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freedom! you won’t let me down!

7 Apr

I may have lied about not taking any photos in Melbourne. Nothing substantial, but, I mean, this blog is supposed to be about Brisbane, and I do have a habit of going off topic and talking about my gay jaunts to Sydney.

In my defense this time, the below can be purchased Australia wide.

While wandering a shopping centre in Melbourne (that also involved a run through of the IKEA store), my friend and I happened upon a Freedom Furniture store, and these two limited edition chairs. Being the chairfag I am, there were photos, there was sitting, wishin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’. Planning and dreamin’ each night of their charms:

$1299 will get me into his arms.

Look internet, I know I just got a new couch, but….. LOOK AT IT! It’s so comfy. And just so.. ME.

I think the store might have had a few other things in it, but I wasn’t really paying attention. OMG Couch!……………..They sell homewares and furniture right?

Well, one other thing that did catch my eye briefly was the regal height of this chair, befitting of a queen:

That’s all I’ve got. If you’d like to donate money to the “Buy Clinton That Kick-Arse Colourful 2.5 Seater Sofa Foundation”, just let me know.

i’ve never seen a corporation with such a culture

4 Apr

Corporate Culture’s little window displays on Ann Street in the Valley continue to inspire little tingles in my no-no area, and the store is a fantastic excuse to go for a walk and do a loop through the valley.

So now I’m adding “green rug” and “cow chair” to my list of things I -need-. And that storage system is the funkiest thing this side of Funky Town.

(a green rug is easily obtained from IKEA, I fear what my shopping list after I move will look like. Oh god I hope the place I find isn’t wall to wall carpet. I hate that!)

Light, love it. Green arm chair, love it. Colourful snap together chair, love it.Funkytown!

in the domayne of queens

3 Apr

I what? I went to Domayne again? No!

Yes. I had to pick my computer up from getting fixed, and, well, there was furniture (and shiny) and I just can’t resist! I’m only human, and if you say otherwise I’ll get you with the gun that’s built into my cyberne….. I mean…. -cough- pretty pictures yay!

Some incredibly lucky woman had managed to purchase this prior to me seeing it. The mole. Now what will I do for patriotic fowl?

Naaaaw! Resin and Red makes even ugly dogs look adorable. Also, WANT! And in black!:

Giant game of chess anyone? I actually saw a large chess set on the street in Melbourne. I do regret to inform you that there are no photos from my trip to Melbourne. My phone decided it liked to chew through the battery when not being used, so the camera rarely got used. However…. Xanadu… omg… if it ever comes to your city, drop what you’re doing and go see it. I’m still listening to ELO songs two weeks later.

Ok this photo isn’t that great at getting the detail across on this table because of the bright lights and high gloss finish, but it’s a tiled table top that looks like it was hit with some paint. We’re calling it the “Wog Art Attack” table. Why? Because as a child growing up in an Italian household, we had a tiled coffee table and a freaking tiled BBQ table. Yup. Tiled. In tiny little tiles. I’m going to have to find a photo of that, I’m sure my mum will have on somewhere. We also had a fountain in our front yard…. go figure.

NSW Leather also do dyed cowhide rugs. I also still want one, in case you were wondering what to get me as a housewarming present when I move.

I love these lamps. Kevin had begun to fag out on some white couch or white table or white tv unit, or something white (his decorating borders on racist), and I zoomed in right on the lamps. I’m getting that “Silhoutte of a vase, or is it two faces” feel from them.

But never fear, cause I’m sure there will be about a billion other trips to Domayne this year. So if anyone working for Domayne in Fortitude Valley needs like.. paid for product reviews (send samples), I’d be more than happy to do so! It’s not like I don’t love the place anyway.

Did someone say ELO?

harvey norman, je t’aime

19 Jan

Yesterday was seasonably hot and humid (I’m starting to really miss the nice cold snap we had at the start of summer) and I’m slowly being reduced to a hairy puddle as a result. Summer and I don’t get along, I don’t sleep well, I overheat, and I get really bitchy (I blame the lack of sleep).

In order to escape the heat we circled the car park at Garden City trying to find a car space for what felt like forever…. I mean…. went to Garden City for some air conditioned comfort, Easy Way Tea,  and ended up in Harvey Norman, as one does.

Ooooooh guuuurl. Harvey Norman have started rocking out the Warwick Fabrics on their furniture (or if they’ve been doing this for a while, I never noticed…. because I didn’t know Warwick did grandma florals and brown microfibre…), and I have to hand it to them, even though there’s not a 2010-2011 line in sight…. the fabric they’re using makes some conversation pieces out of rather plain furniture!

I think they could have done something other than black for the other pieces, would have made it a little more interesting, but I do love the Paul Smith-esque fabric.

Typography arm chair and day bed… don’t mind if I do!

I thought the grey one was a photoprint from afar, but it’s got a very japanese watercolour feel to it up close. I do love the black though, the colours are more vibrant.

If anyone needs me I’ll be in Africa adopting babies like Brangelina and Madonna just so I have an excuse to buy this child-sized picnic table.

On the plus side, it did eventually rain (though not for long enough, and it heated up pretty quickly again). I did get to enjoy it though:

finally they’re super!

12 Jan

I’ve never really liked anything in Super A-Mart, sure, the furniture is fine, modern (the occasional comfy puffy piece of couching), but generally not my style. Not so Super.

Until I saw this lounge suite when mum took me to see the new suite they had bought (especially the design on the fabric, feels rather Toord Boontje in style.. and how hot is is rug):

I’m going to need a bigger loungeroom, or a second room to put them in.

Something Starck This Way Comes

9 Jan

A trip to Westfield Chermside on Thursday night (in the good food court) revealed these little gems outside a coffee shop in the centre:

Philippe Starck Louis Ghost Chair and Ghost stools. I do love a bit of visual Kartell goodness when I really only came for the sushi!  My chairfaggotry runs deep.

21st Century: Art in the First Decade

9 Jan

After a week of being taunted by amazing photos on facebook, I finally got the chance to go to GoMA and see the 21st Century: Art in the First Decade exhibit with Luke (my jam making friend). Fantastic art works, installations, activities for the kids (that I hope to go back when it’s a little less heavy on the child traffic and give a go) and other visual treats for the eyes (included some Damien Hirst wallpapers!)

I believe I’ll let the photos do the majority of the talking on this one! And I highly recommend going to see this!

A few of my favourites include

  • the large fibreglass elephant, on the verge of death, covered in bindis.
  • The two Damien Hirst wallpapers (one is flowers with cigarette butts, the other is pills corresponding to biblical verses)
  • Knitted peacock (AKA – One of the gayest things I’ve ever seen)
  • Giant structure made of plastic bags
  • The wall covered in chinese advertising
  • Mosaic made of pieces of mirror (the light bouncing from this was amazing, and the photos don’t do it an iota of justic)