European Oak Flooring and Wall treatment

European Oak is very much on trend now and becoming more popular compared to other hardwoods as it has a unique grain pattern and variability ticking all the boxes for a modern timber flooring solution.

Oak Flooring is a slow growing extremely hard wood timber – which produces a tighter grain and originates from Europe, designed by European Architrects. It is has been used through the centuries as a superior choice for ship- building, barrel coopering, fine furniture production and today for flooring and wall treatment. There are many timbers to choose from which come in array of stunning colours- styles and finishes not only for flooring but also for feature wall panels. Its strong appeal stems from a few key natural features and benefits:

  • Very strong and durable (High density)
  • Classic authentic look
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Low maintenance
  • Beautiful tight natural grain variations making it a stunning surface
  • Environmentally responsible- A naturally high tannin content which makes it highly resistant to insect and fungal attacks, and
  • Despite its density, woodworkers will tell you it is very workable. Unlike some hardwoods it can be accurately drilled and cut, and glued
  • Versatility

European Oak provides a range of innovative finishes to accommodate the unique Australian lifestyle which includes; weathered, brushed, super matte, aged New York Loft, Coastal, Warehouse, Nordic, Hamptons, Antique Style and Urban. Included below are some variations of finishes, styles and colours.


Its no surprise that European oak is fast becoming the preferred choice of timber favouring the once loved and still loved American oak- Definitely very on trend for many architects and interior designers today! So many options to choose from helping to achieve a timeless and effortless look for any interior!!!!

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LIGHTING~ David Trubridge

David Trubridge has had a long-standing passion for the environment, deepened by his time at sea.

In 2004 he was selected for the Antarctica Arts Fellowship program, which allowed him to spend several weeks in this remote and ecologically delicate location.

This excursion also provided inspiration for a number of his designs such as Snowflake and Kina.

Wherever possible, all timber is from sustainably managed plantations in New Zealand, or the United States. Wood is left natural where appropriate, with natural non-toxic oils being used in place of harmful solvents.

From a design point of view, the products use only the minimal amount of materials and are generated with a focus on longevity, rather than mimicking quick-moving trends.



I really enjoy the “do it yourself” aspect of these designs also the light cast by the shapes and materials used. This designer has not only considered the aesthetics of his designs but also the environmental impact of manufacturing these light fittings.

I have much respect for designers who are able to work with new and innovative designs whilst prioritizing environmental sustainability even they are often creating more work for themselves in the process.

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1960s Design~ Psychedelic Culture Wes Wilson

Following the newfound American Dream innocence of the 1950s, the 1960s shattered America’s innocence with the brutality of the Southeast Asia wars, a world-rocking presidential assassination, and a growing racial divide. 

The 60s was the decade of America’s psychedelic movement, when teenagers turned away from the conventionalism of the 50s to experiment with mind-altering drugs. These LSD-inspired distorted perceptions appeared in rock concert posters to express the trippy feelings they were experiencing.

The Major players in  American design were; Wes Wilson, Victor Moscoso,Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol



Between 1966 and 1967, San Francisco rock poster artist Wes Wilson designed posters and handbills for the first Trips Festival, the last show by The Beatles, and dozens of concerts at the Avalon Ballroom and Fillmore Auditorium featuring everyone from The Association to Frank Zappa. Along the way, he defined the psychedelic poster, in which blocks of letters were used to create shapes, which seemed to bend and vibrate in place.

Wes Wilson, the father of the 1960s rock concert poster, came into the world via Sacramento, California on July 15, 1937.  As a child his interests meandered among artistic pursuits and an intense love for the natural world. His post-secondary studies reflected these interests; he focused for a time on forestry and horticulture before eventually coming to philosophy. By the latter half of the 1960s Wes found much inspiration in the avant-garde neighborhoods of San Francisco. Serendipity interrupted all of his plans (as she’s wont to do) and Wes Wilson soon found himself creating fine art for the masses. His style, inspired by the Art Nouveau masters, took what was understood about promotional art and turned it inside-out. Nearly cryptic letters filled every available space, lines melted into lines, colors clashed… and the psychedelic poster was born. The love of art and nature eventually carried Wes away to the beautiful Ozarks foothills, where he still enjoys creating and discussing art and ideas. 


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“Are We Next?” from 1965 was a self-published poster printed at West Coast Litho to express, among other things, Wilson’s opposition to the Vietnam War


In 1966, Wes Wilson designed this poster for what turned out to be the last concert by The Beatles.










Contemporary Chinese Fashion

From walkway to street fashion, China’s fashion sense has grown and changed dramatically in the last decade.  From post Mao era to current day China, there has been many influences on Chinese fashion.  We will be focusing on Chinese street fashion since it is prevalent in everyday Chinese life.

One major influence on the development of Chinese street fashion is the rise of the middle class.

With over 220 million adolescents between the ages 15-24, they are the main focus of Chinese street fashion. Also, this encouraged the “fast fashion” market in China. International brands now sell more affordable versions of clothes by popularity and brand name designers.  Add fast fashion plus the availability of disposable income and the outcome is the rise of teenage “fashionistas.”


Men fashion compared to women fashion are not too different with each other. Both are low key, clean cut and simple. What’s considered “hot” for young men and women are:

  • “chao” which means trendy
  • simple and clean cut for people just graduating school which gives a more mature and sophisticated and professional look
  • the “sporty” look which grew popular and originated after the Beijing 2008 Olympics
  • high end street fashion which can consists of different versions of high end brand names and popular trending clothing

Some examples of trends during 2012 were loafers and bow ties for men and faux-hawk hair styles which elongated their faces.  In regards to shirts and sweaters, the hem or bottom of their shirt should be in between the waist and the crotch of their pants.  If it is too low then it will be considered baggy, if too short, then it is too “geeky.” Men’s pants should be snug fitting, but not too tight like western style jeans.  The bottom of a pant leg should be above the shoe which elongates the leg and rolled up hems that show the ankle are considered fashionable in China.  As for women, cut out prints are popular with fun graphic designs such as animal prints, floral or graffiti prints.  Women are also fans of neon and contrasting colors which brings out the different styles of each piece of clothing.  Between men and women, round vintage glasses are popular too.  In men, it shows intelligence and boldness but for women, it can show daintiness and the cute and passive side of women.

Pecha Kucha – Tiny Houses

I am interested in living simply and being  aware of the environment around us. I like to use eco friendly products and to live with sustainability in mind.

The Tiny house movement is a particular passion of mine at the moment. This is a movement  that is currently very popular in the United States. There are quite a few TV shows dedicated just to Tiny Houses. It is on Channel 84 Lifestyle channel.  These shows include: Tiny Houses Hunter, Tiny houses/Big Living,   Tiny House Luxury.

Most Tiny Houses are less than 50 square metres, many houses are on wheels and can be towed around the countryside. The rules and regulations are different in Australia, but it is very easy in United States.

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Lighting Brazil


Beautiful Brazilian Luxury Leaf House with stunning lighting


  • Dr Peter Curley, Manager of the LED program at The Climate Group comments:“There is a palpable drive to find workable financing solutions that will help Brazil’s cities move to more energy efficient LED lighting. The forum has allowed challenging regional issues to be openly discussed – and we look forward to seeing more regional projects announce their LED transition plans.
  • “Supporting national policy can play a key role in helping accelerate energy efficiency, by building consensus among stakeholders and increasing investor confidence. India has already done just that, with a commitment to expand LED street lighting nationwide by mid-2019. Post-COP21 we hope to see more such national commitments around the world, together with supporting initiatives to ensure high-quality product standards are maintained and enforced.”
  • As part of our LED program, in 2015, The Climate Group called for cities and utilities globally to roll out LED street lighting (or as efficient) by 2025, and launched the LED = Lower Emissions Delivered campaign to support stakeholders at all levels to achieve this goal.


SAU PAULO: Forum on ‘Business Models for Energy Efficient Public Lighting’ was held in São Paulo, Brazil on June 1, 2016. The event was attended by over 250 street lighting stakeholders, including senior representation from over 30 major cities, private sector financiers, development banks and manufacturers.

The event, which was organized by the World Bank in partnership with The Climate Group, explored how to scale-up high quality, highly efficient LED (light-emitting diode) street lighting in all Brazilian municipalities. Eight business models were presented, with the intention of providing options for the wide-ranging needs of all 5,570 Brazilian municipalities, including public-private partnerships that have the potential to boost investment in large-scale LED infrastructure projects.

In Brazil, public lighting accounts for around 4% of the nation’s total electricity consumption. At the global COP21 climate talks, Brazil committed to increase energy efficiency by 10% by 2030 – an achievement LED lighting could accelerate.

As well as saving energy and maintenance costs, LEDs offer city leaders opportunities to improve lighting services and provide wider socio-economic benefits for communities by reducing crime and accidents, as well modernizing city infrastructure.



Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto is an influential Japanese fashion designer based in Tokyo and Paris. Yohji is considered a master tailor along side those such as Madeleine Vionnet, yohji is known for his avant-garde tailoring featuring Japanese design aesthetics.

Born in tokyo, yohji graduated from Keio University with a degree in law in 1966. he then gave up on his legal career to assist his mother in dress making business, that is where he gained his excellent tailoring skills, he further studied at Bunka Fashion College, getting a degree in 1969.

His commercially successful main line, Yohji Yamamoto (women/men) and Y’s, are especially popular in Tokyo. These two lines are also available at his flagship stores in Paris and Antwerp, and at high-end department stores worldwide. Other principal lines include Pour Homme, Costume d’Homme, and the diffusion line Coming Soon. Yohji Yamamoto Inc. reported in 2007 that the sales of Yamamoto’s two main lines average above $100 million annually.

Yamamoto is known for an avant-garde spirit in his clothing, frequently creating designs far removed from current trends. His signature oversized silhouettes often feature drapery in varying textures. Yohji’ collections are predominately made in black, a colour which Yamamoto has described as “modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: “I don’t bother you – don’t bother me”.



Peruvian Lighting › Lamps and Lighting › Andes › Ceiling Lights › Pot Rack Lights

Dynamic lighting.

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From historical illumination to interactive lighting in the urban environment. One of Peru’s main values ​​is its vast and rich historical and cultural heritage, a source of wealth and a motor of development for the public and private sectors. The lighting design puts these sites or sets in value, projects a strong visual identity and creates a safe and attractive night image. As it also does, responding to the new premises of change, the integration of interactive facilities and average facades in the urban environment. Past, present and future converse and interact with people, space and the city thanks to dynamic lighting.

Dean Skira.
Skira Architectural Lighting Design.
Visual, biological and emotional experiences in architecture of Peru

This renowned Croatian lighting designer, who has achieved important awards and has attracted international media attention thanks to his important projects of urban, commercial, hotel and residential lighting, maintains that “the light is not for architecture but for people who live in it”. That’s why all of its lighting solutions, creative and efficient, revolve around how the user feels using space and experimenting with architecture.

Peruvian Wall ART…/unravelling-mystery-behind-megalithic-stone-walls-saksay… › Wall Decor › Andes

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The history of Peruvian textiles is as rich and varied as any culture ever studied. Much of the high-quality, long-lasting fiber is taken from indigenous alpaca and llama, weaving a tapestry of not only the deeply formed Peruvian culture, but its link to the very heart of the Andean landscape that surrounds it.

Cloth was of primary importance in ancient Peru, As a form of wealth, it was traded and given as gifts between rulers, and even burned or sacrificed as offerings. It was placed in burials in great quantity and was well preserved in the arid desert climate. Woven garments expressed the status and occupation of an individual through style, fabric, and workmanship.

The Peterson Collection of Ancient Peruvian Textiles consists of 26 textiles and textile fragments collected by Harold F. Peterson in the early 1940s. Most of the textiles were probably made in the Central Coast, but the exact provenmiences remain unknown. Many of the subjects refer to religious ideas and symbols and to social status. It has been noted that motifs such as snales, birds, marine creatures, and felines, were already evident in Peru as early as 1800 B.C. at the archaeological site of Huaca Prieta. Images of composite creatures and human/animal combinations are also represented. The collection displays a variety of weaving techniques known in Peru, especially plain weave, slit tapestry, and embroidery.

Design in Peruvian Textiles

The designs of Peruvian textiles are as diverse and rich as the various cultures from which they spring. Realistic and abstract design, patterns and pictures, stories, or even just explosions of light and color can be seen in the immense variety of art and clothing.