Sometimes in life finding and exploring beautifully designed spaces makes everything that little bit easier. This Apartment is the perfect example of this. HERx
Art Club Concept is a Melbourne based studio who make beautiful art and create fun and modern homeware pieces with them. I love their hand drawn feeling and subtle use of colour. I was recently able to ask Ben Lawrey, founder and Creative Director of Art Club Concept a few questions about his inspiration and vision.
BEN LAWRY CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF ART CLUB CONCEPT
What drew you from fashion and into interiors/home decor?
Truthfully, I felt a shift in where my interests were. I always had an appreciate & love for art but instead fashion was the platform I used for my expression. But then I had a defining moment, it felt right & the time was right to move on from fashion & embark on a new adventure within the creative industry.
What drives your designs? Do you find this is a constant inspiration or does it change and how often?
Inspiration is fuelled by the desire to continuously innovate and produce product that resonates on an emotional level. In saying this we’re also inspired by colour themes for each season. For our current collection, Modern Muse, we have a Blush Pink, Soft Icy Grey, Navy & Monochromatic theme which inspired the designs.
Who's work and their progression do you enjoy watching?
Street Art ! It’s a forever-evolving canvas full of beauty & complexity.
What is your favourite piece in this seasons range?
Divided Beauty Wall Art. (shown below, and I confess I think its my favourite too!)
Nic Owen Architects is a Melbourne based Architectural firm who says that they create "architecture that is a joy to inhabit through the treatment of space, form materials and light" I couldn't have said it better myself. Their work is light airy and brings the feeling of calm openness to what, in some cases, have begun as small and dark spaces. I love their use of lines, they draw your eye through the space and into otherwise overlooked areas of each room. HER
H + M Residence by Shareen Joel has such striking contrast displayed within the one home. I find such beauty if black or dark charcoal walls. It allows for stunning contrasts and purposeful features. To tie this bold room in with the rest of the house, which is so bright with noticeable pops of colour and whimsy, she has brought through bold and obvious lines of black and charcoal. It creates a strong and fluid collection of colours and creates and unity within the contrasts. HER
Although titled "Nothing" these works created by Fernando Mastrangelo using sand, salt and concrete create more than nothing when viewing. HER
I adore the warmth created within this minimal home designed by Anna Pipkorn and Jane Kilpatrick of Melbourne based design firm, Pipkorn & Kilpatrick. The choice of timber and highlights of felt design touches add this warmth within the otherwise stark white home. I'm always in awe of how these simple choices can add such a homely and personal feeling within our homes, eliminating the need for over the top or obvious additions, allowing for more of "us" to be addedd . The design lines that have been created are so simple yet calming, practical and timeless. HERx
PHOTOGRAPHER: Christine Francis
Clean, conscious and concise this home designed by Shareen Joel is beautiful. I adore this restrained palette and perfectly selected pieces. I know I talk a lot about peace and calm but to me a home in this day should be designed like the J Residence combating the crazy of the outside world, I know I can find it hard to maintain this peace at the best of times. To surround yourself with a peaceful home creates the perfect sanctuary and saves a great deal of money in the long run trying to re-create, purchase and escape through day spas, holidays and a like. Once you've achieved this level of design don't stop from then adding you, your family and what makes you who you are. But when these are added consciously to the peaceful base design you can't go wrong. HER
I'm currently experiencing a love affair with blonde exposed timber. I can't get enough of the complexity of colour within each board, the natural art each ring of that beautiful tree created and its ability to add warmth and brightness to any space without having to add endless amounts of colour. The joy of this is also that each piece develops with age and wear, which is also present throughout every corner of this home.
This stunning Fulham home owned and designed by Daniel and Emma Lee has mindfully incorporated this timber throughout their home and has paired it back with so many beautiful and select pieces. Their selections are minimal but warm in their sentimentality and therefore further adding depth and warmth without clutter. The colour palate is soft and calming, this home is the most beautiful sanctuary from the outer world. HER
Photographed by Rory Gardiner.