dining armchair

The newly introduced Square Chair beautifully combines an organic form with a linear, steel tube frame and is designed to suit a range of interior spaces. The new, thoughtful designs and existing range of classics offer an intelligent, skilfully crafted approach to interiors.

It's easy to see why Good Form directors Dan and Emma Eagle hold this brand in such high regard. The collection can be viewed at the Auckland gallery, and is also available to purchase online

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One last reminder, the CULT x TDC COMP closes at midnight tonight! 

To win the ultimate DENFAIR Melbourne experience for you and a friend (including return flights from NZ, a two night stay at the iconic Prince Hotel and wonderful dining experiences) pop over to Instagram and follow the simple steps.

Good luck!


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Dulux Colour Awards 2019

5.16.2019

The 33rd Dulux Colour Awards 2019 were held at the National Gallery in Melbourne last week. The highly acclaimed industry awards programme recognises the most creative and considered use of colour across six categories of built work, and this year's awards attracted a record number of entries from across New Zealand and Australia. I've picked out a favourite to share with you today, Winner of the Residential Interior category, the Caroline House, by Kennedy Nolan.


Melbourne-based Kennedy Nolan restored and re-imagined the existing Edwardian house, adding a pavilion separated by an internal courtyard and swimming pool. Taking a formal yet whimsical approach, the interiors demonstrate unique detailing and a distinctive use of texture, colours and pattern. Beautifully balanced with the garden, the mostly neutral palette is offset by a vibrant green staircase in Dulux Dark Rainforest.

Photography by Derek Swalwell

The paint colours used in this inspiring project are Dulux Dark Rainforest, Grand Piano Quarter (NZ: Sandrock Bluff Quarter), Black (NZ: Te Kuiti) and Calf Skin

To see all of this year's winners, including NZ Grand Prix Winner, Wains Hotel Dunedin by Yellow6, take a look here

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New Designs + Colour Inspiration from Muuto

5.14.2019

The latest imagery from Muuto presenting their Spring News for 2019 features the most sublime colour palette. Buttery yellows, muted orange, soft pink and earthy greens are set against neutral lime washed walls and concrete flooring. Beautiful hues to soften the raw finishes and showcase the incredible range of design pieces, the Danish brand never fails to inspire.


One of my favourite new product releases includes the Ambit Wall Lamp, the latest addition to the Ambit family by Stockholm-based TAF Studio. A flexible light that explores form and proportions in a meticulous way, TAF reveals a unique dynamic between linear and rounded shapes that gives the lamp its unique outline and timeless design. Featuring an adjustable arm and turnable head, the functionality is met with a clean expression thanks to no visible screws, and handspun aluminium for an elegant touch. The Ambit wall lamp is ideal for a study corner, entrance hall, sleeping area or workplace.


The new Linear Wood Series by Danish designer Thomas Bentzen translates the values of elegance, longevity and functionality into modern Scandinavian design. Comprising a table and bench (available in two sizes), made from traditional Scandinavian materials with oak veneer at the frame and legs along with plywood on its top surface, the Linear Wood Series combines the warmth of wood with a timeless, understated shape. Shown here alongside the Enfold Sideboard Low also by Thomas Bentzen, and the Fiber Side Chair by Iskos-Berlin, the muted yellow is such a warm, happy hue! The Linear also comes in a Steel version designed for outdoor spaces, in four gorgeous colourways. Take a look here.  


The Oslo Side Chair is the latest member of the Oslo family designed by Anderssen & Voll, and the first-ever upholstered side chair from Muuto. Its smooth, embracing curves give it a sculptural inviting design, while the slender legs provide an elevated and refined look.  Available in various upholsteries by Kvadrat and Rohleder, I love the earthy green colour featured above. 

Styling by Pernille Vest / Photography by Petra Bindel 

Muuto have also introduced the Relate Side Table by Swiss design studio Big-Game. A simple and easy-to-use side table with a visual lightness, the table’s silhouette juxtaposes the idea of two shapes connected by a bent metal bar. With its sturdy bent foot integrating visually on the base, the bar allows the user to easily pull the table in or out, making it a convenient companion for any sofa setting. It can also be used for displaying books, vases and other objects, adding a touch of modern design to any space.

Images courtesy of Muuto


A reminder before I go, the CULT x TDC COMP closes in less than a week! 
To win the ultimate DENFAIR Melbourne experience for you and a friend (including return flights from NZ, a two night stay at the iconic Prince Hotel and wonderful dining experiences) pop over to Instagram and follow the simple steps. 
Good luck! 

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Astep | 2019 Novelties + Beautiful New Imagery

5.10.2019

Founded by Alessandro Sarfatti, contemporary lighting brand Astep combines a rich history of Italian design with traditional Scandinavian sensibility to create timeless and elegant products. Alessandro continues on the path devised by his father and grandfather, bringing the experience, knowledge and future-oriented outlook that has been nurtured over three generations. Bridging this with the latest developments in digital technologies, Astep represents an admiration for timeless inventions. Objects that, regardless of when they were designed or made, retain their edge and their capacity to enhance the manner in which we live.

Model 2109 designed by Gino Sarfatti and part of the Le Sfere collection for Flos with Sarfatti

Astep is made up of two collections. The Astep Collection takes lighting in new, innovative directions with an understanding and respect for tradition. The products are guided by the experience and passion for lighting design that has been nurtured in the Sarfatti family for three generations, combined with new knowledge and an open mind in a continued quest for substance and meaningful design. 

The capsule collection Flos with Sarfatti is a tribute to the great Italian master of light created in a close collaboration between the lighting companies Astep and Flos.

Having admired this inspiring brand for some time (we have the Flos with Sarfatti Model 2065 pendant light in our dining area at home) I'm in awe of the beautiful new imagery, and I'm excited to share some of my favourites with you today. With styling by Pernille Vest and photography by Heidi Lerkenfeldt, they showcase both collections, including new releases for 2019.


— Astep Collection —

Earlier this year Astep reintroduced a new suspension light in handblown opal glass. SB Cinquantotto, designed by the architectural duo Santi-Borachia in 1958, hence its name, has for more than half a century, held a special place in the Sarfatti family. The main features of the minimal design are a characteristic, subtle shape and a simple wire mounting that allows the black cord to run freely along the thin, seemingly transparent wire. The pendant is made of frosted opal glass, handblown with traditional Italian craftsmanship, and a truly timeless material that diffuses light perfectly. 

SB Cinquantotto comes in two sizes. The original size with a diameter of 32 cm has a strong presence in the room and is a perfect companion for the dining table, as shown below. The smaller version, with a diameter of 20 cm, has a slightly more modest expression and volume but shares the same timeless qualities.

SB Cinquantotto designed by Sainti-Borachia, the Astep Collection 

The VV Cinquanta collection is a versatile, timeless lighting collection by Italian architect Vittoriano Viganò. Created from an innovative, mid-century Italian design spirit, it embraces the values that are at the very heart of Astep: a progressive attitude, objects invented from a wish to make an impact and design that strives to enhance our daily lives. 

VV Cinquanta Collection 

With respect for the origin of the design, Astep’s roots and the proud artisanal and industrial traditions, the VV Cinquanta collection is made in Italy and comes in four models, as shown below. 

VV Cinquanta Floor 

VV Cinquanta Suspension

VV Cinquanta Twin

VV Cinquanta Wall 

Nox is a wireless portable lamp that embodies the playful and innovative energy of its designer, the Swiss Argentinian product designer Alfredo Häberli. Named after the Latin word for night, Nox features a wireless charging system with induction technology developed by Astep that enables the lamp to be free of any cables or plug for a clean modern aesthetic. Highly portable, for use indoors or out, Nox also features a touch dimmer, making it ideal as a bedside lamp with ample light for reading, or as a cosy soft light for dinner parties.  

Nox portable lamp by Alfredo Häberli


— Flos with Sarfatti —

There are two new additions to the Flos with Sarfatti collection for 2019. The Model 537 table lamp was created by Gino Sarfatti around 1950 and features a refined simplicity, rich materials and ingenious, playful design. The large aluminium reflector in black or white is mounted asymmetrically on a burnished or polished brass stem, which is carefully twisted in a beautiful balancing act, coming to rest on an elegant marble base. As a vital part of the design, the stem reaches out through the reflector and beyond in a backward motion, giving the top of the stem a dual function as playful feature and practical handle. 

While the integrated handle has become a frequent feature in today’s designs, Gino Sarfatti was clearly ahead of his time, with a vision to make light portable. Model 537 is effortlessly carried by hand from the desk in the home office to the living room, the bedroom or any other setting that calls for diffused light. 

Model 537 table lamp by Gino Sarfatti 

Le Sfere Plafone, Model 2042/6 from 1963 is yet another of Gino Sarfatti’s beautiful interpretations of the luminous sphere reintroduced for 2019. The refined ceiling light is composed of six blown opaline glass spheres, which are inspired by the natural poetry of the moon. Supported by a painted aluminium mount and structure with a Black or Champagne finish, Model 2042/6 perfectly embodies the wide range of usage, from exclusive private interiors to commercial settings. 

Le Sfere, Model 2042/6 

In addition to the new Model 2042/6 ceiling light, the Flos with Sarfatti collection includes the following members of the Le Sfere family: Model 237 and Model 238, a wall lamp with either one or two spheres in two sizes, and my absolute favourite, Model 2109, the iconic chandelier. With either sixteen or twenty-four spheres that comes in selected sizes, it is truly exquisite. 

Model 237/2 & 238/2

Le Sfere, Model 2109

Showing the incredible diversity of the Flos with Sarfatti collection, here are some more of the timeless designs on offer, all designed by Gino Sarfatti. 

Model 2065

Model 548

Model 1095 & Model 607

Model 2129

To find out more about these collections and products visit Astep.design. 

A selection of Astep products are available in New Zealand from Good Form.

Styling by Pernille Vest / Photography by Heidi Lerkenfeldt 

Images courtesy of Astep 

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