Archive for May, 2009

Deborah Bowness : Wallpaper

Are we in the middle or end of the Wallpaper craze.  I’m not sure which way to go with that question, but some wallpapers are literally wallflowers and others stand out in a crowd.  Here is one woman who gets my attention in the world of paper – Deborah Bowness.

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She has been designing and hand printing wallpapers for seven years, developing her unique design style and the quality of her product.   This is art for your walls. Deborah’s quirky wallpapers can be found at Empire Vintage in Australia.


‘Berman House’ on the market

Architect Harry Seidler built the Berman House from 1996 – 99 at Joadja, NSW Australia.  WOW what a house!

Berman House

I’m not a huge lover of Harry Seidler’s work, but this house is one to be admired.  Dramatically positioned overlooking the Wingecarribee River, this home is set amongst 147 acres of Natural bush including 2 whooping kms or prime river frontage.  To read more about this amazing property OR show an expression of interest please click here Drew Lindsay

Berman house Lounge


Tom Dixon

A new addition to Tom DixonMirror Ball Collection, is the Mirror Ball Stand.  It features an array of various sized balls on a robust stainless steel stand, held together with industrial strength clamps.  The look overall is a sculptural silver cluster of mirror balls quoted by Dixon as the “lighting Tree”


Milan Design Week 2009 lunched a collection of sofas & seating from Tom Dixon by George Smith.  The collection celebrates the traditions of British upholstered furniture with each piece hand made by George Smith using techniques practised for over 250 years.

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The Wingback collection is expressive and elegant.  The collection illustrates that British manufacturing and innovation are still alive as two iconic brands develop and exciting partnership.  Tom Dixon products can be found in Australia through DeDeCe

Marcel Wanders: Behind the Ceiling


Wanders has garnered fame through his ingenious talent, turning conceptual visions into stunning products and dazzling environments by fusing cutting-edge technology, artistry and a love of the bizarre.

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Lavishly printed, this book showcases Marcel Wanders work over the past decade. It features tableware from the renowned Dutch porcelain manufacturers Tichelaar Makkum and Royal Delft, as well as his personal art editions such as his acclaimed oversized ceramic bells, crochet seating and sculptures launched by his own studio. In addition, it presents textiles and furniture he has designed for an extensive client list including brands such as B&B Italia, Poliform, Moroso, Cappellini, Droog as well as Moooi, of which he is also Art Director and co-owner. An entertainer at heart, his theatrical performances and installations are also included, which prove his exceptional skill at amplifying experience with mesmerising environments.

Marcel Wanders: behind the Ceiling, Author: Marcel Wanders, Editors: R. Klanten, S. Moreno, A. Mollared, 320 pages, full colour, hardcover.  Buy it through Amazon or Ariel books

Jamie Hayon Spanish artist-designer

Jamie Hayon’s Twenty Two Pieces of the finest wood and craftmanship.  Hayon’s first collaboration with Ceccotti was recently presented at the Salone el Mobile. The Chair is of solid maple featuring an upholstered seat and back, and has a leather-covered tray beneath the seat.  Contact Ceccotti for this must have Twenty Two Pieces Chair.

Twenty Two Pieces
twenty two pieces 2 Josephine Queen 6.3.  This is sensual and elegant.  With a porcelain body wrapped in a mysterious shade, she reveals herself as both intriguing and essential.  Another one of my favourites from Jamie Hayon.  The full collection can be found at Metalarte and is sold in Australia at LPA Lighting.

Josephine Queen White

Crystal Candy Set for Baccarat – Harcourt Lolly

Using a variety of textures and thickness, a new play on reflection has been accomplished with each of the nine characters that make up the collection.  Fruity inspirations are mixed with gemlike features.  The Crystal Candy set can be found at Baccarat in the Limited Editions section of their website.

Cystal Candy Set for Baccarat

Alvar Aalto’s 41 Armchair with ideas on the side

41 Paimio Armchair by Alvar Aalto


The  41 Palmio Armchair by Alvar Aalto was designed in 1929.  The armchair seat and back are made of curved plywood.  The arms and base are laminated curved beech.  An amazing chair for any home can be bought through Anibou in Australia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          



 I’ve decided to match this with the fantastic Alba Sideboard which draws its inspiration from mid-century plasterwork to create a sculptural piece.  It’s made from 100% FSC timbers and it’s available in a wide range of colours from Pinch Design                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                beatapendentlights                                                                                                                                                      


To soften the look, why not try this reminiscent of a bee’s hive looking Beata light.  The natural tones gives warmth as you flick the switch and watch the ambient tones.  Moody lighting on a winters night. Also can be found at Pinch Design

Mattis Stahlbom for Muuto


Mattias Stahlbom on the Design of the E 27 “The simplicity of the naked bulb is hard to complete with” and I tend to agree with his words.  It stands for something that feels romantic and contemporary at the same time.  Simple beauty in such a strong object.  I find this naked little bulb very bold and would make a striking piece bunched together as one.  It’s available through Muuto