When you're staring at someone and they say "Get eyes for Christmas?", you can say "Actually yeah I did, egg"... because I'm giving away two sets of these awesome Eyes pillowcases from Sensitive Boyfriend! I love that they can be awake during the day (or winking), then flip them over and they're asleep at night. Or when it's time to get your romance on - they don'tneed to see that.
The Sensitive Boyfriend himself, Drus, has given me two of the black & grey sets (they'll go with whatever colour linen you have), but you can also get blue eyes from his online store - all only $60 for a set.
Apart from getting eyes for Christmas, what else have you got your eye on?
Tell me in the comments!
(and don't forget to leave your email address)
PS: This... haha.
I love design with a sense of humour. Go here to see all of the Sensitive Boyfriend collection - stamps, more pillowcase designs, plates, tea cups and more...
It's the ciiiiircle... the circle, of liiiiiiiife (ingonyama nengw' enamabala, ingonyama nengw' enamabala) Oh, hey buddy! Just been singing some Lion King. I know this isn't quite the stuff you're used to on here, but I thought you might like these. Little mini worlds - pretty cool, right? Made to order (they grow the ecosystem for you first) by NZ company bioattic.
(I actually googled the proper spelling of the chanting in that song. That's commitment.)
No-one likes keys jangling all over the show. No-one. If they say they do, they're just lying to protect your feelings. Keep keys looking sharp in this leather tidy. Mmmm, yummy. Designed by Studio Gorm.
And also by Studio Gorm, the #3 bench. I sort of want to photoshop out the chair, and leave that bench seat in the spotlight by itself. Indoor bench seats are the new macrame.
W+K Studio make lots of great stuff, like this print. A2-ish size, screen-printed, and only $20. (All proceeds Hurricane Sandy relief fund.) I don't live in New York but I'd totally have this on my wall.
12 months 12 of New Zealand’s very best designers 12 limited-edition art prints for your wall… that's the inaugural Design Yeah calendar.
Design Yeah 2013 features the work of 12 crazy-talented New Zealand graphic designers, illustrators and directors.
And - this is the best bit - micro-perforations let you to remove the calendar parts, leaving a perfect A3-size print for your wall. That’s 12 limited-edition A3 prints, from 12 of the most awesome New Zealand designers.
The super-talented line up: Zoe Ikin, Sarah McNeil, Brogen Averill, Natasha Vermeulen, Curtis Baigent, Sarah Maxey, Brett King, Jenny Miles and Nik Clifford, Anzac Tasker, Ash Bolland, Gareth O’Brien and Trent Sunderland.
There are only 250 copies up for sale - $49 each.
We're parcel-posting around NZ and to Australia, but if you want one sent to another country, just get in touch with me directly and we'll sort it.
Design Yeah 2013 is presented by Fancy NZ Design Blog and our homies at Design Assembly. B&F Papers have also supported the project year, supplying a thick 250gsm stock with a yummy matt finish.
Joshua Lindsay and Sarah Chong are the couple behind online store (and homies of Fancy) Wocolate. Looking at the products they stock, I guessed their HQ would be a pretty awesome space, so I asked to have a nosey around...
What inspired you to leave your jobs and start Wocolate? We're both really passionate about fun, creative products. We knew of many amazing and imaginative goods, but very few of them could be bought locally online. We thought offering fantastic personal customer service, delivery in 1-2 days and a well defined curated product line could work.
We are most excited about goods that promote creativity so many of the items we stock are to encourage creative endeavours. Our aim is to fill our store with goods of character and quality that are also affordable so they are easily accessible to everyone.
What else do you do besides Wocolate? When we're not at work, I love going thrifting on my Raleigh Twenty, hunting for forgotten treasures and I'm often daydreaming about making things.
Joshua loves building bicycles, collecting vintage cameras, taking photos, and disovering new bands.
What's up next for Wocolate? In the future we'd like to colab with artists & designers on products, colab with other like-minded brands, produce our own wares, and launch more creative promotions & competitions all of which is heaps of more fun.
Amazing ship bought from an op-shop as a good luck charm
Three of my personal faves from Wocolate. (Handsome partner/family members, if you're reading, I love you heaps and there's free shipping until Dec 18th).
This is on my list of awesome things I intend to do this summer. Do you have one of those lists?
High fives to NZ designers Special Group for the yellow-striped hand-drawn type branding of The Oyster Inn, a restaurant and itty-bitty boutique accommodation on Waiheke Island. And a special high five where we end up shaking each others feet for the scalloped edges on the stationery. ooh, I like the way you do what you do.
I love Hay's About a Chair collection - especially the tub chairs, in white or coral.
Designed by Copenhagen-based Hee Welling, the idea behind the collection was 'conspicuous simplicity'. (PS: If you're in NZ and you want one or three, Corporate Culture are NZ stockists of Hay furniture and homeware.) Also helps that the styling is the balls.
When he's not shooting for UK's big fashion and lifestyle magazines, New Zealand photographer Antony Nobilo is hunting for vintage cameras. He started collecting when he was 15, and now has 200. Well, he recently documented all 200 in a series of photographs, and is selling the shots as a line of products - including (my fave) large format prints.
(By the way, he's currently looking for stockists in Australia and New Zealand... get in there like swimwear.)
At the time I was about to become a Dad, and living in New York was thinking a lot about NZ vs NY, and where I wanted my kid to grow up. This lead to me making a piece about the things I love about New Zealand, with a nod towards something that would appeal to kids... or at least look good on their wall.
What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
Playing peek-a-boo with Minty. (Gareth's new little girl!)
What's your plan for Christmas Day?
Um... presents!!! My family are coming over, and it'll be the first christmas in a long time that we are all together. I imagine it will go something like: Change nappy, run, muesli, champagne, coffee, change nappy, pressies, coffee, snow fight, lunch, wine, change nappy, snowman, snow fight, cup of tea, snack, wine, change nappy, dinner, wine, dessert, drink, scrabble, victory dance, change nappy aaaaaand sleep.
Ryan Romanes (NZ) is a recent graduate designer and a part-time wrist model. He has a lot of great projects on his website, but my favourite is 75 - the Designer's Guide. It's a 75-page technical manual covering all sorts of print and digital production specifications. There's three books, each bound by a thick cotton thread and a japanese stitch. The handbooks come individually or in a set of three, in a foil stamped canvas slip case. She's a good-looker isn't she?
I’ve just completed a huge typographic installation in the central dome of the Sarjeant Gallery, in Whanganui. It’s the largest-scale I've ever worked to. I painted an eight-letter word, ‘comeback’ straight onto the wall, with the letters reaching nearly 1.2 metres in height. My arm hurts a bit. It will be on show until the end of March 2013.
Devon Smith is one of my most favouritestestest illustrators (she also just happens to be from New Zealand), and I make a point of check her interwebs for new stuff every couple of months. She updates her blog heaps, and posts loads of sketchbook pics on Twitter and Instagram too.
You can own a piece of Devon Smith art by commissioning her, buying a print or something else awesome from her Etsy store, or buying one of her new iPhone cases or throw cushions on Society6.
works in progress from Devon's sketchbooks
Recent art prints
This fox pattern is for something special coming out soon...