Fabulous Finds from Sydney Indesign 2013
I had the pleasure to have a great and inspiring day out last Saturday when I visited Sydney Indesign 2013. For those of you who do not live in Sydney or Australia, Sydney Indesign is a design event across several inner Sydney suburbs where design showrooms open their doors over three days (Thursday to Saturday) to showcase what they are up to. To travel between the precints, visitors can use a free bus service. This year, the organizers launched a new design wonderland, called Galleria, in the Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh. Unlike a trade show, Galleria invited visitors to go on a design journey through more than 3000 square metres of stimulating collaborations, product launches and interactive zones.
I started my journey at Coco Republic in Alexandria where I immersed myself in the latest interior design trends from the UK and the US. I absolutely loved the new Timothy Oulton concept gallery. As I love vintage and industrial pieces I was instantly drawn to Oulton's interior style. Starting work in his father's antiques business, Timothy Oulton was captivated by the exquisite quality of antiques that came from meticulous, time-honoured handcraftsmanship combined with the best raw, natural materials.
My next stop was the Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh to explore the new launched Galleria design wonderland. How exciting! In the meantime I had met a few colleagues from The Designer Chicks and we went on our journey together. It is much more fun if you can share your excitement with like-minded people, isn't it?
The first stand I literally ran into was tappeti, a manufacturer of custom designed rugs and carpets. I especially loved their indigenous Kurkara collezione. Kurkara means desert oak and the collection is the result of a partnership between tappeti and artists from the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation in Yuendumu, Central Australia. The range of rugs incorporate original artworks translated into three dimensional luxury rugs using materials such as 100% New Zealand wool and silk.
There were quite a few lighting designers and a wide range of lighting solutions on display: from very traditional, to contemporary, quirky and industrial. Lights that caught my eye:
The Moo wall light from Northern Lighting, available from LightCo.
The Botanica wall light installation from Satelight, an award winning design studio specialising in contemporary, interior and commercial lighting.
Next stop: Caja. The versatile and beautiful perspex units from Caja are the perfect solution for space-challenged apartment owners. They are stackable, available in different sizes, and can be used as shelves or coffee tables. The table units have cut out holes, where you can insert a candelabra set, a vase or wine cooler, or different coloured ceramic saucers to serve food. Brilliant and so clever!
Time for a rest! And what is better than putting up your feet after walking for a few hours... Luckily, I discovered the Open Up office chair from Sedus. When the lady on the stand offered me to try it out, I did not hesitate... very comfortable and practical. You can sit on your chair working on your laptop with your feet up on the integrated footstool, or you can adjust the laptop table to standing height and work while standing. Very clever designed, in Germany! I case, you don't know, I am German, and it makes me always proud of my home country, when I see products like this here in Australia. I think this is a great solution. Especially, after long hours of sitting in front of the screen, I like to stand up and keep working on a high table. What do you think?
Choosing colours and finishes for your kitchen or bathroom can be overwhelming. No doubt about this! Polytec showed their Evolution range, with a huge selection of colours, styles and surface finishes for doors, panels and laminates.
My last stop on Saturday was Surry Hills and the showroom of Spence & Lyda. There I discovered some lovely homeware products from EA Deco, a French company specializing in African homeware products. The colourful baskets can be used in childrens' rooms for toys or as a laundry basket for your clothing.
I hope you enjoyed my wrap-up of my Saturday at Sydney Indesign and hopefully you found some products you consider for your own home. Let me know if I can help with sourcing. As interior stylist I can buy wholesale and save you up to 25% of the retail price. Don't hesitate to contact me for further information.