Monthly Archives: July 2012

Aura Island Rangehood wins Australian International Design Award

The extraordinary Miele DA 7000 D ‘Aura’ island rangehood has won a prestigious 2012 Australian International Design Award™ (AIDA).

This year, more than 200 products were judged against a criteria focusing on innovation, form, function, quality, safety and sustainability. The Miele DA 7000 D was one of only 37 products, from 105 finalists, to receive a coveted AIDA Design Award™.

The rangehood is an outstanding showpiece and the ideal solution for apartments or kitchens where ducting is challenging. With its sleek, stylish elliptical design, the rangehood is suspended by four virtually invisible wires and features the ultimate in recirculation technology for the effective absorption of odour,” says Miele Category Manager Food and Beverage Preparation, Rudi Niemoeller.

Aura Island Rangehood


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Surry Hills Festival, October 27

On Saturday the 27th of October, Sydney’s hippest postcode will celebrate everything creative, fun, and funky!

At its newly revitalised home in Prince Alfred Park, the Surry Hills Festival will showcase Australia’s ‘freshest’ up-and-coming bands and established musos. With the unique sounds as your backdrop, you can wander the revamped commons among crazy art installations, theatre performances, and even some promised kooky acts!

The festival is ‘the place’ to peruse eclectic markets and pick up one-of-a-kind goodies. You’ll dine on gourmet food stalls and discover new tastes and flavours. Alternatively, lounge on the grass and soak up the atmosphere with a cool drink in hand from one of the many themed bars on site.

Funds raised on the day go to the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre to run community development programs for the local area.

Check out Surry Hills Festival for a full line-up of bands, artists, performances and the latest program updates.

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Kenzo x Vans are back

After the recent success of the mesh print Era pack, Kenzo and Vans are back with a new collaboration pack set to drop shortly.

The classic Vans Authentic gets six new Kenzo looks, by covering the upper in stripes and floral patterns with a bright white midsole. The insoles have been stamped with co-randed logos.

Both the Stripes pack and Floral pack will be limited release available to both men and women in select stores this August.

This isn’t the first time we’ve showcased one of Kenzo’s standout collaborations! Check out it’s partnership with furniture brand Kartell on an exclusive edition of the ‘plastics duo’ sofa here.

Kenzo x Vans Authentic

Kenzo x Vans Authentic

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Interview: Cate Legnoverde, photographic artist

Layering textures is the key to Cate Legnoverde’s work. She creates unique and vibrant photographic artwork, combining the two mediums to — in her own words — transform ordinary and long-forgotten photographs into objects of beauty.
We spoke to Cate about the remarkable method that brings to life her vintage-inspired art.

Cate Legnoverde

Tell us about your artistic process – do you start with images, experiment with materials, or do you have a fully formed idea in mind before you start?

It all depends on the image. Out of the blue an idea will form in relation to a photograph I took years ago that’s been neglected on my hard drive. For vintage work I start with a clear idea of the colours I want to use then choose the textures. My husband, Javier, takes some beautiful photographs and I sometimes use them for my work such as A Little Fishy, and build on it with colour and textures.

A Little Fishy

Where did you get the idea to turn your photographs into art? What encouraged you to experiment with textures and layers?

I painted watercolour abstracts a few years back but I can’t paint or draw people or animals, so I figured combining different effects to make hybrid photographic art would be the best thing for me. My first attempts were on old photographs that were low resolution and technically poor quality. I soon found I could transform a not-so-great photograph into something that was potentially gallery-standard.

How long have you been creating artwork for?

I became serious about creating artwork 12 months ago. I always had an interest in photography but didn’t do much with it, and I had been fooling around in Photoshop for a few years but hadn’t yet taught myself how to use it extensively. Last year I had a major health-scare and decided life is too short to keep putting things off so, I bit the bullet, set up my own website, had an exhibition of my work in Melbourne, and started producing a lot of work to get exposure!

Lip Service

Where do you find your inspiration?

Each photograph provides the inspiration. With my vintage work I’m inspired to breathe life into 1920s portraits and give them a contemporary twist. Our apartment is full of brightly coloured furniture and artwork and I feel inspired just being there. Javier has been hugely supportive and gives me the encouragement to keep creating.

Do you have a preferred part of the process (taking photos or layering the image)?

I enjoy photographing trees and buildings. My favourite part is layering the image and I love seeing it develop in stages. The hardest part is deciding when to stop
the process!


What has been your favourite collection and why?

Vintage is my favourite. Transforming an old image into something beautiful and timeless is very satisfying.  The brighter the colours the better, too! I also love to turn buildings into art – an office building can be a beautiful thing.

Has there ever been a piece of artwork that hasn’t come together as you planned?

I have a stack of old photographs I have yet to find a use for. Every few weeks I try to do something with them and I’m slowly transforming them.


What can we expect from you next?

I’ve just expanded my website to offer canvas as an option, as well as prints of varying sizes. I’m looking forward to re-discovering abstract painting with watercolours and in the near future I’m hoping to add pottery, decoupage and decorative stools to my website.

Which artists do you admire?

I love 1950s advertising artists like Coby Whitmore and Robert Meyer, and the painters Henri Matisse and Frida Kahlo.

The Memory of Trees

Do you have any advice for emerging Australian artists?

Set up a website for your art. It’s difficult getting exposure if you’re self-taught as you don’t have that advantage of contacts in the art or design world. Creating a website is the first step to getting exposure. I use – they provide excellent technical support and templates for reasonably prices. Contact decorating blogs and online art sale sites to get your work out there. If you’re going to exhibit, choose the gallery carefully.

View more of Cate Legnoverde work here or purchase your very own photographic artwork at 

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Supreme x Nike SB Dunk Low

New York based streetwear company Supreme, is collaborating with Nike SB to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Supreme Dunk Low.

Their Supreme x Nike SB Dunk Low will feature a red base with black trim and, like the original, includes full-grain nubuck leather with elephant print texture.

This exclusive release is only available through Supreme’s New York, Los Angeles and London stores, as well as via the online stores on July 19 and in Japan on
July 21.

Supreme x Nike SB Dunk Low 2012

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UPDATE: The Minimalist Store – pop up shop opening

Be there or be square! So excited to see The Minimalist Store will be opening a ‘pop up’ store in Sydney from July 24 – August 17.

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June’s most popular posts

Don’t leave the house – it’s far too cold outside! Instead, cosy up to some entertaining reads and hot news. These were June’s most popular posts on Ed & Ruby. Enjoy!

  1. Space Furniture announced its latest design collaboration between iconic design house Kartell, and fashion brand Kenzo. Check out the Kartell limited edition Kenzo sofa collection!
  2. To coincide with the recent opening of Levi’s Champs-Elysées flagship store in Paris, the brand has teamed up with French graffiti artist, André Saraiva and artist Shepard Fairey to release exclusive designs for denim enthusiasts.
  3. Singer/songwriter Marissa Saroca launched her latest album Boys Write Love Songs Too in May and, last month, she spilled the beans on her latest loves with an Ed & Ruby Fast Five.

Kartell and Kenzo sofa design

Levis exclusive designs

Fast Five with Marissa Saroca

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