So for all of you Studio Home friends that avoid social media channels – its possible you have missed the very public fluster I got myself into as I launched a BRAND new blog last night!!
It’s become verrrry obvious to me over the last couple of years that as I grow older, so do many of my dear readers which means many too are now Mums, Dads, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents or like me suffering a growing “serial-baby-snatching” issue.
I have always made a point of avoiding posting on child specific products and brands as we all know, that unless you are “up to” that stage in your life, this content is boring and irrelevent. SO…I decided to make a whole new blog just for those people!
Junior’s aims to fill a niche in our part of the internet world by offering kids and family based content exclusively focussed on New Zealand and Australian designers/brands/makers and creatives. You can expect new content on a daily basis (weekdays) and a growing archive of FOCUS posts where we invite interesting experts/visitors/personalities to inspire, teach us some stuff and hopefully offer a few “lightbulb” moments!
I will only ever occasionally share Junior’s content with you here and only if it is really relevant to you and the Studio Home vibe. I hope I’ve created a spot that you can happily graduate to at some stage but please, we love you here, so don’t leave forever!
This only happened for the sole reason that you have given me the guts to follow my bloggy instincts by continually supporting what I try to do here.
That beautiful illustration was made especially for Junior’s by loooong time Studio Home fave babe; Emma Leonard. And once again, the quick working pro Mickey Ross of Micimage gave me a clean, easy to use and nice looking site. So THANKS to you guys soon.
Enough with the novel! – I welcome you to come check Junior’s out.
Group Work is a collaborative project where a select team of designers/artists/makers get together to confront everyday objects, spin them on their head and produce something new and strangely interesting! I mean look at that beautiful AND functional piece of design above!
“Simplify” is the name of the third Group Work project and was created for the impressive “Other Hemisphere” exhibition in the midst of Milan Design Week, celebrating contemporary design from Australia and New Zealand (The Design Files did a terrific post on it recently here.) Interior architect, Sarah Trotter pulled Esther Stewart and Murray Barker to create a solution for the “bathroom accessories conundrum”.
I’ve swapped a few emails with Sarah and I think she explains this project and the Group Work concept the best:
“Groupwork can bring up memories of agonising assignments at school or university, but I love the way different artists and thinkers can come together to make something unique and brilliant. Each Groupwork project is based on an everyday household design ‘problem’, like the challenge a toilet roll holder brings or what to do with a toothbrush! These items feel like they are mundane, maybe thats because they haven’t been revisited for so long!”
In regards to this project; “Simplify” (and that ridiculously good looking loo roll holder!) Sarah had this to say:
“The pieces made from wood, stone and solid brass fit together to create shelves, towel rails, lights, toilet roll holders and vessels. These are perfect for any bathroom environment- you can add or subtract elements, while only having two penetrations in the walls. All of the items have been made in Melbourne by a group of very talented makers, including Wingnut & Co., Anna Varendorff and others.
Photography by Christo Crocker
New online store Taylor & Co. has launched this cool collection of weekend travel bags. Made from hardy cotton canvas and leather they come in three patterns and a nice roooomy interior!
Posted in art, collaborations, emerging designer, fashion, for the home, new zealand, student work
Tagged auckland, AUT, creative common occupation, graduate designers, new zealand fashion
New on the scene in both the cool mainstreet of Kingsland, Auckland as well as the burgeoning online space down under, is the Tonic Room!
After purchasing the original health store on site as a going concern in 2012, 29 year old naturopath; Katherine Lonsdale-Cooper has finally realised her dream of a space that takes natural medicine out of the slightly “hippy” arena and presents it in a way that the mainstream can appreciate, understand and relish visiting!
Opening doors to her new and improved store just over a week ago, today it is also joined by an extensive site to match that offers an impressive and lush version of a modern apothecary! Online and instore she has worked hard to source the best natural treats for the mind and body. Beauty brands like Jacqueline Evans Skincare, Triumph and Disaster, Herbivore Botanicals plus so many more! Trust me….divine!
But this isn’t just all about pretty smells and covetable labelling! The Tonic Room is staffed by fully trained naturopaths and nutritionists, allowing for the ability to provide trustworthy advice to walk in – walk out customers. Upstairs is a wellness clinic with an impressive team of full time practitioners in residence. These include naturapaths, holistic nutritionists, massage therapists, pyscho therapists and an intergrative doctor that have access to the full dispensary in store.
All in all it’s exciting to see this fresh innovator moving into the natural health industry. Determined to do things right, Kat chose creatives at the top of their game to bring Tonic Room to life – the talented and experienced agency of Hardhat are the brains behind the overall identity and website which has been complimented by the allllllways fresh Material Creative who were charged with the interior fit out.
Well… this is how you re-launch a business people!
All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
Posted in interior design, new zealand, shops, store front
Tagged auckland, hardhat, Katherine Lonsdale-Cooper, Kingsland, material creative, naturopathy, retail design, tonic room, web design