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New Zealand artist Emma Hayes has collaborated with Walnut Wallpaper, the Los Angeles based wallpaper showroom, to form LA Colorscapes, a unique collection of six wallpaper mural designs.  Created in response to the light and colours of Los Angeles and its scenic surrounds, the launch coincides with the opening of the new expanded Walnut Wallpaper showroom in the heart of Beverly Boulevard, LA. 

Sandscape Mural — Sand 

Desertscape Mural — Green

Desertscape Mural — Mist

The stunning collection was inspired after Emma visited LA and spent time with the Walnut team last summer. Writes Emma — “I was lucky to visit LA at the end of summer. What beautiful blue skies and endless sunny days! I was struck by the expanses of blue vistas that blended into perfect gradients of colour at sunset. It struck me that these colour gradients were everywhere — gradients of the blues of the sea to the blues of the sky; honey sands to powder blue skies; desert tones to sunset hues. 

I was also conscious that what separates New Zealand and LA is the Pacific Ocean. We are on one side, and Walnut, the other. Water has been an ongoing fascination for me in my work, and I liked the idea of representing this in some way… an endless repeat pattern of waves and ocean white caps between LA and New Zealand. You will see, especially in the Colorscapes about the sea, the brushstrokes evoke waves and white caps. In Sandscape and Desertscape, they start to represent haze or a mirage of colour.”

Seascape Mural — Blue

Seascape Mural — Steel 

Seascape Mural — Turquoise

The six stunning murals are available on a non-woven paper, pearlescent finish. Commercial grade qualities are available on request. Designs are available to purchase exclusively via Walnut Wallpaper and Emma Hayes.


Emma has had a very busy year, with her company Emma Hayes Textiles releasing Sediment, a new wallcovering design for 2019. First launched in Toronto earlier this year as part of the Toronto Design Festival and part of the presentation at ICFF in New York, the series draws inspiration from sedimentary rock in New Zealand and how it references layers of geology, time and history.

Sediment — Earth 

Quite a contrast from the softer colours in LA Colorscapes, Sediment comes in three rich hues — Turquoise, Earth and Forest

Visit emmahayes.co.nz to find out more. 

Styling by Juliette Wanty / Photography by Dean Foster 

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The Danish design company Reform are launching their latest kitchens designed by internationally acclaimed architects and designers, Studio David Thulstrup, Note Design Studio, and Muller Van Severen. All have applied their award-winning skills to Reform’s growing design family, resulting in uncompromisingly modern kitchens that push the boundaries of conventional industry thinking. Due to launch at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York and 3daysofdesign in Copenhagen, the new designs offer bold, new perspectives from the Scandinavian kitchen reformers. 

FRAME in dark oak by Note Design Studio  

Known for their uncluttered, people-centred kitchens, Reform makes room for personality. Creating space to let architects and designers explore new territory, the process is very much a collaborative one. Studio David Thulstrup, Note Design Studio and Muller Van Severen each build on Reform’s rethinking of the conventional kitchen by adding their own distinct point of view to Reform’s kitchen series. All while sharing a common aim with the Danish company in their persistent dedication to timeless craft and durable design. The outcome is three unique, forward-thinking kitchens designed to withstand the ongoing wear and tear that comes with contemporary living.

FRAME in white by Note Design Studio

Multidisciplinary and forward-thinking, Stockholm-based Note Design Studio have a vibrant design portfolio that ties together a diverse range of creative impulses. Their kitchen design is no exception; nature’s rich and varied colour scheme is a strong influence in an oak-led solution that takes in multiple viewpoints from the studio’s 16 designers and architects, and makes them come together in sturdy panels and solid wood for the protection of your pots, pans and essential everyday items.

In FRAME, honoured Scandinavian design meets Note’s renowned, contemporary creativity for an updated take on the classic kitchen that merges the clean lines of the north with a warm and tactile, human-centred approach. 

FRAME in blue by Note Design Studio 

As you can see, FRAME comes in a choice of three coloured kitchen fronts, and different design varieties. My favourite is the dark brown oiled design paired with stainless steel handles and Corian countertop in soft colours inspired by nature. 

Read more about the FRAME design details here

MATCH by Muller Van Serveren

Working at the intersection of art and design, the globally acclaimed Ghent-based creative duo, Muller Van Severen, are far from your ordinary design team. In their new kitchen design, the creative pairing mix and match materials, aesthetics and design practices to surprisingly captivating effects.

In MATCH, unorthodox elements like the duo’s signature material – the durable and wax-like polyethylene traditionally used in cutting boards – are merged with classic, yet playful features like brass handles and a lush marble countertop. Muller Van Severen have crafted a kitchen, which is as tough and resilient as it is extraordinary and inspiring.

MATCH by Muller Van Serveren

The MATCH kitchen fronts come in six bold colours, allowing for striking combinations that add to the kitchen’s distinctive character and expressive look. The material comes without surface treatment, making the design raw and honest in a tactile and textural way. The doors, drawers, side panels and additions are all compatible with IKEA’s METOD products, and the MATCH countertop is made from marble, in a choice of Calacatta Viola and Bianco Caretta. Traditionally used as a high-end material in luxurious kitchens, the marble takes on a new and contemporary appearance in Muller Van Severen’s inspiring design through an inviting, polished appearance, and as an elegant contrast to the more graphic HDPE material. 

See the full range of MATCH options here

MATCH by Muller Van Serveren

Known for balancing classic design history with a modern design language, David Thulstrup’s contribution to Reform's kitchen series goes deep into modern simplicity with a pared-back take on tradition that draws on the prize-winning architect and designer’s keen eye for laying bare the essence of materials. 

Matte, glossy (coming soon) and brushed surfaces are interchangeable options in a kitchen that feels iconic yet remains refreshingly contemporary; deep colours and bold textures like granite sit neatly alongside the matte, industrial sheen of brushed aluminium and stainless steel for a look that’s raw, honest and elegantly unfiltered. Designed to last in terms of style as well as materials, PLATE is classically modern and big on sincerity.

PLATE in glossy white by David Thulstrup 

PLATE is defined by white or brown kitchen fronts layered with aluminium plates available in a modern, painted version as well as in a hand-brushed version. The countertop comes in solid, stainless steel as well as two modern granite varieties; light-grey Belgian granite and Baltic brown light. I love the depth and texture created by combining the brown fronts and granite. 

PLATE in matte chocolate by David Thulstrup

PLATE in brushed by David Thulstrup

You'll find more information on PLATE here

Reform have showrooms in New York, Berlin, and Denmark, with new showrooms opening in Los Angeles, Cologne and Hamburg later this year.
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Auckland furniture and design store Good Form is proud to announce the launch of a significant expansion to the Rex Kralj product range in conjunction with the recent Salone del Mobile in Milan. Echoing the history of the brand with its unique utilitarian perspective and mid-century origin, the suite of new designs are defined by clean lines and timeless modernity. 

Rex bench seat & Small CC table 

Small CC table

Founded by Niko Kralj in Slovenia in 1952, Rex Kralj has since become known for its significant contribution to 20th century industrial design. Krajl's work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and is also part of the collection of Design Museum Danmark in Copenhagen, among other high profile international exhibitions. Today, Rex Kralj continues to produce a number of Niko Kralj's iconic mid-century designs while also collaborating with leading contemporary designers who channel its rich heritage for inspiration. 

Draw table

Bar table CC & Bar stool CC

Dining table CC & 4455 chair 

Project bar chair

The brand's new offering includes dining, lounge, storage and office furniture in the traditional materials used by the company; oak, beech, walnut and plywood. Each piece is available with a new range of customised finish options and an upholstery selection in fabric or leather. New finish options have also been added to existing designs to add a deluxe element.

The extensive range of new designs ensures the brand remains relevant to contemporary interiors. Where previously Rex Kralj only offered a small dining table solution, now there are two impressive designs which cater to a large space. These are elegant adaptations of two successful chair designs which the company has produced in the 1950s, the CC Stool and the Mosquito Chair. Similar developments have been made with another existing design, the Shell Chair.

Small table trio SQ

Shell Square dining armchair 

Shell lounge chair (available in a range of timbers and colours) & Medium CC table (with optional marble top) 

Shell dining armchair, Round dining table CC & Small CC table 

1960 Chair 'Utility Edition' 

Mosquito collection

Shell Square dining armchair

The newly introduced Square Chair beautifully combines an organic form with a linear, steel tube frame and is designed to suit a range of interior spaces. The new, thoughtful designs and existing range of classics offer an intelligent, skilfully crafted approach to interiors.

It's easy to see why Good Form directors Dan and Emma Eagle hold this brand in such high regard. The collection can be viewed at the Auckland gallery, and is also available to purchase online

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One last reminder, the CULT x TDC COMP closes at midnight tonight! 

To win the ultimate DENFAIR Melbourne experience for you and a friend (including return flights from NZ, a two night stay at the iconic Prince Hotel and wonderful dining experiences) pop over to Instagram and follow the simple steps.

Good luck!


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The 33rd Dulux Colour Awards 2019 were held at the National Gallery in Melbourne last week. The highly acclaimed industry awards programme recognises the most creative and considered use of colour across six categories of built work, and this year's awards attracted a record number of entries from across New Zealand and Australia. I've picked out a favourite to share with you today, Winner of the Residential Interior category, the Caroline House, by Kennedy Nolan.


Melbourne-based Kennedy Nolan restored and re-imagined the existing Edwardian house, adding a pavilion separated by an internal courtyard and swimming pool. Taking a formal yet whimsical approach, the interiors demonstrate unique detailing and a distinctive use of texture, colours and pattern. Beautifully balanced with the garden, the mostly neutral palette is offset by a vibrant green staircase in Dulux Dark Rainforest.

Photography by Derek Swalwell

The paint colours used in this inspiring project are Dulux Dark Rainforest, Grand Piano Quarter (NZ: Sandrock Bluff Quarter), Black (NZ: Te Kuiti) and Calf Skin

To see all of this year's winners, including NZ Grand Prix Winner, Wains Hotel Dunedin by Yellow6, take a look here
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The latest imagery from Muuto presenting their Spring News for 2019 features the most sublime colour palette. Buttery yellows, muted orange, soft pink and earthy greens are set against neutral lime washed walls and concrete flooring. Beautiful hues to soften the raw finishes and showcase the incredible range of design pieces, the Danish brand never fails to inspire.


One of my favourite new product releases includes the Ambit Wall Lamp, the latest addition to the Ambit family by Stockholm-based TAF Studio. A flexible light that explores form and proportions in a meticulous way, TAF reveals a unique dynamic between linear and rounded shapes that gives the lamp its unique outline and timeless design. Featuring an adjustable arm and turnable head, the functionality is met with a clean expression thanks to no visible screws, and handspun aluminium for an elegant touch. The Ambit wall lamp is ideal for a study corner, entrance hall, sleeping area or workplace.


The new Linear Wood Series by Danish designer Thomas Bentzen translates the values of elegance, longevity and functionality into modern Scandinavian design. Comprising a table and bench (available in two sizes), made from traditional Scandinavian materials with oak veneer at the frame and legs along with plywood on its top surface, the Linear Wood Series combines the warmth of wood with a timeless, understated shape. Shown here alongside the Enfold Sideboard Low also by Thomas Bentzen, and the Fiber Side Chair by Iskos-Berlin, the muted yellow is such a warm, happy hue! The Linear also comes in a Steel version designed for outdoor spaces, in four gorgeous colourways. Take a look here.  


The Oslo Side Chair is the latest member of the Oslo family designed by Anderssen & Voll, and the first-ever upholstered side chair from Muuto. Its smooth, embracing curves give it a sculptural inviting design, while the slender legs provide an elevated and refined look.  Available in various upholsteries by Kvadrat and Rohleder, I love the earthy green colour featured above. 

Styling by Pernille Vest / Photography by Petra Bindel 

Muuto have also introduced the Relate Side Table by Swiss design studio Big-Game. A simple and easy-to-use side table with a visual lightness, the table’s silhouette juxtaposes the idea of two shapes connected by a bent metal bar. With its sturdy bent foot integrating visually on the base, the bar allows the user to easily pull the table in or out, making it a convenient companion for any sofa setting. It can also be used for displaying books, vases and other objects, adding a touch of modern design to any space.

Images courtesy of Muuto


A reminder before I go, the CULT x TDC COMP closes in less than a week! 
To win the ultimate DENFAIR Melbourne experience for you and a friend (including return flights from NZ, a two night stay at the iconic Prince Hotel and wonderful dining experiences) pop over to Instagram and follow the simple steps. 
Good luck! 

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Founded by Alessandro Sarfatti, contemporary lighting brand Astep combines a rich history of Italian design with traditional Scandinavian sensibility to create timeless and elegant products. Alessandro continues on the path devised by his father and grandfather, bringing the experience, knowledge and future-oriented outlook that has been nurtured over three generations. Bridging this with the latest developments in digital technologies, Astep represents an admiration for timeless inventions. Objects that, regardless of when they were designed or made, retain their edge and their capacity to enhance the manner in which we live.

Model 2109 designed by Gino Sarfatti and part of the Le Sfere collection for Flos with Sarfatti

Astep is made up of two collections. The Astep Collection takes lighting in new, innovative directions with an understanding and respect for tradition. The products are guided by the experience and passion for lighting design that has been nurtured in the Sarfatti family for three generations, combined with new knowledge and an open mind in a continued quest for substance and meaningful design. 

The capsule collection Flos with Sarfatti is a tribute to the great Italian master of light created in a close collaboration between the lighting companies Astep and Flos.

Having admired this inspiring brand for some time (we have the Flos with Sarfatti Model 2065 pendant light in our dining area at home) I'm in awe of the beautiful new imagery, and I'm excited to share some of my favourites with you today. With styling by Pernille Vest and photography by Heidi Lerkenfeldt, they showcase both collections, including new releases for 2019.


— Astep Collection —
Earlier this year Astep reintroduced a new suspension light in handblown opal glass. SB Cinquantotto, designed by the architectural duo Santi-Borachia in 1958, hence its name, has for more than half a century, held a special place in the Sarfatti family. The main features of the minimal design are a characteristic, subtle shape and a simple wire mounting that allows the black cord to run freely along the thin, seemingly transparent wire. The pendant is made of frosted opal glass, handblown with traditional Italian craftsmanship, and a truly timeless material that diffuses light perfectly. 

SB Cinquantotto comes in two sizes. The original size with a diameter of 32 cm has a strong presence in the room and is a perfect companion for the dining table, as shown below. The smaller version, with a diameter of 20 cm, has a slightly more modest expression and volume but shares the same timeless qualities.

SB Cinquantotto designed by Sainti-Borachia, the Astep Collection 

The VV Cinquanta collection is a versatile, timeless lighting collection by Italian architect Vittoriano Viganò. Created from an innovative, mid-century Italian design spirit, it embraces the values that are at the very heart of Astep: a progressive attitude, objects invented from a wish to make an impact and design that strives to enhance our daily lives. 

VV Cinquanta Collection 

With respect for the origin of the design, Astep’s roots and the proud artisanal and industrial traditions, the VV Cinquanta collection is made in Italy and comes in four models, as shown below. 

VV Cinquanta Floor 

VV Cinquanta Suspension

VV Cinquanta Twin

VV Cinquanta Wall 

Nox is a wireless portable lamp that embodies the playful and innovative energy of its designer, the Swiss Argentinian product designer Alfredo Häberli. Named after the Latin word for night, Nox features a wireless charging system with induction technology developed by Astep that enables the lamp to be free of any cables or plug for a clean modern aesthetic. Highly portable, for use indoors or out, Nox also features a touch dimmer, making it ideal as a bedside lamp with ample light for reading, or as a cosy soft light for dinner parties.  

Nox portable lamp by Alfredo Häberli


— Flos with Sarfatti —
There are two new additions to the Flos with Sarfatti collection for 2019. The Model 537 table lamp was created by Gino Sarfatti around 1950 and features a refined simplicity, rich materials and ingenious, playful design. The large aluminium reflector in black or white is mounted asymmetrically on a burnished or polished brass stem, which is carefully twisted in a beautiful balancing act, coming to rest on an elegant marble base. As a vital part of the design, the stem reaches out through the reflector and beyond in a backward motion, giving the top of the stem a dual function as playful feature and practical handle. 

While the integrated handle has become a frequent feature in today’s designs, Gino Sarfatti was clearly ahead of his time, with a vision to make light portable. Model 537 is effortlessly carried by hand from the desk in the home office to the living room, the bedroom or any other setting that calls for diffused light. 

Model 537 table lamp by Gino Sarfatti 

Le Sfere Plafone, Model 2042/6 from 1963 is yet another of Gino Sarfatti’s beautiful interpretations of the luminous sphere reintroduced for 2019. The refined ceiling light is composed of six blown opaline glass spheres, which are inspired by the natural poetry of the moon. Supported by a painted aluminium mount and structure with a Black or Champagne finish, Model 2042/6 perfectly embodies the wide range of usage, from exclusive private interiors to commercial settings. 

Le Sfere, Model 2042/6 

In addition to the new Model 2042/6 ceiling light, the Flos with Sarfatti collection includes the following members of the Le Sfere family: Model 237 and Model 238, a wall lamp with either one or two spheres in two sizes, and my absolute favourite, Model 2109, the iconic chandelier. With either sixteen or twenty-four spheres that comes in selected sizes, it is truly exquisite. 

Model 237/2 & 238/2

Le Sfere, Model 2109

Showing the incredible diversity of the Flos with Sarfatti collection, here are some more of the timeless designs on offer, all designed by Gino Sarfatti. 

Model 2065

Model 548

Model 1095 & Model 607

Model 2129

To find out more about these collections and products visit Astep.design

A selection of Astep products are available in New Zealand from Good Form.

Styling by Pernille Vest / Photography by Heidi Lerkenfeldt 

Images courtesy of Astep 

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This architect designed villa is located on the idyllic Swedish island of Brännö and features a distinctively Scandinavian style with wood, soft colours and clean lines. Designed in an L-formation, to protect the tranquil garden from both wind and visibility, it has light-filled, open plan living spaces and a guest cottage. 


I've always had a soft spot for dark green, and I think this colour choice for a kitchen is gorgeous! Paired with simple plywood and a composite worktop, it ties in beautifully with the home's natural surroundings. 


Neutral furnishings and rattan furniture in the living room give the home a relaxed, beach feel. There are also lots of clever built-in elements like the staircase shelving - the perfect place to store firewood!


The peaceful colour scheme continues in the bedrooms with soft shades of pink and blue. 


A glimpse of the sunlit cottage below, the all-plywood interior gives the space a real holiday vibe. There's even a yoga studio and tennis courts! See the full house tour here.


Images via Kvarteret Makleri
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Teaming up with Cult to celebrate the best of New Zealand and Australian design, I'm thrilled to announce an exciting giveaway today! Together, we’re offering one lucky winner and a friend the chance to win a two night stay at the iconic Prince Hotel in Melbourne to attend Australia’s leading design event – DENFAIR, in June. The winning pair will receive VIP access to DENFAIR as well as an array of foodie treats including breakfast in the renowned Mercedes me Café and an evening of fine dining in Fitzroy’s Cutler & Co.


An inspiring destination for contemporary design, DENFAIR is held annually in Melbourne and brings together hundreds of local and international brands. This year's curated event, now just under two months away, will showcase many of Cult's amazing local brands with exciting new product launches across furniture and lighting. To celebrate, we've teamed up to offer one lucky winner and a friend the chance to win a two night stay in Melbourne with flights to attend DENFAIR 2019. 

Prince Hotel, Melbourne / Photography by Tom Blachford

Prince Hotel, Melbourne / Photography by Gareth Sobey 

Mercedes Me café

Cutler & Co dining room, Fitzroy

The winning pair will receive an array of exciting prizes including flights from New Zealand to Melbourne to attend DENFAIR, with VIP access to the DENFAIR speaker program and lunch at the DENFAIR Wallpaper restaurant, a two-night stay in a deluxe room at St Kilda’s iconic Prince Hotel, breakfast in the Mercedes me concept café as well as an evening of fine-dining at Fitzroy's Cutler & Co with champagne on arrival, a degustation menu and wine pairing!

Entries are open for two weeks from 6-20 May. To win this incredible prize, all you have to do to win is head over to Instagram and follow these simple steps:

1. Follow @cultdesignnz and @thedesignchaser

2. Share your favourite product by any one of Cult's amazing NZ or AU brands - @nau_design, @timwebberdesign@coco_flip or @nathan_goldsworthy

3. Tag @cultdesignnz, @thedesignchaser and the friend you’d bring along!

4. Hashtag #CultxTDC and #CultNZ

To get you in the competition spirit, I've picked out some of my favourite products from each brand. Take a look below. 

Good luck!

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— NAU —
A contemporary design brand offering furniture, lighting and accessories by a collective of Australia's most spirited and talented designers, NAU offers a collection that is reductive in form, honest in materiality and timeless in style.

NAU/- Chameleon table + Molloy dining chairs by Adam Goodrum and Jolly lighting by Kate Stokes

NAU/- Strand chair by Adam Cornish

NAU/-  Aran Bed & Nest Table by Adam Goodrum

NAU/- Kubrick stool family by Jack Flanagan

NAU/- Fat Tulip sofa and armchair by Adam Goodrum

NAU/- Sia chairs by Tom Fereday, Molloy table by Adam Goodrum and Jolly Pendants by Kate Stokes

— Tim Webber Design —
Tim Webber is a product designer, headquartered in Auckland, with an ambition to create furniture and lighting pieces for residential and commercial markets that celebrate clean, simple, functional design, carefully crafted to be enjoyed for many years to come.

Tim Webber/- Otto chair, Pivot table and Dowel pendant

Tim Webber/- Pivot table

Tim Webber/- Duffel ottoman with storage

Tim Webber/- Layer sofa, Walker chair and Pivot table

Tim Webber/- Pivot table 

— Coco Flip —
Coco Flip is a Melbourne based furniture and lighting design studio established in 2010 and run by Kate Stokes and Haslett Grounds, who work closely with local craftspeople and manufacturers to create lasting products with depth of character.

Coco Flip/- Honey Collection 


Coco Flip/- Mayu floor lamp

Coco Flip/- Puku ottoman

Coco Flip/- Coco pendant 

— Nathan Goldsworthy —
Goldsworthy Studio produces distinctive furniture pieces designed by Nathan Goldsworthy and manufactured exclusively by New Zealand manufacturers. Nathan's work is known for elegant silhouettes and subtle, refined detailing.

Nathan Goldsworthy/- Ballerina pedestal table

Nathan Goldsworthy/- Ballet armchair

Nathan Goldsworthy/- Double Happy stool

Nathan Goldsworthy/- The Historian shelving system

Nathan Goldsworthy/- Ballerina dining table 


Images courtesy of Cult 
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Oscar Properties latest residential complex is the impressive 79 & Park in Stockholm. Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, with interior design by Lotta Agaton Interiors, here's a look inside the stunning viewing apartment.  


The New York inspired apartments feature huge, floor to ceiling windows, and exposed pillars and beams. The industrial rawness reminiscent of turn-of-the-century properties in Soho and Brooklyn is softened with a warm material palette that blends wood elements with textural finishes. The viewing apartment is beautifully styled with iconic furniture and lighting designs, sculptural ceramics, and striking artworks. I love the graphic effect of the Zanotta Quaderna desk by Superstudio in the office nook. The Taccia table lamp by Flos never fails to impress.  


Elegant and welcoming, the living room features the low level Plana coffee table by Charlotte Perriand and rounded Piero Lissoni Confident Armchairs by Living Divani


The exquisite PK 24 Chaise lounge chair by Poul Kjærholm sits alongside the NK Utö side table by Axel Einar Hjorth. Many of the beautiful ceramic pieces and books are from Dusty Deco, a Stockholm-based store that sells eclectic treasures sourced from around the world. 


Images via Residence with photography Erik Lefvander / & Oscar Properties
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Melbourne-based creative workshop Idle Hands have introduced the Mouse Collection. Their first ever range of shelving and storage, it was created in response to the need for good storage solutions as an essential for every interior. Made up of three functional pieces; a shelving unit, entry table and shoe rack, the collection embodies a sense of calm through its simplicity, with a clean yet distinctive design aesthetic. 


Interested to find out more about Idle Hands and this beautiful new range, I asked founders Kieran Meegan and Rickie-lee Robbie a few questions. 

Can you tell us about your backgrounds and the path that led you to the launch of Idle Hands? 

Rickie and I started Idle Hands when the shipbuilding yard I was working at in Williamstown was shut down. I'm a metal fabricator by trade and had worked as a Shipbuilding for about six years. Rickie trained as a printmaker at the Victorian College of the Arts, and had ended up working in arts management in galleries and museums. We decided to start Idle Hands together as a way of using my skills as a metal fabricator in a creative way. Looking for a creative outlet, we also came to have a shared interest in design and furniture. 

Do you have specific roles within the business or is it more of a collaborative process?

When it comes to the design process we work in a more collaborative way, though someone will usually come up with a concept and then we will refine it together. I'm in the workshop most days fabricating products but also doing custom pieces for people and other businesses. There are so many other aspects of running a business, like social media, photo shoots and other admin which we work on together. It really makes it easier to have someone to bounce ideas off, and we also motivate each other which is great. 


The new Mouse Collection has a very clean, understated aesthetic. What was the inspiration behind this design?

The aesthetic for the Mouse Collection came about through both the manufacturing process and the 'mouse hole' shape. With every design we try to get the most of the material - steel is a strong and durable product but it can also be heavy so you want to eliminate any unnecessary bulk. The way the shelves are folded creates strength, and the round bar is strong but subtle. The 'mouse hole' shape was the single feature element that we wanted to incorporate. We were interested in the way that the shape creates negative space making it quite graphic without being overly decorative.

All pieces are created in your Melbourne workshop. Why is it important to you to keep manufacturing local?

We really think there is a space for locally made products in Australia. That's not to say that we are against imported products. There are a lot a great international furniture companies selling in Australia, however you do see a lot of imported products that are of a poor quality. It's these type of products that encourage people to buy more often as they don't last. It can also be difficult to know if there is an ethical supply chain when you are purchasing from big international companies. When consumers buy locally made products there is more transparency and you can guarantee the quality. Coming from the manufacturing industry I really value the skills that other local businesses offer us and the community is really supportive. It gives small businesses a chance to develop and innovate without having to invest a lot in overseas production.

How does sustainability play a part in your processes?

A big part of sustainability in furniture design is about the quality and longevity of a product. We make products that will last, and being made from steel means that they can ultimately be recycled once they are no longer in use.

Photography by Lauren Bamford

Made from durable powder coated steel, the Mouse Collection comes in a range of colours including Matt Black, Pearl White, Classic Cream, Manor Red and Deep Brunswick Green. A beautifully cut glass top is an added element of the entry table which is available in tinted, clear, frosted and translucent finishes. Because Idle Hands manufacture every item themselves, customisation is available to suit each unique space. 

For more information visit idlehands.design

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