interior design

And the IDEA winners are …..

The IDEA awards were hosted at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday night in Melbourne Australia celebrating Australian design. The event was insightful fun and honest. The highlight for many was the MC Paul Hecker (Australian design royalty) whom gave a candid insight into his world discussing the tribulations of 2013. His words resonated with many designers...

New York Luxe – Giancarlo Giammetti’s apartment

Picasso’s and leopard print and gold – OH MY! An apartment as lush as this could only exist in New York City and could only be the result of a lifetime of collecting and imagination. The apartment’s owner, Giancarlo Giammetti (one half of the Valentino empire) worked with designer Jacques Grange to create this ultimate New York pad and with walls of Indian mica, leopard...

Greg Natale + Landini Associates & Black Milk… part 1 How do we use colour ?

I was recently asked to speak at an industry event about interior designers and architects that embrace colour across different design disciplines. I touched base with Geyer, Greg Natale, Designers In the City, Landini Associates, Black Milk, Nexus Designs and Morris Selvatico asking them the same questions, to discover a different approach to colour with each studio. Part one of the colour story begins with...

Awarding Australian Design… The IDEA 2013 Gala Party

The IDEA 2013 Gala Party will be held in Melbourne in the National Gallery of Victoria's Great Hall on Friday 15th November. The IDEA Gala Party is the culmination of the annual awards program and is recognised as the country's premium independent awards. Over 450 entries have been whittled down to a shortlist of 161 projects across 14 different categories. (inside) magazine's prestigious Interior Design Excellence...

The Melbourne Cup 2013

There were bucket loads of eyelash batting, trotting, skyscraper heels with slim dagger toes, head pieces secured firmly to withstand the unpredictable Melbourne weather.  Tanned arms and sleeveless dresses ruled the Birdcage at Flemingtons’ Melbourne Cup spring racing carnival this year. The Birdcage this year was stepped up a notch with multi-level marquees being the order of the day. All that glitters was GOLD this...

“Using Australian Colour ” by Nexus Designs

Last week in Melbourne Australia, Nexus Designs released their latest body of work, a rather brilliant book called "Using Australian Colour" edition 3. I sat down with Harley Anstee to find out more about the book that is so much more than just another coffee table book. What was the purpose in compiling and writing Using Australian Colour edition 3? The third edition was compiled...

American and Korean fusion

Los Angeles’ new Line Hotel is the fine fusion of American and Korean culture. Andrew Zobler is the creator of the Wilshire Boulevard hotel, which stands amongst Koreatown’s pre-1940 brick colonial revival buildings and southern California’s bustling restaurants, bars, and businesses. The building was originally built in 1964 but it recently received a rather hip restoration and renovation complete with innovative public spaces and guest...

Seaside chic

The reinvention of the Watsons Bay Hotel has taken a playful beach house meets surf shack direction which we find refreshing.
The courtyard bar has a relaxed approach with weathered timber panels overlaid with hand painted graphics, bright patterned beach umbrellas cover picnic benches and bold palm tree graphics give life to the bar front and walls.
The interior inside reflects sophistication whilst still keeping a playful feel...

The nature of the subdivided warehouse …

Quite often the essence of the warehouse is lost when converting and industrial building into a home with many developers pushing it too far creating overly domesticated spaces.   This three level conversion by Melbourne Australia based studio Techne aims to promote the open nature of the subdivided warehouse space. The new architectural components attempt to recede within the shell and the subdued palate was...

Precious Boxes … Spain

I just love a creative space that makes you question what is it? The design of the Relojeria Alemana boutique called for OHLAB studio to design five “Precious Boxes”, VIP area, temporary art installations, outdoor lounge, back office area, and the signage leaving the space in between the volumes as an exhibition gallery. Covered in golden stainless steel plates with mirror finish, three of the...