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.

 

03.08.2018

Fabric


Photography by Josh Griggs

Hello to you, Fabric. Located in the former aircraft repair facility of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (read – huge cavernous and industrial space), at Auckland’s Hobsonville Point. (If you’re visiting Auckland during the week, you can take a ferry from downtown Auckland right to here).

Walker Mitchell designed this space, with its soft muted tones that contrast the industrial bones, and clever use of frosted glass panels to divide the interior into sections, creating a more intimate feel in such a high-studded space. (I think we’re going to start seeing a lot more fluted glass in interior design going forward – mark my words.)

Predictably, I high key love the heavy blush linen drapes, and of course the iconic Danish furniture.

The brand identity also deserves special mention. Sophisticated, yet simple and soft it was designed by Jade Young Studio.

04.07.2018

The Caker – City of Sails to City of Angels


Jordan Rondel – The Caker – outside her Auckland Cake Salon


Baking Kits (including a special collab with Karen Walker) on sale at The Caker salon

Mini Cakes being ganached. 

Young rose buds for cake decoration

Cakes heading out for daily delivery around Auckland

Last week, The New contributor Samantha Donaldson spent some time with cake kween and entrepreneur Jordan Rondel, founder of cult-status-loved The CakerJordan currently divides her time between the City of Sails and the City of Angels, so we were lucky to catch her in her K’Road Cake Salon – baking, decorating, laying out still-warm mini cakes for sale, and getting cakes ready for deliveries around Auckland.

With The Caker brand continuing to rise, Jordan now has a team of ten, and a business partner in her sister Anouk, who left a law career to manage this beautiful empire of sweet treats. When Jordan’s not helping her team bake and decorate, she’s busy with recipe creation (Jordan has two published recipe books and contributes weekly to Sunday magazine), running baking masterclasses, designing new baking mixes to be sold throughout New Zealand (there’s some limited-edition kits about to be released – keep an eye out!), and – oh, #nbd – planning for the global expansion of The Caker… specifically, a Cake Salon in Los Angeles!

She chose LA because it’s somewhere she’s spent – with her partner Stefan Sinclair (a well-known tattoo artist) – a lot of time in recent years. Her second home, really. In Jordan’s own words: “someone smart once suggested that when you decide it’s time to expand your business on an international scale, it’s important to choose a place you actually want to live. And LA is that. The lifestyle and culture just really resonates with me. Plus, despite all the other cake shops that exist in LA, there’s a very obvious niche for what we’re doing with The Caker, so fingers crossed we can fill that”.

They’ve found a location they love, so right now Jordan is working through Visa paperwork and all the legal layers for The Caker L.A.  I for one can’t wait to see this one come out of the oven…

The Caker  website & online store   /   Instagram

Jordan also has a recipes blog which she updates very regularly

Photography for The New by Wedding & Lifestyle photographer Samantha Donaldson
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28.06.2018

Eleven Fifty Four


It’s a little hard to see here, but the back wall is completely tiled in a teeny soft grey grid tile.

Wellington’s calling me this winter for a weekend of eating myself a carb-cardigan, and drinking some of the country’s best coffee and cocktails. One of the spots on the Welly itinerary is this new opening on Cuba Street, 1154. Eleven Fifty Four is a good ol’ new-fashioned Pastaria, serving fresh-daily housemade pastas and organic wine. The interior is serving me industrial and vintage vibes meets your Italian Nonna’s dining room.

Design is in the details, and my fave details are: those red mosaic tiles on the floor of the entrance (and the back wall); the red Baker stools from New Zealand furniture designers IMO; that stunning black-steel-framed suspended menu, and the fact they kept the old stained-glass windows with the HB insignia (this building was a Hallensteins Brothers factory back in the early 1900’s).

Identity design – including all the nice little brand touch-points – by Sunday Best
Interior design by Prak Sritharan

Photography here by Grace Gemuhluoglu (omg, please go and look at her portfolio)

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