Great job! The studio has completed their "Design Like You Give a Damn" T-shirts, to mark the 10th Anniversary of Architecture for Humanity. To see all the entries visit the facebook event. Let us know what you think of them...


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At the end of my Street is a Pomegranate Tree (image 1). I have never seen pomegranates growing before, so when I saw their distinctive shape I was instantly reminded of Pomegranate, designed by Cathy Brown, for our Dauphine collection.

Pomegranate was inspired by a Paris textile archive (image 2) and French chairs seen on a visit to Versailles (image 3). Returning to the Sydney studio Cathy began the design process by sketching the fruit (image 4).

The finished design features pomegranate fruits filled with finely woven ‘fish scales’ creating a pattern on pattern effect, often seen in 18th Century fabrics. Intricate scroll work, inspired by the manicured gardens at Versailles, intertwines with rolling pattern within the ground (image 5). Further detail is created by the addition of shaped bindings that contour the edges of the larger motifs. Delicate metallic yarns, woven with natural linen add sparkle to this regal yet contemporary design (image 6).


Each year, in lieu of sending Christmas gifts to clients, Mokum donates to Architecture for Humanity. In April 2009 Architecture for Humanity will turn ten years old. To celebrate the studio has entered the Architecture for Humanity 10th Anniversary T-shirt competition, which is hosted on facebook.

Steps include:

Register to attend the Facebook event
Up-cycle an old T-shirt
Tag it with the 'Design Like You Give A Damn' motto and / or the Architecture for Humanity logo
Take a photo of you (or your model) wearing it
Post the image to the Facebook events page before the end of April

There are two chances to win - Best T-Shirt and coolest photo of it being worn!
Win a one of a kind prototype handmade
Rickshaw commuter bag.
Check out the
Facebook event
for more details.
Stay tuned to see how the studio tag their T-shirts...


Featured Rugs, Jardin des Tuileries Rug colour Scarlet and Rabat Rug colour Licorice

Featured Rug, Star Tile Rug colour Chartreuse

Featured Rug, Maddha Plain Rug colour Sand

We are excited to be launching our first ever rugs collection, due for Australian release mid May. Our luxury hand knotted rugs are designed with our unique cultural perspective and compliment our interior textiles. Both glamorous and durable our rugs are hand woven in traditional Tibetan style using centuries-old weaving techniques that make each rug truly unique.

Four of our rugs are featured in Vogue Living’s May/June, guest edited by Catherine Martin. This collector’s edition was launched last Thursday at the Ivy’s penthouse suite in Sydney – also featured in this issue – and attended by Catherine and her husband Baz Luhrmann.

Our association with the non-profit organisation Rug Mark also allows us to give back to the community of Katmandu, Nepal. The range is available to the trade and can be viewed mid May at our Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland trade showrooms. For a sneak peak grab a copy of Vogue Living May/June collector’s edition p66 (there are four special covers to choose from – all gorgeous!)


We have discovered an exciting website called Otto which promotes design within the interior and architecture industry with an emphasis on sustainable environmental design. Mokum was thrilled to have our 100% recycled Meridian Australian Botanicals Outdoor range featured. The collection is avaliable now in North America, and is due for launch proceeding summer in Australia and New Zealand.

Design Awards 2009

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Congratulations to our talented Ngahuia for becoming a finalist in Home NZ magazine’s prestigious Design Awards 2009. Grey Triangles (figure 1) is from Ngahuia’s graduate collection and is also available printed in red (figure 2) along with a further design Temple Template (figure 3). All three textiles are available for purchase direct from Ngahuia by the metre. Contact


Follow my design process for Petit Trianon below:

I began by researching Marie Antoinette’s Versailles bedroom and the Petit Trianon, her hide away.

My initial sketch was a single floral motif, the central focus of the design. I then started work on the repeat system. Initially I had in mind an Art Nouveau mirrored repeat.

I decided to make it more flowing, resembling the repeat system of Marie’s Versailles bedroom. At this point I started to use watercolors and inks, a medium which is more free and expressive.

After finding a beautiful embroidery construction from India, I then drew over the painting with a black pen to make the design one colour.

The final step was to add a petite floral design into the ribbon, which resolved the pattern. Petit Trianon changed many times, but I find I always fall in love with the designs that challenge me most!
Petit Trianon is from Mokum's Dauphine collection, click here to download the brochure.