Designer Rugs Iconic Designer Collections
The Designer Collaborations collections are a diverse range of designs from some of Australia’s most creative thinkers. Each spectacular collection is handmade from the highest quality materials including New Zealand wool, silk, and bamboo.
Designer Rugs collaborates with some of the most gifted antipodean designers and artists of their generation. You’ll find Catherine Martin, Academy award-winning costume and production designer represented in the collection. There’s also Minnie Pwerle, one of Australia’s most significant indigenous artists (and who, extraordinarily, only began painting in her late 80s). You have Akira Isogawa, Alex Perry, Camilla and Easton Pearson — some of Australia’s best-loved and most successful fashion designers. The work of the innovative and internationally acclaimed iconic accessories brand, Dinosaur Designs is also proudly represented, as is the work of celebrated interior designers Greg Natale, Bleux, Bernabeifreeman and many more. The craftsmanship is unmistakably Designer Rugs.
Akira Isogawa – Limited Edition, Hirameki and Kisetsu
“I hope my translation of traditional textiles in a different form and medium expresses timeless modernity” - Akira Isogawa is one of Australia’s best-loved fashion designers and his contemporary designs have won him recognition and success in the fashion capitals of the world. Akira’s first limited edition rug collection, released in 2005, was such a resounding success that a second collection, ‘Kitsetu’, was commissioned in 2007, followed by a third, ‘Hirameki’, in 2012.
Akira’s love of experimenting with the juxtaposition between his traditional Japanese heritage and the celebration of Australia’s love of colour, has translated into some exquisite pieces.
More ornate and internationally inspired than his previous collections, Akira’s vision for Hirameki’s designs include elaborate textiles and new methods of rendering his designs which originated from his love of travel and collecting vintage fabrics found during his travels.
The innovation demonstrated in his previous Designer Rug collections has been amplified with the introduction of bamboo as a renewable material in Akira’s Ayame and Shibori designs.
Undoubtedly one of Australia’s premier fashion designers, Alex Perry has added a new level of glamour to our fashion industry with his breathtaking gowns. Launching his label in the early 1990′s, Alex’s gowns were instantly acclaimed by the local media including Vogue Australia who rushed to feature his jewelled corsets and fabulous frocks in their fashion editorial.
Fast forward twenty years and Alex has launched himself into interiors and his first foray into rug design, with the same passion for glamour. “I wanted to pay homage to my Greek heritage, striving to create something timeless and striking. Each design tells a different story, revealing a distinct aspect of Greece and myself.” states the high profile designer on the inspiration for his debut collection.
Annie Georgesen has a reputation for being one of the most original and creative designers working in the textile field. A colourful and organic retrospective collaboration with the prolific Australian designer and artist sees Annie revive some original designs based on the Australian landscape for the new collection. The collection of six rugs demonstrates the timeless nature of Annie’s work, and her belief that good design transcends fashion. All rugs are hand-tufted in 100% New Zealand Wool.
Bernabeifreeman was established in 2002 by Rina Bernabei and Kelly Freeman, an industrial design company focusing on surface decoration and patterning for interior products and finishes. They have earned an international reputation for creating award-winning products from perforated metal. Their products can be found at Sydney’s Establishment Hotel and BLUE Hotel, Sydney. Bernabeifreeman have recently ventured into textiles and homewares.Their exclusive Designer Rugs references traditional textile crafts. Bernabei and Freeman tap into a rich intersection of memory, domesticity, narrative and the feminine, creating intricate yet contemporary designs. This collection features six hand knot wool rugs.
Bleux’s Director, Skye Vermeeesch believes good design should work in any medium and enjoyed seeing their signature graphic style reinterpreted into the rugs’ luxurious texture. Each design is an exploration of the relationships between forms, using colour for depth. “whether its scale, composition or colour, even though the designs are very bold, there is always a delicate balance at work”. Each rug is hand-tufted in New Zealand Wool Rich blend with selected designs featuring silk highlights and different pile heights to create subtle dimension to the designs.
Camilla – Debut Collection
Playful and sophisticated, Camilla infuses her signature garments and homewares with lush colour and intricate embellishments. “For me, CAMILLA has always been a lifestyle brand… and expanding into homewares is something I have been very excited to do”.
CAMILLA’s debut collection has been inspired by her global wanderings through exotic destinations such as Marrakech, Japan and Formentera, .ensuring a bold palette of elaborately detailed and unconventional floor coverings.
Caroline Baum – Sand Script rug collection is inspired by the mysterious calligraphic patterns made by sea snail colonies on the rock shelf near her home on the pristine beaches of the south coast of New South Wales. ”The backdrop of the rock, rich and vivid with minerals, created a colourful natural canvas for the gorgeous abstract landscapes made by molluscs. Each day, the tide washes them away. The rug designs are a lasting interpretation of their daily scribbles”. Each rug tells a unique and distinctly Australian story. Meticulously hand knotted from Tibetan wool and silk.