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stefano tonchi – editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine at his home – new york city – june 15 2009

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Joseph Dirand : Hotel Distrito Capital in Mexico

Parisian interior designer Joseph Dirand’s work graces Grupo Habita’s Distrito Capital in Mexico City.

Grupo Habita has unveiled its 8th hotel, Distrito Capital, in Mexico City’s international business neighborhood of Santa Fe, helping the city to cement its reputation as the leading 21st-Century metropolis.  With Distrito Capital, the company once again delivers its signature chic and outstanding service to previously unthought-of environments and transforms them into instant classics.

The latest, most arresting, interior design trends – this time courtesy of Joseph Dirand – come into their own at Distrito Capital. Grupo Habita left nothing to chance; from the most prominent vintage furnishings to details like John Pawson’s cutlery, and even in the smallest (yet significant) in-room accessories from Acqua di Parma.

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In all spaces, rigorous horizontals and verticals are enhanced by modern furnishings courtesy of Platt, Hansen and Aalto Artek Aalto A110 Pendant Lamp, Hans Wegner CH008 Coffee Table in the lobby, planter low table from Knoll, Organic Chairs by Vitra, and includes pieces by German Industrial Designer Dieter Rams among others.

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Distrito Capital, Mexico City, Mexico, by Joseph Dirand, Diámetro Arquitectos
for Grupo Habita

photo © Adrien Dirand, courtesy of DISTRITO CAPITAL

Fjall Ski Lodge : Falls Creek

The Fjall Luxury apartments in Falls Creek, Victoria. Interior Design by Paul Hecker.  Looks like it’s going to be a bumper year for skiing the Aussie slopes. This place is exactly where I’d like to play.   via The Cool Hunter to read more.



Matthew Johnson : Artist

New Paintings  21 July – 9 August  2009 exhibtion at Tim Olsen Gallery, Paddington Sydney


Matthew Johnson‘s pigmented surfaces demonstrate a delight in the application and layering of paint.  His studio is full of precious pigments that recall the work of Japanese nihonga- style painters who are trained in traditional methods of mixing rare pigments.  Often made from natural materials such as shell, nihongo-style painters mix pigments that glisten with different textures Johnson uses the iridescent pigment iriodin which is made from sand to imbue the canvases with an effervescent glow.


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In the series Ambrosial light, an intimate scale is enhanced by a tranquil palette. The fragility and delicacy of the fine grid is overlaid with pastel colours from sumptuous lilacs to misty blues. Like wafts of clouds, these smaller paintings seem hazy as colour is distilled into harmonious pools of light. Dissipating spheres suggest an experimental quality reinforced by the fact that Johnson sensitively observes shifting light sources throughout the day. The saturated and bleached light of Australian conditions imbues these works with a silken, atmospheric quality. Ultimately, Johnson inflects his abstraction with a reverie for texture and light. (via)Tim Olsen Gallery


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!

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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

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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