Category Archives: Design
“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.”
Read all about Emerald’s 2013 reign here.
When design professionals are seeking the latest trends and inspiration, they find their muse in Colourways’ annual trend forecast. This leading body, which was established by the Design Institute of Australia, identifies and delivers the latest in Australasian trend developments for colour, material and finish. These facets of design will then go on to anchor the industry in terms of development, manufacturing and marketing. Below are the story boards for two of this
The Colourways 2014 trends are:
Pioneering Spirit | Industrial Evolution | Sunday Matinee | Byzantine Princess
Winding through time to discover the character and nostalgia of another era is what makes this trend shine. Curving ceramics hark back to times gone by and are licked with pastel shades, while the glare of yesterday and tough times past dissolve in a sun-filled corner. The palette blooms with eucalypt green, lemonade shades and a soft retro allure.
‘Let the fun times begin. Relax, revive, refresh.’
This is the story of the bare truth. Pioneering Spirit draws on the simple honesty of the landscape and the charm of rough and worn features. Among its palette you’ll spot the twisting marl of ghost gum, grey lichens, dusty blues and weathered creams. Durable materials from the Earth, like hewn wood and homespun wool, offer a raw and unembellished character.
‘Everything is used – everything that exists can be recreated and loved again as something new’
Photography and styling by Colin Doswell and Deborah McLean
Images via thehome.com.au/magazine
See Byzantine Princess and Industrial Evolution themes here.
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.
You may remember our interview with photographic artist, Cate Legnoverde, who shared her fascinating hybrid artwork creations with us here. To complement her vibrant print collection, she’s recently added a zingy range of cushions to her revamped website. The cushion patterns are her own designs and came about when she failed to find a bright enough range to satisfy her own sofa!
Check out the new website and juicy cushion range here.
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.
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.
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