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Elson goes Minimal

A couple exciting things to report from one of my fave stores The Minimalist.

Firstly they have teamed up with Aussie label Elson and will stock their beautiful debut range of bedding! Initially the collection consists of Duvets, pillow cases and sheets in a sophisticated combination of dusky colours with classic patterns. The three debut patterns are arrows, stripes and my personal fave, houndstooth! The range boasts the quality finish of 300 thread count 100% cotton sateen and will be available in Queen and King sizes.

The Elson collection can be pre-ordered online now OR the second part of super exciting news, Sydney peeps can now visit the brand new bricks and mortar store that The Minimalist has opened at 11 Albion Way, Surry Hills! Congratulations guys, I can’t wait to pop in and check out all your beautiful products in person :)

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Take a Stand

Gah! I just love the designs created by Japanese company Futagami!

My absolute favourites pieces are the range of brass trivets and bottle openers that look more like weaponry or dramatic jewellery pieces then practical items. Of course this is probably why I am so drawn to them, sculptural little pieces with a purpose, a function. Handsome and handy, now we like that! They also have unisex appeal, tough enough for the guys and beautiful enough for the girls I’m pretty sure these are an all round crowd pleaser.

Available in Australia through Mr Kitly or Girl & Graaf with pricing ranging from $55 – $95.00

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Desk Obsessed

Okay, okay I know I’m by far not the first to post about these babies BUT I am obsessed with the new Country Road desk accessories so I feel like it would be wrong to ignore that!

A beautiful mix of Nordic inspired simplicity and the allure of metallics this recently released range ticks all the right boxes for me. The collection as a whole is classic and classy perfectly combining wood, metallics and monochrome finishes.

I remember swooning over some of these pieces at the Design Files Sydney open house in December so I am a wee bit excited that they are now available to purchase online and at such an affordable price!

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Country Road Paper Clip Set – $14.95, Dakota Scissors – $14.95, Morgan Ruler – $9.95CountryRoad-desk14_03Dante Divider – $79.95, Remy Small Pencil Case – $17.95

CountryRoad-desk_05Kala Pen Holder – $39.95, Kala Letter Stand – $49.95

Intelligent Speaker

See this stylish little cone? Well this is one clever little contraption too!

Cone is the first design created by start-up company Aether. Based in San Francisco, Aether is a software and hardware company that decided your speakers should not only look and sound amazing, but needed to be more intelligent too. A software program allows this wireless wi-fi speaker to choose the music you like, learning as it is used to create an archive of what style of music you like to listen to even noting your change in taste depending on your location! If you don’t like a song that cone has selected for you, turn the dial face to select another or press the centre button to request a song. These actions will also help the device narrow down your style consistently improving its selections to suit your taste.

The speaker has access to an impressive range of music, streaming from an online library of 20 million tracks, podcasts and internet radio stations or via access to your personal music collection on your Mac or iPhone using Airplay (An Android system is also in the works.) It is a fully portable design which will provide you with a cracking 8 hours of tunes thanks to a built-in rechargeable lithium battery.

Cone will be available in late 2014 at a retail price of US$399. Initially they will only be available in the black and copper finish, a white and silver edition will follow by the end of the year. Join the reservation list to be first in line!

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Fresh from Freedom

Have you had a chance to check out some of the new offerings from Freedom Australia? You are in for a treat!

They have released five new themed collections Elements, The Collector, Mixed Metals, Modern Pioneer and the Limited Edition Range. And let me tell you, there are SO many, well designed and well priced items included in the roundup! To celebrate the first few weeks of the new release, Freedom have also reduced the prices on some items so get in quick to take advantage of these super specials!!

Below is a selection of Hermits fave items…

Freedom_AW14_01The Barnet Bench (available in Black or Yellow) – $459.00

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Moroccan Boxes Floor Rug – $349.00 and Melibu Floor Rug – $399.00

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Tre Limited Edition Table Lamp in Metallic Copper Colour – $179

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Spoke Side Table Small – $65.00

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Industry Ceiling Pendant in Metallic Copper Colour – $199.00

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Precious Hourglass 19.5cm – $29.95

Latest Hang Up

Currently loving the work of Julie Thevenot big time!

With a back ground in fashion design, Julie brings a special decorative touch to her body of work which extends from wearables to prints and wall displays. I am particularly smitten with her wall hangings which become almost like gigantic jewellery pieces for your walls. These sculptural pieces are sleek and minimal with just the right amount of colour to add drama and interest.

Julie is currently based in New York and has some international stockists, unfortunately for us no one in Australia yet (DEVASTATED), but I’m sure that will have to change soon! I’m hoping anyhow!!

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