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Cool…new dinosaur designs store melbourne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I follow one of our favourite brands, Dinosaur Designs on Facebook and was enticed by an image that was posted of their new Melbourne store.   I searched and found these images on the blog of mrjasongrant Cool...new dinosaur designs store melbourne

I love BKH’s  combo bronze and marble materials- mixed with mirror- but made cool by the use of curved lines.    The display cases are custom made by an artist,  Jason Christopher, I do believe.   Love him too.   You can see one of the little side tables that have just been released by DD.   Love them too, but not so sure about the fragility and the HKD21K price tag.

 Cool...new dinosaur designs store melbourne

Love, love, love this door handle- DD is at its best when using this gorgeous metallic resin.

 Cool...new dinosaur designs store melbourne

NIce lighting and a nice bit of marble.

 Cool...new dinosaur designs store melbourne

 

The backlit sign is a nice touch.  Have to use this idea somewhere soon….

If you are not familiar with BKH’s interiors, they are Australia’s leading interior designers and I have to say they are world class.  They have a practice in New York as well but are not really all that well known out of Australia.  Though they should be.   You can check out their website here.

images via mrjasongrant

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Cool…ideas for art for walls

 

 

 

 

 

I love the idea of making art from a collection of beautiful things- and they don’t have to be collectors items- just graphic in their own way.  here’s a  few examples….. Cool...ideas for art for walls

I love typography (you may have noticed!).   You can collect stencils like these via sites like etsy  .  I like how instead of putting all of the stencils up, they have created interest by spray painting missing numbers on the wall.

image via sfgirlbybay

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not quite sure what these little numbers are but I like the roughness of them next against the painted wall

image via sfgirlbybay

 

 Cool...ideas for art for walls

 

a bit of a classic look here- love a display shelf especially one used as graphically as this one

image via emmasdesignblogg

 Cool...ideas for art for walls

 

another little collection- the graphic quality of this is so beautiful: hands up- who loves black and white….

 

image via emmasdesignblogg

 Cool...ideas for art for walls

 

grab a can of matt white spray paint and cover some objects with it.  Make sure that they are fake though

 

image via emmasdesignblogg

 Cool...ideas for art for walls

 

are you an origami lover- get folding and stick it up on the wall. Love the harmony of colours here

 

image via designlovefest

 Cool...ideas for art for walls

 

loving spray paint and such fun too…grab a few different papers from the art store and layer them on the wall- go crazy with mt tape

image via designlovefest

 Cool...ideas for art for walls

 

I frame beautiful silk scarves quite often- I like this collection of scarves in the same pattern but different colourways- make sure that you frame more than one though, it looks a lot better…

 

image by the decorista

 Cool...ideas for art for walls

 

Something so prosaic as a rustic hammer can look amazing when displayed on a wall.  I love tools- old cooking spoons, washboards, plates etc all work…

 

image by remodelista

 Cool...ideas for art for walls

 

got a kid with an amazing collection of toys?  make perspex shelves or just mount them directly to the wall, they’ll love it but might make for interesting dusting ( invest in a soft brush!)

 

image via pinterest

 Cool...ideas for art for walls

 

any one that has visited a stately home will have seen the amazing decorations made of antique objects.  the key here is repetition, repetition, repetition.  I have seen amazing swords, copper pots, jam jars, jelly moulds etc used in interesting displays.

 

image via pinterest

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A new year ahead…

Screen Shot 2013 12 31 at 12.14.53 PM A new year ahead...

 

We’ve had a fantastic year here at Eclectic Cool.   I opened the door to our store November 20th, 2012 and I have been amazed at the support from our customers, both retail and wholesale,  our friends, our suppliers, our neighbours, the press here in HK and of course my family.

Retail in Hong Kong is especially hard, rents are high and it is difficult to find great staff.  Some people forget that Eclectic Cool is basically a one man band, operated by me.   I have worked hard to keep the store open when you would like it to be and hope to be able to expand our opening times this year.

This year we have introduced a store manager, Natalie and a design assistant, Stephany.   These women are exceptionally loyal and  hard working and have been pretty much thrown into the deep end, dealing with a huge range of customer enquiries in the most professional manner possible.

Of course, as a developing business, the run has not always been smooth, but be assured that we work our hardest to service our customers in the most reliable and efficient manner and aim to continue to do just so.

The number of people who walk through the door has grown each month this year; our interior design business is going at full steam and we are so lucky to be involved supplying products to many projects by many interior designers around town.

As you may have gathered, we are passionate about design and we love working here in  Hong Kong.  This year we have some exciting plans in the pipeline: we are continuing to work with our current suppliers: expanding our product offerings and are looking to introduce some new ones.  Keep checking the Our Products page in the blog for more details.

We are continuing to  develop  our own product lines including furniture, soft furnishings, lighting and stationery.   A lot we produce here at Eclectic Cool is bespoke and are one offs and we are proud of our ability to be responsive to our customers and make things just for them.

The blog has been the area that I have be most unhappy with this year- work pressures have meant that my writing has been sporadic but I am hoping to get back on track in 2014.   Thanks for your patience…it will get better!

Again, thanks to one and all for all the help, patience and support you have given me and the Eclectic Cool team in 2013.  You guys are awesome.  Here’s to a great 2014….

Best wishes,  Joanne

 

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Cool…winter white interiors

 

 Cool...winter white interiors

 

You can see that the simple touch of a black hanger brings out the delicate lace of the white dress while the feathers give texture.   How does this relate to interiors, you ask?   Think of translucent sheers mixed with heavy white velvet/linen/wool curtains- the heavy drapes can be removed for a lighter summer feel.

image via thisisglamorous

 

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I love a textured knit in white.   Think of this in a thick blanket or a woolly fleece thrown over a sofa or chair.   image via harpers bazaar uk

 

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love the touch of black in the bestlites, throws  and even in the lines in the painted floor.   Some charcoal adds even more interest.

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another example of a painted floor

 Cool...winter white interiors

I always think white looks great in quite rustic interiors.   The chipped paintwork gives the white stools and trolley texture.

 Cool...winter white interiors

 

A slightly more summery feel but still warmth is added with the warm woods of the dining table.

 Cool...winter white interiors

A painted brick wall in white is a subtle way to add definition to a wall.  Though in HK the painted walls are probably faux, it still can be an effective way to add that NY feel to a studio or loft apartment

above images via pinterest

 Cool...winter white interiorsThis bestlite in offwhite is a warmer choice for an interior than the matt white.   I love them mixed in with cleaner whites and honeyed toned woods.   image via gubi


 

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Cool…Amass Restaurant Copenhagen

 

 Cool...Amass Restaurant CopenhagenAMASS is housed in the 736 sqm former Burmeister & Wain shipyard building in an industrial part of Copenhagen.

 Cool...Amass Restaurant Copenhagen

 

Oh that Aoyama table!

 Cool...Amass Restaurant Copenhagen

 

The table tops are smoked oak.  The raw concrete underlines that this used to be a working building.

 Cool...Amass Restaurant Copenhagen

 

Matt Orlando’s dream was to create a raw open space that would feel alive and have a constant flow – an informal space, where friends and family could gather, and enjoy a very high level of food.

 Cool...Amass Restaurant Copenhagen

 Cool...Amass Restaurant CopenhagenThe masculo chair in black leather.

 Cool...Amass Restaurant Copenhagen

 

The green upholstery echoes the garden that surrounds the building and connects the interior to the exterior.

 Cool...Amass Restaurant Copenhagen

 

Again the palette of the grafitti painted walls not only reflect the colours used in the interior but reminds us of the buildings past industrial use.

 Cool...Amass Restaurant Copenhagen

Everything in the restaurant is exposed to the customer. The chef believes strongly (as is the case in Noma) that diners should be able to watch the complete process involved in the preparation of the food itself.

images via yatzer

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Design highlight…Timberline Lodge

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The view from Timberline Lodge

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The magnificent Mt Hood

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From the light fittings and furniture to the drapery you can see in the next image, everything was made on site specifically for Tmberline Lodge.   Margery Hoffman Smith was the interior designer for Timberline Lodge and conceived hand-appliquéd draperies, hand-woven upholstery and draperies, and hand-hooked rugs for the public areas and guestrooms. She also commissioned or selected oil paintings, watercolors, hand-colored lithographs, opus sectile glass murals, and carved linoleum murals to decorate the lodge.

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Ray Neufer supervised the woodworking shop that produced the furniture. Using inexperienced workers he designed and supervised the making of distinctive pieces of furniture.

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The distinctive coyote heads are one of the motifs that Timberline lodge is famous for.

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The andirons were made out of railway tracks.

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O.B. Dawson was in charge of  the metal shop, and his workers produced beautiful hand-wrought iron decorative details at the lodge. Dawson designed fireplace andirons, screens, and fire tools, using metal from railway tracks and reworking them into beautiful designs. 

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the exterior of the lodge

all images by eclectic cool

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Cool…graphic rugs

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 Cool...graphic rugs

 

this interior by Greg Natale shows how to use a dominant hue in a balance way.  The use of glass coffee tables reveal the rugs pattern while the blue chairs are balanced by the white sofa.

image via greg natale

 

 Cool...graphic rugs

 

this room by Peter Mikic, shows how a graphic pattern can be used in a more traditional interior.   The dark pattern is only accentuated by the accessories while the rest of the room is kept neutral..

image via la dolce vita

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Cool…green hues

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You could be bold or subtle…

green image 2 600x804 Cool...green huesfill your interior with accessories of a similar hue

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use sumptuous material- citrus green always looks good in velvet…try one from pierre frey or boussac

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a green bottle or two or three is an easy green addition to an interior

images via pinterest and elle decor

 Cool...green hues

 

I am loving this mix of citrus and aqua and grey at Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo in Paris

image via yatzer

 

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Cool…rick owen’s home

 

rickowens1 Cool...rick owens home  these bullet shaped containers in the foreground are amazing..what are they? 
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