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Discovering Buster + Punch: Where Design Meets Innovation

In the realm of contemporary design that seamlessly blends craftsmanship with cutting-edge innovation, Buster + Punch stands out as a beacon of creativity and style. Specializing in lighting, hardware, and furniture, Buster + Punch has carved a niche for itself by redefining everyday objects into statement pieces that marry form with function.

With three different looks, cross, linear & cast. Each bring a distinctive architectural look to your interiors.

One of the hallmarks of Buster + Punch’s appeal is its unmistakable aesthetic. Their designs often feature robust materials like solid metals and handcrafted finishes such as black, brass, and smoked bronze, creating a sense of luxury and exclusivity.

We are currently using them for an upcoming project in Millers Point, NSW so stay tuned for the final look!

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Exploring the Design World of Sabine Marcellis

Hailing from Rotterdam, Netherlands, Marcelis has carved a distinct niche for herself in the design industry with her unique approach to materials, light, and spatial experience. Let’s delve into the captivating world of Sabine Marcelis and discover what makes her work so exceptional.

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Explore her collections here.

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A Journey Through Colour & expression with Peter-Maximilian Ronsdorf

In the world of contemporary art, few painters command attention quite like Peter-Maximilian Ronsdorf. With his bold strokes, vibrant palette, and expressive compositions, Ronsdorf captivates viewers, inviting them into a world of colour and imagination.

At the heart of Ronsdorf’s artistic practice lies a deep fascination with the interplay of light and color. His paintings pulsate with energy and vitality, as vibrant hues dance across the canvas with a sense of joyful abandon. From sweeping landscapes to abstract compositions, each of Ronsdorf’s works is a celebration of the beauty and complexity of the natural world.

One of the hallmarks of Ronsdorf’s work is his masterful use of texture and layering. Through a combination of thick impasto and delicate washes, he creates a sense of depth and movement that draws the viewer in, inviting them to explore the intricacies of each painting. Whether depicting the fiery glow of a sunset or the gentle caress of a breeze, Ronsdorf’s compositions evoke a visceral response, resonating with viewers on a deeply emotional level.

Through his vibrant paintings and boundless imagination, Ronsdorf invites us to see the world anew, inspiring us to embrace the beauty and wonder that surrounds us every day.

Explore his collection of works here.

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melbourne design week 2024 - a wrap up

Absolutely thrilled to have participated in Melbourne Design Week, Australia’s largest international design event, presented by the National Gallery of Victoria in collaboration with the vibrant design community.

Melbourne Design Week is an annual 11-day celebration featuring talks, tours, exhibitions, and workshops across various design disciplines, including communication design, industrial design, service design, game design, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, fashion, craft, and object design.

MDW provided an incredible platform to highlight my collaboration with Cosentino and GH Commercial and explore how ‘Design Knows No Borders.’ It was inspiring to demonstrate how co-creating design can serve as a force for good in our complex and dynamic world.

On opening night, we held a captivating design talk with Joel Williamson – GH Commercial, and Itay Shimoni – Cosentino and moderated by James Lyall-Smith from The Local Project. Delving into topics from the nuanced intricacies of achieving commercial and aesthetic harmony to the strategic imperatives driving successful partnerships.

The GH Commercial team have worked fiercely and brilliantly, to make and produce a wall of hundreds of carpet samples, meticulously placed to resemble a rainbow. These installations were first concepted 4 months ago and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

The Cosentino Custom Furniture Collection features the Bling Bench – a simple, welcoming piece designed for versatility. Its adaptable proportions accommodate various materials, including upholstery, metal, timber, glass. For this year’s program, the Bling Bench has been reimagined in stone and porcelain.

Since its 2007 debut at the Architectural Digest Show in NYC, the Bling Bench has maintained its original design, embodying modest and thoughtful craftsmanship.

The Bling Console, is also an extension of the original bench.

The Lady Chair, a regal counterpart to La Chair (a playful nod to “La Silla” in Spanglish), reimagines the chair in porcelain for MDW 2024. This sculpture bridges culture and language, presenting “A Chair” in its ungendered essence.

Thanks to everyone who made this project possible. 

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Exploring the Boundless Creativity of Carla Baz

In the vibrant world of contemporary art and design, few names shine as brightly as Carla Baz. With a unique blend of artistic prowess and innovative design sensibilities, Baz has captured the imagination of audiences worldwide.

Carla Baz’s artistic journey began in Beirut, Lebanon, where she was born and raised. Surrounded by the rich cultural tapestry of her homeland, Baz developed a deep appreciation for art and design from a young age. Drawing inspiration from the eclectic mix of history, architecture, and nature that permeates Lebanon, she began to hone her craft and cultivate her distinctive artistic voice.

After completing her studies in graphic design at the American University of Beirut, Baz embarked on a journey of exploration and self-discovery. She traversed continents, immersing herself in diverse cultures and experiences that would ultimately shape her artistic vision. From the bustling streets of New York City to the serene landscapes of rural Japan, Baz absorbed the beauty and complexity of the world around her, channeling these influences into her work.

At the heart of Carla Baz’s artistic practice lies a deep reverence for storytelling and symbolism. Her creations are imbued with layers of meaning and emotion, inviting viewers to embark on a journey of discovery and introspection. Drawing upon a wide range of mediums and techniques, Baz’s work spans across painting, sculpture, installation, and beyond, blurring the boundaries between art and design.

In addition to her work as an artist, Carla Baz has also made a name for herself as a designer, collaborating with renowned brands and institutions to bring her creative vision to life. From fashion and furniture to interior design and public art installations, Baz’s designs exude a sense of elegance, sophistication, and timelessness. I especially love her Oyster Lighting Series and her Minelas Low Tables which are entirely handcrafted in solid marble with a coloured resin inlay.

Explore her collections here.

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A Journey Through Colour & expression with Peter-Maximilian Ronsdorf

In the world of contemporary art, few painters command attention quite like Peter-Maximilian Ronsdorf. With his bold strokes, vibrant palette, and expressive compositions, Ronsdorf captivates viewers, inviting them into a world of colour and imagination.

At the heart of Ronsdorf’s artistic practice lies a deep fascination with the interplay of light and color. His paintings pulsate with energy and vitality, as vibrant hues dance across the canvas with a sense of joyful abandon. From sweeping landscapes to abstract compositions, each of Ronsdorf’s works is a celebration of the beauty and complexity of the natural world.

One of the hallmarks of Ronsdorf’s work is his masterful use of texture and layering. Through a combination of thick impasto and delicate washes, he creates a sense of depth and movement that draws the viewer in, inviting them to explore the intricacies of each painting. Whether depicting the fiery glow of a sunset or the gentle caress of a breeze, Ronsdorf’s compositions evoke a visceral response, resonating with viewers on a deeply emotional level.

Through his vibrant paintings and boundless imagination, Ronsdorf invites us to see the world anew, inspiring us to embrace the beauty and wonder that surrounds us every day.

Explore his collection of works here.

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The announcement of the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2024 has sparked excitement in the world of interior design. In recent years, we have seen a significant shift in how colour is perceived and incorporated into interior design. In 2023, Viva Magenta and Very Pery took center stage with their vibrant and transitional shades, captivating attention and inspiring creativity. Looking ahead, we are poised to witness an explosion of colour in our living spaces. In 2024 and beyond, a wider palette of shades will fill our homes, reflecting a renewed appreciation for the emotional impact and transformative potential of colour. This goes beyond following trends; it’s about creating spaces that tell stories, evoke emotions, and truly represent their inhabitants. 

The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2024 is Peach Fuzz, a captivating blend of pink and orange (identified as 13-1023), symbolizing kindness, love, and inclusivity. Departing from the vibrant hues of previous years, Peach Fuzz ushers in a new era of tranquility, comfort, and harmony. 

Notably, industry leaders have embraced this enchanting colour. Ruggable, for example, has unveiled a limited-edition rug collection to celebrate the Colour of the Year 2024. Additionally, Spoonflower and Pantone have collaborated to create three artist-designed wallpapers in mesmerizing shades of pink and peach. 

Personally, I see Peach Fuzz as an exhilarating opportunity to create inviting and cosy spaces. I am eagerly anticipating incorporating this distinctive colour into my future designs.  

If you’re ready to transform your spaces and bring the warmth, tranquillity, and inclusivity don’t hesitate to get in touch – let’s embark on this exciting colour journey together! 


Image 1: Pantone 2024

Image 2: Forte Forte Shop

Image 3: Katherine Lu

Image 4: Katherine Lu

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Discover the charm of the perfect bathroom vanity that’s taking social media by storm! As an interior designer, I’ve witnessed firsthand how the smallest details can make the biggest impact, especially in your bathroom.  

Here are key aspects to consider for your bathroom transformation: 


Functionality Redefined: Choose a vanity that blends seamlessly with your space. Prioritize practical storage solutions without compromising on style. 


Material Mastery: Crafted with precision, our vanities redefine durability. Select from solid wood, engineered wood, or MDF—each tailored to your unique style and maintenance needs. 


Style Fusion: Express yourself with a range of styles, from classic to modern. Let your vanity mirror your taste, harmonizing effortlessly with your bathroom’s color palette. 


Sinks That Speak: Make a statement with your sink choice—classic undermount or contemporary vessel sinks. Tailor your selection to your vanity size and user needs for a personalized oasis. 


Illuminating Elegance: Light up your space with a curated lighting setup. Task lighting adds a touch of glam, ensuring optimal visibility for your daily routine. 

Image 1: Zara Home

Image 2: Design by Light & Dwell

Image 3: Design by Vanitas Studio

Image 4: Fossil Marble Totem Sink from 1st Dibs

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introducing the latest trend: liquor cabinets

The desire for a personal slice of evening elegance, a whisper of the speakeasy lifestyle, has seen a rise in luxury home bars. An at-home bar is no longer simply a place for a casual drink but an emblem of elegance, an oasis of style – your very own private bar. From the urban dwelling to the country retreat, there are ways to incorporate this feature, no matter the interior size. 

Let’s go beyond the conventional and discover the captivating allure and refinement that built-in liquor cabinets bring. Disguised as sleek furniture or integrated seamlessly into your living space, these hidden gems offer a stylish solution for those who prefer subtlety over an open bar layout. 


For the wine connoisseurs, consider a high-end wine refrigerator or even a bespoke wine cellar, both functional and a statement piece. These options not only provide optimal storage conditions, ensuring your fine wines age gracefully, but they also serve as a conversational centerpiece. 


In homes where space is at a premium, multi-functional open bars can double as additional seating when entertaining. An arrangement of chic bar stools, chosen to complement your interior design, can create the perfect arena for sparkling conversation. 


If your style leans towards the grand era of clandestine cocktail parties, infuse elements of a speakeasy into your bar design. A rich mix of dark wood, plush furniture, and antique accessories can transport you back to the Roaring Twenties. 


Ultimately, the bar you create should encapsulate your personality and style – a luxurious and elegant corner of your home where the conversation flows as smoothly as the drinks. 


Image 1: Anuel Bar Cabinet from Soho Home

Image 2: Design by Lorena Gaxiola

Image 3: Design by Lorena Gaxiola

Image 4: Design by Lorena Gaxiola

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Fluidity with Curved Furniture

Interior design is a constantly evolving art form, and the trend of curved furniture is rapidly gaining popularity in modern homes. Curved furniture adds a unique fluidity to an interior space that straight lines and sharp angles cannot. It can provide an interesting visual contrast to more traditional pieces while still allowing for a cohesive overall look.

Curved furniture provides an organic feel, often drawing from natural elements like waves, trees, and riverbeds. This type of furniture can be used to add movement and balance to a room and create the illusion of greater space. By breaking up linear lines, curved furniture can help distract from the edges of the room and draw attention inward. This allows for a more interesting focal point or conversation area in the middle of a room.

The beauty of curved furniture lies in its ability to create softness without sacrificing style or function. Many designers are now incorporating curved sofas, chairs, tables and beds into their designs for both residential and commercial spaces – creating visually appealing yet comfortable areas that invite people in. This type of furniture also makes it easier for users to move around in tight spaces or against walls since there are no sharp edges or corners that could potentially become obstacles.

Modern curved furniture is also highly customizable with different colours, finishes and fabrics available to create many different looks depending on your desired aesthetic. Curved materials such as wood, metal or fabric can be combined with other materials like glass or stone accents for even more versatility when styling an interior space.

Curved furniture has been around since ancient times but it has experienced a resurgence in recent years as homeowners strive for a softer look that still has depth and interest without being too busy or distracting from their overall design scheme. Whether you are looking for something subtle yet eye-catching or something bolder that stands out in your room – curved furniture is sure to make a statement while adding warmth and practicality at the same time.

Image 1: Kelly Wearstler, Nudo Table
Image 2: Kar Studio
Image 3: Collector Studio, Cassete Armchair
Image 4: Ethnicraft, Sculpture

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ANN SACKS Sophisticated Collections

When it comes to luxury, ANN SACKS is the go-to brand for exquisite and sophisticated products. With a range of collections that have been carefully curated by renowned interior designers, ANN SACKS offers bespoke products well suited in residential luxury sector. All their products are made-to-order in the USA and they offer worldwide shipping including to Australia.

Here is a list of five must-have ANN SACKS collections that will add an air of elegance and grace to any interior:

1. Mosaic Collection With its intricate designs, bold colors, and unique shapes, the mosaic collection will give your space an eclectic and artistic atmosphere. This range includes wall tiles, floor tiles, and even 3D mosaics in various shades and hues.

2. Kelly Wearstler Collection Developed in collaboration with designer Kelly Wearstler, this collection features stunning handcrafted tiles inspired by classic art deco style with modern elements. The tiles in this collection range from bold geometric shapes to sleek marble and terrazzo patterns, allowing you to create a truly unique space.

3. Made Collection This collection of ceramic porcelain tile features abstract designs inspired by nature, with subtle hues and intricate lines that will add a sense of tranquility to your home. Choose from wall tiles, floor tiles, and mosaics to create an atmosphere of calm elegance.

4. Itai Collection Drawing inspiration from Japanese design elements, the Itai collection is all about balance, simplicity, and harmony. The classic monochromatic tones combined with modern geometric shapes make these tiles perfect for creating a Zen-like feel in any room.

5. Stone Selection For those looking for an authentic stone look and feel, ANN SACKS’ Stone Selection is what you need. From marble to travertine, this range of tiles offers a variety of textures and colors, allowing you to add a touch of natural beauty to your space.

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Sunken Living Rooms Love

Interior design trends come and go, but the conversation pit is one of the more enduring ones. This unique design concept originated in the 1960s and has been gaining in popularity ever since. It’s a sunken area at the center of a room that creates an intimate gathering space for people to talk and enjoy each other’s company.

The main benefit of the conversation pit is providing maximum comfort. With interlocking chairs or sofas arranged around the perimeter, everyone can have their own seat while still being close enough to be heard clearly. Plus, with no walls or obstacles blocking sight lines, it’s easy to make sure everyone stays included in the conversation. Whether hosting a party or simply chatting with friends, this setup allows conversations to flow naturally and without interruption.

The conversation pit also offers a visually appealing design element for any room. The sunken shape adds an interesting visual twist that breaks up traditional flat surfaces like walls and carpets. Its low position makes it seem cozy yet inviting at the same time – perfect for creating a warm atmosphere in any setting. While modern designs are often characterized by sharp angles and stark palettes, this exciting feature helps bring contrast and warmth into any home or office environment.

In addition to their great aesthetic appeal, conversation pits are also surprisingly practical from a construction standpoint as well. They don’t require any special materials or skilled labour to build; all you need is some cushioned seating, wood panels for framing and some paving stones or bricks for support underneath (if necessary). This helps keep costs low while adding an eye-catching feature that can stand proudly in any room for years to come.

All things considered, the conversation pit is an excellent choice when looking for ways to spruce up any interior design project without breaking the bank. Not only does it provide visual interest and conversational comfort – it also offers practical benefits as well! From its versatile installation process all the way down to its lasting impact on any living space, this timeless trend looks set to continue delighting homeowners for many years to come.

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Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten is the epitome of destination, experience and sculpture in interior design – a carefully crafted combination of fashion-forwardness and sophistication. The Belgian designer has built an iconic brand that celebrates cultures from around the world, all while creating a luxurious environment for his customers to enjoy. From stores located in cities such as Paris and Los Angeles, Dries Van Noten has created spaces that are perfect for any home or business’s interior design needs.

The hallmark of Dries Van Noten’s store designs can be found in their use of rich fabrics, textures and colors – the elements that bring each space to life. The stores feature modern furniture pieces alongside antique finds from regional markets around the world, providing an eclectic mix of materials and styles. In addition to the visual aspects, Dries Van Noten’s stores are also designed to be functional; each space is carefully planned out with thoughtful storage solutions and clever use of lighting, making sure customers can easily find what they’re looking for.

What makes Dries Van Noten stand out from other luxury interior design brands is its commitment to creating a luxurious experience for customers. Whether it’s offering exclusive services such as private styling consultations, tailored options or providing complimentary refreshments in-store, customers can count on having an enjoyable shopping experience when visiting one of their locations.

For those who want to bring a piece of the brand home, there are several online options as well, from customizable furniture and accessories to full-room sets. With so many options, Dries Van Noten makes it easy for everyone to create a space that reflects their individual style.

No matter what the design preference may be, Dries Van Noten’s combination of fashion-forwardness, luxuriousness and attention to detail make it an ideal destination for anyone looking to add unique touches to their home or business’s interior design experience. From plush fabrics and sculptural pieces to exclusive services and convenient online shopping options, customers can be sure they are getting the highest quality materials and experiences with Dries Van Noten. It is truly the epitome of destination, experience and sculpture when it comes to interior design.

All image credit: Dries Van Noten


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Mexico's Design Revolution

Mexico boasts a thriving design scene that is highly dynamic in Latin America. It combines tradition, modernity, and creativity, resulting in a hub of innovative ideas. From chic fashion labels to award-winning eateries, the country has a plethora of options. Each day, art, architecture, fashion, design, and food in Mexico are continually being pushed to new heights, exhibiting the endless potential of the country.

Mexico City is widely recognized as one of the most important financial centers in Latin America and beyond, and its creative design industry is no less impressive. From traditional to modern, Mexico’s talented craftsmanship has contributed to a significant rise in fashion trends across North America, showing that it is an important player in the industry.

In the gastronomic scene, there are notable restaurants like Pujol, founded by Enrique Olivera, which blends traditional Mexican cuisine with modern European gastronomy. Meanwhile, Chef Elena Reygadas won the title of World’s Best Female Chef in 2023 for her imaginative and inventive take on Mexican cuisine.

Mexico is home to a range of impressive architectural works, from Carlos Sim’s Museum Soumaya with its hexagonal shape and steel structure to the unique Azulik Tulum in Quintana Roo. Alejandro D’Acosta has also revolutionized waste management and recycling in Mexico with his sustainable projects. The Zicatela House and the Espacio 18 Grey Townhouse are two other examples of innovative architecture that demonstrate Mexico’s stunning design capabilities. These projects provide a glimpse into how Mexican architects are pushing the boundaries of creativity while still honoring their country’s rich cultural heritage. Together, they form a testament to Mexico’s progressive mindset in the modern era.

Other examples in the Mexican cinema and fashion arenas are also a testament to the country’s hidden design side. Directors such as Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro have become world-renowned names, while fashion designers like Carla Fernández and Ricardo Seco continually find success in dressing some of the biggest stars from Mexico and Latin America.

Mexico is a land of boundless creativity and potential, where art, design, architecture, fashion, cinema and food are pushed to new limits. It is an exciting time for Mexico’s design industry as the country continues to reveal its hidden talent and create cutting-edge designs.

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Patriotic Home Decor

As the 4th of July approaches, many people in the US may be looking for ways to spruce up their homes in a patriotic way. From red, white and blue color schemes to national symbols, there are plenty of ways to honor your country while still keeping a stylish home.

One popular choice is the French patriotic style featuring bold blues, whites and subtle touches of red. This style creates an airy look with a hint of sophistication while still giving a nod to France’s rich history. White walls provide an easy backdrop for furniture pieces made from dark woods or painted in shades of navy and deep reds. A mixture of stripes, florals and toile patterns give this style its unique look. Wrought iron accents add a touch of elegance and character.

The U.S.-style patriotic look is all about stars and stripes. Red, white and blue are used together as the main colors to create an atmosphere that pays homage to America’s history and heroes. Wooden pieces with distressed finishes contrast nicely with bright furniture touches like American flags, star-spangled accessories and wall art depicting scenes from famous battles or iconic monuments like the White House or Mount Rushmore.

For those looking for something more traditional yet modern British interior design offers plenty of possibilities too. The key here is in achieving a balance between royal blue tones with brighter accents such as whites, reds or even yellows. Classic furniture pieces combined with more contemporary designs also allow you to achieve a unique blend of old-world charm mixed with modern elements which creates an inviting ambiance that fits well with any British-inspired room decorating scheme.

Finally, Australians can choose from several different styles to create their own take on Australian patriotism—from earthy natural tones inspired by the outback to more vibrant coastal shades inspired by the sun-drenched beaches and coastline downunder! Furniture made from natural materials like canvas, wood or stone contrasts perfectly against clean whites while pops of brightly colored upholstery accentuate each piece’s individual appeal. Accents such as Aboriginal artworks also pay tribute to Australia’s culture while adding character to your living space at the same time.

No matter where you live or what type of patriotism you wish to express in your home decorating scheme, there are plenty of options available this 4th of July season! Whether it’s French flair or classic Americana, British-style sophistication, or Australian fun in the sun – let your imagination run wild when creating a home interior fit for celebrating your nation’s pride!

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The White Lotus

Recreating those classic Italian vacation vibes in your own home is easier than ever thanks to the vivid recreation of the set in “White Lotus” located at idyllic The Four Seasons San Domenico Palace. Production designer Cristina Onori brought something special and unique to this second edition, providing a perfect backdrop that will transport viewers straight to their own holiday paradise.

For those looking to bring a touch of Italy into their homes, there are a few essential elements you should consider. Investing in high-quality outdoor pieces such as patio furniture and planters can immediately create an al fresco environment that will make you feel like you’re dining under the stars on a Tuscan terrace. To maximize outdoor living space, try using big windows or French doors leading out onto your backyard or balcony space.

When it comes to decorating indoors, opt for light and bright furniture that feels airy and invokes the feeling of being in an Italian countryside villa. If you have enough space, adding a Juliet balcony with an iron railing is another great way to capture the essence of an Italian escape without having to leave your home. For extra design points, install a marble vanity in your bathroom too – no trip to Italy would be complete without seeing some stunning marble architecture!

By bringing all these design elements together, you can easily recreate those classic Italian vacation vibes right at home and enjoy that delightful holiday atmosphere any time you need it!

Image credit: San Domenico Palace

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Fashion is reflecting the times we are living in, and so the runways have reflected these weird and politically unstable times we are experiencing. 

Say goodbye to muted tones and simple aesthetics – it’s time for bright, bold colours and bold patterns. 

When selecting audacious colours for your abode, be mindful that they can affect both the size of the room and how you feel. To create a significant impact in your home design, consider experimenting with different hues on kitchen joinery or an island. 

For a stylishly easy alternative, opt for an eye-catching rug and select colours and designs that combine it with the rest of your decor. Play with surrealist furniture and artwork that is loud and playful. Maximalism is further enhanced when you add plants to your space – making it all the more appealing to today’s youth. 

It’s crucial that no area of your home is left untouched. This is how the maximalist style is fully achieved; fill your home with investment pieces that have meaning to you (travel treasures, significant artwork, etc). 

If you’re overwhelmed by the mess in your space, consider looking up some reference images for inspiration and take advantage of our free guidebook on fashion & interior trends for 2023. Just visit this link to access it.

Image 01: Kathryn Bentley Residence
Image 02: Douglas Freidman for Jonathan Adler Residence
Image 03: Studio Shoo

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Travertine: The next Big Thing

Travertine is one of the oldest building materials known to man, and for good reason. Tested through centuries of use, it has proven to be durable against many outdoor elements while still adding a touch of beauty to any home décor specially when combined with a cement seal the material can become a long-lasting product.

In recent years, travertine’s popularity has resurged as homeowners look for ways to add value and luxury to their homes without breaking the bank – making it a perfect choice for your next home improvement project in 2023.

There is a misconception about the travertine’s durability but when treated with cement and properly sealed with a highly durably protective coat travertine can become as a very durable material. While it is true that travertine can be scratched or chipped if hit with a hard object, this natural stone is actually quite tough and if mixed with other strong materials such as cement and concrete, it can make for an incredibly sturdy foundation.

And mentioned above when treated properly, travertine can be used in a number of indoor/outdoor applications such as flooring, countertopes and blacksplashes, wall surfaces, fireplaces, outdoor use.

If you’re looking for a way to add striking value and luxury to your home in 2023, consider using travertine in your next home improvement project. With the right protective treatment travertine, is a tried-and-true material that has withstand the test of time.

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Hotel Hubertus: Beyond Gravity

Nonconformist and avant-garde designs always come from thinking unconventionally, not adhering to mainstream methods.

Noa* is a firm that pushes boundaries when it comes to design and construction. For their hotel Hubertus, they took inspiration from the landscape reflected on lakes and went above and beyond what is conventional.

This surrealistic experience overturns horizons, creating astonishment and amazement that transcends the earthly limits of nature.

At Hotel Hubertus, guests can unplug and recharge among magnificent views and a pristine environment.

The new spa’s facade is positioned so it is reflected in the earlier pool, and is suspended 50 feet above ground level, supported by two pillars clad in larch logs. A walkway also suspended in mid-air connects it to a newly constructed glassed-in relaxation area that can accommodate up to 27 people. On the platform individual, gabled-roofed structures house a wellness circuit on two floors. A security measure is the lower level of the platform, where a 180-degree rotation provides another layer of protection and huts appear to be anchored upside down. The entire platform extends outwards 66 feet, reaching high above the ground.

This wellness oasis transports customers to a serene and idyllic world with magnificent views and a pristine environment. If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience in the heart of nature, look no further than Hotel Hubertus.

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Mister Doodle: A Childhood Dream Come True

What started as a childhood dream has become reality for this young artist and mansion owner. Sam Cox, better known as Mr Doodle, has proved that going against the grain with your interior design choices can make you very popular – even if those choices might rarely be replicated. His story serves as an inspiration to anyone with a unique talent or skewed perspective – don’t be afraid to flaunt it! Embrace what makes you different and use it to your advantage.

Although he’s not a household name quite yet, Mr. Doodle is well-known among art fans and professionals for his unique doodles. In 2019, he purchased a 13-room mansion located in Kent, south-eastern England that he then turned into his very own doodle~land by coloring all over various objects within the house – from bedsheets to microwaves. All of these unique objects and rooms had one common characteristic: they had to be differently themed.

Mr. Doodle’s big break came when he started posting his work on social media. His doodles caught the attention of people all over the world, and he soon began receiving requests to do custom pieces.

Nowadays, Mr. Doodle is one of the most in-demand artists out there. He’s been commissioned by everyone from Nike to Google, and his work has been featured in magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Not bad for a guy who started out doodling in his bedroom!

If you’re ever feeling uninspired, we urge you to take a page out of Mr. Doodle’s book and let your creativity run wild. You never know where it might take you.

What do you think about this design choice? Would you adopt it to stand out?

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Frank Lloyd Wright: An American Legend

I love the vision of Frank Lloyd Wright because he believed that architecture should be about more than just functionality. He believed that it should also be about creating a beautiful and harmonious space that people could enjoy. His work has influenced the way that interior designers and architects relate to each other, and his vision has helped to create some of the most beautiful spaces in the world.

At the core of his visionary approach to architecture was the fundamental belief that structures should be built in such a way as to complement their natural surroundings.

This philosophy is evident in his use of organic materials and geometric forms. His work changed the way we think about architecture and interior design, and his legacy continues to inspire designers today. He is credited with popularizing the Prairie School architectural style, which is characterized by its simple, geometric lines and use of natural materials.

Some of my favorite examples of his work are the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois and the Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania. Unity Temple is considered to be one of Wright’s most important buildings, and it is a perfect example of his philosophy of organic architecture. The building is made entirely of concrete, and its simplicity and geometric forms are meant to complement the natural surroundings. The Fallingwater house is another great example of Wright’s work, and it is one of the most iconic examples of modern architecture. The house was built over a waterfall, and its cantilevered design makes it appear as though it is floating in mid-air.

Wright’s work has had a profound impact on the world of interior design, and his vision continues to inspire designers today.

What is your favorite example of Frank Lloyd Wright?

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From Sacred to Secular: The Renovation of Churches Into Homes

Churches are some of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in our communities. They often have stunning architecture and craftsmanship, and they represent a significant part of our history. But as congregations dwindle and church attendance declines, many churches are at risk of being abandoned or demolished.

Fortunately, there is a growing trend of repurposing these cherished landmarks into unique homes. While it may seem sacrilegious to some, adapting old churches into residences can be a creative and environmentally friendly way to preserve them for future generations.

There are a few reasons why this is a trend. First, churches often have beautiful architecture and craftsmanship that can be preserved and adapted into homes. Second, converting churches into homes can be a more environmentally friendly way to reuse these buildings than demolishing them. And finally, many people see this as a creative way to preserve our history and heritage.

Typically, the interior of churches is gutted and converted into living spaces. The pews are replaced with furniture, the altar becomes a kitchen or dining area, and the stained-glass windows become works of art. Often, the exterior of the church is also preserved, creating a unique and historic home.
Churches are often beautiful, historic buildings that can be repurposed into unique homes. While this trend may seem sacrilegious to some, it is a creative and environmentally friendly way to preserve these landmarks for future generations.

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The Tiny House Movement

The Tiny House Movement is a social movement that advocates for smaller homes and a simpler lifestyle. Proponents of the Tiny House Movement argue that smaller homes are more affordable, environmentally friendly, and allow people to live a more simplified life.

The tiny house movement began in the early 2000s and has gained popularity in recent years. There are now several TV shows dedicated to tiny houses, and there are even organizations that help people build their own tiny homes.

One benefit of the tiny house movement is that it has led to more creativity in interior design. In traditional homes, there is often a lot of wasted space. But in tiny houses, every inch of space must be used effectively. This has led to some innovative and ingenious designs such as Murphy beds, lofted bedrooms, and even hidden storage spaces.

Another benefit of the tiny house movement is that it is more environmentally friendly. Smaller homes use less energy to heat and cool, and they have a smaller footprint. This means that they have a lower impact on the environment.

The tiny house movement has also had a positive impact on people’s finances. Because tiny houses are smaller and require less maintenance, they are more affordable than traditional homes. This can help people save money and become debt-free.

The final benefit of the tiny house movement is that it allows people to live simpler lives. In our fast-paced world, it can be difficult to find time to relax and enjoy life.

What do you think about this movement? Contact us & let us know.

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How Shiregu Ban's Award-Winning Architecture is changing the world

Shigeru Ban is a Japanese architect who has been hailed as one of the most innovative and influential architects of our time. He is known for his use of unconventional materials in his buildings, such as cardboard, paper and recycled shipping containers. Ban has said that he wants to change the way we think about architecture, and he is certainly doing that with his unique and sustainable designs.


Ban’s most famous project is probably the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand. This building was designed to be a temporary replacement for the city’s iconic cathedral, which was destroyed in an earthquake. The cathedral was made entirely of cardboard tubes and can seat up to 700 people. It is a beautiful and moving example of how architecture can be used to bring people together in times of crisis.


Ban is also working on a modular housing project for refugees. The homes are made from recycled shipping containers and can be assembled quickly and easily. This is a much-needed innovation, as traditional refugee camps are often overcrowded and unsanitary. Ban’s design will provide refugees with safe, clean and affordable housing.

It is yet another example of how Ban is changing the face of architecture.

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Crazy About Terrazzo

Terrazzo is a beautiful and durable material that can be used for a variety of surfaces in your home. Adding terrazzo to your table, bathroom, kitchen island or kitchen counter can give these areas an instant update.

Made from marble, granite, quartz, glass or other colourful stones or chips set in cement or resin it can be used indoors or outdoors and is popular because it’s durable and easy to clean.  Terrazzo also comes in a variety of colours and patterns, so you can find the perfect one for your home. If you’re thinking about adding terrazzo to your home, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Consider the colour
Terrazzo comes in a wide range of colours, so you can find the perfect one for your space. If you want a bold look, go for a brightly coloured terrazzo-like pink or blue. If you prefer a more subtle look, choose a neutral colour like black or white. You can also find patterned terrazzo that can add interest to your space.

Think about the finish
Terrazzo can be finished in a variety of ways, so you’ll need to decide what type of finish you want. A glossy finish will make the colours pop, while a matte finish will give the terrazzo a more subtle look. You can also get textured finishes that add interest to the surface.

Consider the maintenance
Terrazzo is a durable material, but it does require some maintenance. You’ll need to seal the surface to protect it from stains and scratches. And, if you’re using terrazzo in a high-traffic area, you’ll need to clean it regularly to keep it looking its best.

With a little care, your terrazzo surface will last for years to come.

The Holiday
Something's Gotta Give
Sleeping With The Enemy
American Psycho

Inspiration from Cinematic Classics

Interior design is all about creating a certain feeling in a space. And what better way to get inspiration for your own home than from some of the most iconic films in history?

Here are four interior design styles that you can find in classic films and that can inspire your own home:

1. Quintessential Mediterranean – The Holiday

The stunning Mediterranean mansion that Cameron Diaz’s character, Amanda, stays in while on holiday is a classic example of this design. Whitewashed walls, rustic furniture and décor are all features of this traditional style. This is the style to use if you want your house to have a relaxed and comfortable feel.

2. Hamptons Style – Something’s Gotta Give

The luxurious Hamptons style is on full display in the film Something’s Gotta Give. The modern beach house that Jack Nicholson’s character, Harry, is recovered in is the perfect example of this chic style. Characterised by its clean lines and neutral colours, this style is perfect for those who want a stylish but uncluttered home.

3. American Opulence – Sabrina

In the classic film Sabrina, we are transported to the lavish and opulent world of Long Island high society. This design is all about luxury and excess, with rich fabrics, dark colours, and grandiose furniture. If you want your home to have a look of wealth and sophistication, this is the style for you.

4. Cold Minimalism- Psycho and Sleeping With The Enemy

This style is characterised by a bland, clinical appearance. This design is all about clean lines, limited furnishings, and a cool, collected atmosphere. This design is ideal for creating a calm and peaceful environment.

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Biophilia Bosco Verticale

Bosco Verticale is a residential building in Milan, Italy, that features a vertical forest of trees planted on the balconies.

The building has been nicknamed the “vertical forest” because of its extensive planting. There are more than 800 trees and plants from over 150 species on the balconies. The plants were chosen for their ability to withstand wind and sun exposure.

The building’s design was inspired by biophilic architecture, which is based on the principle that humans have a deep need for contact with nature. Biophilic architecture is an approach to design that seeks to connect people with nature. The goal is to create spaces that are both functional and comfortable for people, while also being good for the environment. This type of architecture can take many different forms, but all share the common goal of bringing people and nature together.

The building’s facade is made up of modular panels that can be opened to allow air and light into the apartments. The plants on the balconies help to regulate the temperature inside the building and provide natural insulation.

The building was designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti and is part of a larger project that includes the rehabilitation of an abandoned industrial area on the outskirts of Milan. The goal of the project is to create a new model for urban regeneration that combines nature and architecture “a sustainable city model of the future.” Do you love it?

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The genius of Jean Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat is yet another artist that has helped shaped today’s world of design, let alone my own perspectives on design. He was so original, so candid and so primitive, and his work challenged many. One of my favorite quotes by him is “every line means something.” He had a purpose for every last detail. He had a reason for all of his work. He was powerful in nature, and his modus operandi is one I try to live every day.

Until recently, I never really gave myself the time to empower the artist within myself. I got lost in the industry of design, the robotic machine in me producing rule-playing work for decades. I often wish the raw, young, hopeful designer within me—the same designer that strived to be like Hockney and Basquiat—stayed alive through the years.

Still, I told myself that it is never too late. It wasn’t until I began conceptualizing the inspiration and purpose behind my collection nearly twenty years later that I reconnected with the same raw and wide-eyed artist that once embraced the world with a refreshing sense of vibrancy.  I was empowered and inspired by other designers, and it gave me the energy and courage to become vulnerable—to express my voice and vision. Every line, every detail and every detail began to mean something.

Every day I make the conscious decision to harbor the artist in me. It is so important to reconnect with original intention and purpose; it is crucial that we, as artists, never forget the foundations that kick started it all.

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Antipodean Laminex

Laminex is an Australian firm that has been in operation for over 85 years. I appreciate how they create gorgeous, practical surfaces that are appropriate for any project – large or little.

Laminex is a green business that offers creative home solutions. Their items are ideal for anybody who want to personalize their decor with a unique touch. Their designs can really make a space explode with colour-play when the space is brightened with vivid and contrasting textures, as well as sculptural curves to offer design adaptability thanks to their commitment to contemporary colour, texture, and curves.

The new Laminex Colour Collection is amazing, and I adore how it is divided into four distinct décor categories.

Laminex offers a wide range of colours, designs, and materials through which you may make distinctive and stylish areas. This makes it simple to discover the ideal match for any space. It is crucial to me that the items I am using in my home are not harming the environment because Laminex has such a strong commitment to sustainability.
I highly recommend their products to anyone who is looking for a high-quality, sustainable option for their home.

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Zaha Hadid's Brillance

Zaha Hadid is one of the most acclaimed architects in history and was a role model for aspiring female designers and architects, at a time when there weren’t a lot established female professionals in the industry to look up to.

Inspired by Suprematism, her style is characterised by aggressive geometric designs that convey a sense of fragmentation, instability, and movement. Zaha Hadid started her own firm in 1980 and since then it has been changing the landscape of cities all over the world and it continues to uphold the legacy that she left behind when she passed away in 2016.

Here are the Zaha Hadid projects that I found particularly inspiring.

Beeah Group headquarters

Located in Sharjah, in the UAE, this building mimics the sand dunes around its location in Al Sajaa desert. The headquarters for Beeah Group, a company that focuses on sustainability solutions for industries from transport to energy, the building is LEED Platinum certified in keeping with the organisation’s work. The undulating lines of the building makes it look both futuristic and a seamless addition to the surrounding desert.

Guangzhou Opera House

Designed to look like two pebbles along the banks of the city’s Pearl River and inspired by natural landscapes, the way erosion works and geology, this riverside building connects the city to the Pearl River and provides a conduit between its neighbouring cultural buildings and the modern office towers in the city’s Xhujiang new town.

NFTism at Art Basel Miami Beach

A virtual gallery featuring designs that are a collaboration between Zaha Hadid Architects and Zaha Hadid Design, offering perspectives on architecture and social interaction in the digital world.

Liquid Glacial table

A table that managed to capture the movement of water in solid form, with the downward flow of water making up the legs of the table. Seemingly simple yet complex, this table is a prime example of how awe-inspiring Zaha Hadid’s work can be.

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Mid-Century architecture in Sarasota

If you’ve not heard of Sarasota, you’re missing out. This coastal city in Florida is one of the fastest-growing urban hubs in the US and is considered one of the best places to live and retire in.

Sarasota is known for its vibrant arts scene, beautiful beaches and burgeoning business centre. And while the city is dominated by a retiree population, this is slowly changing, and younger generations are drawn to the city for its job opportunities and for the quality of life it offers.

During the 1950s, the city was an important hub for architectural and design creativity. Some of the buildings feature an architectural style unique to Sarasota — they were specially designed to capture cross-breeze to cool down the interiors and feature large overhanging roofs for shade and funky colours.

I always felt that Sarasota embodies the best of mid-century style and would always read up on spec­­tacular houses in city when I look to incorporate some mid-century style into a space and need some inspiration.

I recently read about the Umbrella House that was first built in 1953 by architect Philip Hiss and I am in awe of it — all the linear lines come together for a house that lets in plenty of natural light, but it also includes an ample “umbrella” to shade the house and the surrounding grounds from the Floridian sun.

Another iconic example of mid-century architecture is The Leech Art Studio, also known as the Round House. True to its name, the two-level house features a cylindrical design with a white brick façade, complemented with clerestory windows and glass doors.

Lately I have also come across some mid-century furniture that I love and can’t wait to use in future projects.

Strand pendant lamp by Muuto: Simple yet stunning, it’s designs like this pendant lamp that makes me love the mid-century look.

The Luca console table by Sarah Ellison: Featuring a contrasting ash and walnut veneer in a striped pattern, the table is a fantastic way to add some style to a hallway or foyer.

The Rondo dining chair by Jonathan Adler: A sleek, chic looker with its black frame and doughnut-shaped back.

If you are looking to incorporate the mid-century modern style into your home with style and skill, reach out to our team today to find out more.

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Ian Schrager: Trailblazer

I admire great figures that broke the rules to shape the future of design based on understanding human behaviours.

American designer Ian Schrager is probably one of the main designers to drive the idea of incorporating design into the travel experience, creating an electrifying new standard.

Ian Schrager became famous thanks to the unique vision iconic Studio 54 – the hottest nightclub in in the 1970s in Midtown Manhattan, where Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger and many other creatives used to hang.

One of the main revolutions he made in the field of hotel design is to develop the concept of the “boutique hotel”. Small, well-designed hotels with a focus on great attention to detail have been around for a while but the boutique hotel phenomenon associated with exclusivity, superstar designers and renowned chefs was shaped by Ian Schrager and his Morgans Hotel.

I admire his revolutionary style, shaping ways how people party, travel and live in a space.

After designing Morgan Hotels, he is now focusing on designing boutique hotels with Marriot International and PUBLIC hotels, creating boutique unique experiences in an intimate and seductive environment. This is all in addition to the new rules to accommodate social distancing and smooth the entire process of checking in and out, as well as implement the latest technologic innovations into each experience, from the time you enter the hotel to the time you leave.

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Gabrielle Chanel's Manifesto

I have recently been to the Gabrielle Chanel Exhibition in Melbourne at the National Gallery of Victoria. It was impressive being surrounded by the energy of this powerful distinct woman and her creations from the 20th century.

Gabrielle Chanel rewrote the rules of fashion and style. Her fashion manifesto was a design style based on streamlined simplicity and ease of movement, this manifesto shaped the definition of fashion and became guidelines for elegance and style that is still relevant today.

At the show, I noticed that many of the colours used for the looks were similar to the colour palette that I used for The Lobby in 2017, a whisky bar at Le Montage developed by Navarra in Sydney’s Inner West. I noticed shades similar to the soft black of Dulux’s Domino shade, the crisp white of its Lexicon shade, and the warm, creamy tone of its Crewelwork shade. All the key colours of the whisky bar’s décor.

I always try to stay ahead of the times and incorporate colours and combinations that are a little different in my projects, and a little different from the current colour trends, so that the design is less likely to look outdated, several years down the line.

“We always begin by making the dresses of dreams. The new have to cut, trim and remove, never add” Gabrielle Chanel, 1957

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About Brutalist Architecture

A trend that is very popular lately is the Brutalist style. Polished concrete, natural stone, and reclaimed timber work in harmony to create a calm yet cosy feel to the home and offer a style unlike any other in the area.

By utilising clever design, material selection, lighting and layout in the Brutalist style, it is possible to turn a small footprint into a larger-than-life property, while still delivering a family home that will be admired for generations. 

I particularly admire this house in Costa Brava, Spain. Featuring exposed concrete, the home has two levels. The lower level is against the cliff that the house is situated and provides a more sheltered area, as the area is prone to strong winds from the sea. The top level takes advantage of the house’s location on the coast and includes windows that look out to the sea, as well as outdoor areas. Thus residents in this home get the best of both worlds — areas to enjoy the views and cosier areas that shields them from the cold, windy weather.

Inside the home, oak was used for custom-made furniture to add warmth to the space, providing a soft counterpart to the concrete. The architects, Marià Castelló and José Antonio Molina, managed to design a house that showcases the best of its location and makes a statement, all while being a home suitable for a family of six.

Read about this home in Costa Brava on Wallpaper.

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Tantalising Textiles

The practice of treating fibres, colours and textile have been around for thousands of years.

Textile Arts — which encompasses weavings, embroideries, tapestries, fibre arts, carpet design, and more have been revolutionised in the past decades and the quality is on another level altogether.

These arts have been associated with women and were not recognised as a significant form of the art industry for a long time as they were mainly related to hobby crafts and reparation work.

There are many artists nowadays that requires recognition. One artist that I love is Trish Andersen, who specialises in the art of tufting. Coming Dalton in Georgia in the US, said to be the carpet capital of the world, must have had an influence on her craft and shaped her passion, even before she started studying and travelling around the globe. She is a master in combining flora and fauna with vibrant textiles. Her work has been sort after by Coca-Cola, Google and Kimpton Hotels, one of the hotels brands under the IHG Hotels & Resorts group. Do you love it?

If you want to check on more female artists that does amazing work with textiles, do not miss Xenobia Bailey, Vanessa Barragao and Nnenna Okore.

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Studio Gallery

Australian art galleries – especially the ones in Sydney and Melbourne — are an absolute must. You will always find a good selection of incredible International and local art on display.

I love visiting the 3 galleries in Melbourne and Sydney that are run by the Studio Gallery Group. Their galleries display more than 60 Australian, Aboriginal and international artists.

For an interior designer, staying focused on the purpose of the project and letting a space be what it is meant to be, whether it is a corporate office or a creative loft, is an important key to success and one that can be surprisingly hard to achieve at times. I find that Kerry Armstrong, the founder of Gallery Studio, is the perfect example of a creative professional who always keeps her eye on the prize. Her message and purpose are strong and related to mine, and she is a role model for female artists or creatives who want to achieve success in their career. It is important to have female role models that can inspire and encourage the next generation of creatives.

Studio Gallery hosts exceptional talents such as Kerry Armstrong, Annelie Vandendale and Matthew Butterworth, to name a few, so they always have a wide selection of stunning artworks. The gallery is also spectacular for the way it combines art with technology to create fantastic solutions for its clients.

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Light up a Room

Lighting features in a house should create more than just ambience – they should add a sculptural aesthetic to a room.

The lighting choices made for a space can completely alter how it looks and feels. From the warmth of the lighting to its direction and spread, you can give a space its character, change the atmosphere and accentuate other features like the artworks or architecture, all from well-chosen lighting fixtures. However, the lighting itself can also serve as a central feature in a room and be a sculptural fixture in its own right.

One of my favourite brands is Canadian company Bocci. The company has a great portfolio of contemporary light installations that will elevate the look of any room. They also offer custom design services for you to create your dream lighting fixture — whether it is modest or monumental.

I’m also in awe of the stunning crystal chandeliers by LASVIT, the same brand often chosen to create jaw-dropping light installations for hotels and corporate office buildings. And if I’m looking for something more industrial, I would usually go for a Lee Broom or Tom Dixon Studio piece. Their designs are a perfect mix of industrial and elegant and I love using them when I’m designing for an F&B establishment. 

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Refftrup's House: A pastel dream

I recently read about Ditte and Nicolaj Reffstrup’s house in Copenhagen and can’t stop thinking about it.

The couple are the founders behind Ganni, a popular Danish clothing brand that takes pride in creating pastel fashion clothes, accessories, shoes and much more. Their city home is quirky and colourful — I love the combination of pink and blue shades across the home, matched with coloured tiles and an eclectic collection of art. Ditte and Nicolaj choose art and furniture from fellow creatives who are friends or whom they have collaborated with. I am inspired by the way they chose to curate their collection of art and furniture for their home — it’s very personal and they didn’t limit themselves to a certain look. It allows them to create a home that is a true reflection of their distinctive style.

Nicolaj told Vogue that people in the Nordics tend to invest more in their home as they spend so much time in it during the winter, in comparison to people living in other European countries who might spend more on eating out and other experiences. I feel like the rest of the world is catching up to this ethos now that we are spending more time at home because of Covid.

Read more about their home on Vogue UK

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The Cherner Chair: an icon from the 60s

A chair can be so much more than just a chair and this is how I feel about the Cherner chair because it is a prime example of 1960’s design and comes with an intriguing back story.

If you love all things to do with furniture design, you surely would have heard of the Cherner chair. Made from moulded plywood, this simple but elegant chair is up there along with the Eames chair as an iconic design from the 1960s.

This chair was created in 1958 by architect and designer Norman Cherner. At that time, Cherner had his design stolen and attributed to fellow designer Paul Goldman. Luckily, after several months and a lawsuit, Cherner was able to get the recognition and ownership of his design back.

The chair grew in popularity, but production of the chairs stopped in the 1970s. Luckily, Cherner’s sons joined the business and created The Cherner Chair Company in 1999 and now the chair is back in production. In addition to bringing back their father’s much-loved design, the sons have made sustainability a key aspect of the production.

I feel that the chair is such an elegant representation of the mid-century modern style. I love using it for smaller kitchen and dining areas — the distinctive design of the Cherner chair is a very efficient way to introduce a point of interest to the space.

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Maria Sharapova Home

I love Maria Sharapova’s home in Los Angeles, a sun-filled residence with views of the Palo Verdes and Malibu. While the home was inspired by Japanese architecture and aesthetic, it is mixed with mid-century furniture and whimsical details to give it character and warmth.

Sharapova herself came up with the design vision for the entire home and was involved in all aspects of the interior, working closely with the professionals to bring her vision into reality.

Here are some of my favourite features from her home:

1. Concrete homes tend to feel very industrial, but her house achieved a fantastic balance between the use of raw materials and warm features by decorating it with earthy and soft furnishings.

2. Sharapova considers herself a minimalist but introduced lots of character in the form of lighting, art, and sculptural yet functional pieces of furniture.

3. Lastly, I love how the spaces vary from double height and large open spaces to intimate corners. That is a really good use of space because most modern homes tend to feel like galleries. The living and dining area was also designed to form one big indoor/outdoor area with not just the garden but the pool as well. Having the pool so close to the living and dining area — just a few steps away from the sofa —adds a strong visual surprise and wow factor to the space.

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David Hockney: so much more than a pop art extraordinaire

I have always been an art collector and my designs have always been influenced by great people, great artists and innovation.

I love David Hockney’s pop art-style paintings. The British artist divides his time between the UK and the US and California’s sunny climate, as well as the “California modern” aesthetic, greatly influenced his work. Having spent a big part of my life living in the sunshine state, I am particularly drawn to his style.

I also admire him for his extensive creativity. In addition to pop art, he does photography, stage design and more. And while he is 80-plus years old, he keeps himself up to date with the latest technology and uses devices such as an iPad to make his art appealing to new generations. One of his coffee table books — titled My Window and published by Taschen — is a collection of 120 drawings done on his iPhone and iPad that records the changing of the seasons as seen from the window at his home in Yorkshire.

Despite his age, he continues to produce great work, which I find incredibly inspiring. Creativity fuels the soul and keeps us young.

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Roman Vlasos: visionary and dreamer

I’ve always admired people that think outside the box and stretch their imagination to create designs and concepts that showcase new possibilities and new ways of thinking beyond what already exists.

In the field of design, being a visionary and a dreamer is part of the creative process and the work of Roman Vlasov, to me, is the epidemy of this.

He’s most known for his futuristic home designs that appear to defy physics while at the same time seem perfectly suited to their surroundings. He recently made headlines for his PUTIN HOUSE design – an expansive mansion set atop the trees of a forest in Russia. It immediately conjures images of Bond villains or the Russian leader himself assessing his empire from the lofty heights it affords.

I’m equally impressed with his other work and feel inspired by his multicultural workplace. This is also at the core of my business and the way I build my team, which is full of diversity and people from different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. I believe this is so important for the creative process, as this diversity creates a universal aesthetic in the work we produce.

I’m inspired by architecture, and like many architects out there, I enjoy the ability to take on very ambitious projects. Roman, to me, is incredibly ambitious, and I truly respect his work.

We have to be progressive in the way we design for today’s market and culture. Seeing his work is liking looking into the future, and I hope we all get to enjoy his concepts in real life.

I’ll leave you here with some images of his amazing vision.

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Denise Scott Brown

Many women have fought both loudly and quietly over the past 50 years so that we could achieve the rights we have today. I thoroughly admire and love each one of them for their courage and determination to confront the discrimination, judgement, and prejudice to achieve the recognition we all deserve.

One woman who truly inspires me is the American architect Denise Scott Brown. She’s fought sexism in architecture since the beginning of her career in the sixties and continues to do so.

She’s become a symbol of change for how women are perceived and treated within the world of architecture. She’s written essays highlighting the blatant and comprehensive inequality suffered by women in the industry, including a lack of recognition for their ideas, designs, and achievements. In one of her essays, she recounts a talk she gave in 1973 to the Alliance of Women in Architecture in New York. She describes it as an awakening of sorts as the hundred or so women who attended realised they all shared the same experience of sexism within the profession and frustration at being forced to endure a man’s world. 

Although great strides have been made towards equality, the sector is still strongly male-dominated, despite women accounting for around half of those graduating from architecture schools in the U.S. Shamefully they still earn about 20% less than their male counterparts and many leave the profession shortly after graduating due to the limitations imposed on their careers.

These factors and the overrepresentation of men in the property and design sector is what prompted me to launch Gallies in Sydney this year. It’s a platform that gives women more control over their careers and time. It connects talent with developers needing designers to create renders and other marketing collateral, including social media content, and other digital assets to promote their projects. It’s designed to give women more flexibility, and also reduce their reliance on one employer or company which may not have their interests at heart. It’s also beneficial for developers as it’s a one-stop-shop for their creative and marketing needs.

I often think of Denise Scott Brown and her strength and determination to level the playing field for women in architecture as I pave my own path in a male dominated industry. I would love to hear who inspires you!

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Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis's sustainable Farmhouse

Celebrities play a strong role in influencing consumer behaviour in any market, and when their personal spaces are shared publicly people often feel inspired to imitate or replicate some of their design decisions. Not everyone can afford a celebrity designer or designer furniture, but when publications such as Vogue tastefully describe the inspiration behind a celebrity’s custom home and the decision-making behind the beautiful spaces, it humanises the process of selecting home décor. Combined with gorgeous photography it gives consumers lots of inspiration and an opportunity to imitate or recreate a similar look for themselves.

What I love about this home is how it’s a reinvention of a time-honoured structure and a diversion away from a typical farm homestead. The proportions pay homage to a barn, but despite the exaggerated dimensions the space feels very warm and inviting.

The use of reclaimed materials means that despite the fact it’s a brand-new home, it has a certain aged charm to it. This, combined with the use of fabrics, metals, and concrete gives it character and sets it apart from anything else on the market. There’s a certain eclectic charm to the way it’s all been pieced together, which provides flexibility to include some items which would typically look out of place in a barn-style dwelling, such as the crystal chandelier. Its opulence is somewhat juxtaposed against the reclaimed timber, but it works perfectly as the space does have an undeniable grandeur to it.

I love this home for the standard it sets in reimaging something that’s not traditionally thought of as an architectural style for a home, turning it into a unique family space.

The innovative design of this home will allow people to visualize how you can still make an old structure feel glamourous, sophisticated, and unique. We don’t have to teardown well-lived structures and can instead celebrate the aging nature of materials. The building industry plays a huge part in waste and energy consumption so the more we can re-use and recycle the better. This is something I really admire in this home — sustainability with impeccable style.

As a designer, having this reference as an example on how a rustic look can still be glamorous, warm, modern, and edgy totally inspires me to promote this look because it showcases beautifully how renewable and recyclable materials can look fab.

I think it sets an exciting precedent and elements of this project will flow into property design across the world.

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Furniture made for Humans: the Nalgona Chair by Chris Wolston

Sometimes a chair’s just a chair… and sometimes it’s a focal point, sculpture, status symbol, bastion of social responsibility, and also… a chair.

Sculptural furniture provides an aesthetic purpose and an opportunity to interact with art. Chris Wolston is a New York Based, critically acclaimed artist whose work displays a playful adaptation of high- and low-end technology processes.

One of the biggest trends in 2021 is the use of natural materials and Chris Wolston’s Nalgona Chair collection is made from 100% ethically sourced Colombian mimbre (wicker) which has been masterfully woven into chairs resembling the human body. The ‘bodies’ almost beckon you to sit on them, with their comical or even grotesque forms. Like them or loathe them, there’s no denying you’ll remember them.

I love this chair because it’s a functional piece of art that ties the sophistication of New York with the earthiness of Colombia and it echoes his ethos of creating artful works of high and low-end combinations.

The unique pieces he created in the Nalgona series are sold-out. Chris Wolton has become a renowned named in the art world and people are starting to collect his works. Some of the unique ceramic functional furniture pieces start at AUD$10,000 and are available to purchase here. 

The trend for sculptural and custom-made furniture pieces is here to stay because they represent a sense of fashion couture due to the artistic qualities they deliver. Many artists have risen due to this bespoke trend in the luxury sector and just like art does, furnishings like these literally display emotion and an artful life of their own.

The Nalgona chair could easily suffice as an art feature because of its commanding presence. Let it be a focal piece in a corridor, a centrepiece in the courtyard, or a whimsical single chair in the dining room. It is bound to be a conversation starter.

These chairs are unique, not only because of their design, but for the multifaceted function they can have within virtually any space.

Bravo, Chris Wolton. LG Loves!

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Framework Studio Office

Often, designers do not promote other design companies. At Lorena Gaxiola, we’re competitive individuals, but we also believe in celebrating other people’s creativity because studying what other creatives give birth to is a great way to keep up with innovation and excellence.

I find Framework Studio, an interior architecture firm based in Amsterdam, one of those studios that brings together a sense of modernism, simplicity, and minimalism which is curated in a very poetic way. They create beauty and style without compromising on function in any space they design.

Right now, people see minimalism as a way to keep things so simple that the design gains its beauty through the use of materials, shapes, and colours, but people do not really live like that. Framework Studio brings the quietness and poetic design that minimalism requires and makes it very liveable and easy to connect with. It’s easy to imagine yourself living in one of their spaces and utilising them rather than just admiring them like an installation at a museum or a display home suite.

I found them through their Instagram feed and they’ve been an inspiration for me ever since as I strive to improve my craft. They deliver colour, tradition, and differentiation in all their designs through a uniform yet diverse style. This studio design for example, is warm and inviting. It tells a story about the company, their branding, and their aesthetic. Through a great combination of furnishings and neutral and muted hues it’s clear bold creativity is encouraged there. The sculptural lighting and statues are welcoming and start a conversation in any room. As an art collector, seeing a studio that invests so much in its art is inspiring.

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Patisan lights

Lighting in a room should create more than just ambience. It should add new dimensions and character to a room – it should be sculptural – and that’s exactly what the Gweilo light is.

As an art collector and designer, I am always looking for unique and creative lights that change the mood of a room. The Gweilo lighting collection, by Canadian architecture firm Partisans, is a spectacular manifestation of whimsical flair and sophistication. 

Their work reminds me of what Frank Gehry did with deconstruction. He started this trend decades ago by deconstructing organic shapes to create unexpected architectural movements. Partisans deliver a modern take on Frank Gehry’s approach; they grab something that is structured, and break it down to create smooth lines with exciting, unexpected movement. The collection represents an elegant way to break away from the ordinary.

The technical elements of the collection are also fascinating. The lights are crafted from molten acrylic sheets that are moulded into place by hand at a workshop in Barcelona. LEDs are then distributed across them creating luminescent silhouettes that emulate natural movement in solid form.

I love how each one is unique and can be customised for each client. The Gweilo light is a piece that transforms an interior into a magical theatre that you will never get bored of.

Eclectic light design that shows individuality and a timeless appeal can never be forgotten.

Crafting an opulent interior is more than simply collecting costly items – it’s a form of art.

In this guide, you will discover the intricate details of constructing a lavish interior and you will learn to create the perfect living space.
We will explore all aspects of design: materials and finishes, architectural features, furniture selection and placement, lighting fixtures to set a mood or emphasize artwork and so much more.
Luxury dining and living area in Rose Bay showing Fendi, Hermes and Mario Bellini architects furniture

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