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Design Accessories

Jac+Jack’s Summer Collection

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Jac+Jack’s Homewares Summer Collection


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This season Jac+Jack focuses its energies on the bathroom – a space in which to reflect, revive and rejuvenate. The collection of bath and beach towels is hand woven and boasts a pure and minimalist colour palette with a strong emphasis on simple and clean neutral tones.

Charcoal and true Indigo complement the more subtle hues of White, Ecru and Taupe. Border motifs and discreet textures take inspiration from the understated elegance of traditional European homewares.

Available in 11 sundrenched shades, the pom-pom trimmed organic cotton beach towel evokes the spirit of bygone Riviera days.



Made from 100% linen and organic cotton.


+61 2 9380 6630





Around The World

Orion Suitcase from Hermčs

Designed by:  Gabriele Pezzini for Hermčs


Category:  Fashion & Accessories


I am: a suitcase


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Hermčs have blended high fashion and durability in a suitcase with the release of the Orion.

With an anodised aluminium shell reinforced with carbon and Kevlar, the body is designed to resist tough travelling conditions.

For a high fashion product, it remains practical with handles for storing on its side or upright and multidirectional wheels to make it easy to move.

Penned by the company’s Design Director Gabriele Pezzini, it stays true to the brand’s luxury heritage by using leather and natural cowhide for the lining and luggage straps.


How big am I?

48cm length x 37cm width x 27cm height


(61 2) 9287 3200




Ortiga Brisbane

After 12 years at the helm of Brisbane’s award winning Isis Brasserie in Fortitude Valley acclaimed restaurateur Simon Hill last year turned his attentions to resurrecting the site and launching his latest offering, the Spanish-influenced Ortiga.

Opening in December last year Ortiga, which is set in a heritage-listed 1908 building in Brunswick street on the cusp of the Fortitude Valley dining and entertainment precinct, owes its design to Brisbane’s Donovan Hill Architects headed by Timothy Hill, Greg Lamb and Michael Hogg.

Since its metamorphosis the space has been relegated to an interweaving of historical traits such as character-laden bare brick walls and heavy, rustic timber beams with contemporary elements and international flavours including dolomite tables and embroidered curtain styling reminiscent of Spanish and Portugese domesticity.


Photography: Jon Linkins



Photography: Jon Linkins


It was owner Simon Hill’s vision to create an informal, rustic tapas bar setting on a upper level while dedicating the ground floor to a fine dining experience minus the pretension and “starch”.

 “All of the things I love about fine dining – stem ware, linen, service – does not have to mean a stuffy experience where the only sound you hear is the clinking of cutlery and other people’s hushed conversations,” Hill says.

Donovan Hill project designer Greg Lamb says it is this differentiation between the upstairs bar and lower level that was core to the conceptual process while colour was factored in to achieve the distinction.

“Colours in the bar are light and extroverted. Moving downstairs the role of the patron changes from participant to audience, the darkness of the restaurant floors and walls recede to below white table cloths and the cacophony of the kitchen,” Lamb says.

“Particular attention has been given to the experiential journey of the patron, rather than focussing on feature elements. Materials, furniture and light fittings have been selected from a simple palette which, when combined, create an effect which is not too ‘designer’ yet inviting, lively and appropriate for its locale.”


Photography: Jon Linkins


The venue’s lower level accommodates a trio of spaces with a compact front bar, casual tables for smaller groups and raised platform for larger groups or private functions and a workable interrelationship between the open kitchen and dining zone.

“The approachability of the tables coupled with the illuminated brick wall behind the kitchen amplifies the dramatic effect of a dining area and kitchen in such close proximity,” Lamb says.

Ortiga retails its own small goods range and has already won acclaim with Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine recently awarding it the Wine List of the Year Award – Queensland, giving it a 2-star rating and naming it Australia’s best new restaurant and number 1 among Brisbane’s top 10 eating spots.

Following his tutelage at quality establishments across the globe from London to Barcelona, Ortiga chef Pablo Tordesillas infuses the menu with his love of traditional Spanish fare and international accents.


All photographs by Jon Linkins jonlinkins.com



Open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday. Group bookings for lunch by appointment only.
Bar open from 4pm; restaurant from 6pm.

+61 7 3852 1155
446 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.


Donovan Hill Architects
+61 7 3831 3255
112 Bowen Street, Spring Hill, Brisbane.



Suita from Space Furniture

Designed by: Antonio Citterio


I am: A sofa (and so much more...)


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We love this Sofa from Antonio Citterio for the Vitra Home collection.
Conceived as a “classic sofa range” Suita is the epitome of flexibility and
good design.

The sofa range includes a
2-seater, a 3-seater and a chaise longue (in several different versions), a
daybed, 2 upholstered platforms, an ottoman and a club armchair. These allow
for an almost unlimited number of configurations to suit the ever-evolving
Design Hunter™ aesthetic.

You can also choose from optional raised headboards for the sofas and
chaise and shelves for the back of the sofas.




The Suita range comes in 2 ‘lines’; Suita Classic and Suita Casual. The
Classic line with its firmer seat and backrest deliver a more formal option,
while the Casual line offers softer cushions perfect for your living room.

You can also choose from a set of pointed cushions featuring textiles
with motifs taken from traditional Grisonian patterns and designs by Alexander

The Suita ranges are available in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne from
Space Furniture.



  • Moulded polyurethane foam with
    belted metal frame
  • Feet made of aluminium
    die-casting (or, optionally, of polished, black or white coated aluminium)
  • Seat
    cushion firm: Polyurethane foam and polyester wool
  • Seat cushion soft: Chamber cushion filled with
    polyurethane pellets and feathers with polyurethane foam core
  • Upholstery in a choice of either a textile or leather cover.


Space Furniture

Sydney +61 2 8339 7588
+61 3
9426 3000
+61 7
3253 6000




Design Hunters

Anish Kapoor for BVLGARI

B is for Bulgari. zero1 is where it all started.

Now as a new decade begins, the B.zero1 ring is reborn in a contemporary new form created in collaboration with legendary sculptor Anish Kapoor.

‘I think there has always been a cross-over between art and fashion basically because both are interested in creativity.’

Anish Kapoor investigates the manipulation of reflective metals in his work, "I’m interested in things that are not what they first seem to be," he explains, "Reflective surfaces engage people directly, fusing object, viewer and environment into one physical, constantly fluctuating form."

His grand public sculptures can be seen in the world’s most notable locations such as the Sky Mirror at Rockefeller Centre in New York, and the Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago.

Kapoor, in a first for Bulgari, brings his signature style of curved reflective metals to the intricate scale of jewellery with this ring made from pink gold and steel, turning "a very beautiful, classic design on its head and making something visually new and intriguing".





Launched at the turn of the new millennium, the B.zero1 ring’s spiral design, derived from the iconic Tubogas Serpent watch from Bulgari’s collection in the 70s, metaphorically represents cyclical transition of time, from beginning to end and back again. Combined with the double ‘BVLGARI’ logo, the ring has become a momentous piece for Bulgari, selling more than a million pieces since 2000.

B.zero1 ring by Anish Kapoorretails for AUD$1,250.




Design Accessories

A passion for paper

We might be living in an age of tech
junkies, tweeters and bloggers, but we digital Design Hunters™ won’t necessarily
be forgoing our passion for paper.

I was recently penning a letter
to a pal in Paris when my brother-in-law caught me red-handed in this archaic

His utter astonishment could
only be comparable to having witnessed a Raptorsaurus suddenly charge into the
kitchen. “But what do you write? Like, what you write in an email?”

Many might have relinquished
paper, but the dawn of the age of the iPad has also heralded a new generation
of tech savvy lovers of stationary, scrapbooking, bookbinding and paper

Somewhat ironically, the digital world has proved to be a
useful tool for unearthing these exciting paper goods and discovering
painstaking work by artists and paper engineers across the globe crafting 3D
creations from the material.

An online portal for all things paper, uponafold.com.au, launched in February
this year.





Its store sells everything from paper vases by Torafu
Architects, through to multi-coloured polka dot Japanese tapes – oh-so-hip
right now with paperphiles – while the blog offers paper anoraks posts on the
making of washi paper in Kyoto.

“My idea
was to create a revolving paper show - a place where people can visit, to see
the best and most brilliant paper works from around the world,” said graphic
designer-cum-paper seller Justine Fahd.

is so versatile. It's fragile yet strong, highly accessible and truly
expressive. It comes in all forms, shapes, colours and sizes, is both
functional and decorative and a material we are exposed to every day of our lives.
So I feel a really strong connection to it.”

Familiarity and touch are for many of us the true pulling
power of paper.

The web might open up countless possibilities for
unearthing printed pleasures from our desks, but Paper 2 on Crown Street in
Surry Hills
is a treasured hub for paper lovers.


Photograph: Kristen Hove


Photograph: Kristen Hove


Paper and everything in between – think wax candles with
custom-embossed stamps and paper mobiles – is the essence of this store.


Photograph: Kristen Hove


Photograph: Kristen Hove


Photograph: Kristen Hove


Margaret Rockliff tells me that the last two years has
seen her paper buying clientele shift from an older generation of ladies
through to an even age and gender distribution.

“I compare the resurgence of paper products to vinyl
records and record players. Both can now be by-passed when using technology but
there is nothing like owning something real and tangible.”


Why not tell us your favourite 'paper place' in the comments below?


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Around The World

The Olsen

Entering The Olsen is altogether a very different experience to its sister (or more correctly ‘brother’) hotel, The Cullen.

Although they exhibit the same high attention to details and quality finish, and while both are along the same ‘artistic’ theme, the personality of John Olsen’s artworks have dictated a unique approach to the interiors.



This hotel is a bit larger, with 14 floors of studio and 2-bedroom suites as well as the magnificent penthouse with views to the city. There is an elegance about the finishes, slightly more understated than The Cullen, however Olsen’s unmistakable characters including his frogs, pelicans and seascapes.




With Starck Louis Ghost chairs and other contemporary interpretations of classical design, the rooms are quite, reflective spaces, which invite you to jump into the incredibly comfortable bed and enjoy the artworks hung around the room (or even read a book or two – also provided).



This hotel shares the same attentive service of by staff and is literally a footstep away from everything Chapel Street has to offer, from shop-til-you-drop retail to great cafes and entertainment.

As with their other hotels Art Series offers Smart Cars for hire to help get you around Melbourne as well as blue bicycles and (if you don’t get enough exercise pedalling) there’s also an on-site gym for the fitness focussed.

This was my second taste of the Art Series hotels and it didn’t disappoint – there is something about being around these wonderful pieces of Australia’s art history (and present) that is culturally and personally a very fulfilling experience.


The Olsen


Design Accessories

Franke Waste Management

Designed by:    Franke

Category: Waste Management

I am: Recycling bin

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Franke is a reliable, innovative Swiss brand dedicated to optimising your kitchen. With the help of their waste management system, the environment dedicated to your food preparation is left clean and space-efficient.

Forget waste bags lying around waiting to be filled, or an unsightly bin taking up space in the corner of the room. With the Franke Sorter Systems, your waste is hidden inside the waste management system installed under the kitchen sink.

Additionally, by installing Franke’s unique Spazio Plumbing Kit, you can actually make use of the space under the sink bowl, which is normally taken over by bulky plumbing.

Not just about efficiency, Franke has designed their waste management system for convenience. You can also tip waste from food preparation straight into the appropriate container underneath – the system is compartmentalised, featuring a compost bucket, a rubbish bag bin, a recyclables bucket and storage space ideal for cleaning products.


1800 372 653