Friday, 28 November 2014

Warwick Fabrics - 'Margarita' Collection

Enjoy the fruity, tropical tones of the latest fabric collection from Warwick aptly named 'Margarita'.
It's a really usable mix of textured plains, stripes and weaves - perfect for lounge, living and family zones.
Speak to us today to find out more!


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Richard Pointon Rugs

One of the least known treasure troves in Wellington is Richard Pointon rugs in Petone. He is our 'go-to' supplier for the highest quality rugs that Richard himself hand sources from around the globe. We are like kids in a candy store whenever we visit his showroom, and earlier this week was no exception. Here are Eleanor and Katie carefully filtering through the hundreds of options to find the perfect rug for a client's entryway.

Richard can tell you the story behind each and every rug available; from the country of origin, history of the design, age, and often about the weavers themselves. Fascinating stuff, it beats a cheap and nasty 'rug liquidation sale' any day!




Wednesday, 26 November 2014

A Ship Load of Sheep

We've had an influx of ceramic sheep this morning, all about to jump on the courier over to Wharekauhau Lodge in the Wairarapa. They are sold off in wee flocks to various international guests - so neat to think of them now scattered around the globe after precarious travels home in their owners suitcases!

All made with love by a kiwi ceramicist in Putaruru!




Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wallpaper Wednesday: Muriva 'Foliage'

Check out this wallpaper called 'Foliage' by Muriva that we're specifying for some commercial work.
It is going on the ceiling - yes ceiling - of a corridor which is going to create the most wonderful feeling of literally walking through the bush with the light filtering through from above!

To help build a little more context around this it may help if you'd seen our facebook post earlier this morning... or it may just make things even more confusing... either way, all will be revealed in the New Year!



Tuesday, 18 November 2014

A Sao Paolo Apartment

Today I'm loving the eclectic apartment interior of Sao Paolo resident, Paula Passini. Her apartment is a careful mix of scale, pattern, texture and light - nothing too fussy, but still brimming with personality!





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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Christmas Cut-off Dates

Christmas is fast approaching and with that comes some pretty tight deadlines for getting your interiors work sorted in time for the festive break!

Image via The Style Files

Some important dates to note are:

Any new curtaining or upholstery work that is needed pre-Christmas must be confirmed, ordered and deposits paid for by the end of this week. Some fabric houses have already cut off orders so we can assess this for you on a case by case basis.

Esdesign will be closed December 24th until January 5th, however many of our makers and suppliers do not go back to work until the 19th and 26th of January, so we will have skeleton services available over that period. It is, however, a great time to get design consultancy work done as it means your work can be first off the block at the end of January/early February!

If you have any outstanding fabric sampling that is no longer needed please start to think about getting it back to us over the next week or so, as we, as well as the fabric libraries do a stock take over the break to ensure our sampling is totally up to date and ready to go again for the New Year.

Now roll on Christmas and some lovely summer weather!


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Wallpaper Wednesday: From the Studio Floor

Literally from the studio floor today, we've got a collection of wallpapers that are in the mix for one of our current commercial projects. The springboard for these papers (as well as a lot not pictured) is this very cool carousel horse...!

Details for the wallpapers featured are all below...



 Cole & Son 'Palm Leaves', Hooked on Walls 'Urban Classic' 16106, Hooked on Walls 'Rock Baroque' 20018, Arte 'Cosmopolitan' 95305, Arte 'Coriolis' 60000, Chivasso 'Madagscar' 9114, Chivasso 'Mirage' 9116, Chivasso 'Monsoon' 9117.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Friday Fun Day - Deliveries from Thread Design

We've just had a big cushion order arrive from Thread Design - a great selection of their 'Cross' cushions in three yummy colour ways. These babies are all heading off to dress the beds as part of our work updating the interior of boutique Wellington accommodation, Ohtel.

This dreary, drizzly Friday has just been made a little cheerier!


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

In the esdesign Studio This Week

Life in the esdesign studio at the moment is preeeeetty busy... but busy in a good way! It is right about now that all of our suppliers cut off for new orders pre-Chrissy, so it's go go go to get our orders through in time so our lovely clients can have new sofas to sit on, coffee tables to put feet up on, wallpaper to feast their eyes on... all in time for Christmas!

Here are some snapshots of the studio going's on...

Tropical wallpaper for a commercial client
More commercial work - this time a funky Willis St restaurant!
Evidence of a busy couple of weeks in the sewing room
Axminster carpet heading off for edging and turning into runners
A gorgeous cotton 'Cross' throw by Jamie Kay for a hotel
Playing with pressed tin samples
A mood board for a commercial client
Custom designed carpet samples for a bar
The sunniest yellow 'outdoor' fabric for a Seatoun home

Monday, 20 October 2014

A Website Update

Our website has just had a wee tickle up to go along with our new physical presence... we've simplified things and cleaned up the links so it should be nice and user friendly... take a peak!




Friday, 17 October 2014

Where Interior Design Meets Artistic Photography

As interior designers we have new product shown to us all the time - and each week we see numerous catalogs and brochures advertising the latest release fabrics and wallpapers, so it can often take some clever styling and photography to make us sit up and take notice!

Russian Architectural Digest - an architectural and interior design magazine - turned to Africa for their latest product shoot inspiration; layering furnishing fabrics and papers in an African head wrap style, perhaps more akin to fashion photography. I love it!




All sourced and credited via Bon Expose


Thursday, 16 October 2014

In Memory of Brian

This past Saturday the Wellington paper featured a lovely article on the life story of our dear friend Brian Wallis who passed away at the end of August after a long battle with cancer.

Brian has owned Form Furniture on the Old Hutt Road in Thorndon for many years, and it was he who took the esdesign girls under his wing when we first set up ten years ago - leasing us a small studio at the front of the Form Furniture workshop, among the dust and the wood shavings and the treasure trove of antique furniture that streamed in and out of the premises. He taught us a host of invaluable furniture restoration skills, (as well as an endless supply of questionable jokes) - and the knowledge he has given us adds to the wealth of advice we too can now give to our clients. 

Brian's son Reuben has taken over the Form Furniture reigns and continues to do a brilliant job for both their own clients and many of ours. Brian will be sorely missed, however Form Furniture remains as strong as ever, and we look forward to seeing where Reuben takes the company in the future!


Monday, 13 October 2014

The Hexagon is the New Black

The hexagon is taking over all things interior at the moment; from tiles to paneling, from wallpaper to shelving... there are lots of ways to use this geometric delight in your home or commercial environment.
Like the well-loved rectangular subway tile, it is still a classic shape that can cross traditional and contemporary divides easily, but somehow is just that little bit more fun...!

Hexagonal wall mirrors from Ikea
'Hick's Hexagon' wallpaper by Cole & Sons
'Pembroke' natural stone tiles by New Ravenna Mosaics
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Hexagon wall planters from For Keeps
Hexagonal side table by Urban Outfitters
Hexagon bookshelves by Dot and Bo
Ceramic tiles featured on The Block Australia
'Wood Wool' acoustic panels by Form Us With Love

Friday, 10 October 2014

Feature Fabric Friday: 'Abracazoo' by Little Sanderson

Sanderson have just released their first ever children's collection - 'Abracazoo' - and it is a divine mix of prints and embroideries with some classic designs, great traditional ditties and co-ordinating wallpapers to tie it all together... here are some of our favourites from the book, just sing out if you'd like to see the sampling!




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