Private Objects #5

  E is for Etiquette Elegant Entertaining Melbourne style As part of our ‘Art of Entertaining’ theme, we visited the...

  E is for Etiquette

Elegant Entertaining Melbourne style

As part of our ‘Art of Entertaining’ theme, we visited the Melbourne family home of a corporate maven and a sports Journalist / Biographer where Design objects from around the world mingle amongst treasured family heirlooms, Australian Art and Ceramics.

Photography by Melissa Stewart

It is well known in the corporate world that first impressions count, and entering this 19th century Melbourne Victorian mansion through it’s arched vestibule into a soaring foyer with striking bi-colour parquet floor, massive open fireplace and the glow of a spectacular 1940s white Murano glass chandelier from Barovier & Toso Venice, lets just say first impressions soon turned into lasting impressions. What a spectacular setting in which to greet dinner guests, and offer a welcoming champagne.

Barovier & Toso chandelier
Barovier & Toso chandelier from Venice


Beautiful lights
The Venetian island of Murano produces the most beautiful chandeliers in the world


Collectible treasures


To the left of the block stone fireplace sits a 100 year old cutlery console by Royal Jewellers Mappin & Webb UK [Est 1775] complete with the full original 12 piece bone handled set, each piece resting in its own velvet compartment awaiting the next dinner party.

rare collector objects

In the living room, a ‘pinched’ urn by 1974 Victorian College of The Arts Master of Fine Arts graduate, Stephen Benwellsits on a 1940s Italian table with an unusual radial wood grain top.

Melbourne Art - Design Consigned
Original Melbourne Art


Living with Art
Living with Art – Design Consigned Journal


A trio of oil paintings by Australian Artist Laura Jones, purchased recently from Sophie Gannon Galleries, wait to be hung, their miniature scale in contrast to the architectural mouldings.

Art collection - Design Consigned
A personal Art collection makes a great conversation starter – Design Consigned is a great place to source authentic verified original Australian Art
The Art of hanging artworks
Make your own rules when hanging Art – Design Consigned Stylist


On a custom Stuart Rattle designed sideboard, an evolving collection of hand-glazed ceramics echo the colours in ‘Solomon Islands’ by Australian human rights and environmental Artist Susan Norrie.

Collecting in colour
Collecting using colour as a guide  – Design Consigned Journal – Private Objects #5


A sustainable P.E.T Lamp 12 shade cluster from Safari Living Melbourne branches out over the dining table. Every P.E.T. light shade is unique, hand woven by Colombian artisans using plastic bottle waste and traditional weaving techniques.

Sustainable style - Design Consigned
Sustainable choices – Design Consigned


Polished brass table lamp by Swedish Designer Jonas Wagell illuminates a collection of sparkling Scandinavian glassware, too pretty to be hidden away in a cupboard.


Contemporary table lamp by Jonas Wagell

A Vitra wooden doll ‘family’ from Space Furniture was a surprise Christmas gift from the children. Created around 1952 by American Modernist Architect Alexander Girard, the dolls, inspired by folk art from around the world,were originally imagined as part toys and part decorative objects for his Santa Fe home. The original doll Collection, of which 100s were made, is now housed at the Vitra Design Museum in Switzerland, the dolls still painted individually by hand today. A fun way to introduce children to the art of collecting.

Wooden doll family by Alexander Girard for Vitra
Vitra wooden dolls by Alexander ‘Sandro’ Girard.
Vitra dolls by Sandro Girard
A selection of some of the Vitra dolls to collect.

Reading in the home library is enhanced with a Tolomeo Mega floor lamp designed in 1989 by Florentine Architect Michel De Lucchi for Artemide, a comfortable vintage leather sofa and decorative rug from Behruz Studio Melbourne, custom designed by the late Melbourne society Decorator, Stuart Rattle.

Artemide floor lamp - Design Consigned
Home library goals
Design Consigned Journal – Private homes of Melbourne
Don’t miss your chance to step into the gardens and admire the architecture of some of Melbourne’s best homes at NGV Open Garden Day 2019 in October  – Design Consigned Journal – Private Objects #5

*The Private Design Objects in our stories are all privately owned. Unlike most Design blogs and magazine editorials, we don’t pay stylists to source and bring in objects for the shoot. What you see is here is a real home, the way it is day to day, authentic, like all the objects represented by Design Consigned.

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