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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.

  • cosy up

    we love natural fibres and source unusual textiles from around the world to make many of our unique bedcovers and quilts locally. fabrics include vintage japanese traditional textiles, hand-spun and handwoven silks, cottons and wools, hand embroidery, natural hand-dyes. we had fun putting together different looks to work with these pieces and we are adding more every day to our website....

    midnight charcoal tones 
    the dark grey silk quilt is a dramatic statement in this setting. composed of vintage japanese silks with hand woven indian silks with cotton filling and cotton back.
     
    ikat is a weaving style that is common to many world cultures and is probably one of the oldest forms of textile decoration. here you can see our cotton ikat quilt. ikat employs a resist dyeing technique, where the threads are bundled, tied tightly, then dyed. this process may be repeated many times to create variations in colour and design within the same piece. after undoing, the threads are set on looms and handwoven.

    feel the warmth
     don’t we all love the softness of silk? fabrics made from silk are comfortable in the summer and warm in the winter. these two quilts have been hand stitched in india. this orange planet quilt begun life as a pair of silk saris. peeking out from underneath we can see a pure cotton block printed and hand stitched quilt with cotton filling to keep you toasty.

    helen richards and planet collaboration free machine embroidery quilts
    helen richards is an australian quilter who draws inspiration from nature in her local environment. this piece is made of vintage japanese silks that ross collects and pieces together. helen has taken 10 days and 5 kilometers of thread to free machine embroider her intricate designs in dense patterns. it has a cotton fill and a hand spun and hand woven cotton back. a luxurious heirloom collectable.

    pale greys
    for a restful look we chose a patched linen, hemp and silk quilt  with hand spun and hand woven cotton reverse.
     
    underneath with a more subtle tone, a hand woven kutch cotton quilt with natural dyes and silk noile back.

    moody blues  indigo
    this dark indigo quilt was made out of vintage futon covers with natural indigo dyes and a rice paste resist hand painted design. the backing is hand spun and handwoven indian natural indigo cotton. in japan futon covers that tear are traditionally delicately patched by hand-stitching pieces of cotton either behind or on top. this adds another layer of story to the piece and this “boro” or raggy aesthetic is now highly valued.
     
    also featured folded on top is our itajime shibori cotton omutsu quilt. made with natural indigo, by using traditional resist dye folded and clamped shibori techniques, this quilt was made of vintage japanese “sekka”  or snowflake design shibori cotton pieces, traditionally used for baby’s nappies. they were collected over years of travelling to japan. the backing of this quilt is white linen.
     
    shibori, the japanese tradition of resist dyeing, incorporates tying, sewing, folding and fastening cloth to achieve a variety of colours and textural effects. it is an ancient technique used in great variations through the centuries. the various processes facilitate a repetition of shape and colour, giving rise to beguiling rhythms and a particular dappled aesthetic.

  • finding yourself at home...

    our first interstate trade fair is fast approaching next week at denfair at the melbourne exhibition centre on the banks of the yarra river.

    we are celebrating the core of the planet range with our own designed furniture, carpets and soft furnishings and also australian studio ceramics

    everything is in place after months of planning and now we are just getting to the most exciting stage of it all coming together next week.

    denfair is targeted as a venue for interior designers and architects, however the final day, saturday 4th june is open to the general public, so everyone can attend on that day 10am till 5pm, however we would suggest pre purchasing tickets

    we are following through our green ideology with a literal green colour way

    punching above our weight, we have a large stand with four settings of dining room, bedroom, sitting room and office

    recreating the feeling of our surry hills showroom we will have a canopy of fresh eucalypt leaves

    it will be a great opportunity for anyone in melbourne to inspect the core of our current range and to see the quality of the details of what we produce.

  • finding yourself at home...

    mumtastic mother's day this sunday 8th may


    chances are that planet is your mother's favourite showroom. we have loads of options for you for gifting this weekend.... including scarves, natural soaps and bath-salts, hand-creme, candles and of course a huge collection of australian studio and vintage japanese ceramics

    in surry hills we are open till 5.30 today, saturday 10 till 5 and sunday 11am till 4pm

    in potts point we are open friday till 6pm, saturday 10 till 6pm and sunday we close

    we have a great range of gift cards and of course we have a complimentary gift wrapping service

  • finding yourself at home...

    ernabella arts is a place where senior women and men and young women and men practice and develop art, in order to sustain, support and promote their cultural heritage, and to improve the lifestyle of the community’s members.

    established in 1948, ernabella arts is australia’s oldest, continuously running indigenous art centre. 
    the first craft products were hand-loomed woven fabrics and hand-pulled and knotted floor rugs

    the centre’s inimitable reputation lies in the adaptability and innovation of the artists who have been introduced to many different mediums since the craft room began.

    today its varied group of artists is a mix of young and old, men and women.

    ruth mcmillan has had a long established relationship with both planet and ernabella arts. as a highly celebrated ceramicst, planet has shown her work and ruth has for many years been a loved part of the planet team. subsequently, ruth and her partner julian have lived as a part of the ernabella community for many years, as employees of ernabella arts. 

    please join us on 30th april at 11am when ruth mcmillan will make a special visit to sydney to talk about the work, the artists and her experiences living in the community.
    ernabella arts is a grandfather indigenous organisation with robust governance and a rich legacy.
    four generations of high-celebrated contemporary Indigenous artists now work side by side in a professional studio environment.

    ernabella arts operates painting and ceramics studios for over 100 artists from pukatja community and surrounding homelands. exhibited and collected widely nationally and internationally, ernabella artists passionately uphold their cultural obligation to teach and pass down knowledge, whilst creating contemporary artworks of the highest calibre

     
    come along and enjoy this amazing collection of paintings first hand at planet commonwealth.

     

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