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".

NoMad Hotel NYC

Whilst on a buying trip in the USA a few weeks ago, I visited my favourite city in the world – New York.  Never one to miss an opportunity to… Read More.

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Coco Republic Launches Timothy Oulton Melbourne

Last month, Coco Republic opened its 7th national showroom in Melbourne; a concept store collaboration with globally renowned furniture and homewares brand Timothy Oulton. Timothy Oulton first hit the Australian… Read More.

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The Bowery Hotel, New York

Whilst in New York, I like to find inspiration in the many great hotels the city has to offer.  And last month, I found a killer – The Bowery.  The… Read More.

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Warby Parker: From Clicks to Bricks

I’ve always wanted glasses but never needed them – until now. The realisation that you’re “getting on” is a tough one to grasp, so even though I have always been… Read More.

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Espresso with Purpose: La Colombe NYC

Travelling through America can be troubling for coffee lovers (addicts) like myself.  If you’re no where near a Starbucks (only JUST acceptable) you’re generally left with the filtered McDonalds-style plunge… Read More.

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Sydney Gets It: Balmoral Boat Shed

There’s something about The Boathouse Palm Beach that just hits the spot. A casual, organised and well-priced eatery pitched beautifully on a pier between a boat hire shed and a… Read More.

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Eastern Influence: Hotel PuLi, Shanghai

A week back, I was traveling throughout Asia and had the obligatory stop over in Shanghai.  I always look forward to this part of the trip, as a stay at… Read More.

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Blondes Do Have More Fun

You know what they say: blondes do have more fun. Having always been a natural blonde, I'm not able to test that theory fairly, but I can certainly say that… Read More.

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Kidding Around; Decorating for your little one

I've just purchased a new home with a bedroom for my baby girl and am in full baby room decoration mode. Since it’s occupying a lot of my time, I… Read More.

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NYC Inspiration: Retail Therapy

Whilst furniture searching in New York I made sure to spend some time, wandering the streets, soaking up one of the worlds most energetic cities.  I found some great little… Read More.

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NYC Inspiration: Rudy’s Barber Shop

I travelled throughout the USA last week, buying furniture and looking for inspiration. Stay tuned this week for more posts about some of my wonderful finds.  Strangely enough I found… Read More.

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Maison et Objet 2012/13 – Inspired Furniture

Buying furniture internationally is not as glamorous or easy as many think it is. Generally you have to think creatively when interpreting a collection and ensure you’re curating for your… Read More.

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Maison et Objet 2012-13 – Inspired Homewares & Lighting

When you really look at it, the majority of the Maison et Object Fair is homewares. There are halls full of suppliers with a variety of products from children's toys,… Read More.

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Maison et Object 2012/13 – Favourites from the Fair

At most furniture fairs there is just too much to see and buy and Maison et Object in Paris is no exception – halls as far as the eye can… Read More.

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Maison et Objet 2012/13 – Best Stands, Best Brands

Having not been back to Maison for a couple of years, it has been really great to get back to Paris. Maison is always a stunning show and Paris is… Read More.

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New In Store: Coco Republic New Arrivals

This month there are over 50 new products in store at Coco Republic, and to me they're all winners. My favourites have to be the Montana Bookcase Desk and the… Read More.

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Hej Hay: Danish Design from Copenhagen

I’m en route to Paris for Maison et Object via Scandinavia and have found a great brand / store in Copenhagen called Hay. treatment for diabetes I entered the store… Read More.

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The Morrison by Akin Creative

Compared to Melbourne, the Sydney CBD can lack a bit of personality. But that’s all changing with many new restaurants and bars that have been opening up over the past… Read More.

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Eye on Design: Ann Wolf

Ann Wolf isn’t my favourite interior designer, but her eye for detail specification and use of harmony and scale in her jobs is second to none. This Houston home she… Read More.

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Straw Hat’s Off

Being married to a Swede I have a bias towards anything Swedish, some would call me a Swedofile – do they exist?. They seem to just do things right.  Certainly… Read More.

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New America: Thom Filicia Interior Design

I'm proud to admit I was an avid watcher of the USA version of Queer Eye For A Straight Guy back in the early 2000's. I was the straight guy… Read More.

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Highlights from Australia’s Furnitex Furniture Fair

Normally I focus on international trade fairs – as I generally buy direct from overseas and truth be told, Australian furniture and gift fairs are never quite on the money… Read More.

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100% Linen

Linen had its brand tarnished back in the 80's when 'middle-aged fashionable men' used it to be stylish in warmer climates, but the reality is that when it's used indoors… Read More.

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Out in the Field: Oly San Francisco

On my travels around the USA last month I saw so many great and inspiring pieces however, the new Oly product was one of the most fun collections around; from… Read More.

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