20.02.2020

Still Life


All this cosiness is courtesy of New Zealand’s Città – who’ve just launched their Autumn Winter 20 collection, Still Life.

The collection’s name is a nod to its aesthetic focus on organic shapes and tones taken from nature – think mossy green, earthy neutrals and smoky pepper. There’s loads of linen (bedding, cushions, loungewear and more), warming wood tones and hand-woven baskets. In the textile range, I’m super into all the gingham and tonal check patterns (the grown-up grid) coming through. Everything gingham all the time!

I love seeing a New Zealand brand glow-up. Città have always been strong in soft furnishings, but in the last couple of years they’ve really levelled up their range of in-house furniture and lighting (and other ‘hard homeware’ pieces), with two gifted New Zealand designers  – David Moreland and Nikolai Sorensen – dedicated to this part of the business. The curvy, contemporary Horizon coffee and side tables caught my eye in the Still Life collection, and there’s some very cool new wall hooks coming too.  They’re also expanding their edit of ceramics and glassware – I have my eye on some of the Bower ceramic canisters (it’s so hard to find ceramics with a lid! Not anymore.)

You can check out the entire Still Life collection by Città online now.

10.02.2020

Wishlisted


 

On the Wishlist currently:

A few things from the Marle AW20 collection ‘Into My Arms’ which launched this week, including the Cooper Top in Ivory (love the simple silhouette with the balloon sleeves) and my dream pleated, high-waisted, linen, oatmeal-hued pant. Honestly, I’ve been looking for a pair of pants exactly like this for months. Jett Pant in Oat (also comes in Black)

Something sculptural and modernist from New Zealand woodturners Walk in the Park. This new Raised Sphere bud vase, hand-turned from Puriri wood, would be beautiful at my bedside. Available online from Precinct 35

Definitely appreciating a rattan moment (a moment, mind – not all-rattan-everything). Love this new William Bench Seat from AC Homestore.

Sansceuticals has just added to their range with a new Cellular Repair Lotion. They’ve really nailed their multi-functional M.O. with this one – it’s designed to: reduce and prevent pigmentation, increase hydration⁣, strengthen barrier function by boosting ceramide production,⁣ reduce inflammation and balance the pH of your skin⁣, regulate sebum production, stimulate collagen and elastin.

I’m alllll about a bed ruffle atm. Society of Wanderers new collection of bold stripe linen bedding includes frilled flat sheets and frilled pillowcases. The blue stripe has my heart but there are other colours, too. Available in New Zealand from TeaPea.

If you’ve been looking for a dining table that’s a lifetime purchase and isn’t from a chain store, this is it. The 4 Pin Table, designed and crafted by Matakana-based William Worsp. It’s clean and timeless, with just enough interest in the positioning and curve of the legs to let you know you’ve chosen something special. WRW & Co 4 Pin Table (also comes in a coffee table size).

 

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29.01.2020

Chic Centrefold


Photography by Michelle Weir for Rowson Kitchens

New Zealand designer Annika Rowson has just unveiled this elegant beauty – a third kitchen in her Rowson Kitchens showroom. Having a showroom that changes every couple of years enables Annika not only to showcase leading edge materials, concepts and functional features in kitchen design, but also to personally challenge herself to apply materials in new and unexpected ways.

Which is exactly what she’s done here with the centrepiece of this kitchen – that Corian kitchen island (in Cirrus White, if you’re taking notes). Annika chose to actually use the reverse side of the Corian to enhance its patterning, and then had it hand-fluted (which enhances the reverse-side patterning even more). The island also features a Corian Duo 023 bowl which is seamless into the top, and there are hot points and a full Fisher & Paykel integrated dishwasher on the inside curve of the island.

Perhaps my favourite aspect of the space is Annika’s tightrope-wire-balancing-act of depth and weight with light and softness – at one end of the scale you have the heft of the marble concrete floor, rich smoked oak cabinetry, bronze hardware, bronze glass… on the other you have the sheer floaty curtains, the almost-floating sculptural lighting, the creamy-clad upper walls and extra-high stud…

That Corian kitchen island in itself is a beautiful balancing act – weighty but white; curvy rounded edges juxtaposed with the linear fluting; the silky-smooth top alongside all the tactility and texture of the grooves and ridges.

In the right hand corner there, there’s a separate small black sink, with a matte black Zenith Hydro Tap (the taps that produce boiling water immediately) with a hidden Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer next to it. The drawer hardware is Blum Tip-On – press a drawer to open it, give it a small push and the drawer soft-closes by itself.

The elegant cabinetry is a rich Smoked Oak veneer by Plymasters, and it houses a tall pantry (with 5 internal drawers that open individually) and integrated column fridge and column freezer by Fisher & Paykel. Hands up who’d watch a video walk-through of this space *puts both hands up*  The tall cabinet pull bars (called ‘closet bars’, if you’re searching for them) and smaller furniture knobs, all in smoked bronze – yum, are by Buster & Punch.

This gallery-esque display unit features backlit lighting by Hafele and – perhaps my favourite touch – bronze glass.

I spy with my little eye – the Smoked Oak rangehood unit is actually curved to match the radius of the island

 The benchtop above is Dekton in (black, textured) Sirius, and Annika chose travertine finger tiles by Tile Depot to mirror the vertical lines in the island and upper wall.

Those lights are bubble pendants by Mr Ralph, and the island tap is a Plumbline Buddy in a brushed nickel finish.

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To see more of Annika’s award-winning work (including the other two very different kitchens in the Rowson Kitchens showroom) visit her website, or follow Annika on Instagram to see all the projects she’s creating…

28.01.2020

Oddthing


Popping in today to share new New Zealand brand ODDTHING with you. Behind the name is young talent Henry Caird. An experienced Industrial Designer, Henry is called on by companies to conceptualise, 3d-visualise and detail-design their new products. Now he’s launching his own – with the mission that every ODDTHING  be thoughtful, good-looking, long-lasting and nice to use.

First up was the Long Light, a suspension lighting solution for hanging over different sized tables and countertops. It’s scalable by design, so you can choose the length that fits your space, up to a super-statement three metres wide. Light shines through the gaps where each module meets, and the colours are also customisable. I’d love to see this in white.

ODDTHING’s sophomore product was one of those simple-but-genius ideas born out of personal need. Henry (and his mate James Wotton, fellow creative and coffeephile) had joined the growing number of people making filtered coffee at home, but had nowhere to store their paper filters. The Paper Filter Station is available in black or white, and stores Chemex, Moccamaster or V60 coffee filters. There’s also a special Kokako Coffee version, and Henry and James have new colours planned for this year.

As ODDTHING grows, Henry is keen to introduce other designers and makers who share his passion for minimalist objects with a touch of character. Keep an eye out for an upcoming collab with a talented American designer, a new lighting product, and more homeware and lifestyle products to come.

 

ODDTHING online store / ODDTHING Instagram

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