My amazing bestie, Sal of Sally Campbell Textiles has an upcoming exhibition of one off pieces that she has collected throughout her life. Her shows are always incredible and showcasing to-die-for textiles but this one will be truly something special. These textiles are workable pieces that you might layer your bed with or mountains of incredible and oddly shaped cushions – all chosen and created with Sally’s exquisite taste and talent.
The first time I met Sally was at one of her exhibitions and we instantly fell for one another when I wrapped one of her textiles around my head and pronounced it wearable. This show is not to miss.
June 15-23/ 10AM-5.30PM. Opening night: Thurs June 14/ 5.30PM-7.30PM. See Sally’s website.
There is a new wave of upholstery hitting the design world. It sits comfortably with me and is something I’ve been adopting for many years. When I started styling in the States I was introduced to the unmade bed – we shot this ‘look’ for many a catalogue and magazine and I have always loved it. It is kind of the opposite of Martha Stewart & hospital corners. If this does not come naturally to you, you can now buy a lounge with layers, lots of sink-yourself-into cushions and linen sewn on the selvedge. If you want to extend this to the bedroom, get the pre-washed linen no-nonsense sheets, oversized bolsters & other luxuries from sheet companies Matteo, Society (available here) and Bedouin Societe. For me this is all about back-to-basics, fuss free comfort that looks fab crushed, soft & unmade. Look to: Clarke & Reilly, Linteloo, Caravane and others.
After a glorious afternoon spent going through Bob Cadrys personal archive of textiles & rugs, we went to admire the latest contemporary colelction of rugs by Jan Kath, ‘From Russia With Love’.
Oversized flowers based on Eastern European florals with dark backgrounds. Even if you are not in the market for a new rug, or it’s not your palette, these are worth a visit – just as you would an art exhibition. Make sure you pick up a catalogue. The photographs were acquired from Southern Russia and are originals from the 1900s, manipulated to include the latest collection.
Istanbul has been a port since ancient times because of its geographical positioning. It is no wonder that the textiles & treasures within are from all countries that surround Turkey and beyond! It is bordered by eight countries: to the East, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Iran, to the West, Syria, Iraq and Greece, to the Northwest, Georgia and Bulgaria. Here are some textures and colours of loveliness.
I went on a wild research adventure discovering Sydney in the early part of the century. I have always been naturally fascinated by Australian history (I have a history degree from Sydney University) and it went perfectly in hand with researching the area for Palmer & Co. which I co-designed with the talented Kelvin Ho of Akin Creative (and of course Justin).
The bar is located in a brick vaulted basement that would have been constructed around the 1850s. Inspiration for the name Palmer & Co. came from a shop on Pitt St from the 1800s, called Mrs Palmer & Sons, taxidermist & furrier that held many curios. I lined its walls with photographs of the small time crooks, petty thieves & peoples of interest found at the Police & Justice Museum (often very well dressed & quite good looking).
I kept the entrance plain with simple chicken wire lockers so that the interior is all the more impressive when you enter: expect the unexpected. The bathrooms on the far side of the locker are made out of recycled wood and within is my own version of the classic adnet mirror.
Inside, we stripped the space bare and started fresh. Most of the furniture is custom built. All the lights are made by hand. The lights that hover over my washable leather top tables are handspun and worked from my designs by our very talented blacksmith – it is based on one I had photographed on a bathroom ceiling in New York. The copper lights are from fabulous designer Piet Hein Eek.
We had fabric for booths printed on artist’s canvas. The props and bits n’ pieces throughout the space, I sourced over months locally (Sydney & Melbourne) and in the States from Philadelphia. All the way down to buying an entire top hat collection that is encased in the central bookcase. The glassware is mixed with new & old but most shapes are based on designs from the early 1900s. A perfect place for under-the-table deals & chinese whispers.
The inspirations for me were summer roadtrips to Montauk when I was living in New York, the roadside clam shacks that flip up their shutters and awnings for the summer months, with umbrellas and benches scattered around on the pebbled ground. I interpreted this to fit the space on Challis Ave, bringing the beach to Potts Point. After visiting Whitstable in Kent, I was left with a love of the sand on the floor and chalkboards, a casual approach to dining but with really good quality food. At The Fish Shop everything you eat is organic and locally sourced, put together by chef Jeremy Strode.
All the high tables are covered in chalkboard oilcloth that can be easily wiped down and the table legs are based on a table I saw in Amsterdam with a beautiful picnic feel to them. The metal shades over the counter were customised with red stripes and the longitude and latitude of 22 Challis Ave.
Out the back I created an amateur fishing club. I lined the walls in the underside of old floorboards to give the feel of the interior of an old boathouse – I got this idea from a favourite old book printed in the 80s, Seaside Houses. Our blacksmith covered the tables in zinc and put all the patches in them, there are lots of marble tops and some are even made out of plastic chopping boards. I recycled beautiful old English tiles that have a crackle. I wanted to have a few materials that weren’t toss-away.
In the space there are lots of vintage lights collected from all over the place, including Japanese glass buoys covered in knotted rope that our glasscutter hesitantly put a small circle into so we could turn it into a functioning light. I scoured Australia for old fishing nets, cork floats, cane covered bottles, an amateur shell collection from the 1950s, old canvas sails, hand fishing nets and cork fishing line (just like my grandfather had when I was growing up), glass bottles, shell lights and a huge collection of fishing flies and lures all make up the look & feel of this great little fish shack.