Flipside by Volker Haug

Mention pendant lighting and the average person starts imagining the lamp shade. Not so with Volker Haug… the German born, Melbourne based lighting designer has treated his latest creation more like a piece of jewellry…

Meet the “Flipside” pendant:

Flipside pendant lights by Volker Haug

Flipside pendant lights by Volker Haug


What I love about this design is its minimalist beauty. I think these would have delighted the great architect Ludwig Mies van der Roche – who adopted the phrase “Less is more”.

From a practicality aspect and your desired overall effect, this can be hung solo or in a cluster. Add in the fact that you have a variety of metallic cables and different finishes on the discs and your options are endless.

Cinco de Mayo

If you sitting here looking for an excuse to drink margaritas, wear a sombrero and shake your maracas today is your lucky day!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Now you could head to you local Mexican restaurant or better still host your own party. To set the tone you are going to need to decorate your table and I have found the perfect inspiration…

Cinco De Mayo themed table setting (image from Pinterest)

Cinco De Mayo themed table setting (image from Pinterest)

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Merry Christmas!

Zinc Star christmas ornament (image from


The last job has just finished. After the last few months working around the clock to get here, it all feels a bit surreal…

Before I fall into a heap, I want to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Thank you for your support and I look forward to continuing our journey in 2015…



Halloween – Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck

On this the night of Halloween when the ghosts and ghouls abound and our quiet suburban streets echo to the sounds of “Trick or Treat”…

One chair should take their pride of place at the head of the All Hallows Day feastPhilippe Starck’s iconic Ghost chair.

Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck (image by Kartell)

Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck (image by Kartell)

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From A Beer Bottle To A Light Bulb Moment By Studio Swine

I love it when someone takes an everyday object whose form or purpose we now take for granted and manages to transforms it into something extraordinary.

Studio Swine (which incidentally stands for “Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers”) is co-founded by a Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and a British Artist Alexander Groves. They are those kind of innovators.

This Anglo-Japanese design studio has criss-crossed the planet, creating amazing designs which all appear to explore how our finite resources can be successfully used (or reused) in the context of modern design.

When most people look at a bottle of beer they see a happy time ahead of them…


Heineken beer bottle by Tristan Townley

Heineken beer bottle by Tristan Townley


Few would spare a thought for the bottle – it’s simply a container. But the visionaries at Studio Swine had a light bulb moment… Continue reading