Industrial Chic, Concrete Furniture and the London Range

Industrial Chic and Concrete Furniture

london buffetNot just for loft apartments in the trendier parts of New York, the use of concrete in interior design has exploded into the scene in more ways than one. There is now a huge range of concrete products available with everything from pendant lights to vases, dining tables to bath tubs. More than just edgy and raw, concrete ensures durability and is easy to form, allowing for an exciting range of shapes and sizes that can be used to create an organic feel in any space. More than that, concrete is a cheaper option when compared to solid timbers and other traditional materials. Concrete is also ideal for the Australian climate, which is known for high temperatures in summer.

Ideal for Rustic, Minimalist and Industrial Spaces

The use of concrete in homes and commercial spaces provides an edgy look with a worn feel that’s still clean and fresh. Durable and hard wearing, concrete pieces can sometimes look a bit cold, however a fresh lick of paint can dramatically change the appearance and give off a warmer effect. On trend at the moment, Scandinavian design is famous for using concrete pieces painted in pastel pinks, blues and yellows. Even a monochrome combination of white and black can add depth to a concrete piece, as the roughness shows through the paint for an added pinch of texture. Ideal for use in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and even outdoor spaces, concrete is weather resistant and stands up well against the elements. Best of all, its malleable form means you can create shapes of all kinds with soft, curved edges or rigid, square sides.

DIY Concrete Stool

c9208aa5e9cc254347b6b934a450c663This great tutorial shows how you can create your very own concrete stool quickly and easily with the most basic materials. Like many concrete items, it has a distinctly minimalist look that can be jazzed up with a lick of paint or metallic stoppers on the bottoms of each leg. Not just a stool, it can also be used as a side table for your bedroom or a lamp table for your lounge room.

For those of us who are enthusiastic about DIY but lack certain hands on skills, there are plenty of DIY projects to be found online where you can create concrete bowls, cup, vases, jewellery and more which can be painted to suit your individual flair and style. And remember, texture and rawness work to create a piece that look genuinely handmade.

London Range

ns-prod-londonNick Scali’s London range has been one of their most popular since its launch in September 2013. The range includes a dining table, coffee table, console and kitchen buffet. Each item features a dark concrete top with an oak frame for an eye-catching mix of natural and manmade materials. The A-line structure of the frame creates a great aesthetic and ensures the weight of the concrete slab is evenly distributed for stability and strength. Ideal for classic and contemporary homes, each piece is understated enough to blend in with your existing décor while still drawing the eye. Whether you choose one piece or a complete look with a few items, the London range exudes a stylish vibe with an industrial twist.

Replica Furniture and the Return of Mid-Century Modern Style

Replica Furniture and the Return of Mid-Century Modern StyleReplica Barcelona Chair

While 2014 is starting to wrap up, we look ahead to 2015 for inspiration in design, architecture and the hottest trends of the upcoming season. Without a doubt, one of the top contenders is the re-emergence of mid-century modern style with its retro furniture and bold colour palettes. As we storm into spring, the weather is getting warmer and the days longer; it’s easy to get excited about making changes in your home that reflect your personality and sense of style. Let’s be honest here, how many of us have the time to completely redecorate, paint and buy new pieces for our home? Don’t worry, you can completely change the look of any space and inject a burst of style and sophistication with a few key pieces that won’t break your budget.


Affordable and Stylish Designs

Replica furniture provides the opportunity for everyday Australians to own a piece of iconic furniture in their own home, whatever your budget. Nick Scali Online wants to help you to realise the dream of owning a piece of furniture that is stylish, durable and recognised all over the world. While the idea of replica furniture is hardly ground-breaking, it offers the best of both worlds with retro, iconic designs made using modern materials and building techniques that are built to last. While still in its first year, Nick Scali’s online store has enjoyed a surge in popularity due to its low price point and great quality. More than that, each piece is built to the exact specifications as the original.

Nick Scali OnlineReplica Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

The first time you have a look through, you’ll notice the impressive range of products on offer. Classic styling with a retro edge, strong bold profiles and fun colours as far as the eye can see. Stylish yet still functional, each piece was created in a time where designers, architects and fashionistas were breaking all the rules and creating pieces that stood out amongst the crowd. The easy-to-use website allows you to buy from the comfort of your own home and have your brand new piece delivered to your door. Convenience, customer service and a great range means Nick Scali Online has everything you need to pick and choose the piece that’s right for your space. The best part is that a Nick Scali Online is different to other online retailers in that you can see select items in person and ‘try before you buy’ with a number of showrooms offering a range of online items for your perusal.Replica Noguchi Coffee Table

Embracing Your Individual Style

In a digital age that offers boundless accessibility and lightning fast information, everyone has access to mediums such as Instagram, Pinterest and blogs that allow you to research and be inspired how you want your home to look and feel before taking the plunge and making a purchase. With names such as Noguchi, Eames, Wegner, Saarinen, Nelson, Bertoia and more, this retro trend is not only eye-catching but offers versatility with pieces that are suited to young couples, all the way up to large families. With designers in Europe, America and even Australia, this period was marked with stylistic influences such as Scandinavian and Danish minimalism all the way through to the ‘Space Age’ trend of the 1960’s that exudes timeless sophistication that’s always on trend. After 50 years in the furniture industry, Nick Scali recognises the importance of value and quality in our products as well as designs that are always in style.

Three Australian Design Blogs

The Design Files - Sydney Master BedroomIf you’ve found us online, perhaps you enjoy spending time reading blogs that give you inspiration for how to make your living space more beautiful, functional and useable – and stylish. Australia has some great design blogs at the moment with all sorts of folks who are passionate about sharing ideas and advice. It’s an amazing gift to have such expertise as a free resource at the click of a mouse.

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Pets and Furniture

Pets on FurnitureToday, in Australia, there are more pets than people! Those numbers are, admittedly bumped up, by the approximately 18.4 million fish that are a part of the estimated 33 million pets in Australia. The Australian Companion Animal Council’s last report in 2010 told us that 8 million Aussie households own a pet, with 3.41 million dogs and 2.35 million cats.

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