DENFAIR'S SYDNEY DEBUT

We could not contain our excitement when it was announced that 2018 was the year DENFAIR was finally coming to Sydney! 

The long time Melbourne-based event has historically drawn some of the most innovative national and international designers. This year the annual design event was held over three days from 16 - 18 August.

This year at the Hordern Pavilion at Moore Park, 50 exhibitors showcased their designs including hardware, furniture, art, objects and much more. On Friday we escaped the studio for a few hours to immerse ourselves in the design feast that was DENFAIR Sydney.

Here are a few of our favourite things . . .

Casa Mia display showcasing their new Aver lounge #LOVE

Casa Mia display showcasing their new Aver lounge #LOVE

Savage Design showcased their expanding hardware range alongside some new furniture pieces.

Savage Design showcased their expanding hardware range alongside some new furniture pieces.

A rainbow of basins a Nood Concrete’s stand!

A rainbow of basins a Nood Concrete’s stand!

One of our favourite Australian lighting Designers – Anaesthetic.

One of our favourite Australian lighting Designers – Anaesthetic.

We have added a new favourite supplier to our books! We just love the look of the hardware by Spark and Burnish.

We have added a new favourite supplier to our books! We just love the look of the hardware by Spark and Burnish.

More covetable hardware from Spark and Burnish. 

More covetable hardware from Spark and Burnish. 

The Lounge. A large-scale installation by Arthur Koutoulas for DENFAIR which attracted hundreds of weary design addicts.

The Lounge. A large-scale installation by Arthur Koutoulas for DENFAIR which attracted hundreds of weary design addicts.

The beautiful leathers from NSW Leather Co – we just adore their metallic finishes!

The beautiful leathers from NSW Leather Co – we just adore their metallic finishes!

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

AKD LOVES DESIGNER DADS

Father's Day is just around the corner on Sunday 2 September. Treat the Dad in your life to one of our fabulous designer gifts that will be sure to rock his socks (but rest assured there's not a sock in sight on this list!).

Whether your Dad is a wine connoisseur, tech-savvy collector, furniture fanatic or just someone who desires the finer things in life, we wish all the Dads a very happy Father's Day, no matter his taste. 

An ode to the old-school barber shop, this handmade oak box full of grooming goodies is perfect for the Dad who takes pride in his appearance. Available from  Le Labo . 

An ode to the old-school barber shop, this handmade oak box full of grooming goodies is perfect for the Dad who takes pride in his appearance. Available from Le Labo

Inspired by the architecture of the 1950s, this  Schoenbuch  serving trolley is stylish and surprisingly versatile. Use it as a mobile bar, side table or storage in your home office.

Inspired by the architecture of the 1950s, this Schoenbuch serving trolley is stylish and surprisingly versatile. Use it as a mobile bar, side table or storage in your home office.

Design excellence on your table top, this  Tom Dixon  decanter (and matching low ball glasses) would look as striking filled with your finest wine as it would adorning your credenza. And in hand painted copper, of course…!

Design excellence on your table top, this Tom Dixon decanter (and matching low ball glasses) would look as striking filled with your finest wine as it would adorning your credenza. And in hand painted copper, of course…!

Persol’s  timeless sunglasses are the perfect gift for any absent-minded dad. With a contemporary folding mechanism that transforms the glasses to a pocket-friendly size, he’ll need just one pair all summer!

Persol’s timeless sunglasses are the perfect gift for any absent-minded dad. With a contemporary folding mechanism that transforms the glasses to a pocket-friendly size, he’ll need just one pair all summer!

… and to store them in, this beautiful Black Apricot Veneer Sunglasses Box by  Becker Minty .

… and to store them in, this beautiful Black Apricot Veneer Sunglasses Box by Becker Minty.

For the wine connoisseur fathers,  Lorenzi Milano’s  corkscrew takes functional to fashionable, with a very trend-conscious bamboo design.

For the wine connoisseur fathers, Lorenzi Milano’s corkscrew takes functional to fashionable, with a very trend-conscious bamboo design.

For the man who doesn’t like traditionally-floral scented candles, Fornasetti’s ‘Otto’ fragrance recalls the smells of the Fornasetti house in Milan. Think wooden floor boards, archival papers and Mediterranean herbs, from  Mr Porter . 

For the man who doesn’t like traditionally-floral scented candles, Fornasetti’s ‘Otto’ fragrance recalls the smells of the Fornasetti house in Milan. Think wooden floor boards, archival papers and Mediterranean herbs, from Mr Porter

For the tech-savvy dad who doesn’t want to compromise on style,  Courant ’s Catch:3 fast wireless charging device doubles up as an accessory organiser. Handsomely wrapped in Italian leather, it would look swish on any desk top or side table.

For the tech-savvy dad who doesn’t want to compromise on style, Courant’s Catch:3 fast wireless charging device doubles up as an accessory organiser. Handsomely wrapped in Italian leather, it would look swish on any desk top or side table.

Newly released and dripping in sophisticated cool, the Cosm chair available at  Herman Miller  is a gift from the gods for any father that spends his days behind a desk. It offers personalised support and comes in six stylish colour ways. 

Newly released and dripping in sophisticated cool, the Cosm chair available at Herman Miller is a gift from the gods for any father that spends his days behind a desk. It offers personalised support and comes in six stylish colour ways. 

A dramatic use of mixed metals and geometric forms,  Kelly Wearstler’s  Cleo desk lamp is the ideal present for the Designer Dad.

A dramatic use of mixed metals and geometric forms, Kelly Wearstler’s Cleo desk lamp is the ideal present for the Designer Dad.

LONG WEEKEND TREATS FOR EVERY BUNNY!

Just like bunnies, this year we’ve been hopping like crazy from one week to the next, and then one month to the next without stopping!

So, we are jumping for joy ahead of all that next week has to offer – the spicy sweet scent of freshly baked hot cross buns served with dripping golden butter, our ever-growing bounty of delectable chocolate treats, only for them to disappear faster than the White Rabbit as we while away the eggtra-long long weekend spent at home or away, with family and friends.

Join our Easter hunt as we discover some eggcellent ways to make next weekend seem even longer . . .

CHOCOL'ART

It could be easy to devour all of our chocolatey sweets before the Easter Bunny has officially finished doing his rounds, but having a basket filled with art-like treats almost makes them too beautiful to eat! And will most certainly make the weekend seem much longer if we take just one bite at a time . . .

Quite simply, if  Ms Peacock  doesn't LOVE it, it's not on the menu.

Quite simply, if Ms Peacock doesn't LOVE it, it's not on the menu.

A  Coco Chocolate  organic chocolate egg painted with cacao butter artwork simply melts away as the chocolate is eaten.

A Coco Chocolate organic chocolate egg painted with cacao butter artwork simply melts away as the chocolate is eaten.

Bibelot coloured gemstone Easter eggs are precious indeed!

SWEET SECRETS

HA! If only we could take just one bite at a time!

Our chocolate stash isn’t the only thing that we’ll be devouring next weekend. We’ll be putting our feet up, sinking deep in to a comfy couch and devouring all the latest interior design inspiration including the current April issue of Belle magazine featuring our beautiful Victoria Street project!

Dedicated to 'inspiring spaces decked out in luxury materials and sophisticated details' the annual 'Hot kitchens & cool bathrooms' special showcases a stunning collection of Australia's most spectacular new designs by leading interior designers and studios.

We’ll be dreaming of cooking up an Easter feast in our  Victoria Street  honey-toned kitchen featured in the current issue of  Belle . . .

We’ll be dreaming of cooking up an Easter feast in our Victoria Street honey-toned kitchen featured in the current issue of Belle . . .

. . . and then post-lunch when somebunny else is soaking the dishes, we’ll dream of sinking deep into the serenity of our Victoria Street guest bath. But shhhhh, it will be our  little secret.

. . . and then post-lunch when somebunny else is soaking the dishes, we’ll dream of sinking deep into the serenity of our Victoria Street guest bath. But shhhhh, it will be our little secret.

CHECKING OUT

Speaking of secrets . . . how about we get out of town and well off the beaten track? If we could hide away from it all next weekend and not have to share our chocolate haul with anyone, there’s nowhere we’d rather escape to than Casa Cook on Rhodes, Greece.

Your poolside paradise awaits at Casa Cook Rhodes. The farther you go, the farther you’ll leave the crowds behind . . .

Your poolside paradise awaits at Casa Cook Rhodes. The farther you go, the farther you’ll leave the crowds behind . . .

CHECKING IN

But that would be terribly selfish of us . . . remember, sharing is caring!

So, perhaps we stay in town and re-live our childhood scavenger hunt days with a grown-up twist, as we adventure down the rabbit hole of Sydney’s inner suburb of Barrangaroo.

Seeing, sipping and salivating on all that the beautifully alive foreshore playground has to offer, I suggest we start at Smoke – the newest rooftop bar at at Barangaroo House.

Smoke  has just been awarded Sydney's Best New Bar at the 2018 Time Out Bar Awards.

Smoke has just been awarded Sydney's Best New Bar at the 2018 Time Out Bar Awards.

Make sure you dress to impress and match the stylish cocktails on offer at  Smoke .

Make sure you dress to impress and match the stylish cocktails on offer at Smoke.

Wishing every bunny a happy and safe looooong weekend.