Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

About Anthony Spon-Smith

Anthony is the Buying Director for one of Australia’s leading furniture and homewares retailers – Coco Republic. In that role, Anthony has been traveling to many of the world's leading furniture trade shows for over 10 years and is also the brains behind starting Design Field Notes.  "I wanted to launch a blog that was both an inspiration to our clients, our staff and myself – drawing on the experience of all our friends and colleagues in the industry. Traveling to many countries, suppliers and trade shows, we cover so much in the amazing world of interiors and Field Notes will bring it all to you. Hopefully the result is a collation of reports and posts with something to inspire everyone".

Gracia Studio Architects

‘Award Winning, Unique Design’. This architects motto is certainly true. Senior Architect Jorges Gracia heads up his namesake architecture studio founded in 2004 working on projects that are challenging and… Read More.

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New Jonathan Adler To Hit Our Shores

Jonathan Adler is world renowned for his glamorous, chic and fun interiors. His furniture, from sofas to side tables and chesterfield sofas, never disappoint and always add interest to an… Read More.

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Polperro Winery by Hecker Guthrie

Situated amongst a sea of Eucalyptus trees in the green hills of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is the beautiful Polperro Winery, which, for just an hour drive from Melbourne, is the most exquisite backdrop… Read More.

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Hotel Hotel, Canberra

Australia’s capital is undergoing a boom of sorts – new bars, hatted restaurants and one striking new hotel. Aptly located in the Nishi building, a multi-function world-class structure in Canberra’s… Read More.

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The Canopy Bed

Nothing demands attention or says luxury more than a beautiful canopy bed. There’s something warm and whimsical about these grand beds, with or without styled drapery, that transports you to… Read More.

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Armani’s Best Retail Experience

When I started in the business of buying furniture, I would visit Milan every year and my fondest memory is of visiting the 8000 ft sq Armani megastore. The building was… Read More.

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Fine Dining In A Sydney Cafe

L’Americano Espresso Bar was an idea first conceived over five years ago by Coco Republic. We wanted to put a cafe in the heart of our flagship Alexandria showroom, to enrich… Read More.

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Window Spotlight: An Industrial Look

I am a firm believer in that the detail within a space is what transforms it from an ordinary to extraordinary home design. Throughout this week, I have been on… Read More.

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Hotel Hotel, Canberra

Approximately one hour’s flight from the buzz of Sydney, you’ll find Canberra – the Bush Capital, known for incredibly hot summers and ice-cold winters and of course the centre of government. I… Read More.

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The Perfect Desk: My Top Three

As a furniture buyer, my desk at work is surrounded by moodboards of next season’s collections, mail that piles up whilst I’m overseas and subscriptions to the local and international… Read More.

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10 Inspired Outdoor Spaces

Most Australians share a love of the indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Embracing the great outdoors, we entertain, dine, relax and play outside almost all year round. In celebration of the start of… Read More.

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Eco Cool in NYC: Happy Bones

In a dilapidated New York City warehouse loft, Happy Bones is one part recycled white paradise, two parts local coffee dream store and all intuitive eco-friendly design. Netherlands bred Ghislaine Viñas… Read More.

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Five Minutes with Designer Allegra Hicks

I’m excited to be speaking at Decor + Design in Melbourne next month as part of the International Seminar Series about finding success in the Australian design industry. I’ll discuss curating… Read More.

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Winners at the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards 2015

At last night’s gala 2015 Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards, Australia’s interior design community came together to celebrate the creative and professional brilliance exhibited by the very best in… Read More.

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Best Bathroom Design

With the introduction of wet areas to the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards in 2015, entries to Best Bathroom Design were of an extremely high calibre. We are privileged to have… Read More.

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2015 Finalists: Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards

The announcement of the finalists in the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards is one of the most hotly awaited dates on the Australian design calendar. I have had the… Read More.

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Fontevraud Hotel, Loire Valley, France

One of France’s newest additions on the hotel scene is the Fontevraud Hotel in the Loire Valley’s Fontevraud Abbey. The building is a former local tourist landmark, playing multiple roles… Read More.

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Buvette Gastrotheque: From NYC to Paris

A visit to West Village in New York City is not complete without a stop off at Buvette, a personal favourite for delightful French cuisine. Last year, chef and owner… Read More.

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Reinventing Tradition: Joseph Cheaney London

I first visited the London flagship store of traditional men’s footwear brand Joseph Cheaney several years ago when in town for the London Design Festival. Located on Jermyn Street in Mayfair,… Read More.

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The Jane, Antwerp

Designed within an intriguing building, The Jane Restaurant is revelling as a fine dining destination in Antwerp, Belgium, not yet a year old. Housed in a former military hospital, The… Read More.

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L’Americano Espresso Bar, Alexandria

I’m excited to reveal Coco Republic’s first hospitality offering with the opening of L’Americano Espresso Bar – a welcome addition to the Sydney coffee scene. Set in our flagship Alexandria showroom,… Read More.

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Distrito Capital Hotel, Mexico City

Surprising interiors, dazzling panoramic views and double-height ceilings are a few of the eye-catching highlights of Distrito Capital Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico. Located in the highest area of Mexico City… Read More.

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Timothy Oulton’s Glazebrook House, UK

Devon is one of England’s most idyllic counties, known for its stunning countryside and relaxed pace of life. It is also hiding one of the most exciting, intriguing and unique… Read More.

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The Eau Hotel, Palm Beach

When Jonathan Adler was asked to redesign 309 guest rooms and suites at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Florid, he choose a simple three colour approach. “When I… Read More.

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