12.09.2019

Atlas


Same but different – the Atlas tabletop swivels to re-position

New from New Zealand designer Nathan Goldsworthy, the Atlas Table. Crafted from solid blocks of Oak (on the base), with a disc top shaped from New Zealand Rimu – love the use of two different timbers. The top swivels and moves so it can be positioned perfectly. I’ve also spied a taller, smaller sidetable Atlas on the Goldsworthy Studio Instagram, hoping Nathan releases that soon too.

09.09.2019

Line Duo


New from our faves at Douglas and Bec – and straight to the top of my personal wishlist – the Line Duo Table Lamp. Refined yet playful, it’s also large enough (30cm wide and 62cm tall) to make a sculptural statement in any space. The bulbs are hand-blown glass, and come in your choice of white, camel, blush pink or midnight (the deep sea green above).

As with everything Douglas and Bec, this piece was designed by Bec Snelling and her vision is then given life by Bec’s dad, master craftsman Douglas Snelling, and their small team of collaborators.

27.08.2019

Best of the Best – Graphic, Part II


Small Brand Identity by One Design for La Fuente – a wine and mezcal bar in Auckland.

Actually making me want to buy supermarket soap, and that’s no mean feat.
Especially love the still life imagery. By Milk for Health Basics.


A new visual identity for an Auckland institution, Cazador. By Seachange

Firstly – Longboys? Best name. Secondly, I’m disproportionately upset that these gourmet finger donut shops are actually in London, not NZ. Never mind, the design team are here in New Zealand – Akin design studio, with illos by Natasha Vermeulen

I posted some of the Lesse brand by NZ designer Natasha Mead (and her studio, 1/1) a few weeks back, but if anything’s worthy of double dipping, this is.

Excellent packaging for this NZ range of plant patties, designed by Curious.

My favourite of all the Student Design finalists, this ode to Sandwiches (same, Sonia, same) by Wellington design graduate Sonia Mijatov.

 

21.08.2019

Nightworks


All the way back in 2008, Kiwi husband and wife Ben and Kiri Wahrlich started their own lighting brand, Anaesthetic. They were living in Australia and working full-time jobs, so Anaesthetic began as a side hustle. Their debut products were massively (deservedly) well-received by architects and interior designers, and soon enough, Anaesthetic lights were being specified for all sorts of impressive projects (the Tommy Hilfiger Europe head office was an early highlight; Brisbane’s incredible new design hotel, The Calile, is a recent one).

A decade on and now truly a global business (with a network of distributors and re-sellers around the world), Ben and Kiri have re-branded as Nightworks, and have returned to New Zealand. Of their move home to Christchurch, Kiri says: “Every week there are new cafes, restaurants and stores opening. There are the most amazing, inventive uses of public spaces and some beautiful architecture filling the empty spaces. It’s so good already, but we’re also excited at the thought of what Christchurch will be in just a few years time! We’re proud to have moved back here, to launch our business in Christchurch and to show that it is a very liveable city with a lot of local talent.”

 

As if a full decade in business and a re-brand weren’t achievement enough, Ben and Kiri have gone and developed four new lighting families – two of which are finalists in the 2019 Best Awards.

Below and above, is Code, an innovative system of modular lighting components that can be arranged in a multitude of ways to create different linear designs – check some of the configs below. Made from hand-blown glass and solid brass, the designs and namesake are drawn from the dots and dashes of morse code. Each globe is connected via a smart screw fitting that transfers power to the next globe, a system unique to Nightworks’ products and one that took Ben and Kiri over two years to develop and refine.

The Code family also includes a wall sconce. I do love a fresh sconce.


Also two years in the making and a finalist in the Best Awards, is Nightworks’ new architectural, statement-making Petrine.

The Petrine lights are precision-engineered from a custom extruded brass profile and – thanks to a special assembly technique laboured over by Ben and Kiri – are virtually free from any visible screws. Petrine comes as a double pendant, single pendant and a wall light.

Also new to the Nightworks’ family, the fluted glass Zeppelin (below) – available as a wall sconce, and as a single, double or triple pendant.

Nightworks’ most loved light the Duomo now has a little teina – the Duomo Piccolo.
Available as a small pendant and a wall sconce, and – by popular demand – is also rated for outdoors and wet areas.

All images by Haydn Cattach Photography

 

Let me be one of the first to welcome you home, Ben and Kiri. *cue Dave Dobbyn track*
So great add another world-class design house to our nation’s folio.

Nightworks’ website  /   Nightworks’ Instagram

 

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