Hello friends, and welcome to the February edition of Yellowtrace Spotlight. Today I’ve got some new products, home-wares, industry news and a bit of online action to share. Here we go…

Yellowtrace Spotlight // Azulej Tiles by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina, available at Academy Tiles.

Azulej Tiles by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina. 

Yellowtrace Spotlight // Armadillo&Co New Rug Designs.

New designs and colours from Armadillo&Co rugs.


New Products.

Azulej Tiles by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina.

Azulej by Patricia Urquiola is a new collection of floor and wall tiles that features complementary patterns designed to mix and match, allowing a high degree of personalisation. The patterns deliberately combine different aesthetic languages: memories, geometrical schemes, floral design, all developed both in a longitudinal and diagonal direction.

Available in 200 x 200mm  format, from plain colours to 9 individual patterns in 3 colour-ways. This product was the recipient of the Wallpaper* Design Award 2013.

Academy Tiles

New Designs for Armadillo&Co.

Armadillo&Co. are releasing brand new designs this month. “Chevron” and “Addition” are being added to the exclusive “Designer Collection”, featuring a new brights palette.

The new “Awning Stripe”design features a palette of simple stripes in clear colours to join the existing “Nest Weave” family. Available in six fresh colours and stocked in three standard sizes – 1.4x2m, 1.7×2.4m and 2x3m.



Yellowtrace Spotlight // Home-wares by Dale Hardiman.

Home-wares by Dale Hardiman.

Yellowtrace Spotlight // Jac+Jack Hand Loomed Beach Towels.

Jac+Jack Hand Loomed Beach Towels.


Home & Lifestyle.

Homewares by Dale Hardiman.

Created by Melbourne  designer Dale Hardiman using only standard kitchen utensils, Polly is a range of home-wares made from a biodegradable, non-toxic polymer. Each piece is unique in shape and colour due to the inconsistant nature of the creation process.

Coloured pigment is stretched and folded throughout, then hand moulded over forms, leaving one side of the form with a perfect finish, and the other dictated completely by the pressing and shaping of the hand. No two pieces are alike, resulting in a highly unique handmade object.

Dale Hardiman

Jac+Jack Hand Loomed Beach Towels.

Jac+Jack beach towels are hand loomed by artisan weavers from very premium pure cotton in a little village in West Bengal India. It takes a weaver three days to produce one towel. Jac+Jack is working with these artisans in a collaborative effort to preserve this ancient craft which is under threat of disappearing all together due to the proliferation of mechanised looms.



Yellowtrace Spotlight // Maike Design Studio. Yellowtrace Spotlight // Maike Design Studio.

Office space of newly launched MAIKE Design Studio.

Yellowtrace Spotlight // Surroundings Architecture Briefing Workshops.

Surroundings Architects Workshops. Love a good peg-board.


Industry News.

Mairead Murphy Launches MAIKE Design Studio.

Mairead Murphy is an interior architect in Melbourne. After working at large design firms, Murphy recently started her own studio practice called Maike Design Studio.

My first built project has been the fitout of my office in an old warehouse shell in Northcote. I am based there and sharing with a web designer, photographer and painter. It has been a labour of love – struggling with a very limited budget and a large, unusual shell.

Sounds like a fairly typical headache for any creative start up, right? I think she’s done a lovely job.

Maike Design Studio

Summer Workshops by Surroundings Architects For Everyday People.

Brisbane based Surroundings Architects are working to improve the interface between architects and everyday people by creating briefing process that helps people understand what they are truly want in a home. The Summer Workshop Series is a first step in preparing a great brief and prepare to work with a designer.

The workshops are designed to help people clarify and identify what they want from their home. The highly participatory Housescape Workshops use visual and audio tools, games and exercises to delve into the way people live in their homes and the aspirations they have for future spaces. There are two upcoming workshops running in February.



Yellowtrace Spotlight // The Red List.

The Red List.


Yellowtrace Spotlight // MagSpread.



Online Resources.

The Red List.

The Red List is a source of inspiration. Designed as a trend book, the Red List offers total immersion in the world of visuals arts so as to build bridges between historic and contemporary creativity. Image seekers need to see what’s new and innovative, but they also need to train their eye by picking up on the references, echoes and allusions that nourish artistic creation.

With more than 100,000 images, 6,000 profiles and links, arranged into more than 600 sections and categories, the Red List organizes and concentrates the wealth of images to be found online.

The Red List


MagSpreads is dedicated to the process and progress of editorial design and the publishing industry and its practitioners, students and its enthusiasts. Its purpose is to define and promote the world’s best editorial design, and to provide a place where the editorial design community can review, critique and stay informed with the latest industry trends and design projects being created in the field.

The website started a year ago with much success, now close to hitting it’s first million visitors.



Yellowtrace Spotlight // Henry Wilson Launches Online Store.

Henry Wilson Launches Online Store.


Henry Wilson Launches Online Store.

Henry Wilson is a designer whose practise is built around his belief that design should be both built for longevity and honestly resolved. A graduate with first class honours from the Australian National University, he also holds a Masters in Man and Humanity from the Design Academy Eindhoven in The Netherlands. A strong believer in ethical and human-centered design, Henry creates new objects as well as thoughtful and useful additions to existing objects. He has received numerous awards, scholarships and grants for his work and exhibited in Australia, Europe the UK and USA.

Her recently launched an online store selling a collection of his work and the work of others he admires.

Henry Wilson Store


Yellowtrace Spotlight // Mr. Dowel Jones Lamp by Adam Lynch & Dale Hardiman.

Mr. Dowel Jones desk light by Dale Hardiman & Adam Lynch // The Edge finalist.


Design Events.

The Edge Design Competition.

Australia’s next generation of designers will battle it out for the EDGE Excellence in Design award being held at the upcoming Australian International Furniture Fair (6-8 Feb 2013). The showcase will include products in Commercial, Concept, Student and Green categories.

My personal favourite from the 39 shortlisted products is Mr. Dowel Jones flat-pack desk light by Dale Hardiman & Adam Lynch. Made from PLA (corn starch derivative) and reclaimed Tasmanian Oak, this product is developed following ideas based around the future of manufacturing. Mr. Dowel Jones has the possibility to be printed in any location where a desktop 3D-printer is located, allowing for manufacturing of the object to take place within the common house-hold.

The Edge
Mr. Dowel Jones

About The Author

Dana Tomić Hughes
Founder & Editor

Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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