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

12.06.2018

Tools for Enthusiastic Humans


 

Another brilliant niche product from NZ designers George & Willy – the Wall Mounted Letter Display.

It can be anything – a menu, to-do list, a message or quote, an Ideas board for your team – and that’s why I love it.
As with most things George & Willy, there’s a bunch of options so you can mod the concept to fit your purpose –  10 rails or 20, 400 or 800 letters, black or white rails, natural timber letter tiles or white letter tiles….

Available to pre-order at the mo, here

10.06.2018

Spaces


Photography Sharyn Cairns

Willow Urban Retreat, a wellness centre with all the spatial simplicity of a Japanese dojo, but in Melbourne city. Breaking the mould of a traditional yoga studio or massage space with its exceptional architecture and interior design, courtesy of Meme Design. The retreat includes has its own wholefoods cafe, alongside various group class, treatment and consultation spaces. Learn more about the space here.

Bonus note: There’s actually a crystal grid set into the foundations of the building – the whole place is abuzz with restorative positive vibrations.

Photography Tom Blachford

We might as well make this week’s Spaces an ode to Meme Design. This is another of their beautiful projects, a one bedroom loft apartment, also in Melbourne.

How good is this reading corner? If you want a fabric light like this, you can get the iconic Ay Illuminate ones in NZ from our friends at Tessuti.

 Photography Kellie Kroneberger

Laundry and soft graphic nursery o’ your dreams – both by interior designer Anna Smith

1 – 6  /  7 – 1011  /  12 – 15

 

Explore the latest flooring trends at Flooring Xtra

07.06.2018

Redefining Materialism


Designer Luke Mills, Melbourne-based New Zealander

Luke’s Ranger stool and Piggyback chairs

Above photography all by Lillie Thompson, via The Local Project (who have a great interview with Luke)

Hat pendant – with a hand-turned ceramic or terracotta top

Piggyback chair

Ranger stool (also now in a bench seat and bar stool) Photography Sam Kemp

 

Luke Mills is a New Zealand designer living in Melbourne. (Yes, Australia, you can have pavlova, but New Zealand was the birthplace of Luke Mills.)

Under his brand, Lumil, Luke has a growing range of furniture and lighting with a focus on natural materials (timber, terracotta, ceramics) with clean simple lines and bold forms.

Deftly balancing craft with minimalism – my fave dichotomy.

Luke Mills Design website   /   Instagram

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