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What’s new in the world of design: June 2017

This month, we look at a unique collaboration between one of the biggest names in haute couture and the art ‘masters’; a collaboration in the name of women’s rights, the quirkiest shop front we’ve seen in a long time and the most beautiful new washbasins designs, by a company right here in Melbourne. Take a look…

Designing Women exhibition

Egg Collective is a New York-based design company established in 2011 by three female designers — Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie. In May, they ran a benefit show to raise funds for ‘Girls INC NYC’: a charity with the mission of inspiring “all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.” The show featured work by top New York-based female artists and designers – including textile artist Hiroko Takeda, sculptor Maria Moyer and jewellery designer Caroline Ventura. Housed in Egg Collective’s West SoHo showroom, the show was full of soft colour tones, the aged metals that are a key trend of 2017, and structured textiles.

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Images above from here.

Louis Vuitton x Van Gogh

New York-based artist Jeff Koons is the latest collaborator with Louis Vuitton. The fashion house engaged Koons to present iconic works, by the likes of Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens and Jean-Honoré Fragonard, in a new way.

This saw the launch of a capsule range of handbags, shawls, purses, clutch bags, backpacks and keyholders, each featuring a piece from one of the artists. The bags are pieces of art themeselves, and have the name of each of the masters on the front. And for the first time, the Louis Vuitton monogram has been reconfigured: for this collaboration into Koons’ initials.

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Images above from here.

Caldera by Rogerseller

Melbourne-based Rogerseller has been a go to for premium quality fixtures and fittings. This year, the family business launched a new range, ‘inspired by the irregular shapes of collapsed volcanic craters’.

Caldera by Rogerseller‘ comprises sculptural washbasins that boast ‘expressed crisp peaks that plunge into elegant depressions below the surface’ and are perfect for semi-inset installations.

Inspired by nature, the range comprises of two shapes: one very organic in shape being an elongated asymmetrical oval, and the other more conventional in shape, being rectangular. Either way, the pieces provide a chance to introduce another Rogerseller beauty into our homes.

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Images above from here.

Czech showroom covered in 900 plastic chairs

Well this is certainly a sight you don’t see every day! Architecture studio Chybik + Kristof have used 900 plastic chairs to form the outside of a former car showroom in Czech’s Brno. Now a furniture store, the exterior is a fitting reference to what’s within. When the furniture company MY DVA Group jokingly asked the design studio to do it “do it cheap, ideally for free,”  Chybik + Kristof took on the challenge, sourcing the black plastic chairs for £2.50 each.

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Images above from here.

Three of Europe’s most stylish ski resorts

Location: Val Thorens, the French Alps
Stand out features:
  • With a strong Nordic interior, stone and wood are key materials used in the build, softened by plenty of fur throws

Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company HQ

Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company is now five years old and in its third office space. Unlike the other two spaces, with the business more established, there was a dedicated budget to play with, and for the first time, a professional team behind the fit out.

Alba engaged the company who redecorated her home – Consort Design – to recreate the 83,000 square foot work space and transform it from a huge warehouse-aesthetic to an inviting, homely office space, along with showroom spaces for the many The Honest Company products.

The actress and businesswoman said that for her new office space, she wanted to create the same durability, warmth and coziness that she has in her home. Both spaces have a vintage vibe and a focus on functionality throughout.

Housing 450 employees, it was important that the Californian office inspired them creatively but also gave them focus on their work. This was created through different zones, lots of couches and even a roof top bar.

To create the sense of comfort in the space, Consort Design used consistent colours throughout, layered rugs onto floorboard, and used velvet lounge suites and plush cushions for softness.

Take a look…

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Images by Mat Sanders from Consort here.

Celebrity Insider: Shay Mitchell’s Los Angeles Home

Canadian actress Shay Mitchell – known for her role in hit US TV series Pretty Little Liars – first saw Consort Design‘s work at the Honest Company HQ when visiting Jessica Alba (we take you inside, here). Following the firm on Instagram, Mitchell then went on to hire the team to redecorate her Spanish style L.A. home.

Mitchell wanted to create a ‘mature’ space to base herself in as she enters the next stage in her career, with injections of Moroccan and French flair. She worked with Consort Design to bring this vision to life.

There are several contrasting yet complementary spaces in the home, such as the dark and dramatic ‘den’ room with its custom made jade-green velvet lounge and ‘Down Pipe’ paint by Farrow and Ball versus the light and airy formal living room, complete with monochrome Moroccan tiles, Lawrence of LaBrea rug and the cocktail table from Lawson-Fenning.

Take a look…

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Images by Tessa Neustadt from here.