The Next Best Thing

Way back in 1890, a New Zealander pioneer invented and patented the concept of instant coffee. And now, one of the brands that’s been instrumental in putting New Zealand at the forefront of coffee culture, is re-inventing this Kiwi invention. It’s Coffee Supreme‘s new Instant. And they’re calling it the Next Best Thing (for when you can’t have the best thing).

They’ve sourced a coffee from the Yacuanquer region in Colombia, roasted it, brewed it, and freeze dried it. No additives or fillers, like other instants can have. Instant coffee with traceability? Nice.

Sold in a little box of 7 sachets. Designed for adventures, or for when you go places you know the coffee is bound to be rubbish (hotel rooms and airlines, this side-eye I’m doing is for you).

Relevant to The New’s interests thanks to the always-on-point Coffee Supreme brand visuals and packaging design.

Keen to fire up the Zip and put some in your Arcoroc mug? Available online here.



Photography by Tom Blachford for Ha Architecture

This reinvented Victorian Terrace gives me wowsers in my trousers.  I adore the steel casement bi-fold doors that look like they came straight from an old factory, the idyllic walled garden, and the poured concrete kitchen island with its custom XXL chopping board. (I’m literally describing every element in this image and I couldn’t be more OK with that.) See more of this house – and steel casement windows as entire walls – here.

Discovered in the shortlist for the 2019 Australian Interior Design Awards, this bathroom beauty by Melbourne’s Mim Design. Photography Sean Fennessy

Get you a bath that can do both. I love how they’ve used the larger rectangle tile to create a ‘wet wall’ for the shower (and a ledge for storage), with the herringbone marble to give the look a little more texture and interest.

At this point am I just sharing pictures of tiles I like? Yes, Yes that’s exactly what’s happening here.

Love this kitchen (it’s a deVol Sebastian Cox kitchen) belonging to the owner of slow living homeware store Ingredients LDN. Love the custom island on castors, so it can be rolled out of the way as needed. (Also – and this is important – the castors themselves are aesthetically pleasing. Is that brass?). Love the shaker peg board wrapped right around the wall. Love the fact that the kitchen island has storage on both sides. Love the porcelain light (and you can’t see it here, but it’s hung from a vintage pulley). Love the band sawn beech cabinet front panels, with circular holes instead of pull handles. Spotted at Remodelista – go here to see more of this kitchen and home.

My kinda gal. Simple styling, ceramics on show, double-the-bowl-double-the-joy sink, and a beautiful vintage industrial-looking faucet Would you gag if I told you this faucet is actually from IKEA. Gag away.
(Discovered via Remodelista – see the rest of this home here.)

Very quintessentially 2019. So good!

Bedding from Australia’s Deiji Studios.
(P.S: This new red pinstripe duvet cover is french stonewashed linen and I need it in my life without delay.)

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, that branch is an OSH hazard.
And I’m thinking that too, my friend. But we’re here to talk about how a cloud grey paint delivers a very quiet, grounding, and sophisticated bedroom sanctuary, especially layered with a palette of linens (plus velvet for a touch of luxe).


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6401 Percent

Photography by Kate Battersby and Jessie Peters


By day, New Zealand graphic designer Leah Surynt is part of the team at Auckland strategy and brand agency Designworks. By night (and weekend), she’s working on her own homeware label – 6401% – and has just launched with a line of woven cotton throws.

The four debut designs were created by corrupting digital files, the distorted image becoming contemporary artworks. Made to order in the USA, they’re super soft and 100% cotton – perfect for an extra blanket on your bed, something cosy for the couch, or use as a modern wall hanging.


6401% online store  /  Insta



Love: floors painted in grey, bench seat as low shelving, and the natural woven rug to add a cosy layer and finish the look.

I know there’s a gigantic jar of pickles on the bench but I NEED YOU TO FOCUS!
Love how the single pendant light turns a simple small table into a dining space

Sh-WOW-er. (Had to, sorry).
Designed by architect James Barber.

Gorgeous kids room for interior designer Elisabeth Heier. The custom bunks have drawers in the base and cabinets above. Nice touch – the small IKEA stools are painted the same colour as the walls.

Photography Ragnar Omarsson

I’ll never be too bougie for IKEA. Light and Dark bedroom inspiration from new 2019 IKEA releases, styled by Pella Hedeby. Which is your fave?

Adore this custom walnut kitchen, especially the simple beading around the cabinet fronts.

This bathroom is beautiful! Manages to look both modern and traditional, with the Brunswick green tiles, the arched glass shower door, and this dark timber, reeded glass cabinet:

You just know everything behind this dark timber, reeded glass cabinet matches beautifully.

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