Sunday, 26 June 2011

Birillo by Alessi

How cute is this new giftware range by Italian mega brand Alessi?!

We expect nothing but the highest quality and quirky shapes from these genius designers and as usual, they've delivered with Birillo!

Come into the Woollahra store today to check them out

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Top 10... Hotel Bathrooms

La Maison Pujol (Conques Sur Orbiel, France)

This luxury B&B in the south of France is the epitome of eclectic chic. Located 10 minutes from Carcassonne, it features 5 guestrooms that seem to perfectly combine modern eclecticism and classic design. Phillipe Phi converted an old provincial winery into his own boutique hotel with unique bathrooms that house traditional tapware fittings and sanitaryware with quirky accessories like the large coloured letters.

Sleep in the City (Antwerp, Belgium)

These individual suites located in Antwerp’s fashion district are very close to restaurants and nightlife so are the perfect base for shopping and culture. These cool apartments have an all white palette with accents of gold or black (depending on the one you choose). The bathrooms are just as luxurious as the bedrooms with freestanding bathtubs under opulent mirrors and plush curtains.

Hotel on Rivington (New York, US)

Described as ’21 floors of cool’, this lower east side hotel is contemporary, lively and spacious. It boasts floor to ceiling windows (including the shower recess) and fabulously stylish bathrooms with steam showers and Japanese style soaker tubs.

Hotel Basico (Playa Del Carmen, Mexico)

Hotel Basico is a mix of fascinating Mexican influences located in the heart of Playa Del Carmen. Only a few steps away from the Caribbean sea and white sand, this amazing hotel presents an industrial contemporary vision in a youthful cosmopolitan ambiance. The rooftop pools are actually circular industrial tanks and the rooms and bathrooms are all decorated with eccentric local references such as spare tires and textures with recycled elements. The bathrooms also feature all exposed pipe work, resins and very industrial red/blue taps.

New Majestic Hotel (Singapore, Malaysia)

This new boutique hotel in Singapore’s historic Chinatown features 30 rooms individually designed by emerging Singaporean artists. The bathrooms all include freestanding baths but in different applications; the aquarium room includes an entirely glass-walled bathroom in the centre of the room, the attic suites have twin bathtubs in front of surrealist murals and others bathtubs on outdoor terraces.

Maison Moschino (Milan, Italy)

Previously a neo-classical railway station in central Milan, the Maison Moschino is housed in one of the city’s most beautiful buildings. All 65 rooms and suites have been designed with a contemporary fairy tale theme in mind. It’s an imaginative mix of rooms and is completely dreamlike, with suites such as ‘Alice’s Room’ featuring giant tea cup coffee tables and ‘The Forest’ which surrounds your bed in trees and very cute owls. The suite ‘Clouds’ has a clean, minimal design aesthetic including the bathroom which houses a corian basin, which imitates that cloud-like texture hidden behind glass sliding doors. And like the fashion label itself, Maison Moschino is quirky and super chic.

Kenoa Beach Spa & Resort (Barra De Sao Miguel, Brazil)

The nature friendly Kenoa resort on Brazil's stunning northern coast has been designed to provide a repose for those ready to wind down. Each of the 23 exclusive villas and suites include unique features such as views over the neighboring sanctuary, natural stone basins and beautiful wooden baths.

The White House (Daylesford, Australia)

So technically this isn’t a hotel, but it’s a house for hire so it counts. The 1850’s brick miners cottage located in Daylesford Victoria features open fireplaces, claw foot baths, vintage collections of antique furniture and hand painted wallpapers. Both bathrooms include quirky antiques such as the old scales and beautifully restored chandeliers.

Hotel Distrito Capital (Mexico City, Mexico)

Designed by Joseph Dirand, this sleek modern hotel boasts dazzling panoramic views of Mexico City that completely complement the design. Dark, ambient bathrooms with ultra modern fittings are just another example of how cool Mexico’s capital has become in recent years.

Qualia (Great Barrier Reef, Australia)

Qualia is a unique Australian expression of world class luxury, situated on the northern most tip of Hamilton Island. The bathrooms are a reflection of the beautiful natural surrounds and feature organic lines and floor to ceiling windows exposing you to the stone walls.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The Omvivo empire

It's not very often that you see something that completely dwarfs you (unless you're my height, of course) and amazes you with pure size and power. But this is what happened when Marc and myself were lucky enough to be sent down to Melbourne to visit the Schiavello group factory and Omvivo showroom.

You've probably already heard of the fantastic Schiavello furniture which feature sleek, designer lines that have been transferred to the bathware range by Omvivo.

Famous for their washplanes, over the years Omvivo have added a gorgeous range of glass, stone and solid-surface vessel basins and baths (not to mention the bright and fabulous range of stools we absolutely love here at Candana!) The product is always beautifully designed and every little detail is thought of for practicality.

This brave, designer-minded product is a perfect example of Australian design and quality and here at Candana we are extremely proud to be one of the lucky boutique stores to supply it. 
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