The Fantauzzo is the latest addition to the influx of art-series hotels hitting Brisbane.  Opening at the newly developed hub The Howard Smith Wharves, the $100 million hotel projects off the cliff face, with geometric architecture design by SJB creating a mechanical extension of these natural forms. 

Centred around Art, the hotel seeks to frame prominent Australian artists, here making a point of different to house over 500 works.  The interiors within the 166 artisan hotel rooms utilise a luxurious combination of hard raw materials, here granite and concrete juxtaposed by bespoke soft furnishings. 

RC+D has designed a series of rugs printed with their own graphic artworks. These taupe and navy weave designs section up the rooms into smaller spaces, contrasting the organic wood floors they lay on. 

Rich velvet furniture breaks up the space, allowing soft lush pockets to relax in. The Fantauzzo’s corridors are lit similar to that of an airport runway, with led strips lighting the dark, as the light jumps between the doorways. Comparable to static the black and white speckled carpeting adds movement through the corridors as it  flickers and plays with light.

BRISBANE | Design by SJB | Photography by Matthew Cheel


British Designer Tom Dixon Lays London At Our Feet With EGE

The Industrial Landscape Collection is a striking new collaboration from EGE and Tom Dixon, a collection of seven unique designs that mark Dixon’s first foray in designing such an extensive carpet collection.

Now available from RC+D exclusively in Australia, Industrial Landscape is Dixon’s first ever carpet collection, produced with EGE. As a native Brit, Dixon evokes the gritty character of London, exploring the vivid images of London’s backdrop. From billowing clouds of industrial smoke, to glazed bricks, and deteriorating cobblestones, the collection reflects a raw and rough image of industrialisation.

Dixon describes the collection as, “a series of patterns and textures that come naturally from the building process or the erosion process,” visible in London’s cityscape. The ever-present river Thames is a strong motif through the collection, as are the scuffed cobblestones and railway tracks.

He goes on to say, “Colour is a very powerful thing as a pattern, particularly when you use it in large expanses.”

The Industrial Landscape collection features predominantly earthy tones, greys, muted teals, and blues, with the option of multiple colour ways for each design. It is how these colours are used that makes the collection so striking, with their textures placing a piece of London right under our feet.

RC+D is excited to bring the Industrial Landscapes collection to Australia, fresh from its launch at Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Available both as broadloom and tiles, the collection allows for versatile customisation. There are eight standard qualities available for broadloom, and four standard qualities available for tiles.

In partnership with EGE, the Industrial Landscapes Collection carries patented Ecotrust felt backing and is comprised of regenerable ECONYL® yarns produced from fishing nets, making the carpets 100 per cent green.

Classical Rugs Get A Revamp

Classical patterning and vintage rugs are making a come-back with a beautiful, new distressed look. RC+D reveals the story behind this old-meets-new style.


We’re all familiar with the distressed look in fashion – that worn-down, super soft denim look that feels lived-in and ultra comfortable. It’s no surprise that it’s filtered through to interiors in soft furnishings, such as rugs and carpets. It brings new colour and antique authenticity to any interior design, building in popularity to the point that, what began as a traditional homage to antique rugs, is now an enduring trend in carpet design.


The distressed look first originated through the revival of antique classical rugs. Not only was this an economical way to invest in a beautiful original rug but it was a smart way to recycle something old into new.

Bringing original handmade classical rugs back from the brink, rug producers would source antique rugs from Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and surrounding countries, celebrating the rugs’ traditional patterns – faded and worn with age – by applying a modern twist of distressed patterning and trending colour tones.

Often valuable and beautifully aged, each carpet would be skillfully distressed to carry a completely unique combination of traditional pattern, treated with contemporary colour combinations and carefully applied distressed patterning.


Nowadays the distressed look is so popular that rug and carpet producers are designing distressed patterns from scratch. Classic patterning is carefully crafted and coloured to achieve that fresh-meets-faded aesthetic.  

The result is a complete one-off, dynamic, character-filled rug design that exudes a soft sheen – thanks to fibres of viscose, silk and linen often used when creating the distressed look.

Perfect for summer and a great way to bring quality finish and beautiful style into an interior space.