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

 

 

07.08.2018

Newton Espresso


This very beautiful thing is the Newton Espresso – a minimalist, manual espresso press.

They say that Espresso is what happens when an engineer makes coffee. And the Newton Espresso is what happens when an engineer and a young designer make coffee – that pair being Hawke’s Bay friends Hayden Maunsell (responsible for the clean, contemporary design) and Alan Neilson (responsible for engineering a machine that would apply the perfect combination of heat, pressure and other technical requirements to consistently produce barista-quality espresso). The name Newton is a nod to Isaac Newton, in honour of the physics principles that underpin the machine.

The perfect gift for someone who truly appreciates the art of coffee, and the ritual of making their own – grinding your beans, warming the machine, heating the cup, getting that perfect crema…

Newton Espresso launched about 12 months ago (and was a dual winner in the 2017 Best Design Awards) but caught my eye again this month as they’ve just this week launched an all-black version. Every Newton is made in the Hawke’s Bay, can be shipped worldwide, and can be easily wall-mounted if you want to keep your bench-top clear.

Just really clever, and really worth sharing. Long black with organic cream, please.

 

04.08.2018

Spaces


Give me Zen… bathroom in the beautiful Japanese-inspired Nobu Ryokan hotel, Malibu

Little bit obsessed with rattan cabinetry lately. This is the super fresh, layered, unique home of interior design Georgia Ezra. And here’s her kitchen:

I love the way Georgia layers old with new, and clean European lines with toasty Eastern textures. Fave parts here: exposed brick wall, vintage timber kitchen island and authentic Persian rug… Oh, and those custom arch-framed windows and french doors.

She does it again in the bathroom – with even more middle eastern opulence, creating a spa-like space. That vanity is unlike anything I’ve seen before – love the simple texture of the soft grey square mosaics against the bold brassiness of the sink. And that custom timber unit – with a little moroccan routed detail, but otherwise simple and modern.

Modern lines and Moroccan influences in the home of stylish young interior architect Georgia Ezra (Studio Ezra)

Beautiful timber-clad bath, creating the feel of a modern Japanese onsen.

I LOVE a steel framed bathroom or laundry sink. More of these, please.
Wish there was a better pic of this one – I have this thing for sinks, and this one is a stand-out.

Homeware brand Pampa have a great series on their blog (Mi Casa), visiting the homes of some of their friends and muses. This is the home of Vanessa Prosser – also available for holiday rental on Air BnB (see more pics here)

More modern rattan love

The homely (in the best way) Copenhagen home of Line Borella (who works for Danish furniture/homeware design legends Menu). I found this on Our Food Stories – a favourite blog of mine – so go here to see more of this place.

The sophistication of walnut and concrete, warmed with burnished copper and a textured rug.

 

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03.08.2018

Fabric


Photography by Josh Griggs

Hello to you, Fabric. Located in the former aircraft repair facility of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (read – huge cavernous and industrial space), at Auckland’s Hobsonville Point. (If you’re visiting Auckland during the week, you can take a ferry from downtown Auckland right to here).

Walker Mitchell designed this space, with its soft muted tones that contrast the industrial bones, and clever use of frosted glass panels to divide the interior into sections, creating a more intimate feel in such a high-studded space. (I think we’re going to start seeing a lot more fluted glass in interior design going forward – mark my words.)

Predictably, I high key love the heavy blush linen drapes, and of course the iconic Danish furniture.

The brand identity also deserves special mention. Sophisticated, yet simple and soft it was designed by Jade Young Studio.

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