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Above: Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award Winner 2016 – Hilary Knox!
Photography by Larnie Nicolson for Homestyle Magazine
Last year I was lucky to be given the opportunity to help in judging the annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award. I’ve been an eager witness to the winning designs from the years previous and to be allowed to officially offer an opinion was a new and exciting thing for me!
I met with Bolt of Cloth chiefess; Suz Tonascia in their Christchurch HQ where we methodically worked through their selected finalists. The standard was high and it was even more exciting to see some distinctively fresh points of view and aesthetics being offered up.
But for me, the soft beautiful work of Hilary Knox was a clear and an immediate stand out.
Her designs were nature inspired and even more interestingly, featured chooks! (hens/chickens…pick your term) It all felt very un-rehearsed to me like it had all come out of her own mind and own world. This is something that is so hard to find in this time of rapid visual inspiration. Without even knowing it, so many emerging designers produce work in accidental heavy reponse to trends!
So from my view, Hilary Knox hit the ball out of the park and I am SO excited to see what this terrific award will springboard her to next!
Photography by Larnie Nicolson for Homestyle magazine
Late last year my friend and talented photographer; Bonny Stewart-MacDonald flew to Auckland and spent a morning taking some pics of my Auckland “studio/home”. In hindsight I realise now that her visit has documented my spot in the world for the last 3 years and a really cool and exciting time in the development of Studio Home and all its projects (successful/unsuccessful/almosts/maybe next times…)
While I have now begun to nest and create a new HQ in Christchurch, the ideas and MANY hours alone with my computer in that Auckland apartment are still very much developing and there is a large part of me that will really miss that little bolthole in the central city.
The apartment was originally bought by my Mum and sister around 8 years ago as an investment property while my sister was finishing up post grad study and working in Auckland. I joined her to live in it for 6 months before heading back south but for us at the time it was SUCH a clever, compact and streamlined space to live in, in vast contrast to our largely rural upbringing and the decrepid old flats post high school.
In many ways it fulfilled my dreams of living in boat ! Of course absent was the actual sea and romance that comes with that but the spaces were clever in their use of space for storage and we had a glorious “top deck”!
I returned to take up residence again in late 2012 and can still distinctly remember the crazy feeling it was to swap my view of the dark mountainous Wanaka skyline for the glowing Sky Tower which I could even watch from my bedroom window. I’ve always relished a change of scene and the moves to and from this apartment have always provided the best comparisons!
I’ve been lucky enough to share the two bedroom apartment with a couple of treasured flatmates over the last few years and despite me taking up a good “end” of the living space with my desk it has been easy to have both privacy and awesome opportunities for socialising. Argh….just talking about that inner city spot has terrific memories rushing back! A stream of visitors dropping by on summery Friday nights with bubbles, late nights sitting in the bean bag on the balcony attempting to keep chat to a whisper, frying in sunlight on the rooftop, locking the door to the world and sessioning movies from my little sofa, ragtag friends in transit to far off places on airbeds upstairs, teary counselling sessions with girls sprawled on my bed, battles with the warped freestanding mirror I just needed to throw away! …..)
ANYWAY…..I’ve come to very much believe that change is a good good thing.
36 Fisher Point Drive has been given a full once over!
New carpet, paint, lighting and more to spruce it up (and fill all those holes I put in the wall) ready for some lucky people to enjoy the awesome lifestyle of the Beaumont Quarter. If you are looking for an Auckland apartment you can view the entire listing and all details with Kellands here. There is an open home this Sunday 20th of March.
Farewell to the fort. Such brilliant times. x
All imagery by Bonny Stewart MacDonald
View apartment for sale here.
The Messervy House is tucked away in the Christchurch suburb of Ilam.
It’s a home designed by Allan Mitchener specifically for the needs of a young family in 1964 and has managed to not only survive earthquakes but also the threat of falling into the hands of aggressive owners keen to “improve” on its unique design features. Lucky for this place it was found and recently, lovingly restored to its original glory by a design sensitive local couple – only the house’s second set of owners over the last 50+ years!
Now, faced with the prospect of selling it, Matt and Kate have taken the unique step of creating a site to profile its rich history and special spaces in the hope that they can find a new owner as interested and attracted to its features as they were! This is as opposed to plonking it on the market and hoping they get a great price!
So, as a soon to be Christchurch resident, I am MOST happy to introduce you to this architectural gem and invite you to have an even better look around here!
Imagery supplied by and used with permission of Messervy House
Photography by Sam Hartnett
You heard it hear first my friends! This has been an announcement looooong in the planning, designing and making and well….it is SO worth the wait!
My sister from another mister; Alex Fulton has patiently worked alongside clever Hardhat Design to create an online store with as much attitude and atmosphere that she injects into her real world spaces. The AFD Store differs from its bricks’n’mortar sibling (based at The Vines Village in Marlborough) with an innovative approach to offering you regular and select injections of product.
Today’s debut of the very first curated collection gives you a taste of what you can expect in the months to come and the regular updates that Alex and her team plan to present. Each new offering of product will be carefully pulled together, shot and styled by Alex in her studio and made available online. Products remaining in stock from previous collections will move to the “everything” section of the store and be available until sold. The online store is not pushed by “seasonal” ranges – instead a focus on quality, design and art led work!
In a year that has seen a MASSIVE surge of new, design based online stores – The AFD Store is a welcome shot of tequila! Fresh, non generic product bought to you with appropriate lashings of considered colour.
This is the place you shop if you are tiring of monochrome and rigid lines!
Imagery posted with permission of Alex Fulton
Alex’s studio set has used the colours from the 900 Dulux Colours of New Zealand collection
Explore Alex’s family home here
Imagery courtesy of Frankie Spaces
Photography by Natalie McComas
How about this place?!
I have been flicking through the new issue of Frankie Spaces – and like the hidden, personality packed home of Jennifer Hillhouse and JC Lehuby, there are another 28 to explore from both sides of the Tasman! Real homes and spaces…you know ones with grit and perhaps too much clutter and memories plastered all over the show!
Jennifer and JC are a super creative couple who source and import French treasures and furniture to sell in their Brisbane store; Vieille Branche. There is a great story to read about the beginnings of their business on their website and it is of no surprise that their little home looks as magical as it does!
Talk about lustworthy location and a roll of suppliers that reads like the “A” team of local creative talent!
Talented photographer and Kinfolk gathering pro; Greta Kenyon stepped things up a notch for the ” A Feast for the Eyes ” themed dinner by hiring the dramatic Silo’s in Aucklands Wynyard Quarter. Dreamy location yes but it needs to be noted from the start that there were NO facilities here. No running water and certainly no cooking facilities which posed an amazing challenge for the Mondays Whole Foods team who created the delicious cuisine! (not to mention free recipe below from Petite Kitchens; Eleanor Ozich )
The incredibly whimsical setting was hosted, directed and styled by Greta. Here is what she had to say about her vision:
“I wanted to create an interactive gallery environment for guests where they would be free to wander and explore, meet the artists and really experience the art forms. I also wanted guests to mix and mingle and meet each other. The first course was served as guests chatted and looked about the silo space rather than seated at a table to encourage this.
Our main showcase artists were film makers Simon and Sophia from Bayly & Moore. They created two beautiful films for guests to watch which continuously played for the whole night.
Then we had the following supporting artists divided amongst the remaining silos:
– Shaye Woolford of On My Hand and Sophie Wolanski of Muck Floral created the amazing flora installation in the entrance of the first silo.
– Holly Houston had her Houston Design Co. ceramics on show and she also provided the dining plates.
– Steve & Isaac from Monmouth Glass Studio created the two lighting installations plus hand made steam less wine glasses for guests to use
– Ben Bartlett supplied the synthy-downbeat-ethereal-soundscape music ”
Enjoy the beautiful photography also shot by Greta, browse the menu’s and cast your eye over the full list of suppliers involved in the evening below.
(want more? check out Greta’s last Kinfolk gathering here)
SUPPLIERS + PARTNERS
On My Hand
Monmouth Glass Studio
Houston Design Co.|
Bayly + Moore
George and Edi
Six Barrel Soda
Ritual Tea Company
Mavis and Osborn
The Midnight Baker
Lewis Road Creamery
The Forest Cantina
Night Owl Cinema
Ben Bartlett – Musician