Introducing the Mouse Collection by Idle Hands...

 
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Introducing the Mouse Collection, the first ever shelving and storage collection by Idle Hands, a creative workshop started by Kieran Meegan, a metal fabricator by trade and artist Rickielee Robbie.

The Mouse Collection consists of three pieces, a shelving unit, entry table and shoe rack, which respond to the need for good storage solutions as an essential element of every interior.

Each piece is made from powder coated steel which gives the shelves a hard wearing surface for longevity and the shelves are laser cut and folded to form which adds an understated detail to the clean lines of these contemporary pieces. A beautifully cut glass top is an added element of the entry table which is available in tinted, clear, frosted and translucent finishes.

Designer, Kieran Meegan was interested to continue Idle Hands exploration of ‘the space between’ while using his understanding of steel to inform his process, “The front and back folds in the shelves were added to create strength while the ends create the unique ‘mouse hole’ shape which defines the negative space between each level”.

The collection is available in a range of powder coat colours including Matt Black, Pearl White, Classic Cream, Manor Red and Deep Brunswick Green and every piece is manufactured in Melbourne’s Heidelberg which means customisation is available to suit each unique space.

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Photogrpahy Lauren Bamford 

 
Source: www.dotandpop.com.au/architecture

Helen Kontouris designs "NGV Room" for the Australian Open 2018

 
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Helen Kontouris Designs the Australian Open Pavillion for the National Gallery of Victoria called the "NGV Room by Helen Kontouris".

 

The National Gallery of Victoria has engaged Australian artist and furniture designer Helen Kontouris to create a unique hospitality space for fans on site at the Australian Open Tennis 2018. Through her furniture, lighting and object designs, Kontouris has created an intimate and sensory retreat that celebrates the energy and diversity of the Australian Open.

Known as The NGV Room by Helen Kontouris, the spaces evokes a cool and calming oasis for tennis fans to retreat to amongst the bustle of the Australian Open. Opened for the duration of the Australian Open from 14 – 28 January 2018, the space highlights Kontouris’ contemporary range of lighting and furniture designs.

Helen Kontouris has worked as a designer for over a decade and is known for integrating organic forms and imaginative elements into traditional concepts. Her approach often takes traditional, linear concepts and combines a fluid feminine sensibility inspired from a narrative informed by her travels. Kontouris has created work for industry leaders De Padova, Alessi, Kundalini, Celda, Ritzenhoff, Schiavello and museums. 

 
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Pictured above are the Botanical Screens, Softscape seating upholstered in  Kvadrat  textiles, Softscape floor lamps, Softscape ottomans and Penelope Table and stool. All available through  L  EN  at  Stylecraft . Floral arrangements by  Flowers Vasette .

Pictured above are the Botanical Screens, Softscape seating upholstered in Kvadrat textiles, Softscape floor lamps, Softscape ottomans and Penelope Table and stool. All available through LEN at Stylecraft. Floral arrangements by Flowers Vasette.

Shown above is the Softscape floor lamp available through  L  EN  at  Stylecraft . Floral arrangements by Flowers  Vasette .

Shown above is the Softscape floor lamp available through LEN at Stylecraft. Floral arrangements by Flowers Vasette.

Penelope Table and stool available through  Stylecraft  and the Panier stool available through  Space Furniture .

Penelope Table and stool available through Stylecraft and the Panier stool available through Space Furniture.

 

A Nail Salon that dreams are made of...

 
All Photography - Damian Bennett 

All Photography - Damian Bennett 

California Nails, designed by Tom Mark Henry is what dreams are made of...

 

A far cry from the typical nail salon, California Nails is a new nail salon in Barangaroo, Sydney, designed by TomMarkHenry. It is a soft, feminine and dreamy space inspired by vintage Californian imagery. 

Gently dusted in powder pink with hints of blue-green and burgundy to enhance a vintage inspired Golden State vibe, the salon’s curvaceous features, customised fittings and textured accents create a soft and feminine environment that breaks the mould to deliver a nail salon like no other.  

Our brief was to reinvent the California Nails brand by creating a soft and feminine environment, a far cry from the typical nail salon that tends to lack warmth and soul,” says Jade Nottage, Director of TomMarkHenry.

The design and construction of California Nails meets Barangaroo’s Green Star rating requirements, minimising the salon’s carbon footprint and contributing to the development’s target to become Australia’s first large-scale carbon neutral community. The TomMarkHenry design team also selected materials that balance the chemical component of the manicure process, using an environmentally friendly clay-based render that helps to clean the air and control humidity.

TomMarkHenry thrives on the creative and collaborative development of unique and exceptional spaces, and its authentic and adaptable approach ensures the dynamic studio continues to push the boundaries of design and expectation with spaces such as California Nails. 

Now who wants to meet up for a Mani Pedi? I do!! 

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Jackalope Hotel, Mornington Peninsula...

 
All Photography  Sharyn Cairns

All Photography Sharyn Cairns

The Mornington Peninsula has a new luxury hotel - Jackalope. Situated in Merricks North, on an 11-hectare winery planted in 1989, Jackalope has redefined boutique accommodation. 

46 designer rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, some with private terraces overlooking the vineyards. Each and every room has a rain shower which is complimented by custom-made bath products by Hunter Lab, with larger rooms also containing deep-soak luxury Japanese baths.

The exceptional rooms and architecture were created by Carr Design Group, who worked in collaboration with Fabio Ongarato Design on the branding and graphics. One of our favourite Melbourne furniture designers Zuster created the elegant handcrafted furniture housed in the rooms and public spaces.

And for an added wow, the hotel entrance welcomes guests with a seven-metre-tall Jackalope sculpture by Melbourne artist Emily Floyd - see above image. 

Outside there is a super serene 30-metre infinity pool that offers views out to the vineyard and surrounding gardens - landscaped by Taylor Cullity Lethlean. See below image.

There are two restaurants – a fine dining room, Doot Doot Doot and a more casual restaurant and cellar door, Rare Hare; with interiors designed by Projects of Imagination. The Edwardian homestead 'McCormich House' situated on the property houses the hotel’s bar, Flaggerdoot.

For those unfamiliar with the name, a jackalope is a mythical rabbit-like creature with antlers.

"If luxury is defined by rarity, what is more luxurious than a creature so rare that it exists only in legend,” 

The eyebrow-raising names are all in keeping with the central theme: a Flaggerdoot being the collective noun for a group of jackalopes, with the Doot Doot Doot being the leader of a Flaggerdoot.

 

Living Edge launches Les Basics...

 

Les Basic is a new and exciting brand of modular furniture by Australian designer Alexander Lotersztain which was launched at New York Design Week on May 1 and is set to be released in Australia in June 2017.

Les Basic is designed for the Australian lifestyle and responds to the needs of living and working today. The functional collection includes modular furniture, lighting and accessories that can be configured and customised to create comfortable and creative environments for the home or office.

A range of seating systems have table attachments and power outlets; chairs are suitable for indoor and outdoor environments; stools and tables provide portable options; shelving units are modular and scalable; and accessories such as wall and door hooks, lighting, clocks and vessels are modern and versatile.

Les Basics is available exclusively at Living Edge. 

Understated and elegant with subtle and playful design cues, Les Basic offers high-quality affordable design. It is also socially responsible with textile offcuts from upholstered products used to create the Les Basic wombat, which serves to reduce waste and provides a percentage of every sale to the RSPCA.

“Locally designed by an Australian company for the Australian lifestyle, Les Basic can be adapted and customised for commercial and residential settings as well as being perfect for the new apartment developments in our major cities,” says Jo Mawhinney, Head of Retail at Living Edge, the exclusive distributor of Les Basic.