Happy Monday dear readers! I would like to kick off the week by introducing you to a brand new regular column called “Yellowtrace Spotlight” – hooray!

Each month I will bring you a whole bunch of good stuff I wouldn’t normally be able to share with you due to the limited number of posts. The column will feature all manner of things such as new products, art exhibitions, design events, lifestyle news and the like – many of those would normally suffocate under a large pile of emails and press releases I receive every day. Sound good? Ok, so let’s get to it!


Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9.


Dinosaur Designs “Dream” Collection. Photography by Juli Balla, styling by Tiana Wallace. Images courtesy of Dinosaur Designs. 


Home & Lifestyle.

Bang & Olufsen // BeoPlay A9.

Danish high-end audio company Bang & Olufsen have developed a new collection of wireless sound systems. Set to be available from the second half of November, BeoPlay A9 is a complete stereo system with no need for additional amplifiers, speakers and cables. It can be fixed to the wall, although it looks just as good when propped on wooden legs.

Capable of connecting wirelessly through iPhone, iPad or Android devices, the BeoPlay A9 streams content via AirPlay or DLNA. Users control the volume by swiping their hands across the touch sensor, or mute the system by simply resting it on top.

Bang & Olufsen

Dinosaur Designs // “Dream” Collection.

From the depths of the subconscious to the playfully creative, Dream, the newest collection from Dinosaur Designs, pushes new boundaries in the brand’s artisan jewellery and homewares design. With a palette that mixes resin in earthy natural tones of blue, green, rust, coral, black and tortoise-shell, with bold accents of sterling silver and brass, the Dream range comprises 49 different jewellery pieces and 12 new homewares styles. Gorgeous!

Available in Dinosaur Designs’ Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, New York and online stores from TODAY (5th November 2012).

Dinosaur Designs

Marimekko’s Sydney flagship store at 66 King Street.

Marimekko stores arrive to Australia.

Marimekko has opened its first company-owned store in Australia in Sydney last week (Thursday, November 1st) with Melbourne store opening today (November 5th). Marimekko products have been sold in Australia since the 1960s, but now the company is getting established here on a larger scale. Both new stores are opening in prime locations, and they are based on the same concept as the several new stores opened in recent years around the world.

The product ranges embrace all of Marimekko’s product lines.


The Sydney flagship is in an art deco building in the city centre at 66 King Street, and in its immediate vicinity are Apple and Louis Vuitton. The store was designed by the same team who were in charge of the visual layout in the flagship stores in Helsinki and New York. The Melbourne store is being opened in a popular and busy shopping district at 576 Chapel Street.

Address: 66 King St, Sydney // 567 Chapel St, Melbourne.


Zoë Croggon, Beyond Habitat, 2012. C-type print, 65 x 45cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Daine Singer gallery.


Lee Lin Chin, TV Presenter. Sydney, Australia, 2003. Photographed by Invar Kenne / Image © the artist and courtesy of Au.Thentic Press.


Art Exhibitions.

Zoë Croggon Exhibition at Daine Singer.

Melbourne-based artist Zoë Croggon works with sculpture, video, drawing and primarily, collage. Her work brings different worlds and moments into collision, suggesting unexpected affinities of energy and form.

Croggon’s collages are composed of images gleaned from sources such as sports encyclopaedias, photography manuals, film stills and dance catalogues. By exploring texture, light, and form through visual comparison and by making fluid or discordant juxtapositions and connections, she rouses the possibilities of metamorphosis and abstraction.

Exhibition dates: 1 – 24 November 2012.

Venue: Daine Singer, 325 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000.

Daine Singer 

CITIZEN // Portraits by Ingvar Kenne 1997-2012.

Swedish-born Australian photographer Ingvar Kenne is holding a major solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Titled, CITIZEN – Potraits by Ingvar Kenne 1997-2012, the exhibition features images taken over a 15-year period across the globe. Subjects include anonymous travellers to recognisable faces such as Akira Isogawa, Baz Luhrman, Malcolm Fraser, Nick Cave, Joel Edgerton and Lee Lin Chin amongst others.

Further to the exhibition, Ingvar Kenne and one8one7 have collaborated to create a photographic monograph published by Au.Thentic Press. In addition to the public release, 150 limited edition copies are available – these are boxed, signed and numbered with a selection of four edition prints selected by the artists.

Exhibition dates: 2nd November 2012 – 27th January 2013.

Venue: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

National Portrait Gallery
Authentic Press Online Shop

Bokja, Arab Fall. Image courtesy of the artist. 


Arflex Strips sofa.


Design Exhibitions.

Bokja // The Arab Seasons.

Institut du monde arabe has brought together the work of Lebanese designers Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri, also known as the co-founders behind the brand Bokja. Baroudi and Hibri source vintage shapes and develop new designs before covering them with textiles and embroideries from around the world. Merging old cultures with repurposed modernist design, Bokja produce unique one-of-a-kind pieces that are sold and admired around the world.

Parallel to its furniture creations, Bokja often blurs the fine line between art, craft and design. In an heart of the Institut du monde arabe’s permanent collection, Bokja presents a collection of unique and engaging works inspired by the sociopolitical changes ignited by the Arab Spring.

Exhibition dates: 11th October 2012 –13th January 2013.

Venue: Institut du monde arabe, Paris.

Bokja Design 

Poliform presents ‘Arflex: 60 years of Italian Design’.

Poliform Australia is presenting a unique exhibition from Italian furniture brand Arflex.  The exhibition will highlight the key pieces produced by Arflex over the past 60 years. The exhibition will be held in both Melbourne and Sydney at Poliform Australia’s flagship showrooms from the 22nd October until the 18th November.

To coincide with the exhibition Poliform Australia is also offering clients a special gift with purchase – Clients who purchase any Arflex piece before Sunday the 18th November will receive a complimentary Arflex side table valued at $2,265 (Conditions Apply).

Exhibition dates: 22nd October – 18th November 2012.

Venues: Poliform Australia’s flagship showrooms in Sydney and Melbourne.

Poliform Australia

DesignByThem Dome Light.


Artemide Mercury Mini LED (right) and Empirico Terra (left).



DesignByThem // Dome Light.

Dome Light references retrospective shapes and minimal lines, adding impact through its large proportions and contrasting ceiling cable. The ambient light is achieved through the product’s rounded form and light-transmitting material.

“We wanted to create a simple, non-decorative light that would frame a space without being too imposing. The neutral colour and classic shape seemed fitting. We installed the lights over the desks in our studio. They were such a hit that we decided to release them to the public.” Sarah Gibson

Dimensions: Ø 1140 mm x H 570 mm // Material: Acrylic // Custom sizes available.


Artemide // Empirico Terra and Mercury Mini LED.

Empirico Terra by Karim Rashid and Mercury Mini LED by Ross Lovegrove are now available in Australia. Both lights were launched at the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair.

Empirico’s sculptural and organic diffuser is made of rotationally moulded polyethylene with opal glossy finish to provide evenly diffused light, with structure in painted aluminium finish.

Mercury Mini LED’s droplet shaped pebbles are designed to reflect their environment and the light they produce to provide a dynamic biomorphic sculpture, which continually changes with the movement of natural light and people within the space.


New Brandy chair by Andrew World.


Limited Edition ‘Maharam Polder’ Sofa by Vitra.



Andreu World // New Brandy.

Designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, New Brandy is an upholstered arm/ lounge chair from Andreu World was recently released at Orgatec in Germany and will be hitting Australian shores very soon.

The armchair version is available in five different bases: cantilever, sled base, four legs (steel or beech) and a central swivel base with 4 legs in oak ply. The lounge chair option is available with four leg base in beech. Exclusively available in Australia from Ke-Zu.

Andreu World

Vitra // Limited Edition ‘Maharam Polder’ Sofa.

Unveiled at the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair the limited edition series of only 100 units was created by the Polder’s sofas designer Hella Jongerius. Six textiles from the Maharam collection have been combined in this stunning interpretation of her now classic Vitra sofa. Further complementing the sofa are loose pillows and Jongerius’s decorative pouffe, Bovist. Both are available in matching colours and fabric by Hella Jongerius.

The sofa is exclusively available in Australia from Space Furniture’s Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane showrooms.

Space Furniture

2012 Select Edition Eames Wire Base Low Table.


The Volley dining chair by Tait.

2012 Select Edition Eames.

Each year, Herman Miller releases a limited-edition piece, inspired by their design heritage under the Herman Miller Select range. Each release is unique, produced in small quantities and available for a limited time. In 2012 to honour the contributions of Ray Eames on the 100-year anniversary of her birth, the company offers the Select edition Eames Wire Base Low Table. The Select edition comes in three of Ray’s favourite bold colours – cobalt blue, red-orange, and yellow-gold.

Available until 31st March 2013, or until supplies last.

Herman Miller

The Volley Chair from Tait.

Designed by Sydney based Adam Goodrum and Made by Tait in Melbourne at Tait’s Thornbury headquarters and manufacturing plant. All part of the extended Volley family are dining chairs, bar stools, lounge chairs, a rocking chair and coordinating tables of varying dimensions and heights.

Volley is constructed from a hardy zinc plated steel frame and steel mesh and powder coated in a variety of UV stable colours from the Dulux palette, deftly finished with a rope handle.

Made by Tait

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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