When we first saw this design we laughed out loud and knew it was a must to share! Appliance giant, Smeg, has released a creative new take on the iconic denim material with a denim-clad retro refrigerator. It’s a collaboration between Smeg and Lapo Elkann, CEO of Italia Independent and heir to the Fiat company.
Its design harks back to the 50s with a classic curved profile, and features
dark denim finished with traditional ‘jeans’ stitching that’s been treated with
nano plasma technology to prevent fading and staining. Once you open the
door, however, it’s 21st Century technology all the way with the latest and
Eeek! It’s been far too long since we promised the tour of Sydney’s newest designer hotel, QT. Opened for only a few months now, this stylish haven is set within two of the city’s most iconic buildings: the historic Gowings department store, and the heritage-listed State Theater. While the facades have been restored to their former glory, inside is a cool mix of original features, curated digital art installations, eclectic artifacts and quirky design pieces inspired by its retail and theater history. Better late than never – enjoy!
Architect Shelly Indyk has set many quirky nuances across all 200 rooms of the hotel. A deep palette of red, orange, yellow and white tones is featured throughout the 12 unique styles. Retaining original timber floors from 1929, the rooms in the Gowings Building are bright and airy with eccentric touches. The adjacent State Theater rooms boast exclusively designed Rothko-inspired carpets and rugs, along with light, playful touches like bowler hat lamps and light fittings.
Acclaimed designer Nic Graham’s bold work in the hotel is at its pinnacle in the lobby where historical features are set off by an imposing LED wall of digital art by Daniel Crooks. The ‘playground after dark’ brings the magic of the old and new alive in conjunction with the city’s well-known designers, architects and art connoisseurs.
The rooms and bathrooms are finished with unusual collectables and pops of color, making it an appropriate hub from which to explore the creative scene in the surrounding neighbourhood.
The dark stone bathrooms are accented by oversized signature baths and large separate showers with pin-spot lighting.
Curator, Amanda Love, has chosen artists from Australia and New Zealand including Daniel Crooks, Daniel Boyd and Grant Steven, to design the light and video installations in the hotel rooms, lobby and the Gilt Lounge. The hotel guest rooms feature works by artist Richard Blackwell from Adelaide, and Sydney sculptor Morgan Shimeld specially commissioned by guest room designer Shelly Indyk.
Images via: DesignHotels.com
Image by Pete Daly
We’re sharing a little mid-week design love with these colour-pop dial hangers. Designed by Nicholas Karlovasitis and Sarah Gibson, these bright hangers can be mixed and matched in various colours, quantities and layout for a sleek and contemporary storage solution that boast visual appeal.
“We wanted to create a fun organisation tool that could be personalised to suit various belongings and environments. The colour circles help unify the space while the hooks are great for hanging smaller objects,” says designer Sarah Gibson.
Made from powder-coated aluminium, they’re suitable for wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor spaces. Hang your tea towels, coats, keys, bags, necklaces, umbrellas, oven mitts, pot plants and more!
Nick and Sarah began DesignByThem in 2007. Their playful furniture and lighting is available through DesignByThem and selected retailers.
What do you think of these designer dots?
Image by Pete Daly
Image by Pete Daly
You may have guessed that we’re a little obsessed with The Minimalist here. If you’re into cool an contemporary minimal homewares, you’ll love our interview with The Minimalist owner, stylist and blogger, Leah Robins, here. We chatted to her a while ago about the online store and her design ethos, and we’re very excited to visit her pop up store in Surry Hills this December.
The pop up store is a chance to revel in The Minimalist’s signature mix of unique, limited edition and handmade home and lifestyle items sourced from around the globe. It’s the perfect chance to get up close and personal with pieces you’ve been eyeing off on the online store, too. We visited The Minimalist at the Young Blood Designers Market in Sydney recently and, take it from us; the amazing Phil Cuttance vases are even more remarkable in the flesh! Be sure to check it out.
With countless sneaker fans around the world customising their own footwear designs and colourways with programs such as Photoshop, it’s baffling as to why the Jordan brand keeps releasing old colour combinations and styles.
In its ‘golden’ days, when the sneaker community was smaller and less established, you would have had to partake in hours of research if you wanted to find a pair of limited-run sneakers or vintage styles. It wasn’t uncommon to bid competitively on forums, or camp out through the night in front of retail stores before releases to get what you wanted. When you saw someone wearing a pair of Air Jordans in an original colourway, you knew that collector was serious, today it seems even the most dedicated fan base has been watered down with commercial cool.
No shoe enthusiast wants to believe that Jordan brand seems intent on flooding the shoe market with ‘re-retros’ and even ‘re-re-retros’ to stash more money in the bank, despite their claims of respect for the so-called ‘sneaker game’, but it’s become harder and harder to ignore.
One such example is the release of the 2013 version of the Air Jordan 5 ‘Grape’. After hunting for a decent unworn pair for years, I finally picked up a set of the first ‘retro’d’ editions in 2006, and haven’t worn them since. It’s a similar story for the Jordan 8 ‘Aqua’, which will be back in 2013, and the same goes for the Air Jordan 3 ‘True Blue’ edition, which was one of my most sought after and favourite shoes, and one which I have now lost count on how many times it’s hit shelves.
Jordan Brand seems to have a 5-6 year rule before releasing another retro design with less quality than the original. So if you’ve been holding onto old Jordans like I have, it’s probably best you start wearing them now, because soon you’ll be flooded with new versions of these classics.
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Air Jordan 8 ‘Aqua’ to be released 2013
Air Jordan 5 ‘Grape’ to be released 2013
Did everyone else get the notification about Apple’s new iPods? For those a little ‘out of the loop,’ here’s what subscribers were privy to yesterday: Dubbed their best music line-up yet, Apple’s new iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle, from the front, showcase the brand’s unwavering appreciation for sleek and sexy design.
The company’s design and marketing genius has produced a rainbow of portable music pieces that will no doubt be on the Christmas shopping list for most. The on-trend colourway and sleek designs are music to design enthusiast’s – and Apple fan’s – ears.
Finished in popping juicy hues, and “engineered for maximum funness,” according to the Apple website, the touch is the thinnest and lightest to date with a superslim aluminium body. It also boasts a 4-in Retina display, iSight camera that also shoots 1080p HD video and 200 new features with Apple’s iOS 6.
Again, the thinnest iPod ever, this latest version features an all-new design with a 2.5in multi-touch display for easy browsing as well as Bluetooth capabilities and built-in fitness with a Nike+ pedometer, too. $169 RRP
Big on colour, the iPod shuffle is your portable and wearable playlist with the ability to clip on to garments. A ‘clickable’ control pad makes for easy navigation while a voiceover feature speaks the song title, playlist, battery status, or artist to you. $55 RRP
For more details on Apple’s iPod range click here
What do you think of the new iPod family?
Dan Dorell, Lina Ghotmeh and Tsuyoshi Tane’s diverse architectural backgrounds and enthusiasm for new construction projects saw them win Renault’s 2010 open competition. Designed as a kit to transport and tour more than 20 cities around the world until 2015, including Geneva, Frankfurt, Algiers, Shanghai, Barcelona and Buenos Aires, the unique concept is more curvaceous and feminine than its predecessors.
The instantly recognisable, warm and welcoming stand asserts its position as a manufacturing leader and reflects the core values of this popular champion and its cars that suit any lifestyle. The goal was to spark emotion at first sight, act as the nerve centre for Renault’s identity and ensure each visitor has a unique and memorable experience.
A concept in motion
DGT uncovered a common value among the concept cars, estates, sporty numbers and electric city cars (all displayed on the stand): motion. But the question was how to translate the feeling of motion to a stand? Faced with the majority of stands’ flat surfaces which make it difficult to show the cars at their best, they decided to make the layout the key part of their project. Two hills are the first things you notice around the stand. Concept cars or new vehicles spin on rotating platforms at the top. On the sides, the concentric vehicle layout shows different sides to them depending on where you’re standing. The visitor can admire the manufacturer’s new models on either side of the central aisle. The floor and ceiling lighting enhance the feeling of motion created by the 3D layout. Balls of light move as one and simulate the movement of the waves whilst subtly changing colour. Brand identity images appear on the huge LED screens to create the desired atmosphere.
The Old Library has been shortlisted in the Hospitality category of the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2012. The Interior Design Excellence Awards is Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program. Launched by (Inside) magazine in 2003, the program celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design across 11 categories and five special awards.
Designer Hecker Guthrie transformed what was originally a library in the 70s, into a modern Italian designer in Cronulla, Sydney. Award winners and commendations will be announced at the IDEA Gala Party, to be held on Friday 9 November at the Seymour Centre in Sydney. Check out more finalists here.
We spoke to owner, Mario Kalpou, about the restaurant’s award-nominated design and decor here and discovered more about Mario himself here.
The Old Library
Hi Friends! We’re currently holidaying in Asia and will be back shortly to share cool stuff with you again. Here’s one our favourite snaps to date taken with a Canon EOS camera.
Benny Grylls on Phi Phi Island, Thailand