Design & Style

For the love of fabric and country

January 18, 2016

How lucky we are to have an Australian landscape so full of inspiration.

Australian artists, designers and interior decorators are drawing on the vibrant colour palette found in our native flora and fauna; with plants, wildlife and colour being the driving force behind much of this seasons styling and interior design trends.

We were recently involved in a collaboration and were over the moon to have our Avalon Bedhead appear in the January 2016 issue of House & Garden (styled by H&G’s Kate Nixon and photography by Chris Warnes). Upholstered in pale blue Wild Waratah Linen from Utopia Goods, the bedhead came up a treat and was coordinated perfectly with the other styled elements in the shot.

Kate Nixon’s style direction – “Mix geometrics, florals and stripes in cotton and linen for rich yet carefree results”.

Our love of beautiful bright unique fabric often finds us dreaming, creating and loving many homewares and soft furnishings. Screen printed fabrics have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years and thanks to a number of very talented artists around the country, this very hands on practice continues it’s
charge into the mainstream.

We have to say it’s hard to go past the style and artistry of Sophie Tatlow and Bruce Slorach from Utopia Goods. It’s obvious to see the care and attention that goes into every fabric in their extensive textile print collection. “The textiles are printed by hand, designed in Sydney and made on 100% cotton of the highest quality. Each fabric print uses multiple screens to produce multicoloured images and illustrations printed across various fabric weights including cotton drill, linen, cotton-silk and oxford canvas”.

Sophie provides an insight into the creative process in her journal entry ‘Good things take time’ and the couple were also recently featured in the Jan/ Feb 2016 issue of Vogue Living. Our tip – check out their collections and stockists online.

While our Avalon bedhead in pale blue Wild Waratah linen creates a beautiful centre piece, many of our clients opt for a more neutral coloured bed or bedhead and build layers of colour and texture with the surrounding soft furnishings and bedroom accessories.

This approach provides the flexibility to swap out the linen, cushions, feature pillows, throws and even wall hangings to create a completely new look. There’s something dreamy about a bedroom full of colour and texture.

This shot from Apartment Therapy captures the idea of building interest and creating a style around a more neutral/ solid coloured bed. The elements in this bedroom are brought together using a continuity and contrast of various colours, textures and natural beauty.

Another independent textile design studio that’s brightening up the Australian homes is Melbourne based Bonnie & Neil. “Largely incorporating botanical motifs, bright patterns and occasional nod to Australian culture, their designs are influenced by their surroundings and a shared love of colour”. Ashley Bonnie and Neil Downie are partners in life and in 2010 became partners in business when they started ‘Bonnie and Neil’.

The oversized floral motifs and cockatoo prints in this image from a 2013 Four Seasons Magazine article reflects the motivation for much of their work. Bonnie Ashley explained, “Living in Australia—the landscape, the light—is a big influence in our range, especially when it comes to colour”. We’ll excuse them for not including a bedhead in this shot on the basis they were proving the point that even in the rawest, most industrial setting, their work can bring life and a pop of colour….I think they succeeded 🙂

The fabric collections from Ink & Spindle are another who are heavily influenced by Australian native flora & fauna, but also the man made urban environment of Melbourne.

All colours are hand mixed in their studio using hand mixed solvent free inks and the fabrics are screen printed on site. “We love working within the limitations of screen printing and hand printing, with all of our designs requiring only one or two colour separations. We use overprinting, screen flips and displacements to create beautiful results from only a single screen”.

Their approach – “Rather than following current design or fashion trends too closely we try to develop textiles that will fit in your life for many years to come”.

With our Australian natural environment for inspiration, it’s not surprising these amazingly talented designers and artists are having an impact and producing such beautiful material for the rest of us to enjoy.

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