Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Melbourne Home - Nicola Cerini

The Richmond studio / city home of textile designer Nicola Cerini (including close-up of one of her fabulous rugs!)

Love all the details and textile-based artworks in Nicola's light-filled lounge room / showroom!

I was lucky enough recently to visit the city 'pied a terre' / studio of Melbourne textile designer Nicola Cerini! Nicola designs and showcases her gorgeous range of textile-based products from this fantastic light-filled converted Richmond warehouse, and spends half of each week living here too. The rest of the time she lives in the seaside town of Torquay... man, gotta love that work-life balance thing!

Nicola's success story as an independent Melbourne-based designer is 100% guaranteed to inspire any emerging designer out there! She established her design studio and brand in 1995, creating original textile designs inspired by nature, for a range of bags, accessories and homewares. These days, her distinctive and well-loved designs are distributed nationally by over 150 retailers, and Nicola also exports to Japan and Hong Kong, having been a recipient of two Australian Export Development Grants.

In recent years Nicola has also broadened her markets and expanded through licensing. How grown-up and business-like is that? VERY. Nicola's licensed products include her vibrant and varied tableware, aprons and fabulous T-towels (with pom poms!), and of course those brilliant rugs! I LOVE that coral/grey one in her showroom / loungeoom! Truly beautiful.

Alongside her business success, Nicola also maintains an active arts practice, and also shares her skills through lecturing and mentoring emerging textile designers. Wowsers. It appears we have another super-human multi-tasker in our midst!

Aside from all these endless and inspiring achievements... I am just seriously impressed by Nicola's brave bright yellow kitchen. Nice! :)

It really doesn't get much better than a bright yellow kitchen (...unless you have an original Marc Pascal pendant lamp, of course)

One of Nicola's textile artworks hangs in the stairwell...

Upstairs is Nicolas's studio. Here she designs and tests new prints, and takes care of the day to day runnings of her busy business.

Rolls and rolls of gorgeous original printed fabrics in Nicola's studio! Whilst these are designed for Nicola's bag range, subject to availability, you can also buy the original screenprinted fabrics by the metre... info here.

Love the 'walled courtyard' feel in Nicola's little garden...

Street frontage

You can visit Nicola's studio and check out her lovely range of products by appointment or at the following times -

Wednesday 12.00 noon - 6.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 3.00pm

All visitation info is on her website right here!

HUGE thanks to both Nicola and her publicist Kathee for hooking up this visit and providing all the additional info!


  1. wow, this place is awesome! nice one

  2. Oh my goodness! Break my heart with the beauty of it all right there... seriously lovely colour and light and *stuff*.

    ps. thanks for the lovely comment. Making me blush. :) xx

  3. Speaking of "super-human multi-taskers", I don't know how you do it, Lucy! Another great piece, another great stickybeak into the home of a local creative star. Love it. Well done (again)!
    Lee Tran

  4. oh my fantasy! a space filled with beautiful colour and textiles

    thanks for sharing

  5. right. just going to go cry on my BIG BLAND pillow....

  6. Wow, what a beautiful space. The kitchen is just wonderful, makes me want to experiment with sunny yellow. Thanks for sharing.

  7. oh wow, that is such a good use of that space! total jealousy.

  8. Lovely post Lucy :-)
    I've long admired the work of Nicola, and I love how she has developed and grown her business over the years.
    I'm super jealous of her shared studio space and work space - and have been lucky enough to visit for one of her famous bag sales!

  9. i didn't realise she did such amazing rugs! KG

  10. what a bright, inspiring place - love your melbourne home series!

  11. This is Beautiful.
    A home/studio, a kitchen/showroom, a loungeroom/showcase.
    I am so inspired I want this one day!
    well my own Beattie version.
    thanks for sharing.

    oh and the beach house away from it all too!

  12. Just beautiful! Such a lovely, individual space brimming with energy. I adore the marigold walls in the kitchen and those textiles. Ah, what I would do to have just one of them in my home.

  13. What a gorgeous home, and that yellow kitchen!!! Im heading to Bunnings straight after work to buy myself some yellow paint...
    Im in Melbourne next weekend for a visit, staying at Bloomfields in South Yarra thanks to your recommendation, Gertrude street is on my list to do, any other suggestions for a Sydney design lover?

  14. ok, yellow kitchen - yes please; wooden file drawers - yes please; adorable bicycle fabric - yes please. couldn't possibly be unhappy living with these things. fantastic lucy. x

  15. Again - how much I love this post. We went in to the studio on Saturday and bought a seedpod rug (the red one, with white and grey star anise motifs) for our lounge room. Thank you for bringing it to our attention!