Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Australiana

Do you remember the exquisite sets and costumes from the 2001 movie "Moulin Rouge"?

Aussie Oscar award-winning designer Catherine Martin is the woman behind those spectacular creations, and has quite a few other notable movie production credits to her name. Her premiere homewares collection was launched recently with a range of rug designs for Australia's Designer Rugs, and is soon to be followed by wallpapers, paints, tabletop and bedding designs. The collection is made up of Australian flora and fauna, which Martin is reported to have studied for the production of the upcoming movie epic "Australia" (with husband and director Baz Luhrmann). I love how she has managed to create elegant and timeless designs from some of Australia's most iconic emblems, without them being kitschy in any way. My two favorites (below) are reminiscent of times gone by, just a little nostalgic, but also very au courant.

"Lace"

"Feathers"

Catherine Martin & Baz Luhrmann's Sydney home was featured in the latest Vogue Living, and I couldn't resist sharing this image with you. She's done a great job of incorporating her product into their home (probably for marketing purposes, but there's nothing wrong with a little shameless self promotion some times!). This room has such a fresh, relaxed feel to it - to me it feels like it could be in the middle of the city, in the countryside, or by the beach. Love it!

Speaking of shameless self-promotion, I hope to be able to share some exciting news and projects with you in the near future, so stay tuned!

Above image from Vogue Living (Australia) Magazine Sept/Oct 2008 issue, photography by Peter Brew-Bevan.

7 comments:

Redgate Studios said...

Hi Suzy,
it was certainly an extensive feature in VL, I noticed that there is another one in Belle this month also! I like some of her designs, particularly the black lace wallpaper. [Looks great against the gloss black of the skirting boards.]Not so sure about the other colourways, they look a bit washed out, maybe that's the look. Hard to tell from the photos.
For me, the most successful piece was the bespoke runner for her stairs, that looked really good!
Looking forward to hearing your news, there's nothing wrong with a bit of self promotion!

Camilla @ Designalogue said...

She is a clever lady that CM! Her wallpaper range looks quite gorgeous too!

Suzy said...

Rebecca - I loved the wallpaper in her foyer with the black gloss skirtings too..and the runner, it looked amazing! I'll have to make sure I pick up the latest Belle...

Camilla - I haven't seen the other wallpaper designs yet! Can't wait to check them out!

Pascale said...

Je découvre ton blog, j'aime beaucoup les différentes idées de décoration que tu partages avec nous.

Pascale

Suzy said...

Merci beaucoup Pascale!

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Australian Interior Designer Sarah Davison just brought be a copy of that issue and I thought those carpets were just incredible!

Topsy Turvy said...

I love her carpets – and the sets for Moulin Rouge were just amazing.

-Lana