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Desert Storm


What are the quintessential elements for a Miami-inspired beach club in Western Australia to be boss? Well, it needs to be fun, fabulous and fresh, with a great vibe and flow between spaces. Architect Frank Iemma and interior designer Jenlin Chia of Oldfield Knott Architects have achieved all this and more at the Matisse Beach Club in Scarborough.

Six rainbow-inspired cabanas stand like painted ladies, an ode to historic Australian beach huts on Victoria’s Brighton Beach, along one side of the pool. Available for hire, they are kitted out to provide an unforgettable entertainment experience for private guests.


Complete with bars, meeting rooms, dining, DJ booths and dance floors, Matisse is further characterized by the Adan collection by Teresa Sapey for VONDOM. Vertex and Frame tables and chairs, and Faz loungers also add to this clever, irreverent space. By night the furniture is LED lit, a feature for which VONDOM are legendary for.


If you fancy a jaunt to the Matisse, to lounge on designer furniture with cocktail in hand and your crew in tow, then let us know, we want to come too!


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Grass is Greener at Poncelet


Barcelona has a new eatery located in the Hotel Melia Sarria. Something of a unique culinary concept, Poncelet is a cheese bar inspired by its successful predecessor in Madrid. The interior covers a 400m2 footprint which has been transformed into a smart, quirky zone by designer Jose Manual Ferrero, and is reminiscent of a garden party or sunny picnic due to a floor of green marble, with tiles and rugs adorned with the images of cows, goats and sheep who are the stars of the show.


A green wall and planters by Vondom add to the fresh outdoorsy vibe, as does the majority of the upholstery which is in shades of green.


The large upbeat space features a library, full of books on everything you could ever want to know about cheese and the dining area has been worked into a variety of different settings with furniture from Sancal and Andreu World. Aptly chosen for the space, there is the honeycomb inspired Tea chair and stool, the serene Ronda chair, Casta like a deck chair from the 80’s, sublime Pion and fat comfy Talo which is perfect for loosening ones top button in if your tasting session gets out of hand.
So if you’re in Spain and a fan of cheese, be sure to check out Poncelet.



Photo credits – German Cabo

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A taste of Orgatec

Both fairs, Orgatec and Interieur, demonstrated how the commercial office environment is changing. Although we have observed the trend towards more collaborative working places unfolding over the past two years, here we saw a definite move towards quieter, more contemplative spaces; there will be more spaces where groups can gather, inform themselves and collaborate.  And technology is becoming more integrated than ever before. Although it sounds like a dichotomy, there will be more privacy when we desire it and more public interaction when we need it.

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Kortrijk on Monday, Koln on Tuesday, Auckland on Wednesday.

One of the great privileges of my job, apart from working with some fabulous clients and a bunch of really nice people here at UFL, is that I occasionally get to visit the European furniture fairs to assess trends, discover new product and ensure that we are completely up to date with our European manufacturers.
Last month I visited two trade fairs back to back; Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium and Orgatec in Koln, Germany to discover the newest innovations in interior styling and furniture. And on my day off, I visited the design showrooms in Antwerp – just to ensure not a minute was wasted. Whilst Orgatec is not to be missed; it’s a conventional, large commercial fair that displays worldwide trends in desking, tables and large furniture pieces, Interieur is its hip, smarter younger brother. In Kortrijk I saw more cutting edge design, more focus on detail and wide use of marble, stone and glass – all with incredible styling.
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