Object stories: Softly sofa by Nick Rennie

By Penny Craswell

Melbourne designer Nick Rennie was recently in Paris where French design brand Ligne Roset launched his latest design at Maison & Objet – the Softly sofa. For Nick, the sofa is really about comfort, creating a compact shape with high cushions that provide effective support while being extremely comfortable.

Softly sofa by Melbourne designer Nick Rennie for Ligne Roset. Photo: supplied
Softly sofa by Melbourne designer Nick Rennie for Ligne Roset. Photo: supplied

“The idea came from placing a number of cushions together vertically to form the sides and the back of the sofa,” says Rennie. “It has quite a high seat level as well, so its super easy to get up from. And the higher back and sides also have a little flex to them and yet retain their stiffness, which allows great support.” Because of its compact size, the sofa is much more flexible than many other options. Read more

Australian furniture in the driver’s seat at Stylecraft

By Penny Craswell

Australian design is on the rise. Even though we will always have a soft spot for the classics from Denmark or Italy, growing numbers of Australian interior designers and consumers are seeing the value of supporting Australian designers, and Australian retailers are responding to this shift, investing more money in manufacturing collections by local talent.

Blue by Keith Melbourne at Stylecraft
Blue by Keith Melbourne at Stylecraft

Stylecraft is one of those retailers. As reported earlier in the year for Melbourne Indesign, the brand, originally an importer of product from Europe, now has an impressive number of collections created in conjunction with Australian designers. Melbourne-based designer Keith Melbourne is one. A former aerospace and automotive engineer, Keith prefers to work with Australian manufacturers, allowing him to be more involved in the process of production. This approach can be seen in his Blue collection for Stylecraft, a sofa, armchair and ottoman built on the foundations of an environmentally-certified timber and foam shell. Read more