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2014 colour of the Year: Pantone 18-3224 Radiant Orchid

“While the 2013 colour of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the colour wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”


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Read all about Emerald’s 2013 reign here.

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UPDATE: QT Hotel makes the Hot List 2013

Sydney’s QT Hotel has been awarded among the world’s best new hotels in the ‘Hot List of 2013’ as declared by the US and UK editions of the esteemed magazine, Condé Nast Traveller. We gave you a guided tour of the hotel here, where cutting edge interiors and quirky design married an Art Deco revamp of two of Sydney’s most beloved buildings.

The hotel’s bold interior design was spearheaded by renowned Australian designer, Nic Graham, and boasts an extensive contemporary and digital art collection. The design hub is home to spaQ, which includes a vintage barbershop, and the European-style brasserie, the Gowings Bar & Grill. There’s also the Parlour Lane Roasters café/aperitivo bar and the hip Gilt Lounge cocktail bar.

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1888: A Picture Perfect Hotel

If you plan on visiting the new 1888 Hotel in Sydney’s Pyrmont, make sure you have your camera phone ready. The latest guesthouse to open by boutique operator, 8 Hotels, has been inspired by the nostalgia of Kodak’s first box and roll camera launch of the same year, 1888.

And to celebrate, the designer dig is honouring the evolution of photography by offering Instagram-friendly walking maps for the Pyrmont area. There’s also a revolving series of Instagram images in the ‘Mac space’ at reception featuring photos taken by guests, and a ‘selfie space’ within the property for guests to pap themselves at the new boutique lodging.

1888 Hotel

Originally used for wool storage, the 1888-erected building that houses the hotel has undergone a $30 million development over the last two years to reveal a luxury property that offers 90 rooms, including a rooftop penthouse apartment overlooking the city surrounds.

As major fans of exposed brick walls done well, we’re happy to see this feature prominently along with reclaimed Iron bark, concrete, stone and bronze, for a distinct Australian look. High ceilings and huge period windows reflect the heritage history and overall feel of the building.

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1888 Hotel

1888 Hotel
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New Colour-Rich Designs From Caja

Caja Furniture has released new colour-rich designs of its side table-cum-storage box.

We spilled the beans on our little Perspex obsession with you here where we introduced Georgia Ezra, the designer behind the inventive Caja furniture. And now we’re excited to share her latest pieces that combine a cosmos of colour with the same innovative storage genius.

You can now revel in her versatile designs with an ice blue, grey frost, bright red, citrus, and melon red twist. Get up close and personal with these juicy additions at Sydney Indesign next week where Georgia will be exhibiting alongside architects, interior designers, and other creatives.

Sydney Indesign from August 15-17

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How to Start Your Fashion Company with jeffstaple

If you’ve dreamt of making it big in the streetwear industry, then what better way to learn the ropes than from one of the best in the business?

Jeff Ng, (aka jeffstaple), took his one-man t-shirt business and turned it into an internationally renowned streetwear company and design firm. Staple Design has worked with some of the industry’s giants including Nike and Puma to create some of the most sought-after pieces in the sneaker world. It took 15 tough years to build the brand  into the icon it is today, and now he’s sharing the insider knowledge!

To help aspiring entrepreneurs, Jeff is sharing need-to-know details via online tutoring site Skillshare. Through video lectures, tutorials and digital handouts, students experience a live classroom atmosphere where they cover key topics including: refining your brand name and slogan, the philosophical, technical, and legal considerations to logo creation; crafting your debut collection, and how to tell your story through your product.

“With this class on Skillshare, I hope to answer these questions by addressing some of the most fundamental aspects of starting a brand, but even more so, I hope to inspire everyone who has ever thought about starting something of their own to actually take action and pursue that dream.”

The course is $15, and students are able to study in their own time. The top three students will be selected to go into a final round where they’ll receive one-on-one tutoring from jeffstaple in New York, and go into the running for the opportunity to showcase their product at the 2014 Agenda Las Vegas Trade Show.

The course starts soon, so head over to Skillshare to enrol.

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Grandeliers win prestigious Discovery Prize in Paris

Tasmanian designer, Loz Abberton, recently won the prestigious Discovery Prize, (Prix des Découvertes) at Maison et Objet in Paris for her Grandeliers. It’s a range of future-friendly design lighting that’s 100% designed and made in Tasmania, Australia. This range of flat-pack pendant lights and lamps is made from certified Tasmanian timbers. The award for Most Impressive New Product was given to the entire range and this great impression is being backed up with an appearance in New York at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in May 2013.

GENIES Grandeliers

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