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I’m so glad that I’ve moved onto to this Q+A format as it’s not just YOU gaining a deeper insight into the brands and work featured here!
At face value, I truly do love Fazeek; an Australian brand sporting punchy graphics but in tones that don’t blow your socks off. I love the fact that I could have a table cloth to go with my cushion or mix and match with reverse coloured napkins. The baskets are quirky and cool in their slightly muddy tones …totally up my ally.
But it has been the email conversations and answers to my questions below that has reallllly taught me about where Fazeek is coming from. The zigzagging journey of creative determination leading designer/stylist; Jackie Fazekas to step out from assisting others to pursuing her own brand and career is totally inspiring.
Can you tell us a little about the path that led you to design and run your own creative enterprise?
After over a decade working in the hospitality and fashion retail industry it felt like a pretty natural progression to fuse my love of design, colour and textiles with an insiders understanding of the practicalities and quality required from linens.
I worked as a design assistant (fashion) initially in Melbourne in the early 2000’s and moved to Berlin in 2004 where I continued to work for prominent, independent German design houses.
Having returned home to Melbourne and ready to “go out on my own” I started “made by name”, a jewellery and accessories label where I had the opportunity to explore 3D printing and also work with some of my favourite natural products; wood and leather.
I had such an incredibly collaborative time working within fashion, but I soon realised that what I wanted creatively,… needed to be a bit dirtier 😉 I didn’t even know how much I missed being elbows deep in paint and gunk until fashion felt all too clean.
Both my grandmothers were creatives. My paternal Grandmother was a fashion designer, and post World War 2 moved to Australia and became the head designer of Bromley. My maternal Grandma was multi-disciplined artist, her tapestries although not my personal taste were incredibly inspiring.
Around 2 years ago, to further hone my skills in interior design and styling I approached Simone Haag to see if I could assist her on shoots. From there I’ve worked with some incredible Australian interior stylists including Bree Leech, Heather Nette King and Tamara Maynes. I’ve been lucky to work with these successful, creative women I hold in such high esteem and have learnt a lot from watching their process from initial vision to the reality of the set build, to the finished product.
I feel, with Fazeek I’ve finally started to bring together all of my influences: past and present, knowledge and aesthetic values, particularly in the latest collection ‘Hold Up/Hands Off’.
You manage such a delicious balance between texture, graphic detail and a neutral palette. Does the overall vibe of the Fazeek collections reflect your personal style in your home?
Being a small business owner, my homes have been somewhat transient over recent years and I spend most of time in the studio. But my personal style is pretty apparent both in person and the spaces I enjoy being in. I love texture and have an equal appreciation for both organic and man made, “modernised” materials. I wear a lot of black, but always mix up it up texturally.
My favourite go to piece is my knee length black leather circle skirt – clean, classic and easy to build upon. I love simple but bold print in fashion and furnishings, you can’t go wrong with stripes. My original 1960’s scandanavian sideboard that I inherited from my late grandmother is still one of my favourite pieces and epitomises my approach to clean, simple, timeless shape and lines.
My new range resonates on a much more personal level: although all of my ranges have been my style, the ‘Holds Up/Hands Off’ collection is the truest reflection of my aesthetic thus far.
We are so lucky to be exposed to SO many sources of inspiration these days! What places or people do you check in with to get your brain whirring?
* Instagram – broad range from photographers to interior stylists.
* My incredible, supportive friends and colleagues to bounce new range ideas off.
* Having followed Julia Green across all platforms it’s amazing to have recently signed to Greenhouse Interiors.
* Pinterest for both storage and inspiration.
* Keeping tabs on a broad range of local and international designers allows me to see what’s already out there – as it’s so important Fazeek has it’s own unique point of view in what is often a saturated market place.
It’s incredible having SO much at our fingertips but also overwhelming and sometimes I have to stop myself getting sucked down the endless black hole of the internet!
A lot of your products centre around entertaining – table runners, napkins, table cloths, aprons etc.
What do you like to whip up for visitors at home?
Being of Hungarian/Austrian/Romanian decent there is nothing I love more than planning a delicious menu and having my mates over for a delicious feast-a-thon. Although I love Asian cuisine, if entertaining at home I tend to go to robust, European home cooking. Signature dishes that have been passed down generationally include Grandma’s Goulash (although my Mum will claim it’s hers!) and Austrian 7 hour roast duck – it’s worth every minute!
Other than feeling as at home in the kitchen as I do in the studio, obviously designing the table setting itself is part of the joy in bringing a group of inspiring people together to share a meal … and several glasses of wine!
I’m looking forward to an upcoming dinner party that will of course feature the linens from the new collection. Hmmm, what to cook?
What I learnt from Jackie Fazekas:
We should always seek to create opportunities for ourselves. This stuff doesn’t happen on its own….
Prioritise learning, collaboration and don’t fear trial and error.
Seek originality – listen to your personal aesthetic for the best results.
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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
Gifting something purely handmade is super special …. but I’m pretty keen on leaving the “actual making” to the experts!
In this case it would be two Australian makers with a passion for their natural environment and some skills to boot. Angus McDiarmid of Pan Pottery (based at Lake Weyba, Noosa Heads, QLD) used a traditional wood fire kiln, kick wheel and hand dug local clays for his work. Each pot, and in this instance, travel cup is completely unique as the clay and fire decide the finish. Angus has joined creative forces with textile artist; Belinda Evans. Entirely inspired by the flora and fauna of native Australia, Belinda completed the collaboration by dying the handmade, natural cotton/linen bag using natural plant based mordants and locally foraged Kangaroo Paw, a native plant.
The cups have been carefully thought out and provide a high quality alternative to other non disposable coffee mugs out there. They have a comfortable little thumb dimple, fit under modern coffee machines and their bag makes the easy to take with!
Strictly limited numbers of totally unique products can be found online here but I would urge you to explore the work of both of these talented makers. Support local ya’ll!
Imagery supplied by and used with permission of Belinda Evans
I’m really excited to share this brilliant new local brand as I think it will music to the ears of MANY of you with sensitive skin…..but still bound by your duty to CLEAN!
Real World is the result of some real world problems for a real world Mum!
Hawkes Bay based Nicola Mossman had reached the end of her tether when it came to her dry, sensitive hands suffering from the daily dunking in hot soapy water when cooking/cleaning for a family of six. On speaking to friends and comparing the deep cracks that emerged around her nails, she discovered that she wasn’t the only one!
So – Nic got to work and began researching ways to develop her own dishwashing liquid that would be free of the harsh, drying chemicals that were causing her so many issues.
The result has not only been a drastic improvement in the happiness of Nicola’s hands but a range of plant based products free of sulphates, silicons, parabens, toxins, petrochemicals, artificial dyes or colours with no testing on animals. Essentially its the real deal that won’t cause your skin strife as you get on with your day!
Enjoy the introduction to the dishwashing liquid, hand wash and hand cream below….its nice AND good looking!!
Support local here.
Imagery supplied by and used with permission of Real World
Styling by Gem Adams // Photography by Heather Liddell
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!