FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FROM THE STUDIO

Father’s Day is a particular breed of gift-giving mystery. You want something that conveys love and appreciation, but no doubt all he really wants is a new tie or a golf shirt. Needless to say options aren’t endless, which is why we’ve turned to luxe versions of everyday basics, plus some barware accoutrements for a tried-and-true way to his heart.

Emma Willis Slub Linen Robe    Just add coffee and the morning paper.

Emma Willis Slub Linen Robe

Just add coffee and the morning paper.

A Weekend Away at Freycinet Lodge’s Coastal Pavilion    Get him what we all want: an escape from city humdrum in an ocean-view lodge inspired by the natural landscape of the Apple Isle (not to mention the outdoor bathtub). He taught you how to ride your bike after all . . .

A Weekend Away at Freycinet Lodge’s Coastal Pavilion

Get him what we all want: an escape from city humdrum in an ocean-view lodge inspired by the natural landscape of the Apple Isle (not to mention the outdoor bathtub). He taught you how to ride your bike after all . . .

Costa Azzurra Eua De Parfum, Tom Ford    A no-fuss answer to the eternal head-scratcher that is buying presents for dad: cologne that smells like a refined version of what dads should smell like – smoky leather with hints of sweet raspberry and aromatic jasmine.

Costa Azzurra Eua De Parfum, Tom Ford

A no-fuss answer to the eternal head-scratcher that is buying presents for dad: cologne that smells like a refined version of what dads should smell like – smoky leather with hints of sweet raspberry and aromatic jasmine.

Winebreather Deluxe    A dad staple, but done right. This decanter imbues wine with 10 times the oxygen, using its clever flipping technique to aerate the wine as it runs through the large-surfaced carafe.

Winebreather Deluxe

A dad staple, but done right. This decanter imbues wine with 10 times the oxygen, using its clever flipping technique to aerate the wine as it runs through the large-surfaced carafe.

Ocean Bottle    A water bottle and planet-saver in one - talk about the gift that keeps on giving.

Ocean Bottle

A water bottle and planet-saver in one - talk about the gift that keeps on giving.

Tom Dixon Ice Bucket    Practical? Sort of. Chic on a bar unit? Absolutely.

Tom Dixon Ice Bucket

Practical? Sort of. Chic on a bar unit? Absolutely.

Linen shirt, Venroy    The button-down shirt: A Father’s Day classic if there ever was one, but this time in surprisingly unseasonal linen for a real luxury feel. Bountiful options in 11 different colourways.

Linen shirt, Venroy

The button-down shirt: A Father’s Day classic if there ever was one, but this time in surprisingly unseasonal linen for a real luxury feel. Bountiful options in 11 different colourways.

Rick Southwick Sterling Silver Cufflinks    Go full luxe with these handcrafted cufflinks made with tiger’s eye and white jade

Rick Southwick Sterling Silver Cufflinks

Go full luxe with these handcrafted cufflinks made with tiger’s eye and white jade

The Thinking Man’s Guide To Life    A night stand treasure full of the latest insights from psychology and neuroscience on every aspect of life, from leisure to work.

The Thinking Man’s Guide To Life

A night stand treasure full of the latest insights from psychology and neuroscience on every aspect of life, from leisure to work.

Q&A WITH STYLIST CLAIRE DELMAR

We stumbled across Claire Delmar’s name while admiring her work in the glossy pages of an interior magazine. Her compositions stood out as simultaneously beautiful in their simplicity and telling in their story-like quality.

We were immediately attracted to Claire’s moody, earthy and elegant style, and later to her impeccable attention to detail and tireless drive for perfection.

We revealed our Raglan Street project last month and this month it has been a pleasure to sit down with Claire, who brought her aptitude for colours and textures and eye for beautiful artwork and ceramics to Raglan’s shoot day. Here she talks inspiration, trends and life lessons.

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WHICH THREE WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU?

Fast, Focused and Food obsessed.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

I knew I wanted to do something creative from a very early age. My passions were art and textiles and after completing a Bachelor of Media I coincidently ended up in publishing as a Fashion Stylist. My mother is very creative so I grew up surrounded by her creativity in the kitchen and her eye for detail which was expressed through our home renovations.

 WHAT DID YOU DO TO EARN YOUR FIRST PAY PACKET?

I worked at a pasta shop but fainted a few weeks into my first shifts so it wasn’t a great start!

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WHAT'S THE BEST LIFE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNT ALONG THE WAY?

That if you are having a hard time remember tomorrow is always a new day. Don’t let something get you down or stress you out too much because after a decent sleep it’s a fresh start and new perspective, and almost always, it isn’t as bad as you may have thought.

WHAT'S YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT?

When I hear my children making each other laugh. Happiness is my biggest goal in life and I feel both my kids have a love for life, and each other, which makes me so proud.

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WHO INSPIRES YOU?

My beautiful Mum. She’s my muse and has always supported my creative work even though she comes from a background of science and my father from medicine.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST VICE?

Food! I’m always talking or thinking about my next meal before I’ve finished the one I’m eating. I need to live more in the now and enjoy what’s in front of me. I coordinate my days around meals and if I’m sourcing I make sure I end up near a great cafe. My mum is an amazing cook and it’s something she has instilled in all her girls.

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DO YOU FOLLOW TRENDS OR ARE YOU A TRENDSETTER?

I tend not to follow trends but rather create from the space the project or client inhabit. It’s part of why I’ve enjoyed moving away from fashion. Interiors cross over many styles depending on the history of the space and I love that a building tells its own story and it isn’t just focusing on keeping up or following the latest trend.

WHAT DREAM DO YOU STILL WANT TO FULFIL?

I wish I had more time to travel with my children but apart from that I love what I do so I’m fulfilled through my career aspirations. I’m curious as to where it will all lead but have no specific end goal. For now I just hope to continue enjoying that every day is different, exciting and challenging. Challenge fuels my creative drive.

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH AKD?

The AKD team. I’m at a stage in life where it’s all about the people and the collaborations that inspire me. I don’t want to be spending time away from my children unless it’s valued so I try and work with people that make me laugh and are as passionate about design as I am.

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Images 1 - 2 via Claire Delmar / Image 3 - 6 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

SHIMMER & SHINE: A CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

It’s that time of year again when our winter night skies are exploding in a celebration of colour as Vivid Sydney lights up the city.

Inspired by the magical projections and incandescent installations illuminating Sydney’s landmarks, we have curated an edit of our favourite lights.

Bring the dancing beams inside your home with sculptural wall scones, shimmering pendants and playful table lamps.

Lens Flair Pendant by Lee Broom

Lens Flair Pendant by Lee Broom

Inspired by telescopic lenses, Lee Broom’s Lens Flair Pendant emits a soft, deflected light through its cross-cut lens. We’re imagining it making a statement above a grand stairwell.

Aynhoe Ostrich Feather Lamp, available at Becker Minty

Aynhoe Ostrich Feather Lamp, available at Becker Minty

Oh-so-outré and completely fabulous, the Aynhoe Ostrich Feather Lamp would make a luminous statement in any room.

Lucid Table Lamp by Michael Verheyden

Lucid Table Lamp by Michael Verheyden

Reminiscent of our childhood snow globes and crystal balls, we love this table lamp for its playful feel. The honed alabaster emits a warming glow, perfect for any bedroom’s ambient setting.

Scandal Pendant by Articolo Lighting

Scandal Pendant by Articolo Lighting

A sophisticated accompaniment to a kitchen island or long dining table, Articolo’s Scandal Pendant will work to lengthen a space with its slim form.

Map 1 Wall Light, by DCW Editions

Map 1 Wall Light, by DCW Editions

The strong geometric Map 1 Wall Lights surprise us by omitting the most playful and ethereal glow, allowing the resulting light patterns to dance off the surrounding walls.

Looking for more inspiration? Explore our favourite Australian lighting designers here

Atollo Lamp by Vico Magistretti lights up our faces and the master suite at our Wharf Crescent project

Atollo Lamp by Vico Magistretti lights up our faces and the master suite at our Wharf Crescent project

A long-time favourite, we will forever love the classic, versatile shape of the Atollo Lamp. It transcends and complements all architectural styles and never fails to bring a smile to our faces.

Nightbloom Hanging Light by Marcel Wanders

Nightbloom Hanging Light by Marcel Wanders

Imbue your home with a touch of romance with this hanging light evocative of flower petals unfurling at night. Delicate enough to shine in a bedroom or place it above a dining room table for a fairytale setting.

Trilogy Pendant by Articolo Lighting

Trilogy Pendant by Articolo Lighting

As much a work of art as a light, we love Articolo’s Trilogy Pendant for its sculptural form and rich emerald colour.

Linden Medium Lamp by Kelly Weatstler

Linden Medium Lamp by Kelly Weatstler

We love the whimsical designs of Kelly Wearstler, and this table lamp perfectly sums up Kelly’s playful approach to interiors. It’s spirited enough to make a statement whilst its organic shapes would fit seamlessly into many a style of room.