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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Introducing Lewis Fredericks

Lewis Fredericks Eyewear: made using the previously wasted horn of farmed waterbuffalo. Natural variations in finishes make for truly unique pairs! I tried the 2x designs in the 3 colour categories. New Zealand based/Online - Photography by Sarah Allen for Studio HomeSnaps by Sidekick Sarah Allen for Studio Home
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I am feeling pretty excited and chuffed to be the first to introduce you all to a cool new NZ based brand focused on quality eyewear!
Lewis Fredericks is the result of two young kiwi go-getters knocking heads and doing their research. With two designs in their collection (available as sun AND optical frames) they offer three “colourways” in the natural material of buffalo horn. This is a by product of normal farming practices in Asia and offers a beautiful finish that means no pair of glasses is the same.
To show the great variation of grain and tone we decided to make that little GIF for you to check them out. To see the frames, lenses and more visit the Lewis Fredericks site here.

So far they have secured just a small handful of stockists in NZ which include Wunderkammer in Auckland and Wellingtons Woodward Optical and Brown and Co – they are on the look out for some more like-minded retailers…

I’ll admit I am loving their return to a classic, timeless style.
My pick of the bunch? Well for sunny days I am going for the Fosters in Dark Horn and for seeing-eye glasses the Lloyds in Light Horn.

Lewis Fredericks : natural buffalo horn eyeware designed in New Zealand. Lewis Fredericks : natural buffalo horn eyeware designed in New Zealand. Lewis Fredericks : natural buffalo horn eyeware designed in New Zealand.Lewis Fredericks : natural buffalo horn eyeware designed in New Zealand. Lewis Fredericks : natural buffalo horn eyeware designed in New Zealand.

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Kickstarter: Club of Odd Volumes

Kickstarter: The Club of Odd Volumes bedding range. Pictured: 80's Pattern _ Yoko HondaWe have been vocal followers and fans of Melbourne based; Club of Odd Volumes for sometime now, reveling in their awesome collaborative project!
Alongside their own quirky cool printed products (t’s, kids wear, cushions, pillowcases, bags and more!) they also have a regular revolving intake of exciting designers/artists who join them to sell limited edition runs of their own work.

Right this minute they are running a campaign on Kickstarter to move their project up a notch and make available a super fresh and unique collection of bedding!
Joining 3 of their own designs (the lifesize cats, emerald garden and sapphire ocean) they also have the fabulous Furry Little Peach with her whales and Japanese based creative; Yoko Honda with her 80′s Pattern.

Great business, better bedding and a win win for you all!

Kickstarter: The Club of Odd Volumes bedding range. Pictured: Emerald Garden Kickstarter: The Club of Odd Volumes bedding range. Pictured: Lifesize cat Kickstarter: The Club of Odd Volumes bedding range. Pictured: Sapphire Ocean Kickstarter: The Club of Odd Volumes bedding range. Pictured: The Herd _ by Furry Little Peach

All images courtesy of Club of Odd Volumes
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IRFD

 Ian Rouse Furniture - Holmes Table with bench. Wellington, New Zealand. Photography by Noemie Bulteau. Ian Rouse Furniture - Holmes Table. Wellington, New Zealand. Photography by Noemie Bulteau. Ian Rouse Furniture. Wellington, New Zealand. Photography by Noemie Bulteau. Ian Rouse Furniture - Full Cabinet. Wellington, New Zealand. Photography by Noemie Bulteau. Ian Rouse Furniture - Full Cabinet. Wellington, New Zealand. Photography by Noemie Bulteau. Ian Rouse Furniture - Large Weaver Credenza. Wellington, New Zealand. Photography by Noemie Bulteau. Ian Rouse Furniture - Large Weaver Credenza. Wellington, New Zealand. Photography by Noemie Bulteau. Ian Rouse Furniture - Large Weaver Credenza. Wellington, New Zealand. Photography by Noemie Bulteau. Ian Rouse Furniture. Wellington, New Zealand. Photography by Noemie Bulteau.     Photography by Noemie Bulteau
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I feel a little guilty that I haven’t got this post out earlier as seriously (!) I think you’ll all agree that you need to be aware of what our Wellington friend Ian Rouse (IRFD) has been up to of late!

I first posted on Ian and his furniture late last year. But the flashes of that beautiful “booze cabinet” and in particular the Holmes table and benches popping up in my Facebook led me back for a snoop at his updated website (and collection!)!

To see far more than what is pictured above I encourage you to go and snoop too ….

 

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LISA LAPOINTE: Behind the Sun

Lisa Lapointe : Behind the Sun collection showing at Modern Times, Fitzroy, Sydney.

Lisa Lapointe is firm personal favourite of mine and if my bank manager would start playing nice then I would be on a flight to Melbourne right now to make the opening of her show at Modern Times in Fitzroy tonight!
But alas, its admiration from afar this time.

All work completed in pencil, Lisa draws on “spiritual, religious and indigenous mythology in her art. There is an obvious connection with the primitive, but the colours are if anything futuristic”
(I love that description!)

Lisa Lapointe : Behind the Sun collection showing at Modern Times, Fitzroy, Sydney.Lisa Lapointe : Behind the Sun collection showing at Modern Times, Fitzroy, Sydney.Lisa Lapointe : Behind the Sun collection showing at Modern Times, Fitzroy, Sydney.Lisa Lapointe : Behind the Sun collection showing at Modern Times, Fitzroy, Sydney.Lisa Lapointe : Behind the Sun collection showing at Modern Times, Fitzroy, Sydney.Lisa Lapointe : Behind the Sun collection showing at Modern Times, Fitzroy, Sydney.Lisa Lapointe : Behind the Sun collection showing at Modern Times, Fitzroy, Sydney.Lisa Lapointe : Behind the Sun collection showing at Modern Times, Fitzroy, Sydney.
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Mr. Bigglesworthy

Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

Late last week I decided it was FINALLY time that I got through the front doors of Mr. Bigglesworthy’s Auckland showroom. I’ll be honest – I had buried my head in the sand every time a beautiful collection of international finds was announced as I had them truly pigeonholed as permanently out of my league.
But, I found out that wasn’t entirely true….

Emma and Dan Eagle scour New Zealand and the world for exceptional examples of Mid Century Modern Furniture and original design aimed to make your heart skip faster with the thought of taking it home. They fully restore and inject life and love back into their finds then not only move them to their (mostly very temporary) showroom home but also list all online. There were some pretty covetable pieces of furniture included in the Nordic Home inspired collection they launched last week – and there were plenty of “gateway” items that I am now fixated on (especially the elusive collection of Whites Aviation Photography prints!)

Anyone with a passion not only for beautiful design but for items that have been truly built to stand use and age gracefully with time will revel in what the Eagles have created with Mr. Bigglesworthy.
It is a beautiful destination for a wander but those of you further a field will definitely enjoy their online store!

 
Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeMr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeMr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeMr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Mr. Bigglesworthy - Mid Century Modern and Original Design Classics. Store pictured here; Auckland, New Zealand - also online. // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeAll photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
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Join the team in store until this coming Saturday to view the Nordic Home collection, nibble on special Nordavia sweet treats and sup mulled wine!

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