Ed­ward Li

At home with A ca­reer in silk weav­ing and print­ing was in the blood for this de­signer gner

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Ed­ward Li knows ev­ery­thing there is to know about tex­tiles. Hav­ing de­signed tex­tiles for the who’s who of Aus­tralian brands, in­clud­ing KAS, Morgan & Finch, Cot­ton House and Free­dom, he has also pro­duced de­signs for in­ter­na­tional brands Macy’s, JC Pen­ney, House of Fraser and Sel­fridges. Ed­ward says he was al­ways des­tined for a ca­reer in tex­tiles.

“My fam­ily had a silk weav­ing and print­ing busi­ness, so tex­tiles run in the blood,” he says.

“I started out a lot more in­volved in fash­ion, run­ning my own fash­ion de­sign stu­dio for 10 years be­fore I be­came more fo­cused on home fur­nish­ings, with an­other decade lead­ing the de­sign teams of a cou­ple of top Aus­tralian home fur­nish­ing brands.”

Ed­ward has spent the past cou­ple of years es­tab­lish­ing his own brand, Lux­otic, with a lot of in­ter­est now com­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“I’m off to Lon­don and New York soon to launch our lat­est range to buy­ers there.”

While his busi­ness is grow­ing fast, Ed­ward says his home in Red­fern is warm and invit­ing.

“At home, I have to force my­self to re­lax be­cause I’m al­most con­stantly think­ing of de­sign,” he says. “I have a draw­ing and painting kit on hand so when in­spi­ra­tion hits I can get it down on pa­per. Although that process is work, it also brings me plea­sure.”

Fit­tingly, he lives in an old tex­tiles ware­house built in the 1920s that was con­verted into a mod­ern apart­ment com­plex.

“They did a great job when it was con­verted — I haven’t needed to make any ma­jor changes apart from cos­metic touches,” Ed­ward says. “It has a strong char­ac­ter with fan­tas­tic light — which makes it won­der­ful for en­ter­tain­ing peo­ple.”


I‘ve had them with me since I ar­rived in Aus­tralia and take them and use them ev­ery­where I go. They are not only use­ful but items that can evoke many won­der­ful mem­o­ries.

Ja­panese silk

This antique piece was specif­i­cally cre­ated to be used in a dis­play for Ike­bana (Ja­panese flower ar­range­ment). The colours have faded but it is still a beau­ti­ful piece and a su­perb ex­am­ple of its type.

Book B

Pho­tog­ra­pher Leni Riefen­stahl de­liv­ered this fa fas­ci­nat­ing por­trait of the life of the Sudan Nuba peo­ple, who un­til that time were prac­ti­cally un­known to the rest of the world.

Tokyo New Wave cook­book

Ja­pan has the most Miche­lin- starred restau­rants in the world. The coun­try has also care­fully pre­served its most tra­di­tional cook­ing meth­ods.

200-year-old plate

This was a pre­cious gift from an old friend. It is one of a set of four by Spode, the English com­pany renown for per­fect­ing un­der­glaze blue trans­fer print­ing in the late 16th cen­tury..

Baby’s robe

This baby’s robe from Afghanistan was cre­ated in the pe­riod when the USSR was oc­cu­py­ing the coun­try. It’s em­bel­lished with Rus­sian coins and sea shells.

Air In­dia mas­cot

This ma­hara­jah is an early ver­sion that has been used for more than 50 years by Air In­dia. He was dis­cov­ered in an an­tiques store in the ‘90s on a busi­ness trip in New Delhi.

Ed­ward Li, cre­ative direc­tor of tex­tiles com­pany Lux­otic An apart­ment in Red­fern This teapot has been passed down through my fam­ily. It was made in 1910 in Shang­hai, which is the re­gion of China I come from I am very much into in­dus­trial-style fur­ni­ture, mostly black and white with touches of nat­u­ral tim­ber and a bit of Art Deco thrown in for good mea­sure I re­ally cher­ish hav­ing my own space


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