A word on design: Colours to bloom beautifully

In this article I’ll be sharing with you  four of my favourite designer products that you too can own. It was hard to narrow it down to just  four because  there are so many incredible and locally designed products on the market.

You’ll see from my selections that they all have a unique character and I’m definitely not afraid of a bit of colour!


Coco Reynolds is the young Australian designer behind these quirky and unique pendant lights. They’re made from a combination of timbers; American walnut, smoked ash, rock maple and American oak. They can be a stand-alone  pendant or grouped together in a cluster as shown.

They attach into the ceiling via a black fabric cord and nickel ceiling rose. This set of three includes the Aleenta, Abacus and Aztek pendants. The design is    simple  yet they  command attention. A perfect application would be offsetting them over a large bathroom vanity or perhaps over a bedside table.


As soon as I saw this rug I couldn’t take my eyes away. Now this isn’t for the faint-hearted, if you want to make an impact then this is the piece for you.

From the Camilla collection this rug aptly named Island Song is an explosion of colour and detail. It oozes rich tones that make you  feel as if you’re off on a Spanish holiday. The symmetry  is  beautiful.  This rug would work beautifully with a combination of walnut timber and glass  topped furniture sitting on it – or even  a simple scheme of  white to let the rug have the   spotlight.


Designed by Nicholas Karlovasitis & Sarah Gibson these dial hangers are a testament to the design principle of form versus function.

 They come in a range of colours and can be installed at various heights in clusters or as a simple row. Their durable powder-coated stainless steel body allows  them to be installed in a wet area like a bathroom or even outdoors. 

They are a fun addition that serves a practical function whether  used for  hanging coats or wet towels.


 I’m all up for having bold, bright and beautiful bed linen simply because it’s interchangeable. 

This allows you to make a statement and then when you’re sick of it  swap it over. It’s a much more cost effective way at bringing colour and life into a space. Inspired by the artistic work of indigenous artist Jimmy Pike this new reversible quilt cover is like no other. The  collaboration between Kip & Co and Desert Designs  brought about this modern  take on  a traditional design. Made from 100per cent  cotton with a 300 thread count it’s machine washable  which is always a plus for the standard household. 

You can also purchase the matching sheet set and pillowcases.

 The Bright Beads Three Cluster pendant light sells for $1260, which I think is a bargain, considering it is designed and made right here in Australia from the highest quality of  solid timbers.

The Island Song Rug can be purchased for $5220. This is a piece worth  investing in and it will last you a lifetime. It has beautiful wool spun through it, so it feels like a soft felt.

The Dial Hangers are super affordable at only $35 a piece. Again, they are  designed and made here in Australia, so I’m a big promoter of keeping the profits on  our doorstep.

The Japingka/Mirnmirt Quilt Cover retails for $209 in the queen size. It also comes in a double and king size.

If you would like more information contact Sarah from Birdblack Design – sarah@birdblackdesign.com.au

 ■ Sarah Nolen is a designer from Birdblack Design. Check out www.facebook.com/birdblackdesign


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