Sophie Buhai Jewellery

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

We first met Sophie Buhai a year ago on IN/Out. We featured the fruits of her labour from an artist in residency at the Tuscan guesthouse Villa Lena, where the former fashion design began exploring her creative desire to produce sculptural adornments. This was the turning point for Buhai, an industrious, bright and infectiously inspiring creator. Now devoted full time to her jewellery line Buhai’s offering is complemented by a collection of object both crafted and curated.

Buhai’s jewels are not sparkly or flashy but honed and refined until one singular perfect shape is revealed. They are weighty honest objects with a Bauhausian simplicity. Solid silver neck cuffs and turned timber bracelets are oversized, elongating the limbs that wear them. Restrained and controlled forms, Buhai’s pieces have an organic nature to them – a simple egg, a skeletal silhouette – harping back to the days of timeless beauty. Reminiscent of a Helmut Newton photo they are striking and seductive, complex in their simplicity.

Credits: Sophie Buhai

Palomba Serafini Associati ‘ex frantoio’

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Palomba Italian Retreat

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Palomba Italian Retreat

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Palomba Italian Retreat

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Palomba Italian Retreat

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Ludovica Serafini and Roberto Palomba of Palomba Serafini Associati‘s, Southern Italian retreat is like a museum flipped on its head. Its historically tactile shell is a perfect host for Palomba & Serafini’s collection of contemporary furniture and objects. Cavernous arches embrace this luminescent space creating a vast yet intimate interior.

Originally a 17th century oil mill in Salento, on the sub peninsula of Puglia, this majestic workhorse was conditioned to a life of darkness, now whitewashed with new apertures suddenly bathing the space in light. Local flagstones are laid as a perfect platform for the neutral palette of honest materials – timber, wool, linen and that incredible ‘Lama’ chaise lounge in straw and metal. Palomba & Serafini’s well-tailored ‘Pianoalto’ modular lounges sit generously atop ‘Karpeta’ rugs. The placement of the ‘Grand Plié’ sofa and ‘Piaffé’ table, which was designed for Driade, are heavenly when elevated on the interior courtyard. The wall of mirrored wardrobes in the bedroom add a small amount of luxe in an otherwise restrained and organic interior.

Furnished with their achievements, there is a purity throughout that embodies Palomba Serafini’s style. With a client list that includes Boffi, Cappellini, Salviati, Foscarini and Zanotta and awarded a Compasso D’Oro – Italy’s highest design prize – it’s no wonder that their family haven exudes a quiet sophistication. Enjoyed by the couple, their daughter and the family greyhounds when they retreat from the bustle of Milan, this idyllic weekender is beyond beautiful in its elegance and serenity.

Credits: Dwell, Design by Palomba Serafini AssociatesPhotography by Francesco Bolis

OUT/ABOUT: Edwina White ‘A Beautiful Complication’

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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Edwina White 'A Beautiful Complication'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Edwina White 'A Beautiful Complication'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Edwina White 'A Beautiful Complication'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Edwina White 'A Beautiful Complication'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Edwina White 'A Beautiful Complication'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Edwina White 'A Beautiful Complication'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Edwina White 'A Beautiful Complication'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Edwina White 'A Beautiful Complication'

All the working (and non-working) mothers out there will appreciate the title of Edwina White’s most recent exhibition ‘A Beautiful Complication’. Finding out that she was pregnant after booking a solo exhibition on the other side of the world provided many challenges and fortunately just as much wonderful inspiration.

The Sydney-born, now New York based artist works primarily with paper and her compositions are the perfect balance of quirky collage and beautifully realized drawing. White’s ability to create plausible characters in her work has made her popular with regular contributions in high profile publications The New York Times, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair and our own Sydney Morning Herald. Actually, many of the enchanting creatures you will find in this exhibition began their life as illustrations for news stories.

There is however a lovely autobiographical narrative that weaves through the work, it speaks of a life spent observing the eccentricities of life in a big city, of actors trying for their big breaks, of fabulous parties and couples courting. The genesis of the whimsical abstract works; so delicate and pretty, were created when she found out she was having her gorgeous daughter Frances but couldn’t tell anyone her exciting news.

Edwina is also celebrating the release of ‘Sembene’ at the Sydney Film Festival, a documentary on Ousmane Sembene the ‘father of African cinema’. ‘Sembene’ was an ambitious animation project many years in the making and gives us the opportunity to see her delightful drawings brought to life.

Edwina White ‘A Beautiful Complication’
Olsen Irwin Gallery
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra 2025 NSW
Monday: 12-5
Tuesday-Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 10-5
Sunday: 12-5
Until 28th June 2015

Credits: Words by Katrina Arent
Images courtesy of the artist Edwina White and Olsen Irwin Gallery

Dinosaur Designs ‘Flower’

Dinosaur Designs 'Flower'

Dinosaur Designs 'Flower'

Dinosaur Designs 'Flower'

Dinosaur Designs 'Flower'

Dinosaur Designs 'Flower'

Dinosaur Designs 'Flower'

Dinosaur Designs 'Flower'

Dinosaur Designs 'Flower'

Dinosaur Designs 'Flower'

With the unfurling of a petal, the gentle nod of a head and the flamboyant ripple of a skirt, Dinosaur Designs‘ new collection ‘Flower’ is a blossoming of brilliant colour and life – the beautiful progression from Creative Director Louise Olsen’s 2014 Seed Pod collection.

With the artful realisation of opaque, translucent and mottled textures of resin, Olsen’s elegant structural forms are delicate yet weighty. Celebrating the “unexpected nature of nature”, ‘Flower’ evokes both fragility and strength, and continues that endless exploration of the dialogue between human and plant life.

Credits: Dinosaur Designs

STUDIO KO ‘Villa E’

In/Out: Villa E by Studio KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO

In/Out: VILLA E BY STUDIO KO
Perched high on a hill like a modern day monastery, the ‘Villa E’, sits at the base of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Designed by Frenchmen Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty of architectural ‘Studio KO’, it is romantic minimalism at its best. Thoughtful, well-executed spaces are expansive whilst remaining intimately soothing to the soul.

Clean lines set in structural precision control the fall of natural light in to the home as it delicately casts across textural walls. Outside walls, viewed from a carefully orchestrated window are a sun-scorched terracotta, blazingly bright against the calm neutrals of the villa’s interior.

Throughout, in materiality and craftsmanship, there is a deep appreciation for the inherent beauty and sense of history found in raw materials. The dry stonewall from local Oika stone is jig-sawed by a pure artisan, it is rustic yet meditatively rigourous. Its construction is nothing short of poetic when juxtaposed with the clarity of line seen elsewhere, in the lone marble plinth, so seamless in it’s perfection.

There is a majestic sense of scale to this grand haven. From the surrounding terrain, to the built environment with its towering walls, to its almost forbidding front door and vast pivoting walls of glazing. This is a contemporary abode with its spirit firmly rooted in its surrounding environment.

Credits: Studio Ko, Photography by Dan Glasser

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