05.06.2019

New Zealand Designer – Natasha Mead


Stopped by the portfolio sites of one of my favourite New Zealand designers – Natasha Mead – and found a bunch of beautiful work I’d not seen before. A freelancer for a number of years, Natasha is now also part of a boutique but full-service studio, 1/1  (1 of 1 Studio – great name) with fellow designers Joe Swann, Natalie Thomson & Patrick Daley.

Natasha’s work (brand identity, packaging, printed assets and more) for organic skincare line, LESSE. 

Beautiful e-commerce for NZ store Everyday Needs

Modernity, simplicity and blind-emboss-beauty for architect Daniel Boddam

Packaging for one of my favourite brands, Sansceuticals

More blind emboss loveliness and a signature mark for J Hannah (See much more here)

Brand identity and packaging for My Chameleon 

See more of Natasha’s work on Natashamead.com
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follow her aesthetic on Instagram
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See 1/1 Studio’s recent projects here

27.05.2019

Sign of the Times



George & Willy have re-imagined their near-iconic paper roller (the Studio Roller – image at top – and its smaller sibling the Daily Roller) in leather, American Ash and brass. Shop the new Smith Roller here.

They’ve also launched two new signage products, the nostalgic Market Chalkboard, and a modern, minimalist sandwich board.

 

 

 

16.05.2019

My Father’s Florist


We’re going to do something a little different today – and that is to let Josie tell the story of her floral styling brand My Father’s Florist herself.  As you read her words, you’ll understand why it wouldn’t have been right for me to try to massage them into the regular descriptive paragraph or two.

Photography above by Robbie Hunter

My name is Josie and I am twenty-five. I live on the wrenching, gritty and graceful west coast of New Zealand, Piha.

I am in a constant love affair between the ocean, floristry and mental health. I started My Father’s Florist in July last year after some really unfair and tragic circumstances caused me to take a step back from my employment at the time. My Father’s Florist is about desperately trying to borrow what the West Coast lends me and gifting that to others through floristry.

My Father’s Florist is built around two things; capturing joy and dealing with grief. My understanding of joy is not happiness. Joy is the deep rooted and grounded understanding that no matter how horrible life gets, life is still unquestionably beautiful. I believe that joy can be present on the bad days, on the days in which you just can’t, when it’s unfair and when you just want acknowledgment that the situation you find yourself in sucks.

A big part of my business and my love for dried florals is grief. But grief interwoven with learning how to step into gratitude and step into joy.

 

I started collecting flowers when I was significantly shorter and a fair bit more foolish. I have trodden the known and unknown paths of my hometowns for uncounted dusk and dawn soaked hours. Some of these evening walks were the walks of lovers. At other times they were lonely. I started collecting, documenting, foraging and began to gain a deep-rooted understanding of beauty from the ashes.

That’s the beauty of dried florals really, that in every single process of life there is unseen detail. Silent joy.

I don’t want to be a floral designer, I want to be someone who is pursuing joy and just happens to make beautiful products. I believe in unique and whenua grounded design, I believe in creating a product, service and art piece that reminds you of Joy.

 

I currently split my time between the sand soaked soil here in Piha and the romance of the city. I work part time for a florist in Ponsonby, making whimsical wedding, store and event flowers. The rest of the time I spend foraging and creating in my Tiny house and caravan where I live by myself.

The thing that sets me apart from other florists who offer dried flowers is that all my flowers are foraged, it’s a long tedious process as it’s a massive gamble to see if things will dry in a good enough state to use. I spend two days a week exploring, knocking on doors, meeting strangers, meeting my community, talking, learning and creating a beautiful network of people who let me forage from their gardens. I make up for any lack with roadside finds.

All Photography except where noted by Natalie Ng (Journal and Co)

 

Mental health is my priority, so this business is a slow one in the sense that I am ruthlessly eliminating hurry from the way I run it, which probably isn’t a smart business move, that being said there are some exciting things in sight.

I am currently attempting to bribe a local Piha business owner into letting me have a pop up florist at their store this coming summer, my main motivation being I can surf when the waves are good and make flowers when they waves are average, plus they sell really great tacos… Alongside this I will be running some pretty incredible dried floral workshops, and releasing some beautiful ceramics, dried floral products, dried floral bouquets, my new collection of dried floral rings, wedding packages and figuring out how to press flowers onto the top of a surf board before it’s glassed over.

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Oh and I guess I should explain the name. My Father, he champions my creativity, I design it he makes it. He is my business partner and before I could claim the name florist I could claim the name daughter. My Fathers florist yes is about joy and expressing grief but I can only do both of these because he first created an environment in which it was encouraged to do so.

 

You can buy Josie’s intricate wreaths (in extra-large through to miniature sizes),
sculptural ikebana arrangements and other floral artworks online at My Father’s Florist.
Follow Josie’s creative journey on her Instagram.

01.04.2019

The Next Best Thing



Way back in 1890, a New Zealander pioneer invented and patented the concept of instant coffee. And now, one of the brands that’s been instrumental in putting New Zealand at the forefront of coffee culture, is re-inventing this Kiwi invention. It’s Coffee Supreme‘s new Instant. And they’re calling it the Next Best Thing (for when you can’t have the best thing).

They’ve sourced a coffee from the Yacuanquer region in Colombia, roasted it, brewed it, and freeze dried it. No additives or fillers, like other instants can have. Instant coffee with traceability? Nice.

Sold in a little box of 7 sachets. Designed for adventures, or for when you go places you know the coffee is bound to be rubbish (hotel rooms and airlines, this side-eye I’m doing is for you).

Relevant to The New’s interests thanks to the always-on-point Coffee Supreme brand visuals and packaging design.

Keen to fire up the Zip and put some in your Arcoroc mug? Available online here.

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