21.08.2019

Nightworks


All the way back in 2008, Kiwi husband and wife Ben and Kiri Wahrlich started their own lighting brand, Anaesthetic. They were living in Australia and working full-time jobs, so Anaesthetic began as a side hustle. Their debut products were massively (deservedly) well-received by architects and interior designers, and soon enough, Anaesthetic lights were being specified for all sorts of impressive projects (the Tommy Hilfiger Europe head office was an early highlight; Brisbane’s incredible new design hotel, The Calile, is a recent one).

A decade on and now truly a global business (with a network of distributors and re-sellers around the world), Ben and Kiri have re-branded as Nightworks, and have returned to New Zealand. Of their move home to Christchurch, Kiri says: “Every week there are new cafes, restaurants and stores opening. There are the most amazing, inventive uses of public spaces and some beautiful architecture filling the empty spaces. It’s so good already, but we’re also excited at the thought of what Christchurch will be in just a few years time! We’re proud to have moved back here, to launch our business in Christchurch and to show that it is a very liveable city with a lot of local talent.”

 

As if a full decade in business and a re-brand weren’t achievement enough, Ben and Kiri have gone and developed four new lighting families – two of which are finalists in the 2019 Best Awards.

Below and above, is Code, an innovative system of modular lighting components that can be arranged in a multitude of ways to create different linear designs – check some of the configs below. Made from hand-blown glass and solid brass, the designs and namesake are drawn from the dots and dashes of morse code. Each globe is connected via a smart screw fitting that transfers power to the next globe, a system unique to Nightworks’ products and one that took Ben and Kiri over two years to develop and refine.

The Code family also includes a wall sconce. I do love a fresh sconce.


Also two years in the making and a finalist in the Best Awards, is Nightworks’ new architectural, statement-making Petrine.

The Petrine lights are precision-engineered from a custom extruded brass profile and – thanks to a special assembly technique laboured over by Ben and Kiri – are virtually free from any visible screws. Petrine comes as a double pendant, single pendant and a wall light.

Also new to the Nightworks’ family, the fluted glass Zeppelin (below) – available as a wall sconce, and as a single, double or triple pendant.

Nightworks’ most loved light the Duomo now has a little teina – the Duomo Piccolo.
Available as a small pendant and a wall sconce, and – by popular demand – is also rated for outdoors and wet areas.

All images by Haydn Cattach Photography

 

Let me be one of the first to welcome you home, Ben and Kiri. *cue Dave Dobbyn track*
So great add another world-class design house to our nation’s folio.

Nightworks’ website  /   Nightworks’ Instagram

 

09.08.2019

Two Halves, Three Quarters



Turns out that internationally-regarded New Zealand photographer Thomas Seear-Budd is also an architectural graduate and designer (love a Renaissance man) and he’s recently joined forces with fellow young designer James Ross to create Wellington’s newest multi-disciplinary practice, Seear-Budd Ross.

These are two of the debut projects Thomas and James have designed as Seear-Budd Ross: above, a beautifully restrained outpost for Three Quarter Society‘s specialty coffee – all linear oak, aged brass and diffused light (sigh) – and below, the first of a furniture portfolio, Table 01 – which is the very definition of timeless, don’t you think?

Ones to watch.

26.03.2019

6401 Percent


Photography by Kate Battersby and Jessie Peters

 

By day, New Zealand graphic designer Leah Surynt is part of the team at Auckland strategy and brand agency Designworks. By night (and weekend), she’s working on her own homeware label – 6401% – and has just launched with a line of woven cotton throws.

The four debut designs were created by corrupting digital files, the distorted image becoming contemporary artworks. Made to order in the USA, they’re super soft and 100% cotton – perfect for an extra blanket on your bed, something cosy for the couch, or use as a modern wall hanging.

 

6401% online store  /  Insta

14.03.2019

Space Between


New Zealand homeware brand Made of Tomorrow have just launched their AW19 collection, Space Between. Along with their simple but super-functional folded steel shelves, wall hooks, bathroom accessories, floating bedside tables and more, the Fold range has welcomed some new pieces including Arch Bookends in two colours, and Arch Planter Pots and Arch Planter Boxes, which work equally well outdoors as in. There’s newbies in the Paper Goods range too, and most exciting of all, a new Surface range consisting of an an Arch Room Divider and Arch Lean Mirror, both made of MDF, triple-gloss-painted in blush pink, jet black, deep green or pale grey.


Simple, super-functional, stylish soap holder. (But also an excuse to show this amazing sink, a little bit)

New Arch Pots in white and mist green (also come in black)

Made of Tomorrow’s new Arch Planter Box (also comes in black and mist green)

New Arch Bookends – also come in black

There’s a bunch of new things in the Paper Good range – my fave is this handy little note block in pale grey

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