17.10.2018

For Sun Chasers


Designer Zoe Horner has spent the last few years travelling overseas, visiting far-flung sun traps, and working as a textile and graphic designer along the way. In one of her most recent roles as a display artist for Anthropologie, she fell in love with the art installations she’d create for the brand, and when she moved back home to New Zealand this year, decided to create a platform for herself to continue this creative work. The Dust Co was born.

A home and lifestyle brand, The Dust Co. aesthetic is inspired by travel, laidback living and sun chasing – and Zoe’s designed each piece to bring that slow, summer holiday feel into a space.

My favourites from the collection are The Dust Co’s huge stained glass sun-catchers. Zoe painstakingly chose the glass types and colours to a specific palette, inspired by a place she’s travelled to. (The Marrakech piece uses the pinks, greens and earthy tones that reference the colours of that city, and the Island piece is inspired by the sun, sea and sand tones of the Balearic Islands). They’re all handmade to order – over many many hours – by Zoe’s mum, who has been working with stained glass for over 30 years.

Also on my wishlist is one of the brass wall pieces. Inspired by motifs found in far-flung sun traps, they’re designed to add a sense of those golden holiday vibes to any room in which they’re placed and are hand polished and finished by Zoe herself. There’s also beautiful silk scarves to elevate your everyday  – all printed and made in New Zealand, too.

The Dust Co. online store  /   Instagram

23.08.2018

Gidon Bing at Good Form


Styling by Sara Black

 

Last year, our friends Mr Bigglesworthy – purveyors of the very best in authentic Mid-Century pieces  – launched a sister brand, Good Form. (Um, how great is that name though? Jealous I didn’t think of it tbh.)

Through Good Form, Emma and Dan are extending their curation to the contemporary, including furniture and lighting from some of the most iconic international brands – and now – collector’s pieces from closer to home, as they’ve just added NZ designer Gidon Bing to their portfolio of design visionaries. You all know Gidon Bing, right? A sculptor and ceramicist, Gidon developed his craft working with classically-trained master artisans in NZ, Europe, Israel and Asia, and while he works from a modest boatshed studio in Auckland, his work is respected globally – it’s been featured in Selfridges of London, Milan’s Salone del Mobile and other high-profile galleries.

To celebrate the arrival of the Gidon Bing collection at Good Form, Dan and Emma asked NZ stylist Sara Black to work her magic on a series of Still Life images.

Gidon also worked with Dan and Emma on the interior architecture of the Good Form space – pictured here.

07.08.2018

Newton Espresso


This very beautiful thing is the Newton Espresso – a minimalist, manual espresso press.

They say that Espresso is what happens when an engineer makes coffee. And the Newton Espresso is what happens when an engineer and a young designer make coffee – that pair being Hawke’s Bay friends Hayden Maunsell (responsible for the clean, contemporary design) and Alan Neilson (responsible for engineering a machine that would apply the perfect combination of heat, pressure and other technical requirements to consistently produce barista-quality espresso). The name Newton is a nod to Isaac Newton, in honour of the physics principles that underpin the machine.

The perfect gift for someone who truly appreciates the art of coffee, and the ritual of making their own – grinding your beans, warming the machine, heating the cup, getting that perfect crema…

Newton Espresso launched about 12 months ago (and was a dual winner in the 2017 Best Design Awards) but caught my eye again this month as they’ve just this week launched an all-black version. Every Newton is made in the Hawke’s Bay, can be shipped worldwide, and can be easily wall-mounted if you want to keep your bench-top clear.

Just really clever, and really worth sharing. Long black with organic cream, please.

 

10.06.2018

Spaces


Photography Sharyn Cairns

Willow Urban Retreat, a wellness centre with all the spatial simplicity of a Japanese dojo, but in Melbourne city. Breaking the mould of a traditional yoga studio or massage space with its exceptional architecture and interior design, courtesy of Meme Design. The retreat includes has its own wholefoods cafe, alongside various group class, treatment and consultation spaces. Learn more about the space here.

Bonus note: There’s actually a crystal grid set into the foundations of the building – the whole place is abuzz with restorative positive vibrations.

Photography Tom Blachford

We might as well make this week’s Spaces an ode to Meme Design. This is another of their beautiful projects, a one bedroom loft apartment, also in Melbourne.

How good is this reading corner? If you want a fabric light like this, you can get the iconic Ay Illuminate ones in NZ from our friends at Tessuti.

 Photography Kellie Kroneberger

Laundry and soft graphic nursery o’ your dreams – both by interior designer Anna Smith

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