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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.

 

Sparkk

The Sparkk studio.

 

Kas colour palettes.

Kas colour palettes.

 

Images: Lisa Zhou via thehome.com.au
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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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Shawn Stussy’s S/Double studio

The Stussy name is synonymous with trendy ‘urban’ fashion, but its humble beginnings didn’t originate in apparel design. Creator, Shawn Stussy, admits the clothing brand was just a side project to his day job until it eventually got in the way!

Shawn Stussy started shaping surfboards to pay the bills and, in his own words, get by. He scrawled his name on his products till the 80s when the clothing corner of his company began to boom. Almost two decades later, Shawn retired from running his empire and returned to his roots – shaping surfboards. He’s currently preparing for the opening of his new ‘S/Double’ branded surf shop in Tokyo, Japan.

With the help of Seth Epstein in this short video, we take a sneak peek at Shawn’s recent hard work.

S/Double will have its pre-opening party on April 20

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