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

13.11.2019

Real World Refinery


A coupley short years ago, I shared this post on a new brand called Real World. They’d caught my eye with their bold minimalist packaging (the first dishwashing liquid to actually look stylish in your kitchen), and the fact that all the products were completely natural, handmade in small batches from founder Nicola Mossman’s home. At that time, they’d launched with their Dishwashing Liquid – a natural alternative to the supermarket’s many toxic concoctions – and a small range of hand wash and hand cream.

The Real World range has grown to include (takes deep breath): haircare, deodorant, shaving foam, baby bath wash, a comprehensive natural skincare line, more homecare products including bench spray, a pet wash, a brand new laundry liquid, lip balm, bath salts, and much more. All plant-based. All beautifully packaged.

And, even more exciting, Nicola and husband Adam have just – a couple of months ago – opened the doors of a flagship space, in their Hawke’s Bay hometown. They spent months completely gutting and re-designing what was a newspaper printing plant, reusing and upcycling some of the industrial gems of the old building and transforming the space into what you see here – the Real World Refinery, a retail store and refillery.

Visit to see the complete Real World family of products, refill your empties from the brass 13-tap sink, and watch Nicola and the team hand-making products out back, through those black steel-framed windows (yes, everything is still done by hand).

Real World Refinery – 211 Queen St, Hastings  /  Real World online store  /  Real World Instagram

Photography by Hazel Redmond and Andy King

 

12.11.2019

Aesthetics + Ethics – Kowtow Auckland


Photography Simon Wilson

 

This quietly confident beauty is the sophomore space for New Zealand global brand Kowtow, now open in York Street, Newmarket.

Like the inaugural Wellington flagship, the design of Kowtow Auckland was again a collaboration between Kowtow and Rufus Knight, and is again an expression of both minimalism and warmth. Kowtow does balance beautifully – simplicity and sparseness meets rich material tactility, linear forms meet organic shapes and flowing curves, art meets the elemental.

Aspects I love: the dropped Japanese-inspired ceiling; the original concrete ceiling trusses (this building is fairly historic) that have been left exposed; the floor-sweeping heavy linen curtains; and that monolithic centrepiece – the giant, ‘floating’ brass table with heavy oak legs. The exterior also deserves special mention –  Kowtow and Rufus Knight created that abraded plaster façade, and the extra deep-set windows.

Like the Wellington flagship, all aspects of the store have been selected with sustainability in mind;  much of the interior timber is traceable New Zealand grown oak, finished by hand with a non-toxic and enviro-friendly oil. The rugs (from NZ brand Nodi) are hand-braided and made from sustainably grown jute. Those changing room curtains are made from sustainably grown and processed linen, and the ottomans – designed by NZ’s Simon James – are locally made and upholstered with renewable and biodegradable organic linen. Not a surprise from our own trailblazing ethical (seed to garment) clothing label.

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