Designer Rugs Lookbook 2016

Emma Elizabeth is a highly innovative designer and stylist who loves her cross disciplinary approach working within the realms of: Art Direction, Design, Styling and Creative Conceptualisation.

Her latest collection Natural Progression consists of three designs: Plumage, Medusa and Pisces that can be customised to work within a square, rectangle, circle and even a triangular rug form. It is the power of customisation of form and colour that really pushed Emma Elizabeth into this conceptual textile realm, believing that there are three tiers to natural progression as a theme in general: low, equilibrium and high, looking at these levels in nature to reflect her animal instinctive creative concept.

The collection stems from her previous success within Australia and overseas with the Round Diamond design, again she will be focusing on a textile that is a zoom in and exaggeration taken and/or abstracted from reality.

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Q&A with Jeanne Bertenshaw, Co-owner of Furniture Retailer Matisse

Jeanne Bertenshaw, Co-owner of Matisse

Jeanne Bertenshaw, Co-owner of Matisse


Were there any particular colours or trends that you found different at the Milan fair from last year?

This year it was not so much about what was different but an extension of the trends form last year. We saw more gold, copper and bronze, and a lot more marble and natural timbers. The use of many different colours was best demonstrated by Vitra’s installation by Dutch designer Hella Jongerius.

Who, in your opinion, is the designer who show most creativity?

It is difficult to select just one designer out of all the great designers but if I have to choose I would have to say Patricia Urquiola. Her designs could be seen everywhere: kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor furniture, lighting, wooden floors, tiles…her designs are endless. It was hard to go anywhere without coming across something new from Patricia. The stand she designed for Cassina was a real showstopper – people queued for hours to get a chance to see it. Her new sofa “Beam” for Cassina was a huge hit at the show.

What was the most interesting thing for you at this year’s fair?

There was too many to mention but in particular the ability of some of the manufacturers to make really large and very slim minimal tables reaching up to and over four metres long. The “Tense’ table by MDF Italia was my favourite , made with either a stone or natural timber top or completely finished in brass. It is magnificent!

What must-have piece are you excited about bringing back to your store?

The limited-edition “Grande Papilio 50” chair by Naoto Fukasawa for B&B Italia. This design is manufactured in only 50 numbered copies to celebrate B&B’s 50th anniversary. I also loved B&B’s “Tabour” ottomans.

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