Design Made Event

Mud Australia

Stylecraft Home Paperclip Collection

Tom Skeehan Hoshi Collection

Marz Designs from Catapult Design

 

Here is something new for fans of original design, the team behind Authentic Design Alliance and Factory Design District have announced  DESIGN-MADE a there day event celebrating Australian design and will span over three days from October 27–29 and focus on original, accessible and sustainable design pieces.

Cor o-founders Kobe Johns and Anne-Maree Sargeant, the market has been some time in the making. They have each been in the sustainable design scene for years, both in various capacities. Johns is the one-woman show behind Factory Design District, a three-day exhibition of new and established Aussie designers which has formed the basis of DESIGN-MADE  Sargeant, a designer herself, has been attending and curating design events since 1987. In her position as director of the Authentic Design Alliance, she’s a strong advocate for originality in design and the ADA is also attempting to outlaw the grossly prevalent counterfeit trade that is hamstringing the Aussie furniture design scene.

The event will be held across two venues — SUNSTUDIOS and the Fisher and Paykel Experience Centre — and is more than just a market. While the phrase ‘a celebration of Australian design’ is a little cheesy, it’s probably more accurate. You can expect educational talks, book signings, workshops, installations and ‘meet the maker’ forums. Of course, there will also be craft beer, organic wine, yum cha and food trucks to fuel your browsing.

Exhibitors include: CULT, Dinosaur Designs, Hava Studio, MUD Australia, Spence & Lyda, Archer Objects, Fresh Prince, Ilanel, Jonathan West, Tom Fereday and Tom Skeehan, along with installations from LOCAL DESIGN and Interpretations V, a design collective created by Andrew Simpson featuring eight leading Australian designers.

Over the three days there are numerous workshops ands I am excited to announce my Instagram master class where I will share all my tips and tricks for what works for me on my favourite social media platform

Instagram hacks workshop Sunday  29 October 2017 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm click here for tickets 

Photographer Alicia Taylor ‘Above & Below’

I have worked on commercial jobs with Australian photographer Alicia Taylor she had hinted at a creative project she was working on… Today I am blown away by these images of ‘Above & Below’ that very creative project she had mentioned.

There is nothing fast about the creative process. Five years ago, Alicia Taylor photographed an incredible storm in Tasmania sparking a desire to use the image as part of an art piece.

“The idea lay dormant until she photographed a woman swimming in Fiji two years ago, and then I decided to merge these images” said Alicia.

For someone who makes a living through the medium of photography she found the leap to creating her own work deeply challenging.

Aware that the ‘fear’, or the ‘desire’ to please another stop us from pushing through our boundaries, Alicia made the mental shift to let go and rely on her intuition. Tuning to something elemental she became aware of how emotion could be communicated through image.

“Life can be volatile just like the weather, hence my using the sky as one of my subjects. Water, on the other hand, can be very calming and by combining with images of people in water a certain tension, a dynamic is created.” Alicia Taylor

Alicia’s work focusses on light and composition, the ability to add colour, depth and creative tension in the positioning of the limbs – sometimes awkward, sometimes fluid and evocative.

Producing this collection of images has pushed her technical abilities as images layer on top of one another to create new dialogues and

relationships between the Australian landscape, sky, seaweed, shadow and the limbs that denote a physical presence.

“It is a remarkable photographic debut drawn out of a desire to marry the different worlds of earth and sky, each with their particular volatilities and energies, merging in a seamless image that finds a link in the human element.” Karen McCartney

In Alicia’s own words, “This series encompasses the complexity that makes the human journey. The change we push through, float, reach or finally ground ourselves in.”

‘Above & Below’ will run from 27th of October to 10th of November at Becker Minty 7/81 MacLeay St, Potts Point NSW 2011

shop dog

The only thing better than a beautiful shop is a beautiful shop with a beautiful shop dog. Meet shop dog George” from Water Tiger he’s a Jack Russ cross Wolfhound – they sell a collection of beautiful things from far away places….

Water Tiger 75 mary street st peters NSW

Pretty in pink new Jardan Sydney Store

Jardan have unveiled their brand (rather impressive) new Sydney showroom designed by If Architecture
As you can see the centre of the store is amass of blush sculptural shapes within the central staircase.
Jardan new store now open 42 Oxford St Paddington NSW 2021

Photo Jason Grant

vivid and canon 2017

On Sunday I joined the Canon Collective for a walking tour of Vivid Sydney (the annual festival of lights)

The walking tour part camera workshop gave a unique perspective of the lights around the harbour -yes they light up the Opera House! on the tour you get to loan a Canon camera (you get to keep the memory card and print some photos)

Heres my favourite shot from the night ( yes a clever double exposure)

Vivid is on until the 17th of June more info on the Canon Collective Walking tours here

paul smith sydney

Iconic English fashion designer Paul Smith has opened in Sydney, I have long been a fan of this brand –  I love his traditional style but always with a twist! and not just for that (famous) pink wall of their Store on Melrose in LA!

Paul Smith Sydney now Open Westfield Sydney 188 Pitt Street Mall Level 3 shop 3053 Sydney

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my Australia

Recently Condé Nast Traveler declared Australia THE place to travel to in 2016 devoting many of its pages to our sunny shores, we may have known this already but as in all things its always great to be validated! I will share every now and then a few of My Australia (home) favourites right here, these mostly favourite swimming spots below are all walking distance to home, yes we ARE the Lucky Country!

All Photography Mr Jason Grant
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garden life new second st peters store

Garden Life (every stylists favourite outdoor/garden store) have opened a second store in St Peters and is now open. The 1100 square meter warehouse space is an inspiring outdoor destination where Richard Unsworth has curated a selection of pots, planters, plant specimens and accessories, from exotic locations such as Africa, Morocco, Italy, India and Burma.

Garden Life Established 14 years ago in Darlinghurst, Garden Life is a celebration of the unique, the natural, the contemporary and the ancient, stocking local and internationally sourced products to enhance any space. Garden Life Redfern [2008] is still the creative gardening hub for outdoor living solutions that are intuitive and individual. Redfern’s Garden Life is also the location for Unsworth’s first Community Garden initiative where he is the founding member.

GARDEN LIFE ST PETERS 158 Princes highway St Peters

 

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lifeinstyle wrap up

On Friday I headed to Lifeinstyle in Sydney with other Stylists, designers and retailers to see the latest releases at this trade only event, heres a preview of what you will find in stores very soon.

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BlacklistBison Home – The lifeinstyle Style Lab by West ElmBride & Wolfe

IMG_0243 Tom Dixon from DedeceSally Campbell TextilesDan 300 – Diesel from Seletti

IMG_0244Thomas Paul from Pure HomeThese WallsHeaven in EarthLazybones

IMG_0245One Another DesignKate & KateUrban CoutureGarden Life

the society inc warehouse

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Stylist, designer and Author Sibella Court has moved her store The Society Inc to a bigger and better warehouse space. The much larger space is filled with all kinds of wonderful things small and large, home wares , furniture and all kinds of cool and curious things.

The store continues to showcase her signature eclectic, bowerbird style and theres certainly lots to look at. Head in store for her signature surfboard collaborations, books, hardware, Murobond paints and more.

A visit is a must and you’re guaranteed to find something wonderful.

The Society Inc Warehouse 75 Mary Street St Peters click here for more details

Photography Mr Jason Grant

 

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