Sunday, 22 February 2015

LUC. does Sydney

Trade fair weekend...I have to admit, to put it mildy, it doesn't rock my world anymore. Alot of walking...alot..no, seriously...alot...and plenty of time on buses between 3 venues. It sure ain't glamorous but there is plenty to take in and occasionally some real gems (no, make that total diamonds!) that can be game changers for your store!
I have some lovely product on order and some new suppliers that are going to work so well in store. The new product from Tom Dixon (in store mid year) is really quite special. Incredible glass and copper vases, glass door knobs (or coat hooks...your choice) and the etch candle holder comes in black (very sexy)


Also from Tom Dixon (arriving into LUC. soon) will be the iconic Spin Candelabra. This huge piece is made from cast iron, the arms move independently so you can form different shapes. Both candles and tea lights fit perfectly into the candelabra - this is such a beautiful statement piece.



Also launched at this Gift Fair from Stelton is a new range from Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Oscar Kylberg (Bernadotte&Kylberg). This new 'Stockholm' collection features beautiful cobalt blue and silver pieces. They are classic Scandinavian in their simple and elegant design and I will look so beautiful with the other Stelton design pieces in store. (and as a side note:- how handsome is the Prince?!!)



Also over the coming months I will be introducing some new brands for LUC. some Danish furniture, some fashion and some fashion accessories. More news on that later. But in the meantime expect new colours & designs in Missoni towels, Dinosaur Designs and  Uashmama bags all arriving soon.

It may be an exhausting time for me but I know you will really like what's coming. More room, more room I need more room!!!

Friday, 13 February 2015

February at LUC. new products

Just as we start celebrating summer (finally some decent weather) it's time for me to start thinking about autumn/winter stock! I have been sourcing lovely cashmere, knits, coats and leather accessories for you for the coming months. Certainly not depressing work but distracts you from being in the moment of warm temps and gorgeous sun! In the meantime some lovely new stock has arrived and I am really excited about these two new brands.


Firstly, Miss Glass Home has arrived at LUC. I am so honoured to be the first retailer to stock these beautifully crafted clothes airers. Australian designed (in Melbourne) by Siobhan Glass and made from solid ash, the attention to detail is so refreshing. These are not throw away plastic & metal numbers that you hide in your laundry - no, these are design pieces that will last forever and could even double as clothes rack in your bedroom. There are three designs and LUC. will have all in stock very soon but you can view #3 in store now! You will definitely need to start looking for something like this for the coming winter months - wouldn't one of these look good?! I am really looking forward to seeing what else Miss Glass may produce in the coming months!!



Also new to LUC. (arriving in store next week) the Australian leather accessories brand The Goods.
These great wardrobe staples are made of soft leather or suede and perfect for any season. LUC. will be stocking the clutches and they come in 2 sizes - a small one (19cm x 13cm)  and a fold over (26cm x 27cm).
With a great colour range these versatile bags will be so useful - I put them on Facebook to announce their arrival and have already nearly sold out of the first delivery - crazy, but fear not, I quickly placed another order and there will still be plenty of variation in store next week!




I am off to the February Gift fairs in Sydney next weekend to hunt down some more new things for you and to also visit some of my core suppliers for some launches of their new ranges. I have some big (international) brands joining LUC. soon and can't wait to tell you all about it!! Come visit soon. x


Sunday, 8 February 2015

LUC. goes on holiday!

Image via www.stayz.com.au

I had the complete pleasure of having a few days holiday recently (ahh the joys of retail!) and was lucky enough to book an amazing beach house near Port Arthur (about an 1 1/2 hours drive south of Hobart) in Tasmania. You can find this property on the accommodation site Stayz.com.  This great property was just the perfect destination for a mini vacay. A quite, safe blissful beach. A spectacular, light, modern, comfortable beach house, right on the beach - just a barefoot stroll on a sandy path to the waves. Nothing to do but read books, walk the beach, swim in the cool (ok, really chilly!) waters, paddle the kayak, catch some flathead and enjoy the view. The big bonus for me was that I was able to bring my dogs - this is such a rare privilege to be able to enjoy.
This beach house is one of those rare holiday accommodation properties where the owner's have thought of everything!  Wifi, cable tv, hairdryers, board games, kayak for use...even some fishing rods.

Stewarts Bay early morning
My computer was basically a 'table accessory'  for the weekend...not much work was done!!

Quite and safe for swimming Stewarts Bay
It's not often I post holiday snaps (well, never actually) but this little gem was so enjoyable (to be honest, I was even thinking twice about sharing so I could keep the secret!) and anyone who has dogs knows how hard it is to get to have holidays with them. I would definitely keep this place in mind if you are looking to enjoy a simple weekend away or get a taste of Tasmanian beach life.



Thursday, 29 January 2015

byLassen at LUC.

One of the most popular brands in store at LUC. is byLassen This Danish brand produces classic design pieces and their Kubus range of bowls and candlestick holders have become a consistently good seller at LUC. This year (launching in the European Spring) they are releasing some new designs (which were originally designed by Mogens Lassen over 60 years ago). Two pieces that really capture me are the Saxe folding chair superbly combining function with a high-quality aesthetic. It's difficult to believe this folding chair was originally designed in 1955 - but the attention to detail in this piece is just beyond!

byLassen Saxe chair  (black stained oak/black leather) (Delivery Spring 2015)
byLassen Saxe chair (Dark oiled oak/brown leather) (Delivery Spring 2015)
byLassen Sax chair (detail) (natural oak/natural leather)
The other new design for delivery in Spring is the Stropp - leather peg/holder. Innovative and simple combining quality leather with the design detail of metal the options for the Stropp come in black metal/black leather, black leather/brass, brown leather/brass or natural leather with copper. At a price point under $AUD50 these are going to be a great seller for sure.

byLassen Stropp peg (delivery Spring 2015)
byLassen Stropp peg (delivery Spring 2015)

So both these new designs should be available at LUC. in the next couple of months, but as always, if you are wanting to pre-order just let me know and I can make sure you order is included in the first delivery.

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!!)