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  • india has made beautiful carpets for hundreds of years. this new batch of handwoven beauties are exclusively designed and made for planet...... flat weave (dhurries) in 100% wool pile.

    the wool has been hank-dyed by hand...so that there is subtle variation throughout.

    we have five colours that we selected to liven up your living spaces and they come in 4 standard sizes: from 2 by 3 meters,  up to 4 by 3 meters

    the flat weave is great for a sydney climate: warm in winter, but not too fluffy for summer .....they are a great thick weight, so no curly corners ....and they are easy to move furniture across... as an added bonus they are completely reversible

  • ceramic vessels from australian makers for your table

    australian studio potters seem to be riding a crest of a wave at present, with texture, individuality and colour celebrated on tabletops. you may have noticed vessels matched to food in restaurants and  a sudden increase in diverse options available. since 1998 planet has sourced and commissioned tableware from makers who are committed to forging new directions in ceramic design. lots of hobbyists are discovering the challenges and intricacies of ceramic techniques. the artisans represented in our showrooms have undertaken years of study, development and passion to arrive at their current accomplishments. at this time of year we make a special effort to load the showrooms full of exciting new offerings from creative souls working in their studios with the sole intention to delight you. the above image shows platters from sharon alpren and a vase by terunobu hirata.

    hand painting has been used to decorate the surface of ceramics for centuries. these luscious pieces by shannon garson are fresh in store and celebrate everything summery and australian. each piece is unique and hand-thrown in durable porcelain, from tea cups to salad bowls and yes you can use them too!

    terunobu hirata has a new collection of hand-thrown and altered stoneware vases. these pieces have an ash glaze and are fully functional. terunobu's forms have a contemporary line but are totally integrated with the wabi sabi traditional aesthetic of japan, being natural, humble and perfect in their imperfection.

    this collection of cast porcelain has a glaze surface exclusive to planet. this hit range will be topped up with new stock this week with large platters, salad bowls and individual bowls too.  there always is something new about to arrive, just in time at planet. we have loads more in both showrooms to excite you

  • australian hardwood furniture pre christmas delivery

    we have a great selection of stock furniture ready for immediate pre-christmas delivery. at this busy time of year many people are putting the finishing touches to living room and bedroom spaces with guests and entertaining in mind. planet is known for bespoke and custom deigned pieces, however we also try to keep good stock of popular pieces ready for immediate delivery. we even have a splay leg dining table in light coloured spotted gum. the perfect entertainer at two by one meters, this style accommodates even eight diners, but feels intimate for small gatherings. we love its inclusiveness, in that everyone can communicate and see each other easily, and there is also great space for shared food. the inset legs bring seating flexibility and the beveled edge add to the floating lines of this shape.

    we have a beautiful new range of pure wool pile flat weave dhurries (image below). this flat weave carpet  range is made especially for us in india from newzealand wool. in four colours: indigo, rust, grey and peacock green and two sizes, 2 x 3metres and 2.5 x 3.5 meters. this heavy weight carpet won't curl at the edges and won't slide around a room easily. being identical on both sides, they are fully reversible. the mottled pattern called "bulbul" is very forgiving and the light shades make rooms bright in summer and the wool pile is cosy for the winter. even custom sizes can now be easily made to order. a solid australian hardwood base by jo wilson finishes a room well and can be used for seating, a table or a plinth.

    our solid spotted gum twisted occasional and coffee tables sit well in many interiors. for high wear pieces, nothing beats the durability of these dense and sustainably grown timbers. the design is an exercise is reducing structure while creating an interesting non- symmetrical profile. recessed legs and no sharp corners help with easy movement and we have some for immediate purchase

    who would have thought that a nest of tables could be sculptural? open up the centre of a room, or spread these out for loads of surface. this solid engineered spotted gum is stronger than steel, so they can be used as tables and seats and have beautiful bevel edges. 

    the twisted mirror has a built-in shelf for a small vase or objects that you would like to feature. in an entrance or living room it can hang portrait or landscape... and yes we have some for immediate collection.

    our standard beds are available for immediate delivery.... perhaps a new one for you and the old one in the spare room for guests? the angle bed is perfect for compact spaces and the frame is our all time classic. the envelope conceals storage well.. and of course our latex and wool mattresses are a perfect compliment

    and we have many other smaller pieces as well....side tables, lamps, consoles, desks and bedside tables.   (current furniture orders will be completed in mid february...for anything customised, or designed for your space, or simply not in stock....)

  • finding yourself at home...

    so its that time of year again believe it or not......
    loads of clients are shopping for gifts already, so we thought that we might remind you again that we are here for you... with naturals and handmade its easy to choose something useful and beautiful

    salus botanical soaps and body products, our now famous sandalwood incense, pure beeswax candles, sandalwood soaps, loofah and fluffy towel.... to help anyone relax and let the stress wash away

    candlearama...for a little bit of light:  with all australian made and thrown porcelain "cut series" and "dint series" votives, glass bubbles and votives made of banksia seed pods.

    these perfect entertainers are thrown and altered bowls  made of porcelain and glazed on the interior and textured on the exterior... by stephanie james-manttan

    a few of my favourite things.... we have hemp, linen cotton and even recycled sari silk twine and a selection of scissors.

     

    sharon alpren thrown stoneware with inlaid porcelain line detail with ode cast porcelain bowls glazed in a style exclusive to planet.... plus a huge range of australian tableware for entertaining and gifting

     

  • finding yourself at home...

    khadi handloom
    india has been the home of fine textiles for centuries. throughout history this rich and sophisticated culture has exported fine cottons, silks and wools to the world. words such as muslin, cashmere, pashmina and chintz have permanently entered the english language. at planet we have commissioned more and more hand-spun and hand-loomed fabrics over the last few years. known as khadi in india, we are beginning to be a little obsessed. we made quilts and cushions from khadi fabrics and have khadi towels and blankets and even hand loomed carpets.

    this scarf above is hand-spun and hand-woven silk blended with wool. the fibres are yarn dyed with natural pigments to have beautiful subtle variations. being handspun, the fibres vary in thickness and take up the dye differently. the fish, turtle and crab motifs relate to the costal environment in kutch gujurat

    local kutch cotton is a short fibre and hand-spinning and weaving in yarn dyed natural indigo creates a beautiful texture. this classic stripe is quite timeless. mahatma gandhi promoted handloom as a way that indians could claim back their heritage from the british, who were selling indian cotton textiles made cheaply on power looms in europe back to india. as a result there is still more than a million indian handlooms in use daily.

    the cotton blanket above has been handwoven just for us at planet. a generous size and perfect for summer and humbling how affordable it is. two weavers sit side by side on the loom to make this full width

    superfine sheer cloth is an indian specialty. the scarf above has been block printed in mud as a resist and then dyed in natural indigo. its from a village in rajasthan that specialises in this style

    muslin was immensely popular in the 18th and 19th centuries in europe because of its strength, softness and delicacy. this long staple cotton could only be hand-spun in humid climates of the north east on india. finer and finer cloth was made for the tastes of europeans and indian royalty and when a supplementary weft thread was added it becomes jamdani. empire line dresses and men's georgian cravats were mostly made of this sheer delight.

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