We’ve collected five chic Australian finds this week to celebrate Australia Day today. It’s a controversial holiday in Australia because it’s seen as both a celebration of inclusion and a mourning for the irreversible impact the white settlers had on Aboriginal people and their culture. We think both points should be considered, so we’ve taken our cue from both celebration and remembrance for our picks this week.
Danie Mellor is an Australian artist of both European and Aboriginal descent whose depiction of post-colonial landscapes create a dialogue between past and present, kitsch and cultural, and history and truth. His amazing works on paper reference Chinese and English painted ceramics and display a technical and artistic prowess that, quite frankly, blow us away. Check out this article from The Guardian for a little introduction to his work.
Dinosaur Designs is a household name in Australia, known for creating their ubiquitous homewares and jewellery, and redefining the possibilities of resin as a material. Their latest atelier collection is one of our all-time favourites and makes us want to jump on a plane back to Sydney just to stock up on some pieces that aren’t available in Paris.
We wish we had more space in our Paris studio just so we could lay down a fresh floor of these amazing tiles from Greg Natale for Teranona. Geometric, clean and contemporary, they’re all so in line with our design aesthetic they seem to have jumped out of our heads and onto the floor. We’re sure we’ll be using these soon for our clients’ homes in Sydney.
We’re always looking out for new and exciting Australian furniture designers and we’re thrilled to have found Kate Stokes from Coco Flip creating some wonderful pieces from her Melbourne studio. We particularly like the Bucket Coffee Table and it’s built-in storage compartment to keep it’s clean lines nice and clean. We could even see it filled with ice and used as a seamless champagne bucket!
One more thing we think is not only chic but very important is to recognise heritage, particularly in Australia where rich histories of Aboriginal culture remain largely unknown by the general public, and where Aboriginal languages are rapidly disappearing. What better day that a national holiday to take a moment and do a little research into the history of Australia and its traditional owners.
Here’s a handy list of sources we found to be fascinating, contemporary and chic because knowledge is chic.
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