Time for a deep breath during this festive frenzy and to enjoy the beautiful simplicity of Keiko Matsui ceramics. These stunning pieces are decorated with textural patterns or glazed with fluid floral brushwork and are designs to marvel at. You can catch Keiko’s work at Yuga Flora cafe in Glebe until Dec 19 or at her studio which is open on Saturdays 12-5pm in Chippendale, Sydney.
Check out the most amazing macrame works by Smalltown, who are based in Melbourne. Their beautifully handcrafted pieces are timeless, elegant and extremely cool. We’d covet everything they make from lampshades, jewellery and hanging planters. Simply divine….
Want to freshen up your lounge with these pretty handprinted linen cushions? They can be found from online shop Pony Rider which also sell teatowels, napkins and teakins in similar designs.
Gregory Bonasera is not your typical ceramic artist. He combines contemporary computer precision with traditional techniques to create his unique organic forms. Our favourites pictured here are the “Architect’s Fruit Bowl” (above) which resembles how an architect draws trees in plan, and the “Elk” vases (below left and right) which are inspired by tree branches and animal antlers. These covetable pieces are available on his website.
Check out Melbourne based Lighting & Furniture designer Alex Earl for some really cool and quirky creations. Pictured here from top to bottom are: Log Stool, Butterfly Lightshade, and Ply Chair. We like the printed image on the Log stool which can double up as extra seating or a funky side table. The lovely patterning of the Ply chair is actually made from a variety of reclaimed Australian hardwoods. And well… the butterfly lightshade is just too pretty!
I’ve always loved a well designed mobile. Something about the endless movement and sculptural quality- where every angle can create a different perpsepctive on this artform, really appeals to me. These modern mobiles by Puka Puka are no exception. Designed and made by trained architect and jewellery Nina Still in Sydney, she uses her skills to create these wonderful unique mobiles which are inspired by the Australian landscape. Materials include translucent polypropylene, plywood and she has even started experimenting with lightweight porcelain (according to her twitter account). Can’t wait to see how she uses them
With a background in fashion and industrial design, South Australian based John Quan creates liveable objects and furniture that seem to be perfect fit for contemporary interiors with an element of fun. Pictured here are “Sexy Explosions” which are hanging sculptures made of pencils and a magazine rack inspired by the humble “Slinky” toy. Really cute!!
If the thought of a fake tinsel tree sends shivers down your back, then you may want to consider getting one of these ingenious beauties. After scouring the stores for a suitable tree and disillusioned with his choices, architect Vladimir Ivanov decided to create his own concept of the Christmas tree. Beautifully designed, the large holes have been routed out of the timber panels for ornament hanging.Not only will this gorgeous tree suit contemporary spaces, it can be easily flat packed once the festivities have ended.
You can purchase one here at top3 by design.
Had a hard time picking something to feature from this incredible online range of designer homewares and objects vert design. But we do fancy this sculptural free blown glass jug and cup in the most striking red colour.
You can also find here acclaimed objects such as the glass “Boab” by Aussie designer Adam Goodrum and some more affordable pieces such as cups and saucers and the famed “flat pack hammer”.
These very pretty laser cut beech ply earrings are from Moyou. Created by Amy Kerr a Canberra based textile designer who has a background in graphic design, Moyou encompasses her evolving range of homewares, jewellery and toys.
We’re sure Amy will continue to create some more fabulous pieces which are a lovely mix of Aussie and Japanese aesthetic, so definitely one to bookmark.
One of our favourite pastimes is fantasising about how to decorate our dream homes. It’s a cinch with all the products from MRD home as their interior ranges are so carefully coordinated. You can pretty much make anything look fabulous here. Our top pick is the oak Scandi TV unit pictured here with the roll away doors, it’s a gem! Click here to see more at MRD Home which is a Melbourne based homewares and interior design company owned by designer Craig Miller Randle.
With a background in interior design and landscape architecture Caitlin has recently combined her interests into hand screenrprinting textiles. She uses environmentally friendly inks on hemp or hemp/cotton mix fabrics which have a lovely natural look and feel. Last month she opened up an etsy shop called pippijoe where her gorgeous fabric designs and cushions are available for purchase.
As Sydneysiders we sometimes envy those who live in Melbourne as they have such great access to so many cool and diverse designers. But now that Pierre and Charlotte Julien have set up a showroom here, we feel a little less green. Originally from Paris, they moved to Melbourne in 1994 where they set up a design studio and workshop. Their unique range of beautifully crafted furniture and objects is entirely made in Australia either in their own workshop or with local craftspeople.
Evoking a sense of warmth, casualness and simplicity they have really captured modern Australian living so well. We just adore their simple refined forms and the use of natural timber they predominantly use. It would be such bliss to own one of their pieces – just love that tree light! Check out pierre and charlotte for more of their work and projects.
If you feel like your place is a bit ho hum lately and in need of some cheer, why not consider a removable decal? These fun stickies are really cool if you want to a bit of a change and can work on most surfaces – how about the one on the fridge door?! Check out these vinyl decals from stickmeon which are created by Deanna Corso from Melbourne (‘sir rabbit’ – top picture) and ellynelly (pictured bottom left and right)created by a mother and daughter team, Elaine & Nell Oliver. Elaine lives in Cairns, Australia while Nell is based in New York, USA.
Check out luminous objects for these sculptural beauties! They are part of a range of hand-made interior lighting objects and are made of clean polypropylene and use only low-voltage energy-saver bulbs. Inspired by George Nelson’s ‘Bubble Lamp’ the lovely organic forms are a wonderful example of marrying modern materials and craft traditions.
Jon Goulder is a notable designer from Canberra who creates very refined, sculptural and streamlined pieces of furniture. He has won some major awards such as the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award and is featured in the Freestyle New Australian Design for Living Exhibition. His stunning Leda Seat with its sensuous flowing lines of timber is a work of real beauty.
Have a look at these witty and fun design objects from mobilet created by French-Australian design duo, Tanguy Le Moing and Antonia Pesenti. Their illustration and industrial design skills have been combined to create clever design including a picnic blanket for Sydneysiders who can cross-stitch their favourite picnic spots onto it to create a unique, personalised item. There’s also a ‘sticky-date calendar’ which you can unroll stickers for each day of the week to create your very own wall calendar.
Maiike is a collection of ‘Soft Things’ lovingly handmade by Melbourne based Aly Peel. She sources old woollen jumpers from second hand and vintage stores, and transforms them by cutting and felting into precious soft toys, patchwork squares for cushions, scarves and quilts. We love how she combines different textures, patterns and colours to create these warm and cozy items which are just perfect for our winter here now in Australia.
Love these playful, quirky printed graphics from blink, a studio based in Melbourne. We especially love the printed plywood owl clock, which would look really sweet in a nursery. Their funky range of handcrafted printed products encompass homewares, womens and children’s clothing, accessories and toys.
Established designer David Trubridge who is based in New Zealand draws on his background in naval architecture, social and design philosophy and the natural environment to create beautiful inspirational objects and furniture. Passionate about simplicity in design, the use of low impact sustainable processes and natural materials, his objects are as beautiful as they are environmentally conscious. We love how the Ulu lamp(pictured here)is made of modular hoop pine plywood parts that can be extended further with extra rings to create an elegant, delicate column of light.