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

28.11.2019

Fragment


New from leading NZ designer Simon James, the Fragment collection, which draws its inspiration from modernist architecture. I love Simon’s balance of simplicity and strength – the lines are so heavy, yet the final form is clean, and warm thanks to that solid oak. Also love how the tabletops appear to cantilever from certain angles…

The Fragment collection is also available in Smoked Oak and Black Oak. 


One day, one day, I’ll have this table as my studio desk. *makes a wish*
Also in the Fragment family, the Fragment Coffee Table

There’s that yummy cantilever again…

20.11.2019

An Organised 2020


Photography by Hannah Roche

Styling and Photography by Kirsty Dawn

Today marks 6 weeks until a whole new decade. I don’t know about you, but that gives me even more drive to make 2020 a milestone year in my life – personally and professionally.

Cue An Organised Life – a world-class, modern stationery brand that just happens to be from New Zealand.

(Ok, so most of us here – being lovers of good design – already know about An Organised Life, but for those who don’t: The brand was started back in 2013 by New Zealander Beck Wadworth. Then in her early 20’s, Beck was working in Australia in the frenetically-paced fashion and PR world, and couldn’t find a simple but stylish diary. A diary that deserved its place as an accessory to Beck’s otherwise chic, sartorial daily looks. If you’re one of the 57,000 followers of Beck’s personal Instagram, you’ll know by the life she leads (splitting her time between her home here in Auckland and her HQ in Sydney, running her business, contributing to Vogue AU and being brand ambassador for Lexus NZ) that she’s the perfect person to be designing tools to bring structure to a busy life. Beck also juggled An Organised Life as a side-hustle to her main career for over 5 years. So yeah, she knows a thing or three about organisation.)

Beck’s first An Organised Life piece – the Signature Diary – is still a bestseller each year, but An Organised Life now offers a wide range of diaries (weekly planners, daily planners, a5 and A4 size), along with a large collection of notebooks and blank journals, calendars and wall planners, weekly planner pads and notepads, all with beautifully-considered details. The aesthetic has never deviated from Beck’s original vision – classic, minimal, fresh, monochrome.

An Organised Life’s  2020 Collection is now available to order. All the diaries can be monogrammed, and they all begin in December, so you can start getting organised now.

Post Script: I’m a stationery and organisation nerd and I like hearing what other people use. So here’s what I use: I always have two of Beck’s plain leather notebooks constantly on the go – I use one for personal journalling, and another for work: for lists, ideas and design development. They come in a lined option, but I choose blank, and always use the same brand of black ink pen (I’m fussy about pens). I get my stationery monogrammed with my first initial – A – because An Organised Life offers free monogramming on many/most of their products – you can choose from a range of foils or blind deboss. For my 2020 Diary, I’m opting for the A4 Daily Diary in Gold

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