Team HB took a visit to Life Instyle, Australia‘s favourite interiors and homeware tradeshow and found so much to love - new products from favourite brands and some new brands with new favourite products - all wowing us with innovation and design.
1. In the sac
This beautiful, passionate Australian lifestyle are a husband and wife team with decades of experience in milling linen, starting with sourcing the best flax in the world from The Netherlands and supporting Australian made homewares. In The Sac are doing beautiful things in colour this season with their new colour range in bedding - warm, natural colours including a gorgeous “clay rose gold”.
Watch for the trending crinkled look coming through.
Also in the range find:
- 100% linen Turkish towels
- The sweet and sensible “Baby Sac” that includes a baby wrap and fitted sheet
- Sister company Raffles textiles offering furnishing fabrics (as seen here in bedhead)
- Clothing - cute simple staples in the best quality linen
Even if you didn’t recently see Her Majesty The Queen sitting on the Lulu chair at fashion week, you’ll be familiar with Kartell’s iconic pieces - designed to be carried through one’s family as an heirloom.
Now designed especially for kids, each one is carefully artisan-made, classic designs including Lulu ghost chairs - now customisable with printed motifs and available in a new colour range
Brand new ‘Jelly’ range of tableware
- Floor lamps
Find stockists through Artemide Australia or visit Kartell by LightandSpace for product info and new releases from Kartell.
We love Lightly for their ever-evolving, always clever design and simple, practical items in quality materials for the home. Produced in Australia and India, this new range celebrates colours inspired by nature, made using volcanic sands and porcelains which are unique to the Lightly brand.
Colours take you, “from the desert to the garden” and you are encouraged to create a sanctuary for yourself with hanging baskets, planters, lighting and beautiful vessels.
Mens’ grooming is booming and we loved seeing a focus on personal care, lifestyle and homewares products directed just at a more masculine sensibility. Gallantoro are “Dedicated to sourcing the finest manly goods from around the globe,” and do just that, bringing lots of style and a little fun, with a range of designer products from leather wallets and brass keyrings to stunning and quirky personal kegs from Portland, Oregon.
Beautifully realised products, thoughtfully designed.
- Maxx & Unicorn solid brass keyring and wooden trays made in New York
- Sweet tablets of solid cologne & ceramic flask - Kentucky USA
- Funky playing cards in cool cardboard embossed boxes or hardcover leather or timber cases
- Watches by Rossling & Co from Montreal, Canada or the higher end Martenero automatics from NY
- Leather wallets from Danny P, made in Prague
- Growlerwerks designer kegs designed in Portland, made in China
We checked in with Considered, who featured in HB’s Christmas gift guide - bringing handmade artisan homewares from the Pacific Islands. New to their range are Tapa cloths from the ora province of Papua New Guinea, and baskets woven from pandanus fibre by Futuna Island weavers in Vanuatu - delicate details in the weaving like you’d see nowhere else in the world. Visit the online store Considered by r.e.a.l.
Not really new kids on the block, Brisbane boys Josh and Saul have literally been around the world and back with their patented silicone grip technology applied to their award-winning Tooletries range of clever storage in the bathroom. Designed by men, for men and first launched in the US, they’re back home to launch their Shower Beer Holder at Life Instyle, together with a new range of their clever charcoal sticky storage hooks and holders - a tool wall for your toiletries. Online in Australia May/June this year.
"It is proof that we can achieve products that are good for our earth and beautiful around the home. If we raise our consciousness we can reduce plastic."Fadia Agha
Natural and organic body care products, “sustainably sourced and ethically made to exacting standards.” New to the homewares market, Sydney-based Brightwood was very well received, says owner Fadia "It is proof that we can achieve products that are good for our earth and beautiful around the home. If we raise our consciousness we can reduce plastic."
Look out for:
- hand-screen-printed cushions in 3 colours
- 100% organic cotton throws
- Turkish towels and Belgian linen cushions
Our pick: organic cotton tea towels - highly absorbent, beautiful on your face and available in 6 colours. Visit Brightwood's website here.
8. Vincent Design
Always exciting to visit are Vincent Design, stocking great design brands from around the world. Our pick is the brand new Chilewich range of washable rugs that look woven but are actually vinyl!!! First to have them in Australia, these stylish rugs are designed for either indoor or outdoor use and are available as runner or rugs, with the largest size at 147x213cm.
You can't tell they're vinyl - so cool - colours in ‘Sangria’ red, ‘Pacific’ denim blue and ‘Quartz’ which is a natural/neutral tone.
9. Eau Mornington Peninsula
After spending 30 years of her life in England, where they take more baths than showers, newcomer Sam Baring now works from her divine ‘She shed’ on the victorian Mornington Peninsula. Here she mixes 6 blends of bath salts from her own recipe of pure essential oils, Himalayan epsom- and Dead Sea salts and Australian pink clay. “It makes me feel good, doing something creative and yummy from home,” says Sam. Visit Eau Mornington Peninsula to indulge.
10. Church Farm
We fell in love the the Church Farm family when Home Beautiful visited them at their gorgeous farm store in northern New South Wales. Amanda and Andrew continue to go from strength to strength with beautiful handmade soaps, sauces and curry pastes and their newest products, Dream Cream, with rose geranium. Yum!