With the first sunny day after months of rain, the centre of Perth comes to life. A similar unfurling of activity is felt in the areas of Interior Design and home furnishings. Spring releases, Designer meet and greets and product showings flourish like the wildflowers that come into abundance after our long rainy winter.
Exciting invites appear in my inbox, and my schedule fills. One of the first is volunteering at PICA. This time there's two solo exhibitions on. I help with hanging pictures, cleaning floors and masking painting areas. It's like having spring fever at someone's grand residence! Justene William's exhibition is colourful and huge, while Gordon Bennet's Be Polite is sad and confronting but beautifully hung with stunning examples of the use of negative space and balance to display a strong message.
One night I scrubbed off the paint and ventured into a rainy night to West Elm's meet and greet in the city. With my daughter Matilda and other Designers, I delighted in rose wine and chacuterie and made the most of having the whole of Pottery Barn and West Elm to ourselves.
One of the interesting initiatives West Elm promote is supporting local makers, allowing them to stage pop-up stores and classes in their store.
Design Farm in the CBD is a Perth institution, family run since 1997 and for investment pieces, they stock the best in modern design. A new showroom especially for residential interiors and a dedicated salesperson make this a wonderful shop to explore for inspiration. Japanese, Danish, German and Australian made furniture icons are represented here and I was recently treated to a tour of the showroom by Designfarms' knowledgable Chris Pooré.
With two floors of furniture and settings of unique products, this is a place to come to wander and be inspired. Here's a watercolour I made of the gorgeous Gubi chairs in a dining setting.
To top off a great Spring Season, InDesign arranged Contemporary Wine in Design. On Saturday 15 October, a prestigious line up of showrooms turned on their best for a day of show and tell for the design industry. I attended Arthur G in Claremont. At the door we were met by this cool Perth business.....
Inside the showroom had been impeccably styled by Steve Cordony, flown over for the occasion. Moderated by David Congram, with Steve Cordony, David Weir and Richard Miso on the panel, this discussion was frank and enlightening, in that it involved experts in the field of Design, Social Media, Styling and Architecture. With Melbourne, Sydney and Perth being represented the merits of each cities' design scene were up for examination. Lots to think about!