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In Focus | Golden by Sarah Ellison

In Focus | Golden by Sarah Ellison

Sarah Ellison’s new collection Golden, evokes the effortless simplicity of 1970’s Australian coastal interiors. Channeling her love for 70’s and 80’s furniture, the pieces are handcrafted in rattan, weaving contemporary shapes and silhouettes with a touch of nostalgia. Sarah drew inspiration from her childhood Summers, spent by the Australian coastline where rattan, cane and wicker reigned supreme. In addition, Sarah was also influenced by Gabriella Crespi, the Italian designer who combines handcrafted objects made from natural influences resulting in unique and contemporary forms. We catch up with Sarah to find out more about her beautiful new collection.

 Sarah Ellison references a sense of 70’s and 80’s nostalgia in her new collection,  Golden . Photo –  Dave Wheeler . Styling –  Sarah Ellison .

Sarah Ellison references a sense of 70’s and 80’s nostalgia in her new collection, Golden. Photo – Dave Wheeler. Styling – Sarah Ellison.

Hi Sarah, what was the inspiration behind your new collection Golden? The collection was inspired by my love of 1970s Coastal Australian Interior and the sense of nostalgia I believe rattan evokes.

When did the idea/inspiration for the collection first strike? I knew I wanted to work with rattan, probably after reading about the wonderful Gabriella Crespi, a Milanese designer who’s bold use of rattan and brass in the 1970’s is now rare and ledgendary. I think it’s also just been on my radar, one of those things that I’m naturally drawn to as a stylist.

How does Golden differ from your first collection? With Golden I really honed in on rattan as a material and some shapes and forms that I wanted to create with it. It’s also a capsule collection rather than a whole range of different coordinating pieces. 

 The  Icon  chair. Photo –  Dave Wheeler . Styling –  Sarah Ellison .

The Icon chair. Photo – Dave Wheeler. Styling – Sarah Ellison.

The collection features natural fibres such as rattan, bamboo, cane and wicker – why were you drawn to these materials? We all had some piece of rattan, bamboo or wicker in our homes in 70’s and 80s in Australia, so I started with this idea and then worked on silhouettes that made it feel up to date and contemporary.

“I was drawn to these materials partly because I wanted a nostalgic element to the collection, and what better way than with rattan.”
 The  Gabriela  mirror. Photo –  Dave Wheeler . Styling –  Sarah Ellison .

The Gabriela mirror. Photo – Dave Wheeler. Styling – Sarah Ellison.

“What do I love most about 70’s and 80’s design? It was bold and experimental, interesting and unexpected.” 

How do you feel 70’s and 80’s inspired furniture fits into our modern interiors? I like a mix of eras, styles and periods in interior design so as long as its not too much of any one thing and it balances well with other pieces in a room - I think it all fits. 

Can you tell us a little more about the decision to produce each piece by hand? Each piece is entirely made by hand through a series of different processes. With this kind of product, the only way it can be made properly is by hand.

“It takes 8 people over 3 days to complete each piece, so they really are works of art in themselves.” 
 The  Halston  table. Photo –  Dave Wheeler . Styling –  Sarah Ellison .

The Halston table. Photo – Dave Wheeler. Styling – Sarah Ellison.



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