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    I recently arrived in Melbourne for a fleeting visit to Denfair before returning home from my Copenhagen trip. I can't wait to start going through all my photos and press info to share with you from my travels, but first I'm going to share some highlights from yesterday. My first visit to the boutique trade event, Denfair is the leading destination for contemporary design in Australia. Held over three days, the fair is founded on principles of authenticity and has a strong focus on Australian emerging and established brands. Bringing together the brightest talent from local and international brands, there were many highlights. I'll be picking out a few to share, starting today with Fred International


    Following its debut at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Fred presents Fogia’s 2017 collection in an exclusive reimagining for the Australian market. Featuring a beautiful selection of furniture from the Swedish brand, the pieces represent the company's commitment to moving Scandinavian design forward whilst honouring timeless quality and craft. Continually challenging the notion of Scandinavian design in a contemporary context, this unique showcase presents the debut of new works by Scandinavia’s leading designers including Luca Nichetto, Note Design Studio, Andreas Engesvik, Nina Jobs and Monica Förster.

    Fred presents Fogia is complimented with lighting by RUBN, against a clean yet textural backdrop of rattan. The standout exhibit was beautifully designed by Angela Harry, with art direction by Simone Haag.

    Denfair stand designed by Angela Harry. Art direction by Simone Haag, foliage by Loose Leaf and photography by Dan Hocking.

    I've picked out a few of my favourite pieces from the collections. 

    Arch Shelf by Fogia, Bowl Storage Unit (grey ash) by Fogia, Archetto Shelf by Fogia, Holborn Pendant by Rubn Lighting, Bollo Chair by Fogia, Boss Cabinet by Fogia, Vogue Tripod Table Lamp by Rubn Lighting, Ropemaker Rug by Fogia, Poppy Pouf by Fogia, James Floor Lamp by Rubn Lighting, Dini Sofa by Fogia 

    To see the entire collection of Fogia and Rubn Lighting, visit Fred International. and if you're in Melbourne be sure to visit the stand at Denfair

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  • 06/11/17--13:44: News from BoConcept
  • Recently I started looking for a shelving solution for our downstairs living room update. The new Bordeaux console table by BoConcept came to my attention, and drawn to the minimalist design and clean lines, I promptly went in store to check it out and ended up taking one home to test out. The narrow width makes it perfect for our compact room and what's more, the greige hue blends seamlessly with our new Dulux paint colour. Once it was styled (take a look here), I was so happy with how it looked decided I had to keep it. Just one of many styles and options on offer, here's a look at some more from the Bordeaux range. 



    Designed by Morten Georgsen, Bordeaux has a light-weight and minimalistic structure. While its size makes it perfect for compact living rooms, the hallway, office, kitchen or dining room, it's not strictly limited to small spaces. A natural 'stand alone' solution, the table above can be placed behind one of the BoConcept sofas or in the corner of a room. It also pairs beautifully with the BoConcept Lugo coffee tables and the Como boxes. What I also love about this piece of furniture it is that it has multiple shelves, providing a place to display books, art and objects.


    Another new release from BoConcept is the Florence dining chair by Rene Hougaard. Derived from the latin word “Florentia", which means “the blooming”,  the chair is available in different veneers and finishes allowing you to create a unique look. While many chairs made of moulded plywood prove to be uncomfortable for longer periods of sitting, Florence, which took two years to develop, solves this issue with a folded and curved veneer design that features an organic shape. The top of the backrest is curved backwards to create comfort, while also making the stackable chair easy to grab. The slim waist of the chair underlines the organic shape and makes the backrest flexible, further increasing the high level of comfort. 


    Lastly here is the elegant Cupertino desk. Perfect for the home office, it features a light design with a slim table top and slender legs making it ideal for the narrow space of a hallway, as extra storage in a small living room, or even as a bedroom dressing table.


    To find out more about these featured products visit BoConcept online or in store

    Images courtesy of BoConcept

    This is a sponsored post. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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    For those who've been following my travels on Instagram, you'll have seen that I recently returned from Denmark. A place that I have been longing to travel to, especially since launching my blog five years ago, it exceeded all of my expectations. Now firmly cemented in my mind and heart, Copenhagen encompasses the very best in design, and I was enthralled by the beauty, architecture and history. But I was equally blown away by the wonderful people I met. Warm, welcoming and incredibly humble, this was apparent from my first meeting with Lisa Kjær Jensen, the PR & Communications manager for at Erik Jørgensen. Picking me up from the airport, Lisa drove me to Svendborg, where I would spend the night at the most idyllic seaside setting before heading to Copenhagen for the rest of my stay in Denmark. Located on the island of Funen, Svendborg is where the production house for Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik is based. Very excited to be given a tour, it was great to gain insight into the company, and a look behind the scenes prior to attending their new showroom opening later that week. 


    The photo above shows a peek inside 'The Office'. One of the stunning new spaces inside the new showroom showcasing the incredible Ox chair, I'll be sharing plenty more in the next post.

     ThErik Jørgensen brand was founded in Denmark in 1954 by trained upholsterer and saddler, Erik Jørgensen. The collection consists of well known classics from Hans J. Wegner and Poul M.Volther as well as new furniture produced in collaboration with new young designers. From the early days, Erik was in high demand from the local community for his expertise as an upholsterer and he went on to develop a small sofa collection in the 1960s and 1970s. With a focus on craftsmanship, quality and aesthetics, the second-generation family-owned company continues to be known today for its high quality and upholstery expertise.

    When Erik Jørgensen passed away in 1998, his sons Niels and Ole Jørgensen took over the company and began forming new design partnerships. An important part of the brands DNA that has continued to this day, Erik Jørgensen collaborates with many young designers including Louise Campbell, Tine Mouritsen, GamFratesi, Andersson & Voll and Anne Lorenzen. I had the pleasure of meeting the brothers during my stay, and it was wonderful seeing how they have carried on their father’s heritage. At Svendborg I enjoyed chatting to Ole and Lisa about how the company has evolved while drinking coffee and eating delicious 'Brunsviger', a traditional cake of Funen. Ole also kindly took me on the production tour. Here's a look behind the scenes.



    The production tour allowed me to see first hand how Erik Jørgensen creates furniture designed to last. The leathers and most of the fabrics are measured and cut by hand by the talented production team, ensuring absolute precision. Only pure block colour fabric is cut on the machine. If there is even a slight pattern in the material they are cut by hand to ensure it is done perfectly. 


    I was particularly blown away by the skilled expertise of those working with the beautiful leathers. As I showed previously, the leathers are first cut by hand. At the same time they are checked closely for any markings, as even the most minuscule ones must be removed. The photos above show how the incredible stitching detail is applied the Delphi sofa. Designed by the Swiss designer Hannes Wettstein in 2007, the sofa features the craftsmanship and minimalistic design that is the epitome of a true Erik Jørgensen sofa. 


    The images above show two of the Erik Jørgensen classics in production. A true testament to the brand's upholstery expertise and attention to detail, the Corona seams are being stitched by hand. This chair became a classic a long time ago and has appeared in numerous films, fashion editorials and music videos. Poul M. Volther was inspired by the human anatomy when he designed the Corona and despite looking light, it is actually as strong as a spine. The Ox chair is one of Hans J. Wegner’s more humorous designs. While designing the piece in 1960 he said “We must be careful not to take things too seriously. We must play but we must be serious about playing! “ Hans J. Wegner designed over 500 chairs and the Ox chair remained one of his favourites. He had one in his living room and enjoyed it for the rest of his life.


    A look at some of the newer designs and two of my personal favourites, the Eyes Arm chair designed by Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen (top image) is ready for packaging and delivery. Made from moulded polyurethane foam, I really enjoyed watching the upholstery process which involves the chair being placed in a very high temperature machine to seal the fabric. The buttons 'eyes' and legs are then attached. Another highlight was seeing the Shuffl sofa by Anne Boysen come to life. I absolutely love the colour and corner detailing. 


    The beautiful modular sofa was showcased during 3daysofdesign at the Erik Jørgensen Contract showroom alongside the incredible installation from Wallpaper*Handmade ‘Portal’, a collaboration with Snønhetta.

    Niels & Ole Jørgensen 

    Keep following as next up I will be sharing the beautiful new Erik Jørgensen showroom in Copenhagen!

    Images by Michelle Halford for TDC
    (Last 2 images courtesy of Filippo Bamberghi)

    This post was created in collaboration with Erik Jørgensen. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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    Following on from my previous post and the production tour of Erik Jørgensen in Svendborg, I then moved on to the beautiful city of Copenhagen to attend the exciting showroom opening. Located at Bredgade, one of the most prominent streets in Copenhagen, the new showroom will focus on the home collection, while their existing showroom at Pakhus will focus on the contract collection.

    ‘We have been at Pakhus 48 for eight years and are very happy there. The architectural environment in Nordhavn is incredibly dynamic and visually inspiring. At the same time, we are aware of the heightened focus on exhibitions in the inner part of Copenhagen, especially Bredgade. Therefore, we decided to take this opportunity to have two locations in Copenhagen, each with its own focus.’- CEO Niels Jørgensen.



    The new showroom is located in a historic building that was built between 1754 and 1757. It features a beautiful entrance and courtyard where were greeted by a spectacular balloon installation. Divided into three sections that once included stables and a home for residents, I was interested to learn that Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen even lived there for a short period. Erik Jørgensen is situated on the first floor, and Danish furniture brand Montana has its showroom on the second floor.


    In collaboration with architect Tine Mouritsen, the showroom has been decorated with a strong focus on the home collection, but in a completely new way. Comprising four stunning rooms, each has its own theme and colour palette; The Botanical Garden, the Office, Tranquillity, and the Blue Room. "It has been a close collaboration with Niels Jørgensen – everything from selecting furniture to textiles and the colour of the rooms’ -Tine Mouritsen.

    Though each space has its own unique expression, the rooms flow beautifully from one to the next, effortlessly showcasing the brands design classics and newer furniture pieces. These were complimented by a superb selection of lighting by Flos

    The Office. Undoubtedly the most classic, this room is also luxurious. Featuring the legendary Ox Chair in the corner, the stunning bordeaux leather upholstery matches the Montana system. The Insula Base table, in black with a wooden rim is surrounded by the new Eyes Arm Chair in a delicate Vegeta leather, providing the perfect location for cosy meetings. 

    Botanical Garden. One of my favourite rooms, I find the green palette so calming. Featuring furniture, walls and flooring in tone on tone earthy hues, the inspiration derives from botanical gardens and international trends, with plants as a big part of the décor. A beautiful curation of seating encourages further relaxation, with the green Hector sofa, luscious velvet Queen chair and soft AV chaise lounge

    Tranquillity. A room set entirely in white, this serene space creates a sense of purity, providing the perfect contrast to the bold furniture classics. The Delphi sofa in white leather makes you feel like you are floating on air, while the Corona Spectrum, completely dressed in white, is a perfect match with the classic EJ 280 sofa

    The Blue Room. From the pure white haven to the cosiness of a room in dark blue, this gorgeous space has a dramatic expression. So inviting, I couldn't help but be drawn to the beautiful Spring sofa while admiring the gorgeous roses hanging from the ceiling above. 

    If you are in Copenhagen be sure to visit the new Erik Jørgensen Home Showroom at Bredgade 76. The rooms are even more captivating in real life! 

    Images courtesy of Erik Jørgensen/ photography by Anders Hviid 
    (Image 2 courtesy of Filippo Bamberghi)


    This post was created in collaboration with Erik Jørgensen. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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  • 06/14/17--18:51: Montana Showroom Opening
  • As you know from the start of my Copenhagen series, my trip to Denmark began with a visit to the island of Funen, where I was very lucky to visit two production houses. The second tour was of renowned Danish brand Montana, where production takes place at a high-technological site covering a huge 19,000 m2. The family owned company, founded by Peter J. Lassen in 1982, produces and supplies storage systems and a table and chair series designed by Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Andreas Hansen, Peter J. Lassen, Joakim Lassen and the architects schmidt hammer lassen

    All products are developed and made in Denmark ensuring a high standard of quality is maintained. It was fascinating to see how the modular systems are produced from start to finish and I was interested to learn about the 'star system' which was developed around a detailed mathematic calculation based on the measurement 5.7cm. Though it sounds complex, the philosophy is simple -  it allows every Montana element to be infinitely combined. Known for their vast and inspiring colour palette, paint application is a huge part of the process and they uses only environmentally friendly water-based lacquer colours. With an extensive range of colours that has expanded and changed many times since 1982, Montana has a replenishment guarantee so that you can always re-order the colours that you chose.



    Following on from the production tour, I had the pleasure of attending the highly anticipated Montana Showroom Opening in Copenhagen during 3daysofdesign. Located at 76 Bredgade, inside the same beautiful building as the new Erik Jørgensen showroomMontana is situated on the second floor, spanning 12 inspirational rooms. Visually stunning, the rooms feature a vibrant colour scheme that evokes 1950s ice cream parlours. Think frothy milkshakes, candyfloss, jellybeans and minty-green meringue!



    Divided into two sections, the Home Section features gorgeous master bathroom showcasing the Montana Bathroom line with a Montana Wardrobe walk-in closet in fresh mint greens and light greys. 


    The huge living room and library features pink, turquoise and light yellows with a bar, shelving and TV corner. I was captivated by the incredible detailing of these dynamic spaces which include painted flooring and coloured carpets layered with velvet rugs.


    Feminine in light pink and purple hues, the delightful bedroom includes a wardrobe and makeup table and features fun painted stripes. Following the panelling, these add a touch of playfulness to the otherwise classicist architectural details of the stucco and cornices. The furnishings showcase all the latest novelties of 2017/18 including the new Collection III pieces, Hall Edition and the Panton Wire shelving system


    For the second section, the Montana Office, the architect studio mtre has developed the concept, story and functionalities in collaboration with the Montana design team and the stylist Gitte Kjær. I have long admired Gitte's work and I loved the way she styled the spaces. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the showroom party later that night and was interested to learn that she sourced some of the smaller stone and textural pieces from flea markets in Copenhagen. If only we had flea markets like that here in NZ!


    With a vision to challenge space, mtre has created solutions to enhance well-being and performance, while reflecting the company’s vision, culture and identity. The spatial concept envelops around the idea that an international gallery administration has moved into the premises. mtre was inspired by showing how a company that spans both the creative side and the business side could organise the space in question. The beautiful office section includes meeting rooms, an open office landscape, a space called The Sanctuary, and a space called The Cave, as well as an office canteen.



    The overall colour palette strikes a beautiful balance between the more subdued, darker shades and contrasting splashes of bright, playful hues. Together with variations in materials used and so much personality, the showroom is both charming and uplifting. Be sure to visit if you are in Copenhagen! 

    Images courtesy of Montana

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    Following on from 3daysofdesign in Copenhagen I stayed on a few extra nights to further explore the beautiful city. Wanting to stay somewhere central where I could catch up on a bit of work, Hotel SP34 had been noted on my must-do list long ago. Located in the heart of Copenhagen in the Latin Quarter, the boutique hotel by Brøchner Hotels exceeded my expectations and I loved every minute of my stay. The beautiful interior by Danish architect and designer Morten Hedegaard is clean and understated but also warm and cosy. I had a gorgeous room where I could bask in the sunlight that streamed in through the row of windows. With the sun setting at around 10pm during my stay, I felt like time was moving at a slower pace which was nice following on from the busy 3daysofdesgn press tour! I loved the soothing grey palette, crisp white linens and moulded wood and caramel leather headboards which are in keeping with the classic Danish furniture from the 1950s. The playful yellow pendant light and bedside lights by Swedish company RUBN are another favourite feature. 


    Heading downstairs to Väkst (one of the hotel's three restaurants) for their organic breakfast each morning was an absolute joy. Amazing food, a gorgeous 'secret garden' style interior and incredible service, I had the pleasure of dining there for a press dinner on my first night in Copenhagen and returned for my final dinner before I checked out the next day. 



    Warm and intimate, the lobby features elegant furniture including the Heritage armchairs and CH37 dining chairs from Carl Hansen. The incredible artwork currently on display, an intriguing exhibition 'Tales' by the danish artist Louise Simony, is so striking. If my room wasn't so divine I would've hung out here more. Did I mention wine hour and the rooftop terrace? So many great features, I also love the bike - a nod to Copenhagen's favourite mode of transport!

    Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

    To find out more about Hotel SP34 or to book a stay, visit Brøchner Hotels

    This post was created in collaboration with Brøchner Hotels.I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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    As expected I've returned from my trip and dived straight into exciting work projects. At the same time I'm working my way through the masses of photos I took while in Copenhagen! I will continue to share the highlights with you, but I'm also wanting to keep you posted on other interior news and finds that catch my eye. I know how much you love seeing inspiring homes, so I will endeavour to share some over the coming days. I thought I'd get a head start this weekend with a gorgeous Finnish home by boutique housing company Kannustalo. A loft-style townhouse created by interior designer Kirsi Valanti for a family of four, it has been beautifully styled by Susanna Vento and photographed by Riika Kantinkoski.


    At one with its beautiful natural surroundings, this home features a warm mix of timber with rich textural accents in velvet and brass. The walls feature a mix of crisp white, cosy beige and fine timber detailing. These provide a perfect pairing with the clean black joinery framing the expansive windows and stunning lake views. The interior has been styled with furniture and homewares across my favourite palette of grey and caramel tones with hints of terracotta and gold. A selection of statement lighting completes the look.

    Interior Design by Kirsi Valanti / Styling by Susanna Vento / Photography by Riika Kantinkoski

    Images via Kannustalo



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    During my visit to Copenhagen I was very lucky to be given the opportunity to join the press tour for 3daysofdesign. Established in 2012 and directed by Signe Byrdal Terenziani, 3daysofdesign distinguishes itself as Copenhagens’s leading annual design event. Comprising journalists, bloggers and magazine editors from around the globe, we were all excited to be in Copenhagen to see the latest, greatest design ideas from Denmark. With a packed schedule led by Signe that involved various modes of transport (the boat ferries were a favourite), I'm so glad we got to see as much as we did. Every place we visited gave us a warm, hospitable welcome (the Danes know how to wine and dine!) and we were given insight into each brand, its history and new products. One of the highlights on day one was our visit to the inspiring Frama Studio Store. I've featured them before - the Frama Kitchen post immediately springs to mind - and I couldn't wait to experience the beautiful store in real life. 


    The Frama Studio Store is located in central Copenhagen, in an historical building established in the 1800s. Formerly home of the St. Pauls Pharmacy, the striking interior features original woodwork and architectural elements. With a focus on solid materials with natural finishes and simple geometry, the objects within the Frama Collections signal a return to basics, representing a graphical and straightforward aesthetic approach to design. During 3daysofdesign, the showroom featured new behavioural case studies, showcasing a mixture of traditional and contemporary environments with different coloured tones and materials focusing on the context of home using elements of living.

    Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

    Frama founder Niels Strøyer Christophersen also opened the doors to his apartment in Østerbro during 3daysofdesign. Showcasing a holistic approach to design and decorating, my friend and fellow blogger Hannah of Hannah in the House managed to squeeze in a visit to see the tour and listen to Niels speak. Definitely worth a read, take a look here

    To see the collections including St Pauls Apothecary range, furniture, art, lighting, kitchen and accessories and to shop online, visit Frama

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    Known for embracing colour in their work, Note Design Studio have transformed a 19th century office space into a family home, applying a stunning palette throughout. 



    Formerly the head office of a fashion brand, located in the centre of Stockholm, there were traces of 19th century splendour including worn wood floors and ornaments in the form of stucco and carpentry. However all these beautiful, old characteristics were painted in thick layers of white with modern spotlights in all ceilings, which reinforced the feeling of an impersonal office.

    During this process, Note Design Studio found three old tiled ovens, one green, one pink and one a yellowish white. Behind a wall that was torn down to access the old piping, they found original 19th century paint on a door frame. Painted in a mustard yellow tint, they noted how this powerful hue suddenly illuminated the entire white space. Using this existing colour scale, Note Design Studio added new tones, which worked as a bridge between the powerful original hues. The result? A harmonious but rich colour experience that, incredibly, originated from the hidden traces of the old apartment.


    Do you notice the subtle patterning of crossing lines in squares on the walls? This veneered surface was taken from a beautiful patterning in the original parquet in one of the corner rooms of the apartment. Much care was taken to prevent disturbing the original features. New elements were placed between the old ornaments, while all cabinets designed for the apartment hover on the walls between base boards and stucco or are free sanding on the floors.


    What a gorgeous kids room! Seen the entire project here

    Images via Note Design Studio 


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    During 3daysofdesign the press tour were invited to attend the grand opening of Menu Space. A spectacular evening, we were treated to dinner in the beautiful new surroundings, followed by a special performance by dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet. As some of you know I am very fond of ballet, so to see a fusion between this gorgeous art form and the very best in design was a truly magical moment. 


    Located in Nordhavn, we arrived at Menu Space by boat and received a warm welcome from the Menu team, along with a beautiful violinist who accompanied the ballet dancers later that evening. Stepping inside the incredible space felt somewhat surreal. This is a brand that I have admired from a far for such a long time, and to be one of the first people in the world to experience their newest project was such an honour. The contrast between the warm minimalist aesthetic of the Menu collection and the raw concrete interior is striking. The expansive space which features subdued lighting and smaller focal points is grounded by a meeting room framed in steel and glass. 


    As we sat down for dinner, Menu's design manager Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects addressed the group and shared a little about Menu Space. Created as a shared work and meeting place with a cafe open to the public, this new concept brings about a wonderful sense of openness and transparency for those who want to experience more of the brand. In keeping with Menu's collaborative style, they will over time invite designers to curate the interior, promising an ever evolving space. I'm already looking forward to visiting again next time I'm in Copenhagen.


    Menu Space is located at Hamborg Plads 2, 2150 Nordhavn, Danmark. 

    Images: 1-4, 7-11 photography by Michelle Halford for TDC
    Images: 5-6 photography by Filippo Bamgerghi for 3daysofdesign


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    This beautiful show home created by Pella Hedeby for JM is a lesson in light and airy Scandinavian interiors. With an appealing palette that combines neutrals and a touch of soft colour, the interior showcases the timeless quality and effortless, relaxed style that Pella is known for.


    Prior to posting imagery of this project on her blog, Pella shared her mood boards along with her vision for the interior in this post. An insightful read, Pella explains her styling process from planning through to sourcing textiles, furniture and furnishings. With a focus on soft fabrics she says these were used to create both a cosy feeling and contrast to the modern lines of the architecture and furniture. Both new and vintage furniture has been chosen with longevity in mind as Pella says she wants to inspire people to create a home and furnishings that they can live with for a long time, from both a stylistically and aesthetically practical perspective.

    Interior styling by Pella Hedeby / Photography by Kristofer Johnsson

    To see the full house tour and product details take a look here

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    Last night I attended the Douglas and Bec Showroom in Auckland to see the launch of their beautiful new collection, Arch. Described by the New Zealand studio as their most ambitious yet, the new furniture and lighting collection marks an impressive ten years in design. Over the last decade father and daughter team, Douglas Snelling and Bec Dowie have created a world-class brand epitomised by immaculately beautiful craftsmanship. Striking a perfect balance between tactility and poetry, their work explores the contrast of natural hand-crafted materials with elegant linear forms. To celebrate the exciting ten year milestone, Douglas and Bec have in addition to launching Arch, undergone a brand refresh and will be opening a new showroom space in Melbourne designed by renowned interior designer Rufus Knight.

    Arch Pendant 03, Arch Chair and Arch Side Table 

    The new collection casts a look back to the late 1920s and ‘30s, a time when key items of furniture were at the heart of daily rituals of living – starting or ending the day at a dressing table, reading in a chair by the light of a lamp, or gathering in the lounge for cocktails. Designer Bec Dowie says she was inspired by the way her grandparents’ generation invested time and appreciation in the furniture they used daily.“As much as this collection is born out of historical personal narrative, it has a modern feel,” she says. “I wanted to use negative detailing and reflections to bring a playful element into the work.”

    Arch Vanity Table & Mirror, Arch Side Table and Arch Floor Lamp

    The collection draws influence from the curvilinear Parisian design of the time, with echoes of French designer Charlotte Perriand’s clean yet feminine aesthetic apparent. A centrepiece grouping is the Arch Vanity Table, Arch Vanity Mirror and Arch Vanity Chair. The generously sized, tiered three-piece mirror features rattan side- panels, and seems to float like a cloud above the slim-legged vanity table. The companion chair, in muted duck-egg blue or buttery gold velvet, has a sense of solidity even as it glides on rolling caster feet.


    “With the table, I wanted to celebrate the beauty of the natural grain of the wood,” says Dowie, “as well as my dad Douglas’ skills of hand-turning.” 

    Arch Pendant 01 and Arch Vanity Chair 

    Those skills are also evident in the graceful Arch Cane Chair, with its steam-bent American Ash frame and rattan lining, which call to mind the classic Thonet Chairs that were a popular feature of Parisian brasseries in the 30s.

    In the lighting collection, Dowie has reached further than ever before, experimenting with reinventions of the classic pendant, and using custom tooling for every part of the designs. The tripartite design of the pendant shades and table and floor lamp bases evolved from a thought experiment around folding, and the way shadow and negative detailing could be used to emphasise the linear aspects of the design. The lighting tubes use state-of-the-art custom LED bulbs.

    Arch Vanity Chair and Arch Floor Lamp 

    Completing the collection, the Arch Side Tables feature the same tripartite design as the lamps, finished with a double glass top that sandwiches brass coin detailing.

    Dowie says that the sense of weightiness in the collection compared to her earlier lighter and finer work is deliberate. Taking a longer-than-usual eight months to work on it, she aimed to juxtapose heavy forms with the use of negative space to give a linear quality to the pieces. From a conceptual viewpoint, she enjoys the way that the laborious, technical process behind the collection has resulted in finished shapes that are still easy and graceful.

    The material palette of the collection stays true to the Douglas and Bec signature of pure natural materials played off against clean lines: American Ash, rattan, brass, reflective glass, powder-coated steel and velvet. Likewise, the colour palette of duck-egg blue, gold, off-white and natural wood, sharpened up with the judicious use of black, was inspired by a seascape painting by Dowie’s great-aunt, Helen Brown, a renowned New Zealand artist.

    Arch Vanity Table, Arch Table Lamp and Arch Wall Light

    The Arch Collection is now available in store. 

    In early September, Douglas and Bec will move their current Melbourne showroom to 15 Bedford St, Collingwood. As mentioned at the start of the post, the new space will be designed by Rufus Knight whose incredible work has been featured here on TDC before. I can't wait to see the result of this new collaboration! 

    Images courtesy of Douglas and Bec


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  • 06/25/17--22:18: Denfair Highlights | NAU
  • Recently I introduced you to the new Australian brand NAU. Launched just last month by CULT, the brand represents a collective of Australia's most talented and spirited designers and I was very lucky to meet them at Denfair in Melbourne, where they were showcasing their designs. With CULT and NAU founder Richard Munao, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Denfair Belle Restaurant & Oyster Bar designed by multi-award winning Fiona Lynch Studio. Further supporting Denfair's mission to promote authentic, Australian design, CULT helped furnish the Belle Restaurant with designs by Ross Didier and Adam Cornish including the X-Table, Strand Chair and Rev Stool


    Marking the official launch of  NAU in Australia, Denfair follows on from their successful US launch at ICFF in New York. Talking with the designers Adam Cornish, Adam Goodrum, Gavin Harris and Jack Flanagan I not only learnt more about each of their designs, I gained insight into their backgrounds, noting how passionate each one of them is about their work. With founder Richard Munao as the driving force behind the production and manufacture of their furniture and lighting designs, NAU represents a new Australian design movement by promoting the best in Australian design and creativity to the world. 


    Though diverse, the NAU range of furniture and lighting created a beautifully cohesive collection at the Denfair stand which was designed by Melbourne architectural and interior practice Design Office. Featuring a striking backdrop in smoked cork, the stand received a commendation for 'Best Large Stand' at the Denfair Awards.

    Here's a closer look at a selection of the  NAU products introduced at Denfair.

    TAKUSHI by Gavin Harris for NAU (pictured above). Elegant, functional and adaptable, Takushi features a folded steel leg detail that appears to float independently from the table top. It is designed with a limited number of components, reducing its cost and environmental impact. The table top is available in timber veneer or laminate.


    BILGOLA by Adam Goodrum for NAU. Inspired by the Australian modernist architecture prevalent on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Bilgola is a lightweight collection of furniture that includes a lounge chair, coffee table, dining table and chair, dining bench and daybed. Modern and versatile, the chair and sofa designs feature an exposed linear frame, paired with a canvas sling support and voluminous cushions. These pieces are stackable and appropriate or residential and commercial use.


    STRAND by Adam Cornish for NAU. The philosophy behind Strand is that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts; each component works with the other to create pieces that rely solely on their unison. Inspired by the vintage steel furniture from the 1950s, the collection is made from simple, tactile materials, chosen for their honesty and ability to age with dignity. Taking cues from braided steel cables, three aluminium ‘strands’ work in unison to create the outline of the design. Quaint, intricate and tactile, Strand is humble enough for homes and cafes, yet strong and ergonomically suited to commercial applications.


    BULBO by Gavin Harris for NAU. Smart, flexible and modern, the Bulbo collection includes a series of components that can be interchanged and assembled together to create tables and stools in a variety of heights and sizes. Fittingly named after the Spanish word for light, Bulbo’s form is inspired by the shape of a light bulb. Bulbo features induction charging technology, cleanly concealed within an integrated central table box.

    CONVERSE By Adam Cornish for NAU. Coining the term ‘micro-modular’, Converse introduces a new typology for sofa design that bucks the trend for oversized bulky styles. With its petite proportions and timeless design language, Converse is a space-conscious solution for both residential and commercial projects. The sofa system allows the user to become the author with standard and customisable configurations, that work individually, or in reconfigurable combinations.

    REV by Adam Cornish for NAU. Rev is named after the revolving process of metal spinning; the manufacturing technique used to produce this collection of stools. Available in five different powdercoat finishes, Rev is a robust stool that can be specified in fixed or adjustable height, indoor or outdoor, floor-fixed or loose. The repetition of circular elements in the seat, foot rest and base simultaneously reinforce the revolve concept and create an interesting visual detail.


    The full NAU collection is now available exclusively from all CULT showrooms in Australia and New Zealand.

    Stand design: Design Office / Fabric Partner: Kvadrat Textiles / Photography: Dianna Snape

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    During 3daysofdesign we visited the HAYexhibition held at the historical Lindencrone Mansion in Copenhagen. A breathtakingly beautiful location to showcase new products, these included the new Result Chair & Pyramid Collection



    Originally designed by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld for Ahrend, the collection has been relaunched internationally by HAY. Created to be adaptable, light and strong, the Result Chair was originally designed by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld and the Pyramid Collection by Wim Rietveld in the middle of the 20th century, while they worked at Ahrend. Produced predominately for schools in the 1960s and 1970s throughout the Netherlands, the Result Chair has a particularly strong relationship with Dutch residents as it was a daily part of their lives growing up. Combining functional excellence with aesthetic lightness and adaptability, both designs are exceptionally sparing in their use of materials, are simple to construct and organic in their shape. They remain as relevant and useful today as the first day they came into being.



    “The Result Chair is a product that has a real strong character, which also developed its own life beyond schools. For me, it is the perfect dining chair for home, or can work for restaurants and cafes, but also still for schools and educational use.” -Rolf Hay

    For the initial relaunch collection, the designs are available in authentic finishes and configurations. The cutout steel bases are in black or light grey powder coating, with either an oak or smoked oak seat, back or tabletop. The Pyramid Collection features a number of different configurations of the design, including tables, a desk and a bench all of which are visually linked together by the elegant base frame. HAY and Ahrend are pleased to bring these designs back into production, for a new generation to enjoy.


    Here are some more images of the HAY exhibition that flowed beautifully from room to room in the mansion. The gorgeous outdoor courtyard with the HAY outdoor Palissade furniture provided the perfect place to stop for a coffee. 





    The new HAY KITCHEN MARKET also featured inside the pop up. Consisting of a curated collection of essentials for the kitchen, co-founder and creative director of HAY Accessories, Mette Hay enlisted the expertise of Danish chef and restaurateur Frederik Bille Brahe to help curate and handpick the most useful and vital pieces for today’s kitchen. After joining forces to open a café during the 2016 Milan Design Week, Mette and Frederik were inspired to explore and define what made a functional and interesting kitchen. While taking inspiration from Frederik’s own industrial kitchen, they also travelled to Turkey and Japan where, like so many of Mette’s other projects, they found new energy and inspiration in the local environment and everyday products.



    Mette and Frederik’s diverse backgrounds and shared passion for quality and design have led to a collection that is based on function and relevant for people in all stages of life. The collection includes everyday kitchenware like pots, pans, graters, cutting boards and peelers, as well as plates, cups, glasses and cutlery. The large selection of textures and colours and a wide range of prices allow for each individual to customise to their liking.

    While many products are found from around the world, like handmade glasses from Morocco, water pitchers from India, sponges from Japan and soap from France, everything has been specially selected, reconsidered or reinvented for the collection. The collection also features new products designed by HAY, BIG- GAME, Shane Schneck, Clara Von Zweigbergk, Richard Woods and George Sowden.


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    The collection will be officially launched at MoMA Design Store Soho on 22 August in New York. 

    Images: 1-2, 4-5 Michelle Halford for TDC / 3, 6-14 courtesy of HAY

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    Swedish property development company Genova Property has developed unique homes in the city of Uppsala with a focus on architecture and design. Inspired by Le Corbusier's 'house in the park', they enlisted architects Kjellander Sjoberg to successfully bring the vision to life. Combining function and aesthetics to create 47 unique apartments distributed across three buildings in a beautiful park setting, the focus has been to maximise the amount of natural light and the homes feature expansive glass, to blur the boundary between inside and out. Featuring a careful selection of materials and elements that will age gracefully, the stunning interiors have been created by designer Louise Liljencrantz and her distinctively elegant aesthetic can be seen throughout.


    Exuding charm and tranquility, the apartments have many terraces and bay windows, creating lovely views for those who will live here. A continuation of this theme, the warm interior palette has been chosen to reflect the outside. 



    You can read more about the project over at Residence Magazine

    Images via Genova Property Group




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    Last week I shared my memorable experience from the Grand Opening of Menu Space in Copenhagen. I now have beautiful new imagery to share with you, showing a close look at the newly finished showroom, office, and café, designed in collaboration with Norm Architects for Danish design company Menu.


    The synergy of co-working and sometimes teaming up on small or big projects is an amazingly inspiring catalyst for strong ideas and unique concepts. The goal for Menu Space is to build a community, an open space where like minded creative thinkers can work, meet and share their stories, ideas, and processes. This means that in addition to being a workspace for Menu, everyone is welcome to stop by – for a coffee, a meeting, or simply to have a close up look at their designs. An exciting new approach to the art of running a design business, Menu have created a space for great ideas, beautiful design, powerful concepts and inspiration as well as openness, knowledge sharing, co working, and collaborations.


    Located in the upcoming Copenhagen neighbourhood surrounding the harbour in Nordhavn, the interior is inspired by the raw and industrial setting of the surrounding area.

    “The space draws heavy inspiration from strong materials such as concrete and steel, which can be seen throughout the space. This use of natural and durable materials provides a beautiful contrast to the objects and designs that fill the plateaus, floors, and corners.” – Norm Architects


    Vibrant, inspiring and always evolving, I'm excited to see how the incredible space continues to unfold. 

    “The idea is to keep Menu Space moving and ever changing. To have friends of the house and people we admire stop by on a regular basis and change the interior layout however they see fit – ensuring that we always have a vibrant, creative, lively space that continues to inspire our neighbours, visitors, friends, clients, and designers” – Design Director Joachim Kornbæk Engell-Hansen

    Menu Space, Hamborg plads 2, 2150 Nordhavn, Denmark
    Open weekdays 8.00 – 16.00

    Images courtesy of Menu 

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    Heatherly Design is an Australian-based company specialising in beautiful upholstered bedheads. A feature I have been wanting to add to our own bed for some time, I love how bedheads provide another layer of texture and finishing touch to the bedroom. With a stunning range on offer, including fully upholstered beds, footstools, storage boxes, bedside tables, cushions and more, Heatherly Design has been on my radar for a long time. A while ago they got in touch to say they were going to be shipping into New Zealand and gave me the opportunity to choose my own customised bedhead. I was thrilled!


    Knowing that bed sizes in NZ differ to those in Australia, the customised service is a great feature. Not only can the bedhead be made to a specific size, Heatherly have an extensive range of beautiful fabrics to compliment the collection. When it came to choosing the bedhead design, I knew I wanted something quite simple and understated, and the Rupert is perfect. Featuring clean lines and a flanged edged detail, this bedhead lends itself beautifully to a natural linen fabric which is exactly the look I was after. Choosing from so many fabrics can be daunting, but the Heatherly Design website makes it easy by providing fabric and colour palette filters to refine your selection. I chose Linen in Boston Oatmeal and couldn't be happier with the result!


    For those who are after something a little more detailed, patterned or luxurious, there are lots of options, including the new season Autumn/Winter range. Two of my favourites include the Finley bedhead which features clean, classic borderlines inset with sewn panels, and the Oslo bedhead which was designed as an ode to the finest hotel styling. Featuring pared-back upholstered sophistication, it is finished in a new Italian ribbed velvet that enhances the panel design giving an aura of luxury and texture. Divine!


    Celebrating 10 years of bespoke furniture design and craftsmanship, Heatherly Design offers attention to detail and personal styling that takes bedroom furnishing to a new level. Be sure to check out the entire range here.

    Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

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    This post was brought to you in collaboration with Heatherly Design. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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    I'm back in the office today after working on site at the Hilton in Auckland, while liaising with the Hilton in Taupo and Queenstown for this exciting project. I promise I'll share some photos of the Hotel du Marc inspired rooms I curated very soon! The project has also brought with it some fun media opportunities, including this interview I did on Radio Live last weekend. I really enjoyed chatting to Carly Flynn about my business and how social media plays a big part. TDC turned 5 this year and it gave me the opportunity to stop and reflect on my incredible blogging journey so far. I never imagined I would be given the opportunity to travel to Denmark (and soon to Spain), or be collaborating with companies like the Hilton. The interview, which was titled 'Turning your hobby or passion into a career', is online if you'd like to have a listen. I was also interviewed by Stuff.co.nz yesterday, during which I was asked about my top interior trends for 2017. Those that immediately sprung to mind were velvet, earthy tones, organic forms, textural pieces and rattan. Today I came across the brand new Tine K Home AW 2017 catalogue, and I love that the beautiful Lake Collection encompasses all of these elements. As always, the products are styled to perfection, providing plenty of cosy inspiration. I've picked out some of my favourite images from the catalogue to share with you. 


    Images via Tine K Home 


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    As mentioned on the blog yesterday, the Hôtel du Marc inspired guest rooms that I curated for the Hilton Hotels & Resorts in NZ officially launched on Tuesday. The interview I did with Stuff.co.nz is also now live - take a look here. A very exciting project in partnership with Veuve Clicquot, the idea was to transform the traditional Hilton Hotel stay to create a feeling of being transported to France, with designer furniture, bespoke artwork, new soft furnishings and beautiful coffee table books. 


    Wanting to bring to life the elegance that the illustrious Hôtel du Marc is known for, each room has its own look and feel, but all three have been designed to evoke luxury with a slight Clicquot twist. If you'd asked me at the start which room I thought would end up being my favourite I probably would've picked the Hilton Auckland because I am most familiar with the hotel, or Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa because of the incredible location and cosy suite with its own fireplace. But the Hilton Lake Taupo room has really taken me by surprise. A huge transformation, all of the new elements have come together beautifully and I wouldn't mind booking a winter escape here myself!



    To complement the existing contemporary décor of the Hilton rooms, I have introduced new elements inspired by French elegance and sophistication, with a few playful twists. In keeping with my personal aesthetic, the colour palette is muted, providing a soft backdrop for the signature Clicquot yellow accents that have been subtly worked into each room. Beautiful textiles including velvet, linen and wool also play a big part in providing texture, warmth and comfort.

    Photography by Abby Dance 


    I'll be sharing some photos from the other two rooms soon. All are now available to book until August 27. 

    For reservations, visit Hilton.com
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    Thanks to all the wonderful suppliers for the Taupo Guest Room:
    Thread Design - Natural Linen Quilt & Pillowcases, St Albans Wool Knit Throw 
    BoConcept - Osaka Sofa, Plaza Rug, Cartagena Nest of Tables, Black Sheepskin, Leather Cushion, Velvet Cushions, 
    Jo Malone London- Lime Basil & Mandarin Diffuser, English Pear & Freesia Room Spray, Wood Sage & Sea Salt Home Candle, Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash,  Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Lotion 
    Domo - Signe Roset Jil & Jul Armchairs 
    French Country Collections - Butterfly Artworks, Bedside Table Lamps


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    As promised, here are some photos from the Veuve Clicquot Hôtel du Marc inspired rooms I curated at Hilton Auckland and Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa. For more information on the project check out yesterday's postwhere I explain my vision for the rooms, along with a look inside the Hilton Lake Taupo guest room

    Photography by Marc Scowen 

    Thank you to the following suppliers for the Auckland room:
    BoConcept - Northern Rug, Cupertino Desk, Adelaide Chair, Valencia Side Table
    Domo - Cowhide Daybed, Ligne Roset 'Clouds' Art Installation 
    Cultiver - Smoke Grey Linen Sheets & Euro Pillowcases, Charcoal Linen Duvet Cover Set
    French Country Collections - Ellington Side Tables, Mongolian Fur Shrug, Empire Tassel Throw

    Thread Design- Amber Pleated Lamp
    Jo Malone London- Lime Basil & Mandarin Diffuser, English Pear & Freesia Room Spray, Wood Sage & Sea Salt Home Candle, Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash, Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Lotion

    Photography courtesy of Darkhorse

    And for the Queenstown room, thank you to these suppliers:
    Cultiver - Dusk Linen Duvet Cover Set, Smoke Grey Linen Sheets & Euro Pillowcases 
    Domo - Belladonna Sofa 
    May Time - Franco Albini Ottomans 
    French Country Collections- Bird Artworks, Glass Balls, Cowhide Cushion, Linen Cushion
    Alex & Corban - Velvet Bordeaux Cushion, Tibetan Lambs Wool Hide in Camel
    Eadie Lifestyle - Velvet Urban Grace Cushion
    Jo Malone London - Lime Basil & Mandarin Diffuser, English Pear & Freesia Room Spray, Wood Sage & Sea Salt Home Candle, Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash, Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Lotion 



    For reservations, visit Hilton.com

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  • 07/18/17--03:14: Apartment Stories
  • Hopefully you will have been following my latest adventures on Instagram. I've just returned from an amazing design tour in Spain and will be sharing all my new discoveries with you very soon. Along with the planning of this series, I'm also juggling the second week of school holidays (a mountain of washing and a frightening number of emails), so please forgive my lapse in blogging. Today I'm stopping by quickly to share something that recently caught my eye, a new Stockholm based interior brand called Apartment Stories.


    Inspired by the elegant interiors of the great architects and interior designers of the early 20th Century, Apartment Stories offers a selection of beautiful objects for the home including mineral stones, velvet cushions and an understated round brass framed mirror. Made in Sweden and Europe by skilled craftsmen, the products have been beautifully styled, further enhancing their appeal. 

    Seen on Vosgesparis / Images via Apartment Stories 


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    In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the iconic Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer, the well-loved appliance brand has teamed up with NZ ceramic company Wundaire to create a limited edition Fisher & Paykel Handcrafted Dinner Set. As a huge fan of both brands, I was excited to see the results of this collaboration and I have to say, the pieces are absolutely beautiful. Comprising dinner plates, bowls and side plates in three complimentary hues, all feature natural, organic forms and unique finishes.


    Putting the beautiful new pieces to the test with a relaxed lunch, they are a dream to style. In addition to looking gorgeous, they are also really functional making them perfect for everyday use. We are getting so much enjoyment out of them! 


    Entertaining is fun but I always found stacking dishes to be such a a chore (and back-breaker) until we got our Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer. Put through over a million test cycles since its debut 20 years ago, the latest DishDrawer™ Dishwasher range delivers superior performance and reliability. Easy to load with minimal bending, my technique is now on form as shown here with the beautiful new dinner set.

    Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC


    What’s your stacking personality? A bit haphazard, or neat and orderly? Pop over to the TDC Facebook page, and comment on the post to be in to win your own Fisher & Paykel Handcrafted Dinner Set!

    (Please note this giveaway is open to NZ readers only).


    This is a sponsored post. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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    As mentioned earlier this week, I've just returned from a trip to Spain where I took part in the amazing Sunny Design Days tour. Organised by Spanish Design Association RED (Reuniòn Empresas De Diséno), the tour takes a small group of international bloggers to a series of exciting events, with the aim to present the best of Spanish design to the world through visits to showrooms and talks with renowned designers. We also visited architecture studios, workshops and factories, stayed in beautiful design hotels and were treated to delicious Spanish food at top restaurants. Travelling to Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid, it was an honour to be included and I had the most inspiring, fun and memorable time which I'm excited to share with you all. 


    As part of the blog series, I will be featuring each of the participating companies who we had the pleasure of visiting, and I'll also be shining a light on a few that really struck a chord with me. The first was a visit to the Marset Showroom in Barcelona. The award-winning lighting company began in the 1940s as a family business and produces refined and innovative lamps. Tucked away in a beautiful indoor/outdoor setting in the neighbourhood of Sant Gervasi, the industrial space designed by Stefano Colli is painted all-white, providing a simple and clean backdrop to showcase the brand's diverse lighting range. A display system inspired by the sawyers' process of stacking and drying planks, the versatile space has a natural look and feel that can be adapted over time to suit new collections.



    Over cocktails we viewed the Reflections of Light videos which feature each of the designers talking about their products, not just from a technical point of view, but their personal feelings around light and what inspires them. Beautiful and insightful, I highly recommend taking a look here.

    Following on from this we were treated to a delicious Spanish dinner (including our first Paella of the trip!) and wine in the gorgeous outdoor courtyard outdoor area surrounded by Marset lighting and lush greenery. Such a fun night, I loved meeting the Marset team and having the opportunity to talk to the talented designers in person.



    While I have been admiring Marset lamps for some time (you may remember this recent post featuring the Theia collection) talking with the designers has provided a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the brand. I think these words sum it up beautifully. 

    Marset is about more than lamps: we take care of light, in its different nuances and effects, to create atmospheres with character and improve our clients’ quality of life. We dedicate all our efforts to creating first-class designs and helping ensure the flawless completion of each product. We seek to produce innovative, clever fixtures, kindling our audience’s senses while taking them on a journey. 

    Refined and contemporary, Marset aims to discover new functions and applications for their time-honoured fixtures through technical precision and creativity. This constant quest for new directions, combined with a curiosity and foresight into the shape of things to come, has driven the ethos and design behind their collection. The main characteristics of this collection are its authentic feel, meaningful simplicity and decorative yet restrained visual approach. 

    Here's a look at some of the new lighting collections for 2017.

    Bicoca'The Independent Light' by Christophe Mathieu is born with with the optimism of brightening life and accompanying the good times, wherever you go. Available in a wide range of colours to suit any taste and space, this versatile, lightweight portable lamp projects an intimate light that adds warmth to all your personal spaces. These accompanied us in the outdoor courtyard and were a real talking point!


    Following on from the success of the award-winning portable FollowMe lamp by Inma BermúdezMarset is launching a new version with a with a larger size and greater light output: the FollowMe Plus. Designed to complement its classic predecessor, the Plus reproduces the same warmth and quality of light with greater power. While the original size is perfect for cosy areas, the new version stands out for its ability to create entire atmospheres, and is great as a table lamp, desk lamp, or even on the floor. The FollowMe’s oak handle invites you to carry it with you. Both sizes utilise LED technology and have a tilting polycarbonate screen that offers both cosy atmospheric light and direct reading light, while a three- position dimmer regulates the light intensity. We were very lucky to be given the original FollowMe lamp to take home and I am so in love. Look out for a photo on my Instagram soon! 


    With just a touch of the fingertips, you can achieve a feeling of weightlessness with the Copérnica. 'The Weightless Light' by Ramírez i Carrillo establishes an intimate relationship with space, combining functionality with the beauty of pure lines. As if levitating, the lamp moves through space effortlessly, without friction or resistance. The collection, which draws minimalist sculptures in space with carefully selected colours, consists of desktop and standing versions that play with counterweights of mixed materials and density, such as steel and aluminium. This design allows one to move the lamp with great precision, providing a wide range of heights, distances, and adjustments to the beam of light. The upright version, a true statement piece, stands almost two meters in height and directly or indirectly illuminates the environment with its tilting head system. 


    Pu-erh'The Delicate Light' is distinctive in its use of ceramics and delicate, fabric like effect. Designer and ceramist Xavier Mañosa has created a texture that mimics pleated silk, which is then applied to a conical shade, casting a wide and beautiful ray of illumination. Created by way of a simple and truly artisanal process that begins with a rough sketch applied directly to the ceramic mold, the lamp features irregular variations and a raw, natural effect. Available in three sizes and a wide range of muted colours that highlights the texture of the ceramic,  Pu-erh’s light is warm, pleasant, and playful.


    Piola'Wrapping the Light' by Christophe Mathieu is a playful collection about imitating this fluidity of infinite movement, in search of a balance between the diffusion of light and the creation of shadows. The fixture’s spiralling form breaks with the monotony of cleanly ordered lines, offering a different face from every angle. At the same time, the central column provides a symmetry and solidity that supports and reinforces the visual movement of the screen. While the light comes in four colours, the structure and screen is in the same colour to lend the fixture cohesion and unity. In this way, by contrast, the quality of the light takes centre stage.


    Djembé 'The Echo of Light' by Joan Gaspar is designed for repetition, creating musical compositions of light on the ceiling. A bell-shaped ceiling fixture with an exposed interior, Djembé is available in a numerous sizes and bright, airy colours that can be used individually or combined to create a brilliant statement piece. Truly unique, I was certainly drawn to its dramatic presence inside the Marset Showroom. 


    Jaima 'Wearing the Light' by Joan Gaspar has been designed via the language of textiles. Constructed of flexible, ductile materials that sifts the light as readily as it moves with the wind, the beautiful light is the shade and weaver of emotions. Taking its name from the Bedouin tents of North Africa, this collection is inspired by their varied fabrics and forms. The shade is available in two sizes and four different colours, with a blank interior to optimise the quality of the downward light. They can also be combined with one of three versatile stands to make various sizes of adjustable, rotating floor lamps. Alternatively, the fixture can also be affixed directly to the floor or wall, and the shades can be hung independently as pendants. A standout feature of the Marset outdoor courtyard, I couldn't help but admire its beautiful silhouette and textural quality.  


    Images 1,  8-23 courtesy of Marset / 2-7  photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

    To find out more about Marset, the full range of products and stockists, take a look here

    The Sunny Design Days tour was arranged by RED - Reunión de Empresas de Diseño / Spanish Design Association - a nonprofit organisation that promotes Spanish design worldwide.

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  • 07/20/17--23:03: ZAKKIA | 2017 Collection 02
  • I'm sharing some exciting news from Zakkia today, with a peek at the their 2017 Collection 02. Founder Swede-turned-Sydneysider Sara Lundgren has revisited her roots, exploring a darker side this season. The new pieces draw inspiration from a winter spent in Sweden where the mornings are icy and the waters frozen, where the sun barely makes an appearance and the trees are bare. Experimenting with new materials such as frosted handblown glass, silver metal and painted ceramics, she says "there is something exciting about pairing the texture of mouth blown glass with the shiny surface of our silver finish to create a new feel." 


    Sara and fellow designer Hollie Paterson have created a range of pieces for the home that are both beautiful and functional. Evoking a sense of calm, they feature the timeless shapes that have become the staple for Zakkia. In addition to the new silver finishes, mouth blown glass and hand painted ceramics, the collection includes a new slow drip coffee brewer, botanical vases, glass straws and mirror hooks.


    The new collection will be available online and in stores throughout Australia September 2017.

    Images courtesy of Zakkia

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  • 07/23/17--23:03: HAY HOUSE in Copenhagen
  • With a few extra days to explore Copenhagen following 3daysofdesign, a trip to Hay's flagship store Hay House was on my must-do list. Located in the heart of Copenhagen in a grand apartment building on Østergade street, the huge store offers the full Hay design experience. This includes furniture, lighting as well as the full range of accessories and Hay Mini Market, showcased across two generous floors. A thoroughly enjoyable visit exploring the store and looking through all the collections, here are a few photos I took along the way. 

    Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

    Hay House Copenhagen is located Østergade 61, 1100 København K, Denmark. 

    For those based down under, The Hay House concept was introduced in Australia last year by Cult and follows the same apartment layout over two floors including a permanent installation of the Hay Mini Market concept, offering a wide selection of accessories, from lighting and textiles to stationery and glassware. The store is located at 285A Crown St, Surry Hills, Sydney.