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Cool…new dinosaur designs store melbourne

9 July 2014

Cool…new dinosaur designs store melbourne

One of our most popular brands, Dinosaur Designs, has just opened the doors to their newly redesigned store in Melbourne’s GPO. Designed by cool interior firm, BKH, the store juxtaposes simplicity of material with the organic lines of Dinosaur Design’s own aesthetic.

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Cool…ideas for art for walls

7 April 2014

Cool…ideas for art for walls

There’s nothing I like better than a piece of art to add that certain something to an interior.  However, not all of us have the budget to buy knockout pieces of art for every wall in our houses.  Even if you do have the budget, think of it as a creative outlet or a way of showing off all those cool collections that you have…

Here are some ideas for art pieces on the wall….

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Happy New Year 2014

1 January 2014

Happy New Year 2014

We thank you for all your support this past year and look forward to helping you will all your interior design and decor needs in 2014!

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Cool…winter white interiors

29 December 2013

Cool…winter white interiors

I am sweltering here by the beach in Australia, but don’t think I haven’t forgotten that the rest of the world is well into winter.  Primarily a summer colour, white has a lot to offer in winter too.  Of course it is the colour of snow and very cool ski wear, but a white winter interior can work too.

The first two images are inspiration for a successful white interior.  I always think white looks great with a touch of black and some real texture.   A glossy white can be too reflective, textured or matte white can absorb light, making the colour seem warmer.  Let’s look at some of these examples in the images….

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Architecture, Cool Places, Design

Cool…Amass Restaurant Copenhagen

14 October 2013

Cool…Amass Restaurant Copenhagen

You may have heard of the restaurant NOMA in Copenhagen, winner of the world’s best restaurant 3 times and now at no 2.   Recently, Noma’s head chef, US native, Matt Orlando has opened a new restaurant in Copenhagen, called AMASS.

Orlando has worked, not only at NOMA, but in restaurants such as Le Bernandin, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin three-starred restaurant, The Fat Duck.   I guess the food there is going to be yummy!

But this is a design blog, not a foodie blog (though any readers who know me or have read my blog will probably appreciate that delicious food plays a great part in my life) and the design of the restaurant is as Danish and sophisticated as the food is meant to be.

Some of my loyal customers will recognise the multitude of GUBI Bestlites hanging from the ceiling.  I like the way that they are hooked into the sides of the beams with the cables hanging loose.     The  GUBI design team headed by Jacob Gubiand Senior Designer Sofie Brünner transformed the shipyard space into a dining space that emphasises simplicity and informality.  The palette was kept simple, all metals were painted black and the palette was restricted to a natural green with touches of grey, to connect the outside with the inside.   My favourite pieces from GUBI’s collection is the use of the Aoyama table and the elegant Masculo chairs.

Though only 2 months old, the restaurant has already become world famous- of course for its food, but the interior probably is helping too.

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Design highlight…Timberline Lodge

25 August 2013

Design highlight…Timberline Lodge

One of the design highlights of Oregon was the magnificent Timberline Lodge.   Not only is it situated in a ruggedly beautiful Mt Hood, but both the building itself and the interior architecture within is worth the drive from Portland.   It is also the only place in the US where you can summer ski.   If that doesn’t convince you to make a trip, the history surrounding it is pretty compelling too.

The lodge was part of Roosevelt’s New Deal.   It was a  building commissioned to provide work for locals who painstakingly handmade not only the structure but a lot of the decorative elements of the Lodge, from the curtains to the rugs, from the furniture to the hardware.

The design of the building was heavily influenced by native American motifs, reworked in an art deco style.   Lots of local timber and stone was used to provide the materials, creating huge wooden pillars and rough hewn chimney pieces.   A standout is the quality and design of the metal work- where railway tracks were reworked as fire dogs and fire screens.

The combination of the handwork and the beauty of the design of the building make this a must see if you are ever in Oregon.

For those film buffs amongst you, you may recognise the exterior from The Shining, though the interior shots were filmed elsewhere.

You can find out how to visit Timberline Lodge via their website.

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Cool…graphic rugs

29 July 2013

Cool…graphic rugs

Graphic rugs are one of the easiest ways to add colour and pattern to a room in a controlled way.   The dominant colour often anchors your room and creates interest in what could otherwise be a bland interior.  You can move the furniture to reveal more or less of the rug.  Pick up colours from the rug in the cushions, sofas  or accessories and if you really want to go over the top- paint the walls in a similar hue.

 

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Cool…green hues

11 June 2013

Cool…green hues

The lushness of summer in Hong Kong has made me what to embrace all things green.  Symbolic of life, green is refreshing and uplifting.   Underused in interiors, an easy way to add some green  is to include green glass or a plant.  I love the simple graphic shape of  a glass bottle.   Green is also one of those colours where different shades look great together.  I think this is because we are used to looking at different shades in nature.   The interior of the restaurant, Monsieur Bleu in Paris is a good example of this.

And if you love colours like pink or red, green always looks amazing.

 

 

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Cool…rick owen’s home

28 May 2013

Cool…rick owen’s home

One of the best stands at this year’s Maison was Rick Owen’s home collection.   Reknowed for his dark aesthetic, cuts and amazing fabrics, his interior collection was filled with fur, steel and wood.   His clothes are characterised by simple shapes that are comfortable to be , but with understated details.

His home in Paris is no different.  The location was formerly an office for Francois Mitterand and has been reimagined in his trademark greys and dark woods.  The only colour is the gold accents of some of the decorative pieces.   I love the unfinished walls, that contrast with some of the boiserie on the interior wall panels and the ethnic art pieces.   I would love to design an interior like this for a cool, hip guy…

 

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