Monday, November 9, 2015

Klaylife Clay Beaded Chandelier Lighting

Initially these chandeliers were created by a small group of local women, in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, lead by designer and producer Merewyn (owner of Hellooow Handmade) and Nozi.  
As demand for their creations increased they approached thier local community centre and started training local women whose lives had been impacted by HIV and needed income to support their families. Now there are over 65 employed women (and a few men), rolling beads and creating a range of these beautiful chandeliers.
Each bead is hand rolled from local clay, dried in the sun and then kiln fired before being hand dip dyed and then assembled onto a wrought iron frame. 
Watch how they are made below:

All lights are wired to Australian Standards and are available in a range of natural colours. 
images courtesy of  Claylife
These lights can now be sourced in Australia, direct from Klaylife who are a South African family based in Melbourne.

Have fun.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Nightfall Wilderness Camp & Narrows Escape

I was delighted to see, not one, but two of my past design projects featured in the Courier Mail this weekend, Nightfall Wilderness Camp (top image), in Lamington National Park and Narrow's Escape rainforest retreat in Montville (bottom rhs image), in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. For details about our design behind Narrow's Escape click here.

If you have the opportunity, these are amazing places to stay.

Have fun

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Recycled Timber Kitchen Counter, Drawers and Cupboard Doors

Image from, photo by Pernille Kaalund
Earlier this year I was designing a kitchen for a client using recycled timber for the kitchen counter and recycled painted timber for the cupboard and drawer fronts. If you wish to try this as a DIY project there are a few things to consider when sourcing the timber and designing your kitchen counter.

  • Avoid using timber that has lead paint on the surface.
  • Avoid timber that has been previously damaged by water.
  • Install a sink with a drainer to avoid wet dishes on the timber surface.
  • Use a food grade, non toxic, wax/oil sealer for the bench top.
  • Think about possible joint movement when using recycled timber.
  • Try to use recycled timber where possible. If you have to use new timber consider sourcing timber from a certified sustainable managed source.
Have fun,

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Recycled Roof Tile Lights

Found these recycled Spanish barel roof tiles in a Spainsh restaurant in Melbourne. Great idea converting these tiles into both pendant and wall lights.

Have fun

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Eclectic Boho Style Meets Nature :: Finished Project

Imagine the birds singing, frogs croaking and the sound of running water from every room. With its curved walls, its hand crafted details and its connection to nature this home holds a very special spiritual and calming quality. 

All walls are circular on plan which originated from the Architect designing the home based on the principles of Sacred Geometry.  

Each room has a number of original details from cast concrete kitchen and timber counters, mosaic stone floors, handmade crystal lights to twine balustrade hand rails. Decorative items have been collected over time and showcased by the owner and tell stories of their many travels from Asia to South America.

There are so many things I want to show you about this home and I hope I have captured the essence in these photos below.
View from dining room to kitchen.
Copper range hood along with a Paul Bocuse oven.
Cast in-situ concrete kitchen counter together with sinks.
Circular lounge room.
Detail of circular rug on sunken stone mosaic floor.
One of the bedrooms adorned with eclectic cushions, fabrics, throws and accessories collected from travels overseas.
A circular stairwell with recycled timber stair treads and twine handrail leads you up to the top floor yoga and meditation room.
Yoga room with sacred geometry copper inlay patterns within the concrete floor.
A glimpse into the bathroom.
A glimpse into a curved powder room.
Hanging copper pendants and arched timber crafted doors in the bathroom.
Copper shower rail attached to timber bathroom tree.
View of the entrance approach and handcrafted doorway.
No indoor / outdoor  home is complete without an outside bath and shower. 
It was a pure delight to work on this project :)

Interior Architect & Designer: Lisa Coulburn from ifdesign and natural modern interiors
Architect: Michael Rice from Bio Architecture 
Building Designer: Brett Grimley from Ecolibrium Designs 
Builder: Brad Pike from Toobella Homes

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