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Those with a keen eye on the down under design scene may have recently spotted flashes of this beautiful new accessories textiles collection. While we have come to expect our magpie eyes to recognise the colours and shapes often synonymous with Australian textile design duo; Kate & Kate, their new “Carnival” collection has a little more of a twist to it!
“Carnival captures the joy of gathering together, the convivial delights of a shared table, a picnic under the shade of a gumtree; all with the homely embrace of luxurious yet robust cottons, wools and linens. The collection is a celebration of celebrations, both jovial and nostalgic with classic geometrics complemented by painterly and spirited prints.
The collection offers cotton and alpaca blankets, large scale linen table cloths, linen throws, napkins, tea towels, both linen and leather cushions and hand woven bed spreads.”
While I am very much grabbed by visions of “picnics under gumtrees” (!!) I was also interested in the top notch, group design process that bought this range to life! The collaboration of Kate and Kate with iconic interior design leaders; Arent & Pyke.
On a whim, after spotting that Juliette Arent had mentioned an interest in textiles in an interview, Kate and Kate reached out with an invitation to explore that further.
And as all good pairings go – the collaboration grew some momentum bringing us 18 months down the track to this beautiful collection and the material proof of what can happen when 4 Australian design minds merge in the middle.
Keen to take this opportunity to mine the ideas of these designers a little further (all of whom I have a bursting respect for) I compiled a list of questions (a little left field at times!) focused on topics I would be very interested to find their thoughts on.
Pictured from left to right: Kate Pascoe-Squires , Juliette Arent, Kate Pascoe and Sarah-Jane Arent.
Work/Life balance can be challenging to maintain at the best of times.
What is your work space like and what are the little details within it that help you get the work done!
Kate Pascoe: Oh what a juggle! If anyone finds the answer to that thing called balance – please contact me!! I am so lucky to have the space I work in, it is a little slice of heaven. Designed by Fiona Lynch, the Kate & Kate home in Port Melbourne is a gorgeous open space, with clean lines and plenty of light – a place where you can really catch your breath. We have Buddha radio pumping most of the time, lots of coffee throughout the day and a big wine fridge out the back filled to the brim with Logan Rosé – all of that really keeps us all going.
Just recently, I decided my phone is a huge distraction during my work day with non–stop calls, texts, alerts, alarms – it does not stop! I now put my phone on silent and anyone who urgently needs me can call on the work landline. I have found this makes a huge difference to my ability to get the job done.
Juliette Arent: In the A&P studio in Surry Hills, SJ and I work opposite each other in the far corner of the office….but we have worked sitting opposite each other for nearly 10 years. I almost wouldn’t know myself if I didn’t see her sitting opposite me during the day! When I work from home I am typically sitting at the kitchen bench with coffee or wine (depending on the time of day) or sitting on the back step that looks out to my garden. A bit of sunshine always goes a long way when doing the big picture business dreaming!
Sarah-Jane Pyke: Sunshine works magic creatively, so that was the key element we looked for when we sourced our Surry Hills space. With windows on three sides, we get gorgeous light all day, and that helps keep us all focused. I love the buzz of the team, but when I need downtime, I can retreat to the meeting room (cone of silence!) and I often start the day answering emails over a coffee at The Book Kitchen across the road.
If someone flicked a switch which demanded us all to wear tones of just ONE colour for the rest of our lives….what would yours be?
Kate Pascoe: I would have to be REALLY boring and say grey (so predictable!) I always have my favourite seasonal colours, but there is nothing more stunning than a gorgeous charcoal marle… my good old trusty!
Juliette Arent: Deep terracotta to fleshy melony pink, and everything in between.
Sarah-Jane Pyke: Just ONE colour – ouch! I can’t live without denim, so for me, Indigo, through chambray blue to washed out grey.
HOME. It’s the one place in the world we can really make our own, ignore trends and wrangle our budgets against our personal decorating dreams.
Despite you all designing for spaces and the products that help transform them, what are the defining things you do to make your own house a personal bolthole?
Kate Pascoe Squires: For me, it’s in the furniture. I don’t like clutter and don’t do knick knacks, displays for the sake of displays… I love clean lines, but to achieve a beautiful look, the quality of the furniture is imperative. I have a mixed aesthetic, combining stunning vintage pieces with super liveable items such as cushy couches with removable linen covers.
I love having a house that is lived in – the kids can run wild and I’m not super precious about any one item. If our table gets a mark on it, who cares? It’s part of the history we are creating here. That said, I do run a tight ship and the house is always tidy before I head to bed. It helps me and my family keep a clear head (well, that’s what I tell them anyway!)
Juliette Arent: It is so tempting to want to own the big heroes or icons of the furniture world that you are often putting forward to clients – but I try to avoid this as much as I can. I mostly like a mix of new and vintage, with a particular focus on the art I have acquired over the past 15 or so years. (The only reason I would like to live in a slightly larger property would be for more wall space for art!)
A wonderful part of being a designer, is the thrill you have finding those rare vintage gems for your clients……..and every now and then, for yourself.
Many years ago when (in my opinion) one of the best stores on Queen Street in Woollahra, (Copeland and de Soos) closed down, it was a very sad day. It signalled the end of an era with this type of vintage sourcing in Sydney. Most of the vintage pieces I own I purchased from Rodney de Soos and I am always patiently waiting to see if decides to get back into the business.
My fridge is forever covered in drawings or paintings that my girls have drawn/painted that week, and their bedroom is definitely not as serene and ordered as you would think. For them I am always reminding myself of my own childhood where it was all about colour……colour, timber toys and natural daylight for my kids. (I am always surprised to see when parents opt for neutral-everything for their kid’s rooms. NO!! Colour = fun!
Also, for my own house I think less about “schemes” per se, more about the feeling or the mood I would like each space to evoke. I have always been interested in the the way certain spaces can make you feel…it is not formulaic…..there is always a sensorial and emotional response.
Sarah-Jane Pyke: I really believe that your home should tell your story, and that’s the same for me as it is for our clients. I love the pieces we have collected over the years, and I feel connected to each of them, as they have the story of our lives woven in. Interestingly, I have more vintage furniture than new, and our art always ties it all together.
Some favourites include: Eames Walnut DCM chairs gifted for our wedding; the vintage drawers I sourced on ebay and had painted glossy yellow when I was waiting for “the baby”; a John Baird painting we bought the week we lost a dear friend; my mothers’ sewing machine table that has been in every entry hall I’ve had since leaving home. Right now though, we’re drowning in Lego, which adorns every flat surface of our house! Maybe one day I’ll look fondly back on that too…?
The internet has shrunk the world when it comes to connecting with
like-minded artists/designers/makers etc.
It’s such an exciting time for inspiration and collaboration (obviously!).
Aside from each other, what local creative people or brands are really spin your wheels at the moment?
Kate Pascoe Squires: We have recently collaborated with interior design house Arent&Pyke, which was incredibly inspiring. It was so fun to combine our aesthetics and they really pushed our use of colour. So good.
As we look towards our Summer 17/18 collection, photographer George Byrne is really getting us excited – his depiction of colour and form is incredible.
For shape, I can’t go past Kenya Peterson’s sculptures – hand formed wire, shaped and paper wrapped, they are incredibly distinctive.
Juliette Arent: I always love to see what Emma Elizabeth (stylist/designer/curator) is doing with Local Design – she is a powerhouse, and always at the centre of connecting brilliant designers. Shilo Engelbrecht, textile designer/artist and Lisa Cooper, florist/artist. (All the slashies!!)
Styling by Claire Delmar
Photography by Jason Loucas
Explore more from from the designers interviewed here:
Kate & Kate
The Carnival Collection
Arent & Pyke
I’m really stoked to present you with our first contributed story inline with Studio Home’s new richer, looser format celebrating our NZ/AUS creative industry.
This one comes from Tessuti, a beautiful store based in Auckland but doors wide open to the world and their detail driven customers online. Owner Ali McIntosh has cemented herself a loyal following due to her ongoing passion for artisan made products and celebrating the makers themselves. Obviously this is something we share too!
So its a pleasure to bring you an interview the Tessuti recently undertook with Oliver Höglund and Ryan Roberts of SØKTAS Glass Studio.
Read on below for their interview plus some extra questions we asked all of them.
“Glass artist and designer Oliver Höglund of SØKTAS Glass Studio has been working with glass since 1999, a craft that was handed down to him from both his father and grandfather, who learnt glass blowing at the well known Kosta Boda Glassworks in Sweden.
Creating beautifully sculptural forms with molten glass, Nelson (Oliver) and Melbourne-based (Ryan) SØKTAS Glass Studio practice a free form technique, executed by hand, which results in a finish that is both unique and signature to SØKTAS. We are very excited to announce the arrival of their favourite piece: the Vølt Glass Pendant…
How did you both meet?
We both arrived and left Norway at the same time. Without knowing each other for the first 3 years there we eventually met in our final year. We met through mutual friends and we became mates straight away. We were both feeling it was time to move on and return to our roots so we came up with an idea that we have been working on since.
Can you tell us about your studio space?
The glass studio operates with a pretty consistent pattern when making the glass. The afternoon is spent “loading” and melting the raw glass material, which is then melted overnight which can be used to create in the morning. An early start the next day is vital in setting up the studio to begin the glass making process which typically lasts from around 6 am to late in combination with the melting cycle and the cold working process.
What would be some of your most stands out collaborations or projects?
Our most memorable projects/colabs would have to be starting our first showroom here in Richmond, Melbourne. Another great colab we have is with Casa Amuk clothing — awesome people who make great quality clothing, it just felt like the perfect combo, so that’s been great so far.
What SØKTAS piece is your personal favourite, and how do you suggest this best be enjoyed?
Our favourite pendant would be our VØLT pendant light. We like it because its design fits with the original edison filament bulb, the refraction’s from the filaments work well with the glass and the warm glow produces a nice, chill atmosphere.
What was the most recent thing that inspired you?
Watching Stephen Curry win the NBA’s first unanimous MVP award really inspired us to strive to be the best versions of ourselves.”
STUDIO HOME WITH RYAN ROBERTS OF SØKTAS:
I can’t live without…..
We both can’t live with out the ocean.
My top spots to eat in my town is ?
Feast of Merit, awesome feed and great staff. Richmond, Melbourne.
Favourite place to visit in Australia?
Yamba or anywhere around the North Coast of NSW.
Favourite thing to do in your downtime
We both love to Surf and Snowboard.
What do you think about when you are alone in the car?
Melbourne is a hectic place to drive, so we’re pretty busy just trying not to crash.
Where is your special place?
In the ocean.
Best advice you have been given?
STUDIO HOME WITH ALI MCINTOSH OF TESSUTI
Best childhood memory
The smell of fresh cut grass. When we arrived at our bach in the summer Dad’s first mission was to cut the grass! And that smell takes me right back to being 3 years old and arriving at the beach for summer holidays.
Favourite spot in your home
This will always be the kitchen area. I love entertaining and having family and friends over, and I really like it when everyone piles in and helps. It’s conversational, and when your hands are busy it seems easy to chat about anything and everything.
Bring all the problems to the kitchen counter – we’ll get them sorted in no time!!
Values you hold dear
Kindness, trust, dependability, inclusiveness, and ethical business practice. It’s all simple stuff really! But you need to ‘walk the talk.’
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With Studio Home ticking over into her 9th year I have once again examined what both you and I want from this site. The internet, in its wild fluidity, is such an exciting place to experiment, reinvent and quite simply, make your own rules. Given that this is a blog, freely accessed by you at any time of your day at no cost, I feel unrestricted and flexible when making changes to present you guys. You’ve been along for the ride for a while now!
Ultimately it’s important to me that I continue to offer you relevant and RICH local introductions from the clever, creative people that live down our end of the world.
I just think we need to go a bit deeper….and be a little looser.
Philosophising aside…the changes I hope to present to you are both inspired by the activity happening around me in the design and art industry AND where my personal interests lie in reflection of what my life is looking like now (9 years down the track!)
CONTRIBUTED STORIES + DEEPER POSTS
I want to offer you more than “Hey guys! This week you can buy this! …or this!… perhaps this?” and instead put the power back into the hands of the brands and people I share with you in an effort to reveal more about what makes them tick. In a time where we are constantly pounded with “pretty pictures”, I feel I can offer my subjects AND you the chance to dig a little deeper and learn about the humans behind the products/art/projects/stores and stories presented.
Because, to me, the people are as interesting as the end product…
So posts will now come to you in a mix.
There will still be the normal, familiar quickfire introductions stirred in with more Q+A with those I feature. These posts will then be joined by totally NEW voices! I have already begun inviting photographers, film makers, story tellers, adventurers, experts/knowledge collectors and even brands and businesses themselves to compile, shoot, write and share their OWN stories via the Studio Home blog.
I’m really excited about this as I feel these people belong to a part of the creative world in NZ/AUS that I haven’t really given much airtime over the years….yet they are the ones I enjoy and follow more closely than anyone else!
You might expect to see studio tours, home tours, “how-to’s”, travel stories, personal creative projects, behind the scenes of brands, opinions and advice among whatever great, self generated content comes our way.
Ultimately I want to offer a platform that will shine a light on the stories being told AND those telling them.
Work will still be submitted and considered on its merits and relevance to you, the Studio Home audience, but if what is mentioned above pricks an idea or even reminds you of a project you have already completed check out the process here.
You will see the first of these types of features rolling out later this week.
THE HOME FRONT
2017 also marks some changes in my own circumstances that will allow me to dip back into my own design toolbox. Despite running an interior consultancy in my 20’s, I have moved town every 3 years without fail and have never fully been in a position to put some roots down, making a home of my “own” beyond rearranging art and buying indoor plants!
Now with my feet firmly planted in Christchurch I find myself in a pretty cool position involving family, shared interests, handy skills and a desire to create something great!
My partner T and I have recently moved into a very tidy and charming villa in Linwood, a non-ritzy suburb very central to the transforming city centre. My Mum, on a hunt for a property investment, purchased it late last year and in January we moved in, renting as her tenants. Here we have already been able to start making this place reflect the way we want to live. This has included exploring a hidden passion for gardening, space changes on a modest budget AND the painting of my office PINK! Investing in improvements, despite being renters, is due to our plan to purchase the house from Mum following the completion of our new build project we are taking on starting this month!
Yip! It’s home making central this year!
With our powers combined (T is a bricklayer and has built and sold several other properties) we plan to present an interesting and beautiful alternative to the normal, bland and shiny spec home. Armed with a plan completed by an architect friend, the large family home will be built in Prebbleton with us shortly entering consent stage and completing the project in addition to our daily work commitments.
I am super excited to be back specifying and creating a new house for someone, as yet unknown!
It’s an elaborate plan but to be honest, it feels like a welcome re connect with my love of interiors and undertaking something as a team.
And so I plan to be sharing this all with you!
Some of you will have already joined the nesting plus design/build journey on my new @studiohome_ju instagram account. Here you’ll expect to be party to my ideas, progress, day to day and, no doubt, mistakes along the way via imagery and the stories feed. I’m kind of loving that stories business actually!
I will also be sharing a break down of improvements slowly made at the villa as room by room posts on here but, of course, as real life would have it, these will be irregular and simply bought to you as we have the time and money to do them!
You can follow this specifically on instagram via #thebluehousenz
So that’s really it my friends!
I hope you enjoy the transition to a slightly less structured but majorly more personal format here. Studio Home remains strict in its down under creative focus but excited to be freeing up the content and inspiration coming your way.
The soft, drifting landscapes of Sophie Melville might be quite familiar to you but perhaps under her former moniker of Mini Grandi Artist.
Wanaka based Sophie has spent the last few years reconnecting with her art practice while juggling her Mum jobs. Her work, entirely inspired by the dramatic landscape of where she lives, has found an enthusiastic audience internationally and via her stockists.
Taking stock and looking toward the future, Sophie has stepped out from behind her “brand” name, sold the very last of her open edition prints and has moved to provide a more covetable form of her work in exhibition based originals and limited edition giclee prints.
Loved by those attracted to a minimal palette AND those attracted to the delicate, floating form her work takes – all will be excited to see the arrival of her new “Presence Collection”.
“This collection is a culmination of a lot of simply ‘being’.
Sitting and being comfortable in my stillness.
The realisation of the total acceptance of myself.
Choosing to focus on the journey not the result.
To me this is all the awareness of presence.
My style has become more refined through reflection, consideration and now my process is immersed in clarity and foresight. But more than ever I take a lot longer to complete a painting as I feel a deeper connection to myself and this is visually expressed in my paintings. It’s my thought processes while creating that are making me observe, consider and just be.”
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Upper Moutere based artist; Fleur Woods before, and heard first hand the happy story of how her painted work led her to teach herself to stitch and as a result we have this incredibly rich, textured and beautiful art!!
“Bloom is a new series of 14 contemporary, stitched paintings. I created them while channeling my humble Crown Lynn collection, love of flowers and overly optimistic op-shopper-itis. The 12 smaller works are each the size of a Crown Lynn saucer and their imagery references Crown Lynn patterns from the 50’s-70’s. Reinventing the patterns with fresh contemporary colours the paint & stitch meets linen where it blooms into new forms.”
To coincide with the launch of the collection, Fleur has also chosen 5 of the “paintings” to be printed as an exquisite, limited edition series of giclee prints. I own one myself from a previous series she did and the effect of the stitched features as a print is eye catching!
If you are in New Plymouth between Friday 27 January and 21 February, drop in to Kina (101 Devon St West, New Plymouth) to view. Fleur will be there herself for Friday’s opening and Saturday morning.
And here we goooo 2017! You’re very first post and its rightfully juicy for the eyes.
Milton and King is a family run wall coverings business that I am more than a little enamored with. Over the last few years they have grown a really impressive and GREAT quality library of papers and murals through collaborations with Australian and international artists. There is quite honestly something for everyone in the selection.
With connections and awareness of their products widening to the global stage, they have helped this along with a new series of collaborative designs working with some of North Americas most interesting design personalities.
The Tastemakers collection see’s designs by Pinterest queen; Paula Coop McCrory, well known interior designer; Jillian Harris and the duo behind top, long established design blog; Poppytalk. The work is super varied which makes it even more interesting and definitely reflects the designers own personality and style.
All paper is shipped free around NZ and Australia (YUS!) and we would like to offer one of you the chance to win 2 x rolls of your choice!
Scroll to bottom of post.
Paula Coop McCrory
Poppytalk founders : Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson
Their collection above.
Her collection above
YOUR CHANCE TO WIN 2x ROLLS OF YOUR CHOICE
Competition now closed:
Congratulations to Sam Kelly !!!
– Simply click through to view the Tastemakers collection here and return to leave us your choice of paper in the comments below.
– Extra entries can be achieve by leaving the same comment on the competition posts on our Instagram and Facebook pages.
T’s and C’s:
– Open to NZ and Australian residents only.
– NZ residents need to be aware that some import duties may apply and are at the winners responsibility.
– To be drawn at random on Monday 23rd January.