01 August, 2009

Saturday In Design, Sydney Design 09

I had a super wonderful day traipsing around the design precincts of Sydney, through Waterloo, Redfern & Surry Hills, for what was one of the opening days for the Sydney Design 09 Festival - for Saturday in Design.
My great design - partner in crime & good friend from
colour & design school, Stephanie, came along with me - and boy did we pound some pavement together! Along with viewing some amazing design stores & exhibitions teamed with the people, the exhibitors, organisers and gorgeous food & wine - some glasses before noon - made it a perfect August day in Sydney to have a design sensory overload... And I can't wait to do it all over again!
Here's a snapshot of some of the wonderful destinations we visited today, and hope to be able to use for future client requests! If you get a chance be sure to visit them there are some truly stunning pieces for all acquired tastes & looks!
It was a true pleasure meeting, Kim Snow, the designer craftsman & the man behind these devine pieces furniture & lighting, brand & store - especially having admired his pieces through many editorial pieces through Belle, Vogue, Inside Out and many others - this morning. Being a little earlier on the scene we were able to really chat with Kim and we were able to find out a little more about his pieces and exchange aesthetic ideas... a real treat, and a real gentleman, can't wait for a reason to go back - even for a well rounded chat on art & design - so refreshing!

Exhibit - interiors & lighting/ decor
ArteArte Sofas manufacture and import high-end sofas and upholstered seating. Arte Sofas collection is influenced by design, evolving from many years of involvement in the manufacturing of high-end pieces for leading architects and interior designers, therefore creating their own collection line created to satisfy an increasingly demanding market. See the imported, high-end line by leading boutique Italian manufacturers, Busnelli, and Nube sofas designed by Carlo Colombo.

James Richardson/ Sit Work Weave
Since 1953 the James Richardson Furniture range has rapidly grown incorporating a collection of contract chairs from leading manufactures in Europe, predominately Italy and the Czech Republic. Here we fell in love with a Thonet style chair from James Richardson called the Bentwood Classic - in raw - you can make it into any colour or stain for any space or room! Just love the infinite options!!
The Country Trader
More than just an antiques store, with foundations in French antique furniture and a keen eye for the new and indigenous, the Country Trader pieces are unique and exclusive; from the witty, dramatic and funky to antique pieces of style and impeccable provenance.For anyone looking for something individual and inspired to breathe life into interiors, almost every item in The Country Trader’s gallery is a one-off.

Designer Rugs
Designer Rugs in the enchanting surrounding of The Country Trader to experience the latest collections and trends from Designer Rugs. Including the designs from Fashion label Easton Pearson, Catherine Martin, Textures and Hand-Knot collections. We gained an insight into the fashion and costumes that inspired the Easton Pearson and Catherine Martin collections.

Rogerseller continues to be your destination for unique, memorable, design inspired solutions. As innovators, they will be showcasing the latest trends as featured in the recent Cersaie and Ish trade fairs. Stand out features at both fairs were the move to black and white combinations, as well as the continual move away from hard edges to a definite softer more feminine influence. Rogerseller’s space is guaranteed to excite and inspire with the latest bathroom, kitchen and tiling products.

FY2K - Building, SURRY HILLS
FY2K Established over ten years ago, FY2K has grown to become the exclusive distributor of exceptional furniture and lighting brands, catering to high end residential through to high volume commercial projects. Sourced globally, but predominately from Italy, each item is selected for its quality, beauty and design. Aligned with high quality manufacturers whose products are made to the highest specification, catalogues such as Casamilano, Emmemobili, David Weeks Studio, Riva1920, fasem, Frag, Sellaro, Crassevig and Cherner sit side by side in a 550 square metre showroom in East Redfern.

RC&D specialise in custom made rugs and carpets. Products include Tibetan hand-knotted rugs using wool and silk; hand-tufted contemporary using wool and viscose, in any design and shape; custom designed broadloom carpet by EGE for commercial, hospitality, healthcare and marine; and Woven Wilton carpets by Tisca for commercial, hospitality and institutional applications.

Cavit & Co.
One of my favourite furniture & design destinations for sheer elegance in all pieces that your eye could rest upon...

Iken Commercial Interiors with Macquarie Textiles
Iken brings innovative and inspiring products to the work environment, and teamed with Macquarie Textiles for a fabulous Autumnal effect by using carpet and fabric as leaves & Skandia style trees on walls and the ground for the in the park exhibit... They also had a super cute draw card having about 6 Dalmatian dogs from pups to a beautiful Chocolate spot 6 year old named Ollie, to pat!

Cafe Culture Australia
Their wonderful downtown Surry Hills showroom was transformed into a space of ‘Decadent Nonsense’. Think mysticism, gluttony, the unexpected and old world apothecary-esque... superb furniture several chairs I had my eye and huge amounts of cheese, chocolate, fruits, champagne and a tarot reader! A fun and fabulous time had!

Living Edge Studio
Living Edge is a leading provider of high quality commercial and residential furniture company in the Australian market. Living Edge presents products from renown international and local companies including Herman Miller, Walter Knoll, Emeco, Norman + Quaine and Charles Wilson. As the exclusive national dealer for these brands Living Edge is able to continually bring a range of quality and innovative products to the Australian marketplace and to provide world class fit outs for any commercial or residential requirement from workstation systems, training, education and conference room furniture, desking, task and executive seating, loose and hospitality furniture to classic pieces for the home. Their Miniatures exhibit - was amazing - where participants made minature Living Edge inspired chairs & furniture from Moet & Chandon corks & wire - to have the chance to win an original Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman... wow! This studio was certainly my slice of Mid-Century heaven... the credit card had to be chained up before I stepped foot inside!

Spence & Lyda - for Missoni
Spence & Lyda has a real passion for the import, distribute, manufacture and retail design products of excellence. Established in 1997, Spence & Lyda has quickly become a standard in the industry for its use of colour and pattern and it’s dynamic product range and showroom. They believe in design that adds meaning to the living experience, with clients that derive real pleasure from the visual forms, functionality and uncompromising quality of the pieces they present.Product ranges span all the areas of life, including specialised lighting, loose furniture and textiles, through to area rugs, soft furnishings, bedding and home wares. They also specialise in the manufacture of custom made furniture and living pieces; pieces designed to suit individual and commercial requirements with an emphasis on solid wood.

Missoni soft furnishings
Eames - Prince Charles chair

For more info on Sydney Design 09 Festival please visit this link - if your in Sydney do try to get to a couple of events - you'll love it!
Images from Saturday In Design & Collected Print Media by Verandah Home & Garden Living Solutions


  1. I love it Sarah - thanks for a great article. I had a great time too enjoying these places on Saturday, especially Kim Snow Furniture. Hope to do it next year again with you!

  2. Some fantastic images in there - I love the rug in the Designer Rugs image, and the chair in FY2K - such a feminine feel to it.
    For some reason your page was stuck on 26 June 09 blog and hadn't updated. I may have to embrace the refresh button!



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