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In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Al Que Quiere

Al Que Quiere’ is an LA based design studio that explores the unreason of design. Headed up by Matthew Sullivan, this is a highly intellectual study into decoration. Bright, bold and graphic, his objects are emotionally responsive.

Frustrated with the earnestness of Modernist design, Sullivan has put himself in the mindframe of Post Modernism – creating visual delights that are more interested in their own identity than yours. As he puts it “The positive thing is that postmodernism has never been dealt with in a good way, because it was so bold—it didn’t get along with things in the room… these things are not necessarily easy to live with. But now it’s made it through a couple of decades and is coming out filtered.”

Invigorating and assertive, ‘Al Que Quiere’ is latin for “he who wants it”, which is apt for his collection of decorative arts. Painted wood, wall follies and sculptures burst with vitality. Sullivan believes in the “grammer of ornament”. His first ideas are formed through written word and so it’s no surprise that his website has an academic narrative that is responsive to his work. Completely refreshing and exhilarating ‘Al Que Quiere’ is bringing confrontation and spirit back into design.

Credits: Al Que Quiere

Al Que Quiere

In/Out: Meet The Wicker

In/Out: Meet The Wicker

In/Out: Meet The Wicker

In/Out: Meet The Wicker

In/Out: Meet The Wicker

In/Out: Meet The Wicker

In/Out: Meet The Wicker

In/Out: Meet The Wicker

In/Out: Meet The Wicker

In/Out: Meet The Wicker

Copenhagen-based duo Nils Chudy and Jasmina Grase, of Studio Chudy and Grase are the fresh talent behind ‘Meet the Wicker’, an inspiring story of innovation and age-old traditions finding common ground in contemporary furniture design.

Chudy and Grase employed generational Latvian wicker craftsmen and industrial steel workers to realize their ‘Meet the Wicker’ collection. The minimal black lines create striking frames for these contemporary but classic pieces. The gradient in thickness varies from 2cm, for 2 years old wicker, to only a few millimetres, for very young wicker and all possible variations are explored in each of the 3 pieces.

The two materials harmonise effortlessly; one from the earth’s core and the other harvested, both at once raw and refined. The wicker plants are harvested during a specific time in spring to maintain their pale colour which is in such strong contrast to their black steel frame.

German Nils Chudy and Latvian Jasmina Grase have a mature outlook on the European community. They call themselves “Children of Europe”, swearing no alliance but endeavouring to embrace the multitude of culture and tradition that makes up their incredible continent.

Credits: Meet the Wicker

MEET THE WICKER

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

The never shy Cairo-born, NYC-based Karim Rashid opens the doors of his explosively colourful Hells Kitchen home. His reality is like a psychedelic lolly shop, something straight out of Willy Wonka’s factory. He doesn’t get called the Sparkle King for nothing. We can’t help but spot the sideboard of Bitossi soldiers Rashid’s own designs for the iconic italian ceramic house sitting lined up with the works of Ettore Sottsass and Piero Fornasetti.

Loud and proud, Rashid shares his technicolour home with his wife Ivana and daughter Kiva. Dancing to its own beat, this vibrant house is a gallery of inspiration for Rashid. As Rashid says “Living with all my stuff gets me into my own world… I can find the soul of my work”.

Dramatic pinks, acid greens, punchy purple and neon yellows are all amplified by the vivid white walls. His walk-in-robe is colour coded with his signature suits, like a storybook rainbow, all ready to be accessorised with a pair of equally lively glasses and trainers. The only thing missing is a Jeff Koons Balloon Dog!

Credits: NY MAG

Karim Rashid’s Hells kitchen Home

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

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In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

Ghanaian born and bred and trained in London, Akosua Afriyie-Kumi of AAKS, has gone back to her roots to produce a new line of luxury-handcrafted bags. Flambouyant in their colour palette, and wonderfully detailed in their craftsmanship, they are a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by leather.

There is no mistaking the origins of these personality plus, practical, but gorgeously decorative accessories. Highly saturated colours exude the vitality that is Africa! Royal blues, siren reds, scorching oranges with hints of natural raffia and classic black – this is a visual taste of that incredibly lively continent.

Handwoven by local women in Bolgatanga, Akosua makes sure she is present throughout the process. Energetically paced like most creatives Akosua has learnt to appreciate the time, and energy, involved in one perfectly crafted bag. Her critical eye views each item before it is allowed to leave her workshop, ensuring that these objects are of the highest level of craftsmanship.

Credits: AAKS

AAKS SPRING SUMMER 2014/2015

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

Hotel Monteverdi is the Tuscan dream come true, located in the hilltop village Castiglioncell del Trinoro. Consisting of 3 villas and a 10 room boutique hotel this rustic beauty, once a semi deserted cluster of homes, has been reinvented into a lavish collection of guesthouses.

Perched up high in the countryside, Hotel Monteverdi boasts bountiful vistas as far as the eye can roam. Earthy and honest, these rustic bones are reminders of the simple art of living. Big timber beams with their irregular surfaces shoulder the load of terracotta roofs and sit proudly against handcrafted walls. Everywhere you look it’s a lesson in local ingenuity and rudimentary building techniques that create lovingly crafted abodes.

It’s not just the bare bones that make this such a special hideaway, but the respect in which the old and new relate. New timber panelled walls stop short of the ceiling, art plinths extend across walls, and luxurious contemporary furniture – classic in its styling – rests easily in their surrounds. Two concrete pedestals accompany a generous copper bath, and copper rings accommodate your clothes whilst candlelit niches softly illuminate this sublime bathing experience.

This is a place of ultimate luxury where the simple pleasures of life are celebrated. With an on site garden and plenty of local produce and regional wines this is the kind of holiday that is full of soul.

Credits: Simplicity, Trendland

OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

London born, New York based art director Anna Karlin prides herself on not being pigeon-holed. This is a philosophy that sits well in the Big Apple where her line of furniture and textiles has received a very warm welcome.

Karlin’s ethos for her furniture and textile pieces is simple ‘Would I want it in my house?’… and if the answer to this is ‘yes’, she finds the best local craftspeople to help her realize her visions. Logistically, this enables her to have a close relationship with the production. It also ensures these skills are supported, as she states “If you’re actually employing someone fairly for the skills that they are so amazing at, that is a really worthwhile thing to spend your money on.”

This philosophy resonates in furniture pieces such as the lovingly detailed ‘Beauty Bar’ with it’s drawers individually numbered in brass and inlaid into ash timber, folding precisely away into an exquisite cylinder. The ‘Chess Stool’ of rolled steel with brass is hand-rubbed to create a layered patina. The ‘Parchment Stools’ are lathed wood upholstered in parchment, giving them their beautiful cloudy surface. Karlin’s tableware of glass, ceramics and brass ‘Bar Tools’ are pieces to ruminate on while enjoying a great meal with friends. And it’s this quietness of spirit that translates well into her textiles.

This sassy lass is very headstrong about the fluidity of disciplines, a great idea is a great idea whatever the medium. We will drink to that.

Credits: Anna Karlin

ANNA KARLIN

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

South African jewellery designer Katherine-Mary Pichulik‘s latest collection ‘Baraka’ for this Spring Summer 2015 has strong North African ethnic ties. These corded, bound, woven, modern-day talismans are stunning creations, a spirited vision from the hotbed of Cape Town.

Striking royal blue, teal and signal blood red combined with gold, black and white make for arresting lucky charms. Inspired by the nomadic tribes of North Africa, the Berbers, and Islamic Malian architecture they are divine amulets and spiritual armour. The Arabic word ‘Baraka’ means blessing, flowing through the physical and spiritual, bringing with it prosperity, protection, and happiness. Core to Pichulik’s design ethic is this connection with the history of adornment. As the designer herself puts it, “Jewellery has always been linked to spirituality and important rites of passage. Pieces were crafted with a purpose and imbued with powers such as protection and healing. ‘Baraka’ excites me as it offers the opportunity to restore this.”

Set against fellow South African fashion designer Kat Van Duien’s voluminous garments in pure white this certainly is an summertime apparition of the most beautiful kind! Layered and bountiful, the dense cord and delicate gold beading are reminiscent of the jewels of days gone by with a modern twist.

Credits: Pinchulik

PICHULIK SPRING SUMMER 2015

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

In/Out: CULT - The Charity Project

Our very dear friends at CULT last week launched ‘The Chairity Project, Reinventing Design Icons’. Cult invited 14 Australasian creatives to reinterpret, reinvent and most importantly make their mark on a design classic – the ‘CH33’ chair by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Sons.

The creative bunch were selected by CULT and the diverse bunch includes Industrial Designer Adam Goodrum, Product Designers Coco Flip and Dinosaur Designs, Artist Ken Done and Tracey Deep, Set Production Designer Alice Babidge, Stylist Megan Morton, Fashion Designers Basskie, Romance was Born and Zambesi, Accessories Designer Ryan Storer, Interior Architect George Livissiannis, Interior Designers Hecker Guthrie and Graphic Designers Toko.

The Reinventing Icons Project brings together charity, creativity and Australia’s much celebrated kinship with iconic Danish design.

The 14 completed chairs are up for grabs on Ebay until 8pm this evening with all proceeds going directly to charities selected by each designer. Link to the auction HERE

Credits: CULT

The Chairity Project, Reinventing Design Icons

In/Out: Megan Morton & Space

In/Out: Megan Morton & Space

In/Out: Megan Morton & Space

In/Out: Megan Morton & Space

In/Out: Megan Morton & Space

In/Out: Megan Morton & Space

In/Out: Megan Morton & Space

In/Out: Megan Morton & Space

In/Out: Megan Morton & Space

In/Out: Megan Morton & Space

In/Out: Megan Morton & Space

In/Out: Megan Morton & Space

In the spirit of giving, Sydney stylist Megan Morton and Space Furniture have curated an Australian designed and produced collection of Christmas gifts WALLPORN for the benefit of us all. Objects of joy these are no trinkets, but forever treasures.

Megan says “This year, I am going for presents and gestures that are long lasting investments. No more fillers, I want amazing never-to-be-found-gifts. So we present you with 4 incredible things you will NEVER see anywhere else! I worked with 4 people who I find to be beyond talented, rich in ideas and incredible at their chosen medium to produce this exclusive line of gifting for Space”.

All four artists although incredibly varied in their mediums and approach, complement and speak of the modern Christmas that is so very Australian. We caught up with Megan to chat about the new ensemble.

As a stylist you’d come across many beautiful objects made by many talented people, how did you manage to decide on these four designers?
I wanted to curate a collection that stood independently to the others but also worked as a suite of products, this meant working with established makers as well as new talent to ensure we had the delicate balance of covetable pieces that spanned a varied price range. The hardest challenge was making it all in Australia – for example, every element in Dan Hocking’s blue or bronze mirror is sourced and made in Australia, which is a real triumph in itself.

Could you please personify each object for the benefit of people blundering around trying to match the perfect gift to the right person?
Quartz blocks are the ideal gift for a healthy home. Their decorative properties are as impressive as their healing properties. Pip’s copper gentle interventions are perfectly placed on these magnificent natural found pieces. Dan’s mirrors are pancake flat (I despise wall clunk!) and really for the person who has everything ! And anyway, who wouldn’t want to see themselves the Healthier, skinnier, bronzed version! Dions trees are the most wonderful way to buy up this talented mans work at a fraction of the price. We are calling it a replacement tree, but let’s face it you would be hard pressed putting it away come January. The light and shadow plays are incredible. I am buying all 4 for a window ledge for exactly these purposes.  Joss Best’s platter has ingeniously been designed to fit a size 16 chook with a smattering of veg. It’s organic and polished all at the same time and has been stamped ‘2014’ on the back as the ultimate memory maker gift for anyone who enjoys a christmas table or feasting!

How do each of these objects represent Christmas to you?
They have all been taken from traditional shapes – the bauble (mirror); the tree (Horstman’s sculpture) the star (Pip’s incredible quartz forms) and the glue to any christmas gathering – the love of food through Joss’s practical but purposeful platter.

And finally what does an Australian Christmas mean to you?
Redleaf Beach. Freckle collecting. Pontoon swimming. Lobster. Replacing the Soda stream gas bottle (I love it!) – and The Mortons just as a five-some. This year though we are living in India for 1 month. So I am sure after Christmas in India our appreciation of all holidays will be forever changed!

Phillippa Canemolla – Mineral Blossoms
Dion Horstman – Tree Interpretations
Dan Hocking – Mirror
Joss Best – Chicken Platter

The WALLPORN collection will be available exclusively from the Space Furniture showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from 21 November.

Credits: Photography by Françoise Baudet

Wallporn by Megan Morton for Space

In/Out: HAYON Studio - Room 506 At Raddison Blu Royal Hotel

In/Out: HAYON Studio - Room 506 At Raddison Blu Royal Hotel

In/Out: HAYON Studio - Room 506 At Raddison Blu Royal Hotel

In/Out: HAYON Studio - Room 506 At Raddison Blu Royal Hotel

In/Out: HAYON Studio - Room 506 At Raddison Blu Royal Hotel

In/Out: HAYON Studio - Room 506 At Raddison Blu Royal Hotel

In/Out: HAYON Studio - Room 506 At Raddison Blu Royal Hotel

In/Out: HAYON Studio - Room 506 At Raddison Blu Royal Hotel

In/Out: HAYON Studio - Room 506 At Raddison Blu Royal Hotel

Following in the footsteps of his late muse Arne Jacobsen’s ‘Room 606’, Jaime Hayón designs ‘Room 506’ at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen. 50 years on, designed exclusively for the hotel, a little Jacobsen gem the Drop Chair, is the belle of the ball at this illustrious party. Re-launched by Fritz Hansen in September this year it was given a new outfit as part of Hayón’s vision for ‘Room 506’.

Formerly the SAS Royal Hotel, Arne Jacobsen oversaw all aspects of the original design in 1960, from the architectural façade down to the cutlery. Some of his most renowned furniture pieces such as the Egg chair and Swan chair were developed and went on to become design classics from this fruitful project.

“Coming from the Mediterranean, to be able to make an imprint on Danish design has been an incredibly special experience for me. The idea for this room is to create a luminous space that brings joy and genuine comfort through the Fritz Hansen designs along with some of my own designs and art.”
Jaime Hayón

This is a celebration of two brilliant designers who although from very different cultural backgrounds have a common design ethos; the appreciation of organic lines, minimalist values, fine craftsmanship and exceptional materials.

Hayón, as did his predecessor, oversaw every detail of Room 506 from the linen to the furniture. His signature Ro Armchair in dove grey, Favn Sofa in navy, Analog Tables, and decorative ceramic Bosa Table, sit handsomely on the terracotta carpet. The Drop Chair, feminine in crushed velvet, glows in the company of her new cohorts. Complementing the interior with soft light, his A-Balls Pendant and Chinoz Lamp, along with custom decorative objects embrace this traveller’s haven.

Jaime Hayón excels at inducing the same sublime serenity that Jacobsen is famous for, but adds his own playful charm. For all of you lucky enough to find yourself in Denmark it’s nice to know that both rooms are just waiting for your company.

Credits: Hayon Studio

Out/About: HAYON Studio Room 506

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