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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.

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Sydney Indesign from August 15-17

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Thinking Outside The Box, Georgia Ezra

I have a thing for Perspex. I don’t know when this affair started, or why the material makes me swoon, I just know I want it … now! So when the opportunity arose to purchase CAJA Furniture on The Home, I jumped at it, or more so, whipped out my credit card to choose my very own piece.

The best part of this transaction though, was the opportunity to briefly meet CAJA Furniture designer, Georgia Ezra, and interview her for The Home magazine. What I loved about our short but sweet encounter was the passion and honesty behind her words. She’s a ‘one-woman show’, and has courageously set out on this product design venture to make her space, and our’s more effective.

Georgia Ezra

Dissatisfied with the lack of space and visually pleasing design in her small apartment, she envisioned a sleek and sophisticated solution that would allow her to show off her favourite collections and entertain with ease. The result was the transparent, customisable side table-cum-storage unit which won a Melbourne Design Award in 2012 and was shortlisted for a Sydney Design Award, too.

In her words, it transforms clutter into museum-worthy installations, aesthetically combating a small space problem. And with my words, “Ooo it’s so pretty I must have one”, I got to work on discovering Gerogia’s inspiration, design ethos, and personal style.

Here are my highlights of the interview …

Georgia’s inspirations, which include: her time spent living in Spain, fabric textures, food, colour, and even, wait for it … the natural interior of fruit!

Her design philosophy – Cull the crap!

Discovering the different hats she wears on a daily basis as both CAJA Furniture owner and designer, and interior architect at G.A.B.B.E Interior Design Services.

Her decorating tips for making small spaces more functional.

Read the full interview here.

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The Edge Excellence in Design award winners 2013

The Edge Excellence in Design award winners were announced last week at the Australian International Furniture Fair. The Edge is Sydney’s premier event for unearthing new and emerging furniture designers from around the world, with 2013’s finalist showcasing an array of hot products and innovative creativity. This year’s collection produced a seating and table trend with chairs, stools, ottomans, twisting tables and desks accounting for almost half the designs submitted!

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From 38 finalists, winners were announced across the Student, Commercial, Concept and Green categories by the judging panel which included: Jan Henderson, associate publisher Archmedia; Lisa Green, editor Australian House and Garden; Marc Schamburg, director Alvisse and Schamvburg/Zenith Interiors; designer Ross Didier, and curator Scott Lewis.

Inspired by the shell, Ben’s Clam Chair opens and closes, with the inside padded with 19 small cushions. The Chair can be folded allowing people to carry the chair with them and is ideal for the park or beach. It is made from American walnut veneered hoop pine, plywood, flexible PVC and woollen felt upholstery.
The chair also recently won the Australian Furniture of the Year Student Design Award for Victoria and Tasmania

Toby Nowland, Seating Box

Toby Nowland, Seating Bo

We were lucky enough to see first-hand the final products up close and personal at last week’s Australian International Furniture Fair. Our favourite was the Fold and Peg stool by Toby Nowland – it’s sleek, simple and functional, proving less is often more!

Commercial Award Winner: Ash Allen, Dollop Light
Green Award Winner: Toby Nowland, Fold and Peg Stool
Student Award Winner: Ben Brayshaw, Clam Chair
Concept Award Winner: Stephanie Ng Hui Sien, Halo Light

Dollop is an organic pendant light made from earthenware slip casting, aesthetically inspired by a dollop of cream dripping off a ladle. The Low wattage LED light source in this piece is cleverly obscured from direct sight, by light bouncing off the highly reflective, glazed internal surfaces. It embodies Ash’s design philosophy of intuitive elegance and simplicity.

Fold and Peg Stool

Toby’s Fold and Peg Stool was described by judges as a “smart use of sustainable material”. It is made from EchoPanel, a material produced from recycled and recyclable PET. It’s constructed with a flat panel and timber pegs made from Tasmanian Oak. No adhesives needed! The fold around ‘tabs’ become pockets, where magazines and newspapers can easily slide into, increasing the stool’s usefulness.

Made from Polyurethane Resin, Halo light functions as a modular lighting system that can be configured in a variety of shapes and sizes. Described by the judges as “versatile and innovative”.

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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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Taste Living release state-of-the-art collection

Premium home and lifestyle company, Taste Living has released a new collection of exclusive European homeware and furniture to its six Sydney showrooms.  The collection boasts clean lines, smooth curves and technologically advanced materials for a modern finish with a twist. Each piece has been crafted in collaboration with a number of internationally renowned designers including Emilio Nanni, Enrico Franzolini and Stefano Cavazzana.
Visit Taste Living for more information.

The Taste Orbital Table is an elegant piece that combines cutting-edge design and technology. It features an ingenious opening mechanism that can be visualised through the transparent glass table-top, allowing the table to expand with a fluid circular motion.

The New York Chair is upholstered in soft Italian leather with a curved, open back.

The quirky Islet Ceramic Bowls can also be used as fruit or salad bowls.

The Park Extension Dining Table is modular, functional and stylish. With a walnut finished top and frame, a chrome steel floor plate and dual extension features, this table is ideal for family dining.

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Twaya Oak Table

Twaya is designed by Ferruccio Laviani to imitate the natural draping of a tablecloth despite being made from solid oak. It’s available from FY2K.

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IKEA to launch UPPLEVA HDTV Entertainment Package

IKEA is venturing into the world of technology. Teaming up with Chinese technology manufacturer TCL, IKEA has unveiled its new home entertainment package — The UPPLEVA.

The UPPLEVA line is designed to eliminate the cluttered look in the lounge room. It’s achieving this by discreetly hiding that unwanted mess of cables and combining a 1080p HDTV, Blu-Ray player and a 2.1 surround sound system into a customisable cabinet. The UPPLEVA also features a wireless sub-woofer and all-in-one remote to make life — as is always with IKEA — a little simpler!

Coming in various HDTV screen sizes and a number of different cabinets, you’ll find UPPLEVA in Stockholm, Milan, Paris, Gdansk and Berlin in June 2012. The rest of the world will have to wait until mid 2013.

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