Our first new releases for 2017Feb 20, 2017

We're thrilled to be kicking off our 2017 releases in such an exciting way... new collections from Carlucci AND Andrew Martin! Carlucci's release is called Italian Touch and is going to market today (20 February). Maurishka by Andrew Martin will be released soon.

Italy's rich design and textile heritage serves as inspiration for Italian Touch. Carlucci takes us on a grand tour of this inspirational country to create an unforgettable collection of luxurious and eclectic fabrics. Italian Touch's designs broadly fall into three groups: Luxury velvet; bold printed linen; and vintage-look plains. So something for everyone. See the collection page HERE.

Montage Italian Touch

Carlucci have also created a fascinating range of wallcoverings to complement the fabrics. See more HERE.

Next week I'll introduce Maurishka by Andrew Martin. It's a must-see for fans of handmade textiles. It will be released soon - stay tuned!


A few thoughts on HeimtextilFeb 03, 2017

It's easy to be overwhelmed by Heimtextil. As one of the largest textile shows in the world it hosts over 2700 exhibitors from 60+ countries - so it's a behemoth! But moving through the exhibition halls there were a number of recurring themes I noted...

For upholstery it was all about texture: lots of heavy, chunky plains, semi-plains and tweed looks (think Chanel). Melange and bouclé yarns were prevalent, creating lovely rustic, hand-spun effects. I also saw many linen designs which had been finished to create wonderful vintage looks and textures. Embossed linen is another thing to look out for in 2017. Ditto for drapery options, both sheer and solid. Lots of textured and multi-coloured yarns about which make for some designs. We can't wait to show you our new 2017 drapery designs - coming soon!

Herringbone was still a big look, in both printed and woven looks.

Colourwise the 1990's beloved 'Hunter Green' was everywhere, along with more sophisticated emeralds and teals. There's still a lot of grey about and a lovely soft indigo. Terracotta is bubbling under and last year's blush has gone a little more peachy rather than pink.

The use of digital printing keeps growing. I've spoken about this before but it really does allow companies like us to offer in-house world exclusive designs, eg Shikara, Shangri-La and Zambesi. With digital printing anything is possible so I saw some very striking, huge-scaled designs... watch this space!




Welcome to 2017 at UniqueJan 13, 2017

Hi Everyone - welcome back to our blog! We trust you had a fabulous break, hopefully involving friends, family, and lots of relaxation.

We are nearly back on deck with some of our team in chilly Europe for Heimtextil and Maison et Objet. The rest of us will be back in action on the following dates...

Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney: Tuesday 17 January
Auckland: Wednesday 18 January
Wellington (WDL): Monday 16 January
Christchurch (MDC): Monday 16 January

And for our SA and WA clients...
Adelaide (Greenfield & Hunter): Monday 16 January
Perth (Anne Bailey Agencies): Monday 16 January

Our first product cycle release is not far away. It includes the new collection from Carlucci called Italian Touch - we can't wait to show it to you. Here are a some images to peak your interest...

Italian Touch 1

There are some stunning saturated hues along with a range of earthy neutrals...

Italian Touch 2

Our Account Managers will be seeing you soon, until then have a great January.


Last Day for 2016Dec 21, 2016

It's our last day of business for the year today ! I've just popped into Sales Service and the phones are still busy, and in the warehouse orders are still being cut - obviously you're planning to hit 2017 running! We are so grateful for your ongoing support. We love what we do and a huge part of the fun is spending time and helping our clients, thank you once again.

Xmas 2016

Click HERE to see your Summer break dates.

I'd also like to say thank you to the team at Unique for all your hard work in 2016. Have a safe and very Merry Christmas.


Deadline for the Andrew Martin AwardDec 14, 2016

Just a reminder that the closing date for the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award is nearly upon us - the 20th of December. All finalists are included in their Interior Design Review, a fabulous annual publication which is sold worldwide. Past Australasian winner include: Alexandra Kidd Design, Arent & Pyke, Debra Cronin Design, Designers in the City, Greg Natale Design, Hare + Klein, Hecker Guthrie, Les Interieurs
, Poco Designs, Sarah Davison Interior Design, Trenzseater and Yohm Studio.

Click HERE to download the entry form. It's always a thrill to see our clients included (and it's about time an antipodean designer won the prize!) so best of luck!

By the way last week it was announced that the incomparable Nicky Haslam and his team won the 2016 award. See more about the fabulous awards evening HERE at the new Design Museum in London.


AM Awards


Dates to rememberDec 06, 2016

Just where did 2016 go? I can't believe I'm writing about the impending Summer break already. Hopefully 2016 has been a great year for you. We've had a good one, with the last few months in particular being very busy.

So below are the dates for our last day of business and when we will be reopening in 2017...

Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney: Wednesday 21 December, reopen Tuesday 17 January
Auckland: Wednesday 21 December, reopen Wednesday 18 January
Wellington (WDL): Thursday 22 December, reopen Monday 16 January
Christchurch (MDC): Wednesday 21 December, reopen Monday 16 January

And for our SA and WA clients...

Adelaide (Greenfield & Hunter): Monday 19 December, reopen Monday 16 January
Perth (Anne Bailey Agencies): Friday 16 December, reopen Monday 16 January

Until then stay cool and calm in the build up to Christmas!

Xmas 2016


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