Hi Everyone, today we talk to the wonderful and exotic Escape Map.
Tell us about Escape Map?
Escape Map is Australia’s destination for exotic furnishings, homewares and tableware; including hand crafted pieces sourced from exotic destinations around the globe. Using ancient wisdom and traditional techniques, our collections feature seasonal products and one-off limited treasures. We capture an innovative confluence of cultures with an adventurous spirit, and celebrates an assortment of ornate shapes; tapered lines, superior quality which is sure to add opulence and intrigue to your space!
What was your inspiration and how did you get started?
I started my working life as a Landscaper and the creative and design aspects always resonated strongly with me. I moved from Landscaping into 10 long years in mining and construction where I enjoyed some financial freedom but had very little of that life balance that we all yearn for. I also felt like my creative spark was fading away – it was time to do something drastic.
I entered into furnishings and homewares which, believe it or not, made perfect sense at the time. It was nearly four years ago we opened our first retail store in Sydney as a family business. The last four years have been a tough (sometimes brutal) learning curve but I’m the most resilient, creative and happy version of myself, I’ve ever been.
At Escape Map we’re excited about sharing our vision of beauty because when it’s all said and done you want the spaces you spend time in to beckon you to them, then render themselves on your life and nourish you, weather you’re there enjoying them or not.
Where do you source your furniture?
Escape Map reflects the soul and authenticity of faraway places like India, China, Morocco, Europe and the Indonesian archipelago. We place a lot of emphasis on sourcing as sustainably as possible where we can buy salvaging and converting old architectural elements and reclaiming old timbers.
What are the design trends you are seeing emerge for 2017?
I feel we’re taking a step away from the minimalist Scandinavian design and we will be warming our homes up in 2017. This season, it’s all about grandeur and opulence – I think we’ll start to see a beautiful mix of shades and structured silhouettes with expressive patterns and the warmth and relaxation that natural materials offer that come together to help frame your space.
What is your favorite piece at the moment?
The African Kuba -inspired black and cream bench (RRP $1600) provides a bold breakout of geometric patterns and has a sculptural quality that is clever enough to be functional and beautiful enough to be simply decorative. It’s insanely beautiful.
For those who want to make use of tall ceilings and achieve understated decorative glamour, Escape Map’s Elm ladder is a piece that helps to achieve understated decorative glamour. It’s easy, versatile and helps to warm up the traditional ‘cool and minimalist’ look – it’s a little raw and rustic.
What is your favorite room in your home and why?
I love to entertain and so my outdoor area is an extension of my lounge room which helps bring the outdoors in. I love foliage and have an assortment of pot plants and succulents in the courtyard – a stunning crochet chandelier also decorates the fig tree.
My statement piece is the Dove Grey coffee table (RRP $2100) which is made from Beijing pine and sourced from Xinjian Provence. It works perfectly next to the bleached Carved Cabinet (RRP $2900) which is a stunning oriental statement piece that dances between celestial shades of cream and mint. The room has a relaxed oriental feel. It’s my private oasis!
Thank you to Escape Map for talking to us today – you can see more of their gorgeous range here.