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.




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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Phil Cuttance


New things from New Zealand (now London-based) designer Phil Cuttance. The Herringbone range of objects – a tray, pen pot and vase – are handmade with Jesmonite. Yes, those sharp angles are crafted by hand… closer inspection reveals each piece to be definitely unique, and imperfect.

For me, these have a distinctly nostalgic New Zealand feel, because the patterns are reminiscent of those on tukutuku panels. Not sure if that was a conscious thing or a happy accident, but it makes me love these pieces even more. They’re available in New Zealand at Everyday Needs (or you can buy from Phil directly).

Crazy-good art direction and photography by Martina Laing 


With Love Woven Through

Photography & Styling by Indie Home Collective


Are these not the most exquisite woven hangings you’ve ever seen? Each one is a labour of love by Auckland-based Laine Toia, who was first taught to weave by her tupuna wahine as a young girl growing up in the Far North. A few years ago, recovering from a surgery, Laine was inspired to create her first wall hanging. She discovered the process of weaving to be almost like a meditation, and hasn’t stopped since.

Now a full-time weaver, Laine creates custom works for spaces of all kinds – from nurseries through to commercial locations, and continues to push and perfect her craft with each new piece.

Laine doesn’t have an online store. Instead, she works with each client to create a truly one of a kind piece, a piece that will perfectly compliment and complete their space, or mark a special occasion. I’m so pleased I get to show you those dreamy styled shots, but then straight after each one of those, a real good close-up… the detail is so beautiful, I’d even have a photographic print of one of these macro shots on my wall as art…)

Laine feels that she is also honouring her ancestors with her art form. She uses a number of centuries-old weaving techniques (alongside self-taught techniques she’s also now mastered), and says: “I know that my great grandmother, Apikaira was an amazing weaver who was taught by her mother. I come from a long line of weavers who made functional baskets and fishing nets for everyday life. My grandmother Maria, who was left-handed, wasn’t allowed to weave because it would always be crooked, so she was in charge of the plant gathering and prep instead. So I love how being left handed, I am able to use my hands to weave ‘not so crooked’ pieces of art.”


Laine Toia Bespoke Weaving

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