Famous for her costume and set designs for a string of
seminal Australian films, operas, plays and events, and one half of Bazmark Inq
with partner Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin’s signature style is lavish and
bold, often drawing on historic styles, but giving them a contemporary edge.
Now she has turned her hand to a range of rugs for Designer Rugs, set
beautifully in this Victorian Sydney mansion.
Australian native flora and fauna were a key inspiration for
Martin, with several designs reminiscent of the arts and crafts movement of the
late 19th century and early 20th century, featuring
intricate designs of flowers, leaves and birds.
‘Acacia’ in shades of green and
brown includes leaves and pods from the Acacia tree teamed with birds, while
‘Feathers’ in grey and white, ‘Peony’ in bold red and ‘Sparrow’ are modelled on
their real life namesakes, simplifying and repeating these natural elements
without losing their richness and intricacy.
Stepping out from this theme are two contrasting rugs,
‘Lace’ – which blows up the intricacy of this ancient craft in black and
antique white – and ‘Circus Silhouettes’, featuring circus people and animals
dancing through space in an ever expanding spiral.
The Catherine Martin
Designer Rugs collection has a sister range of wallpapers with Porters Paints,
allowing for a richly patterned teaming within the home. Antique furniture used
sparingly in this house in east Sydney enhances the richly patterned and bold
aesthetic of this range, without losing a sense of contemporary edge.