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.

TREATS ON HALLOWEEN

As Halloween creeps upon us we have put on our witch’s hats to brew up a melting pot of wacky yet stylish interior treats to match this wildly unique occasion.

Never ones to shy away from a touch of black magic we have dug up some iconic design pieces to get you ­in the mood for trick or treating . . .

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   The Gothic yet chic ‘Laval Crown Chair With Opened Roof’ would sit perfectly in the lobby of a Parisian hotel, just as it would in the living room of the Addam’s Family home! Available at  Living Edge . 

The Gothic yet chic ‘Laval Crown Chair With Opened Roof’ would sit perfectly in the lobby of a Parisian hotel, just as it would in the living room of the Addam’s Family home! Available at Living Edge

The ‘Laval Crown Sofa’ in this delicious pumpkin hue would spice up any interior. Available at Living Edge

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     The offset cast iron base of this ‘Wrong For Hay’ table lamp gives the sense of imbalance whilst the polished copper shade is the perfect tone for a dark and mysterious interior. No need to ever be afraid of the dark again.   Available at  Cult Design .

The offset cast iron base of this ‘Wrong For Hay’ table lamp gives the sense of imbalance whilst the polished copper shade is the perfect tone for a dark and mysterious interior. No need to ever be afraid of the dark again. Available at Cult Design.

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   The iconic Bat symbols speak all things scary, which is why we still love the ‘Pipistrello’ table lamp designed by Gae Aulenti in the 1960s. Available at  Ambiente Direct .

The iconic Bat symbols speak all things scary, which is why we still love the ‘Pipistrello’ table lamp designed by Gae Aulenti in the 1960s. Available at Ambiente Direct.

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   With it’s classic black and white stripe, the ‘Lineage Stool’ by Kelly Wearstler brings back memories of Tim Burton’s 1980s cult classic film Beetle Juice. Available at  Kelly Wearstler.  

With it’s classic black and white stripe, the ‘Lineage Stool’ by Kelly Wearstler brings back memories of Tim Burton’s 1980s cult classic film Beetle Juice. Available at Kelly Wearstler. 

 

ALEX TALKS . . . DINING TABLES

As we head towards Christmas in July, I have been thinking about fabulous festive get togethers and what makes an indoor dinner party timeless yet at once in vogue. I approach setting a table in the same way I would the design of any room or space – to create a sense of occasion with an emphasis on style, simplicity, detail and quality.

In the Christmas spirit of giving, today I share my top tried-and-trusted design tips when it comes to setting a successful dining table. From lighting to styling, practicality to opulence, I hope you feel inspired to start planning your next gathering. Merry Christmas in July!

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     I build layers of textures to add warmth or drama to the dining space. For example linen napkins are a definite, and when paired against leather placemats they’re even better! Beautiful china, glassware and metallic cutlery create a feeling of indulgence and luxury.

I build layers of textures to add warmth or drama to the dining space. For example linen napkins are a definite, and when paired against leather placemats they’re even better! Beautiful china, glassware and metallic cutlery create a feeling of indulgence and luxury.

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     Good lighting is paramount to achieving a balance between ambience and practicality. You want soft lighting, but enough so you can see your guests and the food on offer. This can be achieved by the introduction of candlelight to the table itself or dimmable overhead/nearby lighting. 

Good lighting is paramount to achieving a balance between ambience and practicality. You want soft lighting, but enough so you can see your guests and the food on offer. This can be achieved by the introduction of candlelight to the table itself or dimmable overhead/nearby lighting. 

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     To me, a successful dining experience engages all the senses, not just sight, smell and taste, so it is through the layering of various materials and finishes that engages the sense of touch, beautifully rounding out the other senses which will already be overloaded by the dining experience.

To me, a successful dining experience engages all the senses, not just sight, smell and taste, so it is through the layering of various materials and finishes that engages the sense of touch, beautifully rounding out the other senses which will already be overloaded by the dining experience.

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   I love the addition of foliage to any table setting as it not only adds a layer of freshness to the table, but also to our sense of smell and to complement the food on offer. 

I love the addition of foliage to any table setting as it not only adds a layer of freshness to the table, but also to our sense of smell and to complement the food on offer. 

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   For a more casual setting I take the approach that not everything has to match perfectly. I still love using a mix of textures but am far more adventurous with use of colour and mixing glassware to create a more fun, carefree and relaxed vibe. I would opt for placemats instead of a tablecloth here. 

For a more casual setting I take the approach that not everything has to match perfectly. I still love using a mix of textures but am far more adventurous with use of colour and mixing glassware to create a more fun, carefree and relaxed vibe. I would opt for placemats instead of a tablecloth here. 

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     For a more formal approach I am quite traditional and can’t go past a freshly pressed, crisp, white tablecloth and matching linen napkins. They instantly add sophistication and an expectation of the occasion at hand.    Simple candles of varying heights and sizes adds grandeur and dimension to the event and helps lift and fill a space if the ceilings are high. Fresh flowers are a must! 

For a more formal approach I am quite traditional and can’t go past a freshly pressed, crisp, white tablecloth and matching linen napkins. They instantly add sophistication and an expectation of the occasion at hand.

Simple candles of varying heights and sizes adds grandeur and dimension to the event and helps lift and fill a space if the ceilings are high. Fresh flowers are a must! 

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     To make your dinner guests feel like VIPs, I love to introduce custom-made place cards or a thoughtfully handwritten note or menu at each place setting.

To make your dinner guests feel like VIPs, I love to introduce custom-made place cards or a thoughtfully handwritten note or menu at each place setting.

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   Good lighting is paramount to set the mood for the event, however one must achieve the right balance between ambience and practicality. Layers of lighting are important. We love low lighting but you must be able to see what is on your plate! We love a dimmable overhead pendant, candles or nearby lamps which offer manual directional lighting.

Good lighting is paramount to set the mood for the event, however one must achieve the right balance between ambience and practicality. Layers of lighting are important. We love low lighting but you must be able to see what is on your plate! We love a dimmable overhead pendant, candles or nearby lamps which offer manual directional lighting.

To make it a feast to remember, be generous in both scale and quantity, with food, drinks, flowers and conversation!

To make it a feast to remember, be generous in both scale and quantity, with food, drinks, flowers and conversation!

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