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Journal

We are interested in what fabric can bring to life. This journal is a celebration of the lifestyle, culture and design that influences what we do.

Our latest collection Ikigai is an evolution from our La Primavera collection, adopting many of the same key themes of feminine design, visual optimism and bringing the outdoors in, but shifting to a more Asian aesthetic. 

Given our close geographical proximity to Asia, we share an inherent love of simplicity, quality and craftsmanship. This was a key source of inspiration for the collection which includes a preference for natural fibres and complex weaving techniques.

There’s just something about mid-century design (MCD) that captures the imagination. The architecture is emblematic, exciting, and nostalgic.  It’s close enough in our history to feel familiar, yet far enough away to be inspirational.

We live in such a completely different way, that interiors of the 50s, 60s and 70s are responding to social behaviours and cues that are no longer the norm, so there’s something contradictory yet enthralling.  It touched our generation, our parents, and grandparents, near enough to be real in a way that period antiques of the early 20th century and older, seem more relic-like – exciting sure, but less tangible somehow, coming from a world we can’t really imagine.

MCM exists in the post war world, reflecting a vibrant period of social, technological and political change where design was ground breaking, architecture brave and sculptural. To those who may have felt that mid-century, retro design has been a passing fad, sit back down!  Mid-century style continues to inspire and excite showing its face in new architecture and interior design.

Modern living areas tend to be multi-functional spaces acting as lounging, dining, theatre, gym, library & meditation areas and, at present, classroom & workplace all at once. Treating this space with maximum consideration is vital when it comes to decorative and functional elements.

Before you open your wallet however, it’s important to consider your overall design style. Eclectic?  Scandi? Contemporary? Traditional? Or do you prefer the sobriety of raw materials? With so many options, it can get confusing. Look to what you already have and how you can add to, accentuate, or adjust what is there. Whatever design style makes you comfortable, feels natural and brings joy, follow your gut.  

We’ve pulled together an edit of styling ideas that will maximise the opportunities of this central hub of the home, and ensure you feel inspired and comforted whenever you spend time there. 

Abrasion Resistance is one of four key topics (others include Pilling, Seam Slippage and Colourfastness) that we are covering to provide a background as to how we test and why, and we will try to keep you awake while we do it! It’s actually pretty fascinating stuff.

Test results provide us with critical information about a textile’s durability and suitability for certain applications, allowing us to make appropriate recommendations about usage. We externally test all James Dunlop and Mokum textiles in Melbourne at a highly reputable laboratory who are amongst the most conservative and stringent in the world, due to the extremely harsh environmental conditions we face here in Australia and New Zealand.

We have gathered a number of frequently asked questions relating to abrasion so we asked our Mokum Studio designers Stephanie Moffitt and Annie Moir to share their expert knowledge.

We understand you have a set of non-negotiable tests that each textile must pass to make it into range, which you refer to “gateway” tests in your development process. One of the important gateway tests for an upholstery textile is that of abrasion resistance. 

The world is your oyster when it comes to decorating children’s bedrooms, and as a child there is nothing more exciting than to have all of your favourite things set out in you room whether that be numerous soft toys lined up on the bed, brightly patterned bedding and cushions, stacks of your favourite books, knick-knacks and trinkets galore, and pictures of unicorns, dragons and rugby heroes posted across the wall.

What our children love from a décor point of view and what the parent might like are sometimes quite different!  To manage some of this less desirable décor, ensure you start with a design plan in mind, talking if over with your child/ren to ensure the room will look cohesive and considered – and ultimately enjoyed and loved by them.

Here are our top 5 tips for styling kids spaces:

Seam Slippage is one of four key topics (others include Abrasion Resistance, Pilling, and Colourfastness) that we are covering to provide some background as to how we test and why. 

Test results provide us with critical information about textile’s durability and suitability for certain applications. We externally test all James Dunlop and Mokum textiles in Melbourne at a highly reputable laboratory who are amongst the most conservative and stringent in the world, due to the extremely harsh environmental conditions we face here in Australia and New Zealand.

We have gathered a number of frequently asked questions relating to seam slippage so we asked our Mokum Studio designers Stephanie Moffitt and Annie Moir to share their expert knowledge.

Today we hear from New Zealand manufacturers, Creative Upholstery who have been in the game for 30 years. Originally supplying the retail sector, they have developed their product offering to ensure the business is equipped to supply not only retail but commercial projects as well.  Chris King tells us more below.

Part 4 in our Buy once, buy well series - we delve into the world of mid-century design and discuss with local upholsterers and retailers who are passionate about the style and their process for restoring these popular pieces of furniture. 

Circa 70 are in Mooloolaba QLD and have the flair and boldness for colour that the state is known for. As well as providing a busy retial and social media space from which to sell their found and reinvigorated treasures, many clients also bring in their existing and inherited pieces to be brought back to life through restoration and re-upholstery. Their pieces travel Australia wide and you will often find designs from Don Rex, Fler, Moderntone and TH Brown but the roster changes constantly!

Opulently textured boucles like James Dunlop Entwine Volcanic have (briefly) found their home here, but you will also find bolder colour like Mokum Nirvana Dawn or James Dunlop Vidos Aqua, and pattern choices such as Tropicalia Coral.

Part 3 in our Buy once, buy well series - we delve into the world of mid-century design and discuss with local upholsterers and retailers who are passionate about the style and their process for restoring these popular pieces of furniture. 

Juliet’s Balcony occupy a light filled space in Sydney’s Dulwich Hill. With their finely curated selection of local and international brands, you will find Australian pieces from Fler, Parker, Module and Danish Deluxe, nestled in neatly with the likes of England’s G Plan, Ercol, Younger and Stag.  But, like all of these amazing resellers, you need to get in quickly as the inventory changes quickly.

The favouring of simple classics from the James Dunlop Textiles range, complement perfectly with the mid-century aesthetic. Look to fabrics like Ficus, Coupole and Sahel (which could come from any era) to pair with the sophisticated lines of deep, dark Tasmanian Blackwood or highly polished stainless steel.  These reliable cloths will stand the test of time and allow a new generation to enjoy these classic pieces with a fresh finish. 

Part 2 in our Buy once, buy well series - we delve into the world of mid-century design and discuss with local upholsterers and retailers who are passionate about the style and their process for restoring these popular pieces of furniture. 

Mid Century Swag is run by Jodi Newnham in Auckland, showcasing furniture, lighting and scultpures predominantly from the 60s through to the 80s. The selection is far from typical, changes rapidly and invites the covetous gaze of the interiors community and a rapidly growing online following.  

Pieces are extraordinarily unique, capturing the imagination and inspiring creativity. Expect brands like Milo Baughman, Curtis Jere and PLycraft amongst an every evolving tableau of known and unknown design heroes.

Now more than ever, home is where we need to feel a sense of security.

Creating a home that welcomes and nurtures us is a true treasure. Textiles can be used to evoke a feeling of warmth and comfort. Layering soft textures, tactile surfaces, padded form and serene, muted colour will allow one to cocoon and nest, creating a sense of sanctuary within the home.  

Cocoon by James Dunlop offers sophistication through simplicity with textiles inspired by organic texture and nostalgic craft. The range feels both familiar and fresh, with a curated palette of timeless neutrals and gently coloured pastels perfectly suited to sit within minimalist, modern architecture or traditional spaces. 

To use the textiles within Fusion Cocoon successfully in your home, pay close attention to colour, texture and functionality.