Since attending The Design Files Open House in Sydney I’ve had sore eyes, dizziness heart palpitations accompanied by shortness of breath. That’s right! I have a design hangover!
I walked into the 3 story converted warehouse on Bennetts St, Surry Hills where Lucy Feagins had created what can be described as an Alice in Design-Wonderland. Lucy Feagins runs The Design Files website featuring only the best, nicest and most artful people in Australia. This website has become an essential part of my everyday life. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to attend the launch and see this amazing house kitted out with jaw droppingly beautiful homewares, art and textiles.
Featured above: Lucas Grogan is a Melbourne-based artist who works across various media, including painting, photography, and needlepoint. Miniscapes merge desktop gardening and design to produce beautiful living sculptures. A sustainable alternative to floral arrangements, these miniature gardens are the perfect way to bring a little of the great outdoors inside. The glass domes are created by Melbourne based glassblower Amanda Dziedzic and the sideboard by Melbourne based furniture company Jardan
All works in the Blakebrough + King range are handmade by partners Ben Blakebrough and Sarah King in their Moss Vale Studio outside Sydney. Sydney-based artist Leah Fraser’s lyrical paintings and ceramics take inspiration from diverse folk mythologies and children’s tales
On the coffee table: Ahoy Trader: Jai Vasicek is the creator of beautiful decorative tiles and crucifixes, He is also the owner of one of Byron Bay’s favourite gift and homewares stores, Ahoy Trader. Utopia Goods, Sophie Tatlow and Bruce Slorach, have a unique homewares range with a strong Australian identity.
Comfy sofas, desirable chairs, versatile tables, detailed beds, all designed and made in Melbourne. Jardan‘s entire range is accredited with the prestigious GECA Level A. Make yourself comfortable. Anchor Ceramics is a Melbourne-based studio founded by architect and designer/maker Bruce Rowe, to produce functional ceramic products that enhance daily life.
Featured above: Bed linen by Country Road. Melbourne ceramicist Sophie Moorhouse Morris produces a range of handmade small scale objects, jewellery and functional wares under the name Bakerhouse. Brisbane designer Helen Bayley’s label Love Star was on show in the kids room, pulling it together with big dollops of colour, love and happiness. Also a crowd favourite Harvest textiles is a team of three women who share a passion for quality handmade textiles, the joy of learning, community and sustainability. They run textile workshops and a screenprinting business from their studio in Melbourne. Aly Peel has been creating ‘upcycled’ soft toys for 10 years from her studio in Footscray. Each piece is unique and handmade in Melbourne.
Jen Booth creates unique and quirky handcrafted accessories, best known for her leather locket necklaces. As pictured are the Largish Leather Lockets. I need these in my life!
If you were to check out #tdfopenhouse via instagram you would notice that this wall caught the attention of many visitors. There is so much design goodness going on in this picture and I believe the most important element to this was the feature wall colour ‘Tango.’ Dulux was a major sponsor for The Design files Open House. It was in this room that I met the owners of the house. He mentioned how his daughter will be sad to see this room return to its previous look after the open house ceases. I think any kid would feel the same
Featured above: The Hungry Workshop is a branding, design and letterpress studio from Melbourne. Their paper products, are all carefully crafted in-house on their antique letterpress printing presses. Down To The Woods homewares are designed by Melbourne based Amber Clohesy. The watermelon vases from Love Star stole my heart.
Esther Stewart’s work explores the space between the functional and the purely aesthetic object. Top right: Rachel Castle is a Sydney based designer and artist who spent 20 years working in the homewares industry both in Australia and the UK before commencing her own creative practice in 2008. If thats not impressive enough, go to her website castleandthings.com.au to watch the hilarious intro!
Line On The Side (L.O.T.S.) is a creative collaboration between Sydney based creatives Joanna Fowles and Kate Banazi. Their limited edition pieces are made locally, with an emphasis on supporting and fostering relationships with local skilled makers.
Featured Above: Flip Flop Slip is a range of ceramic tableware designed and handmade by The Fortynine Studio, a Sydney-based multidisciplinary collaborative design studio. featured on the coffee table is a platter from Dinosaur Designs. Julian Meagher is a Sydney-based artist. His luminous oil paintings mimic delicate watercolours. Amanda Dziedzic is Melbourne-based glassblower, collaborated with Lucy Feagins on a limited range of handblown glass display domes with timber bases, created exclusively for Open House 2013!
The calm before the storm! Moments after this shot was taken the deck became a bustling conversation pit. To the right (not pictured) bar fully stocked with Petaluma Wines. (please note, this was not a contributing factor to my design hangover, but it did make things a lot more pleasurable)
However this is not the end! I’m sure I’ve neglected to mention 3/4 of the amazing talent involved with TDF Open House. So head over to the suppliers page on The Design Files website.
To see the making of TDF open house:
*Some content sourced via suppliers own sites, The design Files and The Design Files Open House
Special Thanks to: The talented designers I met on the night, to Lucy Feagins and evhPR for the invitation.