What’s new in the world of design: August 2016

In this month’s ‘What’s new in the world of design’, we explore a child’s bedroom built inside a minivan, Brisbane’s new Art Series hotel set to open in September, Collette Dinnigan turning her talents to wallpaper and Royal Doulton’s latest collaboration. Let’s get started…

Collette Dinnigan’s wallpaper range for Porter’s Paints

Renowned Australian fashion designer Collette Dinnigan has collaborated with Porter’s Paints to create a series of feminine and exotic wallpapers.

Bringing her eye for design and signature high-end boho aesthetic, Dinnigan’s range combines motifs with strong baroque influences and Indian wood block printing that she has used throughout her career. The result is modular in nature and consists of two broadwall designs, Paisley Botanique and Fleur Diamant, as well as Le Napoléon border.

Dinnigan says she was excited to develop a range of signature prints that combine her “love of colour, artisanship, exquisite block prints and European detail”.

Hemingway Design’s new range for Royal Doulton

Edgy British fashion designer Wayne Hemingway worked with his daughter Tilly to create his latest collection for Royal Doulton. Full of giftware options, HemingwayDesign has a modern mid-century aesthetic full of sorbet tones and bold citrus hues.

Hemingway says that companies are increasingly recognising the benefit of designer collaborations.

“I think Royal Doulton has shown the last few years that, like all brands, you can’t just sit still, you have to think about the new generation. Nowadays it’s quite normal for designers to link up with brands. We do it on a monthly basis; we’re always linking up with someone. We used to manufacture everything ourselves but you’re kind of dissipating all of your skills then. If you can work with somebody who is brilliant at manufacturing, which Royal Doulton is, then you end up with a better product.”

Bun Van bed

The luxury Portuguese furniture brand for children, Circu, has created a limited edition ‘Bun Van bed‘, which looks like a vintage Volkswagen minibus.

Circu describes the bus as inspired by “one of the most iconic and magical symbols of fun and freedom”, while inside is a bed, TV, mini bar and sofa, perfect for kids or teens wanting a hideout in their bedrooms with all the mod-cons.

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Brisbane’s new Art Series hotel

Opening on 1st September, Spring Hill in Brisbane is set to welcome the Art Series Hotel Group’s latest creation. The Johnson is, typical of the group’s other hotels, a tribute to an Australian artist. Named after the leading Australian contemporary artist Michael Johnson, it features Johnson’s modernist, intensely coloured works, set against a muted, neutral-toned interior.

The building itself is heritage-listed and was designed by architect Karl Langer in 1967. It’s nearing the end of a three-year restoration that will see it open with 83 suites and offering art tours, in-room art channels and art libraries.

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