Art, Blog, fashion

Cool…matthew johnson and gary bigeni collab

30 July 2013

Cool…matthew johnson and gary bigeni collab

We have been collectors of Matthew Johnson’s work for many years.  You may remember his painting formed a backdrop in my apartment spread in Elle Decor a few months ago.   I love the vibrant shades of pinks and purples which form a beautiful back drop for interiors.   The subtle gradations of colour  that you can see in  the painting does not translate well to photographic imagery but it is beautiful to see.  The painting has been recently moved to our bedroom so I have the pleasure of looking at it when I wake up every morning.

Matthew has recently collaborated with fashion designer, Gary Bigeni, creating fabrics for his new collection for Spring Summer 2013/14 which you can see in this months edition of Australian Vogue Living.  The digital prints of his paintings have translated well to the simple shapes of Bigeni’s designs which loosely fit the body.   You can check out more images in Vogue Living.

 






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Blog, Design

Cool…graphic rugs

29 July 2013

Cool…graphic rugs

Graphic rugs are one of the easiest ways to add colour and pattern to a room in a controlled way.   The dominant colour often anchors your room and creates interest in what could otherwise be a bland interior.  You can move the furniture to reveal more or less of the rug.  Pick up colours from the rug in the cushions, sofas  or accessories and if you really want to go over the top- paint the walls in a similar hue.

 











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Blog, Design, Interiors

Cool…Trinity Clubhouse

28 July 2013

Cool…Trinity Clubhouse

AD just published these images of the interior of the Trinity Clubhouse for the Samsung brand in South Korea.  All the hallmarks of Liagre’s designs are here: from the use of beautifully figured woods to subtle lighting to the use of simple but luxurious upholstered furniture in beautiful fabrics.   The coffered ceiling is gorgeous and has that sophisticated Asian influence that reminds me of the ceilings used in Japan.











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Blog, Design, Interiors, Shopping

Cool…new armadillo rugs

26 July 2013

Cool…new armadillo rugs

Sometimes I wish my children  would never grow up.   These feelings surface when I see newborn babies, wander into Bonpoint or design other people’s nurseries and playrooms.   They surfaced again when I saw Armadillo’s new Junior collection which has been released this month.  I am looking forward to putting in an order for September.  The colours are bright and lush and the designs would fit into small spaces as easily as they would into a kid’s bedroom.   Look out for it in September….











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Blog

uncool…blank sliders

24 July 2013

uncool…blank sliders

you may have noticed a slight technical hitch…wordpress has been updated and my slider plug in no longer works.  The screen is unfortunately blank, but this doesn’t mean that we aren’t here.   We’re working  hard to resolve the  issue and our face will look as beautiful as it did before!











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Brands

Austin Press

22 July 2013

Austin Press

    Located in the historic shipyard of San Francisco, Kimberly Austin creates beautifully crafted ephemera on her vintage Chandler & Price press.  Inspired by a collection of rare books and alphabets, AP offers a rich assortment of ready-to-write and custom tailored note cards inspired by nineteenth century designs.






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foglinenwork

22 July 2013

foglinenwork

  Yumiko Sekine started her first business in 1993 importing used books and homewares from Europe and America to Japan. In her search for more products, she could not find affordable every day linens that she had used during her childhood. She visited Lithuania, a country that grows flax, whose fibers are spun into linen,and has been […]






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Brands

HAY

22 July 2013

HAY

      We Have an Excellent Selection of HAY Furniture   In our efforts to bring the best products to our buyers, Eclectic Cool sources items from some of the best brands from around the world including HAY. A HAY chair or sofa is an excellent addition to your space with Danish designs that […]






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Blog, Design

summer break

21 July 2013

summer break

We’re taking a few days off from the store over summer to stocktake and recharge our batteries.  I will be off to explore the Pacific Northwest, unfortunately not in a MINI- though I would love to.

I am totally loving these images of MINI’s new camping and holiday car accessories.  Who would have thought you could fit a shower on board a MINI?











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Cool…mcgyver design

21 July 2013

Cool…mcgyver design

Don’t you just love designers who can make something out of the most mundane of items?   Take a look closely at some of these images.











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