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  • finding yourself at home...

    teddy was lying around one day after a huge play time with his best friends......he was daydreaming and looking forward to the next time that they would all be together again
    zezza the zebra had learnt some new dance moves that he entertained them all with! see how high that he can jump!
    the monkey sisters loved cuddle time and a great laugh.... how huggy they were!
    the big zebras very very shy.... but they did have baked beans for lunch and perhaps this is why.....
    but em the elephant was never shy and wanted to have a dance off........ and the lion just liked to watch and make jokes
    how great it is to have such different friends and to enjoy time playing in the sun!
  • 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...

    12th september is fashion saturday in sydney.

    to celebrate fashion in sydney, please join us at 10.30am at planet commonwealth to hear about "the possibility project" australian women are working with an ngo in jaipur india to create a fashion collection called "slumwear" its all about empowerment and with some very beautiful results, creating garments from recycled saris......pieces will be for sale on the day to assist the project and the girls will have a presentation about their intentions and successes too.

    at the same time planet will feature a display of our handmade scarves from traditions from around the globe

    a small sample of our scarves....

    from top centre then clockwise: laotian natural indigo ikat, australian eucalypt dyed fine wool jersey by anne foy, bengali jamdani muslin, indian hand spun and hand woven silk double weave with squins, indian natural dyed and handpainted kalamkari, double handweave by jennifer robertsonon on a computer assisted loom, indian kota cotton with chikan embroidery, rajasthani silk bhandani, natural indigo matka silk handweave


    indian traditional bhandhani on silk georgette from gujurat made for planet


    traditionan laotian cotton ikat with natural indigo dye


    hand spun and handwoven wool from kutch, gujurat india


    kota dori handweave with chickan embroidery


    jennifer robertson is a national treasure. her double weaves in superfine merino are made on a computer assisted handloom. in places the weave separates to two cloths, in others in becomes one


  • we are all creative

    planet commonwealth had a delightful visit yesterday from artist gael lambie and her husband jim who is currently exhibiting in sydney.

    while discussing their many interests, gael tried on an uzbeck woman’s mantle. traditionally from central asia and embroidered to represent a woman’s status, these ceremonial garments are traditionally worn as a headdress and have vestigial sleeves held together with an embroidered band.

    while we loved gael’s outfit of pink jumpsuit, adorned with jewellery in her hair, she somehow became complete with the mantle


    look out for gael at the next gallery opening, standing well out from the crowd... come back to sydney soon gael and jim!... we loved meeting you

  • 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.


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