Our David Bromley throws have just been so popular, with constant instore, email and phone inquiries. So…I thought I’d let you all know that the web site was fully updated today with the throws that we have remaining. So this is it, make sure you secure one asap before we truly run out!!
“Kokoda property has built an impressive reputation as one of Victoria’s finest boutique developers, specialising in luxury residences.” Their latest project at 3 Murray Street Armadale is to be sold by real estate professionals Marshall White. The single level three bedroom home is a Christopher Doyle designed residence. In conjunction with interior designer Stuart Rattle, we have created an interior that fully compliments the home, combining antique furnishings, modern art and one off David Bromley pieces.
Projects such as this are a wonderful opportunity for us to really show off what we do best!
The above shot really shows how a property shines when decorated properly.
Sucessful interior stylist Glen Proebstel has just launched his new website and blog, where a fascinating collection of work is displayed. Included amongst these promotional shots are many pieces from our showroom, which Proebstel often frequents looking for curiosities. Below is a shot from the latest edition of Inside Out magazine utitilising our David Bromley upholstered French Antique bed.
From reading the ‘About Us’ section you will know that essentially we like to see ourselves as a jazzed up antique shop. Too often people associate antique stores with boring brown furniture, cups and saucers and a dull interior. We took it upon ourselves therefore to dispel this myth.
Our shop is big, bright and brimming with fabulous antique and vintage pieces sourced from all over the globe, there is literally something for everyone.
The above photo shows a look that is typical of what you might expect to see here at Capocchi. A pair of antique English carved and painted chairs from the 1850s upholstered with Bromley designed images that have been highlighted with hand embroidery, match up beautifully with a French two door cabinet featuring its original painted finish and marble top. On top of the cabinet are a vintage pond boat and a pair of French table lamps with faux marble finish made by the designers Jensen of Paris. Behind the scene is a Bromley original. Here the combination of the old and new work in perfect harmony.
Liz Capocchi is a talented interior designer who has an excellent knack for putting things together and making it look so easy. Capocchi is setup as a series of rooms or vignettes where items placed together both compliment and emphasise each pieces best attribute.
In the photo above Liz has contrasted an unusual antique English Pine buffet with a distressed black finish against a tangerine coloured wall. The vintage tin liquid measures pickup on the colour of the buffet and the wall while the wire basket laden with marble fruit and French designer lamps further this. In this picture we can see how pieces from different eras, and countries, can happily be used side by side.
When you look at the properties in magazines like Architectural Digest they reveal unique interiors that stand out, and that is what we want your home to look like. At Capocchi we offer special one-off pieces that will make your home shine.
We had a crazy few days preparing the shop for the opening night of David Bromley’s ‘Another Time Another Place’ on April 7. As a result of David’s Guest Blog on Design Files we were absolutely inundated with inquiries for the throws.They only just arrived on the Thursday, and I spent the day busily listing throws on the site for all the interstate and overseas clients who were interested. At the same time it was all hands on deck, hanging the photo banners, and folding the throws with staff choosing their personal favourite.
The night itself was a great success. Responses to David’s limited edition banners were absolutely positive and the front shop, where we have them displayed, was filled with admirers both of the work,s and the model who attended the function. The throws were wrapped and unwrapped, wrapped and unwrapped; there literally was too much choice, with people completely overwhelmed about which gorgeous design they just had to take home. Drinks flowed and our delicious nibbles provided by Fresh Fork kept all happy and satiated. All in all a wonderful evening set amongst the glorious surroundings of our store.
All you have is good. I have a constant desire or push to reflect character and warmth and narrative into any image (like I discussed yesterday with the new works, where it is possible give a piece of work character and a sense of place). I try and reflect just not what the image is but how to portray it.
I’ve always been a mad decorator. My parents were incredibly indulgent. I would write and paint all over the walls faking red blood dripping writing and gluing things on to the wall pulling all the plaster off.
I moved out of home in my early teens and, despite being broke, would have my own little flat as opposed to sharing a space. My first place had rolling stones posters everywhere, bottles, driftwood, old motorbikes and big black and white printouts with coloured textas… and friends would come over and colour them in. Nothing’s changed. I’ll move rooms around and design furniture in my sleep.
There is no hope for me, luckily I get to do it in my waking life too. Collaborating with Capocchi is great fun, mainly I have free reign to let my imagination run free. The throws are on the back of a great fabric / textiles collecting habit. I couldn’t have made a throw without an old school / antique backing, as they are just so charming and so different and emotional in their feel. So the ideas was to combine a contemporary image (even though my work has a nostalgic narrative or style at times too) of mine on one side, and the antique on the reverse, hand stitched together.
The long lines of hand stitched application just ties the two quilts together and I think adds a lovely quality to the image. It was always important that they felt authentic and had a sense of originality and were not just a throw, but a thing valued… a sense that you wanted to fall asleep under a bunch of them and float off into dreamland.
I have a fascination with collage and reliefs. Sometimes I think I like old signs / posters, old circus banners and old fairground puppet shows etc more than contemporary paintings. An old book on shopfronts/sign writing in Russia and America showcasing beautiful weathered facades is full of imagery that draws me to it so much. Some of my new pieces are very much me wanting to play with the extra dimension that can be achieved using the shadow box as a little theatrette.
I have a love for so much imagery from a bygone era and especially the old pulp magazines and kitsch, making all the components, then hand making the frames and structures to play like little stages – the kitsch paintings of crying big eyed children and velvet paintings, smoking boys and skulls with still lifes are really impacting on me and I’ve been having a great time reinterpreting those. It’s a great adventure making new work.
Another Time Another Place
Melbourne – From Friday 8th April
Capocchi 941-951 High Street, Armadale, Victoria 3143 t 03 9822 3700
Sydney - Saturday 30th April
Bromley Arcade 7 Danks Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017 t 02 9319 1624
Like most things in my life, situations, projects and art happen on the run and organically. A meal with Mark Tuckey at Fratteli Fresh in Danks Street, Waterloo brought about discussion as to the great energy in that precinct, one thing led to another and we decided to take a space for a while to open as Bromley Arcade.
We had / have no long term plans, but wanted to play there for a while, and already we are talking of moving it to the northern beaches… but before we go we thought it’d be fun to have a showing of some of my new pieces; the quilts, the new banners some jewellery prototypes, skateboards and surfboards will make an appearance.
Mark and Louella Tuckey have a similar energy to me that ends up in projects driven by the desire to see a thought process through to real outcomes, so we sort of shouldn’t get together too often or we’ll end up in all sorts of trouble. They are opening a new homeware store in Avalon next week.
Bromley Arcade will showcase my new photographic work and throws and also host Datsun Tran in an exhibition of his work. Datsun first came to work for me years ago, animating my series of films titled I could be me. He came to Adelaide from Melbourne with nothing and he wouldn’t accept any help, seriously none. He had no money and I had some spare furniture yet he wouldn’t lend a thing, sleeping on an air mattress, didn’t know a person. Quietly determined, give him a few months he’s got furniture (worked out payment plans), friends, girlfriend. A rare fella, talented, loyal, lots of bright shining ideas.
I am not quite sure what to say or how to portray Datsun and the main reason for this is he carries himself with such gentle humility and he’s such a self contained, self reliant individual – no artistic pretensions, actually no pretentions full stop. But watch out, underneath beats the heart of a lion, man he can work, commit, challenge and educate himself. Underneath that mild exterior beats the drum and really has its own rhythm.
I am a constant sponge and whilst many a creative folk are quite judgey over other peoples work, I am enamoured, excited – and there’s never ever enough time in the day to absorb all the beautiful things.
Magazines – I’m an addict, always have a stash of new ones I’m trying to get to read… I’ve got them in my shelf, on chairs in the car. Gotta find some time to look but I’ve just been watching films by Charles and Ray Eames – Unbelievable. Alexander Calder – a Genius. Starck‘s energy and belief that stupidity is one of the key things that enables him to believe he can create despite obstacles and challenges – I suppose he is a believer. As am I (stupid that is).
Day of the dead, skulls… I’m obsessed by big things, little things, jewellery, cars, motorbikes, music, New Black Angels, PJ Harvey, the National collage is the best. Painting on raw linen and cardboard… mad about old kitsch paintings – and they’re really influencing my new paintings, as are circuses. I just got nearly a whole of auction of circus paraphernalia. I’m obsessed by spooky stuff too.
I cannot remember not taking photographs. I’ve always carried a camera and used to get quite bent out of shape if I was somewhere without one and I’d come across something interesting. I used to love photographing surfers and landscapes and I then got into a bit of fashion stuff , music video and film stills. I then made my own music clips and a series of short films for SBS. In recent years most of my work has been for studies to paint from, but I have trouble when shooting to think not just about a photograph to paint from, but that one that could stand alone.
Time or lack of it though prevented me from putting together a body of photographic work until recently, when I hung some large photographic banners of my work and a few buddies whose opinion I really respect pushed me to exhibit/showcase my photographic work. Being a stubborn person I rarely listen but they were very persistent and thus Another Time Another Place was born.