I'm one of those people who'd like to try my hand at designing anything and everything(!), so I'm inspired when I see other designers applying their sensibilities to diverse products.
Australian company Designer Rugs has a wonderful collection of to-die-for rugs by some of my favourite designers.
Fashion designer Akira Isogawa collaborated with designer rugs to produce a range that reflects his passion for Japanese pattern and fabrics, and glorious colour. Rich textiles are an integral part of Akira's design philosophy. He says: Richly embellished fabrics echo Eastern influences, and I have great respect for their traditions. Inspiration can be found from the past – re-using vintage textiles and sometimes creating replicas of them, incorporated with specific craftsmanship.
I've been a fan of Dinosaur Designs since buying their huge polymer clay earrings at Paddington markets in the '80s - way before they even started to use their signature material resin. Since then they have developed their unmistakeable style in stunning resin jewellery and homewares and become internationally acclaimed for their design. Dinosaur Designs' rugs are a 2D translation of their wonderfully coloured simple sculptural forms.
Fashion duo Easton Pearson's collaboration with designer rugs has just been released, and it's gorgeous. Their clothes are always rich in colour, texture and embellisment, and they have managed to capture this look in their range of wool rug designs.
Melbourne fashion label Vixen takes an artisan's approach to clothes, with themes that are designed to be timeless. Fabrics are custom dyed, printed and embellished, and before starting Vixen designer Georgia Chapman's designs adorned collections for Collette Dinnigan and Scanlan & Theodore. I love vintage/contemporary feel of the lacey doiley rug design.
Have a look at the complete range each designer has made for Designer Rugs, because there are many more delights to be found. And while you're there don't miss the stunning range by Minnie Pwerle, one of Australia's most important indigenous artists.
Have a wonderful, inspiring weekend. See you on Monday!