Monthly Archives: May 2012

Industrial Design – Cement Pendant Light by unit-berlin

I would love to have seen the brief given to unit-berlin for the conversion of the former Hungarian cultural centre in Berlin into the .HBC – it is part art project space, part entertainment venue with 3 bars and a restaurant.

The show stealer for this industrial space has to be the custom made lights in the restaurant.

Concrete Pendant Light (image from unit-berlin)

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In search of the modern Campaign Chest…

The image of a campaign chest conjures up an almost romantic view of war. It was the everyday piece of kit for the British officers during the Georgian and Victorian periods.

It seems so civilised (& a touch batty) to be so determined to not compromise on the quality of one’s life and to cart these chests around with everything from the port decanter to letters from mama, whilst defending the realm.

It got me thinking… what is the modern equivalent?

Surely it has to be the Blackhawk Secretary Truck by Restoration Hardware.



Blackhawk Secretary Trunk (image from Restoration Hardware)

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Your Future Home Top 50 Sustainable Building Leaders – Have your say…

Your Future Home is creating a Top 50 list in an effort to spotlight those individuals, companies, associations, non-for-profits, suppliers, products, government bodies, websites, magazines and journalists that are inspiring and focused towards the success of the sustainable building industry in Australia.

Your Future Home Top 50 Sustainable Building Leaders

I am very excited that I have been nominated especially when you look at the other amazing nominees, such as: Continue reading

The perfect way to enjoy a night under the stars – The Cristal Bubble from Bubble Tree

A night under the stars is such a romantic notion.
Until the first mosquito swoops in.


Wouldn’t it be nice if someone thought up a clever design to allow you to sleep out under the Northern Star or the Southern Cross without becoming an insect’s breakfast and the recipient of the Dengue Virus or some other delight.


Thankfully Pierre Stephane Dumas from the imaginatively entitled Bubble Tree was thinking the same thing when he created the Cristal Bubble. Continue reading