You’ve all seen it.  Both my mum and mother in law enjoy pointing it out.  The things that featured in their own childhoods being hailed as new beautiful things. In such a fast paced world I suspect we sometimes seek the comfort of nostalgia and designers and architects are not cold to this notion.  So here are a few of my favourites.

Glass blocks

While glass block origins date back to the mid 1800’s they became popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s after manufacturing processes were perfected.  It’s no wonder when they offer benefits of noise and temperature control due to a hollow core and provide privacy while allowing light in.  The glass block fell out of favour in the 1970’s however it is having a renewed showing in a large, beautiful way.  Two of my favourites are the Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP and the Chanel building in Amsterdam.  For similar products in Australia try the glass block shop. (https://www.glassblockshop.com.au/)

Image source: https://www.archdaily.com/885674/optical-glass-house-hiroshi-nakamura-and-nap?ad_medium=gallery

Macramé & Indoor Plants

Macrame and indoor plants were huge in the 70’s.  A lot of people think they should stay there too.  However the resurgence of Boho style has dragged these 70’s favourites back and wow they are everywhere.  You may not be a fan however you have to appreciate the wonderful texture and relaxed feeling they can add to a space.  If you would like to add your own little bit of macramé to your home try etsy or better still give it a go yourself.  There are a number of classes held around Brisbane frequently.

Image source: CloudyMtnMacrame https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/CloudyMtnMacrame?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Breeze blocks

We’ve all seen them in our streets and I can imagine your face now.  Eeeewwww, breeze blocks.  But don’t be so quick to dismiss them.  Some creative people have reinvented this very practical block and created some outstanding results.  You only need to look at the image featured of the Narangba Avenue House, by James Russell Architect, featuring outstanding breeze block design (Photographer Toby Scott) which won the 2016 Houses Awards, the “Best house under 200 metres squared”.  The judges described it as having “a sublime, ephemeral quality.”  If you’d like to see more breeze block inspo head over to Sydney architect Sam Marshalls insta page @breezeblockhead.  If you’re already convinced why not try Earp Bros on Arthur street in Brisbane.  They have a great collection.

Image source: theconversation.com

Bar carts, Velvet & Everything Art Deco

If you haven’t noticed the Art Deco flare up you haven’t been paying attention.  Art Deco, known for its angular, geometric shapes and bold colours, has enjoyed multiple resurgences across the last century including the 60’s and the 80’s and baby she’s back again.  The Block has helped this newfound spotlight with renovations of beautiful buildings such as the recent Gatwick and the soap factory from the 12th season in 2016.  And why not!  Art deco says luxury, party, pop some heels on and head out for cocktails lovely.  Yes please!  I doubt you need advice on where to find art deco, however my top picks would be West Elm, Earp Bros for tiles or your local antique store but I caution you to apply with caution.  Too much art deco can look a little stuffy.

Image source: Pinterest


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