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Planchonella House by Jesse Bennett

Franky March - Monday, May 04, 2015

Set within heritage rainforest surrounds, this North Queensland home is a product of talented architect and builder Jesse Bennett, with the desire to live simply and create joyful areas that would enrich and inspire his family. The design focused on embracing the plush surroundings by using minimalistic materials, predominantly glass and concrete, making the outside environment feel very much apart of the home. The structure is enhanced with timber detailing adding warmth and replicating the natural environment that encompasses the property.

Via Yellowtrace

Nola by Studio Drift for Buhtiq31

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 16, 2015

On display as part of the Brand New World show in Milan is Studio Drift's Nola lighting. The collection of coloured domes started originally as an experiment - where the designers played with endless combinations of colour and light in a spatial context. The result is a surface of different sized mouth-blown pastel tinted glass bells  that are combined with coloured LED lights. The individual lights can be programmed separately in terms of colour, resulting in endless variations.

Wooden Aquarelle by Meike Harde

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 16, 2015

Young German designer Meike Harde was inspired by traditional watercolour painting for her Wooden Aquarelle furniture series that has been launched at the Salone Satellite this week. Harde positions the wood in a frame and then covers it with liquid pigments which then absorb into the wood and create unique patterns. 

298 Chair by Michele de Lucchi for Cassina

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 16, 2015

Italian architect Michele de Lucchi has designed the 298 chair, inspired by the folding director's chair for manufacturer Cassina. It was created as an homage to the Unicredit Pavilion - a large wooden structure currently being built in Milan and designed by Lucchi. 

Cassina is available locally from Matisse.

Rodolfo by Lovethesign

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rodolfo is a modular seating system that consists of three parts - a steel rod frame, a double folding cushion and a backrest. The components can join together in a number of ways, allowing for around a thousand layouts - "from a classic two-seater to strongly characterised composition" notes architect Davide Negri who worked with Lovethesign on the project. 

Nebula scent diffuser by Studio WM

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 16, 2015

Part of Studio WM's Senses Unfold collection, the Nebula scent diffuser is a contemporary solution for the distribution of fragrance. The sculptural shape - available in black matte porcelain - is glazed on the inside to protect the fragrance from sunlight. When the flocked pump is pressed and fine aromatic spray is released. 

Kart by Karim Rashid for Tonelli Design

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 16, 2015

Glass company Tonelli Design launched Karim Rashid's latest design, Kart, in Milan this week. The bar cabinet takes inspiration from mid century bar trolleys, however features two large glass wheels as opposed to the traditional stainless ones. 

Space Crafted and Erased Heritage by Jan Kath

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cover magazine has joined forces with designer Jan Kath again in Milan this week, presenting two new series of rugs - one that further explores his intergalactic fascination, and the other paying homage to the 80s fashion revival. The latter involved adding bright neon colours to an oriental rug - a process that proved difficult but Kath's team pulled it off without a hitch. 

Jan Kath is available locally from Artisan Flooring.

Marble wall lamps by Pega D&E

Anna Coe - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On display at Superstudio Piu in Milan this year is Taiwanese design studio Pega D&E's marble wall lamp. At the pull of the cord the usually hard and flat marble surface emits a soft glow.

Via Wallpaper. 

The Coloured Bubble by Alex de Witte

Deborah Raj - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Big Bubble Light is one of Alex de Witte’s most well-known works. Bold, audacious and inspired by blowing bubbles as a child, at this year's Milan Furniture Fair, de Witte unveiled the Coloured Bubble, much to the admiration of design lovers.