ROOMS TO LOVE

Rooms to Love: by LeeAnn Yare and Larnie Nicolson. Published by Penguin Group NZ. RRP $65.00. Copyright © text LeeAnn Yare, 2014. Copyright © photographs Larnie Nicolson, 2014.Book design by Hardhat Brand spanking new to book shelves this week is the second glossy collaboration between photographer; Larnie Nicolson and interior stylist/writer/retailer LeeAnn Yare.
In a follow up to the book; New Zealand Interior Style last year, the new (good smelling!) publication is full of visual inspiration and ideas for our home spaces. Beautifully designed by Hardhat Design this is sure to be a great reference for those of you wanting to take your interior idea browsing off the internet and back to its original home of paper and pages!

Rooms to Love: by LeeAnn Yare and Larnie Nicolson. Published by Penguin Group NZ. RRP $65.00. Copyright © text LeeAnn Yare, 2014. Copyright © photographs Larnie Nicolson, 2014.Book design by Hardhat Rooms to Love: by LeeAnn Yare and Larnie Nicolson. Published by Penguin Group NZ. RRP $65.00. Copyright © text LeeAnn Yare, 2014. Copyright © photographs Larnie Nicolson, 2014.Book design by Hardhat Rooms to Love: by LeeAnn Yare and Larnie Nicolson. Published by Penguin Group NZ. RRP $65.00. Copyright © text LeeAnn Yare, 2014. Copyright © photographs Larnie Nicolson, 2014.Book design by Hardhat
Reproduced with permission from Rooms to Love by LeeAnn Yare and Larnie Nicolson. Published by Penguin Group NZ. RRP $65.00. Copyright © text LeeAnn Yare, 2014. Copyright © photographs Larnie Nicolson, 2014
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Evie Kemp for Studio Ceramics

Evie Kemp for Studio Ceramics Weather Patterns It’s with great pleasure that I bring you this juicy post of introduction to the beautiful collaboration between go-getting NZ artist Evie Kemp and one of the countries most (secretly) prolific manufacturers of ceramics; Studio Ceramics.

Evie had excitedly mentioned her impending project and suggested we take a visit out to the factory to check it all out! Well, in short…. I had no idea what to expect and I left feeling as though I’d been let in on a well guarded secret! The scope of what they do at Studio Ceramics blew my mind!
While ceramic souvenirs make up a large portion of their long term business, many of you, like me, will be surprised to know that Studio Ceramics makes products on behalf of many top local brands and designers.
Their manufacturing process is totally hands on, starting with their incredibly  experienced mold maker (ex. Crown Lynn!) through to their staff involved in casting, finishing, firing, painting and glazing. Some of their team have been with the business for 20 years or more…

After catching glimpses of their massive and varied production I am even more excited that they are exploring the bounds of their in-house brand by joining forces with local talent such as Evie.

Evie’s “Weather Patterns” collection of cups and plates has been designed true to her love of imperfect lines and hand drawn detail. The glossy inkiness of that blue is magic to me and combined with the gilding… (??!!)

Below enjoy not only a look at the collection in full but of the production process I captured on our factory visit.

“Weather Patterns” is available online from eviekemp.com today!

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Evie Kemp for Studio Ceramics - a look behind the scenes in the Auckland, New Zealand Factory //Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeDesigner/artist Evie Kemp with a box of her collection for Studio Ceramics
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Photography in Studio Ceramics factory by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
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Grace Wright at Thread Design

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Last week, while having an indulgent kick around the Thread Design showroom, I was stopped in my tracks by a large abstract painting that took pride of place behind the counter. My ears pricked as the team told me it was by a young emerging Auckland artist who was currently completing her honours year at Elam School of Fine Arts. 

I was then led around the store to view another two of her pieces and instantly (quite excitedly!) asked that they would send me her details and imagery to share!

So it’s with great pleasure that I introduce you to Grace Wright – I like to think this might be the first of many meetings you have to her work and the beginning of her career!

Best way to keep track of Grace is through her instagram here or head into visit the Thread Design team for more details.

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Imagery courtesy of Thread Design and Grace Wright
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Brett Sambrooks

Brett Sambrooks. Pressed Tin Side Table. Koondrook, Australia. Photographed by Jenni Finn.

Once a builder in Antarctica, designer/maker Brett Sambrooks has now taken up residence in a converted butchers shop in the small riverside town of Koondrook, Victoria. Here Brett produces furniture from reclaimed timber and second hand materials… with truly beautiful results! You can take a closer look at his one – off, collectable treasures here! 

Enjoy this look into his work and rustic getaway that he has pieced together with such a creative eye and be sure to take note of the purposeful lean in the bay window!

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Imagery courtesy of Brett Sambrooks
Photography by Jenni Finn
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Kinfolk Dinner: Auckland

Kinfolk Magazine, A Messy Meal Embracing Wabi-Sabi, Auckland, New Zealand from Side Project on Vimeo.

Welcome to the first of two rich posts documenting the recent New Zealand Kinfolk dinners hosted once again by photographer Greta Kenyon and florist/stylist; Shaye Woolford.  Around the world on the 11th of October, people sat down to enjoy intimate meals in beautiful settings inspired by the concept of “Wabi Sabi”. I was lucky enough to attend the glowing Auckland gathering hosted by Greta and her team in the secret courtyard of Mondays Wholefoods.

With just 20 guests in total we were treated to a simply luscious menu of food and drink that still lingers in my taste bud memories even now! In short; the team at our service absolutely knocked it out of the park! At the bottom of the post is a full linked list of those clever people including the local suppliers whose products topped off the entire experience.

I could attempt to describe the dinner in detail but wouldn’t be able to communicate it better than the stunning documentation by Greta Kenyon below or the great little film of the evening by Ben Journee of Side Project.
I
 hope you are able to draw some inspiration for your own rustic gathering!

Coming soon – the Tauranga gathering!

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NZ HOSTS:

Greta Kenyon
Shaye Woolford

AUCKLAND PARTNERS:

Host & Photography – Greta Kenyon 
Location – Mondays Wholefoods
Food by Hannah of Mondays & Health Yeah and Eleanor of Petite Kitchen & Mondays 
Some food and cocktail creation by Kelly of Bonnie Delicious 
Nick from Golden Dawn on cocktail creation and drinks service
Head of service was Delaney Mes from Heartbreak Pie
Media Partner – …that would be me!
Platters by Alice Lines
Dining plates by Houston Design Co. 
Hallertau Brewery 
Giesen Wines 
Rogue Society Gin 
Antipodes Water 
Six Barrel Soda Co. 
Karma Cola 
The Forest Cantina 
Heilala Vanilla  
Pickled Whimsy
Penney + Bennett
Pod Gardening 
Wasara 
Lewis Road Creamery
Side Project Films 

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KOWTOW: “SOLID LIGHT”

KOWTOW: "Solid Light" - organic, fairtrade New Zealand based brand. Available online and in stockists.You may have notice around these parts that I am a long term ardent fan of kiwi based, organic and fair trade label; Kowtow. But my love knows new bounds with the arrival of their latest collection “Solid Light”! Retaining their love of the “loose”, I think this offering is a little more structured and offers up so many options for all shapes and sizes!

Below is a small snippet of my personal favourites (its a big collection!) but doesn’t include a look at the Building Blocks range …which is just so good in its incredible cotton softness and cool but casual shapes.

Off to trawl with you!

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