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Stores

December 4 2013

Here now and gone tomorrow. Summer is always too short which is why we love it so intensely and why we want to live it to the fullest.

To celebrate the kick-off of summer in Sydney, Rotate Store by The Cool Hunter in-sydney is dedicating its first-ever theme to the love of summer.

Rotate by TCH – Summer Lovers - is located at 1 Martin Place in the city’s urban hub where culture and commerce, cafés and high-end fashion meet, mix and mingle. (opposite the Xmas tree)

TCH has curated a cool summery product selection that reflects a sunny, playful vibe. There are beach towels and swimwear from the local brand “We are Handsome” as well as many international brands, including Danward thongs from Italy, beach bats and swimwear from Brazil and Bangkok.

As the summer themed selection will be available until mid February only, the goods will be gone fast. Here now and gone tomorrow. Just like summer itself.

The great execution of The Cool Hunter’s first Rotate store is by the talented Natalie Longheon and Peter Pengly of event company The Artistry. This young firm over delivered in record time by designing, producing, executing and styling in less than 2 weeks. We can't wait to get them involved in our next rotate store.

TCH Summer Lovers Store is open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Thursday 10am to 8pm, and Saturday 11am to 4pm. Closed on Sundays. You can also shop online but not everything is available from the online store.

The store is powered by Intel which we're so grateful for them coming on board early on in the development. Check out this awesome collaboration with Flume & Intel.

Flowers in our windows are by Poho in Potts Point who were also involved in our cool house project last year.

A huge thanks goes to our marketing agency from Melbourne FLAUNT MARKETING who always get involved with much enthusiasm. Brands wanting to get involved in our next few Rotate projects contact Sharyn Lowe. sharyn@flauntmarketing.com.au. We'll be popping up in Melbourne next year as well.

When you visit Summer Lovers store, you could win a free 3 night stay for 2 to Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island (voted best hotel in the world). Simply take a picture at the store, share it on Instragram using the hashtags - #tchsummerlovers and #qualia and you’ll be in the running.

Images by Felix Forest

Architecture

November 30 2009

Architects Anton Žižek and Marjan Poboljšaj, both of whom graduated in 1997, are being noticed consistently at European events and competitions for their progressive design work — from interior design and furniture concepts to architecture. They are the founders of Superform, based in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.


 
Recently, Superform created an interesting retreat for a private client by combining two existing buildings in the town of Ljubno ob Savinji, 70 kilometers from the capital.
 
The first house that resembles the traditional buildings of the valley is monolithic and introverted and contains the bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen. Its main materials are wood and stone.


 
Housing the living room, dining room and a large hall, the second house resembles a boat anchored in the green bay and is more extroverted, open an modern than the first. Its materials are glass, steel, Rheinzink and wood. The combined structure looks bold, yet agrees with its environment and looks entirely livable. Not an easy feat to achieve. - Tuija Seipell

Music

November 19 2009

What is it that makes Australian electro duo Tim & Jean so special? That's not meant as a corny opening line for this feature, that's a genuine question. We really want to know what kind of magic potion is running through the water in their hometown of Perth or how many virgins one needs to sacrifice in order to have what they have.

With just one song circulating around at the moment, the blissful synth-pop jam Come Around, Tim & Jean have already blown bloggers and industry types away. Indeed, after wowing Australian audiences as part of Triple J radio’s Unearthed competition, the duo has found itself in the middle of a major label bidding war in the US, cementing its buzz as the next big thing set to go supernova in 2010.

On Come Around the kids, and yes I do mean kids as the two are just 15 and 18 respectively, show off a surprisingly masterful knack for melding mirror-ball electronics with stomping choruses and irresistible hooks. With more gold like this on the way now's the ideal time to fall for Tim & Jean as you can bet you'll be hearing a lot of them very soon. Listen below. - Dave Ruby Howe

See also 21 yr old Australian Jonathan Boulet

Travel

June 26 2010

OMG! This is insane! Those were the most common — and in some situations the only — comments we made during our stay at Saffire Freycinet, the luxury resort that just-opened on Tasmania’s East Coast in Australia.


 
Very few resorts manage to get all the ingredients right when opening but we can assure you, this beauty of a hotel has ticked all the right boxes. We were literally left speechless — and that takes some doing — as we feasted our eyes on the breathtaking vistas, indulged our senses in our gorgeous suite and in the spa, and devoured the food that made any thought of a diet ridiculous. A four-hour walk on the pristine beach helped, too.


 
These were the first notes we scribbled just after departing: “Expectations were far exceeded. The resort, the location, the backdrop, the mountain walks, the spa, the room, the excellent service, the attention to detail, the happy staff, and the food, OMG the food! — Saffire is truly one of Australia's most exciting places to stay.” Without wanting to sound cocky, it takes a lot to get us to write something like this.


 
In the suite, the amazing bathroom was all marble with heated tiles. Our suite’s amenities included, of course, wireless internet and remote controlled blinds, but the best part was the sweet turn-down service. They supplied a hot water bottle for the bed and a thermos of hot chocolate as it is winter in Tasmania.


 
One of the highlights of our stay was Saffire’s restaurant Palate. The multi-course degustation menus matched with the outstanding local wines are the specialty of head chef, Hugh Whitehouse, who is an Australian icon and a master of fresh, local, imaginative food prepared and served with style, love and care. We would go back for the food alone.


 
Designed by Tasmanian architects Morris Nunn and Associates, Saffire consists of only 20 suites ranging in size from 80 m² (860 sq. Ft.) to 140 m² (1506 sq. ft.). The buildings are super-modern yet reflect the surrounding environment perfectly. Waves, manta rays, sand dunes are all forms that come to mind both inside and out.


 
The interior design, by Chhada Siembieda Australia, takes advantage of the surrounding materials and vistas. Stone and timber are the key materials but they are used in a light, airy fashion. The colour palette reflects the surroundings as well focusing on soft grays, greens and a snap of orange.


 
It truly was an amazing stay, and it felt sinfully delicious to work on our laptops while surrounded by this kind of luxury and gazing at the amazing views this place affords. - Bill Tikos

Rates start from $1550 per night, per suite for 2 people and includes dinner, all beverage. 

Design

May 3 2013

The era of romantic letter mail is all but over, yet all of us still need a letterbox, a mail box, a mail slot... a something where our daily hard- copy mail, and even an occasional long-distance post card from our globe-trotting friends, can be delivered.

But what if we don’t want just “something”? What if we want a stylish, cool, fun, “look-at-me!” mail box that matches our stylistic tastes? Try to find a mail box that is anything other than supremely ugly and you will come up with nothing.

The concept of Koo Koo was developed by Bill Playso who saw the glaring need for a stylish and cool letterbox. he invited industrial designerJustin Hutchinson to help bring the concept to life. the result of Koo Koo letterbox by Playso. Designed and manufactured in Melbourne, Australia

Koo Koo is a stylized bird-shaped letterbox that does not take itself too seriously, yet it has serious curb appeal. It is a conversation piece outdoors and in. Expect to see Koo Koo indoors as often as outdoors. Maybe for internal mail in the office? A suggestion box for your customers? And even the box in which Koo Koo is shipped and displayed is a designer creation in itself. Expect the shipping box to live a long life as well, as a storage box that does not have to hide.

Great design moves people, conveys feelings, evokes a reaction, triggers memories, delights, goes against convention, breaks new ground and surprises in a positive sense.

Zinc powder-coated metal body, compact laminate magnetic side panels.

Base model is $330 and $420 for the optional compact wood laminate side magnetic panels. They can be purchased from our brand new online store here. (free delivery)

Design

May 3 2013

The era of romantic letter mail is all but over, yet all of us still need a letterbox, a mail box, a mail slot... a something where our daily hard- copy mail, and even an occasional long-distance post card from our globe-trotting friends, can be delivered.

But what if we don’t want just “something”? What if we want a stylish, cool, fun, “look-at-me!” mail box that matches our stylistic tastes? Try to find a mail box that is anything other than supremely ugly and you will come up with nothing.

The concept of Koo Koo was developed by Bill Playso who saw the glaring need for a stylish and cool letterbox. he invited industrial designerJustin Hutchinson to help bring the concept to life. the result of Koo Koo letterbox by Playso. Designed and manufactured in Melbourne, Australia

Koo Koo is a stylized bird-shaped letterbox that does not take itself too seriously, yet it has serious curb appeal. It is a conversation piece outdoors and in. Expect to see Koo Koo indoors as often as outdoors. Maybe for internal mail in the office? A suggestion box for your customers? And even the box in which Koo Koo is shipped and displayed is a designer creation in itself. Expect the shipping box to live a long life as well, as a storage box that does not have to hide.

Great design moves people, conveys feelings, evokes a reaction, triggers memories, delights, goes against convention, breaks new ground and surprises in a positive sense.

Packaging designed by Fernando Volken Togni.

Zinc powder-coated metal body, compact laminate magnetic side panels.

Base model is A$330 and A$420 for the optional compact wood laminate side magnetic panels.

Mention TCH for free international shipping

Lifestyle

June 5 2013

 

If you attended our Xmas pop up events in Melbourne & Sydney last year and missed out on some goods, we've now launched our online store exclusively for Australian & New Zealand readers only. We'll be updating the store weekly. (click on the images below)

Lee Broom Table Lamp A$330.00 Francoise Nielly Print A$1500.00 Squirrel Pencil Sharpener $17.00 Leather Pencil Holder With Pencils A$110.00 Candy Vase A$280.00 Tea Egg Infuser A$19.00 Francoise Nielly Print A$1500.00 Tom Dixon Candles $89.00 Koo Koo Letterbox With Side Panels $420.00 Atollo Table Lamp A$2,300.00 Iitalla Sarjaton Glass Tumbler A$55.00 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker A$69.00 Passport Wallet A$55.00 Chalk Money Box A$90.00 Luxury Dog Bed $279.00 iPhone 5 Case $60.00 Tid Designer Watch A$210.00 Turf Paper Weight A$75.00 Francoise Nielly Print A$1500.00 Geo Thermos A$95.00 Tom Dixon Paddle Chopping Board A$165.00

Architecture

July 29 2013

We are quite easily charmed. Or, perhaps more truthfully: When certain elements exist we are highly likely to take a second look.
 
Give us beautiful use of wood, minimalist approach, classic lines, incorporation of nature in design, and we are intrigued.


 
And, if you can add that elusive ‘something,’ that special stroke of genius that makes your design unique, delightful, quirky, even weird, and we will really take a really good look.
 
The Tree Snake House in Pedra Salgadas by Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade fits the bill perfectly.


 
The Lisbon-based architect duo has worked in the spa town of Pedras Salgadas in northern Portugal for some time, creating an Eco-Resort in the park. The resort huts are little eco-lodges made of modular systems and built on stilts.
 
The two Tree Snake Houses have many of the same characteristics and the architects worked with the Modular System Company to come up with innovative ways to create the feel of a tree house.


 
Each Tree Snake House has a studio, a bathroom and a kitchen.


 
The architects are working on additional versions of the Tree Snake House for different environments and climates, including mountainside, riverbank, urban and sand. They expect those to be available to purchase to the general public.



So, we suggest you start saving up for your own Snake House now. We certainly have been snake-charmed and can picture our office in one of them one day! - Tuija Seipell
 


Photographer: Ricardo Oliveira Alves for TCH

See also Treelife by TCH

Art

November 27 2013

Do you really think there is an interior environment that wouldn’t be made more beautiful, more tranquil, more cool with the addition of a peaceful image of ocean scenery?

We don’t think so. Without a doubt, the cure for the visual noise and image overload in our lives comes in the form of a stunning photograph by Luke Shadbolt of the central coast of NSW.

The picture seem like an oil painting, but it is in reality an expertly composed photograph.

Imagine a quiet beach, a soft morning breeze on your skin, the scent of the ocean, the sound of the soft waves. This image will transport you to your favourite seaside places as they expand and calm down any interior with its serene atmosphere and gorgeous colours. Now, just take a deep breath and relax.

 



Buy it here - Exclusive to TCH store.

Fashion

October 1 2013

With the spring comes our need to refresh not just our wardrobes and homes but our accessories, too. An easy way to “spring-up” your look is to change to a chic, light-weight linen tote. We think we’ve found the perfect one that signals summer and beach and antiquing and shopping for veggies in the open-air market, yet looks stylish enough for office.

These beautiful totes are made from high-quality linen that has been dyed using a special colour-gradient technique and mineral pigments to achieve the stylish, sun-bleached, well-loved look.

The bags are also linen-lined, and the lean-yet-sturdy handles are made of natural leather, as is the removable, zippered purse.



Perfect for travel, shopping, work and beach, these light-weight bags will not only freshen-up your look, they will replace all other totes in your closet.

Be the first to get hold of these bags in Australia and New Zealand. Casual never looked this chic before.
 

 

Architecture

April 4 2014

Wirra Willa is a tiny, tranquil pavilion located in Somersby, NSW, Australia, on an 80-acre property that formerly operated as a citrus fruit orchard.


 
Designed by architect Matthew Woodward for his father, the pavilion is only 72 square meters (775 sq.ft) in size and it is surrounded by a 36 square meter (387 sq.ft) courtyard.

The villa complements the existing larger residence on the remote property and provides a special, separate place for reflection and rest. It can also be used as a self-contained guest house.



The architect’s inspiration was the Fansworth House designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1951. Just as Mies’s famous dwelling appears to be floating above the landscape, Woodward’s pavilion seems to float on the lily pond, creating a scene straight from a Monet painting.



Achieving the appearance of effortless floating became a particularly challenging aspect of this project. To gain the approvals of the local council, the building had to be raised twice during the building process.

The area is flood-prone and the finished floor level had to be half-a-meter above the “1 in 100 year” flood level although there is a dam with two overflow spill ways. In spite of the two forced raises, the structure has retained its feel of floating and the residents can still enjoy the sensation of walking on water.



Our eyes were drawn initially to the clean lines and basic materials - steel, concrete, glass, sandstone – with wood the dominant feature. Complexity is easy, but elegant, functional minimalism requires restraint and tact, both evident in this lovely villa.

We can imagine – and envy – the guests loving the relaxed, cool feeling of waking up in this pavilion, with the warm morning breeze gently shifting the white drapes. - Tuija Seipell

Art

July 16 2014

Do you really think there is an interior environment that wouldn’t be made more beautiful, more tranquil, more cool with the addition of a peaceful image of ocean scenery?

We don’t think so. Without a doubt, the cure for the visual noise and image overload in our lives comes in the form of a stunning photograph by Luke Shadbolt of the central coast of NSW in Australia.

The picture seem like an oil painting, but it is in reality an expertly composed photograph.

Imagine a quiet beach, a soft morning breeze on your skin, the scent of the ocean, the sound of the soft waves. This image will transport you to your favourite seaside places as they expand and calm down any interior with its serene atmosphere and gorgeous colours. Now, just take a deep breath and relax.

Buy it here - Exclusive to TCH store

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September 24 2014

Australian swimwear brand Seafolly leads the 2014 call of summer by collaborating on a music video with Australian artists, Panama. In a brand first, CEO Anthony Halas chose to launch the Seafolly summer collection in an original, distinctive format showcasing international ambassador Martha Hunt in a music clip directed by Daniel Askill.

The music video for Panama's new single "Stay Forever" follows Martha Hunt and a number of girls living in colder climates who are suddenly drawn to water and the irresistible Australian summer. The girls make a magical underwater migration to a secluded Australian beach paradise where they relish in the sun of the soft, white sand.

We are giving our vote of confidence to any brand that has the guts and skill to launch a new product the way Seafolly is doing it.

Hire the talent, be clear on your unique brand voice and execute with confidence. This is exactly the path brands must take today to attract attention - Bill Tikos


Art

September 18 2014

We are planning CJ Hendry's first solo show in December, but want to give you a preview of some of the work we will be showcasing.

Penfolds Grange Hermitage 105 x 155

Pool balls - 1 through to 15 - 60cm x 60cm - signed and framed

The 8 has already been sold - to pre-purchase the others, please get in touch.

Wishbone



We arranged for CJ Hendry to meet Kanye West on the last leg of his Australian tour. She presented him with his very own hand-drawn US$100 bank note

Cj Hendry is exclusively represented by thecoolhunter.


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