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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
Last years post introducing you all to Klaylife was one of our most visited and shared ever! To me this simply indicated that you were all keen and ready for something fresh, innovative and beautifully made …. that was definitely my feeling when I first came across their dramatic but natural chandeliers.
Well the Australian based team have been busy on their follow up collection – this time working with stylist/designer Jacqui Moore of Moore Concepts to introduce some colour and new shapes!
Take some time to browse the pics below or click on through to view in depth online here.
Imagery supplied by and used with permission of Klaylife
Styling by Jacqui Moore / Photography by Armelle Habib
Ico Traders has been a well kept Canterbury secret for far too long….something which is ALL about to change!
Designer/founder/curator; Miranda Osborne has just launched a packed online store to make her collection of wire furniture, homeware and lighting very browsable – this may cause some discomfort to your credit card!
The Christchurch earthquake acted as a catalyst for Miranda to make some changes to her life and work situation with a focus on less travelling and more time with her family. Her background in buying and passion for design led to the launch of Ico Traders as a supplier of those typically hard to find industrial and vintage lighting options and decorative pressed tin wall panels. Once these product lines were in healthy stock, it was a natural progression for Miranda to begin designing her own line. Inspired by retro wire furniture of old and the “holes” in her own home furnishings, she has created a collection of wire, steel and wooden furniture and accessories.
The result of Miranda’s patience, trial and error topped by an unrelenting demand for quality, is the steady rise of a popular, local business. Working with both local and offshore makers, Ico Traders is rapidly filling that gap for casual but hardy furniture to slide seamlessly into our eclectic, New Zealand homes.
Grab yourself a coffee and head on over here to begin building your wishlist.
Imagery supplied by and used with permission of Ico Traders
Shot mostly on location at the home of the Nurse Family – view more @loveandgingerhome
We are so often presented with homeware and beautiful textiles with our focus on the final product – but on receiving an email from Christine Brimer, I have totally reconsidered the fine, detailed art of textile creation!
Wellington based Christine is a recent Massey University design graduate where she majored in textile design. Her final collection “Take Me With You” was an exploration of New Zealand landscape, articulating comfort and belonging.
“I utilised the potential of weave to design and prototype textural weaves using stronger wools in undyed natural hues” – the collection was also won the Athfeild Architects Award for Textile Design.
Using her enormous AVL Compudobby loom, Christine continues to explore complex weaving and textural effect using the natural hues and fibre of New Zealand wool.
Its all pretty fascinating to me!
Enjoy this glimpse into her process and final product and explore the world of Niche Textile Design Studio further here.