12.05.2020

Work Wives and Homebodies


Meredith Crawford (47) and Toni Gale (30) were work wives at a bedding and homeware company for years. Through their friendship, they discovered not only a similar taste in and obsession for interiors, but a shared dream to one day have their own linen brand. It wasn’t until after they parted ways professionally that they released how much they missed and loved working together, and started thinking about how perfect a team they’d be – a designer and a marketing consultant – if they joined forces.

While each maintaining their own freelance careers, they started a side hustle – to build a brand of their own. Toni is actually a qualified textile designer, and having worked for several homeware and interior companies in her career was able to bring a solid knowledge of the industry and production processes to the project. The two poured every spare moment into development and design, including a painstaking search for suppliers who could manufacture their products beautifully, ethically and sustainably. Then, in November last year, Toni and Meredith took a leap of faith and launched their brand, Homebody.

Archie cushion (like the other Homebody styles, Archie also comes in a large Euro, standard pillowcase, and a linen throw)

Fleur

Daisy

Cruella

Homebody is a casual-contemporary range of pillowcases and Euros, cushions and throws, in four debut styles designed by Toni – Cruella, Daisy, Fleur and Archie. They’re intended to be mixed and matched together, or added to your bedding basics. I’m especially digging the soft painterly strokes of Archie, and the way Toni has turned a bushel of hydrangeas into a more abstract textile pattern in Fleur.

Everything has been printed on our fave fabric, linen. We all know how yummy real linen looks and feels, and how durable it is (and how it gets even lovelier with age), but did you know it’s also more of an environmentally-sound choice than cotton? The flax plant requires much less energy and water resources to produce than other fabrics, and the entire plant is used, leaving almost no waste footprint. Linen is also naturally biodegradable and recyclable. There’s very little (no) choice out there in real linen that’s not plain Jane… Homebody have a carved a cool statement-print niche here, and I’m excited to see what they do next.

Actually, what they are going to do next is release a new series of prints – they’re working on those at the moment. They’re also planning some new products, too. Who run the world? Work Wives.

 

Homebody online store  /  Lookbook  /  Homebody Instagram

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…

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