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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

Lola Wright is a young NZ photographer I have been gratuitously following on instagram for quite some time now. She takes me on her adventures around the country, across seas and on many occasions, “IN” seas! As a total sucker for the romanticism of nature, I am an easy match for her art based and editorial work (she has a cool blog to explore too) which made sharing this preview of her exhibition a total no brainer. “Aqua Frizzante” opens at Allpress Studio in Auckland this coming Monday – all details here

Last year I slotted in on the judging panel for the annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award. Just like the year before, it was thrilling to see the short lists and degree of talent in the locally submitted work (bodes well New Zealand!!). While Bolt of Cloth provide a version of heaven for fabric loving makers and decorators; I tip my hat to their committed effort at spotlighting domestic design talent with this ongoing project. Of course, there was one entry that rose to the top for all three of

I had followed the instagram account of Formantics for a good 5 months before artist/designer/maker/over achiever; Susan Christie and I started trading emails. In total honesty, I had been SO taken by the brands witchy way with colour and shape that I hadn’t cast much thought into “where” or rather; “who” it was coming from, definitely stopping short of my usual stalkerish ways. Lucky for me I didn’t need to investigate further because one email from Susan saved me from my own ignorance and re-framed Formantics as a very personal creative venture,

As a design brand; George and Willy are fine ambassadors of everyday, simplistic and functional products. But as people, they are an inspiring, modern representation of what the NZ “can-do” attitude looks like in 2000’s. They design things that they need and that their friends need. Things that are detailed only to the degree that allows them to do the best job. There is no fussiness, over design or frivolity – just items that help make our everyday life better. I have followed Will McCallum and George Wilkins from the very get

Those with a keen eye on the down under design scene may have recently spotted flashes of this beautiful new accessories textiles collection. While we have come to expect our magpie eyes to recognise the colours and shapes often synonymous with Australian textile design duo; Kate & Kate, their new “Carnival” collection has a little more of a twist to it! “Carnival captures the joy of gathering together, the convivial delights of a shared table, a picnic under the shade of a gumtree; all with the homely embrace of luxurious

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

Alexandra Dodds as photographed by Sarah Allen …… As an admitted fan girl of Alexandra Dodds, I jumped at the chance to visit her Auckland studio and getting the opportunity to meet the maker behind the unique and extensive jewellery range I had always viewed from afar! Allie began her studies in Dunedin studying a Bachelor of Arts, or as she describes it, a couple of years of “mish mash”. She then attended Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Fine Arts in

Tim Webber as photographed by Sarah Allen …… Tim Webber Design is well on its way to becoming a common household name. This fast expanding business is not only making waves in New Zealand but is stocked in a range of stores in Australia and Hong Kong, with its sights set on America. Tim’s subjects at school included woodwork and graphics along with an interest in architecture. Making furniture at school triggered his path to then go on to study a Bachelor of Design at Unitech, majoring in 3D object

Rosie Shelton and I first met through mutual friends in Auckland. I vividly remember the sparky, tanned little human glowing in a white dress and a vibrant, beaded statement necklace …. she was a breath of fresh air in the sea of black on Ponsonby Road! We chatted a lot that night about her jewellery brand La Luna Rose and continued that chat over months before suddenly (it felt like suddenly!) we were face to face again but this time in her Bali villa! Over the 3 weeks I was knocking

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