The Blank Canvas Team took an excursion to the third annual DENFAIR last week. DENFAIR is a contemporary interior and design exhibition that focuses on Australian emerging and established brands, with no replicas.
I had a reunion with Matt, of Matt and Kim of ‘crime scene’ room fame on the 2013 series of The Block! They’ve come a long way since leaving us judges reeling with their left-of-centre bedroom!
They were displaying their Nood furniture, which is sleek, lightweight, beautifully tactile, and not a paint splatter in sight! I’m very proud indeed of what they have achieved since The Block.
With me on the style trail were Kylie and Anne from my Blank Canvas design team and, just like those primary school excursions of days gone by, we agreed an ‘if we get separated’ meeting point which was the Molmic stand. It’s an old school approach but it gave us the chance to catch up with old friends Anne and Scott, and test out their new couches and chairs.
As you’ll know if you read my articles I’ve long been a fan of sister act Zuster and it was exciting to see Wilhelmina and Fleur’s second bathroom collaboration with Reece up-close.
This is their new-release ‘Ballerina’ basin, vanity and mirror combo, that comes with an over-vanity mirror with concealed storage behind, or a full length oval mirror with concealed cabinetry behind it. Zuster’s Reece range has been an incredible success and, having seen the elegant designs in this new collection I’m predicting this collaboration has got legs for a third collection.
These unique ‘Roll’ chairs are by Kettal and convert regular chair backs into two independent wraps connected by colorful straps. As you’d expect in a chair that heroes the cushions like these do, they’re super comfy. But then of course they are. They’re designed by the incredibly talented Patricia Urquiola.
Melbourne lighting manufacturer Satelight is creating incredible pieces for commercial and hospitality domestically and around the world. They are based in the creative hub of Spotswood and I have seen them grow over the past five years and I’ve used them on a couple of projects over the years.
It can be exhausting business touring a design fair so the DENFAIR team had cleverly positioned lots of chill spaces where style hunters could stop and take a breather during a long day prowling around the DEN. This green oasis with its rainbow seats was the perfect spot for a mid-DEN debrief with the team.
This white ‘Trace’ furniture collection is by Tait, a contemporary outdoor furniture company established in Melbourne 21 years ago whose pieces are designed and manufactured in Australia. Designed by Adam Goodrum, ‘Trace’(below) won Denfair’s ‘Best In Product’.
There were also a couple of non-Australian designers on display including this cocoon fireplace (that converts to freestanding if you wish) and a ‘deer’ little stool (don’t worry, its faux skin!), and this adorable recycled jerry can which converts into a small bar. How convenient!