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17 New Colours for ELMONORDIC

  Highly regarded for her extraordinary flair with colour, the Royal College of Art trained designer has introduced 17 new colours to the leather range, resulting in an extensive fresh colour palette developed for the contract market.   Instyle | Habitus Living   Georgina drew on the Elmo tannery’s Swedish heritage as her influence. She says “the buildings, landscape, the richness of Swedish folk art and the individuality of hand made objects.” The house and paintings of the country’s beloved painter Carl Larsson were a particular inspiration.   Instyle | Habitus Living   The world leading tannery Elmo is always at the forefront of environmental technology, and has invested in a cleaning facility that reduces nitrogen in its wastewater by 94%. The water used in their tanning process is taken from the nearby river and is later returned to the river cleaner than before.   Instyle | Habitus Living   Certified low VOC, ELMONORDIC is an exquisite, durable and high quality semi aniline leather with good seating comfort and ideal for upholstery and wall panelling in any interior space.   Instyle instyle.com.auabc
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Hero: Yves It’s taken more than 25 years for Designer Rugs to launch its first range of carpet, but it’s been well worth the wait. Never one to do things by halves, the company enlisted Australia’s most acclaimed interior designer Greg Natale to come up with a range of Axminster carpets made from a rich, 80/20 New Zealand wool blend. thierry Thierry “This is our first foray into Axminster carpet and we’re very proud of it,” says Designer Rugs managing director Yosi Tal. “To be honest it was Greg’s (Natale) idea, and we loved the opportunity to work with him again; especially after the incredible job he did designing a signature range of rugs for us last year.” quay_westQuay West Tal says that carpets from the Natale range have already appeared in several private homes, as well as in larger spaces such as Quay West in Sydney and Hayman Island in the Whitsundays. He is also quick to point out that Designer Rugs has the flexibility to custom-make the carpets to the customer’s exact specifications; even tweaking the design. “Our carpet is a very cost effective way to have a bespoke product under your feet,” he says. emilio Emilio Natale named each of the five designs in homage of his favourite fashion designers (Christian, Dianne, Emilio, Thierry, Tom, and Yves). From start to finish it was a three year project. “The reason it took so long is because I like to use the designs in projects first; that way I can see that the colours and scale are working well,” says Natale. Christian Christian “I wanted to create a carpet range which was diverse, which could span from classic to modern interiors, and from commercial to residential. There’s a pattern called Diane which is really contemporary, and then you have more classic patterns such as Yves. Carpet is something that you don’t change every year. You have to live with it a long time, so I tried to keep the palette quite neutral.” Those who have been following Natale’s stellar career will notice a distinctive aesthetic emerging, particularly his effective use of repeating geometric patterns. “I have a passion for repeat patterns,” he admits. dianne Diane Natale says the collection was inspired by many different things. “I was on holiday and walking up Lexington Avenue NYC and I noticed a beautiful detail on an art-deco building; that’s where the pattern on Yves comes from.  Whereas with Tom, I wanted a simple square and rectangle pattern and I just came up with it.” The Greg Natale Carpet Collection is available from Designer Rugs nationally. Designer Rugs designerrugs.com.auabc
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A Dark Portrait of Mid-century Palm Springs: ‘MIDNIGHT MODERN’

  Shot over two separate trips—the second one timed to coincide with the super moon—the series suspends California's famous ’50s and ’60s modernist homes in an eerie half-light. Describing the project, Tom says he set out to explore “the relationship between the moonlight, the forms of the houses and mountains as a backdrop.” Deepened by shadows and dashed with stars, each image represents a 30-second exposure. The results appear both deserted and uneasy.   877-S-Via-Las-Palmas-4149 879-N-Monte-Vista-4144   These buildings might be iconic, but in Midnight Modern they seem to sit outside of time. This will be the third exhibition in the 2014 program at Modern Times. Director Amy Malin says, “When I first saw Tom’s evocative depictions of mid-century Palm Springs architecture, I imagined admiring his spectacular Edris house image, looming large over a Hans Wegner sideboard. I can't wait to see these haunting, modernist streetscapes exhibited alongside our vintage furniture pieces from the same period.” The series focuses on houses built in Palm Springs between 1955 and 1965, by California’s Alexander Construction Company. Designed by architects William Krisel and Dan Palmer (of Palmer Krisel), these sold by the thousands in various estates through the valley. The exception in the series is the 1953 Edris house—designed by architect E. Stewart Williams to appear (as he famously said) not to have fallen from the sky, but instead to have grown from the desert.   1133-N-Vista-Vespero-00605 1175-N-Monte-Vista-4147   From the artist: "Shot over 2 separate trips the images explore the relationship between the moonlight, the forms of the houses and mountains as a backdrop. With our eyes and brains simply unable to process the dimly lit scene resulting images leave you as the viewer confused as to how such an image could exist before us but never be seen. Time is compressed from 30 seconds into one viewable moment. The stars blur into dashes to remind us that even seemingly immovable steel and mountains are actually spinning on a grand scale as our earth rotates on its axis, and in turn around the sun."   TomBlachfordProfile-4   Opening 6–8pm, Thursday 2nd October | Modern Times – 311 Smith Street Fitzroy Exhibition Dates: 2–16 October 2014 Modern Times moderntimes.com.au Tom Blachford tomblachford.comabc