09 July 2013

Interview: Sophie Cooper of Scoops Design

Coolorful cards, jewellery, cushions and more!


Vinyl Design happens to share a studio in Surry Hills with very talented designer Sophie Cooper from Scoops Design, an Australian brand focused on handmade, colorful lifestyle products such as perspex jewellery, cushions, mirror sets, cards and more.

New products and designs are constantly added to her collection, on the blog today we talk to Sophie about Scoops, her products, inspiration and goals.

1) Tell us about Scoops Design, how it was born and what inspires you
Scoops Design was born at the end of 2005, when I started making brooches for friends as Christmas presents. At first it was a fun side project from my day job as Art Director for Channel 7. It grew from there and I got approached by the National Gallery of Victoria to make custom jewellery for exhibitions and was featured in lots of magazines and blogs. Towards the end of 2010, I decided that I really wanted to concentrate on Scoops and make it my full time work and I’m still going. All of my products are designed and made in Australia and the range now includes cards, mirrors, artwork, jewellery and cushions. Scoops can be found in over 50 shops around Australia and also online.

I love anything to do with design- architecture, interiors, products, graphics and animation. I have always gravitated towards simple shapes, strong bold colours and retro styling. I get inspiration from everywhere- the beach, Japanese pencil cases, talking to friends and also my 2000+ design books!

2) How would you describe your style and what is your creative process?
My style is very much influenced by the design I grew up around, such as Miffy, Meg and Mog, Astro Boy and Marimekko. I love bright colours and anything that has a bold graphic style.  

I like to spend a time researching what I’m going to make and looking at different materials. I usually start sketching and draw lots of doodles with crazy ideas before I go onto the computer. This is probably due to my background in graphic design! I will sit and think about how different shapes and colours work together for hours. I have way too many products as I really like the creative process and coming up with new ideas.

02 July 2013

West Elm has opened in Sydney!

Stylish, Affordable Homeware


After 11 years of producing stylish, contemporary and affordable home wares in the US, Sydneysiders finally have the chance to see West Elm products in their home. Launched in 2002, in Brooklyn, New York, the ever-popular furniture and home wares store, West Elm, has finally opened in Sydney. The new store in Bondi Junction and the soon to be opened Melbourne store, are the first by Williams-Sonoma opened outside of North America.

The company prides themselves on designing authentic, approachable and affordable products for you to use in whatever way you like in your home. By creating clean, simple products for modern living you can mix and match pieces from different collections in order to create your own individual style in your home.

West Elm, said to have been created to market to space conscious New Yorkers, make products that are perfect for those space conscious apartment dwellers in Sydney.

We love West Elm and have our eye on some of their beautiful pieces, such as the Mr White Wall Clock , the Stripe Sheet sets, Box Frame Coffee Table and these Modernist Serving Bowls.

24 June 2013

Typographic Prints

Playing with Words and Fonts

Typographic Prints

A new trend in home wares has emerged on the scene brightening up our homes and minds. Typographic prints such as the ones above can lift any room. Depending on the type of print, it can add a friendly reminder, a cute message, humour, colour, and much more.

However the trend can be overwhelming, due to its popularity there are an enormous amount of prints to choose from. So to help you, we have picked out some of our favourites from Etsy!

Wall Envy Art – these prints are eco friendly, using recycled unwanted books, comics and sheet music together with their signature hand drawn font. Some of the quotes feature The Great Gatsby, Jane Austen, and Oscar Wilde as well as other famous quotes.

Quotational – these digital prints are cute, fun, inspirational and will brighten up any home!

Simple & Serene – these are great hand lettered quotes and doodles

Whimsy and Spice Prints – these beautifully designed prints are great for those who love to cook! They feature anything and everything relating to cooking

ColorBee Design Studio – another cute set of prints, these are certain to lighten up any room

The Green Boat - these prints are sure to inspire!

18 June 2013

Horizon Hotel, Palm Springs

Living the Modernist Dream


During our trip to California we spent 2 nights in Palm Springs, a mecca for modernist architecture and retro design.

Palm Springs is a surreal place, it’s hot desert surrounded by rugged mountains, cactus plants, palms and blue sky.

It can be the most amazing place if you’re into design, architecture and relaxing pool side or the worst place ever if you don’t care about those things because there isn’t much else to do apart from architecture tours and drinking and lounging pool side.

We stayed at the Horizon Hotel, a small boutique hotel of only 24 rooms and adult only.

28 April 2013

Decorating with Paper Flowers

Paper Pom Pom, Bouquets and Shabby-Chic Flowers!


Available at any arts and crafts store, tissue and crepe paper are cheap and relatively easy to work with. Normally used as gift wrap or in party streamers, the materials can also be used to make decorative paper flowers that range from basic to incredibly intricate....

If you're not a very crafty person have a look at these amazing shops on Etsy!

We fell in love with these paper pom pom and flowers from 4 different shops, they make you want to have a party just to decorate your house with these creations!

We thought a brilliant idea the wedding bouquet made of paper: these wedding bouquets can be customized to your specifications with your favorite songs.

23 April 2013

April New Designs!

New Wall Decals Designs


Two new wall decals are available on our website!

Our Russian Dolls Wall Decal are set of 4 pretty nesting dolls (or Matryoshkas as the Russians call them); they will look great on shelves, bookcases, kitchen benchtops etc.

Our Bedhead Wall Decal will give a romantic touch to your bedroom, it comes in single, double and queen size and you could select a bright colour like magenta or yellow for a funky look. King size available on request.

More designs coming soon, feel free to email us your ideas or requests at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

15 April 2013

Artist Crash: Alexandra Lekias

Fantastical Illustrations & Rainbow "vomit"


Even experienced art critics disagree when it comes to the literal, figurative, or symbolic meaning of a piece. And that, of course, is the beauty of art—we all see something different in it! Based on our upbringings and personal experiences, a painting or drawing may whisper or scream to us. And if we just don’t get it, the picture might not say anything at all.

Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Alexandra Lekias is a brilliant young artist whose work has appeared in three sold-out exhibitions. A graduate of the Curtin University of Technology, Perth, her drawings have received numerous awards, prizes, and accolades for over a decade now!

Like many young artists, Ms. Lekias has a highly personal style that can be difficult to explain to the layperson. Her medium of choice is ink, although she also incorporates watercolour and draws almost exclusively on Arches paper. Each piece is incredibly intricate and takes hundreds of hours to complete by hand. These line drawings require a remarkable level of skill, since each ink mark is indelible. A single mistake could spell doom.

The subject Ms. Lekias’s art is almost always a young teenage girl. The subtext is nostalgia, especially with regard to milestone moments or rites of passage. Ms. Lekias is extremely interested in tradition and how it helps young people forge their own identities.

08 April 2013

Paper Beaded Bracelets Back in Stock!

Fair Trade Jewellery and Homeware


These gorgeous paper beaded bracelets are back in stock!

They come in lots of different colours, they're made from recycled magazines paper; each bead is handmade from paper and then varnished.

We get them from Cambodia, during our last trip we found by chance this very cute fair trade shop and we fell in love with their innovative design and use of local and recycled materials.

They make th perfect gift or a little treat to yourself!

You can now purchase them on our website at $20!

25 March 2013

Shopping in Surry Hills: Workshopped

Shop Australian Design


Nobody does it on their own! Behind every great artist, thinker, or creative individual stood dozens of people who helped them along. Patrons, parents, teachers, and friends offered advice, encouragement, and occasionally financial support. That hasn’t changed! Modern artists and designers need help at every step of their journey to realize their vision. And when they do, all of us reap the benefits!

For over 11 years now, WORKSHOPPED has been helping up-and-coming Australian designers at every stage of the production process. The company’s primary goal is to forge successful relationships between designers and manufacturers and sellers. All three are needed to bring inspired products to life, at a reasonable price.

What is the process?

WORKSHOPPED is essentially a design hub that invites promising Australian designers to exhibit their work. The company promotes these shows and then selects items that are well-received for possible future production. Their last exhibition features over 60 designers and was a smashing success.

It doesn’t matter if the item is scheduled for mass production or limited edition, WORKSHOPPED will promote any idea as long as it is completely original and desirable. Production method is also not an issue, as the team has worked on both simple and intricate designs.

Before WORKSHOPPED came on the scene, new designers had to fight tooth and nail to get their creations in front of the buying public. Now they have an effective and reliable avenue to bring the best in Australian design to the people. The company is proud of the many Australian designers it has helped take their projects from concept to reality. Several young designers who exhibited their work at WORKSHOPPED signed commercial production deals and brought their vision to the masses.

What do they show?

The company has over 14 distinct departments on its website, http://www.workshopped.com.au. They include Accessories, Bath & Kitchen, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Furniture, Gifts, Jewellery, Kitchen, Living Room, Workplace, and more! Items for these spaces include everything from cutting boards and cushions to knickknacks and wallpaper. The pieces that show well are often accepted for wide-scale production by manufacturers.

In the image clock wise:

-Dial Hangers, $30

-Watch Out, $250

-Graph Cup, $32

-Dosh Wallet, $89

-Tuerca ring, $248

-Eyoi Yoi Pendant Light, $1355

05 March 2013

A Sunday at the MCA Sydney: Anish Kapoor

Optical Effects and Material Experimentation


An afternoon at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Sydney is always a pleasant way of spending a Sunday, in particular if you get to see the first solo exhibition of Anish Kapoor.

Born in Mumbai, India in 1954, Anish Kapoor rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most celebrated and significant artists of his age. Like many creative individuals, Kapoor had an exciting, unconventional childhood that involved parents from diverse backgrounds. His father was Hindu and his mother was Jewish and both loved to travel. When he was just 16 years old the young artist immigrated to Israel, where he lived in a kibbutz for two years. It was there that Anish Kapoor decided to make art his life’s work.

His training began at the Hornsey College of Art and later Chelsea School of Art in Britain in 1973. It was there that he found a mentor in Paul Neagu, an artist who gave him inspiration as well as artistic direction. As he continued to hone his skills and refine his vision, young Kapoor worked as teacher at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1979. But his talent and hard work did not go unnoticed for long. He became an Artist in Residence at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool in 1982, which marked the start of his career as a professional artist.

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