15.02.2019

Studio South


A twofer today with a duo of different projects by Auckland design practice Studio South.

Above, branding, stunning print collateral and a show suite for 246 Queen, a new development in CBD Auckland which will see architects Fearon Hay re-design and rejuvenate an iconic Queen Street building into a new high quality city landmark.

And below – I couldn’t not share Studio South’s new digs with you. Designed in collaboration with Rufus Knight, Sam and his team have repurposed an old warehouse in St Mary’s Bay into a versatile new space that includes a full photography studio, presentation room, social spaces and an open-air courtyard.


Photography by Simon Wilson

 

07.02.2019

Sunna Studios


Sunna Studios is a line of organic, ethical, all-natural clothing for little ones, created by twin sisters Brooke and Elise Ratima. The twins design each garment themselves, then have them ethically made using New Zealand merino and GOTS Certified organic cotton. Once sewn, the pieces come back to their rural north auckland home, where they hand dye each small garment in their backyard studio. They use natural dyes extracted from plants – from avocado stones, to leaves from local trees, to roots, bark and flowers from their garden, to sustainable natural powders sourced online. With every new dye bath, Brooke and Elise create a unique garment, made special for a little someone. It’s a small, slow operation, producing limited numbers of truly beautiful little basics.

The Sunna aesthetic is based on thoughtful simplicity, with an emphasis on texture and earthy tones. The pieces are designed to be well-worn and well-loved basics, that can mix and match seamlessly into the wardrobe – helping to encourage better fashion habits.

Remember when natural, consciously-made products were hiiiideous looking? But now, we get to choose things that are not only design-led and beautiful to look at, but are also good for us, and good for the planet. Not only that, but we get to support other people with our choices – their dreams, their values and their families (like local women and mums, building their own businesses). What a time to be alive, right?

Sunna Studios Collection 01 is online now, with Collection 02 coming very soon.

Sunna Studios online store  /  Instagram

 

30.01.2019

Uh Huh Honey



Photography by Marie Valencia

 

25 year old graduate scientist and Nutritionist Emily White has beekeeper for a partner, so she was already using Manuka Honey in errrrting from baking to natural skin remedies when she thought to use it in a natural hair oil.

The market’s full of with hair oils that have a laundry list of synthetic ingredients, including silicones (coats your hair for superficial shine) which aren’t great for the hair or the environment.

After just shy of 6 months of development, formula refinement and testing (on all different hair types and conditions – people not animals), Comb was launched.

The result is a 100% natural, moisturising and nourishing hair oil, with a formulation of all good things, including Broccoli Seed Oil (boosts shine), Coconut Oil to penetrate the hair follicle and prevent breakage and Jojoba Oil for deep hydration. Of course, Manuka Honey’s the queen bee (sorry) here, because it’s a natural humectant – meaning it attracts and traps moisture, to hydrate without greasiness. The Manuka Honey in Comb is delivered to your hair via Extra Virgin Olive Oil – they infuse the honey in the EVOO over an extended period, to draw out the aroma and the beneficial properties of the honey. Comb also contains pure Manuka Oil sourced from New Zealand’s East Cape, where it’s known for especially high levels of antimicrobial triketone compounds to soothe and nourish hair.

Of course, it was the packaging that first grabbed my superficial interests – I love the glass bottle with its minimalist-but-modern form and style. But after Em sent me a bottle to try on my own uncooperative Beetlejuice frizz-fest, I can report back that it’s as good as it looks. Also, disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post (I’d always tell you if it was) – its just awesome.

 

Like to win yourself some Comb? A bottle for you and one for a friend? Uh huh honey!

Just head here to our Instagram, and tag a friend in a comment, and you’re in the draw
Enter as many times as you like .

 

Comb online store  /  Comb Instagram

16.01.2019

Brass for Days


Angle Bookend in antiqued brass (also comes in ‘new’ brushed brass).
These would make an amazing wedding gift, btw.

Converge Magazine Rack 

Isoceles Book Stand

Cavern Shelf (one of three brass ledge shelf designs

Brass Doric Peg and There Hook

They’ve also designed a range of brass handles in three styles and lots of sizes
– available in the antiqued finish or brushed brass.

Investment piece.

Linear Light

Stunning sliding steel doors at the Artifact showroom

Brass mirrors for Kate Sylvester fashion flagship

Amazing brass washbasin for Aesop Wellington

Back in 2015, you and I talked about how Copper could enjoy its 15 minutes of fame, but Brass wasn’t going anywhere. Brass coming back wasn’t a trend, it was a return of the mack. I instantly regret saying that…. But you get the point – it’s 2019, brass is still beloved, and now we’re starting to see a lot of antiqued brass around, too.

Steel fabricators Powersurge largely focus on bespoke works for restaurants, retail and residential spaces. But recently, they’ve turned their artistry to a line of brass products for our homes – shelving, hooks and handles, mirrors, lighting and homeware. The above images are just my faves – see the full range and shop online here.

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