Today we are thrilled to welcome professional ‘hunter/gatherer’, Simone Haag of Melbourne Interior Design Firm Hecker Guthrie to TDF as a monthly columnist! (You might recall Simone’s stunning home in Ringwood, which we shared a few months ago).
Under the guidance of Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie, Simone heads up Hecker Guthrie’s furniture, décor and styling department, working together with the studio team to ensure all of HG’s beautiful projects are filled with the perfect finishing touches!
Sim is brilliant at sourcing unique and interesting things for any home, and starting today, she will join us once a month with a round of home accessories and design items, sourced from local retailers or online. We hope this will be the start of a fantastic partnership – Please make Sim feel very welcome! – Lucy x
As avid readers of The Design Files, the studio of Hecker Guthrie is very excited to bring you a monthly round up of design finds for your home. This curated selection of covetables will convey a different theme each month, be it a material, colour, shape, object, furniture piece or homeware.
So to kick off our first column we’ve decided to explore the theme ‘leather’. And while there are many iconic pieces of furniture out there that embrace this age old material, such as the Cab chair, which is a favourite of the studio and was recently seen in Roebert residence on TDF, we have tried to keep our leather edit today within arm’s reach.
As a studio, we have a penchant for using natural materials, it is a hallmark found in much of our work. There is an honesty to leather, enhanced by the fact that it usually gets better and better with age. It’s also an incredibly versatile material – perfectly utilised as simple seat pads at Claremont Tonic, but equally at home in a more extravagant project – such as the custom leather sofa we created in the penthouse at Ivy in Sydney. But as we explored this idea for today’s round-up, it was fun to be reminded that leather isn’t only reserved for big investment pieces – whilst doing our research, we uncovered everything from leather placemats to leather fly swats!
For our first Hunt / Gather edition we’ve sourced the following items from some of our favourite local suppliers and creative online stores, all of who are championing beautiful products with a timeless sense of style.
We hope you like the roundup of leather items that we have hunted out for you today – we certainly had fun sourcing them for you. See you next month! – Simone.
1. George & Georgette magazine holder by Studio Woot Woot (€ 165.00) – Whilst there is no shortage of design goodness on the internet, there is nothing quite like flicking through a magazine. And when you have more magazines than you know what to do with, then you need a good looking place to keep them! We particularly love the shot of electric blue in this one by Studio Woot Woot.
2. Dopp Kit leather case by Noah Marion from The Woodsfolk ($110.00 AUD) – A tip off about The Woodsfolk courtesy of TDF saw me hot stepping it over there at the earliest possible moment. Alongside a fabulous selection of homewares were these leather storage cases. Their purpose?! I am not quite sure, but they sure are lovely.
3. Folding Brass Stool 1.0 by Douglas and Bec for Kate Sylvester ($289.00 NZD) – The Kate Sylvester range of collaborative furniture and decorative pieces designed by Douglas and Bec is a sublime take on the folding stool. It also uses one of our other favourite materials – brass, and looks equally cute hanging on the wall when not in use.
4. Wrap glassware by Simon Hassan (Wrap Bottle £175.00, Wrap Carafe £210.00, and Wrap Decanter £275.00) – Simon Hassan goods bring leather into daily life with such a sense of ease that it makes you wonder why no one had done it before! He doesn’t stop with glassware, he even does a leather pendant!
5. Raw mirror by Stanley Ruiz($145.00 USD) So the leather here just features on the strap, but we love the simple combination of pale timber with the leather strap detail.
6. iPhone sleeve by Wootten($20.00 AUD) – iPhones are our life! So why not make your ‘home office’ as good looking as possible?! That means ditching the Hello Kitty iphone case in exchange for this bespoke leather sleeve by Melbourne-based Jess Wootten.
7. Toro lounge chair by Blu Dot ($1,599 AUD) – As a newcomer to the Australian furniture market, the only thing we don’t like about Blu dot is that it came to Sydney first! We love the Toro’s thick saddle leather, the solid beech frame and the matching footstool (not pictured).
8. Leather tray by Il Bisonte ($165.00 AUD) – Il Bisonte does leather beautifully, and this tray is the perfect ‘in box’ for keys and coins. They also do a wonderful leather diary.
9. Slider small leather pull from Spinneybeck ($15.00 USD) – The great thing about leather is the way it will patina over time – so it is an excellent choice for a joinery handle. The studio of Hecker Guthrie have recently used Spinneybeck’s slider small leather pull at the display suite for the Jaques apartments in Melbourne.
10. Tooth&Nail coin purse by Georgie Cummings ($35.00 AUD) – We love this leather purse by Brunswick-based leather artisian Georgie Cummings. She hand crafts all her wallets and pouches, then and screen prints them with coloured patterns just for fun!