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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.’
Learn more about these contributors:
We’ve touched based a few times with Willie Weston co-founders Jessica Booth and Laetitia Prunetti since they launched their business to work with Indigenous owned and operated art centres in remote communities across Australia and in turn; transform their work into modern, high quality textiles and product.
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
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.
Images by Yasmine Ganley for Tessuti
Filmed by Veronica Crockford-Pound of Pictvre
Muse: Juliet Lloyd
Original Track: Claire Duncan
Styled by Ali McIntosh of Tessuti and Yasmine Ganley of Anyone Girl
It took me just one image in the Father Rabbit newsletter to send me swiftly to view their collection of ceramics from highly respected Australian company; Robert Gordon.
This range is beautifully pared back and smooth but suitably “wonky” and soft for my liking. Those exquisite shell planters are a marvel in their workmanship while I dream of gathering together that family of garden bells.
A whole nother post could be focused on the story of Robert Gordon, the family passion for ceramics preceding and the generations coming on board to continue what is a beautiful legacy.