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  • finding yourself at home...

    custom design
    our design service includes special pieces to fit a specific function or aesthetic requirement. good design is appropriate to a location and lifestyle and end use, so please talk to us about your dreams, problems and needs. clients get our best work from a detailed brief that includes as much information as possible: about the space that the item will inhabit, the other existing materials in the space, the functional requirements and limitations that are relevant.



    recently a client asked us about a piece of furniture to go under his living room stairs. he has one of our glass front media units and thought that more black glass would suit the space

    he thought that it would be a great spot for drinks service and could use some extra storage

    almost immediately after discussing priorities and options, once we viewed the space, the way forward was quite clear and simple. we like to get an interesting brief and with this piece there were many challenges in construction, but everyone involved seemed to enjoy the process

    recently we have had a lot of fun with creating particular pieces to resolve tricky spaces. its exciting for everyone involved to come up with an unexpected solution that turns the problem area into a delight.


    make an appointment to discuss your needs if possible in our showroom. on-site visits can also be arranged. alternatively, images of a space could be sent to us to work from. from this some conceptual sketches would be developed for client review. then final working drawings would be developed and quotes established. the design process can happen over a few days or a few weeks, depending on availability of everyone involved and then it would be our standard current lead-time for construction.

  • finding yourself at home...

    perhaps you have a problem part of your home that has never quite worked as well as you would like? at planet we love to find simple solutions of unique pieces

    bookshelves seem to work well with small books at the top and large books at the bottom. our solid engineered spotted gum australian hardwood provides a unique feature of incredible strength (and little chance of slowly sagging shelves)
    this piece involved graduating display cubes that provide just enough shelf support too. it was actually constructed in two sections for delivery access but its so neatly done that its very difficult to see how it would come apart
    the expanda bed goes from a sofa with a single size mattress base, to a comfortable nearly queen size. we think that it looks sharp and cosy at the same time. we now have one on display in our showroom in surry hills, the mattress is latex and wool with a sewn linen loose cover and solid engineered hardwood structure
    this little cabinet was for audio visual equipment
    we wanted a strong graphic impact
    and the disc works as handles too
    the back of the unit was angled to cope with high victorian skirting boards and to allow the piece to sit against the wall at the top and also be used in other locations in the future
    a mini home office
    with everything that you need but a compact layout
    the keyboard platform tucks away to make it look less desk-like
    so that your bedroom or living room won't look like a workspace when the desk is not in use...and we now have one on display in surry hills

    why don't you come and see us with a problem to solve?
  • Twisted cabinet

    at planet we deliver hundreds of custom designs each year

    this cabinet was a recent favourite that we thought was worth sharing with you

    our client has an existing twisted mirror from us and together we thought that a cabinet to relate to the mirror would work well in the room

     


    our solid spotted gum that is engineered

    to remain stable, enables us to make interesting shapes with all of the advantages of solid timber,

    but none of the movement issues

    we think that our cabinetmakers have done a great job with this piece and the spotted gum has beautiful figuring.

    perhaps you could commission an original design, tailor made to your space too?

  • finding yourself at home...

     

    have you ever needed to sit thirty-six people in your home?

    a client approached us recently with a request for a dining table to seat twenty four. we worked out that their room could fit a single table at five and a half meters long and two meters wide.

    we love the pure shape of a ellipse. it functions well to be very inclusive of everyone sitting in a large group. it means that the entire table can see each other’s face and that people can be equally spaced and that no-one is isolated or dominating by being at the head of the table.

    for many reasons we knew that the table would need to be built and installed in sections and because we use sustainably grown timber, it would be impossible to find matching timber five and a half meters long.
     
    so a design was resolved to have three smaller tables, to combine in the room. we use the spotted gum on an angle, to work with the angled slices through the pure elliptical shape.

    as an added bonus, the tables were designed to work independently and in this formation, can comfortably seat thirty-six people. the end wing-shaped pieces work well against a wall as consoles. by setting the legs back from the table edge, ultimate flexibility of seating arrangement was also achieved.

     

    please come and see us if you feel that you may have a special requirement.

     

  • I love a good night’s sleep! (part 3 of 3)

    continued from part 2... 

    Muscular tension. A simple warm shower can help to relieve muscular tension and this can assist good sleep. Magnesium is a mineral that is responsible for relaxing the muscles in your body. It can be taken in a pill form, or absorbed through the skin in an Epsom salt bath (this can be purchased at a supermarket or pharmacy). Be careful of baths that are too hot just before bed. Allow time after a bath for the body to cool sufficiently, say at least 45 minutes before bed. Of course a massage is fantastic if you have that option too.

     

    You have probably heard it said that you should never try anything but to sleep or have sex in bed. The physiological effect of orgasm is to trigger sleep, particularly in men. Orgasm may work well for you too… rather a mechanical thought! but considered famous in many cultures. Everything else is the opposite of sleep. So don’t ideally bring anything else to bed ….no work, or tv or long reading sessions. A short relaxing read may help you nod off, but if you can’t sleep then get out of bed and read in another room and return to bed when you become sleepy again. In this way your mind will associate bed with sleep… essentially Pavlov’s Dogs behaviorist theory.

     

    Sleeping pills may be your friend… but only very short term and only if you have to. If you are jet lagged, have undergone an extreme emotional shock, have chronic pain etc, medical assistance may be essential to sleep and you should always seek professional medical advice. Of course its best never to take any drugs but there may be reasons why you can’t sleep short term and sleeping is vital for health. Personally I consider that there a multitude of chemicals that go into my body daily in food for example, and I have no knowledge of what is in everything that I consume. I have used natural therapies that are available over the counter in health food shops such as valerian for sleeping and even st john’s wort, which helps with stress. These natural therapies should be used in accordance with their instructions but can be invaluable for short-term assistance to reset my sleep cycle. I have found however that there are usually undesirable side effects in any use of these powerful drugs, so always try to minimize use.

     

    Your mattress and pillows should support your spine so that in the positions that you sleep, your spine is kept in alignment. If your mattress is not supportive, you may have disturbed sleep trying to find a comfortable position, and you will have sore muscles and a disturbed central nervous system as well. We love latex and wool combination mattresses because there is nothing better for support.Latex has a “complete memory” so every time that your bodyweight sinks into it, it will revert exactly to the form that it was before. This makes it easy to change positions during the night and means that the support is not slowly degrading. Ours have a ten-year warranty and latex can often outlast this. Eventually it will crumble and fall apart in a very short space of time, so you will always know that your mattress is giving you great support in the meantime. Our mattresses have a woolen layer built in to draw moisture away from your body and keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. They are also made of totally inert natural materials that do not make a noise and do not have a sensation of movement like springs. Often people with greater shoulder width and who are side sleepers require a softer mattress. If you wake up with a dead arm and a sore neck, this could be your problem. For the best support we also recommend latex pillows. Your head weighs about 4 or 5 kilograms, so fluffy soft pillows just can’t keep your head in alignment with your spine.

     

    Bedcoverings made of the right components are vital to good sleep. Of course at planet we sell all the following items to help with a good night’s sleep!!!

    1)    a good mattress protector that is washed regularly will keep dust mites at bay and assist everyone with undisturbed breathing. We have them in Tencel fibre and also cotton.

    2)    We love pure linen sheets. There is no stronger fibre and no natural fibre that wicks moisture away from your body more efficiently. Heavy pesticides are not used in production. Cotton often has up to 30% of the finished product’s weight composed of chemicals. High thread-count cotton inhibits moisture absorption and this makes you overheat. I find crisp cotton noisy too (!)

    3)    Bamboo fibre sheets are the best thermo regulators that we have come across and are also antibacterial and are a great price. Ours have a silky smooth texture

     

    For warmth on top of you, we always recommend alpaca fibre. It is incredibly lightweight, a super warm insulator and the exposed fibre doesn’t irritate skin. Alpaca somehow is the best possible covering to deal with different body temperatures of a couple trying to get to sleep. I’d describe it as thermo-regulating like bamboo sheets. We have quilts make of alpaca and wool blend (the woolen component helps with the loft of the quilt) as well as blankets and throws. I find that in cool weather, enough wool is often too heavy and feathers and down are renowned for causing night sweats and over heating. Cotton absorbs moisture, so in a humid or damp winter it’s not so good. Alpaca blankets and throws are light enough to stay positioned on one partner and not the other, unlike heavy wool. This helps with couples’ different temperature requirements.

    Numerous women going through menopause have reported that alpaca fibre is sensationally great at keeping them warm but not overheated in bed.

    If you are in a very cold climate we also have alpaca and wool underlays. Because alpaca is a straight hollow fibre, it doesn’t felt (pack down) like wool, which has a coiled and barbed structure.

     

    So I think that we now all realise what delicate creatures that we can be and as we age it gets more important to consider many factors to improve sleep and now you have a long checklist!

    Please leave your feedback about any of these issues in the comments section below or drop me a line at ross@planetfurniture.com.au

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