Monday, March 31, 2008

Exotic Interior Style: Sartika

After 12 years travelling the globe as an aid worker, spending vast amounts of time in Asia, it wasn't hard for Sartika's director Peter, to fall in love with exotic design. Now, bringing contemporary asian imports to Canberra is Sartika's specialty.
Open for 4 months, the showroom is already attracting a strong customer base including designers and stylists seeking gorgeous exotic style.

Need some help putting it all together? Coming soon will be a design service to help clients achieve a wholistic look in their homes.

Sartika boasts an eclectic mix of Asian styles which can be used in combination with contemporary interiors. And the most decadent outdoor furniture range is on it's way, beautiful chunky timber benches and more - be sure not to miss it.

Sartika - exotic furniture and accessories is on Collie Street, Fyshick, just across the road from Domayne. And the website is nearly ready... here.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Check out: CHAiSE LONGue (porn star)

Looks like the opening night was a hit, check it out here.
This exhibition by studio resident artist Erik Krebs-Schade, loaded with innuendo, promises plush portraits. Wednesday to Sunday until April 6th, CCAS Manuka 19 Furneux st.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Happy Friday: Three things this weekend

Above: Works by Samuel Tupou, silkscreen print on perspex. Images by the artist via Jan Manton Art Gallery.

1.Check out the Gorman House Gallery for the exhibitions of Kensuke Todo, Steven Holland and Samuel Tupou (examples above) ends Saturday.

2.Watson Arts Centre are hosting the Bald Archies this year, showcasing portraits, a spoof of the Archibald Prize. The Bald Archies is the only art competition in the world to be judged by a Sulfur Crested Cockatoo!

3. Please don't forget Earth Hour from 8pm, Saturday. It doesnt take much to switch off for an hour,have a lovely candle lit dinner under the stars!

And happy birthday to both of my baby boys xxx

Thursday, March 27, 2008

This week: Nina's been a busy girl

I've been a busy girl this week, in between being quite house-bound with the little kiddies, I have managed to get a few things happening in my own little world... wardrobe re-fashioning, and desperately trying to get the Canberra's Got Style Office finished, a sneak preview...
Which means, to answer yesterday's commenter, that I haven't been able to get out and about town sourcing the good stuff. But don't panic, there's plenty more style in Canberra to come! And stay tuned for the full reveal of the Canberra's Got Style Office soon.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

New Developments: New Acton East

The boutique development New Acton, at the site of the historic Acton Hotel, has piqued my interest. It promises to provide a striking architectural piece where you can live, shop, dine, take in coffee and art.

Images courtesy of Kathleen Miles, Via Canberra House
Already lined up to open soon are Labimbi for deluxe hair and spa treatments, upmarket Parlour Wine room (by the owner of Knightstbridge Penthouse), Rubix esspresso bar (by owner of Tonic, Justin Harvey). Kell's Kitchen, Luxury boutique Diamant Hotel with "breathtaking interior design". Not to mention the Arts at New Acton program promising "to reveal, honour and support the work of Australian artists and designer/makers as part of our creation of a unique part of the city."
But here's a little peek at the CGI's of the boutique apartments for sale...
The apartments are for sale via Colliers.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Deviant Art: Jen Leheney

Digital art, photography, illustrations and collage
Rust and Graffiti; Urban Girl

Derelict Room
More Than Just a Table

Photography by Jen Leheny. Prints are available for sale here.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

I Covet: The Swan Chair

Hmmmmm. Sexiest chair on earth? Well one of anyway,the Swan chair by Arne Jacobsen, designed in 1956 for the fitout of the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen Denmark.

Available in Canberra at Designcraft, 8 Tralee street, Hume.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Styling kids: Little Owl

Brand new on the scene in Braddon, adding to the design mecca on Lonsdale st (already home to The Hive Gallery, Unit Concepts, Bourgois Pig, Iskip Itrip and Pink Inc) is something for the littlies. Little Owl, opened 2 weeks, has already become a favourite spot for several mums in my loop (and now me!) and with very good reason.

Inspired by a shop in Byron bay catering for the stylish gift giver, Little Owl stocks quite a unique range of contemporary designs with a vintage twist: clothing, blankets, nappy bags, handmade toys, puzzle games and much more - never seen in Canberra before.
Labels, exclusives in Canberra, include Miss Haidee, Itch, Tea Pony (check out their website), Blink Designs, Doobi, Well Spotted, and the iconic new baby rocker "Coco" by Bloom... hot hot hot!
Other brands stocked are (one of my faves) Rock Your Baby (for genuinely hilarious slogan tops) and Cocoon Couture (tree, above centre). I was particularly excited to see the range of boys clothing, ALL of which I would dress my boys in... rare moment!
Couldn't leave without... a hankerchief (handprinted with a lego man on it!), the long sleeve t-shirt with the superhero bunny, by Itch (pictured) and this too cute origami faces set by Djeco.
Little Owl, 25 Lonsdale st Braddon. The website is coming soon...