Mother’s Day is a time to reflect on the hard work of our mum’s and show our appreciation. Flowers seem to be the go to when it comes to gift giving, but let’s think outside the box this Mother’s Day.
With online shopping, it is easy to open up your search bar and find almost anything on Google these days. While it is nice to be able to search for almost anything, with so many options it can be overwhelming.
We have found the most eye catching and popular items this year to give you some inspiration.
The Memo Bottle has appeared in Oscar goodie bags and is BPA free. It won an Australian International Design Award and was designed to create conversation around how we can reduce our overall global consumption. We love the slimline design.
Cartel Flower Boxes
These gorgeous creations are extremely eye catching and are designed by a local Australian couple. The various boxes and vases are customisable and would be the perfect addition to any interiors space.
SMEG appliances by Dolce & Gabbana
These designs are a unique and fun collaboration between SMEG and luxury designer brand Dolce & Gabbana. While we wouldn’t recommend getting your mum a standard toaster for Mother’s Day, having these focal pieces in your kitchen would make anyone happy.
Bang & Olufsen headphones with Kvadrat/Raf Simons’ pouches
This is another beautifully crafted design collaboration. Headphones are a practical gift, but paired with these stunning pouches designed by Kvadrat/Raf Simons and they make the perfect pair.
Mother’s Day is a chance to pause and remember how much our mums do for us. It’s nice to surprise our mums with a little gift too! If you’re stuck for present ideas this Mother’s Day, look no further. We have rounded up five of our favourite ‘perfect for mum’ gifts, which can all be ordered online to make it super easy for you to say ‘love you mum’. So jump in…
Silk pillowcases from The Goodnight Co
We all love beautiful linen, so why not gift your mum a fresh set of silk sheets and a matching eye mask this year? Sleeping on silk has many benefits for hair, skin and sleep, including reducing moisture loss and smoothing hair. There’s lots to love about these products for mum! Make her breakfast in bed for extra brownie points…
Pana Chocolate ‘I love you mum’ gift pack
Pana Chocolate says “Because she’s sweet, considered and good for you”. We say you can’t go wrong with chocolate. Treat your mum with these raw, organic chocolates, which are handmade in Australia. We bet they won’t last long!
S’well Liberty Fabrics bottles
We have always loved S’well Bottles but their new Liberty Fabrics collection, in collaboration with Liberty London Fabrics, would have to be their prettiest yet. The bonus is that these bottles keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Perfect for taking tea on the go or simply staying hydrated in style.
Eva Solo Tea Maker
Many of our mums love to sit down with a cup of tea. Make it more enjoyable for her with the Eva Solo Tea Maker. It is drip-free and has a zip-up cover to keep tea hot for longer. It’s great for mums who love to hit the open road and travel, without missing out on their creature comforts.
Gigi PJ Lounge Set
With this transition into the cooler months, is your mum due for a new set of PJs? We love this breton style stripe lounge set from Foundling, made from super soft cotton with a hit of stretch. You might be tempted to order yourself a pair too!
For something your mum will treasure forever, why not choose a matching set of bracelets for you and her? These ‘Mummy and me’ bracelet sets by Lily Belle make a perfect gift. You can even add your name or a message to the bracelets for extra meaning.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we’ve curated a mum-friendly edition of our wrap of the latest and best from the world of design. From quirky, kitsch mini-golf to a new look Aesop store and a favourite design magazine celebrating half a century, there is plenty in store for your mum – and yourself – to enjoy this month.
Aesop’s Fitzroy store renovation
Having worked on the first incarnation of the store about ten years ago, Clare Cousins Architects (CCA) were again tasked with rejuvenating Aesop’s Fitzroy retail space. With the suburb bustling with creative studios, galleries and independent retailers, CCA decided to create a ‘welcome sense of quiet’ and explore the ‘nostalgic domestic ritual’.
The team kept the shop front understated from the street, and did little structural work inside to the existing steel windows, steel beams and concrete slab. The main changes were made with the introduction of an insitu-cast concrete vessel fitted with delicate, aged brass tapware – a reference to Fitzroy’s early blacksmith industry, the Italian ‘Rosa Salmonato’ marble bench top and blush-toned curtains to ‘mediate levels of privacy between zones’.
Holey Moley Golf Club
Part bar, part mini-golf kitsch, Holey Moley Golf Club is Little Bourke Street, Melbourne’s newest addition. The 27-hole course will see you navigate a Game of Thrones hole, a large-scale turntable, a Simpsons lounge and a Pac-Man with ghost obstacles.
Dreamt up by Fun Lab, the owner of Strike Bowling and Sky Zone Trampoline parks, the company’s CEO Michael Schreiber says the course will continue to evolve over time, while maintaining its tongue in cheek, colourful and pop culture vibe. Perfect for a girls day out.
Images above by Simon Shiff from here.
Vogue Living celebrates 50 years
Whether it was with your grandma, your mother or yourself, there’s a strong possibility that Vogue Living found its way into one of your hands over the years. This month the magazine celebrates is 50th anniversary, and it did so in style with an intimate breakfast at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde. The 50th edition cover features an exclusive artwork created by Dinosaur Designs and photographed by Edward Urrutia. The magazine is now under the direction of editor-in-chief Neale Whitaker, formerly at the helm of Belle until late last year. Pick up a copy for you and your mum!
Images: Vogue Living
Wedgwood and Lee Broom Collaboration
The iconic tableware brand Wedgwood has revealed a new collaboration with designer Lee Broom that’s a far cry from the delicate and dainty pieces you might expect. Bringing in Broom’s bold and colourful approach to design, the pieces are inspired by some of Wedgwood’s most iconic historical designs such as the Jasperware and the Panther Vase. But be quick – there are only 15 of each piece available.
This is one to add to the wish list: a trip to Japan to explore the whimsical Nacrée restaurant. Tucked into an industrial site, this eatery sees acrylic cylinders filled with globes suspended from the ceiling, while the ‘walls’ are formed from curves of more acrylic cylinders, decorated with acrylic flowers. The result is a space where the light is diffused and a sense of movement is prevalent… almost like a futuristic garden.
Images from here.
Father’s Day is right around the corner. Are you organised with a gift for the special men in your life? Don’t forget to spoil them with their favourite designer items as well as a day all about them. Ferrari Interiors has put together a father’s day gift guide that is all about style and functionality.
Whether your Dad is a smoker or he just likes to have a lighter handy to be prepared for anything that comes his way this KNNOX Lighter is a design dream with its brass finish and strong lines. It is one to keep in the collection forever.
These Bang & Olufsen wireless earbuds in indigo blue are perfect for any man. We spend so much time with headphones in, why not gift some stylish ones to our special men. If you saw our Mother’s Day gift guide from this year, we featured some other stylish styles from Bang & Olufsen.
Most men seem to like a small and subtle keyring that doesn’t take up too much space in their pocket. This stylish brass Grovemade Key Ring doubles as a bottle opener which is perfect for the beer lover to relax with a cold one.
For the working man in your life, this more rustic (but still stylish) laptop briefcase by Mission Workshop is a perfect addition to his workday. It is weatherproof and durable so perfect for standing up to a long commute or for longer travel.
This stylish espresso machine by Stelton will make a coffee lovers day. It’s small and stylish design make it a perfect addition to your kitchen. If your dad is picky about his coffee, this streamline espresso machine (with matching accessories) will be a hit.
Add a little style with this large and cozy Missoni bath towel. Do you already have a Missoni collection in your home? Why not add to it with a gift for dad.
Is dad a connoisseur in the kitchen? If your dad loves to cook and entertain, this smokeless Yaki Yaki San Japanese style grill is a great addition and can be used inside without smoking out the house.
We found these stylish and practical Tooletries for dad to organise all his bathroom essentials in one spot. It will add organisation without relinquishing style.
It’s one of those spaces that must be seen to be believed. Ladurée’s new salon de thé in Tokyo is a whimsical display of colour, candy and cutesy.
With stores in Geneva and Los Angeles, the macaron and pastry specialist India Madhavi poured her creative vision into this new dessert cafe.
The interior details see grey and white chequered marble flooring, bespoke scalloped velvet furniture, blown glass lamps, and generous serves of lime-green and candy pink throughout.
One things’s for sure: if we had all the money (and time) in the world, we’d fly mum here for Mother’s Day high tea. But for now, we can dream on by exploring the images of this quaint Parisian cafe in thriving Tokyo…
Images from here.
If only we could fly away to the world’s leading spa resorts to celebrate Mother’s Day this year. That’s not a reality for many of us, but not to fear: we have pulled together four incredible spa resorts to go on all of our bucket lists. From Marrakech to Miama beach, take your pick…
1.Lanserhof Tegernsee, Germany
Tucked into the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, the Lanserhof Tegernsee was designed in line with a ‘high tech monastery’ for the body and mind. Its spa program is based on the famous LANS Med detox regime and it brings together medical treatments and luxurious comforts to deliver a world-class experience. This includes an outdoor heated saltwater pool, evening classical concerts, yoga, tai chi and kinesis workouts and an 18-hole golf course.
Images: Lanserhof Tegernsee
2. Faena Hotel, Miami Beach
With filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his Academy Award-winning designer wife Catherine Martin at the helm as the creative directors, this luxury hotel now has a show stopping spa. Full of theatrical touches, like the bold red, gold and tiger prints and the contemporary art, the ‘Tierra Santa Healing House spa’ features one of the largest hammams on the East Coast, along with age-old South American shaman-developed body-healing rituals.
Images from here.
3. One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
It doesn’t get much more relaxing than this: expansive relaxation lawns, manicured gardens, and spectacular ocean views. The One & Only Reethi Rah is positioned on a secluded island in the Laccadive Sea. Guests can enjoy private pools, canopied day beds and soaking tubs or wander to one of the eight luxurious treatment villas to indulge in treatments based on Ayurvedic traditions and infused with Western luxuries.
4. Royal Mansour Marrakech Spa, Morocco
Built under commission for King Mohammed VI, the Mansour in Marrakech is the gold standard of luxury with just 53 private riads and, of course, that enchanting spa. In the heart of the resort is the picturesque (and often photographed) white, wrought iron atrium. The spa itself covers three floors and features ten spa cabins offering a range of treatments from massages, facials, and hydrotherapy as well as aesthetic and beauty services. Post-treatment, guests can take to the tea lounge to enjoy the selection of chef-made dishes, herbal teas and fruit juices. Pure zen!
Images: here and here.
Easter, Anzac Day, Mother’s Day… there are so many special celebrations and long weekends coming up in the months ahead. The extra days off work are a brilliant opportunity to explore new product ranges, attend design events, or tick some tasks off your home renovation list. To help inspire you – whether inside the home or out and about – we’ve rounded up our top five new happenings this month.
1.Ash Keating’s Gravity System Response exhibition
Melbourne-based artist Ash Keating creates vibrant 20 metre-high wall murals using none other than recycled fire extinguishers filled with paint! Keating has translated his huge murals into large linen canvases for his exhibition, ‘Gravity System Response’ showing at North Melbourne’s The Meat Market from 7th to 13th April. The exhibition will bring together 20 paintings, the largest of which is 3.5×2 metres: just a shadow of Keating’s normal physical, performance-style work.
Photos above: Sean Fennessy for The Design Files.
2.Floral wallpapers by Murals Wallpaper
Whether it’s your mum, grandma, mother-in-law or step-mother, celebrate all the women in your life this Mother’s Day with one of Murals Wallpaper’s beautiful floral wallpaper murals. There are hundreds of floral prints to choose from, all using modern digital printing techniques that capture the intricate detail of the floral prints in HD on quality textured paper. The prints can be hung just like normal wallpaper, but allow for a huge impact. All products are made-to-order and custom sized according to the customer’s wall dimensions.
3. Sand Collection by Dinosaur Design
Dinosaur Designs have launched their latest collection, which explores the natural beauty and perfect imperfections of rocks and mineral properties. ‘Sand‘ features castings and patterns that have sand mixed into the brand’s signature resin finish, futuristic metal armour pieces and stone-based homewares. The result is an arresting tension between structure and fluidity; nature and manmade. In a fitting partnership, Dinosaur Designs’ creative directors, Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, engaged National Geographic photographer Tim Georgeson to shoot this campaign on Sydney’s Maroubra beach, and the models were Georgeson’s and Olsen and Ormandy’s daughters.
4. Comme des Garçons Homme Plus x Fornasetti
Comme des Garçons Homme Plus has partnered with iconic Italian design brand Fornasetti to produce strong, graphical garments and decor. Premiered during the Spring-Summer 2017 Comme des Garçons Homme Plus show ‘Naked King’, this collaboration sees tailored jackets and matching pants printed with the iconic images of Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver Piero Fornasetti.
5. Milan Design Week
If you’re lucky enough to be travelling through Europe at the moment, be sure to add a stop off in Milan. The city is oozing creativity as clever minds descend for the Milan Design Week – otherwise known as the Salone del Mobile – between April 4th and 9th. Now in its 56th edition, the worldwide-renowned furniture exhibition features 2,500 exhibitors and attracts more than 300,000 visitors coming from over 160 Countries. Alongside the main exhibition, several events, meetings and presentations provide a holistic look at the present and future of furnishings and design.
This year, five exhibitions will run concurrently in the creative and design hub for the home furnishing sector: the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Euroluce, Workplace3.0 and SaloneSatellite.