23Aug

Myles Baldwin at Glenmore House – THIS FRIDAY!

19Aug

Next workshop- biggest one yet!

Emotive Interiors Workshop

This workshop will be huge!! For the first time ever, we will be hiring out a studio and building an entire set. I constantly get asked how to create a space that reflects the owner’s personality and lifestyle. Super hands-on, in this workshop I’m going to create a set or a replica of an interior right in front of your eyes. I’ll show you the tricks of the trade, how to choose layer & get a sense of self.

Although it will be a set-build on the night, it will be easily translated into your home and you will pick up tips and discover the stylist within. I plan on covering wall treatment, flooring suggestions, lighting, furniture placement and various other secrets!! This is the workshop of the year- not to be missed! BYO of course.

Buy tickets here!!

19Aug

Bathing Pavilion

I am researching for a new bar I am designing.
A fascination with old locker rooms (not in a creepy way) & bathing pavilions led me to Neilsen Park.
I love how you can access this from the beach via a tunnel- so very 1920′s.
I am hoping that it is just closed for the winter, but it looked a little tattered & unloved, & considering I had to quietly step over some obstructions to enter (not really breaking in, more just nosily poking around) I’m not too sure…
I love the generous proportions & thoughtful changing cubicles all wooden & roofed- I  intend to reference this idea & intimacy in my bar.
I am off on excursions  to North Sydney Pool, Wylies Baths & Rose Bay Surf Lifesaving Club at Bondi to check out their changing facilities!! Quite a few years back, I was on a photo shoot that flew me into Asheville, North Carolina. I visited Biltmore House, built by the Vanderbilts of American railway fortune.
It was built in 1889-95 and has the most impressive tiled gym & indoor pool you have ever seen.
18Aug

Scrimshaw

Skills that sailors had other than Sailing (see Etcetera Etc pp. 86 and a half):

Sewing, Tattooing, Birdwatching, Whittling, Scrimshawing, Training Pets: Monkeys, Parrots, Crickets, Dogs; Bone Carving: Buttons, Needles, Combs, Gambling Chips; Musical Instruments, Knot Tying, Making Games: Quoits, Balls; Dancing Jigs & Singing Seashanties, Reading (most ships had a library), Basketweaving, and Palm & Leather Braiding, Collecting Specimens, Botanical Drawing/Painting, Shooting and Skinning Animals, Cooking, Herbal Remedies, Rope & Net Making.
My friend, James Merrell gave me a very old special piece of scrimshaw that is on my desk for me to look at whenever I please. If you are not up with the art of scrimshawing, it was traditionally done by sailors and is a kind of miniature naive carving done on bones, mostly whalebones, most often depicting sea adventures, expeditions & creatures.
18Aug

Faye Toogood

I have long admired Faye Toogood. Many moons ago (from the 90′s on) she was the genius creative behind the swatch pages of The World of Interiors. I admired her gusto & enthusiasm for what could be have been approached in a ho-hum kind of a way.
Fast forward to the last couple of years- her work you can now step into. The Rug Co in NYC & Chicago were designed by her, & ooze with a sense of humour, colour, general good taste & uber cool furniture pieces to showcase the rugs.
See pp. 171 in The Stylist’s Guide to NYC.
Although I missed this years Milan Furniture Fair (actually, I’ve never been) I lived it through the pics & clever words of Vogue Living’s David Clark.
I was captivated by Faye’s interactive space created in an Italian apartment: she held soiree at midnight, where the food was as much on show as her leather covered chairs (sewn by specialist fetish couture masters), resin tables, aluminium chairs and lunar plates. Tea-dyed boiled eggs held in hammocks were served by black latex gloved waitresses, charcoal covered cheese & chocolate dipped bread skewered by a knife were piled for you to serve yourself.
This woman is a genius & is as cool as Ilse Crawford.
These are the women that inspired me & enticed me into this industry.
All photos from www.studiotoogood.com