WOOD MELBOURNE: CONCRETE + SHOWROOM!

Wood Melbourne. Photography by Tara Pearce. Styled by Stephanie Stamatis. Melbourne, Australia.

It wasn’t all that long ago that I shared the beautiful wooden spouts by Wood Melbourne…well it seems designer/maker Oliver MacLatchy has the bit between his teeth now!
Today he and his team are not only opening their first showroom but they are ALSO launching a brand new collection of concrete products (including basins, spouts, shower heads and taps!)

I think the imagery here speaks for itself – Wood Melbourne serve up products for those of us that treasure the imperfect and gravitate to simple, hand rendered natural materials.

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Photography by Tara Pearce
Styling by Stephanie Somebody
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Visit the Wood Melbourne showroom from this Saturday at:
146 Melville Road
West Brunswick
Melbourne

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Arro Home

Arro Home - Melbourne, Australia / Photography by Brooke Holm, Styling by Marsha Golemac This is a verrrry juicy post my friends!
Some of you may have spotted the launch of outrageously cool Australian homeware brand; Arro Home last month. I’ll let these beautiful images speak for themselves!

My ears definitely pricked when I discovered the designer behind Arro was non other than prolific Australian creative; Beci Orpin! (I interviewed Beci here last year)

Beci took some time to answer a few questions we had about the beginnings of Arro with business partner Adam Rogers, her ideas for the direction of the brand, some thoughts on collaboration AND some of her favourite products.

What’s more she also let us in behind the scenes. I LOVE getting a peek at the team that are working behind the camera to actually achieve those glossy shots which get out heart strings pinging. Melbourne based photographer and styling combo and friends; Brooke Holm and Marsha Golemac were the ones creating the magic this time.

Enjoy this rare look inside the creative machine!

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How did you and Adam Rogers meet and what kicked off the idea of Arro Home?
I had worked on another project with Adam and we got along really well. At the end of one meeting I started talking of my love of homewares and how I wanted to do something new. Adam said he had been thinking the same thing – but more from a business point of view. We both saw a gap in the market which we though we could fill with our combined skills. We kept discussing the idea and few weeks later Arro Home was officially created!

What are your plans for the direction of the brand?
We are trying to focus on beautiful quality products which are still affordable and interesting. The range is mix of items which I have designed and pieces which we have sourced overseas. We have worked really hard to rein them both together in a harmonious way (and I think we’ve been pretty successful too!), so the sourced pieces will work back with the designed pieces and vice versa. Colour and pattern are two things close to our hearts, but we also hope to balance that out with some more neutral pieces, so there is something for everyone!

As a prolific creator and regular collaborator, can you offer any words of advice for a successful collaboration?
While Arro Home is more of a permanent situation for me than a collaboration, I have worked on quite few collaborations and we also have some great ones in the works for Arro. I think the best thing about collaborations is the unique ideas you get when there are 2 parties contributing – they are ideas that would not have existed otherwise.
I also think a successful collaborations will bring new opportunities to both sides, and a way to explore different mediums etc too.

If you were forced to choose, which 3 items from the launch collection are your must haves….

- embroidered napkin set (i’m obsessed with table linens so i selfishly designed these – they are my ultimate napkins!)

- microscope cushion (the pink sits perfectly on my new couch!)

- jute twist rug (this is the ultimate neutral rug and add so much texture to a room without you even noticing it! its also nice and soft underfoot, and can take the pushiments my all male household dishes out on a regular basis!)

 

MEANWHILE BEHIND THE SCENES!!

Arro Home - Melbourne, Australia / Photography by Brooke Holm, Styling by Marsha Golemac Brooke Holm and Marsha Golemac
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Professional photography by Brooke Holm
Styling by Marsha Golemac
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PS – kiwi customers….to place an order simply email contact the team at support@arrohome.com

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MAKUS ART

NZ Artist Justina Maku Bisset, a.k.a Makus Art at endemicworld.comJustina Maku Bisset is a Melbourne based kiwi creative with a roll on!
Creating work for the likes of Rusty she also translates her fresh style across murals, skate decks, branding and commissions.
A great collection of her latest work has just dropped into endemicworld.com - if you like what you see here definitely click through to check out the rest!

NZ Artist Justina Maku Bisset, a.k.a Makus Art at endemicworld.com NZ Artist Justina Maku Bisset, a.k.a Makus Art at endemicworld.com NZ Artist Justina Maku Bisset, a.k.a Makus Art at endemicworld.comNZ Artist Justina Maku Bisset, a.k.a Makus Art at endemicworld.com

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The Spring Collective

The Spring Collective - new natural skin care products by Maryse O'Donnell.  Below Simon James Concept Store, Auckland, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeMaryse O’Donnell of The Spring Collective
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The arrival of The Spring Collective is going to be sweet sweet news for those of you looking for nutrient rich care for your skin.
Maryse O’Donnell has ploughed her years of work within the beauty industry and extensive research into creating her debut range of pure, organic and natural goodness for your face and body.
I popped down and visited Maryse in her small treatment room that lurks like buried treasure under the Simon James Concept store on Jervois Road. There I was lucky enough to be treated to (my first!) facial that left me and my skin feeling …well… totally delicious!

The Spring Collective range is available both online and in store at Simon James.
It’s safe to say I think we will be seeing A LOT more of this brand in the years to come.

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Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
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One Tribe by One Another

One Tribe by One Another. Photographed by Rick Carter. Styled by Bettina Mcilwraith. NSW, Australia.

One Another is an Australian based brand that combines their mission to deliver beautiful homewares with their wish to engage and support talented female artisans living in some of the most challenging regions in the world. Working with women from India, South Africa and Rwanda you can find the name of each maker on every single cushion produced.

I am loving a lot of their brand new collection; ONE TRIBE that draws inspiration from tribal design offering it in some cool muted and simple palettes.

Check it out!

One Tribe by One Another. Photographed by Rick Carter. Styled by Bettina Mcilwraith. NSW, Australia.  One Tribe by One Another. Photographed by Rick Carter. Styled by Bettina Mcilwraith. NSW, Australia.  One Tribe by One Another. Photographed by Rick Carter. Styled by Bettina Mcilwraith. NSW, Australia.  One Tribe by One Another. Photographed by Rick Carter. Styled by Bettina Mcilwraith. NSW, Australia.  One Tribe by One Another. Photographed by Rick Carter. Styled by Bettina Mcilwraith. NSW, Australia.  One Tribe by One Another. Photographed by Rick Carter. Styled by Bettina Mcilwraith. NSW, Australia.  Above: Rick and Annette Carter – One Another
Photography by Rick Carter
Styling by Bettina Mcilwraith
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Curio Noir

Curio Noir  www.curionoir.comCurio Noir is a luxury scented candle brand. Don’t sigh and leave me yet….I know this statement gets flung around like nobodies business – but in this case it is SO so true and is proven (not just by the stern back up of my own nose!)
At a recent blind testing in Paris, out of all of the international brands on show, NZ’s own Curio Noir scored the highest in terms of the actual product behind the packaging.
Creator; Tiffany Jeans took this and ran straight into a new identity for her obviously highly regarded brand and the launch of a new divine scent.

These beautiful pictures creatively try to communicate what you might be in line to experience from the Curio scents but I really encourage you to drop in to one of her stockists for a good strong whiff of these lush candles. I also LOVE the short film below showing the local manufacturers at work in creating the glass vessels.

Gardenias Shadow scented candle by Curio Noir / www.curionoir.comTubereuse Noir scented candle by Curio Noir / www.curionoir.comFeather My Tears scented candle by Curio Noir / www.curionoir.comScented candles by Curio Noir / www.curionoir.comLilith Baby scented candle by Curio Noir / www.curionoir.comImagery courtesy of Curio Noir
Photography by Evie Mackay
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Curio Noir – The Craft from Andy Morton on Vimeo.

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