The Charing Cross Hotel, or ‘Charo’ as it is affectionately known, has been around since 1857. Over the last few years we’ve popped in once or twice for after-work bevvy or two, but it wasn’t until the recent unveiling of their stunning refurbishments that we can truly call ourselves regulars. Lunches, dinner with the kids, drinks with the girls, client meetings, you name it, the Charo is now where it’s at. We recommend the Charo Burger from the Bar Menu. See you there!
Last week The Design Hunters were invited to see the unveiling of the new Great Dane showroom designed by McCartney Design. Simple, modern and luxe are the first three words that spring to mind when describing this space, which is filled with incredible original Scandinavian furniture and lighting designs. In particular we were drawn to the Knot chairs in white, which, as their name suggests, feature an intricate knotted detail on the back and arm rests. We also have been long time fans of the Baklava Ceiling Lamps by Claesson Koivisto Rune, which are made from layers of soft fabric and would add a beautiful glowing softness to a bedroom. The picture below really doesn’t do them justice!Tweet
We were thoroughly impressed with this year’s Australian Garden Show, particularly our friend and landscape designer Adam Robinson’s stand, (pictured above), which took out the Gold award for Best City Garden! Now that Spring has sprung, we are all excited to reinvigorate our outdoor spaces and prepare for outdoor dinner parties this holiday season. If your garden, courtyard or balcony is in need of some love and attention, simply follow Adam and The Design Hunter on Instagram, regram your fave outdoor image with the hashtag #thedesignhunter and #adamrobinson and go into the draw to win a design consultation with Adam! The winner will be announced on Instagram on September 30th.
You can view more of Adam’s great work on his website at www.adamrobinsondesign.com
Congratulations again Adam! Job very well done! xTweet
We recently chatted to Belinda Everingham from Bondi Wash. This beautiful collection of hand and body washes, bench sprays, room scents and floor washes has a focus on locally sourced, natural ingredients and has recently expanded to include a range for pets too!
What led you to create the Bondi Wash range?
A few years ago after getting headaches from conventional cleaning products, I tested many of the natural ones and was disappointed – they smelt just as toxic and didn’t work well. Not long after, a friend told me how she was cleaning with diluted eucalyptus oil. I was also having trouble sourcing a nice natural hand wash without nasties like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS, SLES). Then on holidays in Far North Queensland we were surrounded by a long list of native plants like quandong and desert lime many of which I had not heard of. My holiday reading was the book Perfume by Patrick Susskind – which made me think how France has made so much out of their botanicals. It really struck me what an amazing opportunity to create products from our native plants we have in Australia – and washing products made perfect sense to start with as many of our natives have oils with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. I then discovered a really long list of native essential oils and extracts, many of which are relatively new. There is so much we can do and we are only just discovering the potential of these wonderful natural ingredients.
Besides the gorgeous scents and cleaning properties of the products, what are some other reasons that customers should purchase Bondi Wash products over a supermarket brand?
The main reason is the ingredients. In hand washes, most if not all supermarket brands contain synthetic ingredients and irritants like SLS and fragrance. In cleaners, there are few regulations, so even the natural brands contain ingredients that are not plant-based and not great for the environment or our health. We realise our products are more expensive which is why we have designed them to last longer – which means less packaging and transport waste. The formulae are concentrated and the triggers and pumps give you less.
Besides working on the Bondi Wash collection, what else are you passionate about?
Beyond Bondi Wash and family life, there isn’t much spare time but I do love modern art. I have also just started writing the story of our first year in business. It has been such a fascinating journey and there are some great lessons none of which I have read in any business books. Technology and social media have in many ways changed the rules for all businesses but especially start-ups. We have some fairly interesting war stories too. My brother-in-law is a writer so he is going to help bring it to life.
How would you describe your personal style?
Neutral, calm, quality, natural, organic, a little messy and un-coordinated – with some excess and abundance thrown in.
If money was no object, which 3 items would you purchase for your home?
An extra bedroom, a Stephen Ormandy painting and a slide into the pool would be great fun in summer.
Finish this sentence: I never leave home without:
Usually it is Roger the spoodle – I take him wherever I can.
What are some of your favourite Bondi spots?
I start each day at Panama House for their sensational coffee. Gould St is great for fashion. Gelatissimo Messina is an almost weekly ice cream treat. In summer I avoid the crowds and swim at MacKenzies or off the rocks from South Bondi. And Marks Park is a favourite for all the playful dogs and the views.
Finish this sentence: I buy furniture, art and homewares that: might not be in fashion but are well-made, beautifully-designed and bring joy to daily life and I live by the philosophy that: life is all about the journey, not the destination.Tweet
This week we spoke to Chris Hong, the designer behind Madera Woodcraft. Chris’s interest in sustainably harvested wood has led him and his team to create products that are functional, durable, environmentally preferable as well as aesthetically appealing. Their slimline wallets made from Cherry, Walnut and Oak, can carry all the essentials in a neat little package that not only looks great but also feels great in your hands.
Tell us a bit about Madera Woodcraft designs
Madera is about taking functional everyday products and adding the sometimes missing ‘warmth’ of natural material to it. Along the way we add our own little twists and innovations to it, with an intention to improve and create better experiences.
Whereabouts in Perth are you from and what are some of your favourite local secret spots?
All three of the people in our team are based south of the Swan river. We all enjoy finding good coffee along the strips of Victoria Park and Fremantle. Indian food is our office staple so it has to be Royal India in West Perth – best Palak Paneer in the West.
Which timbers do you use and why?
The wood used on our current range are exclusively sourced from sustainable North American forests. We use Walnut from Ohio, Cherry from Ontario, Canada, and Oak from New York. These hardwoods are used extensively due to their workability and reliable nature – they’re not prone to rot or decay, not to mention are unique in their own characters, tones, and grains.
Besides creating Madera Woodcraft wallets, what else are you passionate about?
Whitney is a passionate foodie and photographer. Winifred passionately save lives as an operating theatre nurse in her other life and I’m full of passion for design and anything made of wood.
Which other designers/artisans inspire you?
Naoto Fukasawa for his design approach. Muji for bringing products into the main arena through function, honesty, and aesthetic.
3 words that sum up Madera Woodcraft.
People. Function. Nature.
What is your favourite home decor item in your home and why?
Currently I am obsessing over my Hakusan ‘Fancy Cup’ by Masahiro Mori
You can check out Madera Woodcraft’s wallets in store at The Design Hunter, or online.Tweet
In the lead up to Father’s Day we chatted to Dion Nash, the sun loving cricketer from Auckland turned skincare guru. From the helm of Triumph & Disaster, his men’s skincare collection with a difference, Dion gives us an insight into why products from Triumph & Disaster make great gifts for Dad or for any of the men if your life.
Please tell us a bit about what led you to create the Triumph & Disaster collection?
I played professional cricket for a decade in my twenties before going to work for a New Zealand Vodka company called 42Below, both experiences have really led me to create T&D. I spent many long hours in the sun and learnt that protection from the elements is essential. This was helped after I read an interview with Rod Stewart where he said the secret to his youth was oil of Olay, so I stole my mother’s pot of this cream and never looked back. I like to think that being in the sun gave me an industrial knowledge of skin and which products work and which don’t. I learnt branding at 42below and on a visit to Brooklyn witnessed the hipsters there grooming themselves and I realised that it was a category I knew well and that was the start really. I cashed in my job and started Triumph & Disaster.
Tell us three reasons Triumph & Disaster products are a great purchase for Dad this Fathers Day:
1. The range has been created with a guy’s sensibility at the forefront of the development, this means we really have thought about how a guy uses these products and what role each product plays in a guy’s routine.
2. Unique and clinically proven, natural New Zealand ingredients such as Horopito for healing, Ponga fern for lift and toning and Kawakawa leaf for antioxidant and nourishing value means our products are safe, sustainable and super gentle on your skin.
3. Because Dad understands that life is about dealing with triumph and disaster and ‘ treating those two impostors just the same’ and that it is important to prepare well each day using great products, to take time to ground yourself and breathe in before embracing the day.
Besides working on the T&D collection, what else are you passionate about?
Music and people. We are having heaps of fun building a team and bonding as a working unit. in so far as music goes I am a passionate but misguided guitar paler, it has been said that I have my very own sense of timing.
How would you describe your personal style? boho chic meets fading sports jock
If money was no object, which 3 items would you purchase for your home? A Picasso, A Monet and an original Gibson SG.
Finish this sentence: I never leave home without:
cleaning my teeth
Whereabouts in NZ are you from and what are your 3 favourite local spots?
I live in Auckland. I love visiting Waiheke island for wine and to play, Wanaka to ski and to Play and Herne bay to live and to play.
Finish this sentence: I prefer to buy furniture, art and homewares that…evolve my own personal sense of style and I live by the philosophy that…you should try to leave things better than you found them.
Happy Father’s Day cowboys!
As we head in to the infamous “Spring” market for real estate sales we’ve been taking a look back through some of our favourite Property Styling projects. The Design Hunter styling team performed their talented handiwork on this beautiful terrace house to prepare it for auction. Working with some of the family’s existing furniture and decor, the team simplified, decluttered and added artworks, soft furnishings, greenery, lamps, bedlinen and more to create a modern yet warm and inviting ambience.
Entrance Before & After:
Master Bedroom Before & After:
Dining Room Before & After:
Kitchen Before & After:
Living Room Before & After:
Back garden Before & After:
If you are looking to create a similar transformation in your home, contact us to chat about your requirements. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 9386 9638.
We are shamelessly obsessed with the metallic trend in interiors at the moment! Here are some of our favourite images from our Metallics Pinterest Board that show some seriously cool ways to incorporate metallics into living spaces. Anything from silver, gold, rose gold, copper, bronze and brass, we want it in our homes and on our desks! Luckily lot’s of new pieces have arrived in store to satisfy our thirst for all things shiny. Scroll down to see our new Gold Dot wall decals, bronze Origami pendant lights, Copper Uashmama bags and more!
Last week The Design Hunter team visited the Jardan showroom for the launch of their latest range of stunning pieces. Love going to Jardan as the showroom is so beautifully styled and the are staff always so friendly and helpful.
As we perused the new collections we were impressed by the new range of quilted cotton bed linen and soft furnishings. Another staff favourite was the new Sol lighting range, featuring a timber veneer shade (see some pics below). It’s simple form and combination of materials is beautiful in both the table and floor lamp version.
We’re also all still obsessed with the Wilfred sofa. It’s definitely an unrequited love affair here at the office and regularly comes up when we play our favourite game; “Ten furniture pieces you’d buy for yourself if money was no object .”
The Design Hunter team aren’t shy when it comes to their love of food and the unique and delicious catering by Mario’s Kitchen was amazing! Cant recommend them enough! The only question we had at the end of the night was; ‘Lemon tart or chocolate???!”
This week we chatted to our assistant designer, Larissa Raywood, who designed the interior of this amazing Italian restaurant in Balmain with her partner, Paolo and his twin brother Marco Orso.
What was the inspiration for the fit out at Mantecato? My inspiration for the fit out came directly from spending time in Italy a few years back and falling in love with their passion of food, freshness and the focus of planning your day around eating. From the markets of Venice to dinner at Mamma’s house near the Amalfi Coast this communal idea of eating, sharing stories and feeling at home is where I was headed. An updated freshness to your typical trattoria.
What were some of the challenges faced with the project? Having a two-week deadline, putting all your hopes in different trades and trusting it all comes together how you envisioned and planned. (Not to mention a new job – and an awful cold in between)
Did you source any of your items from any interesting places? Serviettes were handmade by one of the owners mums in Italy along with the upholstered bench cushion. But my favourite locally sourced item is the butchers block entrance table – an Australian original which dates back to the 1920′s.
What is your favourite thing about the project? Definitely the wine box wall – it’s the first thing you see entering the space, a repurposed wonder with every box holding a story for these guys who are obsessed with their wines – especially the imported Italian ones. So I literally have their passion plastered on the wall which also functions as a storage and serving station.
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