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UPDATE: Australia Emerging Designer Award

Kate Stokes of Coco Flip has won the first Temple & Webster/Inside Out Emerging Designer Award!

Kate Stokes image via Coco FlipLast month we encouraged you to vote in this award here, and showcased the work of some of the hottest creations coming out of Australian design at the moment. Voting closed on Australia Day, and today Kate Stokes was announced as the winner for her “… consistent, refined aesthetic and her skill and craftsmanship in marrying different materials.  Her design process, which examines historical references and re-interprets them for a contemporary audience, gives her products a wonderful resonance that sets them apart,” said Karen McCartney, editorial director of T&W on the blog today.

Kate’s ‘Mr Cooper’ brass pendant lights. Image via Temple & Webster

Kate’s ‘Mr Cooper’ brass pendant lights. Image via Temple & Webster

Overwhelmed with the accolade, Kate is currently  aiming to exhibit at the London Design Festival this September so, if all goes to plan, she will utilise the prize money for the cost of exhibiting and getting herself and her work exposed in London. ‘I’m also in the midst of developing some new products such as furniture pieces, so it helps to have some more finance to prototype and experiment,’ she said on the T&W blog.

Kate’s ‘Loop’, a prototype modular table and shelving system made of laminated plywood. Image via Temple & Webster.

Kate’s ‘Loop’, a prototype modular table and shelving system made of laminated plywood. Image via Temple & Webster.

Kate in her studio. Image via Temple & Webster

Kate in her studio. Image via Temple & Webster


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Yellow Bungalow open on Bondi Road, Sydney

Yellow Bungalow has recently opened on Bondi Road, Sydney. Why are we telling you this? Well, there are two things we love most in the world here at Ed & Ruby: one is coffee, and the other is great design, and here they combine for the ultimate shopping destination! Aussie design will always be our favourite, but we have a soft spot for a little chic Scandi style, too.

Yellow Bungalow Shop Front

Yellow Bungalow Shop Front

Yellow Bungalow is a self-styled home of outstanding design and exceptional coffee. These two such greats work hand-in-hand to feature the best in mid-century and modern furniture and design. The Yellow Bungalow philosophy is to focus on creating and sharing living spaces.

The store offers a mix of lovingly restored vintage pieces from both Scandinavian and Australian designers, alongside modern furniture, design, and art from emerging designers and artists. Married with freshly ground Double Roasters coffee, it’s a desirable option for your next caffeine hit.


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INTERVIEW: Stacey Hendrickson, casper&pearl

Stacey Hendrickson

Stacey Hendrickson

Pair big ideas with big dreams and you have a label in similar standing with casper&pearl. This Adelaide-based brand is the brain child of creator, Stacey Hendrickson. At the age of 18, the self-taught designer, who started by altering vintage pieces for friends in her bedroom, launched the ethereal clothing collection that sings with 70s style and whimsical vintage charm. Just 24 months later, casper&pearl boasts a cult-like following with fans from around the world – including high-profile fashion bloggers and TeenVogue.com – revelling in Stacey’s signature bustiers. We chat to Stacey about her brand, and the ups and downs of starting your own
fashion line.

Describe casper&pearl’s style?
Our style is bohemian meets preppy; a mix of vintage floral with short picnic dresses. We create whimsical and dream-like designs suited to personalities such as Isabel Lucas and Alexa Chung.


Tell us about your creative process. Where do you begin when designing a collection?
I like to come up with a story first, and I always make sure I have a visual diary by my side, so when ideas come I can draw them down. I imagine my character, where she is, what she’s doing, and what she’s wearing. I draw images, write poetry, make collages of inspirational images and end up with a collection that reflects all of this.

Your bustiers are very popular with fans. What is it about your signature piece you think they love?
Our ‘First Love’ bustier is definitely our signature piece – its fun, happy and innocent with a twist of cheekiness in the back. It’s the perfect piece to wear to festivals, picnics, first dates and tea parties! It sold out in one night on our website and under 60 seconds in one of our online boutiques, Peppermayo!


Are there any fashion designers you look up to?
I adore Chloe’s effortless sophistication, and Alexander Wang’s edgy sexy style. The two of them combined would be a magical world of perfect outfits! I also really look up to Alice McCall and the girls behind Maurie & Eve. I imagine casper&pearl being sold right next to these two amazing Australian brands.

I adore Australian fashion. We’ve seen so many amazing Australian designers take the world by storm such as Lover, Magdalena Velevska, and Dion Lee which is so inspiring. One of our stockists in New York – one of the most on-trend cities in the world – will only stock Australian and New Zealand designers which says a lot!


Tell us about your upcoming collection. What’s it inspired by? What can we expect to see?
We’ll be launching our first seasonal collection ‘Secret Garden’ in March 2013 for autumn/winter. It’s inspired by my favourite childhood book written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and you can expect to see lots of cut outs, peplums, cute dresses and hand-drawn embroidery.

What is your go-to fashion/creative resource? Where do you turn to for inspiration?
I read Vogue religiously, the Australian and British versions are my favourites. I also love to read fashion blogs and keep an eye on street style. My favourite fashion bloggers would have to be Tuula, Le Gypsy and Fashion Toast. I also make sure I keep a visual diary with magazine cutouts and inspirational images. I find inspiration everywhere I go, from the colour of the sky to the flowers on the ground. I also find creativity in children’s books, Sofia Coppola movies, and the decades of the 70s and 90s.


What do you think are the biggest struggles to overcome when starting your own fashion business?
Getting noticed and building a following! You also need to work hard and show persistence to have the industry take you seriously. But this all comes with time!

Would you consider setting up a bricks and mortar store?
A casper&pearl pop up store is definitely in the near future, and then I’ll see how it goes before we do anything permanent. At the moment I can only dream of having a concept store.


What’s the number one lesson you’ve learned about the business so far? What advice do you have for others starting their own label?
I’ve always loved the saying: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” I think this is so important when starting your own business whether it’s fashion or not. This industry can be really tough, so you have to learn to brush everything off and not take anything too personally. Make sure you show respect and loyalty.

When starting out, I faced so many blunt replies and negative feedback because nobody knew about casper&pearl yet, but I always promised myself when my brand grew I would never be like that. I always make it one of my top priorities to write back to aspiring designers who ask for advice and always make sure I donate a percentage of profits to charities.


Where can people find your designs?
We’ve picked up some amazing stockists for 2013, some of the better known ones being Globalize, Nasty Gal and Dissh. We’re so excited with how many boutiques have come on board, reaching from Alice Springs to Manhattan! And you can always find our favourite casper&pearl pieces on our website.


Do you think Adelaide has its own fashion style? Where is your favourite place to shop in Adelaide?
Most definitely! Over the last few years the Adelaide fashion industry has become very significant. With the launch of the Adelaide Fashion Festival, and stores like Zimmermann and Sass & Bide opening retail stores on Rundle Street, it’s evident that Australian fashionistas are keying onto the fact that SA is up and coming. My favourite boutique at the moment is definitely Karibu Boutique on Melbourne Street!



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Vote in Australia’s Emerging Designer Award

No matter how you feel about daily deal sites or online shopping, there’s no denying the Temple & Webster and Inside Out magazine Emerging Designer Award is a standout idea! The two home and lifestyle hubs have teamed up to showcase some of the country’s hottest up-and-coming designers, and they’ll be rewarding the favourite – as voted by you – with a cash injection and their own feature in Inside Out.

Chris Hardy

Natural Pleat Stool by Chris Hardy

Matt Prince

Contemporary furniture by Matt Prince

The nominees include the likes of Tamara Maynes, who produces a range of collectables and DIY kits based on her love of craft, (in love with her neon-dipped macrame tassels!), Melbourne based designer, Andre Hnatojko, who has gained international recognition for his popper light, and Ilias Fotopoulos who takes a highly personal approach to creating and producing innovative wallpapers, just to name a few. See the full nominee list here.

Daniel Emma

Vessels by Daniel/Emma

Voting is open now till Australia Day, so be sure to share your opinion here. And for those who are as entranced with neon-dipped macrame tassels as me, you can shop the nominee designs on Temple and Webster now.

Coco Pendant Light by Kate Stokes

Coco Pendant Light by Kate Stokes

Growing/Falling Wallpaper by Ilias Fotopoulos

Andre Hnatojko

Colourful Popper Lights by Andre Hnatojko 

Tate Anson

Solaris Wall Clock by Tate Anson

Images via Temple & Webster

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Interview: Leah Robins, The Minimalist Store

The Minimalist Store is my latest online addiction! It’s curated and run by designer, blogger and stylist Leah Robins, who compiles a unique and eye-catching collection of designer homewares for those that relish a minimal décor with a pop of colour and curios. In its own words, The Minimalist isn’t about buying less, but buying better. After months of indulging a love for innovative and minimal design through Leah’s online store and inspiring blog, I’m very excited to share this interview with you! Leah shares her thoughts on Australian design, the Minimalist Store, her inspirations and more. Enjoy!

Everyday objects by Oelwein

Leah Robins

Tell us about The Minimalist Store. What will we love here?

At The Minimalist Store, we source pieces for the home and office from Australia and around the globe. There’s an emphasis on unique, designer-made, small-batch and limited-edition finds. We love working directly with emerging designers and avoid mass production unless we wholeheartedly believe in the design and concept.

The collection that best represents what The Minimalist Store is all about is the Faceture collection by Phil Cuttance. Each piece in the collection — which consists of vessels, light shades and a side table — is made by hand using a single-use mould for an inherit value.

Faceture Vases by Phil Cuttance

You’re a designer, blogger and stylist. Do you have a preferred hat?

I don’t really have a favourite, they’re quite closely intertwined. I strongly believe you should do what you love and I am so incredibly lucky that I have the opportunity to be creative and share my passion with like-minded people on a daily basis. I am particularly excited by the styling projects I am doing at the moment for The Minimalist Store.

I live above my (small) design studio and spend many, many hours into the night there! I am definitely a night owl and I find it very hard to switch off sometimes.

The Minimalist

How did you make the move from stylist to online retailer?

The Minimalist Store was created out of a desire for something different for my own home and for the homes and offices of my clients. As a designer, I was feeling swamped by replicas and mass-produced pieces that had nothing more to offer than face value. I wanted to feel a connection to a piece I was bringing into my home and, I have found through The Minimalist Store and blog, that I’m not alone!

I have always wanted to curate my own store for as long as I can remember and, after putting it off and finding every reason not to, I finally realised that there will never be a perfect time to do it, so it may as well be now! A lot of people around me thought I was crazy, but the last few months have been an amazing adventure and huge learning curve. The opportunities and people I have met in such a short space of time make all the hard work and stress worthwhile.

Kiss My Neon print by Rk Design

Describe your personal style. Does it favour a minimalist approach?

My personal style has evolved many times but, there are some enduring themes that never seem to change. Quality over quantity is a big one. When it comes to colour, black and white is timeless – I love it in my home, I love wearing it and I love using it in my work. I have been told that I have a very masculine style. I love deep hues and straight lines mixed with earthy timbers and a pop of white. My personal style is reflected in each and every piece at The Minimalist Store. There is not a single piece I would not have in my own home. And that is one of my top criteria for everything we have. If I don’t love it, we don’t have it!

Sacks by Varpunen

What is it you’re looking for when curating products for The Minimalist Store?

I look for a unique style and something with a story. We look for pieces that are handmade with traditional materials and/or techniques used in new ways. We love bold styling and unique collaborations, and pieces made by artisans that would otherwise be hard to find or unavailable in Australia.

You put a great emphasis on sourcing products that come straight from the designer as opposed to being mass-produced. Why is this important to you?

As industrial designer, Dieter Rams famously said, “There is no longer room for irrelevant things. We have no longer got the resources. Irrelevance is out.” I think the question is why more people don’t feel that it’s important to surround themselves with pieces they love, that are unique, and that have a purpose.

My grandparents’ home was filled with special things that came attached to special memories. Their home didn’t change with trends and fads like homes do today. Everything they owned was built to last, or was made especially for them by an artisan. Those kinds of homes are the best in my opinion. They have a special substance and I believe we can all have that feeling in our environments no matter what your style or budget is.


What is it you love about a minimal design?

I think the world is a very busy and very cluttered place, and there’s something about minimalist design that I find very calming and serene. I love a space where there may not be a lot of ‘things’, but there’s a wonderful feel and perfect functionality. I love clean surfaces, clean walls, large blocks of a single colour, big open windows and high ceilings, too.

You source products for The Minimalist Store both locally in Australia and internationally. What do you think of the current state of Australian design?

Australia has a huge wealth of talent that’s under recognised. We have products at two ends of the spectrum available in the country right now: big name designers that can be found at big name retail giants; and replicas of big name designers at replica retailers.  At The Minimalist Store, we’re trying to create a platform to showcase emerging designers that often feel stuck in the middle of this spectrum.

Mae Engelgeer

What is your dream creative project?

I’m really inspired by the gorilla gardening movement and, despite living in a terrace house in Surry Hills NSW, with no lawn or garden space, I have managed to spread some greenery – little by little – along the footpath outside — shhh!

I’m also loving the ‘edible outdoor rooms’ that Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney have created. So my current dream creative project would be redesigning dead and under-used spaces into herb gardens, space for beautiful flowers and trees, and softening the sometimes harsh cityscape.

I have a huge passion for print, too. My father was a designer and printer and used to do typesetting by hand! So I would love to create a printed bodywork that incorporated the now outdated processes of printing that my father was taught.

Upside-down planters by Boskke

Where would you like to take your business and yourself creatively in the coming years?

I have many big ideas and they change daily! We have grand plans for a bricks and mortar store in Surry Hills which I want to be a collaborative and ever-changing space that showcases our unique products as well as works from students and young designers. I would love to help take ideas and concepts to creations, too. Urban renewal and urban planning is another great interest of mine.

You rock my world poster by Rk Design

Where do you turn to for inspiration?

I am strongly influenced by Scandinavian designers and stylists. My favourite stylist is Susanna Vento, who designs our Varpunen sacks. I also find inspiration simply by walking through the streets near my home. I love buildings, beautiful gardens, old books and time-worn furniture.

What other creative outlets do you indulge in outside of The Minimalist and your styling at Collective Design Studio?

I really enjoy gardening, not that I am very good at it! I am a very amateur DIY-er, I love giving old things a lick of paint — especially chairs! Is playing and designing homes on The Sims considered a legitimate creative pursuit? I believe it is, or at least should be!

Tableware by Seletti

Neo rubber bowl

All products and designers featured can be found at The Minimlaist along with Leah’s ever-inspiring blog.

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