Sancal is one of Spain’s leading manufacturers of contemporary furniture with a fresh and functional approach to style. Blending elegance with expressiveness and practicality with playfulness, Sancal’s latest collections, now available in Australia, are as timeless as they are trend setting.
Santiago Castaño, a creative idealist, founded Sancal in 1973 in Yecla, an industrial town in the winemaking region of eastern Spain. With a commitment to tradition and innovation, craftsmanship and technology, the team at Sancal has continued to apply creativity and idealism to the design and production of furniture for more than fourty years.
After debuting at the 2017 Milan Furniture Fair, exciting new additions to the Sancal range demonstrates Sancal’s fresh, colourful and functional approach to design.
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Bethan Gray is the award-winning Welsh designer whose work is an inspired and distinctive take on how to combine tradition with modernity. Simply put, Gray’s work is extraordinary, exquisite and elegant. And it will be launching in Australia exclusively at Living Edge this September.
Gray’s work is as intriguing as her background and certainly influenced by and expressive of it. Hailing from an ancient Rajasthani clan, her ancestors migrated across Arabia and Persia before settling in the Celtic heartland of Wales. Gray has followed in her ancestors’ footsteps, and travelling through India, Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa and South America, she has collected a treasure trove of objects and memories that provide her with infinite inspiration.
This heritage and these experiences have woven a rich pattern of influences through Gray’s work as she draws on motifs, forms and craft traditions from the East and West. By melding these cultural influences and references, she creates original and contemporary pieces with enduring appeal and global resonance. Simple and pared-back silhouettes are produced from luxurious materials with intricate details, and cutting-edge design technology is balanced with the values of traditional craftsmanship. The result - long-lasting pieces that surpass trends and time.
Gray is drawn to tactile and luxurious natural materials, such as marble, wood and hand-tooled leather; materials that have unique patterns and grains expressing character and heritage. For her Band collection of dining, side and coffee tables, Gray pairs the beauty of coloured marble with warm brushed brass and metal-dipped legs. The colour palette – green, white, pink, grey and black – explores the harmony between soft, muted and warm hues with rich, deep and highly pigmented colours.
Evident throughout the collection is Gray’s appreciation for detail, honest materials and fine craft. Brogue is a range of tables with an intricately detailed Spinneybeck leather strip stitched around the circumference of the table top. Inspired by the classic brogue shoe, the leather has decorative perforations that evoke the traditional ‘brogue’ motif. Similarly, the Stud collection takes inspiration from the studwork found on doors in Asia and the Middle East. Traditionally used to join two materials together, studding became a decorative embellishment and Gray uses it for a warm and contemporary aesthetic.
Gray works with talented craftspeople from all over the world, and her partnership with Iranian artist Mohamad Reza Shamsian has allowed Gray to further develop her interest in Islamic art while providing Shamsian with the opportunity to translate his traditional craft skills into modern and contemporary design. The Shamsian Collection, named for the artist, is heavily inspired by Omani architectural references and craft and showcases his meticulous marquetry work with inlaid solid brass and paua shell.
The Shamsian Nizwa Cabinet is the centrepiece of the collection. It is made from Italian maple veneer with a hand-stained turquoise ombré and brass detailing inspired by the intricate patterning of the Omani fort for which the cabinet is named. The Shamsian Masirah collection likewise has delicate brass inlay and its symmetrical and harmonious pattern takes inspiration from the rounded, wooden hulks of traditional Dhow sailing vessels.
Awarded Best British Designer in 2013/14 by Elle Decoration, Gray has established her name as a leading designer, producing collections and bespoke pieces for global brands as well as her own collection.
Bethan Gray’s collection will be sold exclusively through Living Edge’s Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth showrooms, and online at www.livingedge.com.au
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Two iconic pendant lighting designs from ISM Objects have been reimagined with beautiful new textile finishes and the latest energy efficient technology. The much loved GX and Drum pendants have evolved to create the perfect atmosphere in even more ways.
Melbourne-based ISM Objects was founded by Celina Clarke and Simon Christopher 25 years ago. Their shared passion for authentic design and local manufacturing has led to the creation of unique lighting for residential and commercial environments. ISM’s award-winning designs have been exhibited around the world and the duo is widely regarded as leaders in Australian lighting design.
Designed and made in Australia, the GX pendant is a classic ISM Objects design that features a lampshade of soft pleated fabric in a choice of elegant colours including slate grey, sky blue, black or white. It can also be customised in colours from a new select palette.
Available in two standard sizes – 650mm round and 900mm round diameter – the GX pendant is available with a suspension of stainless wire with a clear cable or anodised aluminium rod that is adjustable on installation.
ISM Objects’ Drum Pendant has also been reimagined and is now fitted with the latest LED technology.
There are four standard Drum lampshade sizes – diameters 400mm, 650mm, 900mm and 1100mm – and each can be made in heights of 200mm, 300mm, 400mm or 500mm. The suspension is available in a choice of stainless wire with clear cable or anodised aluminium rod that is adjustable on installation.
The Drum lampshades are available in a variety of finishes, including fabric and parchments from ISM Objects’ standard range or your choice of fabric or wallpaper (subject to suitability).
The GX and Drum pendant lights from ISM Objects are a perfect choice for residential and commercial spaces alike. Reimagined with new technology and stunning new textile finishes, they show how these Australian design luminaries remain ahead of the curve.
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Maharam continues to broaden its offering of Textiles of the 20th Century™ with the introduction of Alphabet Sheer and Stars Sheer by Alexander Girard. Originally produced as wallcoverings, the two iconic designs have now been adapted in close cooperation with the Girard Studio for window covering application.
Both re-editions respect Girard’s preference for geometrically patterned drapery: “I had the notion then, and still do, that any form of representational pattern, when used on a folded or draped fabric, becomes disturbingly distorted and then, therefore, a geometric pattern is more appropriate for a draped fabric.”
Created as a hand-printed wallpaper in 1952 during Girard’s first year as design director for Herman Miller’s textile division, Alphabet was first re-engineered by the Maharam Design Studio as a contract wallcovering in 2004 using a PVC-free substrate that has since been discontinued. Now, utilizing an industrial silkscreen process, the pattern has been reimagined as a burnout drapery.
A burnout occurs when the material undergoes chemical treatment to dissolve the fibers, creating a semitransparent effect. Maintaining its original scale, Alphabet’s crisp, typographic pattern is rendered as transparent text embedded in an opaque white ground. Its stenciled pattern is one of many Girard designs centered on typography—a theme seen throughout his career.
Stars was originally designed as an Environmental Enrichment Panel for Herman Miller in 1972 to “personalize and add an element of aesthetic functionalism” to furniture systems and office spaces. For this application, its scale has been reduced by forty-five percent. Using the same industrial silkscreen process, Stars employs various five-to-six pointed shapes with shifting angles to generate a playful and kinetic geometric pattern.
To keep the focus on the pattern, rather than the palette, both Alphabet and Stars are available in a singular sheer, white color, placing them in a continuum with Dot Pattern Sheer by Charles and Ray Eames and Geometri Sheer by Verner Panton.
Maharam has reissued a total of twenty-one Girard patterns to date as part of its Textiles of the 20th Century™ series. Committed to authentically reproducing the textiles of great designers of the 2 of 3 past, this collection also includes the work of Anni Albers, Josef Hoffman, George Nelson, and Gio Ponti, among others.
Maharam is proud to sponsor the first major Girard retrospective. Organized by the Vitra Design Museum and co-sponsored by Herman Miller, Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe will make its US debut at Cranbrook Art Museum on June 17. The landmark exhibition presents hundreds of works across a range of disciplines and will run through October 8, 2017.
Remodern is redefining the face of progressive international design. This innovative Australian company has tapped into a new world of creation from emerging design centres such as China, where a new band of designers are breaking the mould with their authentic, high-quality and internationally acclaimed products.
Remodern was formed by siblings Jennifer and Timothy Schilbach, who believe that design should fulfill more than a utilitarian function. Inspired by designs that enhance everyday living and push the notion of modernity, they have scoured the globe for established and emerging designers who share this ethos – and who like to do things differently.
The aesthetic of this inspiring Australian brand has been described as ‘essential minimalism’, which reflects its respect for progressive designs that merge contrasting materials, forms and finishes without complication, to create the functional and beautiful.
“In a nut shell, we look for design that is modern, innovative and aesthetically un-cluttered,” explains Jennifer. “We love forms and design elements that are easily understood, where anyone can observe and understand what the particular form, material or element is doing.”
Strong working relationships are crucial in the design and architecture world, as trust and understanding serve as the fundamental building block of any project. The new Clyde & Co workplace in Sydney is certainly one project that has successfully evolved out of the long-standing and fruitful relationship between the client, DesignInc interior designer David Taylor and construction group SHAPE. “This is the sixth Clyde & Co office we have worked on since 2012 and we’ve slowly developed the brief based on lessons learnt,” David says.
Clyde & Co is a global law firm with headquarters in London and offices around the world. The firm established its first Australian office in Sydney in 2012, followed by Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne. David has worked on the design of all Clyde & Co’s Australian offices, including two others in Sydney as the size of its operations have increased. It’s newest workplace, spread across five floors of 333 George Street, accommodates up to 270 people with room for growth, and is designed to draw attention to the furnishings, artworks and view, rather than the fabric of the building.
The workplace is configured with offices and workstations on levels 9, 10, 11 and 12; training rooms, a video conferencing room and a staff café on level 12; and reception, client waiting area and meeting rooms on level 15. At 400 square metres, level 15 has a smaller floorplate than its lower counterparts, however a wraparound terrace offers outdoor space and views across to the GPO building, and operable walls allow for flexible space to accommodate client functions and training events.
The client took a traditional law-firm approach to the workplace layout with offices configured around the perimeter of the floorplate and work stations for secretarial and support staff set within. Despite this arrangement there is no lack of light or sense of spaciousness. “We needed to make sure the office walls were as transparent as possible so as not to obstruct the external view and natural light source, so we used a lot of glass,” David explains. “The result is an open and welcoming space with good access to light.”
Located in Double Bay, Sydney, 1888 Certified is a high-quality butcher owned by fourth-generation farmers who are committed to sustainable practices. The brand was borne from the belief that people care about where their food comes from and how it has been raised. The directors of TomMarkHenry similarly believe people care about where they shop and the environment in which they purchase their food and they created an interior that reflects the ethos of the brand and tells the story of the producers.
TomMarkHenry’s design concept was inspired by the client, their grass fed and hormone-free produce, and their pride in following strict farm-to-table principles. The resulting 130-square-metre fitout is a tactile and sequential space that demonstrates the client’s pride in their product and encourages customers to engage in conversation about its origin. Like the meat itself, the materials and objects have been sourced locally; and like the legacy of the farmers, many are rich in history. This includes recycled hardwood used to help construct the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and old butcher’s knives that have been collected from the farmers and arranged to make an artwork symbolising the spine of a cow. Colours and textures have been chosen to complement the raw meat on display: timber and copper add a rustic feel; concrete is natural and neutral; and Calacatta marble has pattern and colouring reminiscent of marbling in meat.
1888 Certified is a business founded on transparency and craftsmanship, both of which are evident throughout TomMarkHenry’s design. Windows in the façade of the building offer behind-the-scenes views of the cool and preparatory rooms where the meat is stored and processed before it is displayed at the retail counter in the front of the shop. An eight-metre-long counter and dry-age cabinet visually connect these spaces, and like all bespoke interior and joinery items, were designed by TomMarkHenry specifically for the site. This attention to expressing the brand’s honesty and high level of workmanship enabled the clients to tell their story to their customers and community while also bridging the distance between the city and the country.
De Sede is considered the Rolls Royce of the furniture industry, producing sculptural and sophisticated leather furniture that takes a modernist leaning. Established in 1965 and renowned for its quality craftsmanship and timeless designs, the Swiss manufacturer has been producing handcrafted masterpieces for the last fifty years, perfecting its craft and designing collections defined by élégance radicale.
Sancal is one of Spain’s leading manufacturers of contemporary furniture with a fresh and functional approach to style. Blending elegance with expressiveness and practicality with playfulness, Sancal’s tables and seating are as timeless as they are trend setting.
Santiago Castaño, a creative idealist, founded Sancal in 1973 in Yecla, an industrial town in the winemaking region of eastern Spain. With a commitment to tradition and innovation, craftsmanship and technology, the team at Sancal have continued to apply creativity and idealism to the design and production of furniture for more than 40 years. The result is an ever-evolving and eclectic collection that offers superior quality, unconventional forms and attention to detail.
Sancal furniture contributes to the design of intelligent and inviting spaces with pieces that offer a high degree of versatility. The REW collection designed by Rafa Garcia is named for its versatility, REW being an acronym for Rest Eat Work. The range of seating that includes chairs, sofas, and modules has the option of high or low backs and sides for resting, eating or working – or all of the above.
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Les Basic is a new and exciting brand of modular furniture by Australian designer Alexander Lotersztain. Launching at New York Design Week on May 1 and set to be released in Australia in June 2017, Les Basic is designed for the Australian lifestyle and responds to the needs of living and working today.
Specifically created for the design-savvy Millennial generation, Les Basic takes into consideration their attitude, lifestyle, and desire for flexible and functional spaces. The functional collection includes modular furniture, lighting and accessories that can be configured and customised to create comfortable and creative environments for the home or office. A range of seating systems have table attachments and power outlets; chairs are suitable for indoor and outdoor environments; stools and tables provide portable options; shelving units are modular and scalable; and accessories such as wall and door hooks, lighting, clocks and vessels are modern and versatile.
Les Basic has been designed for home, work and play, and blurs the boundaries of personal and professional, indoor and outdoor, age and gender. Understated and elegant with subtle and playful design cues, Les Basic offers high-quality affordable design. It is also socially responsible with textile offcuts from upholstered products used to create the Les Basic wombat, which serves to reduce waste and provides a percentage of every sale to the RSPCA.
“Locally designed by an Australian company for the Australian lifestyle, Les Basic can be adapted and customised for commercial and residential settings as well as being perfect for the new apartment developments in our major cities,” says Jo Mawhinney, Head of Retail at Living Edge, the exclusive distributor of Les Basic.
Les Basic is a new way of living defined by simplicity and intuitive design. It will be available at Living Edge from June 2017, and can be viewed and pre-ordered online now.
Indigo is a well-established café in Double Bay, Sydney, which is much loved by locals and its loyal clientele. TomMarkHenry has redesigned and refreshed Indigo with an emphasis on soft tones and textures, creating a space that’s comfortable and timeless and slows traffic on the leafy suburban street.
“Indigo has a strong following and its design needed to reflect the casual sophistication of its food and service,” says Chloe Matters, Director of TomMarkHenry. “Our aim was to make Indigo feel like an extension of home. We wanted to give the space new life and to make it look and feel like it was meant to be on that street.”
The name of the café and its location served as key aspects of the design and guided the enduring colour palette of indigo and white complemented by textured neutral tones. In a nod to the name, the façade of the building has indigo-coloured tiles and awnings that visually frame the lighter interior. Inside, the banquettes have blue linen backrests and dark-blue leather seats; metal has a blue sheen; and timber joinery has an indigo stain.
The material palette is likewise soft and durable and brings residential materials into a commercial setting to foster comfort and create the sense of home. Rendered walls are light and textured and timbers pale and tactile. Laid in irregular widths, the timbers are safeguarded by white tubing with black corner joints. These white and black accents stand out against the neutral hues and complement the century-old white villas along the street. The soft textures and tones continue in the light-grey resin flooring, mid-grey Tadelakt-finished service counter and the blackened-zinc counter tops. Tabletops and surfaces are honed Concordia stone with veins of blue-grey quartz that has an organic and abstract character.
Excluding the hand-woven Stipa chairs and svelte Drexel sled chairs, TomMarkHenry custom designed all the features inside Indigo. This includes the elongated curved mirrors and lighting above the banquettes as well as the signage throughout.
Functionality also proved important as Indigo transitions from day to evening and accommodates a high number of customers, staff and table turnovers. The café is spread across two separate but proximate buildings with al fresco dining in front of each and on the paved, landscaped island in the centre of the road, which serves to slow and stop passing traffic. TomMarkHenry retained the layout of one building, while reconfiguring the other to improve functionality for staff and to increase seating capacity.
Refreshed and redesigned, Indigo now better reflects its regular clientele who place a high value on lifestyle, quality food and well-designed surroundings. However, it still remains comfortable, casual and home-like as it embodies easy-going elegance.
TomMarkHenry thrives on the creative development of unique and exceptional spaces such as Indigo and continues to push the boundaries of design and expectation with its authentic and adaptable approach.
ISM Objects developed the iconic Fab lamp back in 1991. Twenty-five years later, the design studio has introduced the Fab 25 Lamp, re-imagined and now presented with a finely perforated shade in stainless steel, matte black and gold-plated finishes.
The original Fab lamp – a flat-pack self-assembled table lamp – was an immediate success. It won an ‘Artist & Industry’ award for design and production; retailed in the MoMA gift shop in New York; and Country Road commissioned an exclusive shade and stocked the lamp nationwide. It was designed to be easily transportable, appealing and suited to a new modern lifestyle.
Now, the Fab 25 lamp is even more so. Machined from aluminium and brass, it retains the elegant aesthetic, slimline shape and size and flat-pack gift box of the original lamp. But incorporating the latest technology – an LED lamp, cordless battery power and USB re-charging – the Fab 25 is now totally portable and even more modern and appealing.
Clarke and Christopher established ISM Objects in 1990, having studied industrial design together. Sustainable and progressive thinking has always remained at the heart of ISM Objects and the lamps it produces, as does Clarke and Christopher’s strong commitment to Australian manufacturing. The Fab lamp was the first light ISM Objects produced and it still speaks volumes about Clarke and Christopher’s design values. “We always aim to produce products that endure and endear,” the designers explain. “There is nothing better than hearing stories from customers who, 25 years later, still love living with their Fab lamp. And now the Fab 25 will appeal to those who love the original and appreciate the freedom of a battery-powered lamp.”
The Fab 25 lamp, available in three new finishes, is available at ismobjects.com.au.
Canadian lighting studio Lambert & Fils may only be six years old, but its Laurent collection takes it cues from the outstanding legacy of twentieth-century design, while still being distinctly contemporary and minimalist.
Lambert & Fils is a Montreal-based lighting design practice founded in 2010 by Samuel Lambert. Exploring new materials, forms and applications, Lambert & Fils revisits inspirational forms of the twentieth-century to create its own celebrated lighting collections. The studio’s innovative and contemporary take on iconic design is also matched by its commitment to quality and craftsmanship.
The design of the Laurent collection centres on the globe – as both sphere and circle – and the interrelationship of pure geometric forms. The sculptural series merges opalescent orbs with graphic metal panels and has allusions to the industrial aesthetic of the Bauhaus, the glamour of Art Deco, and the elemental geometry of Modernist design.
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The best bathrooms should be designed for maximum relaxation and function and lighting is essential in achieving this. Too bright and it compromises relaxation, too moody and you may miss a spot when shaving or applying makeup. So, how do you get your bathroom light right?
The Melbourne-based company ISM Objects was founded by Celina Clarke and Simon Christopher more than 25 years ago and the pair share passion for unique lighting and a commitment to local craftsmanship.
ISM’s designs can increase the function and form of any space, including the bathroom. When asked the best ways to lighting a bathroom, they have four key tips.
LIGHT FROM THE SIDE
Your time in the bathroom involves important tasks, especially in the mornings. Whether it’s applying make-up or shaving, it’s essential that you can adequately see what you’re doing. “The best way to light your face in the mirror is by having lights on either side rather than a light in the centre of the room or one directly above you,” explains Celina Clarke.
ISM’s HD 2 and HD 3 wall lights are a perfect choice for creating even illumination of your face in the bathroom. The HD2 lamp source is a halogen energy saver lamp inside a clear or frosted spherical glass ball, or a vintage style LED spherical glass ball while the HD 3 lamp source is a spherical LED frosted ball.
A bathroom should be lit with a warm light. Clarke suggests using globes of 3000k. “It’s warm rather than cool and will ensure you have a nice skin tone.”
KEEP IT SEPARATE
In a bathroom, you want to switch on your lights separately. You may want to switch on lights beside your mirror when applying make-up or you may want softer moody lighting above your bath to create a relaxing atmosphere. ISM’s Ziggy pendant light is the perfect choice for hanging above your bath.
Adjustable lights can also be effective in a bathroom. You can angle them in spaces where you need more light and direct the light away when you want a more ambient atmosphere. ISM’s Loft Wall lamp is designed to provide this kind of flexibility. Simple adjustments can transform your space’s utility and ambiance. Loft is a versatile wall lamp that can swing into action on a clever wall mounted pivot.
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Grange X Greg Natale is a sophisticated and exciting new capsule collection that brings together one of Australia’s finest contemporary interior designers with the best of traditional French cabinetmaking under the insightful curation of DOMO founder Frank Novembre.
The collection fuses Natale’s luxurious signature style with Grange’s traditional and time-honoured craftsmanship and is designed to appeal to both a young, contemporary audience and dedicated Grange devotees.
Grange’s brand and its gracious pieces of fine French cabinetmaking have been a mainstay of the DOMO collection for more than 30 years. Natale’s polished and modern interpretation has not only given thelong-established brand a uniquely Australian perspective, but also reinvented it for a new generation of clientele who are drawn to the elegance of classical design yet desire a contemporary aesthetic.
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We are proud to introduce Living Edge's ‘Upholstery Collection’, an exclusive collection of products that have been expertly curated to offer a beautiful, short lead-time solution for some of the world’s finest upholstered designs.
Highly regarded for its discerning range of premium international furniture brands, Living Edge has curated this collection to offer a range of stunning designs in a selection of finishes that perfectly complement them. Excitingly, these products are available on a very short lead-time with some available from stock, which allows exceptional access to truly authentic international designs for the home or office.
Living Edge is recognised for its strong commitment to authenticity in design and has carefully curated a collection of the world’s finest designs that enhance the Australian way of life. Its esteemed collection includes products from iconic design houses and manufacturers such as Herman Miller, e15, Muuto, Walter Knoll, BD Barcelona, BassamFellows, Vitra and Established & Sons.
The Living Edge Upholstery Collection features a range of products from e15, Muuto, Bassam Fellows and Walter Knoll in a selection of finishes chosen for their high quality and ability to match the stature of the Living Edge range. In keeping with Living Edge’s commitment to the finest service, this select collection of fabric and leather finishes is available on a short lead-time – and some are available from some stock.
Here’s a few designs that are now available in Living Edge’s Upholstery Collection:
Rest sofa by Anderssen & Voll for Muuto
With a warm and inviting appearance, the Rest Two-Seat sofa is part of a handmade sofa series by Muuto. It is available in two and three seater option and five fabric variations.
Prime Time Sofa by EOOS for Walter Knoll -
Effortlessly transformed into a sofa bed, the Prime Time Sofa features a slimline armrest and backrest behind soft seat cushions for the just right amount of support. An understated, timeless design with fine attention to detail, the sofa is available in 8-10 fabric options plus flannel fabric in stock.
Five pouf by Anderssen & Voll for Muuto
Featuring rows of tailored strips set across a unique pentagon shape, the Anderssen & Voll designed pouf has both a linear profile and soft-curved edges. This versatile design is an ideal accompaniment to any sofa and adds distinction to any space. It is available in four fabric variations.
Crosshatch by EOOS for Herman Miller
The Crosshatch Chair employs both handcraft and technology to achieve alluringly refined results. Designed by EOOS, Crosshatch is lightweight and transparent, extremely easy to pull up for a desk-side chat or to relax around a cocktail table.Top of Form
Thanks to Living Edge’s new Upholstery Collection, some of the world’s most celebrated designs are now presented in a broad range of high-quality fabrics and leathers with minimal time to wait, providing a further signal of Living Edge’s dedication to authenticity in design.
Duresta for Matthew Williamson, is an exquisite new collection that sees a fashion-forward revival of daring and decadent glamour. It features an eclectic range of vintage-inspired seating, with exclusive upholstery fabrics that are rich in colour, texture and detail.
It is this attention to craftsmanship, quality and character that underlies the collaboration between Duresta and Williamson. A dedicated craftsman and master of print, Williamson’s signature aesthetic reflects a refined yet spirited sense of glamour, that draws inspiration from British bohemianism, travel, exoticism, arts and nature. He brings this aesthetic and his great love for embellishment, texture, kaleidoscopic colour and couture detailing to Duresta’s luxurious furniture and upholstery.
Duresta for Matthew Williamson is the designer’s first bespoke furniture collection and it includes four seating series, hand-carved decorative pieces, occasional tables, and five upholstery ranges available in 40 exclusive fabrics. Sofas, chairs and daybeds range in size from compact to grand and from curving to architectural. The Tango and Mirage have soft and feminine vintage lines and button detailing; the Kemp has pronounced curves highlighted with piping; and the Minnelli has clean lines and square arms with rectilinear appeal.
Bernhardt Design is renowned for its highly skilled craftsmanship and environmental credentials and is a leader in contemporary furniture design in America and around the world. With a 125-year heritage, Bernhardt has mastered and refined the craft of woodworking and upholstery, with pieces and collections that epitomise the artistry of furniture making.
The Bernhardt Furniture Company established Bernhardt Design in 1980 as its contemporary furniture brand. John Bernhardt founded the original company in rural North Carolina in 1889 and leveraging the region’s natural resources and local woodworking skills he quickly built a stellar reputation for wooden furniture. Bernhardt became one of the premiere furniture companies of the twentieth century and the introduction of Bernhardt Design saw collaborations with some of the world’s great contemporary designers, including Yves Behar and Jaime Hayon.
Combining its incomparable expertise with luxurious materials and some of the leading talents in design, Bernhardt is recrafting the spirit and influence of American furniture design. And like those designers who blazed the trail in the mid-twentieth century, Bernhardt and its designers have the same strong predilection for modern design, innovation and timelessness.
Maharam introduces Assembled Check, designed by Paul Smith in collaboration with the Maharam Design Studio.
Since 2002, Paul Smith has worked with Maharam to transform traditional apparel references into new classics—or as Smith describes them, “classics with a twist”. In keeping with that approach, Assembled Check is based on a printed silk blouse from Smith’s SS15 Black Label women’s collection, which drew upon the sun-soaked shades and art-deco architecture of Miami. The concept emerged from one of Maharam’s two annual design meetings at Paul Smith’s London offices and developed over a transatlantic exchange of woven prototypes supported by close email contact.
While Houndstooth (2015) was also lifted directly from the runway, Assembled Check required a technical feat in order to successfully translate its complex and vibrant pattern into a jacquard-woven, upholstery textile. A layered patchwork of colorful horizontal and vertical bars made dimensional through highlight and shadow, Assembled Check is woven in Germany by the same resource that manufactures such intricate and highly specialized designs as Bavaria by Studio Job and the Maharam Design Studio’s Massive Paisley.
In the end, Assembled Check surpasses its predecessors as the most densely woven textile the resource has ever produced, with over 350 picks per inch as five-to-six weft colors alternate throughout its 20.75" h x 28" w repeat. While fine cotton yarn offers a soft hand and subdued luster enhanced by a calendered finish, a tapestry construction of tight rib and twill weaves provides graphic precision and clear color.
Lift is part of an ongoing series of innovative textiles designed by Konstantin Grcicin collaboration with Maharam.
A sporty, patterned knit with technical and molecular references, Lift continues Grcic’s exploration
of nontraditional textile manufacturing techniques.
Konstantin Grcic is an industrial designer based in Munich. He apprenticed with Jasper Morrison before establishing his own practice, Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID), in 1991. Since then, he’s designed furniture, lighting, and other products for clients including Classicon, Flos, Muji and Vitra. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Center Pompidou in Paris, among others.
Expormim is a world-respected manufacturer of artisan-crafted furniture made with natural materials. With a history that spans six decades and three generations, Expormim’s latest product releases revisit its rattan foundations, taking advantage of the material’s lightweight, flexible and sustainable qualities, and weaving collaborations with some of Spain’s best and the brightest designers.
Miguel Laso Tortosa founded Expormim in 1960 having identified a gap for artisanal products made from natural materials. Based in Valencia, Spain, Laso brought in wicker from Cuenca to make handcrafted objects and within a few short years expanded into a range of furniture for the home, garden and beachside resorts.
Armchairs and lounge chairs soon became the mainstay of Expormim’s collection; as did the company’s commitment to quality and comfort, which are constantly challenged and improved by its dedication to research, design, production and meeting consumers’ demands.
As style and tastes have changed, Expormim has changed with them. In the 1970s it expanded into cane furniture; in the 1990s it adopted beech wood; and at the turn of the century it replaced natural rattan with synthetic rattan. However, a rattan revival in recent years has seen Expormim put the eco-friendly material – and some of the firm’s early furniture designs – back on the style map. The newly released Nautica pays homage to its classic 1970s counterpart with a modern reinterpretation by Spanish studio MUT Design. Physically strong and sturdy, the hanging seat is visually light with a design that evokes contrasts in nature and creates a delicate play of shadows in motion.
DOMO is the home of Europe’s finest outdoor furniture from the consummate classics to cutting-edge contemporary. Hailing from Italy and Spain, DOMO’s latest collections by RODA and Kettal are smart and sophisticated and designed to stand the test of time.
The beauty of modern outdoor furniture is its ability to bring the elegance and quality of interior furnishings to outside living spaces, making them as comfortable and luxurious as their interior counterparts. In fitting with the Australian lifestyle, Italian-manufacturer RODA approaches outdoor space as a valuable extension of indoor space and believes it should be furnished with the same attention.
As RODA’s collection of furniture seamlessly transitions between interior and exterior space, two of its sofas reinterpret the traditional indoor sofa for outdoor use. The Dandy Modular Sofa is a revolutionary new outdoor system that evokes all the intimacy and familiarity of a textile sofa with plump geometric volumes, a low-rise back and extended seat.
New to DOMO, Kettal is a family-owned furniture manufacturer based in Spain, which specialises in functional, durable and innovative outdoor furniture. Designed by some of the biggest names in the business, Kettal’s furniture gives classic and timeless forms a contemporary and expressive twist.
ISM Objects’ new Studio 6 lighting range offers freedom of movement like no other. Featuring a fully articulated wall, table and floor lamp, each light can be adjusted to hit the perfect mark for any task or any environment.
ISM Objects has a reputation for designing and producing innovative, high-quality contemporary lighting. Their commitment to Australian manufacturing means that all of their lighting products are made to the highest standards in their Melbourne factory.
Studio 6 includes a clamping desk lamp, an elegant floor stand and a wall-mounted lamp, which can be supplied either hardwired or portable with a lead, cordline, switch and plug. Constructed from sturdy steel and spun metal, Studio 6 features a matt black finish with solid brass connecting elements.
The latest innovation in wide a collection of outstanding designs, ISM Object’s Studio 6 range offers the freedom of movement that we all crave and is sure to be an instant classic.
Living Edge is excited to unveil its new Brisbane showroom, located in the city’s vibrant centre of Fortitude Valley at 171 Robertson Street.
The new Brisbane showroom is a fitting environment for Living Edge’s esteemed collection of furniture and design products. Highly regarded for its deep commitment to authenticity in design, the Living Edge collection includes products from iconic designers such as Charles and Ray Eames and Herman Miller, as well as renowned contemporary designers including e15, Muuto, BD Barcelona, BassamFellows, Vitra
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Designs from these renowned brands – and more – will now be available at the new Living Edge showroom in Brisbane.
Designed by respected Brisbane architects Richards & Spence, whose portfolio of work includes other high-end James Street precinct businesses, the Living Edge showroom represents the second stage of the company’s rollout of an innovative new approach to retail and workplace design.
The overwhelming success of the Living Edge Sydney flagship launch in 2015 has set the tone for this stunning Brisbane space, which is the first of its kind in the city – and one that has been more than 12 months in the making.
The Living Edge Brisbane showroom is a striking split-level space. A range of premium residential brands, such as Herman Miller, Vitra, E15, Muuto, BassamFellows, Louis Poulsen, are displayed on the ground floor and each famous name is Designated their own ‘brand space’ to allow the true essence of each brand to shine
The second floor is home to the innovative Living Office concept space. The Living Edge Queensland team, which is responsible for operations, sales and design services, work within this stylish, flexible workspace that incorporates innovative workplace furniture from Herman Miller, PROOFF, HOWE, Walter Knoll, Waldmann and more. This gives Living Edges customers – both designers and consumers – the opportunity to view the Living Edge workplace range in action.
Architect Adrian Spence says the showroom has been designed to allow for a variety of spaces at different scales. “A hierarchy of volumes allows for display and occupation,” he says. “High and low, large and small, internal and external spaces deliver multiple experiences and vantages for one or many.”
Living Edge is increasing its Spanish flair with a striking new collection of pieces from prestigious design company BD Barcelona Design. Living Edge is regarded for its commitment to authenticity in design. Its premium collection of outstanding international furniture brands is carefully selected for its ability to enhance the Australian way of life and BD Barcelona Design is no exception.
BD Barcelona Design prizes artisanal processes over mass production and works with some of the most widely recognised designers in the world. Founded in the 1970s, the company is regarded for unique, superior quality furniture and accessories that strike the right balance between functional design and art.
Living Edge is excited to be Australia’s only national distributor for the BD Barcelona collection and is thrilled to introduce the following new designs from BD Barcelona Design.
This collection includes: Monkey side table, Chandol Dressing table, Shanty Cabinet, Low Lounger in rustic wood, Gardenias indoor armchair and the Dreams Cabinet in black and white.
From poetic Japanese woods to Scandinavian fjords and suspended architectural structures, Kvadrat aimed to intrigue and captivate during Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2016.
The Cut by Neri&Hu
This year Kvadrat commissioned the Chinese design duo Neri&Hu to capture the Kvadrat spirit in an out of the ordinary stand design. Defying rational thinking, Neri&Hu sought to create an emotionally charged space that would affect visitors on a subtle and intuitive level. Floating over head as an abstracted volume, the space was intentionally primitive and suppressed, in order to celebrate the exceptional colours and textures that define Kvadrat.
Forest Comes Home. by Akira Minagawa
To celebrate his new textile collection, Japanese designer Akira Minagawa created the delicate, dreamy installation Forest Comes Home, which was exhibited in the Kvadrat showroom at Corso Monforte 15.
For his collection of three upholstery textiles Stick Tree, Crystal Field and Forest Nap and curtain textile Frost Garden, Akira Minagawa interpreted different natural patterns.
If you had to put a label on the on the realm of Lyn Balzer & Tony Perkins, aka, 2 by Lyn & Tony, it would read “infinite variation.” That being the idea that in growth, beauty and evolution in nature, no two specimens are exactly alike.
Based between Sydney and Byron Bay, Lyn & Tony began their career as photographers, moving into jewellery by accident, before exploring scent, furniture, art installation and objects. Their universe may be a highly creative, multi-faceted one, but each aspect flows from the same vein: sensuality, texture and a celebration of the Australian landscape.
In late 2014, Lyn & Tony collaborated with cult candle brand Maison Balzac on two fragrances, aiming to craft an olfactory representation of their photographic work: L’Obscurite (tree resin, black tar and red cedar), evoking volcanic rocks by the seaside, and L’Etrangete (lemon myrtle, native ginger and green hemp), an imagination of sunbeams through a rainforest canopy. The 2 by Lyn & Tony scents have since been selected to perfume the Australian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Now, combining their most seductive facets, comes an intoxicating collection of fragranced jewellery, available in the two scents. In addition to this, 2015 sees the brand introduce objects, including leather-woven lighting, marble tables and artisanal-esque pieces that push boundaries in the home (including a sculptural range of limited-edition scented objects).
From the sustainable practice of using kangaroo leather, to the sourcing of Australian stones, through to laboriously hand making each piece in their atelier, a love of the land appears in sensibility and form across all aspects of Lyn & Tony’s work.
At the crux of the 2 by Lyn & Tony world, lives vivid and textured photography. Here, the works interconnect, the partnership bears the oldest roots and adoration for the Australian bush endures. “We think about how there’s a typical mythology around the European landscape ,” says Tony. “So we want to show that we have our own mythology here in Australia. It’s more than the beaches or the plains - it’s also the raw, dramatic and tough bush, which is sometimes ignored.”
Lyn & Tony make for seekers, collectors and sensualists. Their statement jewels come with a comforting weight and voluptuous touch, and have garnered a cult following from creative influencers spanning fashion, architecture, design and contemporary art. Using traditional weaving techniques, in a highly creative and almost brutalist method, 2 by Lyn & Tony is antithesis of a plastic world. Instead, the pair drives limits, allowing the natural materials to determine the outcome.
Lyn & Tony will be showing their new limited edition scented object collection, jewellery and a selection of their photographic archive in their exhibition, Scented Intoxication opening at Object Gallery 15 October 15 – 26 November 15.
We are excited to announce that Foolscap Studio have appointed MAX&YOU as their PR team to manage thier project, interview and profile opportunities.
Foolscap Studio is fast becoming recognised for its unique approach to concept development, brand mapping and the process by which they translate their findings into physical environments. This process has garnered interest from a diverse group of brands who share a vision to create interior environments that are at one with their brand values to provide a perfectly aligned interface between brand ideology and the physical space they occupy.
Noma Australia is a fantastic illustration of the studios innovation and creative process which saw them appointed to work on Noma Australia by Lendlease, and collaborate closely with Lendlease’s inhouse design team to bring Noma Australia to life.
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The finest Australian interior designs can now be shaped from the ground up, thanks to the world-renowned rugs of Danskina. These exclusive, handmade and made-to-order rugs bring the highest level of distinction to interior spaces and are now available in Australia.
Founded in the Netherlands in 1973 by Piet and Ina Van Eiijken, Danskina soon gained a strong reputation among contemporary design-focused retailers, architects, and interior designers for its unique hand-detailing and premium-quality materials.
Danskina is now under the joint leadership of longtime partners Kvadrat and Maharam.
All Danskina rugs are produced by skilled makers in the Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, Nepal, New Zealand and India and are characterised by distinctive texture, innovative structure and a unique use of colour.
Outstanding design direction
When Kvadrat and Maharam took over joint leadership of Danskina their first step was to appoint a new design director and the Dutch design icon, Hella Jongerius, was a natural choice.
Hella Jongerius has been a leading figure in the product design world since her early work for Dutch design collective, Droog, and has been valued collaborator of Maharam’s since 2002. Hella Jongerius’ designs are created from her Berlin-based studio, Jongeriuslab, and her work is characterised by a keen focus on colour and materials innovation. In addition to her role as Design Director for Danskina, Hella Jongerius’ clients include Vitra, Artek and KLM and her designs appear in the permanent collection of renowned museums, such as the V&A in London.
Blending innovation with tradition
Hella Jongerius’ first pieces for Danskina include ‘Bold’, ‘Duotone’ and ‘Multitone’. All three designs are made from 100 percent pure wool by skilled weavers from India and New Zealand. Thick, warm and highly tactile, they each feature an appealing irregularity due to their beautiful handmade imperfections.
“For me, quality resides in best exploiting the tactile and visual qualities of materials and pushing the boundaries of technology,” she says. “It is found in unusual combinations, in the colours, structures, and surprising details, and it lies in the optimal use of ingenious high-tech and low-tech elements, and the use of tried-and-tested, traditional production techniques.”
Colour and form
Under Hella Jongerius’ direction, colour continues to play a key role in Danskina rugs. “Colour contributes to the feeling of comfort and atmosphere, and colour is also an important organisational principle,” she explains.
Every Danskina rug is based on a clear colour concept and the perception of colour is created in different ways “We will add colour effects during the dyeing and spinning process in an uncontrolled manner or we will use ingenious and controlled dyeing methods to create colour placement during the production process,” says Hella Jongerius.
Danskina rugs bring a whole new design language to commercial and residential spaces. They represent a timeless celebration of handcrafted beauty and will leave a beautiful, long-lasting mark on the Australian design world.
We are excited to share that ISM Objects have just launched a brand new website along with a collection of new Australian designed and made lighting ranges.
The new easy-to-navigate website and renewed lighting collection again highlight’s the innovative and progressive nature of ISM Objects offering a new visual dynamic to the brand and its product portfolio.
Founded 25 years ago by Melbourne-based design duo Simon Christopher and Celina Clarke, ISM Objects continue to manufacture and design high quality lighting products with a commitment to Australian manufacturing.
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The finest interior spaces have all elements working in perfect harmony. This gives Gillianne Griffiths a clear advantage - with a Masters in music, majoring in conducting, the Melbourne-based interior designer creates effortless, sophisticated spaces that are carefully composed and in perfect tune with her client’s needs.
Gillianne’s designs are noted for their high quality and sophistication. Working with a signature palette of natural tones her studio’s approach is uncomplicated design favouring timeless materials such as timber and concrete.
THE NUDIE PENDANT RANGE FROM MELBOURNE-BASED ISM OBJECTS BRINGS A CONTEMPORARY TWIST TO TRADITIONAL JAPANESE LANTERNS, WITH SPARKLING WIRE FRAMES IN NEW METALLIC FINISHES AND BRIGHT POWDER-COATED COLOURS THAT BRING DISTINCTIVE CHARACTER TO ANY ENVIRONMENT.
The Nudie range consists of five beautiful pendants, which cast Evocative shadows through their stylish wire frames. Made in Australia, each pendant is perfectly suited to residential, commercial or hospitality environments and can be hung individually or grouped together for greater dramatic impact.
BRITISH DESIGN LABEL BUSTER + PUNCH CREATES LIGHTING DESIGNS WITH ELEGANCE AND EDGE. NOW ITS UNIQUE DESIGNS HAVE A FITTING HOME AT LIVING EDGE, WHERE AUTHENTICITY IS OF THE HIGHEST VALUE.
A confluence of the elegant and the unexpected, Buster + Punch’s lighting designs are inspired by the fashion, music and subculture scenes of London, injecting a distinct British attitude into its extraordinary collection. Founded in 2012 by London architect and industrial designer, Massimo Buster Minale, the craftsmanship of the British blacksmith tradition is celebrated in every design.
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Design Collection – 08: Home Office features a generous range of Living Edge favourites that are made to be with you long after you retire. It includes the iconic Herman Miller Aeron chair with breathable, form-fitting Pellicle suspension that adapts to almost every body. Available in standard graphite, Aeron also features Kinemat tilt, which enables it to move with you from a forward tilt to a backward recline.
The collection also includes the Airia Desk and Cabinet, which have been designed specifically for home office environments. The desk features sculptural curves, stylish tapered legs and integrated cord management, while the matching cabinet provides flexible storage options with adjustable walnut shelves.
The AJ Table Lamp, designed by Arne Jacobson, is another stylish addition to the package. Available in black or white, the light features an adjustable shade to ensure your work is always in the spotlight.
The iconic Eames Hang-It-All and the whimsical Elephant Mouse Pad from Vitra complete the Living Edge Design Collection – 08: Home Office package.
Following the success of the first Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection, launched in March 2014, the collection has been expanded with three new upholstery textile designs and an allied range of cushions and Throws. This collection builds on the highly textured, tactile quality of the first, as well as the use of innovative colour blends inspired by Raf Simons’ work in fashion.
Approaching textiles as the natural point of intersection between the worlds of fashion and furniture design, in this trio of new textiles Simons has investigated the potential of twill, a weave traditionally used for hardy cloth such as tweed, gabardine or denim.
Twill is distinguished by a strong diagonal pattern in the weave, which has been brought out to a greater or lesser extent across the three new designs—Noise, Masai and Sirocco—through the use of different coloured yarns. “The diagonal weave offers the perfect structure for our interest in merging a multi-colour mix with a graphically clean line,” explains Simons. “It felt new to us. The combinations of diverse yarn qualities and multiple twisted yarns create depth and the colour results are surprising and striking.”
Sparkling, Drizzle and Drill comprise a collection of vibrantly patterned curtains. Designed by Aggebo & Henriksen, they explore how curtains can create atmosphere in a room and complement each other in order to achieve varied expressions.
The pattern for Sparkling and Drizzle starts as a unicolour at the bottom of the curtain. As it moves upwards, it melts into a lively play of organic shapes, which steadily taper away into the white base fabric.
Julie Henriksen: ‘Sparkling and Drizzle explore our perception of ornamentation, colour and decoration in a contemporary way. The colour gradient of their pattern is eminiscent of water meeting land or moss on stone.’
Digitally printed Sparkling and Drizzle do not have an all over pattern and consequently have a calm, light look. While Sparkling is densely woven, Drizzle is transparent and expresses colours in a more dissolved way. Both curtains can be used horizontally or vertically.
Sparkling and Drizzle mix three colours in every colourway. These either combine neutral, natural colours, or a neutral shade with a bright contrast colour. Some combinations have a graphic look; others are more floral. Precise Drill features a vertical pattern of laser-cut holes that travels along its selvedge. Reminiscent of the holes made in paper by a hole-puncher, these create a poetic play of light and shadows.
Mathilde Aggebo: ‘Drill is special. With its vertical pattern – reminiscent of light reflected on water or light that comes through the leaves of a tree on a spring day – it creates a rhythm and variation in a very simple, modern way.’
Drill has a rough selvedge that creates an intriguing contrast to the clean-cut holes. Alternatively, it is possible to lasercut the selvedge in order to achieve a more precise look.
A VIP guest list attended a exclusive dinner at the Kvadrat Maharam Sydney Showroom to celebrate to arrival of the Divina - Every colour is divine exhibition to Australia.
AS THEY COMMENCE CELEBRATIONS FOR THEIR 25TH ANNIVERSARY ISM OBJECTS FOUNDERS CELINA CLARKE AND SIMON CHRISTOPHER SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE PRODUCTS FROM THE CURRENT ISM OBJECTS RANGE.
With a genuine interest in materials and process, ISM Objects makes lighting the hero of design. While its lighting products have been recognised through numerous awards and international exhibitions, this year brings an additional cause for celebration as ISM Objects marks 25 years in business.
Colleagues since their days as industrial design students, founders Celina Clarke and Simon Christopher design and produce their lighting in Australia for domestic and commercial environments. As they commence celebrations for their 25th anniversary, they share their favourite products from the current ISM Objects range.
A special exhibition showcasing 4 interpretations of Divina by international designers was recently hosted at Kvadrat Maharam's Sydney Showroom.
In celebration of Divina, one of its most iconic textiles, Kvadrat invited 22 international designers to reinterpret the fabric in the context of contemporary design and to create a one-of-a-kind piece.
Four of the resulting pieces were installed at the Sydney Showroom for the Month of February 2015.
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