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Ranting & crushing

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The first time I ever saw a house that had been ‘done’ by a designer it bothered me. I would have been a youngen of about 14.

What bothered me then, is still the same as what bothers me today in the design world.

My friends family had engaged an ‘it’ designer of the era in Melbourne town. He had designed her bedroom in pretty pretty blue and white florals with ruffled cushions. All tasteful girly, nice and sweet.  Yes, it was the early 90′s.

Her 15 year old brothers room bothered me even more. It was decked out in terracotta and a lot of check pattern.  It was more fitting for a smoking jacket wearing 45 year old man, than for a teenage boy.

What bothered me about these rooms was that they did not reflect my friends personalities in the slightest. She was not & never would be a floral or ruffle kinda girl and as I got to know her hot brother (yep -some snogging might have happened!) he was not a smoking jacket kinda suave dude.

Perhaps they weren’t given much of an option by their parents, or given access to the the designer, but the fact that these rooms reflected absolutely none of the personalities of my friends has always bothered me. Years later as I embarked on my own design career I have often thought of these rooms to be absolute anti of my own design ethos.

To me the greatest challenge of my work and what keeps me inspired is getting to know the personalities of my clients. By getting to know them we can collaboratively a space that truly reflects their personalities & lifestyles. They are the ones living in the space, not me.

So as I start work on a project of 3 teen & tweenage girls bedrooms, I am taking up the challenge to create rooms for them that they can feel proud of as being a representation of themselves. With this particular project, I consider a good design to be creating rooms that will grow with them as their tastes change & develop through the next few years not just what they are now. I’m sure the 10 year olds current passion for purple will be dramatically different in 2 years time!

So there you have it, my rant for the day! Possibly not much point to it rather than getting it off my chest.

And now just to up the eye candy quota, here are some images of a very talented designer who I  have a designer crush on – Martyn Lawrence-Bullard He is an ‘it’ designer of the moment, & with very good reason!

His work oozes personality, & his portfolio is diverse & beautiful. He is not recreating the same thing over & over. Instead just really beautiful & individual work.

ah, now for the eye candy…


Get windy

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

I just came across these super cool wind turbines by Phillippe Stark.

I want one.

Just saying.

Available in Australia here.

Im not fickle, but…

Friday, September 19th, 2008

No Really – I’m not the fickle type!

But if this ‘new look’ of design diva is anything to go by, then I officially DE-design crush Ms Kelly Wearstler.

Mauve and grey (yeah, its close enough to be!) is a way too 1980′s for my design sensibilities! I’m all for colour, but NOT that combination!

I was a child of the 80′s, and now as a grown-up, I’m in the ‘biz’ of making peoples houses look awesome – which in some cases means DE mauve and greying the joint!  Why ruin ALL that good work?

No no NO ! Ruffled suede ankle boots are enough to contend with! Please people – hear me & say NO!

Domino header

Domino mag

oh yeah – I reserve the right to change my mind at ANY time!!!

Psst: I DO like the painting though!

All images via “if the lamp shade fits” – a blogette whose tag names alone have me a gigglin!

A new Designer Crush – this time Im smitten.

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

I have a new Designer Crush!

This time it is Molly Luetkemeyer from LA design firm ‘M Design Interiors Inc’ who is very worthy of this prestigious title!

I am completely smitten by her work.

Looking through her portfolio, it is full of spaces with such personality and soul -something I really value in my own design work.

I want to hang out in each and every room here!

Designer Crush – this one could be love!

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Marc Newson is a rather clever fella! I remember the first time I heard his name, Madonna was lounging upon a cool metal loungey chair that looked oddly enticing in a ‘who cares about comfort’ type way in her film clip ‘Rain’.

Apparently an Australian Industrial designer had made this chair – his name, Marc Newson. My Design Crush began…

Since his Madonna days, he has been a clever and rather busy fella! Designing bags for Samsonite, a concept car for Ford, lots of stuff for Alessi, first class lounges at the Melbourne Airport (that I am unlikely to ever see!) and the odd cool bar and restaurant in NYC, a hotel in Madrid, Boutiques in Berlin, a lighting gig for the Sydney opera house at the Olympic Games in 2000, And, ofcourse I cant forget to mention a jet AND space plane. Variety IS the spice of life, as it is said!!

He is Uber cool. My Designer Crush could be love…

Marc Newson - where my crush began - The Lockheed lounge 86-88. Pic via Design Boom

Marc Newson - where my crush began - The Lockheed lounge 86-88. Pic via Design Boom

Marc Newsons Ford concept Car. Milan 2000. Pic via Design Boom

Marc Newsons' Ford concept Car. Milan 2000. Pic via Design Boom

Marc Newson- Ford Concept car 1999

Marc Newson- Ford Concept car 1999

Marc Newson- Qantas First Class Lounge via Cool Hunter

Marc Newson- Qantas First Class Lounge via Cool Hunter

Marc Newson - Qantas First class lounge via Cool Hunter

Marc Newson - Qantas First class lounge via Cool Hunter

Marc Newson -Kelvin 40 Concept jet

Marc Newson -Kelvin 40 Concept jet

Marc Newson Space plane 2007

Marc Newson Space plane 2007

Marc Newson - Lighting the Sydney Opera House for the 2000 Sydney Olympics

Marc Newson - Lighting the Sydney Opera House for the 2000 Sydney Olympics

Marc Newson Hotel Puerta America, Madrid 2005

Marc Newson Hotel Puerta America, Madrid 2005

Marc Newson - Syn Recording Studio Tokyo 1996

Marc Newson - Syn Recording Studio Tokyo 199

Designer Crush’s

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

I think a good way to start his blog is to share a few of my ‘Designer Crush’s’!

Unoriginal to design blog land, I am a huge fan of American designer Kelly Wearstler! I love the drama she creates in her work. I find her use of colour so emotive and powerful.

I first ‘found’ her years ago when I was in a book shop flipping through some design books and I just couldn’t put it down! Happily on that day the ‘fella’ & I decided to each buy one book! I chose her book “modern glamour” and ‘tall man’ bought “1000 films you should see in your life”. Quite a contrast!!! Not surprisingly, I have devoured my book & I know he has barely looked at his!

(Due to my ‘novice’ skills here so far, I have no Kelly Wearstler pics to share – so check out the KWID website to see her gorgeousness!)

Another ‘designer crush’ I have is on Kathryn Ireland. I was lucky enough to hear her speak at a trade show here in Melbourne a few weeks ago. She is full of energy and I could have listened to her talk for hours! She is a shameless name dropper (by her own admission!) and I loved every second of it!!!

As well as doing fabulous decorating projects, Kathryn also designs her own fabric range, beautiful patterns printed onto hemp base cloths. I am yet to get my hands on her fabrics but will devour when I do!! In the meantime the signed copy I have her book “Classic Country” will have to do it for me! (who is the name dropper now!!)

The image below is off her own kitchen in her house in LA. I LOVE the colours & un-preciousness of the interior. Its a kitchen where real lfe happens!! its not shown here, but this room also has an original ‘Damien Hirst’ piece. A modern peice that doesnt look out of place!

Kathryn Ireland via House Beautiful

Kathryn Ireland via House Beautiful