The Newport


We love working with designers and architects on special projects that require a little somethin’ somethin’ by way of shade. We pride ourselves on our ability to do something different, so it was a real treat to work with the team at Merivale on developing some new custom umbrellas for The Newport.


This grand old establishment in Newport, on Sydney’s northern beaches has possibly the world’s best location for a pub. Nestled into the hillside and surrounded by gum trees, you can sip a beer and enjoy a gorgeous plate of food overlooking the twinkling Pittwater.

Bring on more summer afternooons spent on this beautiful terrace we say!


(Images courtesy Merivale)

Vintage beach

As things cool down here in the southern hemisphere, I can’t help but think of warmer places and the excitement that spring brings and the thought of upcoming holidays. In recent web wanderings I uncovered some beautiful vintage beach shots that I couldn’t help but share!



All images via gahetNA, a website of the Society for the Nationaal Archief, Netherlands.

A Little Ray of Sunshine

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It’s a grey and drizzly day here in Sydney, so I can’t help but want to spread some sunshine about. As soon as these images came through I knew exactly what to do with them: share that yellow happiness right around!

We fell in love with our old favourite, Miss Marigold, all over again when we saw this bright and beautifully styled installation for Robina Town Centre’s ‘Sundeck’.  Don’t you just want to grab a cool drink and laze about?

Sadly the installation has finished for now, so we sit with baited breath to see what the talented folk at Alexa Nice Interior Design do next!

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Images courtesy Alexa Nice Interior Design. Photography by John Baginski.

Coffee Cart crush


We were chuffed to see our Partly Cloudy umbrella partnering this amazing coffee cart designed and made by Illogical Study especially for Patricia Coffee Brewers.

Designed to be functional and eliminate the risk of customer’s hurting themselves trying to access products, we dig the cart’s sleek, spoke-less wheel design, and the beautiful mix of materials.

The interiors of Patricia’s were designed by the ever amazing team at Foolscap Studio, sooo it’s fairly safe to say that it won’t be long until we’re there to check it out ourselves. Tallyho, to Melbourne we go!

If you’re lucky enough to be in the hood, you can check it out yourself at Patricia Coffee Brewers on the corner of Little Bourke and William Streets, Melbourne.

Sydney Architecture Festival 2013


Today kicks off Sydney Architecture Festival 2013 and we’re psyched. We do love a great building. Running from 1-10 November, it’s ten days of talks, tours and exhibitions celebrating design in Sydney. Last year there were incredible underground tunnel tours (!!) and talks, and this year is not to be outdone with over 60 events scheduled right around the city.

Here are our picks:

The annual Lloyd Rees Memorial Lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Art is always awesome.

Ask an Architect series at Parramatta Library. Who hasn’t needed a professional opinion from time to time?

The exhibition Sydney Opera House 40th Anniversary: David Moore Photography Retrospective, at the Opera House, which documents the construction of the amazing building.

Blindfold Critique. LOVE this! What fun! Sydney artist and architect Professor Richard Goodwin will be blindfolded and taken to a well known piece of Sydney architecture & then asked to critique the architecture without seeing it or knowing where he is!

And lastly, Tin Sheds Gallery is hosting User Generated Architecture, with Raumlabor Berlin and Not Quite Square, two parallel projects that explore various architectural concepts and theories, including the hand made hippy houses of Nimbin to the utopian architectural experiments of the 1960s and 70s.


Image: The Generator, Raumlabor Berlin, Venice 2010, via Sydney Architecture Festival.