The new year brings with it a renewed sense of purpose and, often, fresh eyes on the way we live. What better place to reinvent our world for 2018 than in our homes? With a new guard of Australian home ware designers leading the charge with thoughtful, unique, and beautiful designs, we can’t help but feel inspired to add new highlights to our interiors this year. Here are 4 of our favourites right now.
A woman of many talents, Sarah’s background in fashion has clearly had an influence on her aesthetic eye. Her distinct design remit blends warm, nostalgic colours with a light touch and an appreciation for the importance of curves. And while there appear to be nods to the clean minimalism of mid-century Scandinavian form, her work feels impeccably of-the-now. Rose gold tinted mirrors in half-moons and plinths sit alongside delicate marble-topped side tables. Armchairs are given a luxurious twist with plush orange velvet cushions draped playfully over a white frame, while ceramic vases with shark-fin like details provide a less bold but no less impactful touch of Sarah’s unique magic.
Studio Truly Truly
Fresh from showing at Salone del Mobile in Milan last year, Studio Truly Truly are on a roll. Operating from the Netherlands, the Australian founders - designers Joel & Kate Booy - create a broad spectrum of work that encompasses lighting, furniture, objects, and exhibition design. They are stradling the intersection of commercial design and innovative art, pushing the limits of how both worlds can co-exist within their work. Our pick is their ‘Levity Lamp’ - a sculptural and poetic depiction of light that could have been plucked from the imagination of Salvadore Dali.
Henry Wilson has forged a strong identity by using materials such as brass, bronze, and aluminium to create the kind of objects that are sure to last, both in form and in style. His bold, masculine style is as informed by his love of anthropology as it is by his understanding of utility and an innate appreciation for longevity. Having worked on fit-outs with Aesop, Henry is well-versed in holistic approaches to creating a visual language. But it’s his small objects that we are most taken with. From a perfectly formed and comfortingly weighty bronze dish to his sensually rounded wall sconces, Henry’s objects often look as though they might have been discovered at an antique market. If you were very, very lucky.
Anna Varendorrf, the woman behind ACV Studio, has a way with brass. As a jewellery maker, it doesn’t surprise us, but it’s her curved brass vases that are verging on cult-status level that prove her innate understanding of the material. Designed to serve as both a vessel or as a sculptural object, Anna’s vases are a study in the beauty of curves and asymmetry, each one slightly different. The ultimate test of adding a decorative object to the home is in how much pleasure it will give us. Anna’s vases may be the epitome of poetic beauty in brass form.