01.08.2018

The New X Aalto Paint – STYLED


Photography by Swift & Click

 
Ok, I’m ready to just move all my files and my computer into this contemporary workspace, created with Aalto Paint’s Sovereign – a powdery clay pink that’s part of Aalto’s 2018 Collection. Aalto have a nice selection of pinks – one other ‘millennial pink’ I love from their range is Treaty 1/2, which is a little lighter, with peachy undertones.

Dusky pink like this works so well with burnished reds and russet tones, and Aalto has so, so many of these to choose from. I love the dark flooring with this pink wall!

Photography by Swift & Click

 

Products Used:

Project Trestle Desk from Happy Sunday

My all-time favourite chair – Wishbone in natural Beech Wood
(also comes in a deeper walnut timber, a white and a black) – quality replica from Me & My Trend

Restore Basket in Rose Melange by Danish design legends Muuto – available in NZ from Bauhaus.
(They also come in a lower/shallower style and in a round shape, in loads of different colours.)

Flooring is Studio Traffic 250 in Soft Elm Brown from Flooring Xtra

Workspace Tools:

Black Hay Scissors from Everyday Needs (they also come in Brass)
Japanese Super Gold Eraser from Everyday Needs
Vitra Toolbox in Mauve Grey colourway from Everyday Needs
An office classic – Gold Penco Bulldog Clip from Everyday Needs
The Kinfolk Entrepreneur from Sunday Homestore
Linen Covered Notebook in Mustard (Caramel Fudge) from Pepa Stationery
Pink Left-Handed Notebook from Pepa Stationery
Le Voyageur Blush Pink Ruled Notebook from Pepa Stationery
Katie Leamon Graphite Pencil Set (in the best colours!) from Pepa Stationery
Palomino Blackwing Pearl Pencils (the world’s best pencils, so iconic) from Pepa Stationery
Darling Clementine Folder and Box in Rust Red – coming soon to Sunday Homestore
Pink Taus Ceramic Mug from Sunday Homestore
Stay hydrated – 1 Litre Water Carafe (Brass Lid) by Menu, from Sunday Homestore
YStudio Classic Spring Ballpoint Pen (nice and weighty – solid brass) from Pepa Stationery
Another iconic office tool – the Klizia 97 Whale Stapler (in white) from Pepa Stationery
Poketo Solid Brass Ruler from Pepa Stationery

 

14.06.2018

The Virtue


The Virtue – interiors/homeware store

Fine Art Photographic Prints from Brooke & Gina’s travels

Brooke & Gina’s travel photographs on beautiful silk scarves

The Virtue Bride – a dedicated space in The Virtue for wedding planning
– photography, gowns, lingerie, floristry and event styling, all in the one place

This gown rack was inspired by the 1950’s fretwork of the streets of Cienfuego (gowns – Ritual by Brooke Tyson)

 

Is this not the most delicious creative space you’ve seen in a very long time? I know.
Welcome to The Virtue, an Interiors & Bridal concept store, created by Brooke Lean and Gina Fabish.

Professional photographers for over 10 years, the two started shooting weddings together around 6 years ago, finding in each other a kindred spirit with a similar photographic sensibility and the same eye for glorious things. Collaborating has allowed them to push the envelope creatively and gain more momentum as a duo than they perhaps could have alone. And with six children between them, they’ve been able to support and cheerlead for each other personally, too. As they watched the NZ wedding industry at large grow, so too did their desire to evolve their own business – to create a platform that would encompass all their passions – weddings and photography, interiors and travel, and the sisterhood of other women in business.

The Virtue was born.

The Virtue is destination store and working photographic studio, where Brooke and Gina create and sell their photography (as stunning framed prints, and now also a line of silk scarves) and a range of unique globally-sourced interior and bridal pieces – both new and vintage.

The space is situated in a beautiful old building on New Plymouth’s main street, with views of the Huatoki river and the ocean beyond. The look is a marriage of old world charm and modern design. The bones – beautiful wooden floorboards, a dramatically-high stud with rustic exposed beams – have been lovingly restored, and they sit in contrast to elements like custom neon signs (my fave is the one that just says ‘Gloriousness‘) and a solid brass counter designed in collab with Anika Rowson of Rowson Kitchens.

As well as being a retail store, it’s a place for Brooke and Gina’s clients to come and be inspired and surrounded by all things beautiful – with a full bridal styling service including wedding gowns by Brooke Tyson, lingerie by Lonely, floristry, photography and bespoke scent and candle creation. Petal & Prickle, by well-known floral stylist Sofie Park, has recently opened in the same building, just across the landing from The Virtue.

The Virtue is an inspiring, category-redefining business. I hope I’ve done this space justice in describing it.

Visit The Virtue at 12 Devon Street West (up the stairs), New Plymouth, New Zealand.

The Virtue online store   /  Instagram

03.07.2017

At Home + Work With: Renee Boyd


When I think of the contemporary New Zealand ceramics scene, one of the first names I think of is Renee Boyd. She’s actually been a potter for over 10 years, having worked at various commercial product ceramic studios (and under a number of NZ ceramic legends) honing her craft before slowly making the move to running her own studio full time. Working from home in Auckland’s Glen Eden, Renee makes everything from tableware, to planters and sculptural pieces. She produces for retailers around the country and her own customers, and works on commissioned pieces too.

How did you first get into ceramics?

My early exploration of ceramics was when I was at high school. I met a really great friend Acushla and her dad John Green was a real life potter living in the bush at Anawhata Beach (one of the far West Coast beaches). We would spend every weekend driving out there in our old beat up cars to just hang out at their place, surrounded by all of his pottery and friends drinking endless cups of tea made in beautiful hand thrown teapots.  It was there I just soaked up the atmosphere and was given the chance to have a go myself, and thats when I started to become hooked on clay. The generosity and kindness from all the people and potters I met out there sealed my love for clay, I was just a teenager but really enjoyed learning what I could from all the artists and oldies about clay and also pretty much life in general.

How do you find working for yourself, by yourself?

I have been working full time for a while and I’m fortunate that I can work the hours I like, so I try and manage my time as effectively as possible, trying not to have too many late working nights. I used to work quite long hours… but I’m slowly learning the art of work/life balance; it’s certainly not easy! And because I love what I do it doesn’t feel like work mode to me.  I actually find hanging out in my studio by myself very relaxing.

Tell us a little about your creative process?

I always have ideas going on. Pottery has endless possibilities so I will always be occupied with things I could make!  I scribble a lot of ideas on paper first and then cut out shapes to experiment with where I’m going with the pieces.  I always love ceramics before it is fired in a kiln. Just after its been glazed and drying. There is something about the matt tactile-ness of the forms before they are glazed that appeals to me the most. I have spent many years experimenting with my own glazes to achieve this look in the final glaze.

What’s been some of the work highlights of the past year?

One of the highlights has been part of the mug mates subscription founded by Wundaire . It is a great idea and has really been loved by the makers and the collectors. It’s made me do more time on the wheel which is so good for getting the practice in – working on the wheel is something that is all about putting the time in.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m just in the process of making my own full dinner set for me to use. I can’t wait till I finally finish it and then can add it to the everyday use cupboard. I use my bowls all the time and am super stoked when I see my little boy Jed (6) grab one of my bowls for his breakfast over the commercial ones. Success!

I have a cupboard in my kitchen where I hold all the pottery over the years that I treasure and I’m always slowly adding to it. These are the pieces that I don’t use everyday as I’m too scared to break any as they can never be replaced.

Where do you think the current love for ceramics comes from?

I’m into making work that is minimalist and thoughtful, and allows people to fall in love with the tactile qualities of clay and glaze so that when they buy a piece its for life. And I personally feel so attached to pieces that I have bought from friends etc over the years that I’m sure it all begins and ends with hands, from the hands of the maker to the hands of the end user.

At the moment there is another wave of people loving handmade pieces and work that actually has some thoughtful design behind it which is awesome. And the support out there for New Zealand made is lovely, as it also pushes the maker into always trying to get the best they can from the piece they are working with… pieces that last a lifetime are the real deal.


The carport at Renee’s house has been converted into a light-filled home studio

You know I couldn’t resist a shot just of little old man Murray. Good boy, Murray.

Renee finishes these mugs with either a white, black, soft pink or sage green glaze

…and pretty things all in a row.
(I’m going to have to buy one of those speckled planters, you know that don’t you.)

We LOVE love love Renee’s ceramic wall hooks. 

Renee Boyd ceramics are available online from Renee’s own website, and from
NZ homeware stores Sunday, Paper Plane Store, and Blackbird Goods, amongst others.

 


Imagery captured by Auckland freelance photographer
Michelle Weir for The New

 

29.05.2017

Material Creative


 

When I heard one of my favourite NZ interior designers, Material Creative, had a new office space, I knew I had to send someone along to shoot it for you guys.

A turn of the century building on Auckland’s K Road, the empty shell was first re-designed and extended by Glamuzina Architects. With a beautiful blank canvas to work with, Material Creative’s founders Toni Brandso and Liv Harper lead their team (now seven-strong) in the complete fit-out of the space,  and then invited a bunch of brand friends to join them.

They’ve created a workspace with that’s an extension of who they are as designers and people – light and bright, high quality but hospitable, on trend but one step ahead.


The space is shared with Nodi Rugs, Hannah Design Studio, Brandology, Gault’s and Amber Armitage

Genuine Thonet chairs and original floorboards…

Material Creative designed the LED and had it made locally

That beautiful deep green paint is Aalto Domain, and the small green tiles are from Tilespace.
P.S: Can we just stop to appreciate the black power switch for a second? OK, good, on we go.

Those half circle handles were an ikea find from years ago
(the girls were just waiting for the right project in which to use them)

The materials library, with shelving by Lundia, and some beautiful lights that
first made their first appearance in Biskit eatery in Parnell (designed by Material Creative)

The centrepiece of the materials library is the marble-topped vintage table, found on TradeMe

Probably my favourite bit (next to the kitchen tiling and paint) are these linen curtains,
used to close off and delineate spaces and give a residential feel

Shared desk space, below the best-looking ceiling you’ve seen in a while

Another one of those custom-made LEDs injects some modernity into the classic architecture

My all-time fave print by Anthony Burrill

When someone’s office is more comfortable than your own house… 
love the layered rugs (from Nodi) and the use of old plan drawers as a table

One of two meeting rooms (the paint colour is Chevron, by Aalto)

Love this wall colour – Aalto’s Sovereign

Did we just become best friends, guys? I have this same sink and black tapware

Material Creative purchased the cactus pattern as a stock image
and had their sign guys print it as a wallpaper 

The green grout is a genius move

 

See some of the commercial spaces Material Creative have designed, over on their website.

 


Photography by Josh Griggs for The New

 

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