New Marz Designs Collection + Amazing GIVEAWAY!


Kicking off a new week with something pretty awesome for you guys. When I was asked by the talented Australian lighting designer Coco Reynolds of Marz Designs to style and photograph her brand new ‘Bright Beads’ wooden pendant collection in Smoked Ash I was really excited as I adore her work and love working with inspiring designers and creators. So today I have for you a giant scoop of gorgeous images I snapped as part of this lovely new collection, plus the most amazing giveaway ever. You guessed it, folks. Avenue Lifestyle and Marz Designs are giving one lucky reader one stunning pendant light from the new collection. Read on to find out how to win, and in the meantime, drool a little bit over these black beauties.

MarzDesigns lighting - Styling and photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle


Marz Designs is a young Sydney based design company in which timeless and innovative designs and functionality and quality are their primary focus. Marz Designs was established by Coco Reynolds. Constantly inspired to push the boundaries of various mediums and functions, over the course of her design career, Reynolds has developed her own quirky and unique style.

MarsDesigns 1 by Avenue Lifestyle


“I developed the Bright Beads in conjunction with How We Create for Saturday InDesign 2013 as a case study to represent the relationship between designer and manufacturer. We used local wood turners to lathe the timber beads on the day which form the basis of the pendants, so everyone could witness first-hand the process in which they are made and an insight into what goes on behind the scenes. The idea stemmed from making jewellery as a child, I would thread glass beads onto string to make necklaces and other embellishments. In the same way these pendants can be custom made to meet specific requirements, at any length and in any configuration.”




These newly released ‘Bright Beads’ pendants are made completely from Smoked Ash which is a solid oak timber that undergoes a special smoking process, a method that can attain an even and consistent dark colour to the heart or core of the timber. The process gives the timber a beautiful smokey fragrance.

Want to see more? Shop Marz Designs pendants.

MarsDesigns by Avenue Lifestyle


When asked to style and photograph this beautiful new collection, I knew instantly the direction I wanted to go was natural and neutral, employing various textures and a minimal use of colour to allow the product to strike the right contrast. My inspiration came from natural textures and materials such as linen, wood, marble and woven textiles.

I photographed three different pendants – the Art, Alice and Aztek – in three different settings to illustrate how and where they might be used. You might recognize the bedroom I used, and I also went into the homes of the interior designers behind Nu interieur|ontwerp. Tessa’s neutral living room {and adorable dog Saar, who clearly approved of what I was creating on that sofa!} lent a sense of comfort and cosiness that I wanted to give these smoked ash beauties, while Nathalie’s light, bright and white kitchen with it’s striking lines and simplicity made for a contemporary and calm backdrop for these shapely stunners.

And now, for the exciting part, the….

MarsDesigns 3 by Avenue Lifestyle

Alright, alright. So you wanna know how to be in the running to win one of these stunning ‘Art‘ pendants for yourself?

All you have to do is:

1. Tweet this post with the comment: “I’ve entered to win a stunning #MarzDesigns pendant on @avenueblog #brightbeadsgiveaway”

2. Then come back to this post and comment below stating what you love about the pendant and where/how you would place it in your home. * Please include your email address, twitter handle and the country in which you live

3. Head on over to Facebook and like MarzDesigns and Avenue Lifestyle. If commenting on any of our posts, use the hashtag #brightbeadsgiveaway

The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, 1 August 2014, and will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The pendant will be shipped out on Monday, 4 August. Worldwide entries are accepted.


Holly xo

12 Responses to “New Marz Designs Collection + Amazing GIVEAWAY!”

  1. I love simple jet obvious design or the other way aroud, obvious (extrodinairy) but simple.
    The shapes are basic but different, Also the colour makes it suitible but out there!

    The place where I am going to hang this pretty design is on the left side of my red couch. White wall, white floor, black and white polkadot curtains. A cozy spot where I read my (design) magazines, do artsy stuff and look outside to the people that pass by.
    A place in my home that’s ment for ‘me’ time, a perfect ‘spot’ (omg did I really make that joke 😉 ).

    twitter: @atelierindruk

  2. Tonia Tzortzi says:

    Hi Holly,

    We had met last year at the Vintage Market in Delft. I was one of the organizers in case you don’t remember me.
    I would like to tell you that I have been following you and reading your blog and I must say I absolutely love everything!
    Loved your wedding, loved your bedroom…Congrats!! great work!! 🙂

    And now I saw your post regarding this amazing piece of art and I want it!! I ‘ve been looking for quite a long time to find one for my office and this is it! We just painted our house and I am sure it will look just great!

    Hope to be lucky!

    Keep on the great work! 🙂


    • Holly says:

      Tonia! Congratulations lady, you’re the lucky winner! Send me you email address so I can have your postal details. Thank you so much for your sweet words xxx Holly

  3. Igor says:

    Oh wow, I have to enter this fab giveaway, Holly! I love the looks of this pendant – the geometric shapes lined up in an artsy way, the cool, urban dark hue and wood as a material – a fantastic and contemporary combination. This would go into my bedroom where I am actually looking for a new and cool pendant lighting solution to go along the wall and work as lighting and visual statement. This would be the perfect solution. Plus I am sipping my coffee right now out of the exact same mug as on your pic above – this must be a sign. Now all fingers crossed!
    Twitter: @igorjosif
    Country: Germany

  4. Ilse says:

    I don’t have twitter!

  5. Maria says:

    Hi Holly,

    Thank you for this great giveaway. I love this pendant, the modern, contemporary look would match perfectly in my apartment. I would love to have this in my kitchen over the kitchen bar to add some more character and atmosphere. Hope to be lucky! 🙂

  6. Cindy A. says:

    Thank you so much for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway. The cluster of walnut and oak pendants is especially beautiful! I love the rich, dark woods and Scandinavian design. Any of these would be the perfect compliment to a reading nook – complete with crackling fireplace and Danish Modern seating.

    Email: clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Twitter: @normawatson
    Country: United States

  7. Jennifer L. says:

    Hi Holly,

    I’d love to make the art pendant light part of my new interior. As we are (unfortunately) necessary to change apartments in the near future, it does give me the opportunity to create a more natural and neutral interior, where I hope to include the art pendant in!
    The pendants give the light a joyful but edgy and creative touch and I am loving the idea of placing it next to the bed in a bright bedroom. Hope to be lucky!

    Twitter: Jenniferlaarman
    Country: Holland

  8. Hi Holly,

    I would use this pendant in my new nursery. I’m 11 weeks pregnant and thinking about the nursery to be a lot. I would really love to hang it above a cabinet or next to some frames. I don;t have a room for the nursery yet but we have to move very soon for more space 🙂

    The pendant is gorgeous because it is just so simple. It’s not asking for too much attention but it is getting all the attention because of the simplicity. I love the wood and color it has. You picked a beautiful spot in your bedroom for it.

    My email:
    Twitter: @designclaud
    Country: Holland

    Thank you xx

  9. Rebecca says:

    I absolutely adore this range and can see one in our bedroom as this area lacks a lot of love and style. All funds seem to go towards the little ones.

    Alas I do not have twitter or Facebook

    I still love these pieces though and would love one in our home.

    Instagram thirteenredshoesblog
    Thirteenredshoes at gmail dot com

  10. Hanje says:

    This pendant is just the right thing for above my table in the livingroom! It’s sooo hard to pick a lamp amd I thimk they are always to big and blockimg my view but this beauty sure deserves a good spot!

    The Netherlands

  11. Chris P. says:

    Hi Holly,

    I love Bright Beads because of their originality, character and quality. These photographs beautifully showcase these amazing creations. If I were lucky enough to get my hands on an ‘Art’ pendant, (first I would cry from happiness, then) I would place it hanging above one arm of my sofa, as a feature in my living room. I would then sit and stare and admire the pendant.. And take lots of photos!

    Twitter: @iiNFINIT
    Country: Australia

    Instagram: _titaniium_

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