We went south this week to experience some of the windswept beauty of Tasmania while sampling some of the fabulous local wine and produce, as well as the art at MONA.
In between glasses of Arras, we turned our eye to the design scene and found a few gems hiding between Cradle Mountain and the sea. It makes sense that such a gorgeous landscape would inspire such great design.
Furniture that reflects the Tasmanian landscape doesn't come much better than these pieces from Touching Space featuring images of the natural scenery printed on local wood.
We particularly like the fur-lined chairs that look perfect for super comfortable fireside reading in the middle of the Tasmanian winter. You can almost hear the wind howling outside.
We're suckers for ceramics at Studio Ombre HQ and there's something about these gorgeous vessels by Lindsey Wherrett that reminds us of the savage beauty of Tasmania.
A mix of clean lines and organic textures make these pieces fine enough to put on show yet robust and relaxed enough to use everyday. We've got our eyes on the large serving plates.
Illustrator Rachel Tribout seems to have a penchant for books which is a great thing because each of her literary projects are beautiful objects filled with her signature style of imaginative drawings.
We'd love to go for a hike while using her illustrations in the Guide to the Plants of Tasmanian Saltmarsh Wetlands to identify the shrubs and flowers lining the well-worn tracks.
Bespoke furniture design made from local Tasmanian wood is a big thing in the southern state but we're partial to the almost nautical designs from Nick Randall.
The smooth flowing lines remind us of the hulls of gorgeous Italian wooden boats, particularly the console which looks like a boat under construction. It all seems very appropriate for island life.
As if taken directly from the landscape, these sculptural objects embody the way the elements weather and wear away materials exposed to the Tasmanian environment.
Both weathered and fortified against the elements, Sally Brown's pieces elegantly balance hardness with soft textures and organic shapes to create a beautiful dialogue between the harsh beauty of nature and a need for protection.