Dinosaur Designs – 'Lapis Landscape' Collection

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Dazzling blue is the star of Dinosaur Designs’ new ‘Lapis Landscape’ collection of homewares and jewellery

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Blue is an incredibly powerful colour, reminding us of the sea and sky. It’s by turns serene, soothing and startling, as seen in the gorgeous new ‘Lapis Landscape’ collection of resin and brass homewares and jewellery by Australian duo Dinosaur Designs.

TOP: Resin ‘Horn’ vase from 2019’s ‘Lapis Landscape’ collection by Dinosaur Designs
ABOVE: ‘Horn’ bangle, ‘Tall Stone’ jug and ‘Large Rock’ cups; ‘Mother of Pearl’ dish; assorted homewares, all from the resin ‘Lapis Landscape’ range

By creative directors Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, the range’s ‘electrifying and intense’ blue designs take their cue from lapis lazuli, a deep-blue rock and semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its vibrant cobalt colour. Mined mainly in Afghanistan, lapis has been used for adornment on both the living and the dead (it appears on Tutankhamun’s funeral mask) and when ground down its pigment is the finest ultramarine hue, beloved by artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It’s a colour that translates well to contemporary resin, drawing the eye while refreshing the soul. ‘I was inspired by the incredible jewel-like depths of the colour Lapis,’ says Olsen.

ABOVE: ‘Horn’ vase, ‘Small Stone’ jug, ‘Wide Organic Column’ vase and ‘Small Mother of Pearl’ dish; various spoons; ‘Moon’ cheese platter, ‘Stone’ cheese knife and ‘Shell’ spoon

Dramatic blues aside, ‘Lapis Landscape’ features a rich, earthy palette balanced by ivory swirls, with clay hues influenced by the red sands of the Australian Outback and gold tone accents. ‘I was also fascinated by the relationship between the ochre sand tones of central Australia and the creamy white sands of Sydney,’ says Olsen, ‘all of which translate perfectly to our handmade resin pieces.’ Forms are boldly sculptural, with new shapes including the ‘Horn’ and ‘Organic Column’ vases, complementing the classic ‘Beetle’ bowls and ‘Pearl’ dishes. Launched on 11 February, the homewares collection offers a covetable choice of vases, cups, bowls, dishes, platters, coasters, cheese knives and spoons.

ABOVE: ‘Double Circle’ drop earrings; ‘Large Horn’ earrings and jug; ‘Large Circle Drop’ earrings, ‘Horn’ bangle and ‘Medium Column’ vase; ‘Long Flute’ necklace and ‘Horn’ bangles, all from the ‘Lapis Landscape’ jewellery and homewares range

Jewellery spans rings, earrings, pendants, cuffs and bangles. Fresh additions to the range include ‘Long Flute’ and ‘Circle Drop’ earrings, with pieces such as the ‘Horn’ series of rings, earrings and cuffs combining resin and brass.

‘Lapis Landscape’ is available in Dinosaur Designs’ flagship stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, London and New York as well as online. Prices start from AU$25 for a resin ‘Shell’ teaspoon, which comes in Clay Swirl, Ivory Swirl and Ivory colourways, as well as that dreamy Lapis Swirl.

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Photography Victoria Zschommler; Styled by Natalie Turnbull and Heleena Trahanas; Model Alana McCoy

Gucci goes home

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Luxe Italian fashion brand Gucci has launched Gucci Décor, a new line of interior accessories that brings a little wildlife into the home...

BY DEE IVA

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The house of Gucci is getting ready to dress our homes this September with Gucci Décor, a new line of furniture and decorative accessories full of animal magic.

Colourful embroidered cushions, upholstered chairs, scented candles, metal trays, folding occasional tables, wallpaper and incense holders are just a few of the items in the range with prices ranging from £140 for an incense burner to an eye-watering £21,000 for a decorative freestanding silk room divider.

Feline faces, bumble bees and slithery snakes adorn tableware and cushions referencing motifs already seen in Gucci’s recent collections of clothing and accessories.

But it’s not only the eye of the tiger that has caught our attention. We’re also entranced by the mystic astral eye that gazes out from circular metal trays and the graphic treatments of the ceramic candle holders. 

ABOVE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Glossy black metal 'Tigers' print folding table, £895; 'Star Eye' round metal tray, £480
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Octopus' three-panel jacquard folding screen, £21,060
BELOW: 'Kingsnake' oval metal tray, £795; 'Kingsnake' embroidered velvet cushion, £895

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ABOVE FROM LEFT: It's the eye of the tiger on this upholstered 'Chiavari' chair with embroidered motif, £1,830; tasseled velvet cushion in emerald green, £895; and round metal tray, £450
BELOW: Witty ceramic candle holders use bold colour, type and 3D details. Pink porcelain 'Fumus Modern Future', £220; pink 'Inventum Butterfly', £320; blue 'Fumus Star Eye', £240; 'Esotericum Chevron', £220

All of this has been masterminded by Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, which also explains the presence of the cute ceramics in the Gucci Décor collection. Michele is also creative director of Florentine ceramic company Richard Ginori which produced the witty candle and incense holders.

Last, but not least, are the Chiavari chairs with their hand-embroidered velvet cushions. We love the fashionforward colour palette and bamboo detailing that brings a touch of the Orient to a traditional Italian design.

It looks like it's time for well-heeled homes to get their Gucci on...
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The Gucci Décor range of home accessories is available now online and in selected Gucci stores
 

House of Holland x Habitat 2017

House of Holland's latest eye-popping designs for Habitat are seriously fashion forward with colour dialled up to the max...

BY DEE IVA

The arrival of Spring in the UK also heralds the launch of fashion designer Henry Holland’s second homes collection for Brit interiors brand Habitat: House of Holland x Habitat.

Taking cues from House of Holland's SS17 catwalk collection 'Free To Roam' and the Romany travelling community, it's a riot of colour and clashing patterns, mixing giant florals with gingham checks and hot pinks with acid greens. Key pieces are the ‘Misty’ armchair and footstool in shocking Schiaparelli pink velvet with bright blue trim, the 3D handcarved ‘Folklore’ rug and the reversible ‘Boho’ bedding set (cute florals on one side and slashed up checks and gingham on the other). Accompanied by embroidered slogan cushions and a lime green mesh throw, Holland's collection is bold and brazen and very now.

ABOVE: 'Folklore' rug, £450
ABOVE RIGHT: Brit designer Henry Holland
BELOW: 'Misty' armchair, £595, and footstool, £195; 'Boho' bedding set, from £120

If you’re hanging out at London's hipster hotel The Hoxton in Holborn you can even ‘try before you buy’. The #henryforhabitat collection has been given a suite throughout March, showcasing artwork and furnishings from the new range. 

BELOW: The Hoxton goes Holland...

It’s available to book for a limited period for £199 per night but you can also win a night’s stay plus dinner for you and a guest by entering Habitat’s ‘Find Peggy’ competition. All you have to do is spot where Holland’s pet pooch is hiding in the suite. To enter the competition click HERE.

The House of Holland x Habitat 2017 collection is available now online and in Habitat, 196-199 Tottenham Court Road, W1, London
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House of Holland x Habitat

The house of Habitat teams up with the House of Holland to bring you zingy, pattern-tastic furniture and accessories for summer...

BY DEE IVA

British fashion designer Henry Holland’s first capsule collection for UK homes store Habitat is a riot of pattern and colour. Inspired by gonzo journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson’s trippy novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, his debut interiors range, on sale now, uses prints from House of Holland’s SS16 season and applies them to covetable cushions, sofas, rugs and throws.

Holland’s 'Paradise Leaf’ print features exotic blue leaves and bright orange Bird of Paradise flowers. Set on a pale background, it spices up Habitat’s ‘Abel’ sofa and armchair and also appears as a soft hand-tufted wool rug. Botanicals get supersized!

ABOVE RIGHT: Henry Holland in front of his 'Paradise Leaf' rug
BELOW: 'Abel' two-seater sofa in 'Paradise Leaf' fabric, £1,300

ABOVE: 'Paradise Leaf' rug, £450
BELOW: 'Buggin' cushion, £35; 'Tropical Leaf' cushion, £60

This striking textile is put to further use with the addition of witty insect illustrations by Suzan Pitt on ‘Buggin’, a colour-clash cushion that features flora, fauna and insects on one side and leopard print on the reverse.

Team it with ‘Tropical Leaf’, featuring foliage and feathers in hot pinks and sizzling reds (also with leopard print and oversized bug on the reverse) and ‘Pufferfish’, a rectangular cushion with a simple geometric design – if you like your colour dial turned up to the max you’ll feel right at home. Finally, for long summer evenings outdoors, ‘Catfish’, a reversible cotton throw that combines a monochromatic ‘Pufferfish’ print with crisp blue and white stripes, will keep you cosy when the sun goes down. It's all very Seventies kitsch, yet somehow bang on point for now. Viva Las Vegas!
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BELOW: 'Pufferfish' reversible cushion, £35; Wrap up in the 'Catfish' throw, £80

Mark Tuckey x Cotton On

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When Australian high-street fashion brand Cotton On created its debut homewares line, it turned to Mark Tuckey. The result is good news for lovers of simple, stylish design

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Australian designer Mark Tuckey is known for gorgeous hand-crafted contemporary wooden furniture, from tactile tables to beautiful beds. His flagship stores in Fitzroy, Melbourne, and Newport, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, are a stylist’s dream, with Tuckey’s streamlined Australian-made wooden pieces surrounded by bold paintings by artist David Bromley, laboratory-sleek glass vessels, graphic signs and ravishing rugs.

So when we heard Tuckey was collaborating on a new homewares range with Australian high-street fashion brand Cotton On, we were excited. Launched in store on 8 July 2015, and covering all areas of the house – ‘eat, drink, relax, store, bathe and sleep’ – the collection brings Tuckey’s eye for texture, form and colour to a covetable range of ethically sourced designs. True to his usual aesthetics, natural materials are the stars, from cotton to linen, wool and, of course, timber. It's also vibrant, relaxed and fun, reflecting the Australian lifestyle. 'It's a liveable collection, it's not precious,' says Tuckey. 'We wanted to design things that you really live with, not things that you're scared to use.'

Our favourite pieces include the chunky knits and slubby throws, patterned cushions in moody blue stripes, bedlinen in a rainbow-pretty circular print and stoneware mugs in subtle, offbeat hues. Wooden serving bowls and platters, chopping boards and storage vessels also make an appearance, as well as graphic tote bags, neon-edged wall hooks (yes, please!), and painterly laundry baskets.

This is Cotton On’s first foray into homewares, and the collaboration will be ongoing, not just a flash in the pan (look for fresh launches around October and December 2015). It follows in the footsteps of several successful homes ventures by Australian fashion labels, with high-street favourite Country Road and quirky Melbourne design brand Gorman both launching stylish spin-off ranges.

What’s more, while Tuckey’s bespoke own-line creations are investment pieces, his Cotton On collection starts from a wallet-friendly $14.95 for a set of two mugs, allowing a wider, and younger audience to access his work. ‘We’re happy. We’re excited. We hope you love it as much as we do,’ says Tuckey (who works alongside wife Louella, above). Now more folk than ever can call a Tuckey design their own, and that can only be a good thing.
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Mark Tuckey x Cotton On is available online and in select Cotton On stores in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa. See website for prices.