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Author: Kit Unreliable

Limber Timber Lighting

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Limber Timber Lighting

For a desk lamp with a difference, design and architecture studio TAF have created the beautifully simple Wood Lamp for Scandinavian company Muuto. The low-tech pine lamp features an exposed cord and expressed joints in an unapologetically functionalist form.     As with much good design, the end result seems — Continue reading

The Doors

Categories: Art + Graphics
The Doors

I can't help it, I really love these lift doors. They're unashamedly glitzy in the best kind of way. But if I ever happened to tire of the glossy gold, I can always just replace it with a bookshelf of first editions. Or just brick over the doorway entirely and — Continue reading

Table Times Two

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Table Times Two

While there's something about the term 'convertible table' that instantly takes me back to the late 70s (which is pretty impressive, given that I wasn't born yet), the TT01 Convertible Table is decidedly un-retro in the best possible way. Designed by Tom Rossau, this ingenious table goes from seating 4-6 — Continue reading

Postcard Gardens

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Postcard Gardens

When it comes to adorable letterbox surprises, there are few things that would be more welcome in my own little letterbox than these amazing Postcarden designs. The clever combination of Postcard + Gardens is the work of London-based A Studio for Design, with the first series of three featuring the — Continue reading

Privacy Gets Smart

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Privacy Gets Smart

I'll use any excuse to make an obscure Get Smart reference, but this time I barely even have to work for it! Some very smart agents designers have conceptualised* the Cones of Silence for the 21st century, the Veasyble! Based around the notions of isolation, intimacy and ornament, the origami-esque — Continue reading

The Beautiful Ups and Downs

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
The Beautiful Ups and Downs

I can't get enough of these necklaces from This is Plot. Each necklace contains a crafty depiction of commodity prices over the decades, from gold and silver through to oil and lead. A little bit geeky but a whole lot of awesome.

Two a Tea

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Two a Tea

Of all the design trends in the world I could be watching, I seem to be involuntarily drawn to all things tea. Tea bags, tea cups, tea pots, tea cosies, tea parties – if it has to do with tea, I'm all over it.* Which probably goes a long way — Continue reading

Suburban Typophiles Rejoice!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Suburban Typophiles Rejoice!

I've long been jealous of the sexy Neighbourhood Posters that have graced many an international city, but my envy is no longer required! Sydney-based graphic designer Greg O'Conner, and partner in crime Kath, have recently launched Suburban Type, a fantastic project that aims to capture all the cool corners of — Continue reading

Going for Baroque

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Going for Baroque

Although my devoted Modernist predecessors might not agree, I happen to believe that the combination of old and new can often result in outstanding design. Case in point, these Neolion chandeliers by Czech designers Boadesign Studio. In development since 2006, the collection merges the grand forms of chandeliers of old — Continue reading

Have it Your Way – FlexVaas by Vij5

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
Have it Your Way – FlexVaas by Vij5

 As someone who loves vases but simply doesn't have the storage space for a vast collection, FlexVaas by Vij5 is as practical as it is pretty. The interchangeable tops are designed with different flower arrangements in mind, and the storage jar-esque rubber seal and wire clasp secure the ceramic components — Continue reading

Between the Sheets

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Between the Sheets

My inner archi-geek is compelling me to share these beautiful images with you. Just the first step in a deliciously elaborate project by Bartlett School of Architecture student Thomas Hillier, these illustrations and collages are inspired by the work of renowned Japanese printmaker, Ando Hiroshige. Entitled The Emperor's Castle, the — Continue reading

The Best Thing Since…

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
The Best Thing Since…

 I have a confession: I'm one of those boring Moleskine type kids. Black cover, black elastic, gridded paper. I haven't scribbled a single line in anything else since I hit my 10th birthday. So, truth be told, I feel a little guilty to be lusting over Burak Kaynak's tasty Sliced — Continue reading

A Little Sketchy

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects
A Little Sketchy

As much as I love the straight lines and right angles of Modernism, there's a time and a place for sketchy, imperfect interiors, and it appears that the time is now. I mean 'now' loosely of course, as we've been seeing some delightfully scrappy designs for the last few years, — Continue reading

Everything Has Its Place

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Everything Has Its Place

Ironic coming from someone who is chronically disorganised, but if anyone needs an extra little nudge to put everything back where it belongs, it's me! As someone who also has a habit of hiding away my decidedly un-sexy yellow trace in an ingenious location that I can never remember when — Continue reading

Patricia Urquiola – Off the Wall

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Patricia Urquiola – Off the Wall

[Left: Homage to Mimmo Rotella - Not in Venice | Right: Beto Riginik - Poetics sprays] Even when I'm pretending that I'm still a hard-line steel-and-glass-loving minimalist, I find it virtually impossible to deny the allure of layers, patina and texture. The ability to not only see history, but to — Continue reading

Paper Cuts (The Pretty Kind!)

Categories: Art + Graphics
Paper Cuts (The Pretty Kind!)

As a renter I'm constantly on the lookout for ways to make my walls a little less bland. Without the luxury of simply applying paint or wallpaper, one would think my options are limited, but with a few adhesive hooks and a passion for art, it doesn't take much to — Continue reading

Public Space Goes Upwards and Underground

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Public Space Goes Upwards and Underground

For years now I’ve been watching the development of the High Line, an inspiring landscape design/urban design/regeneration project along Manhattan’s West Side that has only recently opened to the public. My little architecture school tucked away here in Australia was ridiculously excited about the project when it was first opened — Continue reading

If Signage Could Play Lawn Bowls…

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
If Signage Could Play Lawn Bowls…

When old signage and logos have passed their Use By date, the poor little guys don't have many options. They can either go into storage to gather dust eternally, never to be glanced at again, or more likely, they face immediate destruction. That's not how you treat an object that — Continue reading

Da Bomb

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Da Bomb

For those of us who celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May, there's still plenty of time to stock up on chocolates and flowers, but if you really want to show your mother how much you love her… Tell her she's da bomb. (Apologies to all fathers for — Continue reading

The Secret Life of Chairs

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
The Secret Life of Chairs

I'm convinced that when us mere humans turn our back or give in to sleep, furniture does indeed have a life of its own. (Please refer to Exhibit A and Exhibit B.) Further compelling evidence of this theory comes to us from Istanbul,  Turkey, where chairs have been seen frolicking — Continue reading