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  • Australian Interior Design Awards

    See all the winners of the 2017 Australian Interior Design Awards.

    The annual Australian Interior Design Awards recognise and honour interior design excellence in an industry-based program in many varied categories including, best international design, installation design, public and hospitality design along with a number of others. 

    The awards are backed by the Design Institute of Australia which is the professional body representing Australian designers.

    The annual awards presented have both national and international significance. The judging process is anonymous and based on peer review. Jurors are eminent designers working with a convenor appointed by the Design Institute of Australia. Visit the Australian Interior Design Awards site for photos of the winners.

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  • 22 Brilliant Bedrooms in Grey

    Who says that grey has to be boring. Check out the brilliant interior design of these 22 bedrooms that you will make you want to go grey. 

    Check out the entire photo gallery at Elledecor.com

    Image © Elledecor.com

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  • Interior Designer Sophie Di Pasquale

    Interior designer Sophie Di Pasquale designs her own Victorian terrace in the South Yarra suburb of Melbourne. The classic terrace dates from the 1890s.

    Di Pasquale been involved in award-winning design projects on Australia's east coast in Sydney and Melbourne during her time with SJB Interiors and most recently Fiona Lynch.

    She joined Fiona Lynch after a working on projects across Europe from he base in London.

    That’s exactly what she brought to her latest design project – her own home.

    Read the full interview at Broadsheet.com.au

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  • Stylist and editor Jackie Astier

    Stylist and editor Jackie Astier brings her rock-and-roll spirit and a passion for high style to her family’s Upper East Side apartment

    “Be audacious, but with taste,” advised legendary French antique dealer and decorator Madeleine Castaing. It didn’t get any bolder than her severe red lipliner, exuberant false eyelashes, and pageboy wig secured with a black chin strap—a look that has become as much a part of her legacy as the inimitable interiors she designed. That Jackie Astier, a fashion editor and stylist with a theatrical streak, fell under Castaing’s spell isn’t surprising. “I’ve had a design crush on her for forever,” says Astier, whose edgy fashion choices are well documented on Manhattan’s social circuit. “She personified individual style, which is the only kind I go for. I’ve always been obsessed with her outré colour combinations—and the way she used them.”

    Image © Elledecor.com

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  • Designer Antonio Citterio

    Milan-based designer and architect Antonio Citterio in known for his cool, sleek modern Italian design. Citterio was born in 1950 and opened his design office in 1972. A few years later, in 1975, he graduated from the Milan Polytechnic school.

    The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce of London, honoured him with the title of Royal Designer for Industry in 2008.

    In 2011, Citterio was interviewed about his design philosophy during the London Design Festival, which took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The occasion marked the 10th anniversary of the partnership between Citterio and design company B&B Italia. Author and curator Lucy Bullivant sat down with Citterio for a brief discussion.

    Citterio creates designs for many Italian and international furniture companies such Arclinea, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, Fusital, Hermès, Iittala, Kartell, Maxalto and Vitra.

    At HFOC, we frequently get consignments of B&B Italia furniture including the always popular Harry, Charles and Arne sofas. Search our current stock to find out what we have currently available.

    Antonio Citterio speaks at the Victoria & Albert Museum on the occasion of London Design Festival 2011.

    Watch the interview with Lucy Bullivant here

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  • Modernism Stands the Test of Time

    In a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Domain, Jenny Brown deliberated on how modernism is still popular after decades.

    Having persisted for almost two decades, the market appeal of all things modernist shows no signs of abating.

    According to most historians of interior design, the early age of modernism began with the opening of the Bauhaus School of Design in Germany in 1919.

    Principals of modernism were to build spaces meant for purpose of the modern needs of living. Many disparate new design philosophies were combined at the beginning of the 20th century stemming from a distaste for the excessively ornate Victorian style of the late 19th century.

    Trailblazers of Modernist design at the Bauhaus School, such as Walter Gropius, Mies Van Der Rohe and Le Corbusier, incorporated principals of Arts and Crafts and the open living spaces of Japanese homes into the new movement which was much celebrated later in the century.

    Houses, gardens, furniture, fabric. Under such stimulus, the circle of mid-century lifestyle accoutrements has naturally widened to encompass the decor of modernism which works perfectly in the ideally lean 21st-century apartment life situation.

    At HFOC we love modern design and only those top-quality designers will do.

    Read the entire article at Domain here.

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