Design Trend Edit: Discover the best of designEX

Australia’s longest running design and architecture exhibition, designEX is a hub of creativity with local and international design leaders showcasing their latest products and ideas. From textiles and furnishings to wallpaper and lighting, in this article Bernie reveals the best of the best.

Lights Shine Bright

Lighting is always huge at designEX and this year the category shone brighter than ever. Pun intended. Here are some of my favourite lighting products:


1. The Latitude Light by Flynn Talbot: This Perth designer’s work explores the way in which light impacts human experience and transforms space. I particularly love Flynn’s Latitude Light; it allows you to position light anywhere. Up-lighting, down-lighting, spotlighting, any angle is possible. A simple adjustment can totally change the look and feel of a room.


2. Ilanel’s Rain: Experiential illumination is ILan El’s passion. He is the man behind the ilanel design studio and his creations are contemporary and playful. Take ‘rain’, a gorgeous multi-sensory lighting product that captures the shimmery sparkle of raindrops frozen in descent. I think this light would look striking in either a commercial or residential space.


3. The Drop-Bar Lamp: This sculptural light caught my eye at designEX and it has a great story behind it. The lamp is made from recycled timber irrigation ‘drop bars’ used to control the flow of water on Victorian farms. The timber is Murray River Redgum and it has a unique patina from being submerged in water. I also adore the antique style components such as the filament light globe that gives the lamp a beautiful old-world feel.


4. Willowlamp: I also want to give a shout out to Willowlamp. This award-winning lighting company makes chandeliers, pendants and artistic lights that can be customised for your decor. The products are made from a patented method of attaching ball-chain to hand laser-cut steel frames, the end result is stunning.


5. Simone LeAmon’s La Prima Ballerina: This Australian designer and artist has had her work showcased in galleries around the world. Simone’s projects explore storytelling through process and material and I love her clever re-working of the traditional ballerina lampshade. Standing over 2 metres tall this dramatic shade is true lighting haute couture.

Wondrous Wallpaper


6. Robin Sprong Digital Wallpaper: This marvellous digital wallpaper by Robin Sprong comes in an extensive range of images including concrete finishes, brick walls, timber and landscapes. It can be sized to fit any space and doesn’t cost the moon. For a unique urban look, my personal favourites are the raw concrete finish and brick wall.




7. Swarovski Wallpaper: Created by British wallpaper designer, Karen Beauchamp in collaboration with the in-house design team at Swarovski Elements, this wallpaper is positively dreamy. It’s Swarovski’s first collection of this nature and comprises of nine embellished and two plain wallpapers. I love how Swarovski’s signature crystal elements have been incorporated on mirror-like foil and ink backgrounds. A wonderful way to add glamour and a luxe feel to your home!


8. Surface View: Surface View invites you to search and discover incredible images from its carefully handpicked collection. And once you’ve found a gem they’ll print it for you on a myriad of materials including wall murals, wall stickers, posters, birch plywood panels, lampshades and floor tiles with their cutting edge printing technology. Surface View’s images have come from museums, galleries, and old archives of vintage maps, retro style, iconic textile designs etc. It’s an epic collection inspired by the owner’s childhood love of stamp collecting.



9. Lunar Chair from Mobi Contract: This cool Nordic design is melded with ancient Chinese poetry and magic. “The Moon, a symbol of new life and the female principle in yin and yang is described in legend as Chang’e, the goddess of the Moon arising in the West in her lunar palace called Guanghan, meaning ‘wild coldness’.”


10. Laja Chairs from James Richardson: I love these cool, super comfortable seats. They’re made of crossed elastic bands covered by polytrethane foam so the back is slightly springy. The only tough part is deciding which colour and material to choose. The range of upholstery includes fabric and leather (or eco leather), and you can opt for a combo of both. Then the aluminium legs can be polished or powder coated to match the colour of the seat.  An excellent modern dining chair.


11. Mayor Sofa from Great Dane Contract: This stylish sofa was originally designed by two Danish architects for Denmark’s Sollerod City Hall between 1939-1942 and was recently named ‘Best Reissue’ in the prestigious Wallpaper Design Awards (2013). I personally love it for its modern elegant look and the fact it’s made with exceptional materials; the oak base is superb.

Let’s Talk Textiles


12. Shibori emerald

12. Shibori Leather from Emily Ziz: Shibori comes from the Japanese word shiboru meaning to wring, squeeze or press.  It’s a term used to describe several methods of dying and I love how it has been applied to leather at Emily Ziz. I think these vivid designs would make gorgeous wall art in a home or office.

If you’d like further info about these innovative design products from designEX please give Bernie a ring on 0417 088 602 or email Ferrari Interiors has established close relationships with local and international suppliers and are delighted to pass on cost savings to you.