A luxury interior is nothing without the right materials and often, it is the unique, unusual, or hand crafted bespoke products that pull together a truly exquisite interior. For Designsource, a firm that has operated specifically in speciality products for more than two decades, the heart of their business is discovering these eclectic materials.
Of late, that has meant everything from hand-woven copper wall panels to eggshell lacquer and malleable resin mosaic tiles. “Often it’s about a really textural look,” Design Source’s Sue Holmes says. “Our products aren’t following trends; they bring a timeless aesthetic.”
That’s no doubt because of their individuality. Many of Designsource’s wallpapers, for example, are works of art in their own right, handpainted drop by drop by artisans around the world.
But it is in the unusual where Designsource’s point of difference lies. Another area in which they specialise is the sourcing of salvaged products. “Recently, we’ve sourced baltic pine from a German barn and beams from the Bundaberg Sugar Refinery,” Sue says.
These materials not only create a stunning visual point of difference, but they provide a unique historical context.
One of Designsource’s relentlessly popular wall finishes is the iconic Australian artist Florence Broadhurst range of bold, bright patterns originally designed in the 1960s. “They’re retro, bold and eclectic.”
But Designsource’s range of quirky, high-end custom and bespoke specialty finishes is almost unlimited in its depth. Covering everything from sueded buffalo hides to cork wall panels, scrapwood wallpaper, leather floor tiles, hessian and seagrass coverings, the design possibilities are endless