Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Lighting at LUC.

In a small store it's hard to showcase the product well, so when I choose brands I have to make sure that they will work in a limited space and lighting has always been tricky for me to do. I proudly sell the beautiful Ay Illuminate pendant shade (after all my ceilings are 3.5mt so height isn't an issue!) and one of my best sellers is the exquisite little Lee Broom brass table lamp. So I'm excited to let you know that I will be bringing the classic French brand La Lampe Gras to LUC. (Please note: due into the store late next month. I am letting you know now as I can add to the order if there is a design that you have always wanted!).

First designed in 1921 and championed by some of the greatest architects (Mies van der Rohe, Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier ) these simple articulated lights use no welded joints or screws in the basic form. Practical, durable, form and function it's a really appealing range of lighting.

...and just to let you know I have new stock arriving this week of the Lee Broom light mentioned earlier. This little light is a classic and looks good both as a bedside lamp or just sitting on a book shelf. (and in both a modern or more classical setting!) The light reflected from the hand-cut crystal is ridiculously pretty. You need one...AND...you will need a La Lampe Gras light as well...!!

Friday, 9 January 2015

New Year - New products!

Happy New Year!

So with a new year  it's time to get some new brands on board! I have had so many requests for linen sheets and for me the key was to find really great quality with a price that wouldn't give you nightmares! (not such an easy task - I have found some beautiful linen but the prices were just a little prohibitive!) So welcome Cultiver luxury goods to LUC.!! (an Australian brand which is great news!).

Cultiver Luxury linen sheets.
Beautiful linen sheets in muted colourways (white, soft greys, charcoals, indigo, blush and black)  and a great sizing range - from standard pillow sets, duvet covers, sheet sets and duvet sets (with the added bonus of king size pillows and king-single duvet covers which will work with a double doona). I think this brand will work well in store and once you have slept on linen you won't go back! (and p.s. I will also have their table linen in store too)

I am expanding the range of Scandinavian products in store (more from Stelton, Menu and iitala) and a nice new delivery is due this week. The product was so well received running up to Christmas I thought it was a good time to have more of the classic Danish brands  in store.  Beautiful kitchen essentials from Stelton - Arne Jacobsen salad servers, the (essential!) pizza cutter and the most ridiculously stylish Kontra Jug will all be in store next week.


Arriving from Menu (a bit excited about these...!!) are the new stone storage jars and quite a bit of new product from Menu due in February/March - so watch out for that!

And still on Menu - I received last week the amazing Hanne Willmann vase - made from concrete and glass it is a really stunning piece - perfect for minimal pared-back decorating. It's a statement for sure.

I will be of course adding more product in the coming months and will keep you updated.

This time last year I was getting ready to travel to Paris for Maison&Objet - and as much as I wish that were the case again, I am kind of relieved my buying trip will be later in 2015 as Paris just now will be reeling from the events in the past couple of days (and probably not that comfortable to be in). I am so grateful I live in a country where we respect and expect the right to free speech and these heinous attacks on that privilege are difficult to comprehend. Je suis Charlie. x

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Styling job - Ashfield Street property.

I had the pleasure of being involved in a styling project this week. The freshly renovated apartment by young architect/furniture designer Josh Fitzgerald (a director of Archier) is a great example of what can be done with in a small space. Josh has done a brilliant job with this very plain 70's penthouse apartment - opening up and simplifying the space by removing a couple of walls, replacing doors with sliders and updating a very average bathroom and kitchen. The real hero of the new fit-out is the oak parquetry flooring - hand cut and laid (in a herringbone pattern) it made my styling job so much easier - the floor is quite simply awesome! (running a close second is the grey granite bench top in the kitchen....it's very good!)

So we fitted out the space with some product from LUC. it really needs a cow-hide but hey... they all sold over Christmas...!! (nothing a reindeer hide can't suffice). Matt Prince chair, an Art hide ottoman and one of Zilalila's great woolen bean bags managing to still show off the floor and the apartment to it's open, light, spacious best. Linen sheets, Pendleton rug in the bedroom and accessories from byLassen, Jai Vasicek, Dinosaur Designs and Tom Dixon all look great in this space.

Photos by Josh Fitzgerald

Photo: Charlotte Peterswald Property

Photos: Josh Fitzgerald
Photo: Lucy Given
The apartment is for sale and is being marketed through Hobart agent Charlotte Peterswald - it's a great price for such well-finished and resolved apartment. Take a look (plus the LUC. product looks pretty good in it as well!!)

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Summer at LUC.

Ooops. Sorry... (sad face) seems I got so busy with the Christmas trade that all blog posting went awry.
What a bumper Christmas and so much great stock kept arriving during this trade that it really was one of the busiest weeks ever for this little store.
So how about we just talk about what has arrived in store ready for summer.

My new clothing label for the store is LemLem -a NYC brand founded by super-model Liya Kebede. Soft linen, comfortable easy-to-wear summer styles that will take you from the beach to pool-side cocktails!  Liya Kebede is committed to supporting the economic independence of her home country and all the products are woven in Ethopia helping women into employment.

Get ready for outdoor summer parties with the brilliant collection of marble from Marble Basics.
Wine coolers, platters, trays, bowls and even some flowerpots will upgrade any BBQ into an instagram money-shot!

Another late arrival (but a goodie!) was a delivery of the marble candles from Candlelit. Three exquisite fragrances poured into polished Tuscan marble containers. (Lime+Sandalwood, Leather+Tobacco and Fig+Melon). The divine container you get after you burn your candle can be used in the bathroom, on your desk or even for holding utensils in the kitchen. Winning!

A big delivery of cardboard products from German brand Remember arrived just in time for Christmas - and not surprisingly, were a HUGE hit. Flat-pack cardboard stools (that hold up to 200kg!!) in bright colours and cool designs are only $37 - perfect for outdoor entertaining, bedside tables or in the kids' rumpus room. The waste-paper bins also come in a flatpack (these lasted only about 2 days in store - but more stock arriving end January!) at only $26 these will definitely brighten up a dull office or be a great pop of colour in the bathroom (don't forget Missoni towels can do that too...wink..!)


Waste-paper bin

Waste- paper bin

Christmas Eve was probably not the most ideal time to receive a delivery of Jai Vasicek tiles - but word spread pretty quickly and this gorgeous selection of his most popular pieces were snapped up pretty quickly. There are still quite a few remaining and in perfect time for Sydney-Hobart celebrations I have plenty of You Me & the Sea, anchors and boats in store (plus some awesome "good vibrations" palm trees and the most popular pineapple tiles). This delivery is mainly mini tiles and portholes - so jump in quick!

LUC. has been closed over Christmas but reopens on Tuesday 30th December for limited hours and will resume normal hours on the 5th January. Thank you everyone for such a fabulous Christmas trade and for making 2014 such a huge success for this little store. 2015 is shaping up to be quite the year for LUC. and not only will there be lots of new stock arriving and new brands to celebrate but some fairly big news as well....watch this space. Enjoy the sun - happy New Year! xx

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

New clothing label for LUC.

LUC. is really proud to welcome a new fashion label in store. Artisans of Fashion is a social enterprise linking designers & brands to artisans in India. Preserving traditional skills and providing development and employment in communities where women are affected by extreme poverty. I have selected a range from the brand White Champa ( here is their Facebook Link ). Beautiful silk shirts, silk voile and organic cotton shirts, pants and silk hand-embroidered jackets. These pieces are timeless, well-made, extremely comfortable (oh the pants - ridiculously comfortable!!) and exclusive to LUC. The stock is limited but the upside of that is that you are pretty much guaranteed not to run into someone wearing the same outfit at the Christmas party!
You will love this brand - perfect for summer.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Christmas at LUC.

'Tis the season, so deck the halls, jingle those bells...Christmas has arrived at LUC.
Well...the windows are decked at least and LUC. is stocked with decorations, gifts and cards to inspire you this season.
Beautiful decorations from byNord with delicate porcelain reindeer, shiny (jingling!) silver pine cones (and even more are due in the coming days). Monochrome Christmas themed cards and decorations from Swedish designer Yvla Skarp and big beautiful lantern stars in 3 sizes (white, gold and silver) - some are huge at 96cm wide.
I have also brought back a favourite from last year - the silver Gnome money box - he was a huge success last year and if you buy 3 or more he is only $10 this year!! (Great KrisKringle idea!)

I look forward to seeing you in store soon! It's Christmas you should be smiling - so I hope you may get a giggle from my first Christmas window this week. 'Tis the season...

Yvla Skarp Christmas tags

Monday, 24 November 2014

One month to go...

One month to go people!! Unpacking boxes everyday now and finally some Christmas stock is slowly creeping in! Christmas window is planned for this weekend and then... it's on!! 
In the meantime, this week sees the arrival of Jai Vasicek's summer towel range. 3 beautiful designs printed on rayon with a black towelling backing. I love these towels (well... they ARE black and white after all!) but they offer such a cool, casual vibe that they just 'feel' like summer. Approx. 1.8mt by 1.3mt they are in stock now.

If Jai's towels aren't your thing what about some Missoni beach towels? I now stock Missoni's range of beach towels and their beach bags as well (the bags are only available in Giacomo T59 print)

Whilst we are talking about Missoni - have you thought about giving someone special a Missoni bathrobe for Christmas? These are exceptionally good quality and great for guys or girls. (you too could look as good as Rihanna in one!!)

So, onto planning the Christmas window now....