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Contemporary Jewellery at Metalab

A major highlight this year are Emma Fielden’s detailed brooches; consisting of silver and gold, they are simply titled ‘Drawings’. Emma’s brooches reveal an extraordinary process which involves engraving, flooding the engraving with gold, erasing the gold and then heat-treatment. These brooches capture Emma’s interest in hand graving, mark making and drawing. Emma’s signature style is highly regarded and has been exhibited regularly in Australia and abroad since 2007.

With a strong environmental message, Pennie Jagiello’s ‘De-Pendant’ has been made entirely from recycled materials. Comprised from electrical wire, aluminium cans, plastic bags, costume jewellery and fishing rope, Pennie’s necklace is something very precious that has been crafted from the waste thrown away by today’s society. Pennie has been creating jewellery solely from recycled materials for over 18 years. This piece continues to celebrate Pennie’s passion for Pacific adornment.

Tasmanian designer Emily Snadden will also exhibit two brooches by. Both pieces have been inspired by the Salmon Gum tree and explore the naturally occurring folds, creases and wrinkles of its bark. Emily’s ‘Limb Brooch’ features an 18ct yellow gold seed pod holding a large multi-faceted smoky quartz. This piece has been created through the technique of die forming, which involves using hand carved dies under a hydraulic press. Whilst showcasing a cutting edge manufacturing process, Limb Brooch is still connected to Emily’s love of the unique Tasmanian landscape.

 

The exhibition will be on display at Metalab gallery from the 4th – 27th October.

Metalab


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Unfaded Glamour

Stand just about anywhere in Dunedin – once New Zealand’s dominant commercial centre- and you’re likely to be within eyeshot of at least several buildings which inspire audible swoons.

Settled initially by Scottish immigrants eager to recreate their homeland, this compact university city is home to New Zealand’s largest and most intact concentration of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, spared the development which blighted so many other historic hot-spots when the economic focus shifted north.

The gold-rush of the 1860’s sparked an era of prosperity which spiced up the streetscape with fanciful Gothic, Italianate, Georgian and Palladian revival flourishes that still turn heads.

Dunedin lured a can-do, aspirational set who vied for influence and recognition. The rivalry was played out in the streets, creating an architecture buffs’ wonderland of baroque cathedrals weighted down with gargoyles, handsome mansions, stately bluestone piles and funky art deco shopfronts.

The best way to get a feel for the energy and passion that underpins these striking buildings is to accompany Athol Parks on one of his intriguing  City Walks architecture- focused tours. Not only does Parks know minute details about just about every noteworthy building, he speaks of the cities erstwhile inhabitants as if they’re chums.

Parks visibly smarts when he recalls the rancour felt by the volunteer soldiers who created the unashamedly Scottish Garrison Hall, whose community hub was forcibly acquired by the government. All manner of luminaries walked under the watchful gaze of it’s guardian unicorn and lion: Mark Twain, Dame Nellie Melba, Antarctic explorers, returned Boar War soldiers, television stars.   

George Troup, the man behind Dunedin’s iconic railway station, faced an unusual reversal of the architect -client schism: he was told to sex up his preferred, more restrained design. What transpired was a cocky nod to Edwardian confidence and the excitement associated with rail, a grandiose statement- piece embellished with stained glass, cherubs, mosaics and arched ticket windows. 

As you walk along some Dunedin blocks, shades of San Francisco come to mind, thanks to a web of external fire escapes. Near the harbour is a district of mercantile buildings that almost look forlorn without accompanying tall- ships.

Princes Street is crammed with classified heritage buildings, but the Savoy, with its distinctive lion faced motifs and chain-supported awning most readily conjures visions of an altogether more elegant era.

The tour also takes in the quirky, like one -time churches resurrected into theatres and an imposing bank now turned strip club. 

City Walks

Photography: Melissa Rimac

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Furniture

Santa Monica Lounge from Poliform

Pure of line but plush and minimalist yet solid, the Santa Monica Lounge is suited to almost any living space. It is enveloping and comfortable, modern and chic. The freedom to play and personalise it with different fabrics, cushions and accessories makes it truly singular, a chance to manifest your personal aesthetic. 

The Santa Monica Lounge is part of Poliform’s sofas and armchairs collection, which creates a full coherence in the living area between modular systems, complements and the elements dedicated to comfort. Collaborating with prestigious international designers, Poliform completes its offer with a variety of proposals that underline versatility. The collection comprises a series of different armchairs and sofas, able to explore a wide range of aesthetic approaches and to become part of a total “home project”, where every piece of furniture matches with the other, in a highly harmonious interior design project.

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Stylecraft Introduces Ritzwell

Founded in 1992, the Ritzwell collection is designed and manufactured in Japan. The company’s core philosophy is to create ‘furniture with memories’ – achieved through the timeless appeal of their Japanese design aesthetic together with the tactile nature of their materials. Through the use of practical form and quality manufacturing, products including the Rivage Easy chair, Vincent stool and Ibiza Forte armchair are suitable for commercial, hospitality and domestic environments.

The Rivage Easy chair (displayed above) combines timeless appeal with quality craftsmanship. Fabric or leather upholstery may be specified, with the solid timber frame finished in walnut or black cherry. The Rivage armchair is the companion piece to the Rivage easy chair. Featuring a walnut or black cherry stain finish to the solid timber frame, fabric or leather upholstery may be considered.

The Vincent stool is characterised by the intricate webbing of the seat and may be considered for contract, hospitality and domestic environments. Featuring a solid timber frame in Walnut or Black Cherry, the webbed seat is available in natural or black fabric as standard or hide leather in a selection of three colours.

The strong design of the Ibiza Forte armchair ensures that it makes a statement. The upholstered seat and back covers are removable for easy maintenance and may be specified in fabric or leather. The solid timber frame is available in walnut, white ash or selected house stain.

 

Ritzwell is available at Stylecraft.

www.stylecraft.com.au

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HandKnot Collections From Designer Rugs

The Mystique range of hand-knotted silk/wool rugs from Nepal is a bold and colourful celebration with an artisan focus. Weaver and Baxter rely on a vibrant to subtle palette of tonal variations that are deceptively complex, while Hudson’s unique link design is influenced by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern traditional tapestries. Majesty’sintricate tribal and Deco influences, is an Impressionist’s dream. Featuring a romantic watercolour palette, Majesty’sfloral design conveys the variation of textures seen in the natural landscape.

Weaver (Mystique)

Baxter (Mystique)

Hudson (Mystique)

Majesty (Mystique)

Designed by Erbil Tezcan, famous for pushing the boundaries of technique within the rug industry, the Wool and Silkcollection incorporates diverse elements of Tribal, Deco, Post-Impressionism and modern landscapes into this new hand-knotted silk/wool range from Nepal. Indisputably beautiful, the Wool and Silk range is created in a unique fashion. The wool and silk are blended by intermixing at the carding stage, rather than the traditional method of plying together at the yarn stage. The resulting weave is truly superb.

Osaca (Wool and Silk)

Pomegranate (Wool and Silk)

Samara (Wool and Silk)

The Mystique Collection priced from $730/m2, and the Wool and Silk Collection from $1000/m2. The rugs are available in a variety of sizes and can also be custom sized, including hall runners and circular rugs on most designs. Rugs are suitable for residential and light commercial applications.

Designer Rugs

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Space Furniture’s Outdoor Collection

The Accademia Vela armchair and sofa, designed by Studio Hannes Wettstein, update traditional steel-frame outdoor furniture with a sleek, minimal design and invitingly deep seats. They feature a frame made of steel tube either chromed or galvanized and white lacquered, and the seat and back are woven white or dark grey PVC rope.

Antonia Citterio’s Carpino is a characteristically contemporary table from the Italian master of design. At 250cm x 105 cm and with a top in Iroko wood and frame in painted aluminium its sleek looks and versatility hide its deceptively strong construction.

Patricia Urquiola’s Crinoline range for B&B Italia offers a range of soft and sinuous statement pieces including a range of high and low back armchairs and dining chairs.

The Masters Chair by Phillipe Starck for Kartell pays homage to three classics of contemporary design in one flexibly futuristic chair.

The Vas-one Family by Luisa Bocchietto for Serralunga is a range of practical and sculptural pots. Ranging from miniature to over scale versions Vas-one is playfully bold, functional and aesthetically pleasing in any environment.

A veritable icon made by Kartell, the Bubble Club industrial sofa and armchair, made entirely of mass-tinted polypropylene, has been the pioneer of a new concept in furniture accessories. Technology and research made it possible for Kartell to mass produce what was traditionally handmade. Bubble Club is comfortable and roomy, characterized by the soft line of its armrests, in contrast with the more rational lines of the backrest. This is a minimalist silhouette, reminiscent of the lines of “granny’s sofa”. The sofa and armchair are produced with the same finish and colours, making Bubble Club a complete family and nothing less than an “industrial living-room”. Thanks to their exceptional weather resistance, the Bubble Club family can survive perfectly outdoors and are ideal for furnishing gardens, pool sides and patios.

Designed by Piero Lissoni, Audrey is the latest release from Kartell to offer functional versatility with a contemporary aesthetic. Audrey demonstrates Kartell’s latest technological developments through its masterful combination of materials; aluminum and woven plastic.  Composed of only two structural parts, this wholly die cast chair, the first of its kind, is neatly finished without the use of screws or welding points further emphasizing its elegant and minimal silhouette. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications, the Audrey chair is available with or without arms in a variety of exciting seat colours and complimentary frame finishes. The Audrey collection is tested and certified for both commercial and domestic use, offering a unique solution for all home, office, break out and hospitality applications.

Space Furniture

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