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Category Archives: product design
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!
Imagery supplied by and used with permission of Hunting for George
Art Direction // Lucy Glade Wright
Styling // Ruth Welsby
Photography // Annette O’Brien
Page Thirty Three continue on their own path – creating strong, beautiful products that really are unlike most of their kind! Consistently adding to their Ritual collection …the updates are sexy, modern and refined proving a little luxury doesn’t need to be fussy!
Explore their refined incense and oil burners (some you might not immediately recognise!), bath brews and treatments, candle packs, essential oils and even a leather pilates roller!
Welcome to the future of rewarding your senses.
All imagery supplied by and used with permission of Page Thirty Three
Curio Noir is NZ’s answer to fragrance royalty.
Tested and critiqued by some of the worlds best noses, the luxury local brand has just expanded their delicious world to include a new collection of parfum AND a flagship store in Auckland. The highly concentrated scent can be found in little 5 ml pocket bottles or housed in one off, hand blown glass bottles by Monmouth Glass Studio.
The store is designed for the senses as well – a product of work completed with exciting New Zealand designer Rufus Night.
As an overly precious owner of a couple of their candles I have recently had the chance to try the new Parfum – Tobacco Night. The fact you can’t smell over the internet (yet) is the perfect invitation to launch into descriptive poetry when explaining fragrance. Well that is certainly what Curio Noir creator; Tiffany Jeans has done.
This is Tobacco Night:
“A shadow comes to play, a dusty hallway in the day. All a sudden a shape, stuff full, seams bursting and buttons come away.
That scratch on a leather spine, a straight line;
an echo of a star that smells like salt.
One glass face with a cracked cheek.
And the space a plant leaves behind.
Here to one side, it presses on closed eyes: that hint of life.
Notes: Sage, Coriander, Elemi, Amber, Musk”
Imagery supplied by and used with permission of Curio Noir
Above – Curio Noir creator; Tiffany Jeans by Andy Morton
Photography featured above:
Glass bottle and candles – Steven Boniface
Curio Noir Flagship Store – Simon Wilson
I’d officially like to offer you Council of Objects as a must for any visit to Adelaide. This little treasure trove of local design and art was opened in 2011 and has now been followed up with an online store showcasing a smaller but beautiful range of objects.
Below I’ve pulled together just a few options that might appeal to you all! Aside from being so beautifully crafted – there is some seriously clever decision making going on with a lot of this design as well.
Imagery supplied by and used with permission of Council of Objects
The honest to goodness great design and quality of all Mavis + Osborn products is sweetened even more so by the fact that designer; Tamzin Hawkins has kept to her mission of remaining New Zealand made.
With the brands growth into homeware and general high quality lifestyle offerings in small runs; the focus of operating as an ethical and sustainable business using local makers remains critical. Something to be respected for sure!
This latest collection casts beautiful natural fibres (linen, leather, wool and cotton canvas) over lifestyle basics you barely knew would make your life so much better.
Oversized bags, simplistic leather slides, linen robes and bedding and heavy duty, hard working aprons among many others. There is a kind of luxury to the very much utalitarian vibe!
Imagery supplied by and used with permission of Mavis + Osborn
Styling – Amber Armitage // Photography – Aimee Magne of Hope and Organic