Do you remember the exquisite sets and costumes from the 2001 movie “Moulin Rouge”?

Aussie Oscar award-winning designer Catherine Martin is the woman behind those spectacular creations, and has quite a few other notable movie production credits to her name. Her premiere homewares collection was launched recently with a range of rug designs for Australia’s Designer Rugs, and is soon to be followed by wallpapers, paints, tabletop and bedding designs. The collection is made up of Australian flora and fauna, which Martin is reported to have studied for the production of the upcoming movie epic “Australia” (with husband and director Baz Luhrmann). I love how she has managed to create elegant and timeless designs from some of Australia’s most iconic emblems, without them being kitschy in any way. My two favorites (below) are reminiscent of times gone by, just a little nostalgic, but also very au courant.


Catherine Martin & Baz Luhrmann’s Sydney home was featured in the latest Vogue Living, and I couldn’t resist sharing this image with you. She’s done a great job of incorporating her product into their home (probably for marketing purposes, but there’s nothing wrong with a little shameless self promotion some times!). This room has such a fresh, relaxed feel to it – to me it feels like it could be in the middle of the city, in the countryside, or by the beach. Love it!

Speaking of shameless self-promotion, I hope to be able to share some exciting news and projects with you in the near future, so stay tuned!

Above image from Vogue Living (Australia) Magazine Sept/Oct 2008 issue, photography by Peter Brew-Bevan.

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