When it comes to style, first impressions really do count. So why should your bedclothes be any different? A bed linen refresh can lift the textural element and colour composition of your bedroom to the next level, and it’s far easier to achieve than a new coat of paint. Here is some of our favourite new bed linen by Australian designers.
Lisa Gorman first delved into homewares in mid-2013 with a range of vibrant mohair throw blankets. Just under six months later, the Gorman HomeTime collection was launched, featuring a complete range of quilts, bed sheets, pillowcases, cushions and throws, all in Gorman’s signature pop-art style. Look here for colourful custom prints and folky hand-embroidered accents. gormanshop.com.au
Beci Orpin’s debut homewares collection, in collaboration with Adam Rogers, spans the kitchen, the living room and, of course, the bedroom. The collection of doona covers, quilts, pillowcases and cushions is defined by sweet pastels in a range of bold, geometric prints – tiny bowties, polka dots, a scribbly sketchbook and even a Magic Eye.
With a name derived from the words “period” and “timeless”, PER-TIM is by Melbourne design duo Bernadette Francis of (the now closed) Alice Euphemia and Laura Albee Barton of Kuwaii. With a focus on wearable comfort in their clothing line, it’s not surprising they’ve released a bedding range. Dreamy, ethereal patterns lead the way in muted blue and grey colour stories. All bedding is made in Melbourne, but it’s worth pre-ordering as the limited list of items always sells out fast.
Intricately patterned bedclothes on 100 per cent cotton by Sydney-based designer Emma Rutherford. The idea is to mix and match, with a wide range of contrasting contemporary patterns and prints produced in small runs, ensuring attention to detail across the collection. With a strong emphasis on sustainability, Fictional Objects orders are delivered in reusable packaging, adding a shameless touch of self-satisfaction to the joy of receiving a new bed-linen delivery.
Designer Christine Lafian launched Suku with a desire to combine the traditional Indonesian artwork of where she grew up with a modern design aesthetic. Soft, hazy linen in ranges with names such as Flamingo, Capri and Mojito feature a myriad of bright colours and soft gradients in hand-dyed bamboo rayon, with a silky texture similar to 100 per cent cotton, for a tranquil and peaceful mood before bed.
Offering 100 per cent linen sheets in gentle tones of blue, grey, white and beige, the In Bed Store is a minimalist’s dream. Inspired by “sleep-ins, breakfast in bed and staying in your pyjamas all day”, In Bed products come with a lived-in look, designed to be just as beautiful on an unmade bed as they are when perfectly styled. When shopping online, be sure to check out the Journal page for some well-curated, bedroom-friendly reading.
Sisters Kate Heppell and Hayley Pannekoecke released their first bed-linen range with friend Alex van der Sluys in mid-2012; a light-hearted and vibrant range inspired by the trio’s everyday experiences. Part of the idea behind Kip & Co. is for customers to mix and match between seasons. Think loud, geometric prints alongside softer, whimsical designs, such as a pastel checkerboard quilt paired with a hand-quilted bird bedspread and a banana collage pillowcase. Kip & Co. is also partial to a bit of collaboration – look for creations with Mister Zimi, Obus and Desert Designs.
I Love Linen
The team behind the Melbourne-based brand I Love Linen places utmost importance on quality. Working with local and international weavers, screen printers, sewers and artisans, I Love Linen offers a judicious edit of pure linen sheets and bedding in a muted palette of ivory, charcoal, oatmeal or classic white. Or opt for colourful and bold graphic and floral prints, hand stitched and woven into Kantha quilts and Turkish blankets. If you’re after something a little more luxurious, I Love Linen also offers a hotel bedding range in 1000-thread-count linen.
Bruce Slorach and Sophie Tatlow have run a design company together for 14 years, and Utopia Goods is a recently launched side project. Slorach painstakingly draws and paints native flowers and plants, like kookaburras, rosellas, waratahs and flowering gums, which are printed on linen, cotton poplin or durable canvas using traditional methods. The prints are a vividly coloured, whimsical take on the plants and birds of the bush without descending into nostalgic Australiana.