DU ZEN

Du Zen // made in Melbourne, Australia// available online  // Photography by Brooke Holm // Styling by Marsha Golemac

Du Zen is a damn snappy new leather accessories label coming direct to you from Melbourne. Launching into a down under scene of many great bag brands; creator Samantha Rogers (nee Duzenman) pulled from her industrial design background to offer a collection with quirk, edge and a definite playfulness that to me really stands out from the rest!

The entire collection of wallets, pouches, clutches, backpacks, satchels and bags are made locally in Melbourne and all await your browsing here.

Du Zen // made in Melbourne, Australia// available online  // Photography by Brooke Holm // Styling by Marsha Golemac Du Zen // made in Melbourne, Australia// available online  // Photography by Brooke Holm // Styling by Marsha Golemac Du Zen // made in Melbourne, Australia// available online  // Photography by Brooke Holm // Styling by Marsha Golemac Du Zen // made in Melbourne, Australia// available online  // Photography by Brooke Holm // Styling by Marsha Golemac Du Zen // made in Melbourne, Australia// available online  // Photography by Brooke Holm // Styling by Marsha Golemac Du Zen // made in Melbourne, Australia// available online  // Photography by Brooke Holm // Styling by Marsha Golemac Du Zen // made in Melbourne, Australia// available online  // Photography by Brooke Holm // Styling by Marsha Golemac Du Zen // made in Melbourne, Australia// available online  // Photography by Brooke Holm // Styling by Marsha Golemac Du Zen // made in Melbourne, Australia// available online  // Photography by Brooke Holm // Styling by Marsha Golemac
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HOMEBASE COLLECTIONS

The Napier home of artist Leanne and Brian Culy - Homebase Collections // Napier, New Zealand // photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

This feature is an all time favourite.

My visit to Balquhidder House in Napier, the headquarters of the artistic, fearless and creative Culy family was meant to be a relatively fleeting one.  Gunning to be there for about an hour and a half I was forcing myself to leave out of politeness after five….

Despite it being a year on (Time! Where did you go!), revisiting my notes and screes of photos had me once again dreaming of being a resident and member of their crew.
There is an amazing warmth and casual determination about Leanne and Brian Culy, a partnership that has been bought about no doubt through their many adventures, homes and self starting approach to life. They simply have always done it their way and as a team.

I invite you to sit back and enjoy this rambling magical home and the story of those that call it their own.

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A young, artistic Leanne left school at 17, boosting quickly out of her regional New Zealand home of Palmerston North direct for Wellington. Having excelled in art she found work in the art department of Wellington Newspapers, Spectrum Illustrating and as a graphic designer at Mike McCulloch Design.
This was the 1980’s. Graphic design was a labour intensive industry creating type by using wax, scalpels, epidiascopes, development in darkrooms and screens. Leanne relished this work and by the age of 21 she was an in demand freelancer working hard in the advertising industry.

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At 25 she launched her own business based in a terrific old stone, cubist building. Specialising in corporate identities led to an extension of her design work and invitations to develop corporate spaces as well. This naturally progressed and soon enough Leanne was squeezing in set design, weddings and event styling!

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Around this time she was asked to offer some interior advice to the film company based upstairs from her own studio owned by one; Brian Culy.

It was love!

A world adventure and marriage followed with the arrival of their daughters Jacobina and Billie in 1990 and ’93. It was only natural that Brian and Leanne would begin combining their creative talents, allowing for great collaboration and projects within the film industry. However a change was on the horizon and when the opportunity to purchase a grand old homestead in the Wairarapa popped up – they grabbed it, heading away from their city base and straight for country life.

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The 5 years they spent Pounui Homestead offered them the unique opportunity to start Homebase Films, a pared back production company aimed at doing simple, beautiful work without huge budgets and the resulting logistical pressure of crews, food and the rest. Work included ads for Wade house, Ansel Adams for the city art gallery, some beautiful black and white milk advertisements for the national dairy board amongst many others.

But the family weren’t done with their exploration as next on the cards was a move to sunny Kerikeri. It was here in a brightly painted house and balmy sub tropical climate that Leanne began painting her now iconic oars.
She had painted on wood before but distinctly recalled the beauty she saw in their slender length and patina. It seemed like they had led “a good life” and in so many ways reminded her of totem poles.

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It was 2004 and off the back of another sell out show of her oars at the Hawkes Bay based Black Barn Gallery, Leanne and Brian discovered the incredible Balquhidder House, perched high on a leafy ridgeline on Napier Hill.
Kerikeri was put up for sale and by the end of the year they were Napier based – well almost! The girls had decided that Havelock North High School was the one for them so until 2009 the family based themselves in a special beachhouse in Haumoana. ( This is a WHOLE nother post!!) Leanne continued with her oars which were gaining huge notoriety across the country and by 2009 they were finally at Balquhidder House.

The Napier home of artist Leanne and Brian Culy - Homebase Collections // Napier, New Zealand // photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home The Napier home of artist Leanne and Brian Culy - Homebase Collections // Napier, New Zealand // photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home The Napier home of artist Leanne and Brian Culy - Homebase Collections // Napier, New Zealand // photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home The Napier home of artist Leanne and Brian Culy - Homebase Collections // Napier, New Zealand // photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home The Napier home of artist Leanne and Brian Culy - Homebase Collections // Napier, New Zealand // photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home The Napier home of artist Leanne and Brian Culy - Homebase Collections // Napier, New Zealand // photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

By this point, Homebase Collections had been born.
It was a singular “brand” that the family could use to encompass all of their creative projects. Brian was able to share his brilliant largescale photographs and Leanne, with her catalogue of prints could apply them to textiles – both available on the roll or as lampshades, cushions and more. They developed and added products and furniture to their range as they saw need, using Brian’s photography skills and their own home as a backdrop.

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Their art, aesthetic, design, personalities and way of life gave a distinct vibe to Homebase Collections that rapidly gained peoples attention. There is something so uncontrived about what they do yet completely covetable and easy to relate too. For instance they were the first to re-engage the retro material of pegboard in their sideboards and spaces long before it shot to its wide popularity over the last couple of years. A focus on honest, simple, natural materials was both a conscious choice and one that matched their personal style.

The Napier home of artist Leanne and Brian Culy - Homebase Collections // Napier, New Zealand // photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home The Napier home of artist Leanne and Brian Culy - Homebase Collections // Napier, New Zealand // photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

In 2013 they opened a small store beside Balquhidder House in their leafy no-exit street, pausing it for a time to “pop up” on Auckland’s, Ponsonby Road for the summer of 2013/14.

When I visited and got lost in their world on Easter Sunday last year, Leanne talked of their want to focus more on creating art and collaborating with like minded souls. After spending hours chatting away at the kitchen table, poking around their sprawling home and picking Leanne’s mind on many of my OWN topics of conversation – I left thinking “Pick me! Pick me as your collaborator!!”

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Currently NZ based fabric company; Hemptech are slowly releasing some of Leannes designs in new colour ways on a selection of beautiful base cloths. This is helping the family acheive their goals of pursuing more personal creative projects and I can say there are more than a few on the boil that will be of interest to you!

Rambling and romantic Balquhidder House which has served as HQ for many a creative Culy endeavour has now quietly been made available for sale. Youngest daughter Billie has made a return back to the Bay, working with a local beekeeper and growing her own portfolio of art, but with Jacobina based in Wellington and opportunities on the horizon the family feel it might be time to down scale and return back to the seaside, allowing a new tribe have their turn in the home.

The Culy family have great instagram feeds so jump on board and experience their life in the bay here:
Homebase Collections
Balquhidder_House
Brian Culy
Re Seed

 

The Napier home of artist Leanne and Brian Culy - Homebase Collections // Napier, New Zealand // photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomePhotography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
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WHAT I LEARNT FROM THE CULY FAMILY:

Whenever possible, find inspiration in your lifestyle and loves as they stand now.
It is likely the results will be filled with a passion, integrity and authenticity that will strike a chord with others.

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“Portholes into Nature” by Hannah Jensen

Artwork by Hannah Jensen as part of "Portholes into Nature" Exhibition at Allpress Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand Welcome to a beautiful preview of Hannah Jensen’s exhibiton ” Portholes into Nature” launching tomorrow night at Allpress Gallery, Auckland. I am a long time fan of Hannah’s insanely detailed “carving” work and was excited to see (after a visit to her new studio a few days ago!) that this show not only features so many of these pieces but also exploration of her theme in other mediums.

So much more to see so if you are you in Auckland tomorrow night or visiting before the 25th of April. Definitely pop in and say hi as I know for a fact that she has a huge piece she will be carving while manning the gallery!

You can revisit Hannah’s story and my visit to her last studio here.

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Billie Culy Still Lifes

"Botanical Gardens Arrangement " by Billie Culy  // New Zealand // Prints available online @ Homebase CollectionsI’ve been meaning to bring you these stunning photographic prints by young artist; Billie Culy for AGES! As I have finally pulled together the feature on her parents creative endeavours with Homebase Collections (coming your way this week!) – I thought I’d knock this introduction out too!

The ramshackle still lifes have been pulled together from wanderings around the Culy family house at Haumoana, the botanical gardens, the roadside and further afield. Romantic, soft, and perfectly matched to their backgrounds to give each a distinct personality.
You can browse Billies full collection here.

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Aark Collective

New watches by Aark Collective // Melbourne, Australia // Available onlineAark Collective arrived on my radar in 2013 and I’ll admit to a stalkerish obsession since then. The Melbourne based designers have nailed down the concept of “detailed minimalism” and with the arrival of their brand new collection in the last few days they really truly have something on offer for everyone/man/woman/human who enjoys keeping tabs on the time!

Please take some time to explore their awesome world here.

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My Underground Kitchen

My Underground Kitchen by Jess Daniel - healthy home coooked recipes with modern ingredients inspired by a rural New Zealand upbringing and extensive international travel // Photography by Lottie Hedley // Available online

It would be easy to scream ” Foodies! Attention please!” but seriously – this special book of cooking is brilliant for all food “lovers” and culinary excellence is NOT required (hence why I am so excited about it!)

Jess Daniel has a great whirlwind of a story. Two years ago, prompted by friend stating she would “pay” just to have Jess’ delicious and healthy homemade meals for dinner, she found herself offering just that. Just one month on, her Auckland based  “underground kitchen” was cranking via a Facebook page. Jess would post her weekly menu and her rapidly growing hungry audience would place their preferred order. A commercial kitchen, delivery service, multiple pick up points and even frozen meals a burgeoning catering business and now gorgeous cook book have since followed.

The book itself is separated into seasons and the foods available (great for us down under people!) Recipes are based on her most popular offerings tried and tested on her customers and I can vouch that they are achievable for the enthusiastic but perhaps not so skilled kitchen users.

And if you like what you see you can use the code:
STUDIOHOME
for free shipping within NZ!
Purchase online here.

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