Arent & Pyke: Design for Mirabel – The Cubby Kitchen

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Last week we were thrilled to be involved with Design For Mirabel, a collaborative charity event conceived by Diane Bergeron and the Mirabel Foundation. It was a real treat to step outside our usual parameters to create a temporary installation, one where everything could be dismantled and sold.

Jane Rowe established the Mirabel Foundation in 1988 after a tragic work incident. Jane, a councillor in drug and alcohol rehabilitation received a call to say that two of her clients (single mothers) had died from overdoses. She couldn’t sleep that night for worry about what chance their kids had. She knew there was a big hole in the system for support of the next of kin, the aunts, uncles, grandparents etc. who found themselves instant parents of very troubled kids. And so the Mirabel Foundation was born and still is the only organisation in Australia specifically supporting orphaned or abandoned children due to parental illicit drug use. ‘Every child deserves a childhood’ is their mission statement, the importance of which is undeniable.

Conceptually, we wanted to express one of the most treasured aspects of being a kid, that of creative play and what better place to start than at the heart of every family home, the kitchen! From there we endeavoured to carefully jigsaw together our ‘Cubby Kitchen’.

It was so very encouraging when we got on the phone that so many wonderful businesses both large and small really wanted to get on board and understood the importance of this valuable cause.

Arent&Pyke’s kitchen was built on the principles of love, hope and belonging. It is as much a real kitchen as it is an imagined cubby of comfort and fun. On either end of the kitchen bench sat a dishwasher and a baby blue fridge from Smeg packed with Edit‘s Fruit&Veg cushions from Sparrk. Our sink became a cobalt blue ceramic platter from Jardan‘s newly launched collaboration with the Fortynine Studio, teemed up with a rose gold tap from Brodware. Hay wire tables from Cult Design became our open shelves while Design By Them Butter stools held up our benchtop. Lighty gave us our over-bench storage with their Assemblage shelves and Spence&Lyda Gras Lamps highlighted the delectable coral and peach walls from Porters Paint. Galerie Montmarte brought some fun to the party with their vintage poster, soft mascots from Leo&Bella and Kidostore kept watch over everything. And the table from Jardan was circled by Seeho Su‘s Hiroshima chairs. It all came together with the finishing touches; Mr Kitly‘s sycamore ladels and terrarium, Ottis&Otto (oh my goodness those Bridget Bodenham cups with their golden handles), Gemma Patford’s rope platters, Douglas&Bec’s Spun Pendant, Dibbern tableware and copper Stelton jug from Safari Living, Shilo Engelbrecht‘s napkins and fabric panel, By Lassen accessories from Fred International and Hay glassware from Cult Design. And who could forget our cake (which arrived just after our photoshoot) from Beatrix Bakes.

Special thanks simply must go to the endless generosity of the long-standing support of our wonderful suppliers Cult Design, Spence & Lyda, Jardan, Seeho Su, Fred International, Dedece, Brodware, International Floor Coverings and Galerie Montmartre.

It was a truly delightful experience that refreshed our minds and hearts alike. It is us (all the designers involved – it was such a pleasure), you (the sponsors), Diane Bergeron and her team (special thanks you to Carmen), the event management, the transport and venue team, the volunteers (endless thanks to the very wonderful Louise), the generosity of the public and of course The Mirabel Foundation that are bringing positive change to our society’s future, the kids. All funds raised are being used to build a purpose built home for Mirabel designed by John Wardle Architects. It will be a place of comfort, hope and support for so many. Home sweet home!

Photo Credits: Marcel Aucar Photography

Sophie Buhai at Villa Lena

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Miles away from her day job as one half of Vena Cava – a super sassy ready to wear American fashion label – designer Sophie Buhai recently enjoyed a decorative dream residency at Villa Lena in Tuscany, fabricating stylishly serene objects with an architectural presence. A strong bond to the body they adorn, Buhai’s pieces are refined and confident ornaments in muted golds, ivory and black.

Captured on site at Villa Lena by the very talented photographer Frederik Vercruysse, the images radiate an almost Nordic sense of tranquility. Not surprisingly Sophie Buhai explained her time at Villa Lena as “Paradise!”, a place one can go to create in a society that still celebrates the daily basics of life. It is why perhaps, the materials she chose for her jewels – bronze, marble, bone and wood – have such honest hardworking qualities.

The Villa Lena hotel houses an artist residency where multidisciplinary creative talent can work for a period of two months, collaborate with other residents, mingle with hotel guests and take part in villa’s daily life, food and culture. More on the Villa Lena soon.

Credits: Frederik Vercruysse

OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

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In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

Danish architect Frederikke Aagaard has beautifully reinvigorated the Rungstedgaard Hotel near Copenhagen. By intertwining original detailing from this awe-inspiring 1917′s building with contemporary furniture and artwork Aagaard has created an elegant, timeless interior that emulates sophisticated indulgence.

Housed on a grand estate, the Rungstedgaard Hotel is a commanding manor that knows all about hospitality. Having flourished with A-list parties during the 1920s, its handsome bones have accommodated grand celebrations, solace and romance ever since.

Frederikke Aagaard has exquisitely curated modern design classics against the hotel’s generously graceful architecture. The Bouroullec Brothers’ Slow Chair by Vitra nuzzle together while on the other side of an ornate fireplace proudly sits Oscar Zieta’s Chippensteel Chair. Jamie Hayon’s Pina chairs for Magis are timelessly chic with Svenskt Tenn feature cushions paired up beautifully with Jenny Bäck’s Lean lamp.

A beautiful restrained collection of iconic treasures with a fresh palette of finishes, these good-looking interiors encourage hotel guests to sit back and enjoy all the spoils that the good life has to offer.

Credits: Frederikke Aagaard

THIS & THAT: Adam Goodrum for Cult

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In/Out - This & That: Adam Goodrum for Cult

In/Out - This & That: Adam Goodrum for Cult

In/Out - This & That: Adam Goodrum for Cult

In/Out - This & That: Adam Goodrum for Cult

In/Out - This & That: Adam Goodrum for Cult

In/Out - This & That: Adam Goodrum for Cult

In/Out - This & That: Adam Goodrum for Cult

Come and get cosy with Adam Goodrum and these winter warmers from The Sartorialist.  Recently, we were lucky enough to meet Australian furniture designer Adam Goodrum’s newest collection from the newly launched Cult (formerly Corporate Culture). Goodrum has designed a tight little collection of plump lounges, armchairs and a beautiful winged bed. All pieces have one thing in common, contoured cushioning with sharp-as-a-pin tailoring. It was a pleasure to see this level of craftsmanship from one of our very own.

Chic and enveloping forms all wrapped-up in sophisticated woven textiles, it’s not hard to imagine the good-looking subjects of The Sartorialist taking a seat in these pieces. So, feast your eyes on these well heeled duos and drop by Cult to have a snuggle with Adam Goodrum.

Credits: Cult and The Sartorialist

OUT/ABOUT: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

In/Out - Out/About: Casa No Tempo

Casa no Tempo translates as Timeless Home, which wonderfully sums up this uplifting Portuguese retreat. This is the place where your spirit can truly connect with mother earth, where hours and days bear no relevance and all can be forgotten except the basic essentials of harmonious leisurely living.

João & Andreia Rodrigues have not only fulfilled their grandfathers wish by maintaining the homestead and its surroundings but graciously extended the hospitality of this private sanctuary for all to enjoy.

Working closely with Architect Manuel Aires Mateus they have created a pure interior, that although minimal in nature runs parallel to its surrounds. The crisp white plush lounges and linen are akin to fresh country air. Uncluttered rooms awash in natural light correspond to the endless horizons and the handcrafted clay brick flooring are a true representation of the earth.

Humble yet exquisitely realised, this is where you go to unravel city knots. Bikes and horses are on hand to explore this nirvana, or if you’d rather stay put there’s a heavenly pool lapping away at the back door. The kitchen is a pure palette of white marble and timber, with its feasting table and open vistas it is just begging for fine grassy Portuguese wines, share plates and great company. What more could you want?

A stones throw away from Lisbon I’m sure you have to book well in advance to get your slice of this paradise!

Credits: Casa No Tempo

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