Rugs by de­sign

ISCD’s an­nual com­pe­ti­tion with De­signer Rugs yields three very difff­fer­ent results

Inside Out (Australia) - - Things We Love - WORDS VIC­TO­RIA BAKER STYLING NA­TALIE JOHN­SON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY SAM McA­DAM- COOPER

AN AB­STRACT TAKE ON RIP­PLING WA­TER AND RE­FRACTED LIGHT ‘ROCK POOL’ BY LINDA CUN­NING­HAM

“I see my rug in a con­tem­po­rary coastal home with nat­u­ral tex­tured wood fur­nish­ings,” says Linda. Com­plet­ing her Cer­tifi­cate IV in De­sign at ISCD via dis­tance from her home in far-north­ern NSW, and chat­ting with fel­low stu­dents on­line, Linda started with a re­al­is­tic de­sign in­spired by her own pho­to­graphs of lo­cal tidal pools. This then gave way to an ab­stracted ver­sion. “The trick­i­est part of the process was let­ting go of that orig­i­nal idea,” she says. Her pal­ette in­cor­po­rates shades of ocean blue, and neu­tral tones “so that the rug would be able to fit into a va­ri­ety of in­te­ri­ors.” The as­sign­ment taught Linda some­thing about the process of de­sign. “There were ob­sta­cles along the way; those mo­ments when as a de­signer you know you haven’t got the right re­sult, so you go back to an ear­lier stage and go on from there,” she says. And what’s next? More study at ISCD is on the agenda, plus de­vel­op­ing ce­ram­ics for her busi­ness, Pe­buku. “I’m al­ways look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­cor­po­rate good de­sign into beau­ti­ful prod­ucts,” says Linda.

AN OR­GANIC DE­SIGN IN­SPIRED BY JA­PANESE SIM­PLIC­ITY ‘OCEAN’ BY KATH­LEEN ANEX

“A state­ment piece in a mod­ern home, sur­rounded by min­i­mal­ist fur­ni­ture in white, black or light tim­ber tones.” This is how as­pir­ing in­te­rior de­signer Kath­leen sees her rug, now that it’s been trans­lated from a small hand-painted art­work. “The de­sign felt way more striking when I saw it at a big­ger scale, which is ac­tu­ally a good thing,“she says. Her orig­i­nal paint­ing, with its care­fully planned and placed lines, was not with­out dif­fi­culty: “My hand was in­cred­i­bly shaky while I was paint­ing the de­sign onto pa­per, and I dropped my paint­brush on the page right at the end. Luck­ily I could hide the mark with­out hav­ing to redo the whole thing!” she says. De­lib­er­ately choos­ing a high con­trast mix of blue-black and white, she ex­per­i­mented with dif­fer­ent pal­ettes be­fore com­ing back to the orig­i­nal. “It just seemed to work bet­ter with what the de­sign rep­re­sents, which is ocean waves. While do­ing my re­search, I fell in love with Ja­panese wave mo­tifs and they heav­ily in­flu­enced my de­sign,” she says.

A HAND­SOME FLOOR­COV­ER­ING WITH BOLD TILE-LIKE FORMS ‘VITRIS’ BY LISA DINGELMAIER

“I love ar­chi­tec­ture and sym­me­try, and wanted to cre­ate some­thing that re­flects that,” says Lisa. She was in­spired by the work of one of her favourite in­te­rior de­sign­ers, Greg Natale; and since fin­ish­ing her in­te­rior de­sign and dec­o­ra­tion course at ISCD she has landed a dream job at his prac­tice. “My favourite part of the de­sign process was try­ing out dif­fer­ent colour com­bi­na­tions with my pat­tern,” she says, “and the hard­est part was mak­ing the fi­nal de­ci­sion on which com­bi­na­tion to use.” Her rug, with its strong colour story in­cor­po­rat­ing her favourite blue, fea­tures an in­ter­lock­ing de­sign that is en­hanced by a carved sur­face, which de­fines and em­pha­sises its di­men­sion­al­ity. “I learnt a lot about the way pat­tern can change through dif­fer­ences in the height and cut of the fi­bres.” Asked where she pic­tures her rug, she ref­er­ences an older home. “I see it in a light-flooded Vic­to­rian ter­race with dark tim­ber floors, beau­ti­fully de­tailed ceil­ings and su­per stylish fur­ni­ture.”

“It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to work with up-and-com­ing de­sign­ers – they have such a fresh ap­proach. These rugs truly re­flect the cur­rent mar­ket and trends” YOSI TAL, MAN­AG­ING DIREC­TOR, DE­SIGNER RUGS

“The move­ment of wa­ter, re­fracted sun­light, the turquoise and aqua­ma­rine colour pal­ette and the stony hues of sand, drift­wood and rock all in­spired my de­sign,” says Linda.

ISCD/ DE­SIGNER RUGS win­ner

“I learnt a lot about difff­fer­ent types of fi­bres for rugs,” says Lisa of the de­sign process with the De­signer Rugs team. “My in­spi­ra­tion came from my love of na­ture and the out­doors,” says Kath­leen.

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