Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Autumn on Trend

While summer weather here in Sydney lingers on, the undeniable flip of the calendar has us all contemplating the shorter days and inevitable cool breeze of autumn on the horizon.… Read More.

Beth F

High Drama Homewares by Jean Paul Gaultier

Internationally renowned fashion and fragrance icon Jean Paul Gaultier has teamed up with French fabric house Lelie’vre on an adventurous collection of fabrics and accessories for the home that live… Read More.


Japanese Wabi Sabi: Living in Perfect Imperfection

Wabi Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that can be quite a challenge to define.  When applied to the field of interior design, I like to think of Wabi Sabi as… Read More.

Alexandra D

A Tribute to the Classics

Lately, I’ve been more than a little inspired by interior designs that cross the divide between past and present, harmoniously combining classic designs from years past, while at the same… Read More.

Beth F

Imperfect Beauty: Wood Casting by Hilla Shamia

Israeli based product designer Hilla Shamia has always been interested in imperfections.  This is especially clear in her Wood Casting Series, where wood and aluminum are combined to preserve the… Read More.

Beth F

An Antique Adventure in Copenhagen

Green Square Antiques is the perfect place for a furniture lover to get lost. The business started as a little corner shop in 1974 and has grown into a Copenhagen… 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

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

Painting by Halves

Choosing the perfect feature wall colour can be a gruelling decision – you narrow it down from 10 to 5, 5 to 2 and then you’re stumped for weeks!  But… Read More.

Beth F

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Read on if you dare; charcoal walls are not for the faint hearted.  Or so you may think…  With a frightening ability to suck light from a room and create… Read More.

Beth F

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.

Anthony Spon-Smith

Field Notes Celebrates 1 Year!

This week, Field Notes turns 1! And to celebrate we are giving you the chance to win 2 seats to the Coco Republic Design School's Colour for Interiors Masterclass. To… Read More.

Beth F

Sustainable Luxury at Convesso Concavo

A renowned leader in energy benchmarking and green-building ratings, Australia is currently paving the way in global standards in environmentally sustainable development. And it’s easy to see why, with leading… Read More.

Beth F

Summer Trend: Modern Moroccan

Imagine the ultramarine and turquoise blues of the ocean, the twinkling gold and silver of a desert mirage, and the crimsons and vermilions of a summer sunset. Envisage Arabian nights,… Read More.


Retro Glam

The warmth of metals such as brass, gold and bronze have made a come back in furnishings and they are adding some long anticipated excitement and glamour. Without much effort,… Read More.


The Allure Of Copper

Copper is one of nature’s most beautiful materials and one of my favourite materials used in design today. Striking and industrial, it possesses a luster and shine like no other… Read More.

Beth F

Emerald: 2013 Colour of the Year

Exciting news!  Pantone has named Emerald as Colour of the year for 2013: science plan dog food  “Green is the most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more… Read More.

Alexandra D

Colour Trend: Blue Crush

Ok, so I know Emerald was announced as the 2013 Pantone Colour of the Year and I am so not on trend for getting excited about a colour that has… Read More.

Beth F

Top of the Town: The Rook

The latest drinking destination, THE ROOK has opened in an unexpected Sydney rooftop. Nestled high above the buildings, as the bar’s namesake bird does, THE ROOK can only be reached… Read More.

Beth F

Exterior Wallpaper: Bringing the Inside Out

Well summer is definitely here in Australia, and we are all desperate to spend more time outside. The Italian wallpaper company Wall & Decò have come up with an incredible… Read More.


Federation Revivial by Hare & Klein

I have long admired Meryl Hare, of Hare & Klein, for her original and inspired interior schemes. As an interior design firm, Hare & Klein have a consistent way of… Read More.

Caitlan N

The Romance of Fairy Lights

Winter Light is a stunning installation that has just started in Japan, and will be on display until March next year. The millions of lights create a glittery twinkly atmosphere,… Read More.


A Concrete Jungle

No longer a rough, raw building foundation, concrete is one of the most surprising elements used in contemporary interior design today. As one of the easiest ways to achieve the… Read More.

Beth F

Juicy Decorating for the Festive Season

Want a fresh fun and fragrant way to decorate your table this summer? Why not use fruit? Whether it is an edible centrepiece or just for show, citrus fruits bring… Read More.