Design & Interiors

Colour palettes inspired by global trends

In our fast-paced world consumed by digital evolution, social media, conflicting politics and increasing pollution; there are more and more influences on our views and what resonates with us. For 2018, Wattyl created four colour palettes that reflect our lifestyles – both in reality and in aspiration.

Green with envy at the office

Research shows that incorporating nature into workplace design has a significant impact on employees’ happiness, wellbeing and productivity.

Four newly designed public beach amenities in Australia

If fugly brick shacks along our iconic beaches ain’t floating your boat, don’t worry, our best designers have got your back. They’ve been busy creating insta-worthy beach amenities to ensure you look and feel just as good whether you’re in or out of the water.

Five designs steps to creating an award-winning bathroom

It’s not surprising that bathrooms are one of the top areas for complaints in the workplace—they’re often a design afterthought.

Five fresh new cafés in Melbourne and Sydney

When it comes to café culture, Australia really does take the cake. But the design experience is just as important as the food, and, thankfully, we’re not in short supply of talented creatives either.

The 1970’s – a significant period for residential architecture

In the mid-1990’s, magazines such as wallpaper* created renewed interest in houses designed in the 1950’s through to the ‘70s. Homes with large picture windows, filled with iconic post-war designed furniture, captured the imagination of home hunters worldwide.

7 best ice hotels from around the globe

If igloos and snow are more your thing during the Yuletide season, check out our pick of the best ice hotels from around the world. While some feature domed glass roofs to take in the Northern Lights, others boast extras including reindeer sleigh rides, outdoor hot tubs and even an underground ice cave. Prost!

Five Fabulous Hotel Designs

Hotels are so hot right now. All over the world, global brands are shifting and merging to provide guests with the most memorable hotel experiences, and capitalise on a growing demographic obsessed with the latest trends. In Australia, the hotel market is growing too; it’s about time. And for the first time in many years, there’s a smorgasbord of new hotel builds offering architects and designers an opportunity to have some fun and frivolity, while delivering some serious luxury and high-tech smarts. Here’s our round up of the latest and greatest.

Art Nouveau – a new interpretation

In the 1990s, 1950s modernism made a return thanks largely to magazines such as Wallpaper*. The Eames chaise and matching ottoman was a pivotal design, as was furniture designed by George Nelson. While there were a few enthusiasts spouting the clean modernist charm of that period, the 1950s didn’t become mainstream until the early noughties. Fast-forward to the present and there’s everything from 1970s through to the early 1980s, when Memphis made a return.

Colour – elevating the senses

Colour can transform the most corporate of buildings into something quite magical. However, whether it’s used on walls, for carpets or furniture, there’s always a need to provide a sense of balance. In some instances, colour provides a sense of drama or even tells a story and forms an integral part of the design process.