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.

12.06.2018

Tools for Enthusiastic Humans


 

Another brilliant niche product from NZ designers George & Willy – the Wall Mounted Letter Display.

It can be anything – a menu, to-do list, a message or quote, an Ideas board for your team – and that’s why I love it.
As with most things George & Willy, there’s a bunch of options so you can mod the concept to fit your purpose –  10 rails or 20, 400 or 800 letters, black or white rails, natural timber letter tiles or white letter tiles….

Available to pre-order at the mo, here

07.06.2018

Redefining Materialism


Designer Luke Mills, Melbourne-based New Zealander

Luke’s Ranger stool and Piggyback chairs

Above photography all by Lillie Thompson, via The Local Project (who have a great interview with Luke)

Hat pendant – with a hand-turned ceramic or terracotta top

Piggyback chair

Ranger stool (also now in a bench seat and bar stool) Photography Sam Kemp

 

Luke Mills is a New Zealand designer living in Melbourne. (Yes, Australia, you can have pavlova, but New Zealand was the birthplace of Luke Mills.)

Under his brand, Lumil, Luke has a growing range of furniture and lighting with a focus on natural materials (timber, terracotta, ceramics) with clean simple lines and bold forms.

Deftly balancing craft with minimalism – my fave dichotomy.

Luke Mills Design website   /   Instagram

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