Our latest project involved redevelopment of a residential home in Glebe with beautiful custom crafted wooden fixtures. We created cabinets, stairs with an integrated entertainment unit, floating bookshelf, walk-in wardrobe, bathroom vanities, main kitchen, studio kitchen, and laundry compartments that fit perfectly with the contemporary and modern vibe that the home illustrated.

We used spotted gum veneer, solid timber, and blue stone for this project to go along with the modern and sleek aesthetic that the house possessed. Thus, creating a beautiful uncluttered atmosphere.

This residential project can be found on a small back lane in Sydney’s inner-west suburb of Glebe. With the site being only 92sqm, the modern building took to the skies by building up and allowing the home to make most of the space provided. With the architectural design by U + I Building Studio, it was a pleasure to help bring their vision to life.

For more information on this project, check out U + I Building Studio’s post.

If you would like to work with us, drop us a note here. Also, be sure to check out photos of this project below!

 

Our latest project took us to Epping where we spruced up Talent 100’s office with some new furniture! With the help of Blitz’s builders we were able to furnish Talent 100’s workspace with a Corian-built reception desk, student kitchen, strand board wall paneling, white cabinets for the iPad info point, a bench table, and niche seating with integrated cabinets.

Talent 100 is a tutoring college that help students succeed in the HSC by introducing results-focused learning with an understanding of how scaling works. Now with the revamp of their office in Epping they have a fun, contemporary space that their students and staff can enjoy.

Thank you to Talent 100 for the opportunity, and to Blitz for helping with this project. It was such a pleasure!

If you would like to work with us, drop us a note here. Also, be sure to check out photos of the project below.

Our latest project was for Newgate as we produced custom made furniture for their office space in Sydney. Designed by ODCM and working with the builder Blitz we were able to furnish Newgate’s workspace with a stunning timber feature wall, storage cabinets, meeting room seating, kitchen, and reception desk.

Newgate is a multitalented company, as it has knowledge in financial communications, corporate communications, and public affairs. With the use of American walnut as solid timber and timber veneer we were able to create a contemporary meets retro designed workspace.

Thank you to Newgate for the opportunity, and to ODCM and Blitz for collaborating with us. It was such a pleasure!

If you would like to work with us, drop us a note here.

A piece of furniture isn’t just a material object that one has in their home or office, it is instead an item that tells a story. For some their item of furniture prompts memories of times spent with the family, for others their desk may remind them of a successful business deal. At it’s design we regard this value highly and therefore try to produce well-crafted furniture that the customer will forever cherish.

Our latest project was done in our upholstery factory where we did the reupholstery of a few Cassina and Poltrona Frau items. The Cassina items were designed by the Italian architect and designer, Franco Albini, and the Japanese designer, Toshiyuki Kita. We did the reupholstery in leather to go with the smooth, modern feel that the sofas and armchairs possessed. Each piece has a unique structure to it and we wanted to let that stand out as we did the reupholstery.

If you would like to learn more about our upholstery factory click here or email me at kenny@itsdesign.com.au.

We are so pleased to announce our acquirement of two, brand new, pattern stitching sewing machines into our upholstery factory this week. With 48 design options, this state of the art technology in our hot little  hands, allows us to create a range of distinctive, yet minimalistic designs to suit all your furniture needs.

The sheer detail that can be generated by this machine is astonishing, as a simple modification in the stitching design can completely change the look and feel of the whole product. We can personalise every stitch to create a unique and highly distinctive design in a simple yet effective way.

With the revolutionary rotating needle bar, we are able to create and design a wide range of decorative stitching with absolute precision. From  minimalistic, to highly detailed designs, we have the potential to do it all. Moreover, it is strong enough to be used on a range of materials such as home upholstery and leather and with up to 1,600 stitches per minute, we can fulfil your needs in no time.

Check out some of the patterns we can make for you in the video below!

 

For the May edition of the it’s design blog, we have decided to delve deeper into Chris Bosse’s Tivoli Terrace. The director of the architecture firm LAVA recently won the SMEG Tour Competition for this project, and we are so pleased that we could be a part of it!

The Paddington townhouse features a combination of classic joinery and modern manufacturing techniques allowing it to achieve a ‘21st century reinterpretation of a 1880’s terrace house’. Each room has floor to ceiling in-built cabinets which add generous amounts of hidden storage space to the property. With custom-made white laminated solid plywood kitchen and pale French oak timber floors, the use of only neutral colour tones creates a warm and serene environment.

‘Somehow when you are in here, it doesn’t feel small at all” – Chris Bosse

From handcrafted joinery solutions in the kitchen and laundry to wardrobes and bookshelf cabinets in the bedrooms and living rooms respectively, Bosse’s signature style of organic structures is present throughout his home. A combination of great architectural inspiration from Bosse with sustainable design has enabled a simplistic and modern way of creating space with the limited room of compact inner-city living.

Tivoli Terrace – Kitchen and Courtyard

Tivoli Terrace – Kitchen

Tivoli Terrace – Rumpus Room

Tivoli Terrace – Bookshelf

Tivoli Terrace – Living Room

Tivoli Terrace – Bedroom

Tivoli Terrace – Dining Room

If you want to know more about the Tivoli Terrace Project, click here.

Last year, our upholstery team had the uttermost delight working with Qantas in refurbishing some luxury designed furniture in their lounge located at Sydney Airport. Well, they have finally been returned and are looking fabulous in their home.

Our upholstery team had an absolute pleasure working with Qantas not only to restore these exquisite pieces to their previous unparalleled beauty, but also to be a contributing factor in helping Qantas achieve their goal of a 30% drop in waste reduction by 2020. It has become extremely necessary to do every we can to reduce waste and landfill by recycling and reusing wherever possible. And what better way to do this by reupholstering the furniture instead of throwing out these worn but still usable pieces into landfill.

It’s Design is committed to minimising waste and helping others reduce their ecological foot print. By reupholstering these lounges and armchairs, we have significantly extended the lifespan of these products and helped the environment by reducing waste. The process of reupholstery enables us to help preserve the designs from brands such as Living Divani, B&B Italia, Walter Knoll and Poltrona Frau, but at the same time revive the look of the piece by giving it a fresh, modern new look.

Here is just some of what the refurbished furniture looks like!   

If you want to reduce your impact on the environment through restoring old furniture, feel free to contact me on +61 2 9808 2700 or kenny@itsdesign.com.au. I can’t wait to hear from you and for us to go on this journey of creating a sustainable change in the future.

Another year of the world renowned IMM Cologne has passed. And as always, the IMM Cologne has out done itself once again when presenting the latest global furniture and interior design trends. The innovative designs inspire the coming seasons trends as the event is a key driver and a creative centre in the global furniture market scene.

From the moment we entered, we were sent into another world filled with unparalleled inspiration in all things furniture. The sheer degree of expertise within one European city was immense and profoundly stimulating, being able to experience all the latest innovations and concepts come to light.

The trend towards re-releasing vintage and new modern classics has become a well-established one within the furniture sector. This year was no different as we saw many of the biggest brands celebrate their heritage and values in their new collections. A key influence was retro inspired classic designs with bold and brash colour clashes. It is clear that these classic designs are timeless and authentic as they are re-released with a contemporary twist.

Freifrau Leya Lounge Chair

Design: Birgit Hoffmann & Christoph Kahleyss

Freifrau Romy Cocktailsessel

Design: Patrick Frey

With the top international decisions makers, the industry’s most important opinion leaders and disseminators in one place, IMM Cologne allowed us to experience all of the trends of tomorrow, today. Or rather the designs of yesteryear, in a new light.

To see some of the trends that inspired us, check out our Instagram page!

We are so pleased to have not one but two of our projects featured in the Harper’s Bazaar Working Spaces Series. 

Last year we showed you our work at MAXMEDIA LAB, this time its Sarah & Sebastian and their recently opened, first retail store.

The Working Spaces Series showcases Australian companies and individuals that are aesthetically pleasing, and add well-being and productivity in the office environment. We believe that our cabinet work at Sarah & Sebastian reflects these values of simple and ageless designs to create a pleasant and tranquil atmosphere allowing the collections to be shown in the best way possible.

If these photos aren’t convincing enough head over to Alexandria to check it out in person. Trust me, it won’t disappoint!

 

Thanks Harper’s Bazaar for featuring some of our work with U+I Building Studio on the newly refurbished MAXMEDIA LAB office in Alexandria.

This series showcases Australian companies and individuals that are aesthetically pleasing, and add well-being and productivity in the office environment.

Our work with MAXMEDIA LAB emits this idea of a sleek modern workplace with simplistic and timeless designs that create a calm and soothing working environment. With more hours being spent in the office it is becoming increasingly important to have a positive work environment.

Thanks MAXMEDIA LAB for the opportunity, it was an absolute pleasure! Check out Harper’s Bazaar’s article for some #officeinspo 

 

 

A BIG congratulations to our friend and collaborator Mark Smith of Smith Projects Pty Ltd for WINNING the Private School Construction Category at Master Builders Association of NSW Construction Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday night!

Working with you on the Kincoppal Rose Bay Project was an absolute pleasure! The end result looks exceptional!

This project is just one part of the refurbishment masterplan of Kincoppal which includes revamp on several of the heritage listed buildings. The area was upgraded to suit the current educational spaces and technology including pinboards, lockers, utilities storage, bench seats, tables and a kitchenette.

With the project being completed within 12 weeks, it was truly a well deserved win, If you don’t believe us, check out the photos for yourself!

Architect: BVN

The countdown to Christmas begins! With less than two months to go, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about decorating your Christmas Tree. Parkhaus Berlin has come out with a range of high quality, minimalist felt ornaments to add a touch of luxury to any tree!

1. Parkhaus Christmas Angel

2. Parkhaus Christmas Bell

3. Parkhaus Christmas Candle

4. Parkhaus Christmas Reindeer

5. Parkhaus Christmas Tree

6. Parkhaus Christmas Rocking Horse

7. Parkhaus Christmas Snow Flake

8. Parkhaus Christmas Angel with Candle

9. Parkhaus Christmas Star

The Parkhaus range comes in 32 different colours meaning there is one to suit every household!

Let us know if you need any more information about the products, we have all details up our sleeves but not yet in our online catalogue. My email is kenny@itsdesign.com.au

We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

The KFF MAVERICK range is a mixture of classic retro with a modern touch. Designed by Birgit Hoffmann, the range has been able to translate the archetype into a modern up to date form play.

The MAVERICK table has been conceptualised for both home and commercial use. Made from timber and can be customised to your desired length, with the option of felt gliders. The solid timber frame supports the table top timber veneer or solid with bevelled or square edge.

KFF Maverick Table

The MAVERICK chair is the epitome of classic design with a modern twist. The very recognisable design has been revamped; we can see Hoffmann’s style and personality come through with the flared legs that a consistent throughout the range.

The chair has a solid wooden frame and is available with or without armrests. The seat shell made of moulded and laminated plywood or upholstered and covered. With the option of plastic and felt gliders.

KFF Maverick Chair

Lastly, the MAVERICK Bar Stool is ergonomically designed to be perfectly comfortable for everyone who sits in it. The upholstered bar stool with high and low backrest is available in 2 heights. The seat shell is of moulded laminated plywood, upholstered and covered, its sits on top of the wooden frame. Plastic or felt gliders optional.

KFF Maverick Bar Stool

Check out our website to find out more about the KFF MAVERICK Range!

When we think of RENZ, we think of distinctively innovative shapes and superior durability.  Justus Kolberg’s Sono desk is just that. It adheres to minimalist design standards by perfectly integrating architectural elements. The fusion of strikingly clear and masculine aluminium frames and cabinets balances open forms with closed elements. With the provision to integrate the latest modern communication technology, this desk encourages productivity in the work environment.

The containers are grouped together as desired, allowing for complete customisation. The aluminium frames support desks of various lengths with the options of either glass or fine veneer.

Other options include: round and rectangular conference tables as well as electrically driven height-adjustable table-tops.

If you would like to find out more about the RENZ Sono range, visit our website.

 

So when our friends from Own World asked us last year to do the fit out for their Darlinghurst showroom we had nooooooo idea just how good the end result would look. And yes, as part of a great team, we proudly pat our own shoulders.

The timber wall panels, the over-size chair display and office cabinets, it all came together nicely once their good looking products featured in them. We think it’s become one fancy showroom! Have a look for yourself.

 

Timber wall panel and display at Own World on Stanley Street / Darlingurst / Sydney

Timber display and wall behind

The oak panels appear to ‘float’ in the room.

The ravine natural oak panel is a special feature during the day when light floats through the big glass front of the show room.

The choice of timber works even featuring almost see-through objects.

The showroom at night. The lighting makes the timber look warm and welcoming.

The Own World office. The timber wall behind the large display unit separates the office from the showroom.

The charcoal free standing cabinet works as a room divider as well as an unobstrusive storage space.

Client: Own World

Architect: Hans Freymadl

Manufacturer: it’s design

Photographer: Deborah Abesser

Do you have a business that needs a new or first joinery fit out? Never hesitate to ask! We are always happy to make time and meet for a personal visit or get together. My email: kenny(at)itsdesign.com.au

The Saloni Internazionale del Mobile in Milan has closed it’s gates a month ago and I bet you know as well as we do that the industry’s air is buzzing with news, ideas and inspiration. it’s design’s focus this year was to see what two of our brands were installing to kick off the new season. We just can’t get enough new designs in our workshops. And really – most of their new comers were not only hitting the international trend but are also right down the it’s design alley.

Both Prostoria and KFF have preparing their presentations months ahead and have come up with some stylish new designs. We know which ones we fell in love with right away,  but which ones would you like to see in your office, show room, studio or private home?

Here is a selection of our top Prostoria and KFF Saloni 2014 products, do you like them as much we do? And which are your favourites? We’d love to see your comments below.

OBLIQUE Table by Prostoria. Designer: Newmen/ForUse

OBLIQUE Table and Chair by Prostoria. Designer: Newman/ForUse

OBLIQUE Chair by Prostoria. Designer: Newman/ForUse

MONK chair by Prostoria. Design: Grupa

YOUMA chair by KFF. Design by Sven Dogs.

YOUMA chair by KFF. Design by Sven Dogs.

ARTUS by KFF

YCKS by KFF. Design by Designmanufaktur Lemgo.

YCKS by KFF. Design by Designmanufaktur Lemgo.

Let us know if you need any more information about the products, we have all details up our sleeves but not yet in our online catalogue. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Awwww…Usually you can’t really say that we are about cute things here at it’s design. If you’d asked me, I’d usually say we like the clear and minimal designs with a touch of luxury and perfect finish. Coming from hipster Berlin, these felt products by Parkhaus are still very minimal but – really  – they are also very cute.  Like their egg cosies David and Victoria. One comes with lop ears one with upright ears. Now guess which one is which and more importantly –  why? I can tell you it’s an entertaining question at the dinner table.

Every of our Parkhaus items, from place mats to seat pads and egg cosies comes in 32 colours which allows you give your table a personal touch. And because we think the egg cosies are made to star on every Easter party, we started decorating in Parkhaus style – colourful, minimal, cool, and just a tiny bit silly, fun and CUTE.

 

Easter party a la Parkhaus on Baltas Table with Texas Chairs by KFF

David, the lop eared egg cosy

Victoria, the egg cosy with upright ears

Egg on round square placemat

Round square mat small, medium and large with chick

 

 

Round square mat small, medium and large without chick

Love the felt as much as we do? For orders and more details of all Parkhaus products in our catalogue, click here. Please note that orders for Easter must be placed soon as the product will be individually cut to your specification.

And of course – as always – we’d love to hear your feedback on our products!

Last but not least a big thank you to our photographer Deborah for the pre-easter breakfast session.

Happy early Easter people of good taste!

 

 

Over the past 10 years Croatia has become one of Australian’s favourite European holiday destinations. We love the colourful and sunny country with all it’s beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, Balkan food as well as direct and good humoured people. It simply makes a perfect affordable holiday destination of pure indulgence. In fact – let’s speak it out loud- we love it because it reminds us of home but is so very different.

So now there is a young and award winning design and manufacturing company called Prostoria that brings mediterranean sensuality paired with continental rationality directly from Zagreb into Australian homes and offices. The sustainable and adaptable materials perfectly suit our warm climate and the detail focused manufacturing guarantees a long term customer experience with the fun, young and most of all clever designs.

Prostoria was originally founded in 2010 near Zagreb, Croatia under name of “Kvadra” by Tomislav Knezovi. From the start Tomislav worked closely with several collectives of young designers to create unique and well thought through contemporary couches and chairs. Austrian-Croatian design collective NUMEN/FORUSE already design on an international level, whereas Ivana Borovnjak & Roberta Bratovi, the trio Grupa, Sanja Knezovic and design studio Redesign are the newcomers that create Prostoria’s fresh ideas.

 

Segment – is a modular sofa program available in numerous configurations. Designed by NUMEN/FORUSE.

Revolve – a clear lined modular sofa-bed for homes and offices. Designed by NUMEN/FORUSE, Ivana Borovnjak & Roberta Bratovic.

Revolve – winner of the RED DOT Award for product design 2012. Designed by NUMEN/FORUSE, Ivana Borovnjak & Roberta Bratovic.

3angle – Chairs and Sofas that hug the body. Designed by GRUPA.

Pil-low – an easy transformable sofa-bed for the home or office. Designed by REDESIGN.

Cloud – the modular sofa is an ideal furnishing for larger spaces. Designed by Sanja Knezovicfor.

Have a look at all our Prostoria products and tell us what you think! We always love hearing your thoughts on our new designs.

If you want to know more about prices and bulk orders please shoot us an email and we will get back to you in the blink of an eye.

And if you feel like reading up on that hip bunch of young Croatian designers, find more information about Prostoria on their website.

Hope to hearing from you soon!

We are very happy to announce that our 4 year upholstery apprentice Sidiki has finalised his training and is now a fully qualified upholsterer. It’s Design takes pride in it’s 30 years tradition in training classical trades such as upholstery and cabinetmaking. We feel it is our obligation and of course in our own interest to keep the knowledge of ‘the old crafts’ in the country. With that we want to ensure that there are well trained and specialised tradesmen that can not only master tools and machines but also know how to think independently about way to make furniture and new techniques. Sidiki is now one of those professionals, ensuring that It’s Design keeps the high quality of upholstery that our clients are used to. We are especially happy about Sidiki’s successful completion of his apprenticeship as he has become a valuable team member. In order to learn upholstery, Sidiki (originally from Sierra Leone) needed to take English and driving classes, both of which he pursued with amazing persistance and will power. Additionally we love Sidiki’s craftsmanship, his humour and sense of responsibility and hope that he will remain in the It’s Design family for much longer.

As this eventful year comes to an end, we wish all our customers, suppliers, friends and families a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. So much has happened over the last year and in particular during the past six months. More details of all that in the New Year. Now it’s time to enjoy the festivities with family and friends.

The busy design weeks with Sydney Design, Workshopped13 and Sydney Indesign are all currently taking place throughout the city.

Our involvement can be seen with the furniture shown from Catapult at the Eveleigh Galleria.

Another furniture piece of note is the MAK which is on show at Workshopped13 at Moore Park Supa Centa in Sydney from 15th – 25th August.

MAK ambient light and clothes rackis the latest product from Australian designer, Robin Keussen. The combination of an elegant Tasmanian Oak clothes rack and ambient lighting is both a playful and practical design. In apartments, hotels, modern office spaces or as a signature piece in just about any space, MAK makes a statement while also offering a clever space-saving design.

“MAK is a play on products that are part of our interior heritage and combines what was once two products – the rack and the floor light – into one,” Robin explains. MAK’s minimal design, with clean lines and simple construction, gives it a modern style, which can easily be adapted through colour and material selection to suit a range of environments.

The thin, lightweight appearance results in less materials being used, while the raw beauty of the frame – made from plantation Tasmanian Oak and finished in natural oil – is allowed to shine. With a range of material and colour options, the lampshade uses natural materials such as wool, felt and silk – all fully recyclable.

Additionally, the flat-pack design allows users to assemble MAK themselves and requires minimal packaging, storage and shipping. The manufacturing process is also kept simple, reducing the amount of machining needed – in turn reducing energy consumption.

“It was important for practical reasons, like shipping and storage, to keep the design simple, but it also means that MAK can easily be put together and dismantled by the user, making it a really flexible design, but not compromising on style and fun.”

MAK is available as a light-rack with a lampshade, or as a traditional rack without the lampshade, and is available in four sizes: holding 4, 8, and 12 garments or ‘Unlimited’. MAK Unlimited uses a unique modular system allowing it to be extended to any length, not only displaying garments, but also creating a beautiful atmosphere within retail environments.

Aug 02

Belfakto

I would really be curious to hear what you think? As we begin releasing some of our new Belfakto table ranges. So far the people we have shown have marvelled at these tables and their unique design, the workmanship and engineering. The Belfakto statement when passion takes shape seems to be on the mark.

Unorthodox. Refined. Unexpectedly different. Vibrant. Elegant. These are some words used to describe the complex and elaborate intersecting structures that make up the tables from Belfakto. Is it any surprise that they won the 2013 German Design Council’s Interior Innovation Award for the Xenia table?

I hope you take some time to get to know the collection and find inspiration in these truly unique and amazing furniture pieces.

Jul 11

Kvadra

One thing that has been missing from our range over the years has been a sofa collection. A collection that meets our design requirements. There are so many sofa designs that are… well just rectangular. Boxes.

This changed at the beginning of the year when we met the people from Kvadra. At first it was their designs that stuck my attention, in particular the Segment. However, as we got to know each other it became clear that our philosophies also align. Kvadra is a young company formed in 2010. Much younger than it’s design in terms of existence. Yet our people are a similar age. Kvadra, like it’s design, lays value on the craftsman techniques and quality workmanship, combined with modern machinery and processes. A focus on comfort with the understanding that the desire for aesthetic is part of human need. Being a young dynamic group of people exchanging ideas, curious about new materials, exploring new ways and designs. There are so many parallels between us this was obviously a perfect partnership. Explore their collection and follow us on FacebookLinkedInPinterest, Twitter and Google+ as we add new models to the range.

Before they get pick up by our client, we thought we’d share with you two Walter Knoll 369 chairs we have just finished re-upholstering in leather. Designed by Walter Knoll in the fifties it apparently caused quite a furore with its unconventional design. However, over the passing decades its design has proven to be timeless and we got a first hand look at the quality of workmanship and materials used, which set the parameters that these chairs will continue to stand the test of time. These two chairs speak volumes for investing in not only in design but quality furniture. Upholstering the chairs in a high quality leather, with suitable leather care, it is likely that the furniture won’t need re-upholstering for decades.

Triple Stool

May 24

Triple

It’s been a few weeks since the Triple was launched during the Milan Furniture Fair at the Ventura Lamrate which my good friends at Yellowtrace write: …”Ventura Lambrate has established itself as a must-visit destination on the incredibly busy Milan Design Week circuit“. You can read about the launch of the Triple on Designspotter.

We were excited when together with Cafe Culture we could get the first round of  Triple stools and coffee tables ready for designer Chris Hardy‘s stand in Milan. If you didn’t get to Milan or ran out of time to visit the Ventura Lamrate there is an opportunity to see the Triple at the designEX fair in Melbourne next week or of course visit a Cafe Culture showroom.

Making the Triple involves the use of computerised machines and the skilled hands of a craftsman. The photos taken during the production of the stools that went to Milan tells part of the story.

All images are protected by Copyright ©. Deborah Abesser.

We are excited to launch our on-line store with the Parkhaus seat pads tailored to suit the classic chairs from Eames to Panton and more.

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