1888: A Picture Perfect Hotel

If you plan on visiting the new 1888 Hotel in Sydney’s Pyrmont, make sure you have your camera phone ready. The latest guesthouse to open by boutique operator, 8 Hotels, has been inspired by the nostalgia of Kodak’s first box and roll camera launch of the same year, 1888.

And to celebrate, the designer dig is honouring the evolution of photography by offering Instagram-friendly walking maps for the Pyrmont area. There’s also a revolving series of Instagram images in the ‘Mac space’ at reception featuring photos taken by guests, and a ‘selfie space’ within the property for guests to pap themselves at the new boutique lodging.

1888 Hotel

Originally used for wool storage, the 1888-erected building that houses the hotel has undergone a $30 million development over the last two years to reveal a luxury property that offers 90 rooms, including a rooftop penthouse apartment overlooking the city surrounds.

As major fans of exposed brick walls done well, we’re happy to see this feature prominently along with reclaimed Iron bark, concrete, stone and bronze, for a distinct Australian look. High ceilings and huge period windows reflect the heritage history and overall feel of the building.

1888 Hotle

1888 Hotel

1888 Hotel
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New Colour-Rich Designs From Caja

Caja Furniture has released new colour-rich designs of its side table-cum-storage box.

We spilled the beans on our little Perspex obsession with you here where we introduced Georgia Ezra, the designer behind the inventive Caja furniture. And now we’re excited to share her latest pieces that combine a cosmos of colour with the same innovative storage genius.

You can now revel in her versatile designs with an ice blue, grey frost, bright red, citrus, and melon red twist. Get up close and personal with these juicy additions at Sydney Indesign next week where Georgia will be exhibiting alongside architects, interior designers, and other creatives.

Caja

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Sydney Indesign from August 15-17

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Packer Shoes x Reebok “Remember The Alamo” Heritage Capsule

After a series of teaser images and rumours, Packer Shoes has finally given us a detailed look at its new “Remember The Alamo” Heritage Capsule.

Packer Shoes x Reebok x Mitchell & Ness

Packer Shoes x Reebok x Mitchell & Ness

Collaborating with Reebok and Mitchell & Ness, Packer Shoes brings us a collection that pays tribute to NBA basketball legend, Shawn Kemp, and his performance at the 1996 NBA All-Star game held in San Antonio.

Packer Shoes offers its take on the Reebok Kamikaze II model, with a grey pigskin suede upper with splashes of pink, orange and teal. The collection also features a limited authentic Mitchell & Ness jersey (an exact remake of the original one worn by Shawn Kemp during the game), a Shawn Kemp caricature t-shirt, and a replica of the original 1996 NBA All Star game snapback cap.

Packer Shoes x Reebok x Mitchell & Ness

Packer Shoes x Reebok x Mitchell & Ness

Look for the Packer Shoes x Reebok x Mitchell & Ness Capsule Collection to release August 2 via Packer Shoes.

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Creative Spaces: The Kas and Sparkk Sydney Studios

One of the most exciting aspects of my day job is the opportunity to get out of the office and chat to some very creative local brands and designers. During the last month I was fortunate enough to step behind-the-scenes at two such inspiring destinations: the Kas, and Sparkk Sydney studios.

What I love about these two Aussie home and lifestyle brands is their unwavering commitment to colour and pattern! Both family-run and owned labels showcase a vibrant collection of shapes and shades that you can’t help but fall in love with.

The Sparkk colour atlas features over 180 shades.

The Sparkk colour atlas features over 180 shades.

Kas’ humble beginnings were over 30 years ago at Sydney’s Paddington market, where locals lapped up the new and juicy bedding designs on offer, while Sparkk has drawn on three generations of textile experience to embrace the digital world of fabric printing.

Today Kas stocks its fashionable designs in over 42 countries and has expanded its bedding collection to include: towels, mugs, kids’ bedding and home fragrance, all while retaining that original pop of colour. Not to be outdone, Sparkk, which launched with just two designs: stripes and chevron, now boasts over 140 imaginative patterns.

The Kas design hub.

The Kas design hub.

During my studio tours I met with designers, creative directors, stylists, owners, family members and more! From the director right through to the seamstress, it was thrilling to see how these inspired designs came to life with the Kas and Sparkk flair in tow. From creative concept to a complete cushion, a Kas piece will undergo a 6-month design and production process before it ends up on the shelves in your favourite store, whereas Sparkk’s digital capabilities mean they can print on demand with little waste, customised palettes, and bespoke designs for both retail and commercial needs.

Kas designers.

Among the cosmos of colour swatches that were hanging about, and the piles of pattern and fabric samples that peppered the studios, there was a real sense of passion and dedication to be found. And in the middle of winter when everything seems grey and dreary, it’s this cacophony of colour and zesty design that the doctor ordered to truly reinvigorate the senses. What a treat!

Read more about both tours in detail here: KASSPARKK

Sparkk Art Decor-inspired patterns.

Sparkk Art Decor-inspired patterns.

 

My co worker Marj discussing patterns with Sparkk studio manager, Olivia.

My co worker Marj discussing patterns with Sparkk studio manager, Olivia.

 

Sparkk

The Sparkk studio.

 

Kas colour palettes.

Kas colour palettes.

 

Images: Lisa Zhou via thehome.com.au
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Nike Air Pegasus 83/30

Nike Sportswear marks the 30th anniversary of the Air Pegasus with the ‘Pegasus 83/30′.

The original Air Pegasus is one of Nike’s oldest running shoes; made popular years ago with its subtle style and extreme comfort. The 30th anniversary edition marries the original runner look with modern materials and construction, and features a breathable ‘Hyperfuse’ mesh upper, leather heel, and updated sole.

There are several colourways set to hit stores soon with some early releases having already sold out! But if you’re quick, you can get your pre-order in now at Titolo.

Nike Air Pegasus 83/30

Nike Air Pegasus 83/30

Nike Air Pegasus 83/30

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How to Start Your Fashion Company with jeffstaple

If you’ve dreamt of making it big in the streetwear industry, then what better way to learn the ropes than from one of the best in the business?

Jeff Ng, (aka jeffstaple), took his one-man t-shirt business and turned it into an internationally renowned streetwear company and design firm. Staple Design has worked with some of the industry’s giants including Nike and Puma to create some of the most sought-after pieces in the sneaker world. It took 15 tough years to build the brand  into the icon it is today, and now he’s sharing the insider knowledge!

To help aspiring entrepreneurs, Jeff is sharing need-to-know details via online tutoring site Skillshare. Through video lectures, tutorials and digital handouts, students experience a live classroom atmosphere where they cover key topics including: refining your brand name and slogan, the philosophical, technical, and legal considerations to logo creation; crafting your debut collection, and how to tell your story through your product.

“With this class on Skillshare, I hope to answer these questions by addressing some of the most fundamental aspects of starting a brand, but even more so, I hope to inspire everyone who has ever thought about starting something of their own to actually take action and pursue that dream.”

The course is $15, and students are able to study in their own time. The top three students will be selected to go into a final round where they’ll receive one-on-one tutoring from jeffstaple in New York, and go into the running for the opportunity to showcase their product at the 2014 Agenda Las Vegas Trade Show.

The course starts soon, so head over to Skillshare to enrol.

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Air Jordan VI “Infrared” to make a return in 2014

Exciting news has come across the desk this evening — the confirmation of the Air Jordan VI’s (white/infrared colourway) return in 2014.

Air Jordan VI - White Infrared

Air Jordan VI – White Infrared

Originally released during the NBA 1990-1991 season, the shoe played an integral role in the Chicago Bulls’, and Michael Jordan’s, first NBA title. Jordan also took home the NBA Scoring Title for that year, and the second of his five MVP awards.

The Air Jordan VI model is another classic for architect and designer Tinker Hatfield. It features a rubber tongue with two holes that allows the wearer to pull the shoes on with ease. The shoes revisit the Air Jordan V’s clear sole and lace lock design with a more streamline and form-fitting look.

Air Jordan VI - White Infrared

Air Jordan VI – White Infrared

Despite no confirmation yet, sources suggest this will be a 23rd Anniversary release, which has led to speculation as to whether or not the AJ VI will feature the original Nike Air logo on its heel instead of the new Jumpman logo.

2014 is set the be the year of the VI for Jordan Brand with this release in the first weeks of February. Get excited. We are!

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