“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw. German plates from Design For Use:



Australian artist and fabric designer, Florence Broadhurst, was mysteriously murdered in the late 1970s but her work continues to be uncovered and displayed to sublime effect. Sydney fabric designers and manufacturers, Signature Prints, have been bringing to life her highly distinctive, flamboyant patterns in cushions, clutch bags, limited edition art and stationery. I covet this Ikeda luggage bag which would fit the contents of your handbag as well as a laptop.

For those of us in the southern hemisphere, we are now unpacking our cotton clothing, dusting off our outdoor chairs and blowing the cobwebs from sun umbrellas. My sun umbrella didn’t make it through this year as I left it open on what turned out to be the type of day that a roof gets blown off. My replacement will be a 1960s/1970s style black and white umbrella which brings back memories of growing up and the graphic print of my mum’s swimsuit mirroring the print on this umbrella.


On a recent family holiday to Palm Cove in Queensland, I had dinner in a restaurant that had a gorgeous trio of light fittings. In the partial open air restaurant, the light glowed brightly and the shades gently swayed with an old fashioned fan creating the wind. The gorgeous lightshade was designed by Brit-born, New Zealand habitant David Trubridge.

I recently visited Hong Kong and did my ritual visit to GOD (Goods of Desire) and Muji. GOD is a quirky cross between Ikea, Top Shop mixed in with retro Shanghainese style. There is always something to surprise you.

At Muji, the budget Japanese homewares and fashion store, they have a clothing range called Labo: clean lines, basic styles, muted colours – more expensive than their standard fare but definitely worth checking out.