Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Ett Hem is where the Heart Is

Ett Hem, meaning ‘A Home’ in Swedish, is your new home away from home in Stockholm.  The 20th century town house in the peaceful Larkstan locality, is steeped in history… Read More.

Beth F

48 Hours in Paris

I was lucky enough to travel to Paris twice recently – both for 48 hour intervals. With 48 hours in Paris the first thing one must get right (in my… Read More.

Rowena Lister

Sass and Bide at Home; Heidi Middleton’s Palm Beach Oasis

Described by many as nomadic, modern, spirited and free, Heidi Middleton’s terrace home in Sydney’s Palm Beach is a visual feast that perfectly represents the designer’s innate individuality.  Sitting at… Read More.


Australia’s Got Talent: Christopher Boots

I’m sure you know what I mean when I talk about the creative vibe you find in Melbourne. You can sense it when you walk down the streets, in cafes,… Read More.

Alexandra D

Milano Art Deco: Villa Necchi

I first saw Villa Necchi in the Luca Guadagnino film I Am Love – a dramatic exploration of love and politics in the Italian bourgeoisie.  For me, it was love… Read More.

Felix Forest

Pretty and Gritty: A Shipping Yard turned Fashion Precinct

Fashion brand Urban Outfitters needed a workspace that embodied the unique style and vintage retro character of their world-renowned brand.  An abandoned naval shipping yard in Philadelphia, dating back to… Read More.


Karen McCartney’s Sydney Favourites

The 2013 Coco Republic Design School Speaker Series is delighted to introduce Interiors Editor extraordinaire, Karen McCartney, sharing her Sydney Favourites: Kepos Street Kitchen – Kepos Street, Redfern This relative… Read More.

Karen McCarthy

Andrée Putman, The Grande Dame of French Design

In January 2013, the interior design world lost one of it’s greatest – Andrée Putman passed away, aged 87. Shortly after hearing the news I realised that many in Australia… Read More.

Alexandra D

The New Black: Alexander Wang Hits Home

2013’s fashion poster-boy Alexander Wang is making waves off the runway with his ultra cool, black-on-black homewares range.  The newly appointed Creative Director of iconic Parisian fashion house Balenciaga and… Read More.

Beth F

The Magical Cinque Terre

Although the Cinque Terre has become one of the most overcrowded tourists hotspots on the Italian Riviera, it has avoided modern development almost entirely.  From the perspective of a designer,… Read More.


The Brain Escape

There is nothing more frustrating than when that little light bulb  idea goes off in the middle of your busy week – right when it’s the last thing in the… Read More.

Beth F

Surreal Realism ‘Terra Incognita’

Steve Back is an established architectural and interiors photographer and an emerging art photographer. Having shot interiors for Coco Republic, he also has many other local and international clients from… Read More.


Bali Design: Infinity Pools

The infinity pool is said to have begun in Bali, inspired by the dramatic staggered reflections the vast terraced rice paddies create. The designs of some of the infinity pools… Read More.


So French; The Luxembourg Chair

On my latest trip to Paris, I went for an early morning walk through the Tuileries Gardens, adjacent to the Louvre Museum. Entering the park you forget that you’re located… Read More.


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.

Anthony Spon-Smith

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.

Anthony Spon-Smith

Melbourne in Paris – Coutume Cafe

Paris is known for many things, coffee is not one of them… refinance home mortgage Coutume cafe is a French specialty coffee roaster and retailer established in  2011 by Australian… Read More.


Paris and the Study of Surfaces

Paris. Intoxicating, beautiful and a place that inevitably captures your heart. On a recent visit, what struck me alongside the tolling of the cathedral bells and the blooms bursting from… Read More.

Caitlan N

Australia’s Got Talent – Henry Pilcher

Does the name Henry Pilcher ring a bell for you? If not, it will soon for sure. Henry Pilcher is a 26 years old designer who is making waves in… Read More.

Alexandra D

Copenhagen’s The Apartment

Tina Seidenfaden Busck and Pernille Hornhaver are the founders of The Apartment, an interior showroom/shop in Christianshavn, Copenhagen. Both with extensive experience in furniture buying and interior design, The Apartment… Read More.

Beth F

Door to Door in Italy

On my recent trip to Italy, walking through the streets of Florence, Bellagio and Venice, there was one particular thing that blew me away – doors.  In Australia, we have… Read More.


The Beauty of Grey

When we first walked into this Victorian terrace in Sydney’s Inner West, it was bland and dark and not functional. Working together with the client and their architect, we came… Read More.

Greg Natale

London Design Festival; Tent London

London’s largest design show, Tent London and Super Brands London, showcased a myriad of crafty design talent within the sprawling rooms and spaces of the Old Truman Brewery in East… Read More.

Felix Forest

London Design Festival; 100% Design and the Design Dock

During London Design Week there are so many amazing trade shows to see – two that really stood out for me were 100% Design and Design Dock – here’s a… Read More.

Felix Forest