03.11.2020

Not So Odd Thing


Another day, another world-class product designed and made here in Gods Own.  This time, it’s an update from the guys at ODDTHING. And the first new product is anything but odd – it’s a super practical, simple-but-genius work station.

The Work Station’s MO is giving you better organisation and added comfort while you work. – The monitor stand elevates your screen to a better viewing height (posture, people) and the separate large and small under-tray helps you look sharp fix up, fitting underneath the monitor stand and giving you one tidy spot to keep loose papers, stationery, your diary, phone, keys etc etc.

The simple but sculptural Wavy – the best magazine and book rack design I’ve seen in a minute – is available in four colours.

Wavy Baby is a business card stand – also available in four colours.

ODDTHING have also been hard (and smart) at work growing their lighting collection, and recently launched their new highly-customisable Rad Table. Check out the website to see the full made-in-NZ catalogue, or follow them @oddthingmade

 

17.09.2020

Introducing: noho move


Chalk up another one for New Zealand being at the forefront of Good Design – that being: design that not only looks good, but also does good – for people and planet.

Dining tables used to just be for dining – somewhere you’d sit for maybe 30 minutes, a couple times a day. But increasingly, the dining table has become a place we spend hours at a time – it’s a makeshift office, it’s a homework station, it’s the place we stretch out a lazy Saturday morning with a second coffee, or debrief the day’s events over wine. Despite the evolution in the way we use modern dining chairs, they’ve never had (proper) ergonomic consideration. Not in the sense that office chairs have, anyway. And office chairs, while designed for many hours sitting, aren’t exactly stylish. Until now…

The noho move has been designed to sit in comfortably for hours, and look good doing it – at your dining table, or maybe in your aesthetically-pleasing workspace (I’m ordering a white one for my desk.)

That lovely subtle texture you see in the body of the chair? That’s actually a patented new design called an auxetic mesh, and it expands – in four directions – as you move. As you relax back, sit forward to focus, or shift in your seat, the move chair rocks and flexes, cradling and complying with your body, responding dynamically to your movement. So it not only allows your body to move, it encourages it. It also eliminates pressure points, and improves your body’s circulation. They’re saying now that sitting is the new smoking, right? Well, we can’t all quit sitting, that’s not practical. So we need chairs that reduce the tension and pressure in our bodies and hold us in good healthy postures, but let us feel comfy doing it.

OK, so noho’s move chair looks good (tick) and feels good (tick), but let me tell you about how it does good…

Behind noho is co-CEO, dad and dreamer Richard Shirtcliffe, former boss at Coffee Supreme, and Tuatara Brewing and Phil & Ted’s before that. He has a legacy of building big little brands that redefine categories, and noho is no different.

While surfing with his family in Indonesia, Richard was shocked by the gross amount of plastic waste in the water. He and his wife Sarah began discussing how they could contribute, commercially, to a solution, by disrupting a consumer category with products made from reclaimed ocean waste. Back in New Zealand, Richard connected with old friend Richard Cutfield, a director at internationally award-winning NZ design studio Formway. For decades, Formway have pioneered performance ergonomics in office furniture; their team are considered world leaders in this space, designing chairs for the likes of Knoll and Natuzzi. And as fate would have it, they’d spent the prior four years working on a concept to bring their office innovations to home furniture…

Two years later, and the noho brand and noho move chair have just launched. The product of Formway’s design and engineering innovations and the two Richards’ bold vision for noho, it offers incredible ergonomic comfort in a clean, contemporary form, and is made entirely from reclaimed plastic – specifically, an eco-nylon created from discarded fishing nets and carpets, rather than from crude oil. (It can also be recycled and remoulded again and again; it’s endlessly regenerable.)

There’s always been an embarrassing level of waste in the furniture industry, most obviously in the use of materials but also in the business model – a bloated supply chain not only takes way too many resources to get from production to your place, but also stacks margins-on-margins to the point where anything of real quality is priced completely out of reach. Noho wants to make high-end, high-performance design as accessible as possible, so the brand has cut out the middlemen and sells direct to consumers.

noho move chairs are made right here in New Zealand (using 82% renewable energy, btw), and are also packaged using 100% recyclable materials. They come in black or white, with a range of optional coloured toppers that are made from recycled and sustainably sourced NZ wool. Ooh and also – if you want to see exactly how a move chair will look in your space, the noho website has an augmented reality tool to use. Fancy.

Noho move chairs are currently available (with free shipping) in New Zealand and throughout the USA – other countries coming soon.

noho website + online store  /   noho Instagram

21.08.2020

Homestyle Editions


Styling Alice Lines, Photography Melanie Jenkins

Being at the leading edge of interiors and design in New Zealand, homestyle magazine just know what homeowners here want and need. And their taste level… well, it’s *chef’s kiss* – always managing to sit in that Venn diagram overlap where timeless meets of-the-moment. The ∩ of interiors, you might say.

Beyond the pages of the (boutique, independently-published) magazine itself, homestyle also functions as a creative studio – offering consulting, design and styling. They’ve produce imagery and stories for local brands, hosted workshops, and conceptualised interiors for urban developments. And now, they’re stretching their aesthetic wings even further, launching homestyle Editions.

homestyle Editions is an online-exclusive platform sharing stylish, well-considered home products, designed by the Homestyle team and made in collaboration with local artisans here in New Zealand.

The debut collection includes dining and coffee tables, stools, display plinths and lighting, all drawing inspiration from neoclassical architecture. Think column forms, fluting, rebated edges…

The incredibly-elegant, statement-making Twin Pedestal Table, and Museum Stool (great name).

Athena Table LampNiche Plinths (I really love the series of plinths
– they’re an item that’s been kinda impossible to find in New Zealand, until now.) 

Fave. Monument Coffee Table (also available in natural American Oak with a clear glass top)

Column Table Lamp

The ageless Hestia Occasional Table

We love a circular dining table, and homestyle Editions have one launching very soon. Also available with a fluted base.

 

Homestyle have collaborated with Christchurch woodturners Southern Creations for this first collection, and each piece is crafted to order from sustainably grown, FSC-certified American Oak – left natural or black-stained.

All items are available exclusively online, from homestyle-editions.co.nz

For these pieces – and future ∩ loveliness – make sure to also follow the new Insta account @homestyle.editions

11.08.2020

Spatial Studio


Segment Low No. 8 – with eight gorgeous big legs and a bronze trim (see that?).

Segment Side 02 has a curved antiqued brass base and a fine marble top

This first Spatial Studios collection includes a line of marble-topped tables with a mix of oak and bronze/brass legs

Segment Console – with 3 push-to-open cupboards each with adjustable shelves. Love the thin oak battens.

My fave, Segment Low No.6

Segment Side Table 01, in Oak. 

 
 
This furniture from New Zealand’s Spatial Studio stopped my eyeballs in their tracks, and I just had to share with you all…

While Spatial Studio is normally kept busy creating beautiful residential and retail interiors, founder Kristen Basra (winner of the Emerging Design Professional Award at last year’s Interior Design Awards) actually specialises in bespoke cabinetry design, and designing furniture is a natural progression of her craft. Our Level 4 Covid lockdown turned out to be the perfect creative incubator for Kristen – she finally got the time to make a long-held dream a reality, designing her debut furniture collection.

Every piece is handmade in New Zealand, and every material is customisable – it’s a Choose Your Own (Design) Adventure with stone finishes, timber and stains, metal accents, and sizes. Now that the debut collection is launched, Spatial Studio are aiming to release new items twice yearly, as Kristen is continually inspired by design and interiors around the world.

My head is gone for the Segment Low Table 06 with its six (yes, six) thick legs in turned solid oak. It’s curvy and playful, but still so refined. Explore the complete Spatial Studio’s collection here, and follow them on Instagram @spatialstudio to see what Kristen comes up with next…

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