09.08.2020

Spaces





Office meets dressing room: love this configuration

Styling Pella HedebyPhotography Erik Lefvander

Incredibly restful and warm all-timber home by architects Lowen Widman.  I can see myself here writing a book (or just reading lots of them), looking out to the spruce and pine forest that surrounds this home. Fave detail: how they’ve used darker timber for all the window framing, did you spot that?

Love how the blue finger tiles here pick up the blue in the marble.

Master bathroom from the same home, designed by Eliza Blair Architecture

Photography Shannon McGrath

Love a reeded glass shower box.

This statuesque bathroom comes from the design minds at illustrious Australian studio Kennon+ architects.

You don’t see finger tiles laid on the long side too much, and I’m here for it.

Photography Derek Swalwell

This home is actually a historic Victorian in front, with a huge concrete extension out back. See the full tour here

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02.08.2020

Spaces


One of my all-time fave interior designers, Avenue Design Studio, have posted a deliciously detailed tour of their new offices. DREAM. A heritage building flooded with natural light, with oak parquet floors and huge sash windows (DREAM), a custom travertine table, a rotating collection of art and objects curated for in-progress projects, and all the tools and textures designer Holly Marder needs to dream up her next beautiful space. If moodboards and material palettes are your thing (did we just become best friends?) head here for loads more lovely imagery.

Speaking of Avenue Design Studio, this artful home is the latest project off Holly’s moodboard and into reality. See more here.

Loves a ledge.

I rate this pa-late: sage green walls, light timber, and pops of black.

Sweet Scandinavian apartments are my Love Language.

via Stadshem.

I love the combination of super-blonde floorboards with the beige cabinetry, and before the whole thing gets too sleek and minimal, they’ve added woven baskets, handmade ceramics and an extra-small farmhouse style dining table with very casual woven chairs (with cushions). Layer-upon-layer-upon-layer.

Photography Felix Forest

Incredible kitchen from Spanish Queen House by the masters, Robson Rak. Take a royal tour here.

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30.07.2020

Aotea Flagship


Photography by Jono Parker

Good Design (caps intended) has style, substance and sustainability. Style, because aesthetics are important, and we all deserve to have more beauty in our lives. (Plus, when something is pleasing to look at and hold, we also tend to better respect it, take care of it, and be more present for our enjoyment of it, if that makes sense). Next, substance. For something to be well-designed, it should be perfectly fit for purpose. Useful, effective. Life-enhancing in some way. The last part is sustainability. For me, in the context of design, sustainability is a product having longevity, and being made with conscious consideration for people and planet.

Welcome to my TED Talk. But all that to say, that Aotea is one of those New Zealand brands that I feel completely embody Good. Design.

Aotea is a range of therapeutic products inspired by rongoā māori (traditional māori medicine), using native New Zealand flora grown sustainably on Aotea, Great Barrier Island. Ingredients used for hundreds of years and backed today by scientific research – such kawakawa, mānuka, harakeke and kūmarahou – are the hero ingredients in Aotea’s range of small-batch skincare and health products. Their journey began in 2015 at the Parnell Farmer’s Markets with one herbal tonic drink, and Aotea now have over 250 stockists globally. Two Hundred and Fifty! They proactively work to protect Great Barrier’s ecosystem and provide job opportunities for locals, and gift scholarship grants to the island’s māori youth, so they can participate in a high level of schooling (there are no high schools on Great Barrier).

(If you’re interested in learning more about Aotea’s business model and how tikanga māori underpins all they do, or you want to know more about the efficacy and provenance of their products, I can def recommend checking out the Aotea website – it has loads of info.)

OK – so to the reason for today’s post – this beautiful moody space. Aotea recently opened the doors on a flagship retail space at Auckland’s new Commercial Bay precinct. I love how simple they’ve kept this space, and especially the choice of low light – for me this would be a verrrry welcome sensory relief from all the artificial light and noise of the typical ‘mall’ environment.

Like Aotea’s products, the ingredients in this space are simple but substantive – and storied, too. See that centre table? Aotea founder Tama Toki tells me: “The slab is from an old kauri tree that stood on North Hauturu (Little Barrier Island). About twenty years ago it came down in a storm and actually floated into our bay on Aotea called Katherine Bay. My uncle went out in his boat, towed it in and then lifted it out of the water with his tractor. I remember it being quite the scene! From there he cut the tree into slabs and gave them to whānau. This was one of the slabs, and so we decided to restore it for the store.”

You know I have a thing for sinks, and this curvy number gets 10/10 from me. The team were inspired by some of the old communal wash basins they have on their papakāinga. So they wanted to make one similar – but using corrugated iron, because there’s so much of it on the island.

Concept and design by interior architects Wonder Group.

Two hands way up for indigenous international success stories, values-based brands, and Good Design.

 

Visit the Aotea flagship at Commercial Bay, 7/21 Queen Street

Aotea online storeAotea Instagram

28.07.2020

Inside Stories – Homestyle Aug/Sep


The cover home for this issue belongs to NZ artist Anna Church (who now lives in Canada with her family)
Photography by Anna Church and Rebecca Wood

Styling by Juliette Wanty; Photography Wendy Fenwick

 

Not sure where the last 8 weeks went, but *shrugs* at least we have a new issue of Homestyle to show for it.

The August/September edition is out on shelves and in mailboxes this week, packed to the end pages with beautiful New Zealand homes (eight of them!), modern editorial styling, and the team’s reliable curation of lovely new things that definitely deserve your attention. The cover girl this issue is the *chef kiss* Canada home of New Zealand artist Anna Church (whose new body of work you really need to check out). Put on your comfies, switch the phone to airplane mode and give yourself some self-care in the form of SSR time with the new Homestyle.

 
 
 

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