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



I’ll Hang it Here

The intersection of useful AND beautiful – thaaaaat’s the spot. Hitting that mark perfectly is New Zealand designer Melissa Brooks and her brand, I’ll Hang It Here. Since I first shared IHIH’s contemporary clothing racks a couple of years ago, Melissa has expanded the collection with several new styles.  But more recently – and the reason for my post today – IHIH has launched a whole new product line: IHIH Store.

IHIH Store is a collection of hanging and display solutions originally designed for retail stores, but handily also perfect for an organised home. Take a look-see:


This little babe (above) – Plynth – is for anywhere you want to showcase and elevate a fave piece or three.

IHIH Multi-Hook

Like most of the IHIH Store prods, the Multi-Hook (above) and Single Hook (below) also come in matte black, or a bone colour.

Single Hook

This Duplet Shelf is designed to be hung one of two ways: as a platform-style shelf, or a ledge with vertical lip. Pictured below: The Anke Stand.

Styling and photography by Olivia Atkinson


High Score Bonus: Every IHIH piece is made right here in New Zealand. Check out the IHIH range of free-standing clothing racks and the new IHIH Store collection here, and give IHIH a follow on Instagram @illhandithere



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


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

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