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The Paper Rain Project x Framingham Underground

Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online

It was late 2015 when I first introduced you to The Paper Rain Project –  a fascinating, highly creative endeavour fueled with passion by Indigo and Wills Rowe. 
Their work is based on values of collaboration, sustainability and always with an eye on a shared benefit. Aside from their current store in Picton and their plans for roving pop ups this summer, they have continued with their tradition of offering their handmade skateboard decks for artists to use as a canvas.
Crafted by Wills recycling wood from old winebarrels, the results are always incredibly varied. In this collection and resulting exhibition that we are celebrating, you will be amazed at the diversity of work applied by some of NZ’s most exciting artists!

The entire collection can be viewed as a whole at the cool, Framingham Wines Underground space at their winery near Blenheim.  For those of you unable to make it you can enjoy (and purchase) the pieces online here at Paper Rain Project.

Below I asked the same questions of Indigo and Will as founders, Framingham Wines as the host of the collection AND a few of the artists participating.
Why be involved in group projects?
What does art mean to them?
What do they feel is the benefit to viewing art ‘in person’?

Their thoughts on these and a preview of the collection below!

Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online
Indigo and Wills Rowe of The Paper Rain Project // Image by Rachael Brown Photography
Indigo and Wills Rowe of The Paper Rain Project
Image by Rachael Brown Photography 
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Indigo Rowe, : Co-Founder of The Paper Rain Project, people person, caffeine-o’-holic & contributing artist.

What motivates you involve yourself in group projects like this?
I love connecting people and working with people to make things (art, experiences and spaces) that wouldn’t be created without one another. I love collaborations’ ability to create conversation and we hope to use this more in the future to shine a light on things that need it – art to support mental health, conservation, social and environmental causes.

Art to me is…..
An individuals’ way of communicating their expression. We all have it in us!
It’s visual communication and one of the coolest ways to say something, be it to raise awareness or just for fun.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
Atmosphere & connection! It’s similar to my thoughts on collaboration – none of the works will stand alone as well as they will with a squad of other artworks alongside it.
We haven’t just created a collaborative series of works, we’ve curated a space and an event, without which you’d be missing half of the experience 🙂 We WILL, however, have heaps of shots online as we totally understand that people outside of Marlborough may not be able to make it.

Wills Rowe : Co-Founder of The Paper Rain Project, electric car enthusiast, green product designer, board shaper

What motivates you involve yourself in group projects like this? 
I love being able to create a recycled canvas which then goes on to artists to make their mark on. Each of them work the wood so differently and it’s awesome getting them back in and pulling them together to make a show.

Art to me is….
about a person’s expression. It could be through wood, food, music or the way they write or dress. It’s whatever you want it to be.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
Pictures just can’t say it all. These artworks are three dimensional works which need to be appreciated in person (if possible!)

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Jordan Debney : Artist

What motivates you involve yourself in group projects like this?
I’ve always enjoyed doing work for Paper Rain! It’s always a pleasure and provides me the opportunity to create something brand new for their unique audience.

Art to me is…..
A raw visual representation of self expression, a personal language that tells us whats going on in people lives and what they feel.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
With my work in particular, people are always blown away and tell me all the time “They look so much more overwhelming in person”. That is exactly what I am trying to achieve. Digital images on a small screen never do my work justice because you can’t “experience” it like you can in a gallery, the way the light reflects off certain colours and surfaces, nonetheless, without digital screens no one would get the chance to view them at all.

Click here to view Jordan’s board here.

Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online

Michel Tuffery : Artist

What motivates you involve yourself in group projects like this?
My art has always held environmental and cultural narrative. Colab-ing with Indigo and Will’s recycled wine barrel initiative holds natural synergy with my kaupapa and art practise.

Art to me is….. my first language.
I was drawing before i could speak, write or read. It allows me to communicate the way in whichIi see the world.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
I was sent to a school in central Wellington that ran a new pilot program to help me with my dyslexia. From there I always got in trouble with my Mum as I would just take myself off to visit galleries and the old Dominion Museum after school.  Spaces like this are important as they storyboard our history and equally they provide us expressions of contemporary thinking. Our creative spaces have expanded to online profile now and that’s all part of our evolution, equally both have key roles to play.
For me personally, that direct connection to the ‘art’ happens more profoundly in that physical connect.

Click here to see Michel Tuffery’s boards

Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online

Kelly Spencer : Artist

What motivates you involve yourself in group projects like this?
The Paper Rain Project provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with a brand that has heart, soul and which has ethics which align with my own. This is important to me as an artist in both my personal and professional work. It also creates space to play on the same field as fantastic artists from across the country, keeping the community strong and ever growing by exhibiting together frequently.

Art to me is….. everything at all times.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
Textures, shapes, light..! All of those elements which have been the talking points of art since the dawn of time. Scrolling through square shaped digital renditions is all well and good, but to see a piece in person is to gather up all of the feels. You can zoom in with your very own eyes as deep as you please, observe the brush strokes and all of the peaks and flaws.

Click here to view Kelly’s board.

Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online

ellaquaint  : Artist

What motivates you to involve yourself in group projects like this?  
I so enjoy working with the lovely folk at the Paper Rain Project. Their core values are in alignment with my own so being asked to be involved with their Causes range as well as their One of One skate decks has been a treat. Giving back is something that has been an integral part of my upbringing and I appreciate working with people who are keen to collaborate in that way too.
Painting on skate decks allows me to play with formats that I wouldn’t normally select. Sustainably / ethically produced design and art is something that I value and I personally strive to incorporate those elements into my own art practice. Also it is exciting to have the opportunity to exhibit with other inspiring, talented folk.

Art to me is….. life.
It is wairua. It is fickle – one moment you are motivated and in the zone with hundreds of ideas;  the next crickets. Nothing.
Just like living, art is in a constant state of flux.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
No matter how amazing the photographic documentation is, you can never experience the essence of an art work through images in books or online. When in the same space as an exhibition, you actually get to walk around and view the pieces in context. You get to observe the way the light shifts across different surfaces and how the art work appears from various angles. Subtle details, especially on 3 dimensional surfaces,  can never be successfully captured anywhere but in real time and in life.

Another wonderful aspect about going to gallery openings is that often you get to meet the artists themselves, to gain further insight into their art making processes and ideas. Being able to chat with others and experience their responses and interpretations is also an added bonus that can enrich your own interpretation of the work.

Click here to see the boards by ellaquaint.

Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online

Framingham Wines – host of the exhibition

What motivates you involve yourself in group projects like this?
We are huge on celebrating individuality, therefore projects which support talented people who are into doing things differently gets us pumped!
The skill and time that Wills puts into recycling the wine barrels into boards felt really relevant AND inspiring to us!

Art to me is…..
Expression of your individuality.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
The Framingham Underground is a hidden creative space smack bang in the heart of Marlborough wine country. We love to host pop up gigs, band recordings and it often transforms into our very own winery band practise room. The Paper Rain Project Skateboard collection is just looks incredible in our special place and we like to think this is one of the more interesting spots to come view top level local art!

 

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TEAM.WORK: Mushama + Me x Studio Home

Rain Cape - Mushama + Me x Studio Home : A TEAM.WORK collaboration project // designed and made in New Zealand // Limited Edition // Available online
It’s been a while between collaborations so I am TOTALLY thrilled to bring you the first TEAM.WORK project of 2017. And, as always, it is damn unique!

I had been admiring the collection of the Mushama & Me rain coats for more than a few years when designer; Sharn Blackwell and I began to trade emails with a sniff of a collaboration in the air. I had previously blogged about the brands original Rain Cape and was already envisaging my dream twist on this great initial concept.

So Sharn and I got together in Auckland last year, playing around with the sample shape and visiting some brilliant local fabric wholesalers. We sent a few of our favourite samples to her local waterproofer and thus began the trading of parcels between the islands.
We settled on a beautiful lightweight cotton with a super fine navy pinstripe which, when waterproofed, had a result that was both neutral to work for most peoples personal aesthetic but had some subtle texture for interest. It also meant that it was still super easy to be roughly folded up and shoved into bags to be pulled out when needed. Handy.

Work was also done on the original design in terms of adding some front facing “arm slits” for those times when the hands need to come out but everything else would like to stay dry. These have internal zips to make access easy and tightly shut shop when you are needing full closed in coverage!

Lastly we surveyed you guys on the dome and cord colours – which was fun and super revealing! Out of the three options our “dirty yellow” (or mustard yellow as we call it now) won and the cherry on the top was complete!

The result is a waterproof workhorse of great quality, made locally in Auckland and offering awesome versatility. This isn’t something to last the season – it is classic and carefully built to last you years and years.

During the design process, we literally discussed who the cape would work well for.
Those having to stalk the soggy sidelines of sports fields, making that bike OR walk commute in our crazy volatile climate or even tucking a baby away in a front pack/sling to be snug and dry.  It’s the perfect back-up to keep tucked in the car for weather emergency’s or to take you from the forest to the streets without looking too “outdoorsy and rustic!”.
The hood is decent and will cover a bike helmet plus the low scooped hems will protect your arms and thighs if zooming through a downpour!

I’d love to invite you to read on further below to learn more about my collaborator Sharn Blackwell of Mushama and Me.
You’ll also get to enjoy MANY different takes and angles on the Rain Cape as modelled by my own mother, Mimi, my sister Caroline and her daughter, baby Ada!

And right at the bottom you will also find the details for how you can WIN our original sample!

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The cape is available exclusively in very limited numbers online at Mushama & Me.
Click through to find out more in terms of measurements and specs and please don’t hesitate to snap up your own if this looks like the solver of all your weather exposure issues!

 

 

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Sharn you have lived around the world, by your own admission, in some pretty wet places! Mushama and Me has no doubt  rescued many bodies from the elements – can you talk us through your design process and how you arrived at the Rain Cape and others in your collection?

Yes indeed, I have lived in and worked my way around many parts of the world. The wettest, and most inspirational city was Amsterdam. The weather there is crap, yet it doesn’t stop people getting outdoors. Whether its sunny, raining or snowing – biking is still the mode of transport for most Dutchies.
I think that is awesome!

However, I noticed most people riding in the rain would have mastered the knack of holding an umbrella in one hand while riding to stay dry.
Once shopping around a little, I realised this was the much cooler option when considering the pretty horrific wet weather gear options available…

Amsterdam is where Mushama & Me was born, and so from the beginning I had biking in mind. I wanted to create a raincoat that people wanted to wear (that looked cooler than an umbrella!) I started with two styles, the original A-line cut, and a bike specific style with leg straps to keep your knees dry.

Over the past few years the collection has developed and grown, but still has practicality at the core.

“I think about the lifestyle of those who don’t let rain get in the way of life, like the Dutchies, who still walk, bike and play in the rain.”

 

 

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Getting out and about is obviously a core value for the Mushama and Me customer (rain coats aren’t that handy for lounging on the sofa…).

Where and what are your favourite outdoor things to do with your family?

I have always loved the outdoors, and luckily I married someone who also does. We love to travel the world and try to keep this a priority in our busy lives.

We live in Stanmore Bay, just north of Auckland, in a beautiful spot. We’re super lucky that we can walk to the beach for fresh ocean air, and spend a lot of time there, walking the length of the beach and watching our daughter play and learn.

That said, we spend more weekends away than we do at home. Its incredibly refreshing to leave the hustle and bustle, even if its for 2-3 days.

We love to go camping, its good for the soul and makes us appreciate the simple life. Hiking (mostly short walks now with a baby) is something we try and do most weekends, whether its in one of Auckland regional parks or one of NZ’s spectacular trails.

And festivals – outdoor festivals are the best! It’s where people loose their inhibitions and live totally in the moment!

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UPDATE: Thanks for all the awesome entries! Looks like a lot of you could use a Rain Cape in your lives!

The very lucky winner, drawn at random was Deb L.

Join us to WIN!

We have decided to put our sample Rain Cape up for grabs. This exactly mirrors the original that you can buy here except for the zips being access from the outside instead of in.

TO ENTER: 
In the comments below tell us “on what occasion in your own life do you think the TEAM.WORK Rain Cape would come in handy?” 
(eg. your daily commute in Auckland, your planned travels to Iceland in spring, your forced attendance to winter based sports events….)

Gain EXTRA entries by leaving your answer on the competition posts hosted by the Studio Home Facebook and Instagram.
Be sure to jump on and follow Mushama & Me on Facebook and/or Instagram as well.

– Winner will be drawn at random on Thursday 22nd of June. v
– Open to NZ and Australian residents only.

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Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award: Nellie Ryan

Nellie Ryan - winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // photography as featured in Homestyle mag // Studio Home

Last year I slotted in on the judging panel for the annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award. Just like the year before, it was thrilling to see the short lists and degree of talent in the locally submitted work (bodes well New Zealand!!). While Bolt of Cloth provide a version of heaven for fabric loving makers and decorators; I tip my hat to their committed effort at spotlighting domestic design talent with this ongoing project.

Of course, there was one entry that rose to the top for all three of us (Bolt of Cloth founder; Suzannah Tonascia, Homestyle Editor; Alice Lines and moi) and that was the work of Nellie Ryan. 

The resulting collection between Nellie and Bolt of Cloth is both bold and fluid. The colourways and playful graphics would slide into a really broad spectrum of homes of different aesthetics and its damn exciting that you can also buy this quality fabric by the meter!

These images are part of a terrific feature on the collection in the latest Homestyle magazine and you can explore the winning range in its total here online or at any of the Bolt of Cloth stores.

I thought I would take the opportunity to learn more about Nellie in her own right as a very experienced and diverse creative professional. We talked about inspiration, working from home and her personal direction when decorating her own spaces.

Nellie Ryan - winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // photography as featured in Homestyle mag // Studio Home

Working from home can be a double edged sword when it comes to productivity! What is your experience with this and how do you combat the distractions?

Time restraints with deadlines means I can’t always wait until I’m ‘feeling creative’. Sometimes I just have to turn it on and make it happen. Trying to stay focused at the job at hand can be really hard at times when working from home… I’m terrible at getting sidetracked checking out social media, the ‘just for 5 mins’ usually turns into half an hour, down the instagram rabbit hole. I have to remind myself when I’m looking at gorgeous images I’m not actually creating anything myself (that’s usually enough to snap me out of my trance).
Generally when I’m procrastinating my house looks a lot tidier, which is one bonus! You’ll find me sorting or organising things, I think by doing that it relaxes part of my brain and gives me time to think about the job I’m about to start working on. Once I’ve been briefed on a new job I try to start on it soon after the briefing, as that’s when the ideas are most fresh and I’m feeling most enthusiastic about it, really good to get pen on paper then, rather than wait a week, and come back to it. When that happens I can lose the momentum. Also I break the job down into bite size chunks, so it’s less overwhelming and feels more do-able.

Nellie Ryan - winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // photography as featured in Homestyle mag // Studio Home

Despite your huge body of illustrative work for books, brands and commissioned jobs – it’s obvious you are concentrating on more and more textiles and products aimed squarely at the “home”.
How would you describe your personal interior style and aesthetic when it comes to your home spaces?

I’ve always been bit obsessed with interiors and have a passion designing textiles for the home. My personal style is relaxed, yet I like to think it’s little sophisticated with some quirky touches.

I love having lots of books and art around me and live in a light filled house. There’s a blend of old and new pieces together, mixing midcentury lamps and sideboard with cleanline modern pieces. Most of the objects I surround myself with were collected from my travels or from vintage markets and carboot sales. I’m attracted to slightly offbeat or beautiful objects and always love finding out the back story of where these pieces came from. Though I don’t like unnecessary clutter and do love to edit my space from time to time.
My style now is more about simplicity, natural fabrics, texture and interesting print combinations. The older I get I really appreciate quality and design longevity over the ‘sugar rush’ of cheap, fast, mass produced fashion looks which require people to buy and dispose of pieces seasonally which is unsustainable and generally doesn’t inspire the same sentimentality and nostalgia as a good quality piece does. I always try and carry that through into my own designs, as it’s important for me that my designs stand the test of time.

Nellie Ryan - winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // photography as featured in Homestyle mag // Studio Home

Your career has exposed you to some major local and international names in design (Kate Sylvester and Jasper Conran to name just a few!)
Who out there in the creative world provides you with inspiration?

Currently I’m listening to some great podcasts and reading about some really inspiring females, their extraordinary stories and their ability to sustain successful careers over their lifetime. I’m resonating more with hearing stories of artists who have faced challenges or just hearing about their creative evolution over time.

One of my favourite artists is Louise Bourgeois. Her career peaked at 70, which is wonderful to think maybe the best is still to come. I’m really inspired by designers Elsa Shaperelli, Celia Birtwell, Barbara Hepworth, Bridget Riley, Florence Broadhurst, Corita Ken ( an amazing graphic designing Nun!), Lucienne Day ( so many more!) and what they were able to achieve.
I am also constantly inspired by my creative friends who take risks to be doing what they doing and always give great advice. I listen to Kathryn Ryan, on the RNZ Morning Show and BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour online, both radio show have a wonderful line up of interesting guests. Great books I’d mention would be Elsa Schiaparelli ‘Shocking Life’ and Peggy Guggenheim, ‘Out of this century’.

Nellie Ryan - winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // photography as featured in Homestyle mag // Studio Home

You had 10 amazing years based in London before returning back to the homeland. Do you think being based back in New Zealand has influenced your work?

The pace of life and laid back, ‘can do’ attitude of New Zealanders has influenced me by finding more life/work balance and helped me nurture my creative side a bit more.

If you were only allowed to hang the work of ONE artist on your walls….who would it be?

Hard question! Hmm I’m going to say David Hockey, I’ve loved his work and it’s so diverse from his pool scenes in LA from the 1960’s through to his most recent oversized hyper colour paintings of the Yorkshire landscape.

Where are your favourite haunts in Auckland ?

I spend a lot of time with my partner and son locally around Point Chevalier, where we live. It has a great community vibe, lovely beach, lots of parks and a few interesting places to eat. I also love a good forage in charity shops, looking at old books and hunting for treasures to then sneak back into the house. And always love popping into beautifully curated shops, like Flotsam and Jetsam, Tessuti and Simon James plus some of the wonderful independent books shops like the Women’s Book Shop and Novel Bookstore. Browsing art galleries on K Road happens too!
Our favourite dinner haunt would be Coco’s Cantina on K Road. Damaris and Renee are so hospitable and it always has a great atmosphere. A Friday night drink or two at Golden Dawn is always fun (especially as I’m out less these days),  I can usually bump into a few old friends.

Nellie Ryan - winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // photography as featured in Homestyle mag // Studio Home

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“Carnival” – a collaboration between Kate + Kate and Arent + Pyke

'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home

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.

Read on…….

'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home 'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home

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.
'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home 'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home 'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home

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.

'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home 'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home 'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home 'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home

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…?

'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home 'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home 'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home

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!!)

'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio Home'Carnival" from Kate & Kate collaborating with Arent & Pyke // interview and feature by Studio HomeCampaign imagery:
Styling by Claire Delmar
Photography by Jason Loucas
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Explore more from from the designers interviewed here:
Kate & Kate 
The Carnival Collection 
Arent & Pyke 

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“Tastemakers” Collection by Milton & King

Milton & King x Paula Coop McCory Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home

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!
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Designs above.

Milton & King x Poppytalk Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Poppytalk Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Poppytalk Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Poppytalk Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Poppytalk Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home
Poppytalk founders :  Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson
Their collection above.

Milton & King x Jillian Harris Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Jillian Harris Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Jillian Harris Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio Home Milton & King x Jillian Harris Wallpaper Collaboration // Australia - available worldwide, online // as featured on Studio HomeJillian Harris
Her collection above
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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.

– Don’t forget to latch on to stay in touch with Milton and King’s releases by following them here on FB and here on Instagram as well!

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.

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bodha modern wellness

bodha modern wellness // NZ/USA - available online // as featured on Studio Home

Hi everyone! This is a rather fitting introduction to lead with for the brand new year! I’m always gunning for a new slate, new rituals and the intention to look after myself much better.

Bodha is a collection of modern wellness products designed to help you come back to yourself. Based on the belief that feeling connected is the key to happiness our line engages your senses through the power of ritual and aromatherapy.”

I would struggle to have introduced bodha any better than founder; Emily L’Ami does above. This beautiful collection of carefully thought out goods (for the soul and senses) have been created by this New Zealander while living in LA with her husband; Fredericus L’Ami, (also creative director of the brand). Some serious research has gone into the products as well as an international role call of designers and artisans!
Japanese linen is used for the aromatherapy eye pillows and the hand crafted brass incense holders have been made in a Japanese factory dating back 100 years. The Ritual Oil Diffuser has been designed by our own Jamie McLellan and crafted by local ceramic legend; Gidon Bing.

What I like about all this is the care taken in design and construction totally reflects the ethos of the products. Its about “quality time taken”.

Enjoy!

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Emily L’Ami outside her LA apartment
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