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One of the world’s most iconic chairs –
Hans J Wegner’s CH24 Wishbone – turns
60 this ye ar. To cel ebrate this milestone,
Carl Hansen & Son has released it in blue.
Designed by Wegner for Carl Hansen back
in 1949, a nd in produc tion since 1950, the
chair has been a fixture in dining rooms and
kitchens for generations. While it’s known
for its beautiful natural tones – oak, beech,
ash, maple, walnut, cherry – in recent times
we’ve seen a palette of fruity shades emerge,
inc luding a new c itrus col l ection. Delicious!
Design Farm (08) 9322 2200, designfarm.
Belinda Sommer started online homewares store and wholesaler Attenta in late-2009 with
business partner Joanne Baitz . Based in Perth, she uses a creative eye honed over many years
in the fashion industry – stints as a fashion and styling editor in her homeland of South Africa,
with Stephe n Dwec k in New York (accessorising eve ryone from B a rbra Stre isa nd to Ca ndice
Bergen and Cher) and with accessories label Buch+Deichmann in Florence, Rome and Milan,
among more. She not only brings us artisan pieces, but also a focus on empowering women
a nd rebuilding com munities. Here, we discove r the storie s behind he r buys.
Beaded homewares by Rodrick Gadaga “I would see him at traffic lights, selling earrings and
chains for sunglasses, with my children in South Africa. He stood out among many traders and I
said to my son: “That man looks like an angel.” We started chatting and I started commissioning
him for presents at first. His life has changed 360 degrees thanks to this work: he is now able to
visit his family in Zimbabwe and live in a better area. I am particularly excited about a new
white-beaded candelabra he has created. I also ask him to do one-off commissions.”
Venetian-style glass by Red Hot Glass “ Liz Lacey is regarded as one of the world’s top
glass blowers and is based, with partner David Jackson, on the most magnificent wine farm
(Seidelberg Wine Estate, www.seidelberg.co .z a), which is owned by my sister, in the Paarl
Valley. At the restaurant, there are huge glass panes that look on to the studio and you can
watch them blowing glass while you eat. They do commissions throughout the world.”
Hand towels by Julia Baillie “The first hand towel I was exposed to was from my sister and I
was intrigued by the workmanship. Julia Baillie, the artisan, has become more and more
exposed internationally. A friend of mine from Italy was given one and contacted me, so I
researched her. She teaches the ladies in the fishing village (Hermanus) she lives in how to draw
with the sewing machine – they use the sewing machine as a paintbrush. Each is individually
created, so no two are the same. Most of the people she works with have been affected by
AIDs, so by suppor ting these l adies they ca n support their fa milies.”
Recycled aluminium tableware by Peretti “My now-husband lived in Zimbabwe, so when I
visited I found Peretti. What fascinated me was that these sand-cast pieces that are bought for
some of the most sophisticated homes around the world were created in this incredibly rural
setting and surrounded by the poverty of Zimbabwe. They had to relocate due to unrest, so are
now in Brits in South Africa on a farm. Many of the workers were forced to leave their families
behind and now send back money to support them.”
Where to next? “We are wholesaling more and more, and starting to be
found in many stores. We would like to create satellite Attenta stores
throughout Australia, where women from refuges can make some
money and reconnect with the world on a gentler level. That’s the
ultimate vision.” Attenta 0433 045 480, atten ta.com .au.
Belinda with her buys:
hand towel, $40; Red
Hot Glass perfume
bottle, $258; and
Rodrick’s VW, $140.
Mobilia’s Ziru Ann chairs, $465 each.
STORES ON THE MOVE
At the time of print... Murano Venezia was moving from the city to Subiaco (Forest Walk, 5/103 Rokeby Road, (08) 9388 2864) and opening up Fiorentina, an Italian patisserie, cafe,
an d oyster and champ ag ne bar (cnr Hay and Milligan stre et s, (08) 9321 2799); Empire c losed down its S ubiaco store on Robe r ts Road – the S ubi location was tem porar y u ntil the Highgate sto re
(521-525 Beaufort Street) was up and running; Mobilia is shifting its custom-design furniture from Balcatta to Claremont (1/248 Stirling Highway,  9284 5599). The move also signals a new
direction – see Ziru from Spain, Designer Rugs from Sydney, Koondalini from Italy and Armania Casa fabrics, and more; and Lauder & Howard Antiques and Fine Art is launching
Ottoman Empire on October 16 (you are all invited): expect an edited booty of Silk Road and Middle Eastern pieces (17b Blinco Street [enter on Amhurst Street], Fremantle).
nn chairs, $465 each.
patisser ie, caf e,
il the Highgate store
It’s never been easier to get back to
nature... Jamie Durie’s Garden Room
collection for The Rug Collection is
inspired by the designer’s travel photos
and brings a touch of the outdoors to
your interior. They come in standard
sizes – 160x230cm and 200x290cm
– with bespoke sizing and colouring
available. We think this one is perfect
for the green thumb. Priced from
$1095. The Rug Collection (03) 8555
Leaf Canopy in a hand-tufted
New Zealand wool blend.
Happy 60th! Wishbone
chair in blue, from $1700.
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