We came, we saw, we found some major Australian design goodness! DesignEX 2013 put on a fantastic show of product, decorating and architectural trends when it hit Melbourne last week, and Design Pilgrim was on the floor for an epic hunt. Here’s our favourite textile, lighting, wallpaper, furniture and feature finds:
Emily Ziz Style Studio kept us coming back to lust over the delectable collection of bright and beautiful textiles and wall coverings including the absolutely stunning large scale wall murals by Tretchikoff (ABOVE) featuring the classic colourful and exotic prints by Vladamir Tretchikoff – a dramatic backdrop to the unbearable lightness of the beautiful Willowlamps with their cascading chains in copper, brass and gold. And they weren’t afraid to pull of a bold pattern clash, with retro-inspired prints alongside flamingoes, quirky printed wallpaper (hello, marmite!), stunning digitally printed fabrics, watercolour wallpaper (BELOW), as well as the divine abstract dyed leather by Shibori (hearts were racing!).
Multi-talented architect, product designer and curator Sarak K created the Urban Larder pop up shop for DesignEX (BELOW) in collaboration with Bree Claffey of Mr Kitly and Sarah Trotter of Hearth. Housed in a custom built timber structure – designed and made in collab with Ben Blakebrough, her partner in Blakebrough & King (b+k) – the Urban Larder collection included delicious produce like honey, ale, chocolate, sugar and salt alongside unique furniture, tableware, table wear, pot plants, vases, and produce, as well as a truly beautiful collection of hand beaten and worn utensils in a range of metals and raw materials.
About Space always impress with their contemporary range of lighting, and brought some funked up sophistication to their hometown show this year with lots of bare bulbs, industrial pendants, glamorous and glossy metallic shades and graphic and linear feature lights (BELOW).
We were drawn to the incredible vibrant textile imagery by Anne Lewis, with 16 different designs in four kaleidoscopic themes covering cushions and wall art collages, digitally printed on to Belgian Linen (ABOVE), while Seneca Textiles had set up individual feature booths, each one housing a different wallpaper print with eclectic decor and curios. Our feather fetish was satiated with this incredible, textured visual treat in indigo from Eletis, while Boyac kept the wildlife theme going with a fierce Cheetah in metallic gold wallpaper from the Thibaut collections (BELOW) …
Over at Sixhands (BELOW), it was soft pastels and inks, with pretty birds on the Briar Rose Rust wallpaper and the new woven fabric collection debuting some graphic inspired prints with an eye catching display that was just begging to be touched.
Cloth made for a refreshing escape from the full colour sensory assault, launching a new collection with a pared back and earthy colour palette and their signature botanic and organic inspired prints by artist and head designer Julie Patterson (BELOW). We really loved the beautiful display of raw fabrics, abstract wallpaper and bedlinen, lampshades and clay tableware … gentle, natural contemporary style.
Blending the lamp with the light bulb and offering up to a 20 year life span makes the Booo bulb a significant design achievement. But when you three of the most creative studios on the scene to create it, you have yourself a new modern icon in the making. Booo reigned in Front, Nacho Carbonelli and Formafantasma to work the concept of an innovative, sustainable LED lamp, and we’re loving the result! Seen at The Snap Collective.
James Richardson was a thoroughly modern display of furniture, and we were immediately drawn to the scandinavian-style simplicity of this beautiful dining table with those orange colour pop chairs, monochromatic metal side tables and the serious face time going on in that oversized lounge chair (BELOW)!
But The Cult House (BELOW) was the undeniable centre of cool for us. As the sister brand to Corporate Culture, Cult is specifically tailored to residential clients, with a very precise design focus that brings some of the best brands from around the world to one mighty fine collection. Fritz Hansen, Cassina, Gubi, Hay and Carl Hansen all made these rooms the most stylish place to hang out.