13.09.2017

Caffeine Chemistry


 

This Brutalist babe is the newest cafe from NZ coffee roasters eighthirty.
(If you haven’t seen it yet – their High St cafe is one of our most popular blog features – see that here).

Located in the iconic 1920’s Tasman Building (Anzac Ave, Auckland), the space is actually eighthirty’s wholesale production facility. They just happen to also be open cafe hours, so you and I can grab a brew and a bite. It’s been designed with the same meticulous attention to craft and care that eighthirty take with their coffee, and is a collaboration between architect Dominic Glamuzina and eighthirty founder Glenn Bell, who set out to create a modern coffee laboratory.

The state-of-the-art tech here includes a stainless steel Loring roaster (there’s only one other in New Zealand) that lets eighthirty triple their output, with impeccable consistency of roast. There’s also precision coffee scales, a reverse osmosis water filter which guarantees the proper water mineral content for your coffee, and New Zealand’s very first Modbar pour-over system – an intelligent tap that pours water at the perfect temp and perfect speed for Chemex and V60 brews. Cool Science.

Details you would have spotted but that I still want to mention: white La Marzoccos with matching matte white milk jugs (I want this at home!), that hulking faceted concrete counter, black timber stools designed by Ben Glass, and steel wire furniture custom built by eighthirty engineer and co-owner Tim Solomon.

Don’t ask for a trim bowl latte here. (Not that you would.)

 
 

Shot by NZ photographer Rachel Soh (go and see her beautiful work) for The New

 
 
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28.06.2017

Good Taste.


 

Husband and wife Rich and Catriona were living in LA when they connected with brothers Tom and Zak (fellow expat New Zealanders). Becoming fast friends, the four would hang out and drink lots of kombucha. Booch is big in LA. Talk eventually turned to creating their own kombucha brand, back home in New Zealand. So when Rich’s Visa ran out and he wasn’t able to work for some months, he devoted his time to become a booch expert, and travelled around the states researching, and learning, tasting, brewing and testing.

The four friends have set out to create a higher-end kombucha – to elevate the drink from being viewed narrowly as a health choice, to just being a goddamn delicious bevvie, that just so happens to also be super good for you.

Fast forward a couple of years, and back in New Zealand, they’ve launched Batchwell. It caught my eye with its simple but sophisticated design and packaging, and the contemporary art direction – which is all thanks to Auckland designers Studio South.

Something else that makes Batchwell a little extra spesh is that fact that it’s served on tap at eateries such as Ostro, where it’s also used in magic-sounding cocktails. It’s also bottled in amber glass, to preserve the probiotic potency. For those of you who know your booch, you may also like to know that Batchwell is brewed in glass. While it may cut costs to do much larger production volumes using commercial stainless steel vessels, brewing in small batches and using glass minimises the risk of leaching. Quality over quantity, just the way we like it, right?

Batchwell is sold at Farro, a number of Auckland eateries (with others around New Zealand on the way very soon), and will have an online store live in the next couple of months. They’re working on new flavours, including special limited-time seasonal flavours (currently, they’ve got an Organic Braeburn on offer).

I’ll take one case of the Pineapple and Ginger, please.

 

Batchwell website (online store coming soon)  |   Instagram   |   Facebook

Studio South portfolio

 

 

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07.06.2017

More Than a Pretty Face


Come for the pretty pictures, stay for the story. Allow me to introduce you to the all style, all substance Girl Undiscovered. Yet another new New Zealand business that’s beautiful inside and out – from the contemporary-feminine packaging and photography, to the proven-powerful ingredients inside, to the socially conscious business practises.

Behind the brand are three lifelong girlfriends, Auckland’s Charlotte Devereux, Philly Gebbie and Sara Orme. The trio are working with small communities to source the best of what nature can make for your skin, grown in the purest environments. Beyond organic – the ingredients are wild and raw.

The girls say it best, actually: “For us, it’s about supporting pure and natural foraged ingredients with no pesticides, chemicals or herbicides and these come to us via small communities and villages that could never afford the prohibitive costs of organic certification… Many organic products are plantation farmed. Our products are handpicked from the backyards of local villages and family dwellings and we know everyone in our production chain intimately, so we feel really passionate about how honest it is.”

One of the hero ingredients in Girl Undiscovered products is thanaka, a tree bark that’s been used by the women of Myanmar for over 2000 years. Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-ageing and an antioxidant, it also enables the skin to actively produce collagen and elastin. Joining thanaka in the roster of key ingredients is virgin organic coconut oil, sourced from the foothills of rural Bali. Philly adopted four of her six children in Bali, and wanted to create a business that could be a true partnership with the local village families and communities, developing sustainable income from free-range farming. A third hero ingredient is Kanuka honey, sourced from 5000 acres of native kanuka bush on New Zealand’s Kawau Island. The honey produced in this pocket of land is unfiltered, raw and never heated, so the delicate nature of the enzymes are preserved and the potent medicinal properties are maximised.

The boutique range features three products – a face mask, cleansing water and a face elixir – all made in New Zealand (developed  alongside a NZ laboratory with over 30 years’ experience) and all with nothing but wild natural ingredients. New products will also join the range soon…

Design studio Inhouse are responsible for the overall brand identity, packaging etc and all imagery has been styled and shot by Sara, who is actually a noted NZ fashion photographer in her own right.

   

You can buy Girl Undiscovered products online at the Girl Undiscovered website, here.

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30.03.2017

Together Journal


Covetable; collectable

Your first look at Issue Seven – in subscribers’ mailboxes today and on shelves this coming Monday

This INSANE cover shot is by Queenstown-based photographer Jim Pollard
 

Style and Substance – Together is more like a periodic coffee table book than a trad magazine

World-class floral styling is a regular feature of Together Journal’s content

From a small studio in a Parnell home, to the world. 

Discussing layouts with designer Hannah Lawless
(Hannah won Best Designer at the Magazine Publishers Awards last year – so deserved Hannah!)

The Together Journal team, from left:
Hannah Lawless – Designer; Rose Hoare – Sub Editor and Senior Writer;
Greta Kenyon – Founder & Editor; Caroline Waldergrave – Writer;
Delena Nathuran – Editors Assistant and Vendor Sales & Marketing (Greta’s right hand lady)

Together Journal’s founder, wedding photographer (and mum of three) Greta Kenyon

 

No, print is not dead. In fact, there’s a renaissance happening for a small number of niche, high-end publications – magazines with a standard of content and print quality that make them every bit as collectable as coffee table books. (You and I know this, of course.)

Together Journal – founded by New Zealand wedding photographer Greta Kenyon – is now one of these very special publications finding a cult following around the world.

When she started Together Journal, Greta was travelling NZ and abroad shooting creative, contemporary weddings. Working alongside her clients, fellow photographers, and other wedding specialists such as stylists, she saw a very inspiring new niche of the industry developing – a direction being driven and lead, in many ways, by our New Zealand (and Australian) wedding professionals and their ideas. This world-class talent deserved a global platform…

So, Together Journal was born. A curated quarterly dedication to the modern wedding, and to the phenomenal creative talent that a wedding represents – bringing together fashion and wedding couture, design and illustration, styling, cuisine, flora, contemporary homeware, travel… and breathtakingly beautiful photography. Yes, it’s for those planning a wedding, but it’s also just for aesthetes in general. Each issue involves up to 40 different contributors – including those who shoot on assignment (such as Danelle Bohane who won Best Photographer at the Magazine Publishers Awards last year for her work for Together) and photographers who submit inspiring real weddings.

This small-but-perfectly formed New Zealand brand is now very much global. Together Journal is sold throughout NZ, Australia and the US (including in Anthropologie stores and over 300 Barnes and Nobles’), and the team are currently working on European and Asian markets for distribution, too.

As Issue Seven is about to be launched (to subscriber today, and on shelves from Monday) I thought it was the perfect time to share the story of Together – it’s one of vision, cajones and the power of collaboration.
 
 

 
 
 

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