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.
Time spent in Italy during the war exposed a young Southland creative, Ivan Bulling, to a new way of looking at things. Italian design and materials were so different to New Zealand and the long history of craft tradition reinforced his love of design and quality materials. This year marks 65 years of Ivan Bulling Ltd, starting in his grandfather’s shed tinkering and honing his skills. Today we hear from Grant Bulling to tell us more about this iconic Invercargill-based design business.
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.
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.
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.
The team at Lujo spotted Mokum’s Tropicalia print in one of their favorite local restaurants inspiring them to create the Tropicalia Series of the Lujo Hammock. Lujo is a New Zealand based company that has been selling direct into the US for around five years. Their purpose has always been to design a range of furniture that would inspire people to seize the small moments of tranquility – to put life on pause, even if momentarily. These premium hammocks, which are available now at Lujo US and with free shipping, provides the perfect opportunity to do just that!