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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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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”.
Emily L’Ami outside her LA apartment
All imagery supplied by and used with permission of
Right. Well. Art lovers….welcome to your delicious, satisfying demise into art based obsession!!! (that sounds scary but I say lets embrace!)
The One Art Club is a BRILLIANT new concept aimed to deliver fresh, exclusive works of art to subscribers on a bi monthly basis. Each artist (both local / international and upcoming /established) will be a surprise due to their strict embargo on information pre delivery, and each work will be a extra special limited edition piece created ONLY for eager The One Art Club audience.
There are options to select from in terms of time frames and payment plans, but one thing is for sure, this is a genius way to grow or gift the opportunity to collect carefully curated art that is truly exclusive.
How do I know it’ll be carefully curated?
Oh yeah…the brains behind this project is one of NZ’s most forward thinking young art minds; Evie Kemp!
Please take the time to explore the full spectrum of options and how the club works via the website. Remember – there are no pictures beyond those of the makers involved below to tempt you as its all an exciting surprise!!!!
Imagery supplied by and used with permission of The One Art Club
Hunting for George continue on their path to be your one-stop-shop for quality Australian design, art and homeware. They really are the champion of the independent designer and have slotted themselves in there too!
Their new collection; ‘Clifton’ is inspired by summers spent in the sleepy Tasmanian, seaside town of the same name, as remembered by co-founders/sisters; Lucy Glade Wright and Jo Harris.
“I wanted this collection to represent everything we love about Summer holidays. Our fondest memories are from our holiday’s spent at Clifton Beach. Extremely understated and surrounded by nature. I wanted our designs to reflect the simplicity and calm energy of that time.”
Lucy Glade-Wright, co-founder.
This understated approach feels good. No need to shout, no need to launch into attention grabbing prints – instead a softness and focus on actual everyday living for the laid back.
Interceded into the imagery below are also features of their latest offering of prints – again, like everything curated from both their own art AND a carefully selected group of local creators.
Its a pleasure to explore! Get in there here!
Imagery supplied by and used with permission of Hunting for George
Art Direction // Lucy Glade Wright
Styling // Ruth Welsby
Photography // Annette O’Brien
I am SO excited to finally be sharing with you the result of my latest TEAM.WORK collaboration project! Good things take time my friends!
It is such a personal thrill to get the opportunity to step beyond the blog and actually brainstorm ideas with the independent brands/designers/artists that I admire so much.
For this new project, Betony Dircks and Kelly Elkin were the design stars that accepted the challenge to help me come good on my dream delivering you guys the BEST PJ’s EVER! For them – its not such a hard task as their sleep and leisurewear brand; ALAS (“all light and shadow”) has somewhat of a cult following. They know what cool, quality and deliciously cosy inside gear is and lucky for me were keen to share.
Sydney based ALAS is an industry leader when it comes to fashion that is both socially and ecologically responsible :
“Our sleepwear is made in India where the cotton is also grown, spun, woven and dyed. All of our garments are constructed with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton, in fair labour, sweatshop-free factories. We visit our producers regularly to maintain strong relationships and trust between all parties. We believe this personal approach is the best way to ensure the integrity of each factory. “
You can explore more about their production and textiles here.
Knowing that I would be presenting you with guilt free garments of top quality (I myself own many pieces of ALAS that are well and truly lasting the distance) it was then down to some trans-tasman brainstorming! The internet was our shared workroom where we skyped and then used a shared Pinterest board to draw inspiration for our shapes, palette and general vibe. Man, that is such a brilliant design tool….
Kelly and Betony then flexed their textile design muscles to translate our ideas into the original print you see below!
I was quick to identify the style of the top and bottoms from their existing range – wanting to go for an “inside tracksuit” kind of look and nothing too tight so there would be no need to run for the bra drawer should any wearers get busted clad in their “tracksuit” post acceptable pj wearing hours.
The reverse of the fabric is very soft 100% organic cotton fleece which is pretty lush! The pants have a softly elasticated waistband as well as a drawstring should you need it.
I have been road testing our TEAM.WORK set for the last few weeks. Even giving them a “full day” wear while working (from my home studio…) It’s possible my boyfriend didn’t quite go for my “tracksuit” explanation but it doesn’t count as he knew they were pyjamas first!
Betony, Kelly and I are pleased to offer you this limited edition set available only online at ALAS.
ABOVE: Betony Dircks and Kelly Elkin – Designers of ALAS
CAMPAIGN IMAGERY: of TEAM.WORK pyjama’s by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
Shot on FujiFilm XT1
Modeled by Greta Spearing
Imagery above by Ophelia Mikkelson for Thisby and Solomon
Welcome to world of Thisby and Solomon, a New Zealand jewellery label dedicated to the celebration of the simple, the precious and the organic.
I was recently introduced to them via one of the divine email newsletters that I receive as a subscriber of Auckland store/online mecca; Tessuti. Store owner Ali and her team have been visiting the studio’s of their makers/stockists and sharing their stories with us through rich, personal photographic posts on their blog. (Explore them here!)
As a sucker for a good story and peek into the spaces where brands are born, it was a treat to explore the home and studio of Thisby and Solomon designer; Kat Corbett.
As you can see from the imagery below (and the entire tour here) Kat’s place is as restrained as her jewellery – with a strong inclination for texture and natural materials.
Take your time to explore all the links above and if you are looking for a little more of the goodness cultivated and curated by Tessuti you can scroll to the bottom and watch the debut video of their new series “Tessuti Mornings” – a look at the intimacy and tactility of bedroom rituals. The experience of texture and fragrance are enhanced by one’s senses at the break of day.