11.10.2018

Good Turn


Bec and Douglas – Daughter and Dad, Designer and Maker, Dreamers and Doers both
Photograph Greta van der Star

 

Every Douglas and Bec collection is a love story of craftsmanship, art history and contemporary interiors. And the New Zealand Dad and Daughter team’s 2018 collection, Turn, continues the anthology, with this ode named after the art of wood turning.

Designer Bec Dowie has created 14 new pieces for the new collection, including a slim side table, dresser and big beautiful hutch dresser. There’s also new linear pendant lights and wall lights which would add an architectural sophistication to any space (these come in chrome, but also in natural, lacquered or blackened brass, too) and a floor lamp with a playful Dutch feel.

Douglas and Bec pieces always manage to feel both right-on-time and timeless. They feel like nothing you’ve seen before yet somehow are familiar… like future-you is looking at a New Zealand design classic, know what I mean?

See everything in the Turn collection here.

 

22.08.2018

Tim Webber


Otto chair (also comes in Navy velvet)

Dowel pendant (serving Mid Century feels)

Donut Side Table

Nixon Stool

Pivot Coffee Table (shown here in walnut with a limestone top,
but also comes in oak with a carrara marble top )

Walker chair

 

New Zealand designer Tim Webber has an all-new collection, launched at this year’s Den Fair. The Otto chair up there is my fave – I love how sumptuous it looks in that mustard velvet, yet the wire base lends it a light airy feel, don’t you think? As with all of Tim’s pieces, there are multiple options for materiality – so you choose your own adventure.

08.08.2018

Hare


Custom brass screen draws on Art Deco forms to divide the study from the main living area

Custom upholstered headboard designed by Lauren Hare


Hare Interiors’ high fashion-feel for Hereford Apartment

Scenes from M11 Salon

 

I have been meaning to share the work of award-winning New Zealand interior designer Lauren Hare with you some time now.

As Hare Interiors, Lauren designs residential and commercial spaces that are dramatic and elegant, with a richness and depth of palette – Lauren wields texture, materials and colour a little like a painter wields oils. Her spaces are sculptural, luxe and beautifully detailed and edited.

Another hallmark of her work is the fact that Lauren designs a lot of custom pieces for her clients – and through this, Hare Interiors has now developed a whole furniture line.

Some of the Hare Interiors furniture collection

 

 

11.07.2018

Lucilla Gray


Wellington designer Lucilla Gray, wearing her Aurora earrings in Pearl

Lucilla works from her studio in central Wellington

Artwork by Lucilla’s partner Phil Andrews. An in-demand Animation/Art Director, Phil trades software for a
pencil after-hours as an award-winning hyper-realism portrait artist.

My two favourites from Lucilla’s line of statement earrings 

Aurora earrings – 14k gold plated stud with a tort teardrop

Pomona earrings – a new style being released just this week.
Pomona was the goddess of fruit trees and orchards, and this organic form was inspired by the shape of a pear.

 

It was Lucilla Gray’s contemporary jewellery I first spotted, and I just had to know more about the designer. So I asked photographer Nadine Ellen to visit Lucilla’s central Wellington studio, from which she runs her self-titled womenswear label.

Lucilla studied a Bachelor of Design majoring in Fashion at Massey – but her work started being noticed by stylists and magazines even before she finished uni. After an internship with Kate Sylvester and a bit of working travel, Lucilla returned to Wellington to start her own label. The Lucilla Gray aesthetic embraces structural silhouettes and an intelligently feminine feel, re-inventing timeless pieces for the modern woman. As well as working on a new jewellery collection for summer, Lucilla her currently preparing to launch a new made-to-order client service – a new-old-fashioned concept of tailor-making pieces which also embraces slow fashion, eliminates dead stock and reduces resource use. In an industry predominately driven by high-consumption fast fashion, that’s what I’d call a fashion-forward move.

Though her brand is still young, Lucilla is already enjoying the kind of career highlights that labels dream of – she’s been featured in several international magazines (including US Vogue), and, this year, designed a gown to be worn (by Signý Lemmon) at the Oscars. Big things…

Also, if my husband is reading this – the Solana Stud (small) in Bronze Tint, please?

 

Lucilla Gray Online Store  /  Lucilla Gray Instagram

 

Beautiful imagery with thanks to Nadine Ellen (< Insta) of Nadine Ellen & Tim Kelly (< main website)
Tim and Nadine are in-demand are wedding photographers, travelling throughout NZ and internationally.
I always feel lucky to have them shoot for The New when they’re back home in Wellington over winter.

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