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Simon James Design


Musings on the things that make up, and take up a life. The Simon James Journal is a carefully curated source of inspiration.


Cho Light. A Traditional Japanese Craft.

Tradition and technology come together in Cho Light, a poetic piece by Swiss designer Dimitri Bähler. A Washi paper shade meets a carbon structure in a design that is delicate and modest but at the same time considered and contemporary.

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Interior Feature: No 92 Wine Bar Sydney

No 92 Wine Bar by Pattern Studio preserves the historical essence of a rendered brick, late 1800s Victorian Georgian Building in Glebe. Past iterations have seen the building house a bank, tea room, antique dealer, boot factory and even a private investigators office. Now, the two-storey interior delivers the warmth of a cosy local hangout with a nuanced elegance.

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Margi Nuttall. Ceramicist

Waikato based object maker Margi Nuttall has been working with clay for over 20 years, perfecting a range of objects including utilitarian vases forms, jugs and bowls. Vase forms are bold and simple emphasising weight and stillness allowing material to speak, with clays and glazes reflecting this.

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Arno Declercq

The recent collection of objects created by Belgian designer, maker and art dealer, Arno Declercq pays homage to history and craft by focusing on ancient architecture, tribal arts and design. Each piece of wood is hand-crafted by Arno and his father from one of two types of wood: decades-long dried oak and the tropical hardwood Iroko. The beauty of the veins and the texture of the black solid wood reveals itself in each object in its own, unique way.

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Tim Rundle Bloom Collection

In this film, designer Tim Rundle discusses the ideas and inspiration behind the Bloom collection. Including the recently released Large Pendant and Floor Light.


Established and Sons explore office and work furniture

British brand Established & Sons have launched four new furniture designs, which design director Sebastian Wrong describes as the "bread and butter" pieces for the future workplace.

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Resident opens its first International Showroom in Stockholm

Our good friends at Resident have opened its first international showroom in Stockholm, Sweden. The initiative is in partnership with celebrated Swedish furniture manufacturer Massproductions.

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Philippe Malouin Interview

Your latest product for Resident is the Offset Dining Table, which joins the already popular Offset Coffee Table and Stool. Where did the original inspiration for this Offset Range come from?

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Making of the Mauro Chair

The Mauro Chair is a stackable timber chair with plenty of character and a very unusual back story. Created by Italian designer Mauro Pasquinelli in the 1970s it has been rediscovered by Established & Sons and its alluring old-school aesthetic and futurist aspirations given a sculptural 21st-century makeover.


Resident in NYC

New Zealand brand Resident recently launched an experiential retail destination in the heart of New York City entitled 'Travelling without Bags'

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The Making of Filigrana

Filigrana Light harnesses the mastery and heritage of traditional Venetian glass blowing, merging
a 16th-century technique from Murano with a modern aesthetic to create four unique suspension lights in three candy-stripe colour options. By Sebastian Wrong for Established & Sons


Semis - Dots and tactility

Semis rug is the first project Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec have realized with Danskina and is the result of two years of intense research. Semis is an exercise in dots and tactility. Geometrically aligned and placed in different rhythms by varying the densities and heights of the rug’s knotted surface, the resulting visual effect is one of an abstract landscape, an aerial view of plantings in a field.


VOGUE March 18 - Paris Georgia

Georgia Cherrie and Paris Mitchell Temple talk about their eponymous brand Paris Georgia in the latest issue of Vogue Australia.

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Newmarket Concept Store Now Open

Simon James Concept Store in Newmarket is a light-filled shop located at 2 Kent St where you can discover and purchase homewares, fashion, design, apothecary and jewellery within a modern, intimate and pared back setting.

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WASH, DRY, MEND & IRON - A care manual by shirtmaker Sherie Muijs

Made to last, the utility and quality of a well made shirt is almost an indulgence, and certainly an investment. With the proper care and mending, your shirt can endure for years - validating the relation between cost and use. With this in mind shirtmaker Sherie Muijs has launched a considered step-by-step CARE manual, with instructions on how to WASH, DRY, MEND and IRON.

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Tim Rundle Interview

Tim Rundle is the latest designer to join the Resident fold. In this interview he discusses his move to the UK, working with Tom Dixon and his newest release, the Bloom Pendant.

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Massproductions - Interview with the Founders

"All of the most sophisticated products in our lives are mass produced, from a Bic Biro to a production line car. We want to achieve that level of sophistication in our furniture. High quality in high volumes."

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Making of the Circus Lights

In this video, Resident Co-Founder Scott Bridgens discusses the inspiration behind our newest product, the Circus Lights. Produced by Veronica Crockford Pound and Joseph Griffen the film also goes behind the scenes to reveal the unique New Zealand manufacturing environment that Resident operates within.


Machines and Hands

Mattiazzi operates with their own machines and hands, and has developed a healthy obsession for woodworking. Since 1979, when brothers Nevio and Fabiano Mattiazzi founded the company, Mattiazzi has steadily cultivated its local manufacturing culture. Their highly specialized craftsmen operate the most sophisticated machinery available to the wood industry. Operating such machines is an art and Mattiazzi disproves the modern myth that mechanized manufacturing is not a craft.

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Mahsa - the designer.

Mahsa Willis' design process is very emotive and instinctual, "I like to build moodboards and contemplate ideas that resonate with how women are feeling, living and dressing." In our interview we find out more about the woman behind her namesake fashion label - mahsa.

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