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Quick! Before you knock off for the long weekend - a Friday Pick n Mix for you...


If you're into self development and design (and books with covers that turn into wall posters), you'll love this big fat inspo book - Design Your Life, by Australian agency designer Vince Frost. Full of interviews and good advice on applying design principles to your own life to get happier, healthier and more creatively awesome.

Is anyone over minimally designed, clean typographically packaged skincare? 
No? Right, good, on we go! This one (made in Australia) is for the men - farewell yo' Lynx, we grown ups now. (Actually Lynx hasn't been OK since you were about 14). Don't let the aesthetic fool you, the prices are really good too - and they can ship to NZ or anywhere in the world. 

How to spend $100 without even blinking: a tutorial. Go to Pine and Boon. See many nude leather and painterly things.  

Pop and Scott

I'm a huge fan of Melbourne's Pop and Scott. Couple Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson started out selling big painted plant pots (to complement Poppy's beautiful botanic styling work for events - see below), and have moved into making a range of furniture - including that #sofagoals couch up there (called The Dreamer) with the rose pink velvet upholstery. Also, can I just show you this please...

Poppy Lane, you're so clever.

This notepad is relevant to my many interests.

And to finish you off (don't be rude) ready for the long weekend - this little short made by Ben Steensels after his recent whirlwind adventure around New Zealand. God you're just a babe, NZ.

Grab your beanie and get out there xx (or alternatively, light the fire and stay in. I'm not judging).

~ W I N ~ $100 homeware voucher for Sydney & Pop

Ooh looky here, a little something for your weekend - a new homeware store to explore and a chance to win $100 to spend in it! Weeeeeee! 

Sydney & Pop is run by Mount Maunganui's Jemma Roff, who's curated a small (but growing) collection of homeware, prints and more that she'd personally love to have in her place, for your place. 

Just head to Sydney & Pop, have a look around, and decide what you'd spend your $100 on.
Then tell me, in the form below. Easy peasy! 

Want your name in the draw twice?
Follow Sydney & Pop over on Facebookor Instagram

Scandi stool from NZ graduate designer Joe Levy


See what I did there? Grad Stool? Ahhhhh.... it's Tuesday. 

NZ design is in good hands with the likes of new blood Joe Levy. His JL002 Felt Stool is designed to stack (love that) and flat-pack, and is a nod to Scandinavian modernism and the work of Danish designer Poul Kjærholm.

~Launches Today ~ NZ Portfolio platform - designed for NZ creatives to showcase their work...


I am stoked to support and introduce you to (trumpet sounds) Creative Connect, a brand new online platform for NZ creatives to showcase their work. 

Whether you're a mograph designer from AK, a hand-drawn type illustrator from Welly or a fashion designer from my neighbourhood, Creative Connect offers you a  F R E E  slicker-than-your-average portfolio platform; a place for prospective clients to search within your discipline, see your best work (and read more about you)... so they can hire you!

Behind Creative Connect are Tan Desai (Design Director at one of Australasia's largest design studios) and Ovi Alexeenco (Senior Developer for a leading NZ app agency). They're driven to bridge the gap between students and the industry, and between freelance talent and opportunity.

Alongside the portfolios (to which you can add nice big 920-pixel images and embedded video), there's more to come - including a messaging system so NZ creatives can contact each other, and regular content (industry insights, interviews, business advice) to make sure Creative Connect becomes a true resource and a hub for NZ creatives.

We'll be posting updates on Creative Connect as more and more NZ creatives join and the community grows...

Join Creative Connect here

Ooh yeah - the eatery so nice they named it twice - the new SUPREME SUPREME


The place so nice they named it twice - the newest cab off NZ's Coffee Supreme rank, Supreme Supreme. 

Christchurch, you pretty city, after all that you've been through, you deserve to have a spot this hot in your neighbourhood. Little bit jealous of you though. 

Clever signage - shadow play creates the double word 

Very instagrammable - neon signs make me Double Happy, too.

(speaking of which, you should check Supreme Supreme out on Instagram)

White Good One Stools - these were originally designed by Coffee Supreme's Creative Director Al Keating, for their Good One cafe in Auckland

These chairs were designed especially for Supreme Supreme by Al Keating and Jess Barter (of Bureaux Architects - who worked with Al on the space).  Love those red end caps on the white tube.

Fresh nautical feels

Coffee Supreme produce some cool cool shit for sale at each location - exclusive to that location. These grid cups are on offer, but only at Supreme Supreme Christchurch. (Checks Grab a Seat for airfares...)

Design is in the detail.

Yes, you can have this freshy fresh at your place - Coffee Supreme's roasted repertoire is available online for home delivery

Rub it on my face... letterpress printed coasters.

Bespoke shelving also designed by Al Keating for Supreme Supreme

Supreme Supreme's team make condiments fresh out the kitchen

You should most definitely visit Supreme Supreme - at 10 Welles Street, central city Chirstchurch. 

All killer, no filler photography by South Island-based Georgina Skinner for Fancy
(Look out for more from Georgie soon, too...)

I'm fanging for a Layabout Sofa (or I could just move in to Simon James' A M A Z I N G new design showroom)...

Provide some good cheese and some books and I'll move in. Who has moved in is NZ designer Simon James, along with his portfolio of furniture, and a considered collection of phenomenally good lighting and homeware. The new showroom was designed by Simon in collaboration with his good friend, expat NZ designer Rufus Knight (you should see the amazing flagship space Rufus designed for Lonely).

Absolutely F A N G I N G for a Simon James Layabout Sofa (on the right there)

Polished concrete floors with sheer curtains - beautiful bedfellows

even the staircase is babe'n

 Furniture and lighting from Simon James and Resident (NZ design collective),

alongside cherry-picked homeware from some of the world's best.

Happy Monday, lovers x

C U R R E N T L Y - What Emma & Dan, NZ's Mid-Century design cognoscenti (of @mrbigglesworthy) have been up to - and into - lately:

What are Dan and Emma Eagle (and their ridiculously cute new pup, Buster) been doing lately, aside from travelling the world to source the most amazing, authentic mid-century furniture, and restoring that furniture to showroom-new standard? Let's find out...

Dan ~ Chet Faker / Bonobo / Prince 
Emma ~ TV on the Radio / Alt-J / Rodriguez / Yumi Zouma / Ed Sheeran 
Buster ~ Meatloaf

Dan ~ Another trip to Melbourne. It was my first visit a few weeks ago and we have so much more to see.

Emma ~ Silver stacking rings from Alexandra Dodds. Keen to get a few more to go with the Lonely one Dan bought me for Christmas.

Buster ~ A new retractable leash. My two other leashes got chewed and broke. No idea how…

Dan ~ Haven’t had a lot of time to read lately but I’ve been listening to talking books while driving to work. Currently it’s Russia: The Wild East, by Martin Sixsmith and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

We were recently at the NGV in Melbourne and I purchased the very awesome book, Mid Century Modern - Australian Furniture Design by Kirsty Grant and Beckett Rozenthals, published for the recent exhibition. I’ve looked at all the pictures and all I need now is for the talking book to be released!

Emma ~ New Zealand Fashion Design, by Angela Lassig. I've been meaning to check this out for a while and it's finally the time with so many rainy days. Highly recommended.

Dan ~ Mad Max: Fury Road. I have a soft spot for big budget post-apocalyptic road chase movies. The recent movie Dior and I had a slightly different theme but I was equally as amped after watching it.

Emma  ~ The Sally Eagle Bridal collection launch next month at Primrose and Finch - our very talented sister in law. It's the first time we've been to one of her events and it happens to be my birthday too. Bubbles, flowers and lace sounds like a great combination.

Buster - My next meal

Dan ~ Sake Bar 601. It's our local Japanese bar in Morningside.

Emma ~ Milse. I've been a couple of times now - it's dessert and hot chocolate heaven. Pretty incredible architecture and use of patterns from Cheshire too.

Buster ~ Bacon. Salmon skin. Bookmarks. Also I'll go for coasters and jandals.

Dan ~ I have become addicted to Instagram, Emma says I have got far too generous with my use of emoticons and dishing out likes. Wright20 Auction House inspires me with their amazing design-focused curatorship and rare collections.

Buster – The oven door. It always smells so good in there.

Dan ~ Woodhill for mountain biking. I've fallen off each time which has taken a while to recover from but it's been great trying out something new and trying to get a bit more fit.

Emma ~ The garden centre. We just replanted the garden with new goodies to cook with for winter. Our lemons are almost yellow and they're huge this year after we fertilised it the last few seasons.

Buster ~ Every day chew sessions from the $1 bag of bones Dad buys me from the Grey Lynn butcher.

Dan ~ Mad Max: Fury Road, family and friends.

Emma - Family. Mum is always helping us with gardening and I've been helping my parents with their house renovations. We don't have our own house yet but I've loved getting to know the interiors industry a little better and help with design decisions.

Buster ~ The remains I get to eat from the drip tray on the George Foreman grill.

Mr Bigglesworthy  online showroom& store  /  Instagram  /  Twitter   /   Facebook

Matte pink walls, botanics and a toast bar! The new Muck & Were Bros...

Love your lettering, Felix Henning-Tapley

Best paint colour

(I support local people)

Carter Were named her artisan bread brand after her great-great-great granddads business, Were Bros. (started in the 1890's in Christchurch)

Wishing I could I Dream Of Genie wiggle my nose and be sitting in this little space, Muck Floral & General Store - opened recently by friends Sophie Wolanski and Carter Were. The store offers up styled flowers and wild botanics (thanks to Sophie of Muck) and the cult-status-goodWere Bros. small batch organic bread (thanks to Carter) - buy in whole loaves, or choose something at the toast bar (A toast bar? That's my kind of establishment). There's homemade ricotta, pickles and more, and they've also curated a wee selection of ceramics, textiles and other homeware from local makers and talented friends of theirs. 

Open Thursday - Sunday at 480 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland.

All photography by Josh Griggs for Fancy. 
So good, Josh.

QUICKIES - a few new things from NZ designers


NZ kids brand Henry & Co has a cool new collection - Colour Me In - inspired by kids' crayon and chalk drawings. Loads of different styles of single pillowcases, duvet covers, in brights and monochrome.

Marble serving board, patu-style. This would make a cool gifty for a design-loving expat, or just anyone with eyes, really. By the never-not-clever Aroha + Friends

Harley and Co candles has a new website, new fragrances and new XL size fragrance jars. (And some verrrrry nice photography by Kirsty Dawn).

Ok, you gotta press play up there on that video please...
For my baes getting sushi on the regular, 3 young guys from Auckland have designed an alternative to littering our landscape with plastic takeaway sushi containers. You can back Sushecō here.

Wellington's new curated design store, Precinct 35:


Love the simple Precinct 35 packaging (logo designed by Ken Griffin of Roaring Fork)

Well, Well, Wellington - you liiiiiike? 
Yeah, me too. A lot. 
This is brand new Wellington design store, Precinct 35. Deftly curated by owner Prak Sritharan (that's him up there behind the counter - he also designed the space's interior features like the massive concrete centre table and suspended ceiling), there's an emphasis here on independent designers and brands that have a story to tell, with products made to last. The Precinct 35 space shares a big communal table with MilkCrate cafe, so you can grab a decent espresso and take your time.

Photography by Wellington-based
Tim and Nadine Kelly for Fancy

Friday? Pick n Mix time!


Been around the world and I-I-I...

Sydney-based Weak End Club. YAAAAS.

You so preeeetty, gurl. Arin table - made with a finely milled marble top. Also comes in black-stained oak and black marble top, super hot.

Frankie's SPACES 3 is coming in July, pre-orders are availabubble now.

GUR rugs are awesome collabs between GUR and illustrators and designers. Seriously good prices (around NZ$100-$130) and lots of rad styles to choose from.

Ok, every corporate or agency office needs one of these. Leather Paper Saver - the last notebook you'll ever need. It reuses printed paper, just fold A3 or A4 paper into the back sleeve and abracadabra ala peanut butter sandwiches, you have a notebook. 

I have fallen completely in love with photographer Luke Stephenson's work, particularly his project An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds. Best thing I've laid eyes on in years. The full series of fine art photographs has also been made into a book, available here.

My little man Company has just turned 100, so I've been looking for an amazing new dog bed for him. These cool big floor cushions by Australia's Into the Fold are already real popular for kids' rooms, and I think perfect for kids with tails, too.

Wellington's Unna Burch - The Forest Cantina (her debut book)


So let me set the scene a little for you. In Wellington central, just on the outskirts of a little inner-city forest, lives a young tattooed mumma, her husband Aary and their two boys. She raises champion heritage breed hens, and harvests her own raw honey from her backyard beehives. After extracting honey from the hives using muslin cloth, she packages it carefully with a ink-stamp label that she designed specially. And she gifts the honey to people. 

Actually, come to think of it - the way she approaches her honey epitomises Unna Burch (also known as The Forest Cantina)... She loves food, adores it. But it's much more than that. She loves to feed and nurture people; she's inspired by the way food can make friends and family feel loved; and she's passionate about the entire food experience - from the origin of her ingredients (like daily eggs from her hens) to the fine details of presentation. 

If you've ever checked out her Instagram or website, you'll already know she has a bad-ass natural gift for style. And it wasn't just me who noticed. Because about a year ago, New Holland Publishers were reading this. very. blog. (who, me?) and saw this post about Unna. Next thing you know, they were offering The Forest Cantina a book deal...

Shelfie from Unna's kitchen (spot her honey)

Sorry feast, but show STOLEN by Unna's boy Leo munching on breads.

So (amidst creating and shooting recipes for Capital magazine and putting together Wellington's first Kinfolk gathering), Unna's been super hard at perfecting, styling and shooting the "100 most favourite things I cook for friends and family" - and now finally the book is here! Trumpet mouth sounds!

My Garden Kitchen is all about easy weekdays and slow food weekends - quick and easy noms for weeknights, dishes that take more time and attention in the weekends.

Obsessed with this ceramic platter by NZ's Wundaire

Unna's debut book features recipes for these delicious morsels and lots more

My Garden Kitchen is available for pre-order sales now - please go here to order directly from Unna.  It's a hard cover with 208 pages, two ribbon markers (love that) and 100 yummo things to create in your own cantina.

Plus, Unna is putting everyone who pre-orders in a draw to ~ WIN ~ a $400 prize pack that includes custom-made 2-piece dinner set by Wundaire ceramics, handmade wooden serving board and loads more. 

P.S, Penpals: Work hard and be nice to people, and good (amazing) things will happen.

Lifestyle and portrait images by Benjamin and Elise;
food images styled and shot by Unna Burch/The Forest Cantina.

CURRENTLY - What Lauren Palmer, Fisher & Paykel's head designer has been up to (and into) lately...


Lauren Palmer has only just cracked her 30's, but she's the Chief Designer at Fisher & Paykel (Cooking and Dishwashing division). That means she designs - and heads up some of the team that designs - Fisher & Paykel's world-leading, innovative kitchen appliances, all from their Design Centre in Dunedin. She pilots new products from idea to reality, and along the way, she and her workmates test the appliances - ALOT - by cooking at work. In fact, they run a verrrry good food blog, called Our Kitchen (totally worth a click).

A holiday somewhere warm and sunny!  Last year we visited LA, Palm Springs, and San Diego in one slightly exhausting week and I’m desperate to go back and spend some more time in LA soaking up the city and in Palm Springs checking out the amazing mid-century architecture. Then I want to head north and cruise up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Fran. 

For work: Decoding the New Consumer Mind by Kit Yarrow.
And for fun: Us by David Nicholls, it’s hilarious and sad in equal measures.

I’m looking forward to the Best Awards judging later this year.  It will be pretty exciting to be surrounded by talented people and great NZ design.

Just starting to get back into slow cooked stews and soups – hearty, warming, winter food.
I’m also a passionate baker so there is always cake!

Of course I love Fancy! 
I am also a huge fan of The Design Files - I’m loving their ‘Melbourne Mornings’ series. Really beautiful and inspiring wee vids. 

Visiting Christchurch to catch up with family and friends, and see the rebuild in progress.  It’s great to see so many creative pop up projects happening and the cityscape evolving.

We’re just in the process of refurbing our staff kitchen and we’ve bought a swag of IMO furniture, now I want to get some Baker stools for my house too – just need to knock down a wall to create space for a kitchen island!  Seems reasonable to plan a renovation around a bar stool right?

Firewood, heatpumps and woollens!

New - spindle light from Timothy John

It can't be wrong, when it feels so right... 
Timothy John's handsome new number, the Spindle light - designed exclusively for Paper Plane store. Handcrafted to order here in NZ. 

Interrupting your Wednesday with Five Faves...


A teeny concrete plate from XO Home would look good on my bedside table, with a candle or my rings on it. They have plain concrete, black, pink and marbled. I'll take a marbled, please.

These seagrass baskets are especially cool with a nice big house plant in them.

Do you have a set of tea towels that are just for show? That's not weird.
(Forest Floor tea towel set by Arro Home, from Collected)

Milly Dent x The Seeke marbled ceramic candle, from Father Rabbit.

Hanging copper planter from our pals at Me & My Trend

It's time for another Pick n Mix...


Now this is how Yoga studios should feel. (emphasis on the word feel, not look). It's Melbourne's MOVE Yoga, with the Scandi/Japanese aesthetic designed by inimitable interior architects Hecker Guthrie. (Photography by Earl Carter)

The day I bought my first handmade ceramics was the day I became a woman.
Love all the work from South African maker Amor Coetzee (her brand is Dayfeels - awesome name.)

Copper Photo Bar - another good one from Yield.

Wrap your tootsies in this! New Mod blankies by Danish textile designer Mae Engelgeer (online store here)

This is what happens when good designers start businesses. Australian designer Aron Tzimas is the co-owner of cult hit Mr Holmes Bakehouse in San Fran (with his good mate and superstar pastry chef Ry Stephen).  Love the packaging.

Typey typey type. By Navucko.

This blog has the loveliest growing collection of humble home tours.

Wellington's Seize


Wellington! Reason #325 I could totally live in you... Seize.  Seize is the inner-city (Lambton Quay) clean eating joint with a wickedly good menu and some pretty sweet design elements too.

Mike de Lange (26) was working in tie town, corporatesuitland when he decided he wanted to start a business that would make a positive difference in the world (or at least in Welly). Seize is all centred around that premise - it aims to support local farmers and artisan suppliers who provide the ingredients; to look after to the environment; and to help peeps put better things in our body-oddy-oddies. That means a menu that's made up of primarily local and organic food (Seize only uses local artisan cheese, for example), and nothing processed or factory-farmed - just whole foods. A huge variety of salads, smoothies and juices, plus hot noms for winter, and a long list of raw desserts. They're brewing sustainably-produced coffee from Wellington's own Flight, NZ's first bottled kombucha (Daily Organics) and small batch teas from Libertine Blends.

Young collective Proffer (feature coming real soon on these guys) designed the fit-out, including a custom shelving wall of sustainable timber slats - into which shelves and baskets full of fruit and veg are slotted.

Mike says they're only just scratching the surface of what they plan to do with the brand... watch that space.

Imagery by Welly lifestyle photographer Meg Wyper

My faves from the upcoming Melbourne @life_instyle

There's a select few highlights on the calendar each year when it comes to homeware and interior trends. For me (and for design store owners with their finger on the pulse of what's now and what's next), Life Instyle is one of those events. Held in Sydney and Melbourne, it's a bi-annual curated trade show for the best brands in Australia and New Zealand - over 600 different brands in fact, representing the very latest in interior design and homeware. At the 2015 Melbourne event this month, they're welcoming a line-up of exciting newcomers, plus loads of established brands who use Life Instyle as the place to unveil their latest designs (so you get a first look at the good goodness and new newness). 

Pack yo' suitcase and meet me there? Life Instyle (and the sister event Kids Instyle - brands specifically for cool kids stuff) is happening from 30th July - 2nd August. 

I went through and picked some of my fave brands... (Um, this was the shortlist! the struggle is real.)

Blacklist - new stationery range!

Sack Me (Kids)

De de ce+ (they have a few Scandi brands); Telegram Open House

Amelia Anderson Photography (love that cockatoo print); Uashmama 

BYMR / Normann Copenhagen (can't wait to see their new kitchen range)

Metallic rugs by Langdon

Prints, woven baskets and cool kids' bedding by Olli Ella

Excited to see what's new from Aura

You can check out more info, or register (free to visit) Life Instyle here or Kids Instyle here

A design afternoon tea for you! Pick n Mix...


Photography by Katherine Lu

Pour out a little for your fallen homie because I. AM. DEAD.  And when I get to heaven, I hope it looks like this house in Sydney's Double Day, designed by architects Tribe Studio. Black prism exterior, woah. Pink door, WOAH. Everything, WOAH. I'm woah-ing all over the place here. 

Danish design legends Menu have lots of lovely new things for 2015 (from top - Pepe marble mirror, Afteroom lounge chair, Bollard lights, Norm wall mirror - put a circle mirror on it)

Norfolk have a bunch of cute type-based stuff for kids and big kids. Love the matching work hard, play hard tees for parent and monster.

This one's going straight to the pool room. (Last Steel stool from online store Hem - also comes in polished brass and copper...)

This holds all the things! And then you can buy extra inserts to hold more of all the things! Mod leather hold-alls (they come in different kinds of leather and in laptop and tablet size) from LA based This Is Ground. If you are travelling, you need one of these. Also, if you are alive and have eyes and like to do things, you need one of these. 

We visit new interior design spot St Clements...


Lights by Sydney-based Coco Reynolds 

Banjo indigo loveseat and New York mirrors

Joe linen bed and Tonk stool/side table (love that linen headboard)

Candles from NZ design duo MarkAntonia

Blonde babe the Low Rise table

Does anyone else feel like a mid-morning nap now?

aaarrgghhhh. Your love's got me looking so crazy right now.

New to Auckland's design precinct (Eden Terrace neighbourhood) is St Clements, started by the Logan siblings - two brothers and their sister. Tia Logan had been managing a furniture store in Welly for a number of years and was ready for change, when her bros Jonathon (a designer who ran MCM House in Sydney) and Cameron started talking about bringing the chill aesthetic of MCM furniture here to NZ, under their own brand. 

With the St Clements showroom doors open, the family are now introducing other products (including their own Scarpa loveseat, designed by Jonathon and made here in NZ) and collaborating with local designers. Go visit - they make first-rate coffee too.

St Clements website    /   Instagram  /   Facebook

St Clements photography by the talented
Michelle Weir (of Studio Weir) for Fancy