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.
Sustainability and innovation go hand in hand as seen in the Australian company Trash Bags who sell accessories and homewares made from recycled materials. They support and partner in fair trade with community organisations in the Asia Pacific region where their products are made helping provide a fair and sustainable income for them. They use a variety of unusual and quirky recycled materials such as billboards, plastic bags, cement sacks, juice packs and telephone directories.
Love these colourful customised wooden name puzzles from Mooo which is a company based in Melbourne, Australia. They specialise in practical yet fun products for children such as personalised bags, pencil cases, labels and clothing. But our pick would have to be these name puzzles that can come in an funky optional wooden presentation box – handy for storing all those pieces!
Spring is in the air and we’re in the mood for colourful brights and Jaime Beattie certainly delivers. She’s now having her Fifth anniversary sale with 25-60% off. We are loving her cheeky recessionista shopper totes which are fitting for our trying times. Brisbane based, Jaime also is an accomplished blogger and you can read all about her design inspirations here
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!
Here at Modamuse we get a thrill from staying in a stylish boutique hotel on our travels (as I’m sure most of you do too!), so we are especially excited to announce our online partnership with the global luxury travel company Mr and Mrs Smith who have launched their Asia Pacific arm in Melbourne.
Mr and Mrs Smith started off as a sought after published travel guide and now has an online listing of over 500 hand picked sexy, sumptuous boutique hotels which are perfect for a romantic getaway with your significant other. Best available room rates are guaranteed for all customers and for those exlusive members who book through them they’ll receive special offers during their stay such as a free bottle of bubbly, complimentary massage or gift to make your stay even more memorable.
The launch of the Mr and Mrs Smith brand in the Australasia region will expand the list of local hotels in their collection and to celebrate, Modamuse have put together a giveaway of the Mr and Mrs Smith Global Shortlist travel guide, featuring a selection of the most stylish and chic hotels around the world. To enter for this prize, browse through mrandmrssmith.com and choose your favourite Australian or New Zealand boutique hotel such as the beautifully designed properties shown above and send an email to info[at]modamuse[dot]com to let us know why you would like to stay there with your ‘Mr’ or ‘Mrs Smith’. Sauciest answer wins!
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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
Here’s some more wonderful art from Schmooks. These lovely doll like characters are the creation of Canberra based graphic designer, Claire Cimbora. The softly coloured illustrations use textured patterns and collage materials to depict a whimsical world of fanciful girls and animal characters. I can see these would make a lovely addition to a nursery or young girl’s room.
Wilkintie is the brainchild of a creative Melbourne couple Carly Hargreaves and Niels Oeltjen. The project evolved from their love of letterpress printing and a desire to collaborate with amazing and well loved contemporary artists and illustrators from around the world.
Niels Oeltjen, himself is a wonderful illustrator and painter better known as Nails. Carly Hargreaves has a history in contemporary dance and, more recently, publishing.
Pictured here is a tantalising selection of their beautifully crafted letterpress artworks, all of which are available in their online store (top to bottom – Niels Oeltjen, Apak and Tim Biskup)... Gosh, what a line up! Be sure to click on the link to see more fabulous artists.
Have a look at these super stylin’ handmade panama hats from Truffaux. There are numerous styles and colours to choose from and will definitely give your hat wardrobe a boost! And because these hats are beautifully crafted, they’re designed to last and stand the test of time.
Now that winter is here in Sydney, I am feeling a little needy for woolie scarves…Check out these lovely patchwork numbers from Morgan Wills. You can pick your colour match from her huge range of scarves which are thoughtfully handmade from reclaimed woollen garments. There are plenty of other ideas for gifts from her shop such as beautiful bunny blankets and bushka rattles for baby!
Don’t forget the wonderful Finders Keepers Design and Art Markets are on this weekend which are held at the Eveleigh CarriageWorks in Sydney’s inner west. These markets have gone from strength to strength providing an exciting venue for young emerging designers to show off their wares. Looks like some fantastic designers are exhibiting at this one such asGretchen Hill House Design, Sunday Morning Designs, Peppermint Jewels and Prints Charming to name but a few. Can’t wait!
Madeline Stamer has just opened a new show of her distinctive illustrations at Bob Boutique in Bendigo. So if you’re in the area check it out and show this lovely artist your support! More of her work can be seen on her website Little Circus Design.
More lovely stuff here….The pretty, warm and woolly hand knitted accessories are by Sydney based Judith Macrae of MeandTex. She likes using natural fibres such as cotton, wool and mohair for her creations. Now that the weather is cooler here in Australia, these pieces look darn cosy!
These studded accessories are part of the latest 2009 Autumn/ Winter collection from House of Baulch. Inspired by the heroine Scheherezade from the tale of One Thousand and One Nights, the pieces reflect a treasure trove of rich iridescent lucite colours, pearls and gold metals.
Melbourne based Kathryn Baulch is the creative talent behind this relatively new accessories company – launched in 2007, but already her striking and affordable pieces are much lusted after by the fashion set.
The concept of having a pocket size piece of artwork to carry around all day is just too cool for words. As a celebration of Poketo’s 5th anniversary, 15 Aussie artists (from the likes of Catherine Campbell, Beci Orpin, Cupco, Niels Oeltjen, James Gulliver Hancock, Eveline Tarunadjaja and Lilly Piri and more) were selected to do artworks for their signature limited edition vinyl wallets. The results are just stunning. It’s hard to pick a favourite but at these affordable prices why not buy a few?
Pictured here are some beautiful contemporary rings by venerari. Specialising in using Australian opal and gemstones, Venerari handcrafts refined jewellery “both architecturally simple and aesthetically sensual”. Little wonder, because the duo behind the brand is Kingsley Wallman who is an ex-corporate lawyer turned gemmologist and Genevieve Lilley an architect and jewellery designer. You can find Venerari store in the Strand Arcade, Sydney.
So pretty…. These lovely handmade notecards and paper goods are by Brisbane architect and interior designer Steffen Tuck. She uses a range of techniques such as rubber stamping, machine stitching, embossing, screen and lino printing on new and recycled papers to create her multi layered style. To buy go to her etsy store 3GIRLSandagoat.