King Living Coup
King Living managed a creative coup last week when they invited Vogue Living’s Editor Neale Whitaker to their Perth showroom to recreate a lounge using their furniture & iconic design pieces.
Whitaker’s demure sophistication, insight and quick wit captivated his audience with tales and philosophies on shaping a personalised room based on his eleven principles (see below). He shared some of his favourite personal interiors published over the last year. Then gave a breakdown of looks transpiring from this year’s Milan Design Week. Our Milan Design Week feature has similarities click here.
Based on Whitaker personal passion for blue he chose the new Boulevard sofa as his centrepiece which was specially upholstering in a rich navy Fino Lapis by Unique fabric.
He then scattered three separate sets of cushions with a strong mustard gold working beautifully with the navy. The Uno ottoman, an Art Deco Oliver occasional chair were introduced together with the Former side tables, Former coffee table and the Edge Eric sideboard. Iconic low lighting included the Atollo table lamp and the IC Light F floor lamp from Flos. To inject warmth greenery, a rug, books, objects and ideally art (if there was another wall) were included!
Neale then took us a through his theories on creating a unique room.
Throw away the trend book
Choose things you love
Work with one base colour
Add generous rugs or carpets, keeping them neutral
Add tone & contrast – through texture, additional colour, layering & interesting objects
Lighting is so important. Use low lighting from various lamps
Add art, books and personal memories
Don’t match art to your furniture. Art should stand alone
Objects by Republic of Fritz Hansen
Group objects – as above
TV. Don’t make it the central point in the room leave the oversized TV for the media room
Don’t be afraid to break rules
Neale Whitaker’s Trends from Milan Design Week 2016
Left to right: Tom Dixon blue & cold range; Screen by Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe for Credenza at Spazio Pontaccio; Nendo coloured glass sideboard; Patricia Urquiola shimmer tables; Jesmonite Nim table by Pinch using copper; Santiago seating from Claesson Koivisto Rune for Tacchini
Milan Trends for 2016
Coloured glass in furniture pieces
Styles: Industrial & Oxydized bronze
Art Deco – always touches of it
Colours: blue & soft pink
Also sharing another stage at the special event was Perth interior designer Jane Ledger from Space Crush, who styled a bed and talked about creating a sanctuary for sleep.
Jane’s bedroom for King Living included: the new Promenade storage bed, Seymour armchair, Uno ottoman, Farnsworth side tables in walnut with glass tops and King Living Casablanca Thunder grey rug. With bed linen from Cranmore Home.
Go experience Neale’s lounge room at King Living, Nedlands for a short time only!