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editor’s letter Well Easter has come and gone and we are now staring the half year mark in the face! Where did those months go? Well I know where mine went‌I have just returned from a sabbatical in Spain, Portugal, Morocco and the Netherlands. Travelling throughout this part of the world in springtime stimulates the senses, particularly in respect to colour. I cannot begin to describe the amazing array of colours I experienced and the emotions they evoked: inspiring, uplifting, awesome! I hope that the photos contained herein can do some justice to the colours of the Northern Hemisphere. The Designer Chicks are on a mission: in this colour edition we will inspire you to move away from boring beige and the land of bland and hopefully add some colour to your life!

Lucia van Gerwen Creative Director of DC

Although I have not had the luxury of travelling like Lucia, I have had a very busy beginning to the year. Lots of projects both residential and commercial. Clients are now realising employing a qualified expert is actually an essential part of their renovation budget. This edition dedicated to colour is a classic example of how easy it is to do it wrong. Colour is so important in our life; it can lift you, excite you or conversely depress you. In a blog I discussed how teenagers are not the only ones with attitude. Remember, colour combinations can be as destructive as an out of control teenager with attitude or productive like the A-grade student, it all depends on the setting and context in which is used.

Robyn Hawke Assistant Creative Director of DC



editor’s letter Lucia van Gerwen Robyn Hawke guest contributors Sherre Maniks contributors Lucia van Gerwen Robyn Hawke Bettina Deda Elise Harper Jenny Williams Judith Briggs Nadia Pomare Veronica Tasnadi Margie Tweedie Helen Lynch & Karyn McRae Jo Gillies Melissa Kuti Merryn Bourne front cover image: Doors of Royal Palace of Marrakech Lucia van Gerwen cover font: AW Conqueror Inline project manager Bettina Deda art direction & production Veronica Tasnadi

2014 Copyright All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without prior permission is strictly forbidden. Every care has been taken when compiling The Designer Chicks Magazine to ensure that all the content is correct at the time of production.The Designer Chicks assume no responsibility for any effects from errors or ormissions.




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editor’s letter Lucia van Gerwen ~ More Than Curtains Robyn Hawke ~ Inspired Spaces

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designer chicks leaders new designer chicks feature articles

12 Colour Mayhem on Tour Lucia van Gerwen ~ More Than Curtains 18 Creating your own Colour Scheme Helen Lynch & Karyn McRae ~ McRae + Lynch - Interior Design 20 Orange – Fun and Flirty Judith Briggs ~ Colour Consultants Australia P/L 24 Setting the Mood with Plant Colour Nadia Pomare ~ Stylish Gardens

46 Interior Design Styles and their Associated Colours Robyn Hawke ~ Inspired Spaces 50 Colour by Nature Melissa Kuti ~ Oak and Linden 52 Why Good Design is a Necessity and not a Luxury Jo Gillies ~ Archisoul

out and about

26 Ceramics & Colour: Perfect for Outdoors Margie Tweedie ~ Margan Tile Design

56 Colourful Cockatoo Island Jenny Williams ~ Creative Style Interiors

30 Colourful Curtains Lucia van Gerwen ~ More Than Curtains

59 Successful Book Launch Beda Deda ~ Bettina Deda Colour Design

34 Colour on Runway Elise Harper ~ yELLE Styling

60 Innovative ‘Theme Park’ at Heimtextil 2015 Beda Deda ~ Bettina Deda Colour Design

guest writer

history of the chair

40 Healing with Colour Sherre Maniks ~

61 The Thonet Chair Beda Deda ~ Bettina Deda Colour Design

42 Branding in Colour Merryn Bourne ~ Fish Tank Creative Veronica Tasnadi ~ Veronica Graphic Design

62 Calendar of Design Events 63 Trade Directory

44 Beautiful Boudoirs...Choosing the Ideal Colour for Your Most Intimate Room Jenny Williams ~ Creative Style Interiors Judith Briggs ~ Colour Consultants Australia P/L



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Meet our fearless Designer Chicks Leaders… Ever wondered who runs the show at The Designer Chicks? Well, here is a brief introduction to the leadership team.



Lucia van Gerwen More Than Curtains The Designer Chicks ~ Creative Director M 0412 225 437

AT THE HELM The Designer Chicks is the brainchild of Lucia van Gerwen of More Than Curtains. As an avid networker and a veteran designer in the window covering industry, Lucia devised a way of encouraging successful collaborations between designers of all genres, whilst simultaneously mentoring women in business. Lucia is tireless in her efforts to constantly expand the team, improve service and skills…she lives and breathes The Designer Chicks!! Lucia’s broad experience and naturally outgoing and witty manner, make her the celebrated leader of the pack.

Robyn Hawke Inspired Spaces The Designer Chicks ~ Assist Creative Director M 0401 068 670


Robyn Hawke of Inspired Spaces was the logical choice to assist Lucia with the necessary documentation and details needed to keep the Designer Chicks’ wheels turning. As a qualified Interior Designer, including almost two decades teaching Design, Robyn has forged some amazing alliances for the Designer Chicks that give them a professional edge over competitors. In short, Robyn’s job description is to make Lucia’s vision a reality: no easy task!

FI Thomas Partnering in Design M 0421 320 393

Ruth Newman Ruth Newman Architect P 02 9540 9959

Sally Gardner Feature Pieces M 0411 441 969

THE INNER WEST Having previously

THE SOUTH It was a no-brainer that Ruth


formed a professional alliance with the Designer Chicks, Fi Thomas of Partnering in Design made it clear that she wanted to be part of the team. From the outset it was apparent that Fi’s long standing design career, her professionalism and her commitment, would hold her in good stead as a team facilitator. Fi has very quickly created a strong group in Sydney’s Inner West and continues to promote the culture and ethos of The Designer Chicks in her usual proactive style.

Newman of Ruth Newman Architect was selected to lead a Designer Chicks team in Sydney’s South. As a high profile business women in the Shire with almost celebrity status, Ruth demonstrates unsurpassed leadership, wonderful people skills, as well as being sought after as an expert in the field of Architecture. Ruth is currently putting together a skilled and diverse Designer Chicks team in her region in between meetings, awards presentations, client briefs, interviews and the joys of Motherhood: a true multi-tasker!

the original Designer Chicks, Sally Gardner of Feature Pieces, has formed a break away group in The Northern Beaches. Although still a young Interior Designer, Sally has demonstrated leadership skills which are amplified as she takes the helm of this new team. Always on the lookout for interesting avenues to promote the Designer Chicks, and certainly not afraid to roll up her sleeves, Sally brings her youthful exuberance to the group. Never let it be said that we don’t give opportunities to the younger generation!!



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Do you want to become a Designer Chick We are constantly on the lookout for female design professionals to join our exclusive teams. If you are a sole trader and have at least 3 years industry experience and are fully qualified in your chosen design field, please email for an application. Currently we are recruiting in Sydney only, but we would certainly be interested in designers willing to start their


own Designer Chicks group elsewhere in Australia.



Dianne Engesser Milestones Photography M 0414 621 112

Jo Gillies Archisoul M 0418 604 619

Margie Tweedie Margan Tile Design M 0408 217 121

Helen Lynch M 0412 585 450 Karyn McRae M 0412 468 217 mcrae + lynch interiors design

Dianne has an extensive media background working primarily in all things to do with photography: from photography, post production, styling, photo editing, licensing, media distribution, media logistics for large scale events to leading as general manager of the Australian Associated Press Photography department. She established Milestones Photography in 2009. With a wealth of knowledge on all facets of photography, and a team of photographers and imaging specialists, Milestones Photography works closely with businesses of all sizes including specialty brands, PR companies, government departments andsporting organizations. Dianne knows how to utilise the power of photography to enhance the brand and message of a business. She calls it portrait and business photography with personality.

Specialising in contemporary ecologically sustainable design, Jo’s aim is to produce modern, soulful architecture and organic design that is uplifting and supportive to its occupants.

Margie Tweedie is a qualified artist and designer, who has had her own tile art business since 1998. She specialises in hand painting tiles with original and unique or custom-made designs. With Margie’s tiles you can decorate and transform your home and garden and create the space you want.

The M + L team consists of Directors Karyn McRae, Helen Lynch and their team of interior designers. All designers are extremely experienced and have completed tertiary education in both interior design and architectural drafting for interiors. They work in conjunction with developers, builders and architects, and their high level of skills is complimentary to these industries.

From the feasibility stage, Archisoul works with the builder or quantity surveyor to provide a detailed cost summary. Services may include all or part of any of the design and construction stages through to completion.

Over the years Margie’s unique tiles have been sold through galleries, shops, home shows and online and can be found in homes throughout the world.

In 2011, after successfully completing projects in Vanuatu, Far North Queensland and Melbourne without stepping a foot on site, mcrae + lynch launched their online interior design service, IDOL Interiors are completed working with our clients via emails, post, telephone or Skype.

Pascale Rajek Art on Surface M 0415 724 851

Melissa Kuti Oak and Linden M 0426 892 989

Merryn Bourne Fish Tank Creative M 0414 743 964

Andrea Long A Hint of Tint M 0419 617 234

All Pascale’s work is an attempt to express herself without a word and in choosing colours and textures to write the essence of the artwork. Her paintings are personal and a journey from within. The outside world is referenced in her mark making through the filter of her emotions.

Melissa Kuti is the head stylist and owner of Oak & Linden, an innovative design business specialising in events and interiors. She brings an international edge to her projects, having begun her design career in London. Whilst abroad, she soaked up the creative directions in styling that were emerging in Europe.

As a creative piscean, Merryn knew she wanted to be a designer from the start, so she completed her Bachelor of Design at the University of Western Sydney.

The painting can start from a word, a song, a sign… the surface becomes the page of a story to share with the viewer, a discovery beyond the visible, a rendez-vous with another you in another time, an escape in an island of time and inspiration.

Melissa relocated Oak & Linden to Sydney in 2012 taking her experiences and inspirations with her. Initially specialising in corporate events, Melissa has expanded Oak & Linden into wedding planning and styling as well as interiors and floristry.

Merryn has designed and directed creative for private enterprises as well as large corporate groups, and has always been considered a leader in her niche. Her innovative “little black book” design concepts for Australian Vogue Living magazine, encouraged 18-20% growth in sales as she directed advertising creative at the inspirational lifestyle title.

Originally trained as an Art Historian, she has a unique ability to understand and respect historic spaces, working with them to generate sympathetic yet creative responses.

Her company Fish Tank Creative was launched in 2009. Branding and communications specialists, Fish Tank Creative brings together traditional and new media in print and digital campaigns.

Andrea Long started her career in media and advertising. In 2004, she decided to follow her heart into a more creative field and attended the highly reputable International School of Colour and Design (ISCD), achieving a certificate in Colour and Design, and a diploma in Creative Visual Arts specialising in colour consulting. Andrea later obtained a further diploma in Interior Styling, achieving two awards in excellence. She began a large commercial project in Wetherill Park, and then had the good fortune to travel to China for the same company to design an apartment in Kai Ping. The majority of her work has been for developers on large commercial projects, although her experience and client base has been varied, designing for a kindergarten, townhouses, Dr. surgery, residential and offices.

Working as a team with the client, consultants and builders, spaces are created that are cost effective, distinctive, functional and uplifting. Communication is fundamental to Archisoul, who acknowledge that a full understanding of the client’s requirements is the key to reaching the best design solution possible.

Margie’s motto is “creating the finishing touch” and her tiles always make a lovely feature and add interest and style to any home and outdoor living area.



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We are the Champions… The Australian Small Business Championships is a platform that rewards outstanding Australian businesses as judged by industry professionals and entrepreneurs. The Designer Chicks have been selected as finalists in both 2013 and 2014 – an achievement that we are all really proud of. This is an Australia-wide award and acknowledges our dedication to value, quality and exemplary service. Although we haven’t yet won the final gong, The Designer Chicks will continue


to reach for the stars…



Lucia van Gerwen

Our fearless leader, Lucia van Gerwen, has just returned from three exotic weeks in Spain, Portugal, Morocco and the Netherlands…all in the name of colour. Not one to shy away from bold statement colours herself, Lucia shares with us her most colourful moments. My initial thoughts about Morocco evoked images of intricate architectural patterns and striking celebratory colours and I was definitely not disappointed. For over 1500 years, the Berbers and other Arab tribes of Morocco have created incredibly detailed structures not only for worship, but also in their homes, often signifying their wealth and stature in the region. Materials such as ceramics, plaster, alabaster, timber and gold have been extensively utilised in their architecture and preserved for all to see. Even the exteriors of the modest housing throughout the countryside is painted a subtle red oxide to complement the reddish soil from the surrounding area: reducing glare but also sympathetic to the environment. Uplifting Colours Artisans from past eras created complicated patterns and reliefs using local materials and bold colours worthy of mastery. Geometric shapes and Arabic script in relief are common themes, as are tiny mosaics and ornate ceramics. The predominant colours actually surprised me in their appeal: turquoise, ochre, red, black, iridescent blue – not gaudy at all. These


colours are uplifting, joyful, perfect in their clarity, ideal for adoration and displays of fortune. They all exude coolness, which of course is in direct opposition to the heat of the country. Inspiring! Keukenhof and Flowers Galore On the opposite end of the spectrum was my visit to The Keukenhof, which has no equal. I first visited this garden in 1973 as a young girl, and it left a huge impression on me then, and was very likely instrumental in developing my interest in colour. It has been my desire for over 40 years to return. I cannot think of a colour that was not represented at The Keukenhof in a floral display. Endless rows of gorgeous flowerbeds, colour blocked or two toned, with a backdrop of sensational lakes, green grass, and delicate trees. The Dutch know how to grow bulbs and over hundreds of years, many new colour varieties have been developed. Tulips are the speciality in so many shapes and shades, but new hothouse varieties of orchids also predominate now.


Whites and creams, all shades of red and pink, blues, lilacs, purples, lavenders, crimson, burgundy…the list goes on. This was colour overload! Recreate in your own Home What is the significance of these references to Morocco and The Netherlands? Actually it is easy for you to recreate these ideas in your own home. Moroccan items are readily available these days, especially interesting colourful ceramics. Also if you have a green thumb, there is a huge array of colourful bulbs you can purchase, or simply buy fresh flowers for your home each week to inject some colour. There is simply no excuse for leading a non-colourful existence!


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“Endless rows of gorgeous flowerbeds, colour blocked or two toned, with a backdrop of sensational lakes, green grass, and delicate trees”.



CREATING YOUR OWN COLOUR SCHEME Colour envelopes our everyday, it provokes emotion, it can take you back to your childhood bedroom, it can be powerful and confronting or quietly serene. Colour can literally stop us in our tracks, and colour is inspiring and influential. There is theory behind the use of colour, putting this theory into practice is what makes for successful colour schemes. The following will give you a basic understanding of how this theory works.

ANALOGOUS colour schemes

There are also SHADES,

Analogous colour schemes use 2-3 colours that are next to one another on the colour wheel. Adjacent colours are harmonious and usually create calm, serene moods. (Blue and green can be seen!)

SHADE - when black is added to a true colour it changes the colour shade and obviously makes it darker.

TINT - when white is added to a true colour it tints the colour making the colour lighter.

COOL & WARM colour schemes

TRIADIC colour schemes

The colour wheels below have been divided into cool and warm. Cool colours are serene and calming, they tend to make a space feel relaxing. Warm colours are vibrant and energetic and they tend to dominate a space.

Triadic colour schemes use three colours that are equally spaced on the colour wheel. They tend to be vibrant. To be successful these colours need to be carefully balanced.

Black, white and grey are neutrals.

THE COLOUR WHEEL The colour wheel is the tool for combining colour.

COMPLIMENTARY colour schemes Complimentary colour schemes are schemes using colours that are opposite on the colour wheel. To be successful with a complimentary scheme you should use one colour as the main colour in the space and use its opposite colour as the highlight/accent colour.

TONE - when grey is added to a colour the outcome is a different tone.

The first colour wheel was designed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666.




White works with a complimentary scheme to balance it.






Helen Lynch and Karyn McRae



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EXAMPLES OF SCHEMES THAT WORK BASED ON THE THEORY OF COLOUR Interior designer tips when selecting a new colour scheme The following tips are the factors interior designers consider when working on a project. Remember... Colour when used effectively can be the strongest (and most economical) design element


1 Consider the space you are painting and decide what mood you wish to create. 2

Designers use fan decks of colours when selecting so if you don’t have access to these go to your local paint shop or hardware store and grab the latest paint cards to refer to.


Lighting should be considered – both artificial and natural light. Lighting has an effect on the mood within a space and determines the intensity of the colour used. Colour can also appear quite different throughout the day


What are the existing elements in the space? It is all very well to love the latest colour palette but does it work with the flooring? A timber floor for example will have its own colour to consider within the scheme you are creating; the same can be said for tiles and carpet whether existing or new. Consider any items of furniture that are to remain or that will be purchased. COLOUR is in every fixture and fitting within a space and all should be considered and harmonise with a new paint scheme.

5 It is best to consider two colour schemes. Get a sample pot and paint a piece of A1 cardboard with your selected colours.


6 One last check... take the samples out into the natural daylight, as daylight always shows the truest colour. 7 If you paint the walls and it doesn’t look right you can always start over again – or consult a professional.


ORANGE – FUN AND FLIRTY Judith Briggs of Colour Consultants Australia, continues her column about colour psychology... Of all the colours, orange would most likely be called “The Flirty One”. Orange is all about self-expression, vitality and sensuality. It has the power to lift the spirits. Orange is one of my favourite colours. It is the colour of my current car – Techno Orange. It is certainly a head-turner in the sea of white, silver and black cars on the roads today. I think cars are a fun thing and so for me, orange is the perfect colour.

The various tones of orange range from the pastel colours of pale peach, apricot and salmon, through to the deeper earthy colours of clay, terracotta rust and tan. In between there are the fruity colours of juicy oranges, mango and papaya, along with bright and vivid oranges and of course, the rich autumn tones and the colours of spice – and not to forget copper’s warm glow. When black is added to orange, you will get brown.

How Orange affects us Like yellow, orange is a warm, powerful and stimulating colour. Made from the combination of red and yellow, it has the energy of red but is subdued with sunny yellow. Orange is fun, warm and extremely social; a colour that is ideal for communication and creative energy.

What works with Orange Add autumn reds and yellows to orange for a spicy combination. Lime green will add additional zing. Dark chocolate brown with white works well with orange. Orange and turquoise also create a lively dance together.

Orange often polarises people. They either love it or hate it. Which one are you? Generally though, orange is perceived as happy, sensual and passionate. The brighter shades are cheerful and stimulate the appetite, making them ideal for kitchens and dining areas. Here they create a cosy and comfortable atmosphere, conducive to conversation and conviviality. This is why orange is often used in food outlets. Orange in its various forms The wrong orange can look tacky, cheap and gaudy, but the right one will look striking, elegant and very trendy.


Being such a social colour, it is ideal in living, kitchen and dining rooms. Orange can even add some great energy to the bathroom as a bright accent. Alternatively, use it in its more subtle shades of peach and apricot, which are so complementary to bare skin. Whatever you do, make sure you use it playfully – it’s the fun colour! What Orange says about you If you like orange, you are probably extroverted, adventurous, enthusiastic, warm natured and easy going. You work and play hard. You come up with original ideas and have the determination to make them a reality. You are very sociable, but can be fickle.


If you dislike orange, you may believe life is difficult. You are irritated by loud laughter, exhibitionism and partying. You are likely to have only a few close friends and may be difficult to get to know. Do you have an aversion to orange, or do you love it? If you do like orange, what shades to do like and how do they make you feel? Collect some paint chips or images with the tones of orange you like – maybe a sunset, autumn leaves or perhaps a desert scene? In Australia, shades and hues of orange are all around…inspirational! Judith Briggs


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Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow. Wassily Kandinsky


Some of the most iconic Australian homes of the past 60 years are the topic of a stunning exhibition in the Museum of Sydney, which opened this month and will run until the 17th August 2014.


DISCOVER ICONIC AUSTRALIAN HOUSES Iconic Australian Houses explores 30 iconic architect-designed houses of the 20th century. Guest Curator for the exhibition is Karen McCartney, former Editor of InsideOut magazine and author of the best-selling books 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses and 70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses, whose considered insights and knowledge bring the vision, vitality and warmth of these buildings to the fore. Karen’s own home, designed by Sydney architect Bruce Rickard, the 1967 Marshall House is also included in the exhibition. Apart from the Marshall House, visitors can enjoy a tour into through Jack House (1956), Ken Woolley’s Pettit + Sevitt Courtyard House (1965), Rippon House (1969) and more. For the exhibition, the houses are

Supporting the exhibition is a series of talks featuring Karen McCartney, Peter Maddison (Grand Designs Australia), Fenella Kernebone (By Design), architect Peter Stutchbury and Professor Philip Goad among others. TOPICS EXPLORED: Making Iconic Houses, Living in Iconic Houses, Designing Iconic Houses and Protecting Iconic Houses. TO BOOK A TALK, click here. To celebrate the launch, the museum is giving away amazing prizes including: 5 x Luxurious Long Lunches at Vaucluse House Tearooms (RRP: $200 each)

models and filmed interviews with the architects who designed

3 x Double passes to all four sessions of the Iconic Australian Houses Talks series (RRP: $240 each)

the homes and the people who commissioned and live in them.

5 x The Mint Project book (RRP: $69.95 each)

“These houses were chosen because of their innovation,

10 x Double complimentary passes to the Iconic Australian Houses exhibition (RRP: $20 each)

brought to life through vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D

design and response to climate and place,” says Karen. “They are the best representation of the extraordinary calibre of architects and thinking that Australia has produced over the past six decades. The whole process of putting together

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the exhibition has been really fascinating. I’ve loved working with the highly professional team at Sydney Living Museums and it’s been a wonderful learning experience.”


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SETTING THE MOOD WITH PLANT COLOUR Nadia Pomare of Stylish Gardens shows you how to colour your world with plants. There is no denying that where there is a garden, there is colour. Where there is colour, there is a mood. A carefully chosen plant palette can dictate the mood of your garden. Colour in a landscape area may be added through garden accessories, garden art, painted fences or painted walls, but most importantly by using plant life. Colour may be added through the plant’s flower, but a plant’s leaves, bark and even stem are powerful colour contributors as well. Don’t forget that some leaves even change colour throughout the year. Which colours to choose is very dependent on the likes and dislikes of the decision maker(s), but it is also dependent of the mood and feel that you want to create in your garden. The choice of plant and flower colour has an incredible impact in the atmosphere that the garden space evokes (i.e. peaceful, romantic, contemplative, happy, bold, etc.). Working with colour through planting allows one to become a director of a play. Each colour has its own role to play.


For example: Green is life! Green is peaceful. Light green is vivacious, whereas dark green creates depth or a setting for other colours to shine. White creates light in places of darkness. It is pure and uncomplicated. Red is powerful. It is an attention seeker and often appears to be nearer than one might think. Yellow is happy, warm and approachable. Spectators are naturally drawn to it, distracting them from nearby unsightly elements. Orange likes to party and creates a happy and festive mood. Blue is cool but calming. It is very useful when wanting to evoke a spiritual and contemplative setting. Pink is the colour of love and often found in romantic settings (cottage gardens). The beauty of nature is that it produces a multitude of wonderful coloured plant and flower species and it is rare for plant colour combinations to clash. There are


many different types of coloured gardens: single colour, two coloured or multi coloured gardens. White gardens (made famous by the likes of Gertrude Jeckyll, a word famous garden designer) are single coloured gardens that display white flowers and plants with white/ silver colouring in their leaves, stems or bark. Usually these gardens are incredibly peaceful and elegant when in bloom. Some other single coloured gardens are usually pink or purple.


Warm coloured gardens are gardens that display reds, yellows and/or oranges. These colour combinations are often associated with and found in tropical gardens but can be found in other types of gardens as well; whereas cool coloured gardens display pinks, purples and/or blues often found in Mediterranean, Tuscan and English gardens. Interesting to mention are also the ‘flowerless’ green gardens. These are usually found in contemporary landscape settings. These gardens feature ornamental foliage plants of different colours, textures and sizes. They are usually considered more low maintenance than gardens with flowers, as foliage beauty lasts longer and is less fickle. When choosing plant or flower colours a few other elements need to be considered. Firstly, the impact that colour has to the inherent genu loci of the landscape

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(the spirit of the place). For example, it would not be wise to have an English white garden setting in the middle of the outback. Next, one should consider the impact that climate has on the plant. Many flowerin trees produce their best colourings in area’s where there is frost. If it is not planted in the right climate, the plant will not display it’s colours as beautifully or at all. Lastly, the colour of the plant is also impacted by the aspect (sunlight or shadow) it gets. Some plants don’t flower very well with too little sunlight, others with too much sunlight. Think about your garden and where you live. What colour impact can you make with your plant choice? The choices are endless and exciting; an opportunity to let your creativity run wild! Nadia Pomare


CERAMICS & COLOUR: Perfect for Outdoors Breathe some life into your outdoor living area by introducing ceramic art to add interest, make a colour statement, create a feature or a touch of whimsy to your garden and alfresco area. Choosing a colour scheme is very personal, and it is an intrinsic element in design and decor. Colour can create a mood, evoke emotions, make a bold statement or can tie together all your decor themes. The cooler, softer tones evoke a peaceful and calming atmosphere as do the natural earthy tones and blues that harmonise with nature. Hot, bold, bright colours inject vibrancy and life to your decor, create an eye-catching feature and rejuvenate a tired space into one you can enjoy. Whether you have a large garden area, a small courtyard, deck or balcony, including some ceramic art can greatly enhance your decor and create the space of your dreams. Colourful ceramics can help you with your decorating ideas in a myriad of exciting ways.


Ceramic Pots If you want to add a boost of colour and interest to your garden and alfresco area ceramic pots are the perfect solution. Colourful, glazed ceramic pots add a welcome pop of colour; they are durable and frost resistant. Pots are very versatile and can be used for fruit trees, vegies, topiary and will make a lovely addition to your outdoor space. You can coordinate colours with your other outdoor accessories or choose a bold colour to contrast with the foliage. Hanging ceramic planters add an extra dimension to the garden, wall or fence and depending on what flowers you select, there is an additional opportunity to add extra colour. Large glazed urns are a fantastic way to add colour and sheen to your garden.


Equally, ceramic fountains or tall ceramic flame jars make a stunning feature and statement. Ceramic lanterns with candles hung in the trees provide an enchanting interest and a warm relaxing ambience to enjoy. Tables Ceramic tables are beautiful, elegant, durable, add a splash of colour and look striking in any outdoor setting. There are many styles to choose from: Moroccan styled inlaid tables with intricate, traditional, geometric patterns, beautiful Italian ceramic tables with wrought iron finishes, mosaic tables or the more simple tiled inlaid tabletops. Choose one to complement your decor and colour scheme or have an attempt at creating a mosaic or tiled tabletop yourself. You can transform an old patio into an eyecatching work of art and a talking point for your friends to enjoy.


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Wall Art Adding decorative hand painted tiles to your wall can really make a statement. Whether the tiles are designed to be large feature panels or a series of smaller tiles they can transform a blank wall, uninteresting fence or screening into a special area of your outdoor space.

Introduce your

personality and colour schemes to your garden, courtyard or balcony and bring your home to life with an outdoor artwork that is special to you. You could also create a wall display with ceramic plates - a cost effective way of creating a feature. Use some old plates you have at home or collect a theme or designs you like from second hand shops. Co-ordinate the colour scheme to match your decor or go with the bright, vibrant colours to stand out on a blank wall. Accessories There are so many ceramic accessories you can use to create a small colourful feature or a touch of whimsy to your garden. Beautiful ceramic lanterns add

a subtle accent to any table setting. With their intricate designs inspired by Middle Eastern and Eastern art, they create an exotic and intimate atmosphere at night when lit. A ceramic garden stool is a great decorative feature for the garden. It is glossy and colourful – match the colour to other accessories such as cushions, umbrella, outdoor rug or tablecloth, or make a feature of it by itself. Garden stools are useful as a side table for your seating area, an extra seat, or make it a feature by adding a stunning potted plant or lantern. Ceramic bird feeders not only add a pop of colour amongst the trees but attract our beautiful birds to the garden. Ceramic bowls, jugs and vases can be displayed as practical, useful items or as a colourful feature in any outdoor setting. Ceramic flame pots and fire pits are not only useful for entertaining on those cooler evenings but can make a striking feature in your alfresco area.

Ceramic statues and garden ornaments can add some colour to your greenery and also a touch of whimsy. Nurseries and home decor shops are inspiring places to browse to find that interesting piece to add to your garden. A visit to the second hand shop can often result in discovering a great little ceramic ornament, urn or statue that adds that finishing touch.

Ceramics come in many shapes and forms and whether you choose a colour scheme which is subdued or vibrant, a piece of ceramic art can add to the mood, create interest and enhance any outdoor decor and garden space. Margie Tweedie




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COLOURFUL CURTAINS Are you stuck in the Land of Bland? Lucia van Gerwen of More than Curtains will show you how to inject some personality into your window coverings through the clever use of colour. Boring Beige…is this a good way to describe your decor? So 2013! Colour is back – and in a big way for window coverings! Before you clutch your chest in a simulated heart attack, be reassured that neutrals have not altogether disappeared from view. In fact, white is a popular choice for those who are not quite brave enough to delve into the realm of bold colours. White sheers and linens are timeless, smart and elegant, and provided they are well maintained, are suitable for most decors and colour palettes. If you are slightly more adventurous, white can be teamed with navy or indigo blues, pastels, teals, greens and other gelato colours in blinds, upholstery or cushions.


For those who wish to explore the possibilities, colour choices in current season fabrics are endless. Textile designers have taken all the guesswork out of combining colours and patterns by producing comprehensive collections that allow you to mix and match throughout your décor.

an increase in the boldness of colours for the

Bolder shades such as fuchsia, lime, tangerine, yellow, teal and indigo are becoming standouts as a reflection of the more positive outlook in world affairs. What does politics have to do with colour? Very simply, the way we perceive the current status quo directly influences colour palettes. For example, during times of world economic stress, greys and other sombre shades become popular in response to the negativity. Indeed, grey is still a predominant colour in decorating, but not to the extent it was a few years ago when the effects of the GFC were being experienced.

feature of a window perhaps in your lounge

As the world economy improves, and optimism comes into play, so we see

effective – another great way to display

home and the use of more “happy colours”. Fabric suppliers are not only showcasing these strong hues, but also incorporating them in striking patterns and designs such as powerful geometrics, floral and exceptional textures. You can easily make a room or master bedroom as a first foray into daring colours. Window treatments should be relatively simple in design if you choose bold colours…maybe just a simple S-Pleat or Box pleat on a rod would achieve a smart sophisticated finish without overpowering the room. Roman blinds are a great way to showcase a strong colour – be outrageous particularly if the window is small. In recent months there has been a resurgence in bonded roller blinds, that is fabric adhered to a backing in the style of a roller – simple but amazing colourful fabric!


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So if you have lasted the distance through this article without swooning in fear, make 2014 the year you inject some colour into your life. Start with one window – that’s all it takes.


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Elise Harper

ON THE RUNWAY Every April Australia’s most elite fashion designers gather to showcase their Spring/Summer collections at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. It’s a circus of models, photographers, bloggers, editors, stylists, PR agents and designers. Elise Harper of yELLE Styling made the daily commute to Carriageworks Sydney and scoured the shows to bring you her insider fashion tips. COLOUR

There was no rule as far as colour trends go. Pink, red, green, orange: practically the entire rainbow could be seen throughout the week. White and black, however, featured quite strongly in the collections, functioning to ground the bright colours and patterns. Head-to-toe white will once again be a hot trend for summer… ideal for warm weather because of its heat-reflecting properties and its cool, crisp elegance. One colour to make note of is green. Different shades of green appeared in the collections of a number of designers. Aurelio Costarella created playsuits and dresses from teal and chartreuse silk, with some gorgeous chartreuse party dresses stealing the spotlight. Phoenix Keating showcased a collection of green tartan coats and dresses which was a spectacular homage to the 1960’s. Carla Zampatti also favoured chartreuse in her collection. Sorbet pastels featured in a number of collections including Alice McCall, whose collection could be described as edgy, feminine and as delicious as gelato. Sorbet


colours look spectacular teamed together and clashed: try colours like cotton candy pink, lemon, powder blue and pale aqua with hints of black and white for definition.


Silk is always a favourite. It is soft, breathable and billows exquisitely with movement. It was of course featured heavily in eveningwear and summer blouses. This year most pieces composed of silk were designed to ‘float’ down the runway, rippling and billowing gently with the model’s every step. Student designer, Sara Aljaism showcased a collection of exquisite jewelhued evening gowns of the finest silk, which appeared to glide down the catwalk. Most notably, silk was the chosen fabric for some stunning trench coats by Michael Lo Sordo. Labels such as Alex Perry and æ’lkemi included sheer chiffon or lace skirts in their collections. Ophélie even introduced sheer lace palazzo pants, which were exquisitely beautiful. From beachwear to evening wear, lace fashions will be mostly un-lined this spring. This trend is not for the faint-hearted, but teamed with the right items (and the right underwear) it has the potential to look amazing.

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styles & details: The first thing noticed about most of the collections was a dominant use of prints. There were floral prints, jewel prints, pattern prints, bold prints and subtle prints emblazoning the runways of designers such as Alice McCall, Duvenage, Emma Mulholland and Suboo. Some were whimsical and imaginative, some were rigid and structured. Others were traditional favourites such as spots and stripes. It seems that you can’t go wrong with prints this summer. Embellishments were the order for Alex Perry, Aje and Jayson Brunsdon. Sequins and beads of varying colours shimmered and sparkled as they caught the lights and camera flashes along the runway. Betty Tran’s beaded gowns were ethereal and fragile, while Romance Was Born’s paillette sequins were much more appropriate for streetwear. Who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle?!

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Embellishments jumpsuits Playsuits were extremely popular last summer… it seems that was just the beginning!!! Alice McCall and Aurelio Costarella showcased feminine playsuits in chiffons and silks. On the other hand, Carla Zampatti and Bianca Spender staged exquisitely tailored jumpsuits, which hugged every contour of the models’ figures. The silhouettes radiated a professional vibe with a hint of sex appeal. This year’s Fashion Week collections varied greatly with one common thread; a nod to the fashions of the 1990’s. Bomber jackets,culottes, exposed midriffs, Doc Martens, backpacks and jackets tied around the waist featured at least once in most of the collections. Actually, it was 90’s nostalgia gone mad! These are the trends you will be seeing for the next 12 months in magazines, television, advertising and eventually in fashion stores across Australia. They are greatly varied, so there is guaranteed to be something to suit every style, age and figure. WWW.THEDESIGNERCHICKS.COM.AU


HEALING with COLOUR Our guest writer in this edition is Sherre Maniks, a Transpersonal Art Therapist. Sherre uses colour therapy with surprising results. Colours are one of the most powerful healing tools we have available to us in every moment of every day. How many times have you thrown on that fabulous aquamarine dress that matches your eyes and makes you feel a million dollars? Or thrown a rich burgundy wrap around you and felt safe and warm? We often take colours for granted yet they play an intrinsic role in how we feel, how we perform, how we are inspired, how we live our life. In the world of Transpersonal Art Therapy, colours often evoke memories that can lead us on a healing journey within. The renowned psychiatrist, Carl Jung, encouraged his patients to use colour, knowing this to be a doorway to exploring deeper parts of the psyche. As an Art Therapist I often use colour as a tool when working with clients ranging from children through to the elderly. Sometimes just the simple act of choosing a colour card can lead to a profound insight or breakthrough for a client. In a session once my female client chose a mottled yellow card, which upon reflection, transported her back in time to childhood memories of her homeland, the golden sands surrounding the family holiday home, her parents and siblings who she missed dearly. Memory upon memory unfolded for her, eventually leading to the source of the issue she had come in to heal. All this occurred from the sight of a colour and a safe place to explore the presenting issue.


The colours that you choose to wear are often reflecting what is going on for you on the inside. For example, red is an energising colour - it is passion, love and action. Red is also the colour of the Base Chakra which represents our security, our foundation, our individuality. It also governs our flight or fight response and our adrenals. When we are stressed this chakra becomes unbalanced and we can feel fearful, anxious, restless, disconnected from our body and others. When this energy centre is balanced we have a sense of trust in the world, we are grounded and comfortable in our body, feeling safe and connected to the earth and those around us.

You could even take it one step further and capture all these feelings and thoughts in a journal. This is a powerful way to dialogue with your inner world, often leading to insights that can be invaluable to your personal growth and healing.

A simple exercise you can do right now is to begin to take notice of the colours around you. Notice the colours that you wear every day, the colours of the food you eat, the colours of the rooms you spend time in, the colours outside the window where you are sitting in this moment. Ask yourself, ‘how does this colour make me feel right now?’ Throughout the days and weeks ahead continue to notice the colours you are naturally drawn to and how they make you feel. As you notice your choices you might find there is a theme going on. If you are the curious type, why not do an experiment one day and wear a colour that is the complete opposite of what you usually wear? At the end of the day reflect on what happened, how you felt, did anything significant happen that doesn’t usually? WWW.THEDESIGNERCHICKS.COM.AU

IMAGE CREDIT : : FAB chair Brown Leather-Photography :: Alexander Lagergren

Sherre’s clients range from children through to the elderly, including children on the Autistic Spectrum. She sees clients at Harbord Homeopathy Clinic in Brookvale, Sydney as well as running children’s art workshops in school holidays at The Art Garden in Clareville, Sydney. Sherre Maniks



BRANDING IN COLOUR As a designer dedicated to branding, Merryn Bourne of Fish Tank Creative is always critiquing brand identities, their colours and how they are spread across different media. To keep your brand identity consistent, your brand colours must be developed with the right colour compositions, according to the platform you are marketing in. The options across the board are CMYK, RGB, Hexadecimal, PMS Pantone and Spot Colour. Using a combination of these options will keep your identity on brand across an integrated marketing roll out. CMYK Conventional printing methods use a 4 - colour printing process; this colour space is also known as CMYK. This is made from the following - Cyan (C), Magenta (M), Yellow (Y) and Black (K). A percentage of each of these colours is printed on top of each other to create a final desired colour. For example, a burnt orange colour could be represented as C=0, M=58, Y=100, K=20. The best combination for a rich black in this CMYK process is C=75, M=68, Y=67, K=90. This is the measured percentage of colours to make black so as not to flood the printing press, and still achieve the optimum density in print.

HEXADECIMAL When using the RGB colour space online, RGB colours used in web design are often represented in hexadecimal values that a browser can read. This method of colour naming is either 3 or 6 digit values preceded by a hash tag. As a hexadecimal, white would be #ffffff and black would be #000000. A burnt orange in hexadecimal could be represented as #cc5500. PMS PMS stands for Pantone Matching System. Printers can attempt to exactly match a particular PMS, as this system provides a uniform starting point when producing solid colour. For example, a burnt orange could be Pantone 1595C, or PMS 1595CP. It is easy to use the Pantone Colour Bridge swatch guide to compare to solid colour of a PMS colour swatch to the closest CMYK breakdown.




PANTONE 1595 C R 216 G 96 B 24 HTML D86018

RGB Working in the digital space uses what is known as RGB. This stands for Red Green Blue. Generally CMYK and RGB are not sympathetic to each other, and work very differently. CMYK adds colour to create a darker tone, and RGB adds colour to achieve a maximum result of white. RGB uses a value between 0-255, with R=255 G=255 B=255 being a full white and R=0 G=0 B=0 being black. In RGB, a burnt orange could be represented as R=204 G= 85 B=0.

Colour integration: Having an integrated marketing strategy means your brand will be advertised across multiple mediums and therefore could be represented in RGB, CMYK and Pantone. CMYK and RGB colours are created using completely different color spaces; shades of certain colours in RGB online can simply not be reproduced in the CMYK printed space. This can create problems when trying to convert RGB graphics into CMYK and vice versa. When developing a new brand, consider your complete marketing spectrum. Choose your colours across the full range of processes in print and digital, so each colour process delivers a consistent colour that is true to your brand vision. A great idea is to develop a style guide for your brand, which includes the values in different colour spaces. You can share this with your suppliers, and know that your brand will be shown consistently every time.

PANTONE 1595 CP 0 71 100


SPOT Spot colour printing is a process that uses a different ink for each individual colour. Using single ink for each colour makes it possible to achieve exceptional reliability between print runs and matching to either existing printing, or to colours from the Pantone colour swatches. Spot colour can also be used on top of the conventional CMYK for a special finish, like metallic or cello glazes.





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BEAUTIFUL BOUDOIRS…choosing the ideal colours for your most intimate room. While you may usually prefer a neutral scheme throughout your home with just some pops of colour as accents, the master bedroom is the ideal place for incorporating colour as it’s your only truly private space. By using colour, with tonal, pattern and textural variations, you can create the mood that’s exactly right for you! Colours affect us on several levels. They can stimulate us mentally or physically, or relax us, reassure us, make us feel loved, make us hungry, depress us, and even raise or lower our blood pressure. So it is important to know what the characteristics of the various colours are, so you select the best colours for your private space. So let’s look at the good, the bad and the ugly colours for your bedroom. Red – Passion or Arguments With red, it’s all about the quantity. Red carpet or feature walls can be too strong, as red raises your blood pressure and is energizing and stimulating physically. On the other hand, if your bedroom exists solely as a passion pit, red may well be the ideal colour for you.

Pretty in Pink Pink complements natural skin tones so it’s a flattering option for your bedroom. It creates a soft, cosy atmosphere that can feel nurturing and reassuring. Like red, overuse can look too girly or youthful. If you combine pink with aqua or green, a lovely fresh look can be created. Pink always looks fabulous when you add tones of grey. Rather than candy pink or fuchsia, choose sensuous tones of smoky pinks. Pinks that work well are Dulux Christobel and Blanched Driftwood, or for a deeper tone, Dulux Rich Moroccan. Popular Blue – a classic choice Blue is the most popular colour of all amongst both males and females, as we identify so closely with it in nature – the expansive sky above us and the various blues of our life source, water. We’re spoilt for choice with all the different shades of blue. There’s a blue for everyone - whether it’s powder blue, turquoise, sky blue, midnight blue, aqua or peacock blue, to mention just a few. Take care not to overdo grey blue or intense blue as they can be depressing. On the other hand, darker blues are considered good healing colours, great for regenerative sleep,

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lowering blood pressure and encouraging deep relaxation (Dulux Pensive). All blues work well with crisp white, and at the moment mid to dark shades such as royal blue and navy with white are very on trend. Relax with Green Soft greens will create a harmonious and relaxing environment in your bedroom (Dulux Silver Dollar) but steer clear of strong or yellow greens as they can be too stimulating and don’t complement your naked body. Green works well in combination with pink. The Citrus colours - Orange & Yellow Orange is an appetite stimulant and may cause you to raid the fridge in the middle of the night leading to possible weight gain! Orange is much better in kitchen and dining rooms. Known as the social colour, orange in the bedroom could find you caught up in late night conversations and even worse, according to Feng Shui, are peach and apricot tones as they may lead to possible infidelity. Yellow is very stimulating mentally and for most people doesn’t work well against skin tones.


Jenny recalls being contacted by her longstanding clients, Susan and Peter, to give them some advice on a new house they had moved into with a red Axminster carpet. Sensuous and Decadent Purple Rich, warm and luxurious, purple is an ideal colour for the bedroom. It infuses your room with an aura of sensuality and is conducive to romance. Intense hues like Dulux Hidden Mask or Greek Lavender will create an atmosphere that is sexy, exotic and inviting. Not for shrinking violets! If you want a more serene atmosphere, select a softer, bluer purple that will create a quieter and more relaxed mood. From lavenders, lilacs, red and blue purples to smoky shades such as Dulux Elegant Ice and Cool Lavender, you will be able to select an ideal tone to create a romantic or sensuous mood (or both if you’re lucky!). Combine with crisp whites or greys. Bodacious Brown & Neutral Tones Browns and neutrals are very popular for a master bedroom as you can so easily uplift them with other brighter colours. Good combinations you could consider are teal, aqua, reds or purples to create that boudoir feel. While brown can work brilliantly in large rooms especially when teamed with white woodwork, Judith says too much brown is known to be a passion killer so it’s important to balance it with some other colours.

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I was so surprised to find them arguing constantly about everything. I hadn’t seen them like this before. Interestingly, once the carpet was gone, so were the arguments.

The last word on Black and White and Greys These colours are not usually complementary to skin tones when used on their own, as they can be too strong. They work best when combined with other colours. Charcoal and white with a pop of a strong colour can work really well, keeping the drama without being too much of a contrast. Shades of grey on their own can feel cold and uninviting but if grey is your thing go for deeper shades such as Dulux Guild Grey with vivid white or warmer greys such as Dulux Pearl Ash. So why not grab that colour chart (or Designer Chick) right now and have some fun choosing the perfect colour scheme for your most intimate space! Jenny Williams Judith Briggs



The TV show Revenge has created a renewed interest in Hampton’s style design where country meets beach in an upmarket way. Natural colours of the beach and sea are seen such as taupes, blues, whites, white washed timber and aqua.

The use of white and turquoise created a light airy beach feel to this teenager’s bedroom. Room designed by Inspired Spaces


INTERIOR DESIGN STYLES AND THEIR ASSOCIATED COLOURS Finally decided on a design style and stuck on which colours will suit your new look? Robyn Hawke, assistant creative director of The Designer Chicks and owner of Inspired Spaces discusses the colour palette of several design styles.




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ART NOUVEAU This style is seen as the predecessor to modern design as it is credited with being the first design style not to look back on history for inspiration but to look at nature and the environment. As such, curves and organic shapes came to the fore. Soft muted colours such as sage, green, olive, mustard yellows and brown, lilac, purple and violet were used extensively.


This style is seen as exotic and intriguing and colours vary


depending on the origin of influence. Darker timbers and earthy colours teamed with bright orange, cobalt or fuchsia for an Indonesian influence, to black, glossy lacquer accented with gold or red for a Chinese effect.




This style is influenced by Arabic, French and Spanish design. It is a mixture of texture, colour and pattern. Deep rich colours such as browns and purples, alongside vibrant colours such as tangerine, yellow, red and fuchsia. The key to this design style is in the detail of the patterns and textures to ensure they are in harmony with each other and balanced.


FRENCH PROVINCIAL/ SHABBY CHIC both these styles have similarities


in that they create a cosy, warm and rustic feel, yet at the same

and veneers. Light coloured, muted tones and fabrics such off

time are elegant. Muted shades such as lavender, cornflower

whites, tones of nature and honeyed coloured timbers.

this style was influenced by Alvar

Alto from the 1930’s. It is characterised by moulded furniture

blue, white and light coloured furniture. Soft white, muted grey, pale pink and faded green. Paint should look weathered

RETRO 60’S the 60’s look is all the rage in furniture shops at present. There is a saying that if you can remember the 60’s you were not there. It was influenced by pop music,

MINIMALIST spaces with simple form and little

think free love and flower power. Colours are vibrant and diverse.

ornamentation. Furniture tends to be low and simple in neutral

Anything from red, pink, purple, and yellow, orange, silver

tones and often leather. The most popular scheme is white

in psychedelic patterns. Furniture influenced by the use

on white with small splashes of colour used in accessories.

of polypropylene allowing the use of strong colours in furniture.

Robyn Hawke


and the abandonment of strict moral protocols of the time:


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TRADITIONAL This style tends not to date and symmetry is an important aspect. Colours tend to be in the mid tone range with more formal rooms using red or russets for dramatic effect.

CONTEMPORARY The style of today, often connecting the inside with the out with INTERIOR STYLING :: BETTINA DEDA

clean lines and simplicity. Colour palettes tend to be neutral such as whites, taupes, beiges and greys with colour used as accents. The accents can vary from reds through to oranges, turquoise or greens. Emphasis is placed on artworks and accessories.

Clean lines and neutral colours create this scheme with splashes of red to add extra warmth to the space.





Melissa Kuti

Have you ever thought to yourself I know the mood I want this space to have but I’m not sure about what colours to use in order to achieve this atmosphere? One way to solve this is to use colour theory. However, I have always instinctively looked to nature. Different environments have different moods and although this is the result of sounds, smell, temperature etc, I am also a firm believer that it has a lot to do with colour. Furthermore, the colours we see in man-made spaces evoke the emotions that we feel when we experience those colours in the natural world. So when I want to create a tranquil space, I think of environments that make me feel that way and let those environments be my muse.

My first point of call after having an initial consultation with a client is to look to nature for inspiration. Her harmonious designs and textures are nothing but inspiring. I am a firm believer that one of the key elements of creating a successful design is colour harmony. Colour should create a sense of balance and order and should be neither boring nor chaotic. It should create visual interest but shouldn’t overwhelm.


Choosing colours for a room or an event theme can be a daunting task to many people but I am here to say embrace colour and its amazing ability to create atmosphere and change your mood!


This article is filled with images of nature, which I have captured during my travels. I often refer to these when looking for inspiration (of course a nature walk or a wander through the flower markets is better still!). I have extracted the focal and supporting colours to create a palette from each image. Let them inspire you to embrace colour and its amazing ability to transform space! I am a firm believer that one of the key elements of creating a successful design is colour harmony. Colour should create a sense of balance and order and should be neither boring nor chaotic. It should create visual interest but shouldn’t overwhelm. Choosing colours for a room or an event theme can be a daunting task to many people but I am here to say embrace colour and its amazing ability to create atmosphere and change your mood!


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WHY GOOD DESIGN AND COLOUR ARE A NECESSITY AND NOT A LUXURY Design is first and foremost a philosophy, based on a system of values, which seeks to solve problems. What are we creating? Why and for whom? Are we correctly framing the problem to be solved? Design is extremely important. The nature

Archisoul Architects are proud to be a part

raise the vibration of a child’s spirits such as

of the field allows it to add empathy, insights,

of the Designer Chicks team of intuitive

oranges, yellows, greens and blues in the

innovative approaches to problem solving

women who utilise all their imaginative and

basic elemental and primary colour scope.

to traditional means of addressing the same

trained skills to create beautiful spaces for

challenges. It creates value and enhances

people – wether they are in the sanctuary

the user experience; it gives meaning to lifeless objects and can touch human emotions on a fundamental level. Touching the emotions and inspiring the end user of a space or building is paramount to the skills of a good architect and designer. In relation to the architect a 3D modelling of

of their own homes or in a public space.

A study of nature is another influence into the design spectrum. Nature presents us a myriad of hues and shows us how they

Colour adds a palette of emotionally

work with light and darkness. The nature of

sensitive response into this 3D space that

camouflage in an animal blends in with its

the architect creates. For example there are

environment, and at times certain external

different schools of thought on how the

colours on houses work well with subdued

emotional responses to colour affect people

earthy colours so they are more camouflaged

and also how they affect people in an architecturally designed space. A Children’s

our built environment must touch a soul so

ward in a hospital is a place where a drab

that the space is infused with the emotion

grey colour would dull the senses of any

intended for that space.

sick child, whereas fun colours can easily

to their surrounds. However, the flip side of this approach is the lighter colours – like the whitewashed walls of Greek homes – refract and reflect the sunlight so that it becomes a palette that captures nature’s colours like a canvas.




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Certain Sydney Councils dictate that roof materials should be a mid- range colour not a light colour. The main reason being that the lighter colours can reflect light and become a hazard to reflectivity in the surrounding buildings. The mid-range colour is a compromise. We know it is not energy efficient to heat up a house through a darker coloured roof. Think of the Sahara Dessert, where the white nomadic tents were extensively used to reflect colour and heat. Whereas black tents absorb the heat and become heat tanks! Colour in architecture has a place in the exterior and how it addresses landscape; the loss or gain of heat and coolness; ideals; personalities, public building identities and expressiveness. One of my favourite little expressions is a red door placed in a more subtle use of external colour palettes! A little rebelliousness never goes astray. Internal




buildings and dwellings are best left to colour experts such as interior designers and colour consultants. However, working with a beautiful common vision to allow the colours to reflect the intent is important to the end result. This is why architects and interior designers work well together. It is false economy to even hesitate in engaging a design professional during the architectural process! The end results speak for themselves and sell better.

Jo Gillies



COLOURFUL COCKATOO ISLAND A visit to Cockatoo Island this February with the Designer Chicks was a real treat. There’s a plethora of original industrial design to see, so Jenny Williams felt inspired to write about our private tour. The island has a history of construction from handmade to machine-made but very few know its significance. Cockatoo Island was used as a prison in the late 1830’s. The convicts built their own quarters, and later in the 1850’s, began constructing shipping docks to service the Royal Navy. In 1870 the prisoners were relocated and the island operated for several years as a reform school with boys and girls being housed separately and treated very differently. Boys were given uniforms and taught a trade so they could contribute to the island’s industry, while the girls were severely mistreated and sadly ‘left to rot’ without hope of an education or any future. Throughout WWI it became the Commonwealth Naval Dockyard, and was the main shipbuilding facility for the South West Pacific region through WWII. The island continued full operation as dock, construction and repair site until its closure in 1992. Since 2001 Cockatoo Island has been operating under a World Heritage listing as a major attraction for history buffs and tourists. It’s also regularly used as an exhibition location for its industrial charm.


Our tour began with a walk past the many permanent guest tents (for glamping) to the slipway. A lovely greying timber boat caught our attention. Our guide told us it was a ‘relic’ from a film Angelina Jolie had been recently filming on the island. As typical designers, our first question was did she use old timber to build the boat or new that had been distressed to look old. There were also the amazing, and very rusty plate benders that were standing like sentinels. The effect was spectacular, as they resembled a line of birds of prey. A smaller version would make a fabulous sculpture for the home! We went on to explore the convicts’ quarters, where we’re sure the sandstone buildings hide many ‘dark secrets’. The huge pieces of sandstone were handcut by the convicts themselves and each block had very unique markings that identified each ‘stonemason’. They’re still clearly visible today. Next was a tour of the construction halls where the individual parts for the ships were once mapped out and created, piece by piece Our guide likened this to the creation of a dress. Pattern templates were made before


the materials were cut, constructed and finally put together like a large puzzle. The halls were constructed from corrugated iron, and were never expected to still be standing today. But after a bit of a facelift, they’ve been fitted with a few modern luxuries like carpet and used as function rooms and exhibition halls. The walls are still exposed corrugated iron, some of the heavy timber workbenches are still in place, and many of the original windows (though slightly warped). Then onto the Turbine Hall, a cavernous structure, that’s divided into multiple sections. As we walked across the empty hall, with its machinery and overhead cranes we could feel the energy of its past and still smell the machine oil. Frequently used as a gallery space, this character would add to the ambience of any art exhibit. We’ve promised ourselves we’ll go to the next Biennale exhibit on the island. We finished our day with lunch at the onsite café, where we fell in love with the tables that were old workbenches in a previous life. Jenny Williams


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OUT AND ABOUT Successful Book Launch 40 people joined interior designer Babette Hayes, the BoConcept team and myself at the BoConcept showroom in Crows Nest for the launch of Downsize with Style on the 7 March 2014. Everyone had a great time with delicious food from Wooden Whisk, bubbles and wine as well as refreshing teas from The official part was opened with an introduction from Babette Hayes and a presentation of my journey into the interior styling and publishing world. I gave a short demonstration about how to create a stylish and functional apartment space – thank you to Ken from the BoConcept team for his valuable input on how to optimise the use of a side table – and the chance to ask questions. At the close of the evening we had some fantastic door prizes to give away. Again, I would like to thank the BoConcept team and the door prize sponsors (Property Focus in Sydney, Aromatique Essentials, Lapideum Artisan Jewellery, for supporting this event. A huge Thank You to everyone, who supported the launch. Please visit the Downsize with Style website to download free toolbox resources that will help you manage your moving or downsizing project.

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The Designer Chicks supporting the book launch (from left to right): Veronica Tasnadi, Pascale Rajek, Bettina Deda, Nadia Pomare, Judith Briggs, Jenny Williams, Robyn Hawke, Lucia van Gerwen and Sally Hart.



OUT AND ABOUT Innovative ‘Theme Park’ at Heimtextil 2015 Leading International Textile Fair Presents New Trend Concept Following my article about the Heimtextil Trend Table 2014 in our trend issue Feb Issue, I now would like to share with you the new and exciting concept for the trend show in 2015. The leading international fair for residential and contract textiles, Heimtextil, will present a whole new concept for its trend show in 2015. “We plan to expand the Trend Show into a ‘Theme Park’ and make room for a comprehensive presentation of futureoriented subjects relevant to the sector. To this end, we are planning a series of new measures, with which we aim to draw greater attention to design-oriented, contemporary aspects”, announced Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies, Frankfurt Fair. The overall responsibility for the new Theme Park is in the hands of Stijlinstituut Amsterdam. Experts from six international design studios met already in March 2014 for the annual Trendtable to exchange ideas and opinions on global design developments. The outcome of this discussion forms the creative basis for the innovative Theme Park at next year’s show.

Trendtable the designers presented a variety of future-oriented projects covering architecture, interior design, fashion, art and lifestyle. The Theme Park will focus on the topics of hospitality, sustainability and colour. Dedicated presentation zones will visualise trends and innovation themes. “The ‘Theme Park’ will concentrate creativity, science, technology, business and communication to reveal new solutions and developments in the world of textile interiors”, explains Anne Marie Commandeur. Participating design studios at the Trendtable were: • Lisa White, Creative Director

of Homebuildlife / WGSN, USA • Felix Diener, textile designer at Studio

Felix Diener, Germany • Mayouri Sengchanh, Exalis / Carlin

International, France • Kate Franklin and Caroline Till, FranklinTill

Studio, UK • Dan and Gen Namura of Dan Project, Japan • Anne Marie Commandeur, Grietje Schepers,

and Anouk Haegens, Stijlinstituut Amsterdam, Netherlands

During the Trendtable each design studio presents its own trend predictions, which are then discussed and refined. At this year’s

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chair is a great addition to any interior. With this issue we are starting a new column introducing some of the most iconic chairs in the history of design. With the industrial revolution in the mid-19th century companies were experimenting with modern production techniques to produce high quality furniture in large quantities. Michael Thonet, a German-born craftsman and furniture designer, was a pioneer in mass-producing bentwood furniture. He unravelled the complicated technical properties of wood and tested its flexibility. His designs were simple but with distinctive quality. When he exhibited at the Koblenz fair in 1841, Prince Metternich from Austria discovered his talent and, as he wanted to promote Austria’s industrialisation, he invited Thonet to his castle and convinced him to open a workshop in Vienna.

One of the most iconic chairs is the Thonet Chair No. 14, minimal in its design and economical in its use of material. This chair is regarded as the most successful industrial product of the 19th century and it spanned the transition from workshop to factory production. Thonet optimised the design until, by 1867, the chair could be made from six pieces of bentwood, ten screws and two washers.

Thonet’s comfortable desk chair, Chair No. 9 or Vienna Chair, was released in 1902. It became world famous when the architect LeCorbusier chose it to furnish his Pavilion de l’Esprit Nouveau at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Bettina Deda

In 1860 Thonet developed the first rocking chair Rocking Chair No. 1 for the middle and upper classes, who were encouraged by the Arts and Crafts movement and looked at rustic furniture in a new light. The Rocking Chair had a slow start but by 1913, one in every twenty chairs sold by Thonet was a rocking chair.

In 1842, the Austrian court granted Michael Thonet the right “to bend any type of wood, into the desired forms and curves by chemical and mechanical means”. Protected by patent, Gebrueder Thonet was the only business in the AustriaHungarian Empire for more than a decade that could legally produce bentwood furniture. His company became famous on an international level, entering countless industrial fairs and opening branches throughout Europe during the 1860s.





For all design aficionados and passionate home decorators we put together an event calendar with a selection of worldwide design events throughout the year. JANUARY Heimtextil 14 – 17 JANUARY 2015 WHAT :: Leading international trade fair for contract and residential textiles spread over 20 exhibition halls. WHERE :: Frankfurt, Germany WEB :: Domotex 11 – 14 JANUARY 2014 WHAT :: Leading international trade fair for floor coverings WHERE :: Hannover, Germany WEB :: imm Cologne 13 – 19 JANUARY 2014 WHAT :: International Furniture Fair WHERE :: Cologne, Germany WEB :: Formex 5 – 18 January 2014 WHAT :: Trade Fair for Nordic Interior Design WHERE :: Stockholm, Sweden WEB :: Maison & Objet 24 - 28 JANUARY 2015 WHAT :: International Trade Fair for Interior Design and Decorating WHERE :: Paris, France WEB :: Formland UP/GRADED 30 JANUARY – 2 FEBRUARY 2014 WHAT :: Trade fair divided in design communities with a focus on inspiration, trade, networking and experiences WHERE :: Herning, Denmark WEB ::

FEBRUARY Stockholm Furniture Fair + Northern Light Fair 4 – 8 FEBRUARY 2014 WHAT :: Sweden’s largest furniture fair + trade show for lighting design WHERE :: Stockholm, Sweden WEB :: Australian International Furniture Fair + Decoration + Design 5 - 7 FEBRUARY 2014 WHAT :: Trade Show for Interior Design and Decorating WHERE :: Sydney, Australia WEB ::

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Ambiente 7 – 11 FEBRUARY 2014 WHAT :: Germany’s largest consumer goods trade fair, showing a global range of products for dining, giving and living. WHERE :: Frankfurt, Germany WEB :: Habitat 11 – 14 February 2014 WHAT :: International event for interior designers, decorators and architects WHERE :: Valencia, Spain WEB ::

MARCH Wohnen & Interieur 8 – 16 MARCH 2014 WHAT :: Austria’s largest show for interior and garden design, showing furniture, decor and home entertainment. WHERE :: Vienna, Austria WEB :: Design Bloggers Conference 2 – 4 MARCH 2014 WHAT :: The event of the year for interior design bloggers WHERE :: Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia, USA WEB ::

APRIL Salone Internazionale de Mobile 8 – 13 APRIL 2014 WHAT ::Global benchmark for the home furnishing sector with more than 20 exhibition halls WHERE :: Milan, Italy WEB ::

MAY ICFF International Contemporary Furniture Fair 17 – 20 MAY 2014 WHAT :: International furniture fair WHERE :: New York, USA WEB :: contemporary-furniture-fair/ DMY International Design Festival Berlin 28 MAY – 1 JUNE 2014 WHAT :: International platform for architecture, interior and product design WHERE :: Berlin, Germany WEB :: DesignEx 28 – 30 MAY 2014 WHAT :: Australian design and architecture event WHERE :: Sydney, Australia WEB ::

JUNE Mostra Internazionale di Architettura 7 JUNE – 23 NOVEMBER 2014 WHAT :: Leading international architecture show organised from the Venice Biennale. WHERE :: Venice, Italy WEB ::

SEPTEMBER Helsinki Design Week 4 – 14 SEPTEMBER 2014 WHAT :: Meeting point of the Finnish design scene with a focus on furniture design, fashion and architecture. WEB :: London Design Festival 13 – 21 SEPTEMBER 2014 WHAT :: Annual design event to promote London as a worldwide design capital and a gateway to the international creative community. WHERE :: London, UK WEB :: 100% Design 17 – 20 SEPTEMBER 2014 WHAT :: UK’s leading event for interior design, innovative furniture, lighting, and textiles WHERE :: London, UK WEB :: Vienna Design Week 26 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER 2014 WHAT :: In cooperation with international designers Viennese museums and companies show different approaches to design. WHERE :: Vienna, Austria WEB ::

OCTOBER Biennale Interieur 17 – 26 OCTOBER 2014 WHAT :: Bi-annual interior design event WHERE :: Kortrijk, Belgium WEB :: Orgatec 21 – 25 OCTOBER 2014 WHAT :: Trade show for the work environment and innovations for flexible work forms WHERE :: Cologne, Germany WEB ::





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