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UPDATE: Cate Legnoverde’s New Website & Cushion Range

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.

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Creative Spaces: The Kas and Sparkk Sydney Studios

One of the most exciting aspects of my day job is the opportunity to get out of the office and chat to some very creative local brands and designers. During the last month I was fortunate enough to step behind-the-scenes at two such inspiring destinations: the Kas, and Sparkk Sydney studios.

What I love about these two Aussie home and lifestyle brands is their unwavering commitment to colour and pattern! Both family-run and owned labels showcase a vibrant collection of shapes and shades that you can’t help but fall in love with.

The Sparkk colour atlas features over 180 shades.

The Sparkk colour atlas features over 180 shades.

Kas’ humble beginnings were over 30 years ago at Sydney’s Paddington market, where locals lapped up the new and juicy bedding designs on offer, while Sparkk has drawn on three generations of textile experience to embrace the digital world of fabric printing.

Today Kas stocks its fashionable designs in over 42 countries and has expanded its bedding collection to include: towels, mugs, kids’ bedding and home fragrance, all while retaining that original pop of colour. Not to be outdone, Sparkk, which launched with just two designs: stripes and chevron, now boasts over 140 imaginative patterns.

The Kas design hub.

The Kas design hub.

During my studio tours I met with designers, creative directors, stylists, owners, family members and more! From the director right through to the seamstress, it was thrilling to see how these inspired designs came to life with the Kas and Sparkk flair in tow. From creative concept to a complete cushion, a Kas piece will undergo a 6-month design and production process before it ends up on the shelves in your favourite store, whereas Sparkk’s digital capabilities mean they can print on demand with little waste, customised palettes, and bespoke designs for both retail and commercial needs.

Kas designers.

Among the cosmos of colour swatches that were hanging about, and the piles of pattern and fabric samples that peppered the studios, there was a real sense of passion and dedication to be found. And in the middle of winter when everything seems grey and dreary, it’s this cacophony of colour and zesty design that the doctor ordered to truly reinvigorate the senses. What a treat!

Read more about both tours in detail here: KASSPARKK

Sparkk Art Decor-inspired patterns.

Sparkk Art Decor-inspired patterns.

 

My co worker Marj discussing patterns with Sparkk studio manager, Olivia.

My co worker Marj discussing patterns with Sparkk studio manager, Olivia.

 

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The Sparkk studio.

 

Kas colour palettes.

Kas colour palettes.

 

Images: Lisa Zhou via thehome.com.au
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Why I love Abigail Ahern …

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Image via The Home magazine

Any minute now, UK designer Abigail Ahern will have to slice herself in half so she can achieve being in two places at once! The design maestro somehow manages to wear an array of hats including: interior designer, author, design teacher, homewares designer, blogger, and retail owner, sharing her no holds barred style with design enthusiasts that revel in a bold style.

I was lucky enough to chat with Abigail Ahern earlier this month, and enjoy her in action at a seminar she held in Sydney. She discussed her latest book and design ethos: Decorating with Style, and unveiled the secrets to achieving designer digs without hurting the hip pocket.

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After the encounter, I felt the need to compile this list:

Why I love Abigail Ahern:

1. Abigail sets design trends and refuses to follow them. She loves to push the boundaries and throws the interior design ‘rule book’ out the window when it comes to making standout spaces

2. She believes decorating can change lives, and fosters an eclectic style where nothing matches but everything works perfectly together

3. She says the word ‘bonkers’ a lot

4. She appreciates the open-plan design and white and neutral palette associated with the typical Australian home but is determined to coax us over to the ‘dark side’ and encourage us to embrace a personalised, colour-rich space, too

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5. Abigail is adamant you can decorate for less, and openly notes that style has nothing to do with money. Throughout Decorating with Style she’s not afraid to show off her own home that features antique finds, IKEA rugs, homemade decoupage side table and more

6. She boasts a fun and funky personality that you want to have around all the time

7. She detests that the styling and interiors industry can often get ‘snooty’ and is all about promoting a ‘have fun and follow your heart’ approach to design.

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Lamps designed by Abigail Ahern

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Her new book, Decorating with Style (released in Aus 8 weeks before any other country ‘cause she loves us!) encourages a ‘no rules’ approach to decorating your home with easy ideas and an array of eye-candy inspiration.

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Designer Rugs announces Dinosaur Designs Studio rug collection

We love checking out what design collaborations the duo behind Designer Rugs will commit to next! We shared their rug results with fashion hierarchy Easton Pearson here, and now we’re excited to showcase their latest release with Dinosaur Designs. (We’re a little Dinosaur Designs ob-sessed here!) This is the third time the rug company has fused its creative prowess with the homewares and jewellery label, developing six new designs that add a fresh twist to its previous collection.

Wink Rug

Wink Rug

The Studio collection is quintessentially Dinosaur Designs and plays with rhythms in line, shape, colour and tone. “We wanted to draw on big planes of colour with this series and work from a really warm palette to a very cool blue palette. Despite the striking individuality of each piece, the collection works as a family – when you view it in its entirety, you can see how each works together,” says Louise Olsen of Dinosaur Designs. The collection is now available in Designer Rugs showrooms nationally.

Moon Rug

Moon Rug

Glow  Rug

Glow Rug

Orbit  Rug

Orbit Rug

Carve Rug

Carve Rug

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July’s most popular posts

Fashion and design take gold in the race for July’s top posts on Ed & Ruby. For those that missed out, here are the favourite reads for the month of July. Enjoy!

1.We shared details of the highly anticipated collaboration between Nike Skateboarding and Levi’s. The collection is a mixture of sneakers and apparel, featuring an updated version of the popular Levi’s 511 Skinny.

2. The Minimalist is one of our latest online obsessions, so we caught up with owner, stylist and blogger, Leah Robins, to learn more about her eye-catching collection of designer homewares for those that relish a minimal décor with a pop of colour! We got Leah’s opinion on the Australian design scene and the details of her latest ventures. 

3. Photographic artist, Cate Legnoverde, shares her vintage inspired art with us. In this interview, we discovered her inspirations and invaluable advice for up and coming Aussie artists.

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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.

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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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