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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

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. Using the Rosie Ngwarraye Morton’s Sugarbag Dreaming fabric design, they have combined forces with Australian design champion; Koskela to produce these beautiful limited edition bean bags. Support some local down under design that spans from maker to producer by exploring online here. Explore more of the

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

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. Enjoy!        Imagery supplied

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

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

Our friends down at Hawkes Bay based online store; MEKKA have been up to some work. Not only adding to their highly curated collection of handmade goods for the foodies out there BUT also getting busy in their own workshop developing an in house collection. Cue wooden spoons, rolling pins, chopping/serving boards and I have no doubt, many more! Its pleasure to browse and the high level of craftsmanship involved in every single product simply can’t be missed. Shop local x All imagery supplied and used with permission of MEKKA

You heard it hear first my friends! This has been an announcement looooong in the planning, designing and making and well….it is SO worth the wait!  My sister from another mister; Alex Fulton has patiently worked alongside clever Hardhat Design to create an online store with as much attitude and atmosphere that she injects into her real world spaces. The AFD Store differs from its bricks’n’mortar sibling (based at The Vines Village in Marlborough) with an innovative approach to offering you regular and select injections of product. Today’s debut of the

Sydney take note! Arriving on the 4th of November is a pop up with a damn fine difference! Designed for Good is a special project bringing together a collection of like minded brands creating products that combine great design with social justice. Visitors can browse their curated collection of beautiful designer homewares and accessories that are ethically handmade and support communities of artisans living in some of the most challenging regions of the world. Sounds good right! Among the many locally based ventures combining forces – you may recognise the

“Ruffles & Roses Cake Decorating” Workshop …… Well Wellingtonians and you fine visitors to the capital – here is something very cool for you! Iconic Khandallah (and epic online!) store; Tea Pea has just launched their debut collection of classes for their brand new “school’! The idea sprung forth from their founding values of creativity, inspiration and generosity of knowledge. Tea Pea School brings together experts in broad and diverse creative industries to teach in a series of workshops, talks and demonstrations – some of which I bet you didn’t even know you

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