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Crafty Dining: Seasonal Concepts x Isaac x Moya's Juniper Lounge

Crafty Dining: Seasonal Concepts x Isaac x Moya's Juniper Lounge

Seasonal Concepts opened its doors in 2009 and is the collaboration of Ken Wallis and his partner TR Keller. Wallis and Keller initially wanted to create a florist unlike any other in Sydney. “We wanted to marry fresh in-season flowers with the contents of Grandma’s kitchen and Grandpa’s shed and present it with all the wonder that I experienced as a kid in the country,” says Ken.

Crafty Dining: Studio Enti + Embers Mezze Bar

Crafty Dining: Studio Enti + Embers Mezze Bar

Studio Enti is the design practice of ceramicist Naomi Taplin, producing porcelain tableware, lighting and home decor. Leading restaurants Nomad & Lotus at Barangaroo use Studio Enti's dinnerware. Each unique piece of handmade porcelain is made to be used and enjoyed.  A strong belief in the necessity of good design and concepts of longevity and sustainability are the major driving forces behind the work of Studio Enti.

BEAMS Arts Festival 2015

BEAMS Arts Festival 2015

We checked out BEAMS Arts Festival on Saturday night in Chippendale. This year's event had expanded from the cramped laneways and alleyways of 'old' Chippendale to include the park behind Central Park.  And then stretching to the all new precinct of Kensington Street situated east of the Central Park building.

We really enjoyed wandering around discovering the various light installations, performance art and live music components of the event. The crowd was a real mix of inner city types: hipster students, little families and older arty types.  People really got into the spirit of the event: making, playing, dancing and viewing the art & multi-media on display. Full use was made of the many concrete walls for overhead projections, giant balloon sculptures and temporary art work displays.

Local food & beverage providers enthusiastically manned their stalls with everything from pork ribs to gelato available at reasonable prices. The food truck community also joined in with our firm favourite Veggie Patch Van serving-up their famous Haloumi Burger* and sweet potato chips. There were two long tables set-up - one in each precinct - for punters to sit down and eat as a community. Dressed with greenery down and hot coals down the centre this placement felt like a decadent edition to the urban landscape.

We exited via the new Kensington Street precinct which was alive with flame poi dancers, singers and pop-up sweet stalls. The old cottages lining one side provide a good contrast to the modern structure of Central Park. The cottages have been fully restored and have various homeware and design tenants as tenants. A key newly-refurbished hospitality venue sits at the Broadway end of the laneway: The Old Clare Hotel houses three restaurants Automata, Silver Eye and Kensington St Socialall headed by young-guns with impeccable credentials who are looking to make their mark on Sydney's dining scene. The front bar looks rather fun too - a very Mad Men meets old Sydney pub vibe.

So make the time to check out the newness next time your over this way. Another great addition to the inner city villages of Sydney.

*When eating this gentle giant be sure to allow for leaking fresh beetroot juice. Unlike the author who ended-up wearing a temporary birthmark on her face for the rest of the evening totally unawares!

Redfern Design Rulz!

We spent a lovely Saturday afternoon in Redfern on the weekend. This hood is going from strength to strength! Regent Street is gradually becoming a homeware & design store mecca for those who love their retro elements with a dash of contemporary.

Finishing Touches Restoration - run by Allan & Linda Graham- and Rudi Rocket arrived in the late 90's introducing mid 20th century design to the strip. It's a family affair with Graham & Graham Design owned and operated by Matthew and his wife Benny just a few doors down from his Mum & Dad. G&G specialise in mid 20th century design, furniture, ceramics, lighting and custom handmade lampshades. We had a lovely chat with Rudi too - that guy has some real stories to tell about the pieces in his store!

Then a couple of years ago the boys from Surry Hills Chee Soon & Fitzgerald bought & renovated a terrace on the other side of the road. Known for their love of MARIMEKKO fabrics, a diverse range of fine ceramics from around the world and of course Bryan's collection of vintage glass pieces. The latest arrival is the very well-stocked The DEA Store - Delicate Eye Area - owned & operated by Karin - ex-Fratelli Fresh homewares stores. Karin has a great eye for the best in beautiful & practical kitchen ceramics (both local & imported brands), exclusive textiles from local artist @SallyCampbellHandMadeTextiles NZ Men's skincare range Triumph & Disaster, quirky succulents in copper pots and many more design treats.

And if you ned a sugar hit during your design store wander check out Ciccone & Sons Pty Limited gelato & coffee store right smack in the middle of all this fabulous-ness! With new flavours every week this place is definitely a local favourite after only 3 months with both the adults and the kids. Everyone we spoke to loved their product and the boys friendly service. Move over Messina! So next time you need a design hit maybe Regent Street, Redfern should be your prime destination.Go the Fern!