TEAM.WORK: Studio Home + Trestle Union

TEAM.WORK: a Studio Home and Trestle Union collaboration // Pot Plant Stands. Designed and made in New Zealand. Available online exclusively at trestleunion.co.nz // Photography by Evie Mackay, plants from The Botanist, Auckland.Mike Grobelny and Nikolai Sorensen of Trestle Union with Lady the cat, me and our family of pot plant stands!
Photography by Evie Mackay,
Plants and styling by Eden Hessell of The Botanist
Location: Fuzzy Vibes
……

It’s with huge pleasure that I FINALLY get to share with you the debut project in my new TEAM.WORK collaboration series. The idea behind this was to create an avenue to ramp up Studio Home’s involvement with exciting NZ/AUS creative talent AND have fun working together to produce products specifically created with YOU in mind!

SO! First up!

Many of you will remember young Auckland designers Mike Grobelny and Nikolai Sorensen from the feature I ran on them and their new popular business; Trestle Union. Their plan of supplying well made trestle tables at accessible pricing paid off and despite both working in other design based jobs their business is growing and so are their ideas!

After the first of many lunch meetings we came up with the plan to create a product that was not only new for them but something that I personally have been hunting for FOREVER!
Brainstorming, sketching and prototyping ensued until we got here: our TEAM.WORK Pot Plant Stands which are minimal and subtle while still being something special and unique in their design!

Initially the collection is available exclusively here in the Trestle Union online store (although stockists will follow).
The stands can fit many different sizes of pot as the hexagonal ring at the top will support tapered designs while narrower vessels can balance on the central support which is also handy if you need a drip tray!
Available in three sizes and three powder coated, glossy finishes of white, black and clear to bring out the industrial raw effect of the metal wire. You can purchase these separately or as a handy set of three!
Shipping is free within NZ, a standard $35 (NZD) to Australia and we welcome any international inquiries just click through and drop us an email.

The beauty of collaborating is that the vibe can snowball!
When it came to the production of imagery and sharing this project I then reached out to some more terrific local talent. Photographer Evie Mackay jumped on board to shoot (perfectly!!) the imagery you see here and Eden Hessel of The Botanist came to the party to not only supply the awesome array of pot plants and foliage but also to be a major factor in the styling.
What’s more, earlier in the year I had visited the great space of the young creative visionaries who run the Fuzzy Vibes gallery on K Road and pocketed it away as a super special location for a shoot. Little did I imagine I would be sending an email asking as sweetly as possible if I could use it for my own project! They not only let us run amok for a few hours they supplied the most ridiculously interactive little cat to join in!

So. TEAM.WORK is officially in action! (deep breath!)
Be in to win your own set! Details below!

TEAM.WORK: a Studio Home and Trestle Union collaboration // Pot Plant Stands. Designed and made in New Zealand. Available online exclusively at trestleunion.co.nz // Photography by Evie Mackay, plants from The Botanist, Auckland.TEAM.WORK: a Studio Home and Trestle Union collaboration // Pot Plant Stands. Designed and made in New Zealand. Available online exclusively at trestleunion.co.nz // Photography by Evie Mackay, plants from The Botanist, Auckland.TEAM.WORK: a Studio Home and Trestle Union collaboration // Pot Plant Stands. Designed and made in New Zealand. Available online exclusively at trestleunion.co.nz // Photography by Evie Mackay, plants from The Botanist, Auckland.TEAM.WORK: a Studio Home and Trestle Union collaboration // Pot Plant Stands. Designed and made in New Zealand. Available online exclusively at trestleunion.co.nz // Photography by Evie Mackay, plants from The Botanist, Auckland. TEAM.WORK: a Studio Home and Trestle Union collaboration // Pot Plant Stands. Designed and made in New Zealand. Available online exclusively at trestleunion.co.nz // Photography by Evie Mackay, plants from The Botanist, Auckland. TEAM.WORK: a Studio Home and Trestle Union collaboration // Pot Plant Stands. Designed and made in New Zealand. Available online exclusively at trestleunion.co.nz // Photography by Evie Mackay, plants from The Botanist, Auckland.EM_7018

WIN
YOUR OWN SET OF TEAM.WORK POT PLANT STANDS!

 

TO ENTER:

- check out the pot plant stand listings in the Trestle Union online store, pick your fave!

- in the comments below tell us the colour of the set you would like to win AND the shape we used as the pot holder on the stand?

- For a second entry identify the TEAM.WORK post on the Studio Home Facebook page, leave your two answers in the comments below it and don’t forget to check in and give Trestle Union a like too!

Competition open to NZ and Australian residents only on this one sorry.
A “set” of pot plants means 3 stands in total – one of each height and in one colour.
Drawn at random this Friday 26th of September.

 

Posted in collaborations, emerging designer, for the home, new zealand, product design, studio home, TEAM.WORK | 65 Comments

NEW ODD PEARS!

Odd Pears: the coolest socks in the world! // Campaign shots and art direction by Phebe Schmidt Our ridiculously fun friends at Odd Pears have just ramped up their game with a brand new site hosting some AWESOME new designs as well as collaborating with crazy exciting creative director and photographer; Phebe Schmidt!

Socks…never ever boring again…

Odd Pears: the coolest socks in the world! // Campaign shots and art direction by Phebe Schmidt Odd Pears: the coolest socks in the world! // Campaign shots and art direction by Phebe Schmidt Odd Pears: the coolest socks in the world! // Campaign shots and art direction by Phebe Schmidt Odd Pears: the coolest socks in the world! // Campaign shots and art direction by Phebe Schmidt Odd Pears: the coolest socks in the world! // Campaign shots and art direction by Phebe Schmidt Odd Pears: the coolest socks in the world! // Campaign shots and art direction by Phebe Schmidt Odd Pears: the coolest socks in the world! // Campaign shots and art direction by Phebe Schmidt Odd Pears: the coolest socks in the world! // Campaign shots and art direction by Phebe Schmidt Odd Pears: the coolest socks in the world! // Campaign shots and art direction by Phebe Schmidt Odd Pears: the coolest socks in the world! // Campaign shots and art direction by Phebe Schmidt Imagery courtesy of Odd Pears
Art direction and photography by Phebe Schmidt
……

 

Posted in australia, collaborations, emerging designer, fashion | 2 Comments

NODI RUGS: ORGANIC LINES

NODI RUGS: New Organic lines Collection. Handmade in India, designed in New Zealand.

Look out flooring fiends! The follow up collection of exciting NZ based brand; Nodi is nothing short of awesome. Taking a more casual and textural approach in terrific contrast to their lush and opulent debut range, “Organic Lines” is SO covetable in its wonky lines, simple palettes and great weaves.

Led by the innovative tufting and woven pattern of the Design Collection, Olivia from Nodi has also introduced a Staples Collection which is all about neutral colours, chunky loop pile weaves in both plain and striped form.
What’s more she has also created a limited edition print series inspired by the rugs which you can check out on her website. (psssst  - they are 20% off for the next week!)

All rugs can be viewed  here. The Staples and print collection are available to be purchased online and the Design Collection by email enquiry AND coming to a stockist near you!

NODI RUGS: New Organic lines Collection. Handmade in India, designed in New Zealand. NODI RUGS: New Organic lines Collection. Handmade in India, designed in New Zealand. NODI RUGS: New Organic lines Collection. Handmade in India, designed in New Zealand. DESIGN 1 Ink + Duck egg + undyed no clipsNODI RUGS: New Organic lines Collection. Handmade in India, designed in New Zealand. NODI RUGS: New Organic lines Collection. Handmade in India, designed in New Zealand. NODI RUGS: New Organic lines Collection. Handmade in India, designed in New Zealand. NODI RUGS: New Staples Collection. Handmade in India, designed in New Zealand. NODI RUGS: New Staples Collection. Handmade in India, designed in New Zealand. NODI RUGS: New Staples Collection. Handmade in India, designed in New Zealand. NODI RUGS: New Staples Collection. Handmade in India, designed in New Zealand. NODI RUGS: New Rug Collection complimented by these limited edition prints from designer Olivia Smith.  Handmade in India, designed in New Zealand. ABOVE: beautiful limited edition prints by Nodi designer,Olivia Smith.
Available online now.
……All imagery courtesy of Nodi Rugs
Notable mentions in these images are the wall hanging by Marta Buda, swing, trestle table and clothes rail by George + Willy
and overall design of the beautiful new catalogue by the clever Sam Lewis.
……

Posted in emerging designer, for the home, new zealand, product design | 2 Comments

Fred’s Shoes

Fred's Shoes. Green Fred's. Clun, UK. Photography by Vick Butt.

Fred’s Shoes might be kicking around on the feet of trendy Londonites but they are in fact the creation of world travelling kiwi; Vic Butt. 
After studying design and living in Denmark for 15 years, Vic is now based in a small village near the Welsh border, working on her brand and stocking some of the best stores in London (and not forgetting her fully stocked online shop!)

I’m loving the restrained attitude of her debut collection – in particular the fresh, crisp white Freds!

Fred's Shoes. Navey Fred's. Clun, UK. Photography by Vick Butt.Fred's Shoes. Cherry Fred's. Clun, UK. Photography by Vick Butt.Fred's Shoes. Black Fred's. Clun, UK. Photography by Vick Butt.Fred's Shoes. Blue Fred's. Clun, UK. Photography by Vick Butt.Fred's Shoes. Tobacco Fred's. Clun, UK. Photography by Vick Butt.Fred's Shoes. White Fred's. Clun, UK. Photography by Vick Butt.Fred's Shoes. Grey Fred's. Clun, UK. Photography by Vick Butt.     
Imagery courtesy of Fred’s Shoes
……
Posted in emerging designer, fashion, new zealand | Leave a comment

NEW FROM EVIE KEMP!

New from NZ artist Evie Kemp! Available online and selected stockists. Thinking I don’t really need to introduce Evie Kemp around these parts anymore right? I have followed Evie since Studio Home beginnings and her Uni days when she first debuted her penchant for drawing aggressive cats! (you can also visit the interview I did with Evie and her studio mate; Amy Clarke)

Evie has been somewhat of a pioneer in the local art industry as not only a prolific producer of accessible prints but also as a savyy businesswomen with a long list of quality stockists. I find that side of her creative endeavour as exciting and interesting as her truly unique style and aesthetic!

Here is a TINY glimpse into the new collections she has just debuted. Separated into the sub ranges of The Cattery, The Zoo, The Kennel and The Aviary not to mention a new foray with The Skulls and some cards with attitude (as to be expected)

Enjoy your look around!

New from NZ artist Evie Kemp! Available online and selected stockists. New from NZ artist Evie Kemp! Available online and selected stockists. New from NZ artist Evie Kemp! Available online and selected stockists. New from NZ artist Evie Kemp! Available online and selected stockists. New from NZ artist Evie Kemp! Available online and selected stockists. New from NZ artist Evie Kemp! Available online and selected stockists. New from NZ artist Evie Kemp! Available online and selected stockists. New from NZ artist Evie Kemp! Available online and selected stockists. New from NZ artist Evie Kemp! Available online and selected stockists. New from NZ artist Evie Kemp! Available online and selected stockists. New from NZ artist Evie Kemp! Available online and selected stockists. All imagery courtesty of Evie Kemp
……
Posted in art, for the home, new zealand | Leave a comment

Kip + Co: “One Fine Day”

Kip + Co. SS14/15 : Adventurous and awesome bedlinen and homeware designed in Australia // Photography by Tim Swallow, Styling by Amber Lenette Imagery courtesy of Kip + Co.
Photography by Tim Swallow
Styling by Amber Lennette
……

LOOK OUT!
The crazy creative Kip + Co. team is back with a big collection of juicy prints, wobbly lines, captivating colour combo’s and another step up in their growing homeware empire.
I have watched with huge interest since the moment they stepped into the very quiet and subdued market with just a few independent bedlinen brands knocking around. The team were noisy, totally outrageous and from day dot have been committed to presenting their fun brand in a professional but innovative way.

You can head to their site (and visit their great list of stockists) to check out more of this collection. Scrolling down I am VERY happy to share a Q+A with Alex Van Der Sluys; co-founder and co-designer with her thoughts on the effort vs outcome of working with a professional team to achieve lookbook excellence. Some great words in there for the emerging business owners among you!
We are ALSO stoked to share some beautiful behind the scenes shots from the campaign, both below and further on Junior’s where we concentrate on their wild kids offering.

ENJOY!

Kip + Co. SS14/15 : Adventurous and awesome bedlinen and homeware designed in Australia // Photography by Tim Swallow, Styling by Amber Lenette Kip + Co. SS14/15 : Adventurous and awesome bedlinen and homeware designed in Australia // Photography by Tim Swallow, Styling by Amber Lenette Kip + Co. SS14/15 : Adventurous and awesome bedlinen and homeware designed in Australia // Photography by Tim Swallow, Styling by Amber Lenette Kip + Co. SS14/15 : Adventurous and awesome bedlinen and homeware designed in Australia // Photography by Tim Swallow, Styling by Amber Lenette Kip + Co. SS14/15 : Adventurous and awesome bedlinen and homeware designed in Australia // Photography by Tim Swallow, Styling by Amber Lenette Kip + Co. SS14/15 : Adventurous and awesome bedlinen and homeware designed in Australia // Photography by Tim Swallow, Styling by Amber Lenette

 

ALEX VAN DER SLUYS ON PRODUCING A LOOKBOOK

(co-founder / co-designer of KIP & CO)

IT’S NO MEAN FEAT TO PRODUCE COLLECTION AFTER COLLECTION OF PATTERN PACKED KIP + CO. AWESOMENESS!
WHAT IMPORTANCE DO YOU PLACE IN PLOUGHING MORE TIME AND RESOURCES INTO PRODUCING PROFESSIONALLY STYLED AND SHOT LOOKBOOKS? IS THERE AN INTENTIONAL STRATEGY?
Without a doubt, having a great product both in terms of design and quality is the most important thing for any business (in our humble opinion!) But a very close second is having great images. When we started a couple of years ago, we invested a lot in getting the right photographer and working with a passionate and creative team to make some inspiring photos.

They live on forever!
Its your chance to inspire people by showing them what your product might look like in a real home, and if you nail the images then the power of social media will keep that wave building and growing and carry your images to a whole other group of people…and thats very important for an online business!

 

HOW LONG WOULD A NORMAL SHOOT TAKE TO COMPLETE AND HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED?
We’re grow every time! Its like the circus rolling into town now…but its one hell of a show. Our latest shoot was four days – one setting up, two shooting, one packing down and reviewing images. But that doesn’t account for the huge number of hours / weeks / months spent planning in advance to find the right location, model, make-up artist, props, assistants, food, transport and on and on and on. “All hands on deck” is an understatement at our shoots – we’ve had every family member (immediate, extended and distant) lend a very generous hand plus all creatives (photographers, stylists, models, make up artists and their teams). I think all told for our SS14 shoot we had just over 20 people involved. Wow…never actually counted that up before, that is nuts! But it is so worth it, the look book is our creative baby, its when the range really feels like it comes to life for the first time and is just so so exciting.

 

SINCE THE LAUNCH OF YOUR FIRST COLLECTION AND CAMPAIGN SHOOT, WHAT HAVE OUR LEARNED WORKS AND IS VALUABLE IN TERMS OF THE TYPE OF SHOTS AND THE LOOK YOU ARE GOING FOR?
I don’t think any of us had stepped foot on a photo shoot before we did our first one for SS12 so this could be a very long answer but Ill try and keep it brief! I think the significance of good images was a big learning for us; we knew that they would be important, but after that first season it really cemented just how important they are. We learnt the hard way to make sure that we always have a great in situ shot of every product – if you don’t, you’ll feel it at the other end in terms of sales. Its also important to show how the products work together as a story, so that you’re not just seeing something in isolation and can’t imagine what it might work back with at home. And finally I’d just say be clear about what your ‘brand’ is and make sure that your photo shoot is consistent with that. And don’t forget to have fun, cause at the end of the day, that is the aim of the game

BEHIND THE SCENES exclusive: Kip + Co. SS14/15 : Adventurous and awesome bedlinen and homeware designed in Australia // Photography by Tim Swallow, Styling by Amber Lenette BEHIND THE SCENES exclusive: Kip + Co. SS14/15 : Adventurous and awesome bedlinen and homeware designed in Australia // Photography by Tim Swallow, Styling by Amber Lenette BEHIND THE SCENES exclusive: Kip + Co. SS14/15 : Adventurous and awesome bedlinen and homeware designed in Australia // Photography by Tim Swallow, Styling by Amber Lenette BEHIND THE SCENES exclusive: Kip + Co. SS14/15 : Adventurous and awesome bedlinen and homeware designed in Australia // Photography by Tim Swallow, Styling by Amber Lenette

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Posted in australia, creative business, emerging designer, for the home, photography | 2 Comments