Meet…Lucas Grogan


Our favourite contemporary artist has turned his attention to the outdoors with a beautiful artwork called Dome for Basil Bangs.

Referencing cathedrals, mosaics, mandalas, Greek holidays and and the colours of the ocean, this epic blue and white artwork is featured across our SUN and RAIN collections.

Here’s a bit of background from the man himself, Lucas Grogan…

Hi Lucas, welcome to the Basil artist family! What got you excited about partnering with us on an artist print?

I love collaborating with people thought it would be amazing to see one of my works turned into such a large format multiple like the beach umbrella and rug. The collaborations I’ve been asked to do result in quite physically small products. Plus Basil Bangs has worked with some seriously AMAZING artists/designers previously – I’m in good company!

Was there anything you were trying to achieve with this particular artwork?

I wanted to create an inverted dome-like work similar to what you may find inside a cathedral. I thought that would be a pretty amazing thing to see on the beach. 

How did you develop your concepts for BB? Where they ideas you had floating around in some form already, waiting or did you develop them from scratch?

The Dome is a continuation of a lot of my body of work, sort of pseudo-religious and shrine-like. 

Do you have any favourite memories from the beach/ growing up that you referenced?

ahhhh… I never really was a beach person sorry. But my family was very churchy. I’ve kept the dressings of a religious upbringing, but divorced all the supernatural stuff. 

Why do you think people will dig ‘Dome’ over their heads?

Have you seen it? It’s beautiful!

Meet…Louise Jones

Get to know our newest collaborator!



Why do you think people will love ‘Botanica’?
The lush green and teal foliage of the Botanica pattern draws you into a sense of exploring a wild tropical jungle.

Describe ‘Botanica’ in 3 words: Lush, dense, tropical

How did you get started illustrating?
I started my career as a junior graphic designer at a small studio, where I was given the opportunity to create illustrative wall graphics for hospitality and retail clients. This sparked my love for illustration and patterns, and ultimately helped me pursue starting my own business where I could create patterns for a living.

Where do you look for inspiration?
My work mostly features floral and fauna subjects, as I believe nothing rivals mother nature’s beauty. I’m mostly drawn to unique forms, shapes, colours and textures found in plants, flowers and birds. I am also very inspired by other pattern creators such as House of Hackney, Josef Frank and Marimekko.

What’s your process to developing a new print?
Ideally I like to have a fresh cutting of a plant/flower to illustrate, or I refer to my own photo library. I start by doing some rough sketches to determine different layout compositions, where I can determine the motif shapes, colour and texture. Once I’m happy with the direction of the composition, I start illustrating using either watercolour or a photographic approach. Once the pattern motifs have been painted, I scan them into Photoshop so I can start experimenting with the pattern layout until all the motifs sit harmoniously together to create a repeating pattern.

Favourite mediums to work in… Watercolour and digital photography

Where will we see your Botanica beach umbrella set up this summer?
Pitched in the idyllic beach shore of Sandy Point, our usual summer getaway location.

If you were a WWF wrestler, what would your name be? The Pattern Warrior

You’ve done wallpaper, outdoor products, yardages to name a few. What’s next for Louise Jones?
More classic midcentury furniture pieces to be upholstered in my soon-to-be launched fabric range, as well as developing a small collection cushions and other home wares.

Shop the Botanica collection.

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)

Gray Malin x Basil Bangs


We’ve long been fans of aerial photographer Gray Malin and his amazing work. So of course it was a beautiful thing when we realised the feeling was mutual! Fast forward a few months and here we are, with our recently launched summer collection featuring his ‘Waves of Cape Town’ image on our aptly named ‘Waves’ beach umbrella.

We asked the intrepid adventurer a few questions about himself and his work…


I know you started out interning for David LaChapelle, could you share one of your stand-out memories of that time? It was a brief internship but memorable as I was greatly influenced by his whimsical sets and over-the-top staged shoots.

How did you first get involved with aerial photography – what triggered it off? I was staying at a hotel in Miami and while looking down at the pool from high above, I was inspired to photograph it because the shapes and colors that formed so far below began to take the form of art to me. After that, I was curious to see how it would be from a helicopter, so I booked my first fly and the rest as they say is history.

Gray Malin for Basil Bangs

What location do you love the most/have the fondest memories of? I have many fond memories of photographing the beaches as well as my Dream Series in Australia. I also studied abroad there, so I have a love for the entire country, from its people to the beaches and its landscapes.

What made you excited about the prospect of partnering with BB on an artist print? I am excited to bring my imagery onto an outstanding product that you can take to the beach and create memories around.

Was there anything you were trying to achieve with this particular photograph? Waves was shot above the beaches of Cape Town. The vibe at this beach is fun and lively, and I hope that these emotions translate to the umbrella. It’s meant for days of fun at the beach!

Do you have any favourite memories from the beach/ growing up? Every summer my family goes to Lake Michigan. Some of my earliest travel memories are spending summers in Michigan where I would sail on a Sunfish sailboat, which years later was a key part of my inspiration for my series, Sail Away.

Why do you think people will dig ‘Waves’ over their heads? The colours of this print are really captivating. Whether you’re someone who goes to the beach daily or simply want to bring a little bit of the beach to your backyard, I think nothing brings it more full circle than having a beautiful wave shielding you from the rays.

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What’s been the most hilarious thing to happen on a shoot? During my Gray Malin at the Parker shoot one of the flamingos flew away! Luckily, we had professional animal trainers on hand, but it definitely was a memorable moment watching the trainer run after the flyaway bird!


‘La Fontelina Beach Club’ by Gray Malin

What are your top 3 favourite beach destinations? 1) Capri, Italy 2) Bondi Beach, Australia and 3) Cape Town, South Africa


Meet…Kip & Co


Ok ladies, I know it’s probably like asking you to choose a favourite child, BUT what’s your favourite Kip & Co print?
We’ve never been asked that before!! This is predictable given the collaboration but we really love the bananas – and not just cause you can quote Gwen Stefani all the time; “this sh*t is bananas – b-a-a-n-a-n-a-s”…hours of fun right there. It’s also one of our earliest prints but has stood the test of time. This season though I am very obsessed with our ‘strokes’ print – it’s a very organic, natural feeling design and we just love the watercolour tone of it.

What’s your favourite place to Kip?
A hammock on a Summer holiday. Chuck a Kip & Co x Basil Bangs over you to beat the sun and you’re in dreamland!

Do you have any favourite summer memories from the beach?
We’re all water babies so we share fond memories when we were kids of big family sessions down at the beach with our extended clan, plastic sandcastle kits galore, sunny boy ices, sausage sizzles and an 80s stereo with some Whitney Houston cranking.

Why do you think people will love ‘Bananas’?
It’s our favourite! Who doesn’t love the ultimate potassium hit of pop mellow yellow colour and fun!

Describe the Bananas print in 3 words: Shameless, yellow banana

Which beaches will we see your Bananas umbrella set up this summer?
Kate and Hayley will be leading the charge down on Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads beaches and Alex will be rocking it out from Merricks to Mount Martha

What’s on your holiday music playlist
We love to mix it up the classics like Fleetwood Mac or Run DMC, with current stuff like the Weeknd and Bannoffee…and anything in between!

What will we catch you reading/doing/playing on your Love Rug these holidays?
Kate will be getting some tummy time action with her new baby due in a few weeks!! And we will be seating around gawking at the new little tyke!

Tipple of choice: Prosecco

If you were a WWF wrestler, what would your name/s be? The mistresses of bedding

What’s next for Kip & Co?
So much! Babies, renovations, holidays, new products…bigger and better shoots! Stay tuned 🙂

Kelsey Brookes x Basil Bangs

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We’re excited to be continuing our artist collaborations for summer 2014, working with amazing San Diego based artist Kelsey Brookes to design a range of products based on artwork from his recent exhibition, Better Living Through Chemistry.

Shown at Judith Charles Gallery in New York, the works explore the molecular structure of common pharmaceuticals through intricately mapping their structure on canvas. These painstakingly layered and coloured, large scale works reference common medications and their effects on the brain.

“This body of work provides an illustrated overview of the molecular structures for six classes of psychiatric medication” explains Brookes, “My recent work is a combination of my scientific background and current artistic interest—taking my understanding of molecular biology and marrying it with painting.”

Featured in the Basil Bangs summer 2014 range is Awareness, shown as outdoor cushion, beach umbrella and picnic rug (aka The Love Rug).

Asked why Awareness would make a great umbrella (or cushion or rug!), Brookes says: “‘Awareness’ is part of my painting method, and if the viewer can feel that from looking at this umbrella I have done my job well; Awareness is good to spread!” We couldn’t agree more.

In this awesome interview with Kelsey, he explains his process and the artworks in Better Living Through Chemistry.


Follow Kelsey on Instagram @kelseybrookes.


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.