Brodie Neill for Microsoft Ad

We represent designers and their products because we are exceptionally drawn to their work - not because they are the 'flavour of the month' or because their product is 'on trend'.

One of these exceptional designers is Brodie Neill - we are huge fans of his work and Made in Ratio's (Brodie's company) Cowrie chair is one of my most favourite pieces of furniture.  (...ever...fullstop)

Well, when we heard that Brodie had been chose by Microsoft to feature as the 'face' of one of their new products we could not have been happier. To be recognised by one of the world's leading technology companies in your own field of excellence is massive. I imagine his profile will now sky rocket and my advice would be to invest in one of Brodie's pieces quickly! 

(You know that Australian designer Marc Newson's earlier limited edition pieces can sell at auction for over $3 million...ok, this may be a flattering comparison - but just saying...!!!)

LUC. Design wins global award!

Hello from Chicago! 

We were blown away to see our store presented at the Housewares Fair as the GIA Australian winner - it was so cool to see the other amazing stores from around the globe - all incredible examples of retailing excellence.

BUT...

We are beyond thrilled to announce that LUC. Design has won the Martin M. Pegler award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising held at the Global Innovations Awards in Chicago.

(Martin M. Pegler has been a professor for thirty years at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in the Display & Exhibit Design Department. A leading expert in his field for over 60 years, Martin hosts seminars in the United States as well as in Latin America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. He has authored 80 books and his textbook, Visual Merchandising and Display, is used in universities around the world)

This is an amazing honour - and I was lucky enough to receive the award from Martin Pegler himself - such a huge privilege, and we are overwhelmed that our small store from Tasmania is now recognised as a GLOBAL WINNER!!

What an amazingly exciting experience and I am so so grateful to be the Gift Guide Australia, GIA, Life Instyle and Reed Gift fairs for this incredible honour.

 

Martin M. Pegler presenting Lucy with her award 

Martin M. Pegler presenting Lucy with her award 

New for LUC. in August

We have now established our new space within the store with a selection of fabrics (for trade and the public) and now we are adding to this space to bring you hardware - handles and knobs! We thought Hobart was well overdue for some quality hardware so we hope to remedy that over the coming months.

The first brand we are bringing to you is UK-based design label Buster + Punch they manufacture industrially-inspired items from knobs to lighting to even motorcycles! We love the quality of their work and the raw, pared-back nature of the product. We are starting with their hardware range but will also extend to their bulbs and lighting soon. They are inspired by London's music, fashion and sub culture scenes and this definitely is crafted into their product.

Sampling will be in store and we will keep adding to the range and can order in anything you see and like on their website.

LED bulbs coming soon

LED bulbs coming soon

Also arriving very soon. We are also adding a new range of umbrellas in store. We have teamed up with the brand Basil Bangs and will bring you their new Rain Collection soon. They have collaborated with artists including Lucas Grogan to present a bright, fun yet classic range of umbrellas. We will be stocking the wooden handle designs. In summer we will extend the range to include the colourful outdoor range (how good will they look with our Danish outdoor furniture?!)

Basil Bangs Rain Collection exclusively at LUC.

Basil Bangs Rain Collection exclusively at LUC.

Photo credit: Brooke Holm. Styling by Marsha Golemac.

Photo credit: Brooke Holm. Styling by Marsha Golemac.

Photo credit: Brooke Holm. Styling by Marsha Golemac

Photo credit: Brooke Holm. Styling by Marsha Golemac

New kitchenware products arrive in store

Just in time for the cooler days and early evenings we have a beautiful new range of cookware, kitchenware and crockery in store - to inspire you to cook up some heart-warming winter fare!  Product from Morocco to Italy, from cutting edge finishes to traditional pottery. We are really excited by these new collections as they really are unique yet functional pieces.

We have a selection of stunning white clay ceramics from Morocco. Traditional pottery meets clean contemporary lines and these over sized bowls and plates will look fantastic on the dining table or on the kitchen bench.

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From Italian company knIndustrie we have received our first drop of some of their sensational pieces. Durable, hard-wearing, non-stick and non-porous porcelain coated aluminium oven dishes with a nanotech ceramic interior - perfect for bakes, roasts and lasagnas! The winter must-have (well, let's face it...the kitchen must have) an incredibly good quality non-stick aluminium tagine. Imagine the beautiful Moroccan slow-cooked dishes you will create with this! 

Also from knindustrie we have the super sleek In Taglio cutting/serving boards. Made from ceramic, walnut and stainless steel they are a very stylish addition to any table. The beautiful ceramic details are from Patricia Urquiola's Mutina collection. These come in two lengths 79cm or 52cm. 

knindustrie In Taglio cutting board

knindustrie In Taglio cutting board

The icing on the cake (since we are in the kitchen) is the incredibly practical 'workstation'. Protect your bench tops (especially if you are lucky enough to have marble or natural stone) this big brushed walnut board comes with a perfectly place notch for your ipad or tablet (think easy recipe access!) and a metal scraper to easily brush away scraps and crumbs. At 55cm x 60cm it will sit well on most kitchen benches - but yet can be easily moved, stored and cleaned. We have limited stock in our first delivery so these won't last long! (happy to take pre-orders for our next delivery!)

Look forward to seeing you in store soon and you can tell us what you plan to cook, we are eager to hear and extremely happy to try anything you make!!

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New product for March at LUC.

Nobody panic ...but it's Easter and the end of March already!

We have had some great new product arrive in the past couple of weeks. The incredible 'cow hides' we imported direct from the UK sold pretty much straight away! (just a couple left in store) These rubber-backed fabric 'hides' (made from 87% nitrile rubber) create the look of a hide on the floor but the digitally printed quirky persian carpet detail makes them quite a unique piece. They are fully washable so would make an amazing statement in an entry hall or high-traffic area. (available in 3 colourways blue/beige, grey or black)

We have received our winter drop from Lounge the Label. Luxurious knits, cozy cashmere pants, practical (and really cool!) winter coats and some great "must-have" black jersey dresses that definitely need to be in your wardrobe! Seriously, the cut of their dresses is fantastic and we have had customers come back for 2nd and 3rd pieces as they are getting so much wear from them. Lounge is a Melbourne based brand and we are finding they fit that need for classic fashion essential pieces but with a slight edge or detail that makes them really versatile.

 

We are also restocked now with the popular Cutipol cutlery. We have stocked the gold/black Goa range before but this time we have added the stainless steel and black resin - it is equally as beautiful but with a much more classic appeal. Teaspoons, salad servers and cutlery sets now in stock.

Cutipol Goa range 

Cutipol Goa range 

Furniture at LUC.

This year at LUC. we plan to focus a little more on our great furniture brands.  We are so pleased to be the Tasmanian stockist of the Danish brand GUBI.  Originally founded in 1967 by Gubi and Lisbeth Olsen the company is now run by their sons Jacob and Sebastian. The product they now produce has been described as...

 

...eclectic, intercontinental collection that blurs the lines between the past and the future. An extensive assortment of extremely aesthetic, thought-provoking designs characterised by simple, arresting shapes, original materials and innovative techniques which defy time and space. Imbued with a beauty that resonates with design aficionados, architects and designers all around the world.

 

GUBI is now a global player in the design scene and many of their pieces are proving to have icon status. Our first shipment sold out in the first 2 weeks - the every-popular Adnet mirrors are classic editions to any space and that 'forever' piece worth every penny.

We are expecting a new delivery any day now including stools, and (of course) more mirrors, also the Mategot coat rack - all these products will work in both modern and traditional design schemes and the quality is exceptional.

Another brand we are having great success with is Cane-Line. Yet another solid Danish brand - consistently good quality and exceptional designs come together to make some of the world's best outdoor furniture. 

The "Breeze" setting is consistently selling well as it both beautiful to look and a sturdy, weather-proof product. We are expecting the new colourway at the end of this month. A beautiful soft oyster grey colour (with white legs) for those who are not as comfortable with designer-black!

Cane-line Breeze setting 

Cane-line Breeze setting 

The On-the-Move table is fast becoming one of staples in store. This clever little powder-coated aluminium side table has a removable tray top and can be easily moved around to accomodate any party needs!

Another edition we are making in the next couple of weeks is the Copenhagen bench (this also comes in a coat rack too - which will be arriving later). I can't stress enough what great quality this brand is. It's really a nice feeling when you are selling something that you can feel confident and proud to be stocking.

We will be expanding both these ranges in the coming months and we also have a few new brands we are working on introducing. I am off on a sourcing trip next month - February is always a great chance to catch up with my current suppliers and see what will be arriving during the year. I will be definitely bringing more great design to LUC. we are working hard to secure 2 big suppliers .....we think you will be happy...very happy!