A STONE AGE

Marble has been in the limelight for some time now and as fashion goes, things change.  We do love a good classic Carrara Marble but it pays to consider other options outside of what’s currently saturating the market. With that said it’s not all over for marble.  There is an expansion on the trend into more colour and texture.  We are also seeing other stones surface such as Granite, Limestone, Slate and Travertine as well as alternative finishes. 

As designers we love watching and reporting on trends before they become mainstream.  Keeping ahead of or outside the trends means the material selections you make will have a longer design and/or product life. I cannot recall the source but “if it isn’t in fashion, it isn’t out” holds some truth.  Although, we would recommend steering clear of anything obviously out-of-date. In saying that fashion often re-interprets old materials into quite likeable new versions.

So where to next? Well here’s some stone for thought . . .

 

NATURE – There is a natural progression from cool greys of seasons past to warmer earthy hues and more movement.  Coloured marbles in reds, greens and browns.

 

TRANQUILITY -  Peaceful neutrals of white, grey and black. Think mottled, dusty and chalky and rough textures contrasted with sleek minimalist. 

 

CONCRETE - Consider the hues and ambience of concrete rather than the material itself. Look for softer more refined finishes and curves versus hard edges. Tadelkt plaster for example, is a perfect take on a more organic version of the industrial trend.

 

TERRAZZO – Highly durable terrazzo is now very accessible. Large scale patterns draw attention to beautiful stone colours and textures while finer chips are more reserved and classic. Terrazzo can now be found in a variety of applications from hard finishes to furniture to homewares. 



CARPETS, RUGS or MATS

WHAT’S WHAT Can you tell your sofa from your couch? Rug from your mat? Drapes from your curtains? This is the last of the series of three post. Enjoy.

CARPETS, RUGS or MATS

Defining “zones” in open plan living spaces often comes down to flooring selection.  But should you be choosing a rug, a mat or a carpet?  Are they one in the same or is there more to it?  

Do you need a Carpet?  


Jennifer Andersen at Artisan Flooring explains carpet as “A heavy (often tufted fibre) used as a complete wall to wall floor covering. This may vary in pile (cut, twist, loop, texture) with the ability to custom design/colour.”   We recommend carpets in bedrooms for comfort and warmth.  Look for textured loop or plush cut piles. 

Artisans rich chocolate Llama wool Andina carpet is textured and cosy. Natural fibres are variegated in colour and give an organic vibe. 

Artisans rich chocolate Llama wool Andina carpet is textured and cosy. Natural fibres are variegated in colour and give an organic vibe. 

Select a dense cut pile to add softness to contemporary architecture and comfort underfoot

Select a dense cut pile to add softness to contemporary architecture and comfort underfoot

Are you looking for a Rug?

Natalie Seagar at Designer Rugs believes rugs are “ . . . an opportunity to extend the reach of art in your home from the walls to the floor. With today's architectural designs focused on open plan living, a rug helps to define the space where walls once stood, as well as anchor your furniture and tie together your interiors. Using our luxurious quality 100% New Zealand Wool, a rug also helps absorb sound for better acoustics in your home, keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.” Variety is wide so careful selection is a must to ensure your piece lasts the test of time. Designer Rugs x Emma Elizabeth, Plumage rug.  

Designer Rugs x Emma Elizabeth, Plumage rug.  

Designer Rugs x Emma Elizabeth, Plumage rug.  

Artisan, Shadow Rug in Deep Gold is an example of classic contemporary.

Artisan, Shadow Rug in Deep Gold is an example of classic contemporary.

Artisan Flooring, Turkey Rewoven Kilim styled by Home magazine is understated ethnic.

Artisan Flooring, Turkey Rewoven Kilim styled by Home magazine is understated ethnic.

Designer Rugs x Petrina Turner Design, Mavis Rug.

Designer Rugs x Petrina Turner Design, Mavis Rug.

Is it that you need a Mat?


A mat generally serves to “clean items passed over it . . .  removes dirt from the soles of shoes”.  A doormat is the obvious example here.  Sisal, Jute and Coir are perfect fit-for-purpose materials as they are coarse and durable. Often though, a mat is defined by it’s materiality rather than it’s location and these braided or looped mats works well in living areas, bedrooms or beachside locations.  Consider self turned edges for a more seamless contemporary look. Sisal is classic and adaptable to most interior styles.  Great for entry hallways as in this image.  

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Artisan Flooring do a wide range of natural fibre matting including Jute, Seagrass, Banana Silk and Abaca. 

Nodi Rugs, Braided Jute Rug in Steel. 

Nodi Rugs, Braided Jute Rug in Steel. 

Nodi Handmade Rugs source their product from India, however the word "Nodi" is Italian for knot.


CURTAINS OR DRAPES?

Window dressing is a key component in current interior styling so what exactly do you have hanging in your windows? Dayle Bygrave of Seneca explains.

Curtains

"Curtains are normally a sheer or an unlined fabric and gives a light weight appearance. This is normally used for privacy or slightly closing off the outside world.”   Style-wise, natural fibres reign supreme with beautiful linens and embroidered Italian cotton. As New Zealand's sunlight is particularly harsh you may want to consider a fabric which blends natural fibres with synthetic to extend the life of your fabric.

Imagining Italian Summers with Elitis, Dolcezza collection. Romo Black Edition, Lorentz in Ochre 

Romo, Lorentz

Romo, Lorentz

Drapes

"Drapes are a heavier lined fabric and used for warmth, privacy and decoration”. Consider balance when using heavy drapery.  Soften formal fabrics by having drops resting on the floor and dress up more casual fabrics with structure.

We very much approve of the luxurious sheen to the Romo Black Edition, Arrazzo in Rosewood and Mark Alexander, Mezzo - Linen Velvet.

Or an architectural look by Elitis with their tweed-like Tailor fabric. 

Romo Black Edition, Arrazzo in Rosewood

Romo Black Edition, Arrazzo in Rosewood

Mark Alexander, Mezzo - Linen Velvet

Mark Alexander, Mezzo - Linen Velvet


COUCH, SOFA OR SETTEE?

WHAT’S WHAT

Kim Lempreiere from David Shaw Helps clarify what’s what and share a few tips to help you make the right selections.

COUCH, SOFA OR SETTEE?

These three are “effectively interchangeable in everyday speech” as Kim Lempreiere from David Shaw comments.  Although they are in fact each slightly different. She explains the difference below. Sofa “The word ‘sofa’ has been in our vernacular the longest. The Oxford English Dictionary states that the word ‘sofa’ originates in the eastern Mediterranean with the Arabic soffah - ‘a part of the floor raised a foot or two, covered with rich carpets and cushions, and used for sitting upon.” We like the classically styled Boss Sofa by David Shaw which also reminds us a little of the seatings history.

Boss Sofa by David Shaw

Couch

A couch was originally used to refer to piece of furniture for one to sleep on. Taken from the French word coucher which means ‘to sleep’. It is similar to a daybed and was commonly used as the chair for psychiatric sessions (hence Freud's couch). As such, it is used more informally - a place one can put their feet up and relax.” With so much living in the lounge, couch comfort has become almost as important as a quality mattress.  A good modular with chaise is perfect for curling up on to watch a movie. David Shaw’s Matteo Modular ticks all the boxes..

David Shaw’s Matteo Modular

Settee

'“A settee is in many ways like a sofa. Unlike a couch, it must have a back. It comes from the Old English word ‘settle’, a term used to describe long benches with high backs and arms. Due to this, a conventional settee has a high back, high arms, and visible legs. However, the word is used to describe many a sofa in conversation.” A settee does not need to be fussy and old fashioned. David Shaw’s Veronica Settee is smart and contemporary. 

David Shaw’s Veronica Settee

Thanks for your help Kim. 

next week we will be discussing CURTAINS OR DRAPES? 


OFF THE WALL WALLPAPER

Wall coverings have been catching our attention of late. With so many designs available it’s difficult to not be inspired!  Decorative coverings add layers and depth to an interior and showcase individuality.   
Of course you do not need to limit yourself to repeat-pattern wallpapers. Wall Murals and Wall Panels are having their time in the limelight and you may just find yourself falling for one! In terms of trends we see our interest in Nature continuing.  Jungle fever has hit so tropical plants and wildlife are a key source of inspiration. Also water, stone, minerals, earth and space are all influencing pattern.  With water and plants in particular inspiring colour.  You will note Pantone 2017 colour of the year is greenery! 
The Modern Tribal trend is still strong although more of these primitive designs are Japanese inspired.  Chinoiserie Chic is also making its come back in darker more seductive hues.  
We note a 70’s movement with colours less muddy than the original and feeling a little playful.   Embroidery, lace and jacquard patterns can also be found lending their patterns to wallpapers.  A theme likely stemming from the 70s trend we are seeing in clothing fashion.

We’ve picked our favourite papers and murals for you here: 

1. Animalistic


From micro to macro, we are seeing animal print out of scale and in alternative colour.
We like the fine feathers of Zoffany, Icarus wallpaper.  Big Croco wallcovering by Elitis is tactile in vinyl. Kelly Wearster does jungle with her Feline wallpaper.

2. Plant Life

From blousy florals to tropical foliage to mystical forests to autumnal leaves.  There are so many options when it comes to bringing the outdoors in.  Our favourites are Effinger Masterpiece mural from Resene, Into the Woodlands Wall Mural by Murals Wallpaper, La Isla Bonita by Giovanni Pesce for Wall & Deco and Foglie De Vita wallpaper by Lizzo. 

 

3. Minerals


Minerals o$er more texture and colour variation than stone, they also possess a mystical quality.  We like the Obsidian Wall Panel by Anthology it could very well be an image of Earth from afar.  The very chic French-green Fornasetti Malachite Wallpaper from Cole & Son is a more light hearted take!

4. Lunar-scape


We’ve looked at outer-space on previous blogs in the form of rugs and crockery. Metallics are a feature of this trend, particularly gold and silver. 
Cracked Earth wallpaper by Zoffany. Milky Way Wall Panel by Eva Germani.  Casamance’s, Tenebreuse wallpaper in Anthracite reminds us of space ships and tarnished steel!

5. Modern Tribal


Simple designs in earthy hues work wonderfully with metallic accessories.  From African tribal patterns to Japanese craftsman markings. We love nearly everything Kelly Wearstler, here is her Graffito wallpaper. Also the very “wabi sabi" Les Baguettes de Masako wallpaper by Elitis!

6. That 70’s Show!


These papers are toned-down, matured versions of the decades design aesthetic. We love the Osbourne and Little, Parquet wallpaper and the Casamance, Jacarau wallpaper.!

7. Embroidery, Lace, Jacquard


A progression of the luxe damask designs we have seen in the past, this fabric-as-wallpaper trend feels more down to earth and understated. We are particularly fond of the seductive little black number, Spolvero by Francesca Zoboli at Wall & Deco.  The Casamance, Jerico, Soledade Wallpaper in Blue Reviere has the look of Jacquard and pairs nicely with a contemporary interior.

8. Chinoiserie Chic!

Chinoiserie goes moody with a darker colour palette, toning down any fussiness.!
A very authentic Verdure by Melissa White for Zoffany.  Simplicity in the Oasis wall Panel and a more detailed Midsummer Night wallpaper both by Lorenzo De Grandis for Wall & Deco!


CHROMA: A GRAPHIC VIEW

We have been visually devouring post-modern references over the past few years, and the popularity of these movements is ever increasing.  As we move through inspirations from Memphis to Bauhaus and beyond, these references are seeping into our creative minds and from this emerges a style that is distinctly modern and yet very familiar.  

 

 The style is highly chromatic and filled with bold schemes in saturated colour. Peach, melon, yellow, teal and blue form graphic elements dominating the forms that make up interiors. From block colour, shapely furniture and melting objects that seem to have emerged from a Dali-esque artwork to graphic outlines and line-work that create illusions reminiscent of work by Escher – your interior will begin to evolve beyond the mid-century post-modern style and into a vivid chromatic retreat.

A strikingly chromatic palette in clean and bold colours, saturated hues work alongside softer, greyed-off shades in the Chroma colour collection.  Together black and white is an essential starting point, whilst more muted tertiary hues are paired with stronger colour to create intriguing combinations.


Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen

ENTWINE: A COLOURFUL WEAVE

Respectful appreciation for diversity is an important part of how we now live. More frequently than ever we are reminded of the need to strive for equality and to take a global view that extends beyond our backyard. We want to be connected with other cultures, be respectfully inspired by their traditions and unique creative talents.

We look for a connection – something that can create a dialogue between modernity and tradition or seemingly opposing cultures


This interior style is eclectic and combines many references to varying global cultures with modern pieces featuring weave and rich colour, inspired by landscapes from South America to the middle east. Rich colours such as red, burgundy, brown and oranges are brought together with the zest of bright yellow and blue to form unexpected combinations and diversify the look of a modern interior.

This eclectic range of colour displays richness and warmth in earthy red and botanical green with unexpected accents.  The Entwine palette is influenced by global cultures and landscapes creating a link between modernity and tradition.

Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen

SENTIENCE: A TACTILE REMEDY

Texture has become a remedy for our senses.

Move away from smooth, cold surfaces and surround yourself with warm colours, flesh tones and vegetal hues. Rediscover colours that are soothing and restorative; relaxing and tonal. Begin to fill your home with texture, tactility and undulating surfaces. Your choice of materials becomes very important – how do they feel? Smell? Does your eye find interest in the apparent movement of the material's surface?

Texture has become a remedy for our senses. Tactility is our relief from the pressure of the screen and the smooth unsympathetic surfaces we endure daily.

Raw aesthetics are combined with manmade materials that provide visual interest and tactile qualities under our fingertips.

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Subtle pastels and soft naturals make up the Sentience palette.  New beiges with a hint of grey are versatile and will pair easily with the mellow hues of the range.


Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen

We love this peaceful calm palette direction and look forward to incorporating these tones into a project.