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The DecoGlide

Finalist at Launch Pad 2012


Twenty Six Letters is proud to announce that The DecoGlide is one of 12 Launch Pad Finalists for 2012.
 
Launch Pad is an important design initiative, promoting the development of Australian product design through a unique and interactive program of events, including its annual Launch Pad: From Prototype To Production competition.
 
The DecoGlide was one of 160 electronic entries, which judges first shortlisted 54 prototypes. Inspecting those 54 shortlisted prototypes in person, judges selected just 12 Finalists to be shown in the Finalists Exhibition, which will run as part of Saturday In Design, 17 – 18 August in Melbourne.

We are delighted to be shortlisted as Launch Pad Finalists and look forward to the Launch Pad Exhibition Opening Night on 15th August 2012 and Saturday In Design on 17-18th of August. If you are attending, you can see The DecoGlide at the Lightly showroom (Upstairs at Lightly, 3 Glasshouse Lane, Collingwood 3066) for the entire duration of Saturday In Design. To register please click here.

August 8, 2012

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August 5, 2012

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Sydney Weekend II

I recently visited Sydney for Rachel Castle's Inaugural Screen Printing Class at The School. Sydney, as always, was on her best sunshine, so I got around. I visited:

1. KOSKELA

Koskela* is owned and run by Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky and is in Sydney's Rosebury, right next door to The School and Kitchen by Mike. It houses its complete range of furniture items alongside carefully curated Australian made home accessories and gifts, including artworks by Rachel Castle and Kate Banazi. Arranged in room settings and with beautiful natural lighting, I could easily imagine myself moving right into the space and calling it home. Second to that, I will take one of each colour of the Bye Bye Birdy Lamps in the first image below.

Koskela also has an exhibition space displaying the collaboration between Koskela and the Tjanpi Desert Weavers- a range of lighting which are detailed and colourful. 

If you need any other reason to visit, it shares the space with Kitchen By Mike and I promise after trying their artisian bread you will have no regrets of visiting!

Koskela85 Dunning AveRosebery NSW 2018

*Warning: inconvenience to your wallet or otherwise may result from visiting this beautiful showroom.

KoskelaKoskelaKoskelaKoskelaBeautiful artwork from Kate Banazi and furniture from Koskela (above).

Koskela Beautiful lighting by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers for Koskela.

 2. ZUMBO AT THE STAR

I am officially a Zumbaron groupie after stumbling upon Adriano Zumbo's Pyrmont store. I promise it has more to do with the Zumbarons (Zumbo Macarons) than the decor. Ok, the decor helps too. Especially the large amazing marquee alphabet lettering spelling out 'Zumbo'.

Adriano Zumbo at The Star is a new exciting concept store which comprises of a Patisserie and a Dessert train! Stop to see the decor and if you are in an emergency and going to break the glass, I would go for the Popcorn Zumbarons- they are fantastic!

Adriano Zumbo at The Star: Shop1, Cafe Court The Star 80 Pyrmont st, Pyrmont, NSW 2009

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3. FORGOTTEN SONGS, ANGEL PLACE

The thoroughfare is home to an installation by creative artist Michael Thomas Hill of 186 birdcages and 10 speakers which play the songs of about 50 bird species that once lived nearby before colonial development. I particularly loved the names of all the bird species underfoot and the reminder to think about habitat loss and how important an issue it is for our cities. 

Angel Place, Sydney, NSW 2000

Angel Place

4. THE IVY BAR

I am not ashamed to admit it, I visited The Ivy Bar for the decor. It did not disappoint with its candy striped awnings, white wicker chairs, aquamarine velveteen drapes, white plantation shutters and its rooftop pool complete with yellow and white striped umbrellas. Think, Palm Springs Retreat meets the inside of I Dream Of Jeannie's Bottle home. They even grow their own Ivy with the help of three full time gardeners and a full time florist employed by Ivy. Architects, Woods Bagot and interior designers, Hecker Phelan & Guthrie have done a remarkable job with the space. Even the patrons are all stunning, or could beautiful interiors actually reflect on people making them more aesthetically pleasing to the eye? Er, ok, it might have been the Lychee Martini.

Absolutely worth a vist, or two and a martini, or two.

The Ivy: 330 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

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5. THE MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney has recently opened its new wing, designed by Sydney architect Sam Marshall and cost a simple $53 million. The new addition is modern, appealing and more importantly has stimulated interest and awareness in contemporary art, which is always a good thing.

I visited the museum having not read much about it and was pleasantly surprised, everything was well thought out: the exhibition spaces, the dual entries from George Street and Circular Quay, a wonderful gift shop (yes, I spent money), the National Centre for Creative Learning on the third level and the rooftop cafe complete with a breathtaking view of Darling Harbour, The Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

More impressive was the curation of exhibitions within the MCA. I could have very easily spent the entire day meandering between floors visiting the exhibitions. A few of my very favorites include Christian Marclay's, The Clock (the ingenuity of this project is mind blowing), Rebecca Baumann's Automated Colour Field (pictured below) and Kate Murphy's Prayers from My Mother, 1999.

If visiting please allow a couple of hours to wander around and appreciate the space, the exhibitions and the stunning views.

MCA: 140 George Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000

MCAMCA Building, Darling Harbour Entry

MCAMCAMCA Foyer, Second Floor

MCARebecca Baumann's Automated Colour Field

MCAAleks Danko, Incident-Ambivalence 1991-92

MCAEmma White, Negative Rienforcement 1, 2008

MCAJuan Davila, Sentimental History of Australian Art 1982

MCACollecting Bags 1985-87, many artists

MCARobert Owen, Sunrise #3 2005

MCAJim Campbell, Untitled (for the Sun) 1999

MCATatsuo Miyajima, Death Clock 2011-12

MCAThe breathtaking view of The Opera House from the MCA

Thank you Sydney for the sunshine and for being a city that offers so much, until next time.

June 11, 2012

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Pantone Colours Fit For The Queen

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Here is a delightful collaboration between Pantone + Leo Burnett London for you all to enjoy this Queen's Birthday long weekend. 

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 colourful years on the British throne, Pantone and advertising agency Leo Burnett London, have teamed up to launch a limited edition colour guide to mark the Queen’s six decades of colour choices. The guide features some of Her Majesty's full spectrumed and colour coordinated ensembles, including the Primrose Yellow she wore at William and Kate’s wedding in April 2011.

The Queen has certainly cemented her Monochromatic fashion style and now Her Majesty can assist you in selecting a colour for your next project! Delightful.

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 All images © Pantone® and Leo Burnett London, via Yatzer


June 10, 2012

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What do Megan Morton's The School and Glee Have In Common?

For those of you that are living an ascetic life in the wilderness (and still read our blog) you may not have heard of Sydney Stylist Megan Morton or her latest project- The School. Who am I kidding, you have heard. Even if you have no internet access and are not yet on Instagram you would have heard the birds singing about it!

The School

had the absolute delight and pleasure of visiting The School (The Studio and The Propery) last week for Rachel Castle's Inaugural Screen Printing Class. Spending the whole day in the glow of Megan Morton and brilliance of Rachel Castle has pushed me over the limit of my allocated fun quota for the month of May AND June. I may just write to Megan asking her to include this disclaimer on her website: 'Classes at The School may cause boisterous fun, excessive laughter and high levels of heart warming joy.' Megan herself perhaps ought to wear a badge, 'Nicest person on the planet!' It was my first time to meet her and it was adoration-at-first-sight. She truly is marvelous in every way.

The School in my opinion is the Glee of all things craft, design and styling! This is why:

1. The School has an amazing, talented line up of guest stars teachers. Rachel Castle from Castle And Things, Holly Hipwell (her name alone is worthy of casting her) from The Flower Drum, Naomi from Hello Naomi, Kitiya Palaskas, Beattie Lanser, and Tamara Maynes. Just like Glee, The School has an all star line up. In my opinion The School's list actually rivals that of Glee's unless you are an avid fan of Ricki Martin?

2. Every class at The School makes ones knees weak with anticipation and excitement, like every upcoming episode of Glee.

3. If you thought Tina, Rachel and Quinn's outfits were super cute, you should see Megan Morton's wardrobe and Holly Hipwell's now infamous yellow dress. None of the Glee cast can don a First Prize Rosette and make it look super cool like Megan can. Ok, maybe Quinn can?

 

MM and Holly HipwellMegan Morton and Holly Hipwell in the infamous yellow dress [Image: The School]

4. The School hosts a myriad of awesome classes for young and older: cupcake and cookie decorating, how to make doily lampshade or dream catcher, screen printing and even styling classes taught by Megan Morton herself. Doesn't this make you want to get up and dance around the room with mirth? We all know a few people who are guilty of busting a few moves in their living rooms watching Glee. The School causes the same sudden urge in me to prance, foxtrot, rhumba, jitterbug and twist again around my living room.

5. There can be some drama at The School, like on Glee. Choosing between neon orange or fluorescent pink for my screen print, for instance. Questions like, 'Should I paint circles or four leaf clovers?' or 'Should I select the cream and jam filled sponge cake or another chocolate treat for afternoon tea?' See, dramatic choices at The School, I tell you.

I rest my case, the fun and merriment of Glee has landed on our shores in Rosebury, Sydney!

Below, you can see my photo's of all the hoopla that was the Screen Printing Class at The School. In true Megan Morton style, I suggest you listen to this track by none other than the Glee cast, whilst scrolling through the images. Then, head over to The School and book yourself in for a class, you will love it. Bust a move!

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I went for the Twenty Six Letters logo for my first screen print.

MMMMMy logo screen print [Images: Megan Morton, The School]

MMThe gorgeous Megan Morton and I.


May 29, 2012

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Introducing Words To Live By: An Artwork Series by Twenty Six Letters

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Twenty Six Lettes is proud to introduce 'Words to Live By', an artwork series featuring three designs- 'Chance', 'Live Well' and 'Ideas'. Inspired by the written word and it's ability to teach and call us into action, we have combined laser cutting with beautiful and meaningful words in order to bring joy and inpiration to any space.

Each artwork is manufactured in Melbourne using an extremely durable and renewable natural material: 12mm Plywood and is finished in a resilent gloss finish that retains and enhances the natural richness of the wood grain. Environmentally friendly and Australian made these are works are 594mm x 841mm in size and are $380 (including GST + delivery).

At the moment the Words To Live By range can be purchased online at Hard To Find or Young Republic. Alternatively you can email us at info@twentysixletters.com.au for more information or use our Contact Form to reach us.

For media enquiries, our Press Release can be found below and for Retail opportunities please contact us at info@twentysixletters.com.au

Please feel free to leave us a comment below to let us know what you think of the Words To Live By series, we would love to hear from you.

Chance12.01 Chance

LiveWell12.02 Live Well

Ideas12.03 Ideas

Words To Live By Press Release, 2012

May 15, 2012

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One Wonderful Year

Twenty Six Letters turned one last month. It has been a year filled with many wonderful milestones for us. We have put together some our favourite moments for your viewing pleasure.

[Forest Eyes: Jinja Safan]

May 14, 2012

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Twenty Six Letters is getting social! Yes, we are now on PinterestTwitterFacebook and Instagram. Come join us, we would love to talk with you!

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April 15, 2012

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It's our birthday!

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April 11, 2012

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Ideas

Idea

We love a good idea. We really do. Especially when an idea brings together two previously unrelated thoughts or objects that fuse together to create something surprising, clever, inspiring or beautiful. This last week, I have come across two of these ideas, one so striking that upon stumbling on it I felt the immediate urge to find something sweet and delectable to eat and the other a clever interpretation of some of our best loved childhood characters. Enjoy!

1. PANTONE TARTS

French Stylist Emiller Griottes from Griottes combines food with colour to tell a story about Tarts and Pantone colours. Delightful as it is mouth watering!

(Via decor8, images via Griottes)

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2. CHARACTER LEGO 

German ad agency Jung von Matt has created this print campaign below for Lego. The ads combine lego blocks to create childhood characters. The first one is The Simpsons (think tall blue hair!) Can you guess the others?

(Via Hello Polly)

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March 21, 2012

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All The Shelves Of Books Waiting To Be Read

We are beginning an alphabetical series on the blog about all that we look forward to in 2012. Enjoy!

Reading Quote 1

I have enjoyed reading for as long as I can remember. When I was a student I made regular visits to the La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria because I found it inspiring to be surrounded by books, as though somehow being in close proximity to them would sharpen my intelligence. I still own the first book that was gifted to me by my father that ironically was about numbers, not words. My husband forbids me from purchasing books via The Book Depository but that could also be because I am known to forcibly read aloud to him (or anyone else who will listen long enough!) It is fair to say that books have the same irresistible temptation for me that doughnuts have on police officers. I simply cannot withstand them.

Books are a delight. Have you ever had that feeling of walking into a library or good book store and even without picking up a book off the shelf, it seems to speak to you and bid you welcome?

Before you declare me mildly crazy, bring to your mind the last splendid book you read and remember how finishing it felt like you were saying goodbye to an old friend?

Such is the joy of reading- a subtle exchange of the authors imagination into the imagination of the reader, transporting you into a new world which until that point was only alive in the author’s mind and heart. Is it not a beautiful thing?

A book, like a good friend, can become a trusted companion, called upon at any age, at any time or place and at any hour of the day or night. A good book can be a trusted reference, an inspiration for an idea, a call to action for your business or simply a haven for your mind to find rest. A book can be an invitation to a new way of thinking or an experience in deeping your understanding of a topic or, of yourself. 

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Here at Twenty Six Letters we adore a good book and actually get inspired at the thought of all the shelves of books waiting to be read. These days you can find either of us in our respective reading rooms or in the library with our head in an insightful and sagacious business book conversing with the worlds best business thinkers. Go on, tell me you don't talk to your books?

At the moment I am reading The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman, which has inspired this undertaking: to educate myself about advanced business concepts by reading his recommended business book list one book at a time. This idea excites me to no end!

The other book open on my Kindle Reader Library is Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky, which has aided in me in going a little further in my business productivity than I have yet got myself. While on the subject of the Kindle Reader, I would like to express my sentiments: though I do relish the opportunity to purchase a book by the click of a button at any hour of the day, I absolutely value a good bookstore and the luxury of holding a book in my hands and turning its pages. I hope to never see the day when real books become obsolete collectors items and I no longer have the joy of sponteneously walking into a bookstore to discover my next adventure. 

Personal MBA Making Ideas Happen

So, what are you reading at the moment? I would really love to know.


“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

 Anne Lamott


February 15, 2012

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2011 (Belated) Year In Review

2011 was a gargantuan year for Twenty Six Letters. We both took the Christmas holidays as a chance to travel: Meriam to Perth and I to New Zealand. It was a great opportunity to reflect on the year that was, to rest and to plan for the year ahead. This really was no difficult task by the pristine waters of Lake Wakitipu. Below is a quick look at our reflections of 2011 and some snaps of where we went to daydream over the holidays.

This year is already off to a wonderful start for us. We have so much to look forward to in the months ahead and we look forward to sharing with you in the next couple of weeks some of the ideas, ambitions and goals that keep us so inspired! 

Lake Wakitipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

Ocean Reef Beach, Perth, Western Australia

February 14, 2012

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December 20, 2011

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Happy Almost The Weekend

If you do one thing this weekend, make sure it involves paper confetti and perhaps a martini glass. Happy Almost The Weekend!

Happy Friday Martini

image via Color Me Katie

November 4, 2011

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Press Coverage

We have been so fortunate to receive some amazing press coverage in recent months and are super delighted that our favourite magazines, newspapers and blogs love The DecoGlide™ as much as we do!

You can imagine my delight when flicking through this months issue of House & Garden Magazine to discover the feature on How To Dress Your Windows, by Jessica Hanson.

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As I turned the pages of the article, I found this lovely image below of our Timeless Design staring at me. I stared back whilst I drank my tea. I love the windowsill painted in Dulux Prado Pink against a Wattle Passionate Blue wall.  The Wedgewood Fine Bone China teacup are now also on my ‘to buy’ list!

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It is as exciting to find The DecoGlide™ in the glossy pages of House & Garden Magazine, as it was to see us in The Sunday Age (17 April, 2011), The Daily Telegraph (7 May & 18 June 2011), West Australian Habitat (20 May, 2011), Herald Sun Home (4 June, 2011), The Sunday Times Home (5 June, 2011), Home Beautiful (July Issue), Inside Out Magazine (June/ July Issue), Adore Home Magazine (June/July Issue) and on Apartment Therapy and Style Collective blogs!

http://www.twentysixletters.com.au/media/MagazineFeaturesImage.jpgHome Beautiful (July Issue)+ Inside Out (June/July Issue)

Enough gloating! You can read all our press coverage at our Media Page. Happy reading!

August 15, 2011

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Thank you!

It was an absolute delight to be exhibiting at Australias’s largest furniture fair, Decoration + Design 2011 and to unveil The DecoGlide™. As suspected, The DecoGlide™ was a huge success with visitors and we were ecstatic that others adore it as much as we do! 

The lead up to our first exhibition was both busy and exciting as we hurried to put into place all the details of our stand. We warn you- deciding to paint your stand a day before the exhibition opens is not a move for the faint hearted! As always, we make an extraordinary team, each of us working hard in our high visibility vests to bring together the sharp yellow Twenty Six Letters stand! Gorgeous isnt it? We think so!

Decoration+DesignImage1 Featured: Custom designed DecoGlide™ in Sharp Yellow Timber + The Hive DecoGlide™ in Grey Polyester.

Yellow DecoGlide

  Featured: Custom designed DecoGlide™ in Sharp Yellow Timber used as the backdrop of our stand. Most of our 12 designs are incorporated into these screens.

Here are some images of the lead up to the exhibition and the details of our stand. We had so much fun, even if our feet were a little sore by the end of it! We met some wonderful and interesting people and had some fabulous conversations. We love that visitors saw the versatility and innovation of the product. We look forward to all potential ways and exciting projects in which we will use The DecoGlide™ in the days and weeks ahead.

Decoration+DesignImage2Featured: Geometric DecoGlide™ in Fair Biance + The Hive DecoGlide™ in Grey Polyester.

Thank you to those of you who visited our stand at Decoration + Design and all your lovely comments about The DecoGlide™: we sincerely appreciate it!

July 28, 2011

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Decoration + Design

Decoration and Design

We are excited to be showcasing The DecoGlideTM at Decoration + Design, held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 21-24 July 2011. We would be delighted if you could come and say hello at Stand AB40! We will have The DecoGlideTM on display in all it's glory and we will be beaming from ear to ear!

You can register here. See you there!

July 17, 2011

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Online Meandering

I am an avid online shopper and I have the credit card statements to prove it. There are so many reasons why I love to buy online- the convenience, the ability to shop at any hour, cladding any hairstyle and the anticipation of the delivery of your new item. I do it so much that it really can be a surprise when the courier arrives with a package. The thought bubble floats over my unmade hair scripted with the words “I wonder what it could be?”

A gift for myself!

Combine this passion with a deep and unfading love of interiors and homewares and you can quickly sense danger! You can imagine my excitement when I discovered that I could customise and purchase my own sheet and duvet set at POP by Sheriden! We all know and love our Sheriden sheets, but to now be able to choose your combination of styles and patterns to suit your taste and have it delivered to your front door before your other set of washed sheets is dry- well that is truly wonderful! I have had fun indulging in the idea of ordering a set for my bed, but I have already exhausted my Christmas- presents -for -self quota for at least the next two years! If I could daydream for just a minute, I would choose the Jiro Quilt in the Grey with Haru european pillow covers, and the yellow sheets. The website is easy to use and allows you to visualise your selections and process your online order conveniently.

 

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Jiro Quilt in the Grey with Haru european pillow covers, and yellow sheets from POP Sheriden.

Just last week I came across Mottega, an online store that allows you to configure your own lamps! Thankfully you cannot check out to Australia just yet. I could not choose a favourite, so it would be absolutely imperative for me to order more than one. I think they would look lovely beside the new sheet set too. In fact, I would love a bedroom accessorised with a mustard, mortar and mandarin colour scheme.

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Lamps 

1. Tresana Lamp in Mandarin with gold leaf base and linen flat drum shade, $699, Mottega.

 2. Monti  Lamp in Sol with metal silver base, acrylic sphere and white tall drum shade, $599, Mottega.

I have bought numerous pieces of furniture online, including rugs and soft furnishings. It has always been my preference as I can do my research online, take the time to think about the item, compare prices and sometimes even send the link to a trusted friend with a quick question, “beige linen cushion or the French toile?” I can bookmark the virtual places I love to shop and can visit them at any time. It really is a wonderful thing!

Do you shop online? What do you buy?

May 12, 2011

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Chartreuse

There is a colour somewhere between green and yellow that brings me joy- Chartreuse. It is fresh and vibrant and even it's pronounciation is lovely. Here are some of my favourite things in this lovely colour. It would be very dangerous if I owned the Smeg Retro Refrigerator. There would be no end to my travels to and fro the refrigerator for a snack. Perhaps this is good selling point in attempting to convince my husband to purchase it- more time in the kitchen? 

What colour brings you joy?

Chartreuse Inspiration

1. Smeg Retro Refrigerator in lime green from Smeg, from about $3000.

2. Kartell & Moschino Bowwow Shoe from Moschino

3. Frilly Kartell Chair in translucent yellow from Design Public, $598 for a pair.

4. Public M8 Bike in chartreuse from Public, $995.

5. Masterpiece DecoGlide from $86 per square metre, available here.

 


April 27, 2011

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Laser Cut Love

Laser cut furniture 
1. Lace Light Pendant, designed and available from bernabeifreeman
2. Rose Chair, designed by Gianluigi Landoni, available from Vibieffe
3. Coral Coffee Table, designed and available from Arktura 
4. Light Bulb Lamp, designed by Barend Hemmes, available from Suck UK

It is no secret I have an appreciation for all things laser cut! Some may call it a deep and passionate love.

Laser cut furniture and home ware products are the perfect intersection between art and technology. Interesting shapes and patterns are cut clean and exact onto almost any material, to create perforations that are alluring and beautiful to look at. I find laser cut elements captivating, especially when coupled with light. Marrying the two together allows the light to peek through intricate perforations and cast playful and dramatic shadows on nearby spaces. 

One need not look too far to see that this love is shared by many furniture and home ware designers around the globe. 

Australian designers bernabiefreeman have designed this amazing perforated Lace light pendant. Imagine how lovely it would be lit up, casting lace shadows on the walls and floor below it. Or for more of a glow the super stylish laser cut Wooden Bulb in the giant shape of a light bulb, by Barend Hemmes might be more to your taste. 

Italian designer, Gianluigi Landoni has used lasercutting  in his '1450 Roses' range, including this lovely chair featured above, as well as a coffee table and lamp. This chair is laser cut in metaI and therefore versatile enough to use indoors and outdoors. I  have the perfect place for this chair in my home - by a large window and my beloved magazine collection. In fact, one could find any number of well designed laser cut furniture items for their home- anything from a console, to a coffee table and even a dining table.

This dining table below, by Steve Holl Architects and Nick Gelpi, is very impressive and one of my favourite laser cut pieces. It is called The Riddled Table and has two completely different looks depending on whether you turn on the lighted bases or not. Clever, is it not?

Which laser cut item (besides The DecoGlide™, of course) would you put in your home?

The Riddled TableThe Riddled Table, designed by Steven Holl Architects
and Nick Gelpi available from HORM
 

April 13, 2011

by Marianne Sourial
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Welcome to Twenty Six Letters

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Could it be true- has the day we launch our website arrived?

It is true! There have been times when the arrival of this day seemed a mirage: tantalizingly close, yet somehow just out of reach: one more prototype or pricing matrix away! Sometimes the simplest of things held us for unforgivably long periods of time. (Think of a number in your mind, of the number of weeks it might reasonably take to come up with a meaningful business name; multiply that number by ten, and we are quietly confident it still won’t match how long that process took us!) Other times, we took great strides in moments of pure genius (Think of equations that would make Einstein proud!)

Here we are, full of excitement and a healthy dose of pride to introduce you to Twenty Six Letters, our design consultancy and its first innovation- The DecoGlide TM.

The DecoGlide TM – what a journey it has been! We had an idea... and it took our breath away. We believed in it, we worked day and night on it, invested all our physical, mental and financial resources into it, talked incessantly about it, dreamed about it and brought it into fruition. Above all, we loved the journey: all the exciting ideas we got to explore, all that we had the chance to create from scratch, and all that we learned along the way. We toiled and persevered and managed to come through with (the majority of) our faculties intact and an innovation as well considered, refined and beautiful as artwork. No mean feat, and in that we are proud and grateful.

Did we say proud? Yes and also very grateful to a whole host of people for their invaluable expertise and assistance in these formative months! We want to thank Stefani, Louise and the team at Nest PR, for their encouragement, admiration of our product and always having a positive comment to make! We want to thank James Geer, who photographed our screens, for his beautiful work, and his pleasant and easy going manner. We want to thank Warwick, Matt and the team at Cobalt Niche, for providing us with the design advice we needed and for their informed and pertinent ideas. We also want to thank the team at Actuate IP for their efficiency and accuracy in handling all our IP legal matters, and helping us decipher all the legal jargon.  

In particular we want to mention Rowan McNaught of Studio Skiing. Our branding and our website are the creative works of his brilliant mind. Intelligent, well informed and with a great eye for detail, we could not have found anyone more suitable for our website. Thank you Rowan for listening to and understanding our needs, and time and time again, being able to deliver a well thought out, apt and elegant solution. Thank you for all your hard work, and no doubt if you never see another formula again, it will not be too soon?!

Finally we want to thank our family and friends, for all their support and encouragement. We have been talking about this for a long time: thank you for your support and believing we could do it!

And you, dear reader- thank you for dropping by! We hope that you will stay awhile and get acquainted with the website and The DecoGlide TM... we know that you will love it too!

April 5, 2011

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