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“Everyone has been saying to forget about
everything you have known in lighting in the
past few years because there is a new movement”
Switched-on design types have all turned their attention to lighting, including local Ben
Conick. He’s far from in the dark about it, however (ahem) – he has been in the lighting
game for 13 years. Lighting Options Australia launched mid-year with some exciting
exclusive Australian distributorships under its belt, including Molite (fantastic waterproof
lighting – you can throw it into the pool), Jacob Jensen (who designed for Bang & Olufsen
for 20 years) and Paviom (a young lighting company with an environmental focus, see one
of its pendants, left). Products have already been picked up by stores throughout Australia
and locally, and more designer pieces are hitting our shores soon. So, why the emphasis
on lighting? “Lately, everyone has been saying to forget about everything you have known
in lighting in the past few years because there is a new movement,” says Ben. His products
certainly tell the story. Our favourites? The Molite colour-changing LED lights; everything
by Jacob Jensen; and Paviom’s Strobilus pendant (left), which has a strong eco message,
made of 100 per cent recycled paper, a
recyclable core and an energy-efficient
globe. From an ethos point of view, Ben
will bring us products with a definite
environmental focus; on the commercial
side, he is joining forces with Furniture
Options. “ We share the same space and
will do commercial specifications for designer furniture and lighting products, but we are
two totally separate companies,” he states. Definitely a venture to watch. Lighting Options
Aust ralia (08) 6142 4977, lightingoptionsaust ralia.com.au.
TEST TUBE’S NEW DIRECTION
Test Tube Objects in Mt Lawley has a new owner: Philia Kailis. Aside from building on
our favourite Test Tube offerings, in spring she plans to launch an online gift registry of
contemporary buys sourced from throughout the world and Australia. What should we look
out for? “I am thrilled to be representing Matteo Cibic’s Domsai in Australia for the first
time. Matteo is a brilliant product designer and art director from Italy and has worked in
collaboration with Monotono to create very unique (and living), one-of-a -kind desktop
‘ Tamagotchis’, which are created by hand at a workshop in Nove, Italy – a region that is
famous for producing some of the highest-quality ceramics in the country.
Test Tube Objects (08) 9228 1118, testtubeobjects.com.
Our very own Plane Tree Farm has rebranded a new store in
Melbourne and is embracing its roots – classic white sheets in
beautiful Irish and Belgium linens, featuring owner Jeni Cross’ own
embroider y (she’s been studying new techniques in the US). This
concept will be filtering through to the stores in Cottesloe and
Subiaco. Meanwhile, check out Cottesloe’s new scents: Plane Tree
Farm wardrobe sachets, $35 each, and Italy’s Linari, $69-$289, and
Lo ndo n’s Fl or is, $15-$185, fra gran ces . Visit planetreefarm.com.
Perfect for the desktop:
Domsais, from $185.
Cattelan is new to Ultimo Interiors. This not only signals another Italian on its floor, but
also an Australian-first concept store for this third-generation brand. The Luigi Trenti-
designed Fifty (pictured) was lauched at the 2010 Milan Furniture Fair. “A bookshelf is
usually based on utility, whereas this is an artwork in its own right. You can clad a whole wall
in the pane ls and place only sele cted sc ulpture,” says Ultimo’s Andre w Thornton Hick. Paolo
Catalan may be at the range’s launch in September. $1095/panel (214x50x26cm).
Ultimo Interiors (08) 9201 2479, ultimointeriors.com.au.
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