I am seriously in love with these gorgeous leather bowls from Spanish fashion powerhouse, LOEWE. The idea behind its Bowls Project is to explore new forms and functions of leather and is helmed by LOEWE’s creative director, Jonathan Anderson. The collection boasts 3 sets of 50 unique leather bowls in a melange of sizes and colours. The Bowls Project will be on display in LOEWE stores in Milan, Madrid, Paris, Tokyo and Beijing. Love, LOEWE http://www.loewe.com
I must say I am a little perplexed by the winning photo of the 2015 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards which was announced at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore earlier this month. What do you think of Fernando Guerra’s image of Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés designed EPFL Quartier Nord, a new mixed-use building in Ecublens, Switzerland?
I enjoyed many afternoons and nights frequenting the Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale during my UTS uni days, so I was suitably intrigued when I heard a year ago the beautiful old building was changing face and turning into a boutique hotel. Now the doors have opened I am thrilled to see the renaissance and what has become of the infamous Clare. 62 rooms, three restaurants run by renowned chefs (ex-Noma, Seiobo, Momofuku) and a swanky rooftop pool, all nestled amongst the thriving hubbub of Chippendale. Designers Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects have enhanced the charm of The Clare, keeping the exposed bricks, beams and concrete finishes while kitting out the rooms with your typical boutique luxuries. The Old Clare Hotel is part of the Unlisted Collection of hotels (a fitting name for a company I love), which includes the New Majestic Hotel and Wanderlust hotel in Singapore, The Waterhouse in Shanghai, Town Hall in London and more. Check in and check it out http://www.theoldclarehotel.com.au
Images via The Old Clare Hotel
It has been a while, one baby almost 20 months old and another on the way, but it never ceases to amaze me all of the hits and comments I get on my blog from people around the world interested in design and the posts I’ve done. I am getting back on the horse and will be reporting on all that’s new, cool and unique in the lifestyle realm. Any hot tips you have feel free to send them my way. Yeah! xx
After having a beautiful little bubba myself 9 months ago, finding baby clothes that were more stylish than garish turned out to be more of a struggle than I had hoped. Then, Wilson + Frenchy came into our wardrobe and baby G went to the cutest girl in playgroup. Being on the tiny side, I found their 0000’s the perfect fit for her delicate frame and the prints their onsies and leggings came in, were just adorable. For the mummas that don’t like dressing their girls in all pink and boys in blue, Wilson+Frenchy do a wonderfully moderate line of greys and beige. The Melbourne-based label are stocked in all good baby shops and their wares can be purchased via their website. Here are some of my favourite looks of the season. Enjoy. Images via Wilson+Frenchy
Despite the recent heatwave Sydney has been experiencing, you can always find an excuse to light a beautiful candle and I have just discovered my new obsession… SOH Melbourne candles. The Copper Fig Tree candle from the Brass Vessel collection gets my tick of approval and has made our Paddington pad smell positively spring. Available online; $65. Images via Scent of Home
After delightfully receiving my November party issue of Gourmet Traveller magazine, I stumbled across a lovely little write up on Canberra-based silversmith, Alison Jackson. Her Smooch Bowls are just the sweetest; snuggled up close to each other, the bowls have a rounded base and are made from sterling silver with oxidised finishes. With an online shop to boot, hop to alisonjackson.com.au and browse through her extensive hollowware homeware collection.
Image via http://www.alisonjackson.com.au
Now I’m no ace of spades when it comes to playing cards, but I reckon I could shape up if I had this fashionable pack of cards to play with. From the minimalist specialist Joe Doucet, the ‘Iota’ set of cards are sleek, super fine and would make the chicest of side table accessory.
Images by Joe Doucet via Yatzer
I stumbled across this great site which is a market place for all things Nordic and cool and the best part? All of it is available for purchase and can be shipped to Australia. The brainchild of Samantha Ósk Denidóttir, an interior designer and founder of design blog LoveNordic Story North stocks products from Scandinavian and European designers and their mantra? Only sell pieces which stand the test of time. Love. Stocking everything from furniture to accessories and baby gifts, and with brands such as Muuto, By Nord Copenhagen, iittala, Pia Wallen, Vitra and Marie Laanga, Story North could well become an addiction. My loves? The Miffy lamp and the Eames Elephant by Vitra. Oh, and love the Moose head tea towel.
Story North, http://www.storynorth.com
Images via http://www.storynorth.com
For those that know the true essence of beautiful skincare, if you haven’t heard of Christopher Hanlon before I dare say you’ve been living under a rock (although he likes to fly under the radar, so we’ll let it slide). Chris has been operating on the top floor of the Strand Arcade in Sydney just next to Alex Perry for I don’t know…maybe 5 years, and has been quietly making a mega name for himself as the man of skincare. Nicole Kidman and Kylie Minogue are fans, so are the skincare buyers of premium department stores in Hong Kong and the Middle East – to name a few. As the first true pioneer to tap into the world of men’s skincare, Chris is a force to be reckoned with. If you haven’t ventured past the second floor of the Strand, do yourself a favour and pop into Chris’s boutique skincare abode. You won’t leave disappointed.
Christopher Hanlon, The Strand Arcade Sydney, Boutique 110, Lv 2, 193 Pitt St Mall Sydney. www.christopherhanlon.com
The new Dream range from my all-time favourite jewellery/homewear designers, Dinosaur Designs is absolutely stunning and really exudes a dreamy kind of effect. From the vases to bowls, to jewellery range, I can’t wait to stock up on the latest wares. Blue and turquoise, my favourite.
Dinosaur Designs, www.dinosaurdesigns.com.au
Images via Dinosaur Designs website – and can be purchased online
Resembling a quaint little tree trunk coffee table, Boca do Lobo has come up with the Fortuna Dining Table which looks like it has been dipped in liquid gold and chipped for good effect. I’m not sold on this one. What do you think? So right or so god damn wrong?
Visit Boco do Lobo for more www.bocadolobo.com
The Art Series Hotel group have done it again. First there was the Steal Banksy campaign, now they’ve commissioned the world’s greatest art forger, Tony Tetro to come up with nine replica Warhols which will divide their time hanging on the walls of The Cullen, The Blackman and The Olsen. The trick is, to decipher which Warhol is Warhol’s? In amongst the nine fakes, one is the real deal. Each week one of the Tetro fakeys will be given away to a past guessing guest and as the weeks go by, the real Warhol will be revealed. The unveiling of all 10 pieces of art will go down 15 May at The Olsen, followed by a panel discussion on where fakes fit in the world of art. You guys really are the coolest hoteliers on the market.
To find out more, head to www.artserieshotels.com.au/whichwarhol
The heart skipped a few beats upon spying this piece of amazingness on The Cool Hunting website. Baths and chairs, two of my major weaknesses, combined into one. Shown off at Salone del Mobile in Milan last week, the bathtub designed by Dutchman, Thomas Linseen from Studio Thol, certainly made an impression. Ready to go into production now, this beautiful, handmade piece of art will set you back €12,000.
The Bathtub, €12,000. Studio Thol
Images via The Cool Hunting
Jean Paul Gaultier likes to keep us guessing and his latest collab with Diet Coke has me thinking, why haven’t we seen more of this play on the FMCG aesthetic. I suppose San Pellegrino played with Missoni and Bulgari, Absolut and Dom Perignon had a turn with Andy but I’m all for seeing more. The ‘dressed up’ Night and Day, his and hers, bottles are limited edition and only available in Europe. So Frenchy, so chic.