Wednesday, 4 December 2013


The artwork that formed the basis for Bethany's "British India' collection of fabrics and wallpapers has now been framed up and is finally being released as a set of botanical prints.  The collection consists of four botanical studies and one of a woodblock pattern "Calcutta".

All prints are beautifully framed in faux bamboo, have been individually signed and are available in three sizes, suitable for both commercial and residential uses.  They would look outstanding in a resort situation as well.
We will initially be selling these prints from our website,, and have both a retail and wholesale price list.  If you have any enquiries, please don't hesitate to contact either Bethany or myself via the website.

 Perfect for Aussie beach and coastal areas, country living and resorts, as well as bringing a bit of country into an urban setting... stunning and unique!


Sunday, 1 December 2013

Mordeo restaurant, Sydney

Check out these amazing lampshades being installed this weekend in the newly opened restaurant, Mordeo, in the atrium of the Deutche Bank Place building in Sydney's CBD... the space is ripe for some extravagant fixtures..

Deutche Bank Place was designed by Foster and Partners.  The Mordeo restaurant fit-out was designed by my other half's company, Morris Bray Martin Ollmann...  I will post more pics when the furniture is laid out and the lights are on...

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Sculptures by the Sea 2013...

My favourite...
Horizon by Lucy Humphrey.

'Harlequin' style... overseas trends...

It's essential to always keep an eye on overseas trends and a look-out for clients as to what's available.  Recently Harlequin held a launch of their latest range of fabrics and wallpapers at Domestic Textiles in Sydney.  Harlequin is one of the top-selling ranges now in the UK and it's a tribute to their willingness to embrace contemporary styles and encourage up-and-coming designers.

Beautiful coppers and metallics in the Leonida range of rich velvets and wallpapers have been given a modern-day edge.

Love that faded grandeur look...


In contrast their Poetica range is quintessentially English, fresh and light and a celebration of English flowers and countryside - I particularly like the way they incorporate embroideries, weaves, voiles and appliques...

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Bethany Linz - St Germain Collection

Hot on the heels of "The British India"collection, Sparkk released Bethany's second collection, "Saint Germain".  This was inspired by the art and literature movement that took place in  Paris in the early 1900's, giving rise to artists, authors and musicians such as Picasso, Hemingway and Louis Armstrong.

The collection of fabrics and wallpaper is an elegant mix of rich and vibrant patterns and colours ...
This Raoul design has already made it to the Finals of the House & Garden Style awards!

All enquiries about these fabrics and wallpapers can be made through our website: or

Refurbishment project...

I was invited to do a design proposal for the Lane Cove Tennis Club - Stage 1.  Set in beautiful, leafy Central Park, and bounded with huge trees, this two-storey brick building had been virtually neglected since its opening in the 1980's.  The current members are a friendly, enthusiastic bunch and they wanted to refresh the building and entice people to linger there.  The Club's uniqueness is the fact that it is New South Wales's, second oldest tennis Club, as it was established in 1908.

The upstairs area had obvious potential - an old tallow wood floor, windows and light on all sides with views of the trees, with the added bonus of an outside balcony overlooking the courts.  It was sad to see old cups and trophies from yesteryear covered in dust and tarnished after years of neglect.

I proposed two design options.  The upstairs area was reminiscent to me of a Singapore club - drawing inspiration from the Raffles Long Bar, I proposed Bethany's "The Grand Shalimar" wallpaper be a feature wall, with ceiling fans installed, and rattan furniture to encourage relaxation and lingering.
Bethany's vision board...

If the Club didn't want to have a feature wall or a specific 'look'. the other option was to completely refresh the look of the interior, focusing on the hard surfaces, new electrics, LED downlights to replace existing fluorescents, a coat of paint in a colour sympathetic to the style of the room and the sanding and sealing of the floor.  That's what they decided to go for...

Work in progress:

The finished room, albeit without photos and memorabilia on the walls...

What is satisfying is that this is now a rentable space and the local fitness club are now using it for yoga and pilates.  They are enjoying the natural light and cross-ventilation that the space has in abundance.

It was also great to see the transformation of some of the impressive old trophies and cups from this:

To this:

Downstairs was a utilitarian space, with plenty of windows on to the courts, but the brick interior walls made the space drab and uninviting.  Being a budget-conscious project, and some structural work to rectify, rendering the walls and replacing the carpet was out of the question in Stage 1 of the project so the main aim was to brighten and freshen the space as best as possible.

It was decided to paint the wooden window and door frames and the 70's dark orange and mustard bathrooms white and purchase contemporary furniture that would appeal to younger members with a bar table and stools, as well as up-dated cafĂ© furniture and bench seating for more comfort.

One thing that was obviously required, was some sort of storage unit to store racquet bags that members would dump on the floor anywhere.  I designed a racquet storage unit, like large pigeon-holes for storing the bags safely out of harm's way.

One of the main things to bear in mind when you're working for a Club of this type, is to cater for all age groups with seating, so older members have support for their backs.

I'm looking forward to working on Stage 2 now...