“The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination. Most people spend their lives housing in dreary, grey-beige conformity, mortally afraid of using colours. By experimenting with colours, textiles and furniture and utilizing the latest technologies, I try to new ways, to try to encourage people to use their fantasy and make their surroundings more exciting.” – Verner Panton 1926-1998
The powder room, the wc, the cloakroom,the little boys/girls room, the 0.5 of the 2.5 bathrooms, the toilet. An oft neglected space just ripe for decorating. Thinking of something a little “risky” elsewhere in the house, try it out first in the smallest room.
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Pappas Miron Design mixes antiques, vintage textiles, flea market finds and modern pieces to produce a relaxed and liveable modern interior. Tatyana and Alexandra aren’t married to one style and feel free to improvise, finding the potential in second hand pieces. See more on their website.
Regarded by many as the founder of Australian interior design, Marion Hall Best was the local arbiter of the latest style in the 60s. Her interiors showcased the best of what the world had to offer as well as providing a platform for promoting Australian design. In a post war world of “porridge” colours Marion is probably best known for her vivid glazed walls, colourful undercoats with contrasting translucent glazes; yellow over red,pink, black, blue or green producing intriguing tangerines, olives, aquamarines and chartreuses. Her Woollahra, Sydney shop became known internationally as an authoritative index of the latest modern trends in interior design. But perhaps her best work was in supporting promising young local talent including Gordon Andrews and Grant Featherston.
All images from “The Best Style. Marion Hall Best and Australian Interior Design 1935-1975” by Michaela Richards. These are original photos from the time and the quality is not the best but the design is first class.