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My top five quirky stories for 2012

I dare to think how many words I write each year. Heaps. But I always take care to address every project that crosses my desk, and many of those end up in the magazines I write for. So as 2013 kicks off, I thought I'd share with you my top five quirky stories from last year. Enjoy! 

This volcano-esque bathroom belongs to an apartment in St Kilda. You might wonder what the rest of the apartment is like, followed by WHY OH WHY OH WHY, and then perhaps look at the practicalities. Like how you actually get into the bath-slash-shower. FYI there are built-in steps. I'm a little sketchy on the design details, but the apartment was auctioned last year. I wonder if the bathroom was a selling point? 

My favourite chair is Thonet's famous 18. Bentwood. It's a cliche, but this chair is a thing of beauty and I have long admired its functionality and good, simple looks. For this story, I was interested to learn how the iconic brand is not afraid to keep up with trends. So Thonet injected its range with bold splashes of colour. What a great result! This shot is taken from the Melbourne office of Serviceworks, which specified the chairs for its break out areas.

Another brilliant image, this time from The Establishment Studios, a not-so-new now photographic and object for hire space in Prahran. The crystal pendant light is by Christopher Boots and I was lucky enough to handle some of the beautiful crystals at his Footscray studio. This picture is one of the spaces for hire at The Establishment Studios, which are often booked out for editorial and product shoots. 

What can I say? I love these little piggies. They form part of Calden Cabinet's exhibit as part of the HIA Brisbane Renovate and Build Show a few months ago. While the exhibited kitchen is really about clever automated features and the most cutting-edge technology, for me I really liked the playfulness of these plastic hoofers. Apparently, they proved quite a hit with patrons too, but another exhibitor stepped it up with a life-sized horse in their exhibit. Giddy up.

My last highlight is this outdoor room - Cristal Box - that formed part of a feature for (inside) magazine on living outdoors. It's available in Australia from Parterre by Gandia Blasco, and the marketing campaign presents the box in each of the four seasons. This one with its lush greenery is my favourite. 


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