Great design is everywhere!
We recently installed some large pendants by David Trubridge, (NZ) in a very contemporary nursing home. Even we were a little surprised with their choice at first, but the result is both spectacular and inspiring.
The eight meter high entry foyer features four large Floral pendants and the theme is carried throughout the other four levels with eleven large (1500D) Flax pendants.
One section featuring Boabab pendants by Alex Earl is more akin a nightclub.
While it can sometimes be easy to underestimate our ageing population, this savvy developer knows their market and sees contemporary design as a way to position themselves apart from growing competition in the sector.
Glowing with a welcoming allure and foreign beauty, the Mayu collection is an exploration of sculptural forms inspired by the beauty of Iceland's otherworldly landscapes. Distinctive and translucent, each piece is hand-crafted using traditional shade making techniques to provide a warm glow from cosy lounge rooms to lofty stairwells.
Mayu is the Japanese word for 'cocoon' and these delicate forms encase a nested shade within, revealing a warm glowing core when illuminated. The collection includes five pendants and one floor lamp allowing a range of applications and cluster possibilities.
Like most good design, considerable effort has been taken to make the collection seem simple and effortless. However, Mayu is Coco Flip's most complex product to date and the unforgiving nature of the material means that great care is needed with construction. Each is made by hand, here in Melbourne with the LED light source is carefully obscured so the whole pendant appears to glow.
In recent years, unscrupulous retailers have been selling fake versions of David Trubridge lighting. Due to Australia’s lax copyright laws, they thought they could get away with it and ignored David's many requests to stop. Well, David took them to court and with the help of the legal team at K & L Gates, he succeeded. At least eight companies who were selling the fakes have stopped. This includes two major national retailers and several dedicated "replica" retailers. At first, several of them ignored our demands to ‘cease and desist’. So we filed proceedings against them at the Federal Court. This showed that we had a case and meant business - it did the trick.
Thousands of replica pendants have been destroyed or taken off the market. And here is the amazing part: David has been able to cover all his legal expenses with the monies paid out in settlement! Because his initial demand was ignored, his costs went up and so did his demands for damages. If they had agreed to settle at the outset it would have cost them a lot less. Many of those to whom he wrote initially argued that because his designs were not registered they were legally entitled to sell copies of them, but K&L Gates put forward a novel argument that countered this claim.
The battle for other local designers is far from over however. The market place is littered with inferior and unethical copies of local designs and this is doing untold damage to the local industry. Each original design we sell at Tongue and Groove has a backstory of the designer's inspiration, often years of product development and craft. The only backstory with a "copy", "replica" or "fake" is THEFT.
The Mighty Apollo building in nearby West Melbourne recently made use of lighting from our collection as part of the building renewal. Working with Six Degrees Architects, the owners have achieved that rare balance of respect for a building's past with renewal for a new, contemporay purpose.
Multiple Dr Spinner pendants by young local designers: Dowel Jones fit seamlessly with the revitalised commercial interior and also in the apartment kitchen.
Acorn pendants by Ross Didier bring a refined industrial aesthetic to the bedrooms.
Several of the larger spaces are now available for lease and the owners are looking for creative businesses. So if you're interested, use the link below for further information.
The Mighty Apollo Story.
With a history that spans early manufacturing in inner Melbourne, to a vibrant creative community, the use of The Mighty Apollo Building over the years reflects a diverse industrial and social history.
The warehouse, with its adjacent matching building, was built in 1926 using new poured concrete building technology. It was bought by Mr A.J.W. Scovell to house the Widdis Diamond Dry Cell Battery Company Pty Ltd, one of the first Australian manufacturers of special purpose portable batteries for the radio industry.
The building would later accommodate other businesses in the emerging light manufacturing industry, including Hygienic Baby Carriages and Ritter General Electric, producing pie warmers and milkshake stands among other equipment.
The Mighty Apollo Building's best-known occupant and namesake was The Mighty Apollo, Paul Anderson, famous for his public acts of strength, for weight lighting, boxing and martial arts gymnasium. From 1956 until 1992, many trained in his gym, and he is credited for encouraging women in the art of self-defence and the early introduction of martial arts to Australia.
The ground floor of the building was for many years been used for engineering and auto mechanics. Bob at R & M Engineering crafted specialty parts using his collection of extraordinary solid metal lathes and Phil at Advance Automotive rebuilt and serviced cars including beautiful classic racing cars.
The building has also been home to a community of artists, designers, photographers and film-makers with small studios and large shared open spaces. Nadia and Jason of PrintInk using the wide open space of the top floor for their screen printing tables, hand printed beautiful textiles for local Melbourne designers and their own products.
After 13 years trading in and around Fitzroy and Collingwood, Tongue and Groove has a fabulous new home in North Melbourne. Located at 309 Queensberry St, we're just one block north of the CBD.
We found a magnificent but long-neglected mid-century showroom with 35 meters of wrap-around glass, 3.5 meter ceilings and huge exposure. "Great Bones" as they say.
Internal walls, floor coverings and all electricals were removed so we could start from a clean concrete box. Then four months of building, polishing and fixing later, our butterfly has emerged. The space is pared back and sparsely furnished so the products are the focus. Drop by and let us know what you think.