Photography Sean Fennessy

Would you feast your eyes on this! The rendered beige wall; the crazy paving taking me straight to Rome (it’s about time we came up with a better name for that, guys); that beautiful white olive plant pot; the heavy stone table topped with smokey glass; the olive colour they’ve chosen for the bar stools; those white tiles laid vertically in the corner there… shall I go on? All these details in just in one photograph. This is Via Porta, a new Melbourne deli and eatery. Designed (and co-owned) by Sarah Cosentino of Studio Esteta – with her three brothers – as a homage to their Italian heritage.  There’s so, so many more delicious details for you to see over at The Design Files.

Masc, moody and grounding bathroom space with a custom concrete trough (Custom Concrete Trough is one of my favourite phrases in the English language) and blackened timber. Designed by The Simple Collective, who’ve responded sublimely to their brief of New York Loft meets Japanese Wabi Sabi.

Photography by Cricket Saleh

Aaaaaand here’s a peek at the kitchen. See more of this home over on The Local Project.

My obsession with a holiday in Italy grows daily, and this all-white modern farmhouse in Puglia isn’t helping matters.

Styling Annie Portelli; Photography Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

The beachside home of former Real Living Editor Deb Bibby is inimitably inspiring, which is no surprise, but what is more of a surprise – and what’s refreshing and encouraging to hear – is that she lived here for 20 years before renovating it to this level. Like cheese, good things take time. I especially adore the kitchen – conceived by Noek Design – with its fat oak worktops, open shelving and limestone tiles, and the bathroom, featuring the world’s most incredible bathtub, the Ottocento by Agape. This is just a little tease – go see the rest over at The Design Files.

Photography Shannon McGrath

Love the large format floor tiles here with that huge rug – clean and simple yet elegant and above all, not typical. Also love the timber ceiling which warms the whole space, the pivoting doors (‘Pivoting Doors’ is another of my favourite phrases in the English language) and the massive low sofa – which I think is the Tufty Time by B&B Italia. See more of The White House by Robson Rak here.

Something that’s been on my mind a lot lately: a modular sofa, with pieces arranged back-to-back to create different zones in the room.  Pretty sure this soft grey beauty is the Extra Soft by Living Divani – love the XL seams. This family home in San Francisco is by young architect Ryan Leidner

Dem Bones.

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All the way back in 2008, Kiwi husband and wife Ben and Kiri Wahrlich started their own lighting brand, Anaesthetic. They were living in Australia and working full-time jobs, so Anaesthetic began as a side hustle. Their debut products were massively (deservedly) well-received by architects and interior designers, and soon enough, Anaesthetic lights were being specified for all sorts of impressive projects (the Tommy Hilfiger Europe head office was an early highlight; Brisbane’s incredible new design hotel, The Calile, is a recent one).

A decade on and now truly a global business (with a network of distributors and re-sellers around the world), Ben and Kiri have re-branded as Nightworks, and have returned to New Zealand. Of their move home to Christchurch, Kiri says: “Every week there are new cafes, restaurants and stores opening. There are the most amazing, inventive uses of public spaces and some beautiful architecture filling the empty spaces. It’s so good already, but we’re also excited at the thought of what Christchurch will be in just a few years time! We’re proud to have moved back here, to launch our business in Christchurch and to show that it is a very liveable city with a lot of local talent.”


As if a full decade in business and a re-brand weren’t achievement enough, Ben and Kiri have gone and developed four new lighting families – two of which are finalists in the 2019 Best Awards.

Below and above, is Code, an innovative system of modular lighting components that can be arranged in a multitude of ways to create different linear designs – check some of the configs below. Made from hand-blown glass and solid brass, the designs and namesake are drawn from the dots and dashes of morse code. Each globe is connected via a smart screw fitting that transfers power to the next globe, a system unique to Nightworks’ products and one that took Ben and Kiri over two years to develop and refine.

The Code family also includes a wall sconce. I do love a fresh sconce.

Also two years in the making and a finalist in the Best Awards, is Nightworks’ new architectural, statement-making Petrine.

The Petrine lights are precision-engineered from a custom extruded brass profile and – thanks to a special assembly technique laboured over by Ben and Kiri – are virtually free from any visible screws. Petrine comes as a double pendant, single pendant and a wall light.

Also new to the Nightworks’ family, the fluted glass Zeppelin (below) – available as a wall sconce, and as a single, double or triple pendant.

Nightworks’ most loved light the Duomo now has a little teina – the Duomo Piccolo.
Available as a small pendant and a wall sconce, and – by popular demand – is also rated for outdoors and wet areas.

All images by Haydn Cattach Photography


Let me be one of the first to welcome you home, Ben and Kiri. *cue Dave Dobbyn track*
So great add another world-class design house to our nation’s folio.

Nightworks’ website  /   Nightworks’ Instagram



August Wishlist

Autumn Wishlist, AKA: things I’ve been repeatedly, wistfully looking at from NZ brands and stores:


Zoe & Morgan’s 29th collection, A Floating World. Inspired by the Japanese Edo period. I love it ALL.
but especially the Astrid earrings, Saros necklace and Xanadu necklace – these all come in silver too, if that’s your fave.

Torty comb from SOPHIE Store – oops, just bought myself one.

Beautiful handmade cups by Tokatea Clayworks, from our friends at Blackbird Goods.

Would love (love love) one of these for my jewellery – sculptural Wooden Sphere by Kristina Dam Studio, available in NZ from Capricho.

AC homestore have extended their in-house linen selection to a line of linen Spring sleepwear.

Dreaming of far-flung destinations and still loving clay pink: India II photographic print by NZ’s Sean Wakely, from endemicworld.

Oops, the sequel: I ordered myself these Cooper Trouser in Taupe from Shjark,  from their beautiful new SS19/20 collection.






I maybe probably totally did just pick this image for the lamp (Half Dome by Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa for Kettal)

Adore this extra-narrow shower by Australian architects Roth. Clever use of space!

Blogger Almost Makes Perfect makes perfect in her new bathroom. Love the wall sconces, love a place to sit down in a shower, love the rug (we’re not doing enough rugs in bathrooms, guys). I don’t normally show floor close-ups but how good are the floor tiles?

Photography by Felix Forest

Inner City Victorian Townhouse, by the incredible Georgina Jeffries. You have to go see the rest of this home, over at Est.

Things I learned today: this tap style is called Bibcock. Specifically, these are aged brass, bench-mounted bibcock taps with crosshead tops. And now when someone asks me what my favourite tap style is, I’ll have an answer. Here’s another question for you: why aren’t more of us doing marble belfast/butler sinks? They even do doubles, and fluted ones. And can we also start using dark timber as a benchtop material more? So very gorgeous.

And good morning to you, concrete in-built bench.

Love this fresh kitchen aesthetic , especially the unique wall panelling and the blue neolith stone worktop.
See much more over at Husk (a UK brand who design cabinet fronts, handles and other accessories to fit IKEA kitchens).

I think you’ll really like this extensive before-and-afterno

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