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Can I come over and have a bath? Yeah, I know you don't know me. We don't need to be BFFs, I just want to use your bath.

(PS: I hope that fire actually goes.. that would be one DELUXE bathing experience)

Two cool corners in a blogger's home.

A beautiful New Zealand bach. Let's look at the exterior of it, shall we? 

The wonky picture is freaking out my OCD. But I still loves it.

Jeez - don't look so forlorn, lady-staring-off-into-the-middle-distance. Your house is amazing!

Non-matching chairs... an old fave.

I'm just gunna snuggle up here for a bit and watch old episodes of The Office.

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Win! ACME Cup & Saucer Set


Giveaway time! You can win a set of these cool flat white cups from Let Liv
4 cups and 4 saucers, to be precise.Y choose which colour you'd like... or choose a few different colours.
They're designed and made by New Zealand's Acme & Co. and available online from Fancy homie, Let Liv.

Go to Let Liv and look around, then tell me in the comments what your fave Let Liv product is. 

For two entries, share the Facebook post about this little giveaway.

Tim Webber Side Table


New Zealand designer Tim Webber's Y Stools just got a new cousin, the Y Side Table.

Brass & Class from Douglas and Bec


It's always an exciting day when those classy broads, my unashamed New Zealand design faves Douglas and Bec have a new product. Brass hooks - four hooks, done four ways. 

You should totally go to this design festival...


The Wintec SPARK festival runs from August 12-16, and it presents 4 days of inspiring speakers, workshops run by creative and design leaders, exhibitions and side events.

I'm spreading the word about this festival because it is FREEEEEE. Anyone who wants to get inspired by the line-up of wicked speakers and workshops can come along. Worth a roadie to Hamilton.

I've just picked out my own personal highlights of the programme, but there's plenty more too.

Talks by:

Editor of Smith Journal, Nadia Saccardo. Sharing insights into the day-to-day running of a magazine
Fred L'Ami - NZ Design Director
John Safran - radical journalist and documentary director
Genty Marshall - international design futurist and trend forecaster
Michelle Coursey - Wintec graduate and current editor of New Idea
Roseanne Liang (writer/director) & JJ Fong (actress/Go Girls) - sharing their journey in making a cult-hit webseries

Workshops with:

Smith Journal - as in, the brother to Frankie magazine

Zara Mirkin - New York-based stylist and creative director (working with clients from Stolen Girlfriends Club and Glassons to Urban Outfitters)

Hazel Squair - Wintec Graduate and current Communications Coordinator for Melbourne City Premier Events

Grad Design Talent


Like you needed another reason to go to BLOC. But as of tomorrow night (Thursday 18th), the destination design store will be playing host to an exhibition of products from AUT design students. Material Matters is not only an exhibition event, there's also a people's choice award on offer for the most popular design. 

Amanda Kay Walker's Suspend coat rack with braided cotton cord + Antonio Wan's Reflect mirror

Charlotte Dickson's innovative 30 second/1 minute timer + Meliza Deocales' Nessl - ceramic and hardwood nesting jars

Ting Hui Su's Bedside Lighthouse + Levi Crookes Heywood's Harmony mirror.

These are my faves... to vote for yours, head to the Douglas and Bec Facebook page, or better yet, go see them all in person, on display in the Douglas and Bec space at BLOC.

More info about the Material Matters opening night and exhibition here.

Pick n Mix! International design treats for your gob


Get these treats in your gob.

Danny Demers and Diane Garcia (husband and wife) run a creative atelier called Garçon Garçonne. Danny is an art director, Diane a baker. Together, they bring good design and good food together. Breakfast Club is a breakfast gathering that happens on the first Sunday of every month at a Montreal menswear boutique. The event invites people to take part in a communal morning routine, transforming the retail space into a pop-up restaurant. I just really liked the idea, and the design. (via Miss Moss)

The Set Bookshelf is one of the debut products from young Austrian designer Stephanie Hornig

I don't like indoor plants, but for you WEIRDOS who do, these planters by BML (a husband and wife design team from California) are wicked awesome. And yip, they ship to NZ.

And they've even designed the drip tray to be concealed, coz don't nobody wanna see your scungy drip tray, okay? 

Round mirror of the day!
Bound is a series of textile-wrapped mirrors, designed by the most-excellent Grain. Grain is James and Chelsea, who met at design school and now live and work in a 1901 farmhouse with their five chickens and a small wine making operation on little Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Cute drawstring bags by Parisian independent designer, Between The Lines.

One of my personal fave designers, Elisabeth Dunker of Fine Little Day, curated a collection of new wallpapers, created by her personal fave designers. They're magnificent.

Bestie (best. name. ever.) is a friendly little sausage parlour that recently opened in downtown Vancouver. Love that interior! Inspired by german street food, it serves artisan sausage, hand-cut fries, craft beers, and a few other delicious-sounding treats. Hipsters are taking over the world, and I'm very OK with that.

It's Sunday, that means it's time for (singing): Faaaaancy S P A C E S!

Chairs n lights n chairs n lights!

The bedroom and craft studio of a fave blogger. (PS: love the vintage round cushion!)

Noo Yawk.

This is how you do it.

In this one, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Agree?

Love that light!

If this were my studio space, I'd totally be working late too.

I'm going to move here and change my name to Mathilde.

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5 minutes with Gidon Bing

Photograph by Nic Staveley for URBIS magazine's Gidon Bing story.

Perhaps best known for his large plywood artworks, Gidon Bing also uses those sculpting hands of his to craft beautiful ceramics. Using centuries-old techniques learnt from master craftsmen, Gidon forms crockery, lighting and vases. Products that are classy, understated... what I would call the 'strong, silent type'.

Choosing a Gidon Bing product means choosing something individually formed by the designer's own two hands; something genuinely one of its kind. Gidon Bing ceramics are available at The Flock and Everyday Needs, and a special collection is produced exclusively for Simon James Concept Store.

Images from The Selby

Gidon's studio - once a boat shed - is perched over Auckland's Hobson Bay

Gidon Bing Tea Cups available here

A colour palette that whispers where others shout.

Pitcher and bowl, available here

The Bing Pendant for NZ design collective Resident.  See the making-of video here.

Gidon Bing Pasta Bowl and new ceramic birdhouse, available here

5   M I N U T E S   W I T H   G I D O N   B I N G

What's your favourite part of a working day? 
Mostly it's the hands-on tactile and experimental stuff, like trying new methods for steam-bending wood or crazy science projects like mixing couscous and various fibres with clay to achieve porous surfaces, also love the occasional collaborative project.  

Tell us something delicious we should eat from a Gidon Bing pasta plate?  
I often use them for Shakshuka, a dish which is basically eggs, poached in a spicy fresh tomato sauce with loads of garlic, smoked paprika, cumin and tumeric... eaten with pita bread.

What are you working on at the moment? 
A couple of  frivolous and fun projects like flat-pack kitset mini modernist architectural models and some oversize and undersize wood block prints, as well as some more serious stuff including a collection of new ceramic, copper and bent plywood sculptural work.  

What advice would you give to someone wanting to become a designer?  
Not sure I'm in a position to be giving advice, but if pressed I'd say don’t take experts' opinions as gospel - treat them as guidelines only. Be bold, trust your instincts, persist... try it yourself if you can, and when you fail, try again. This invariably leads to innovation and discovery.  

Leather lovelies from My Deer Fox


Woah. Just W O A H. These new leather beauties from NZ designer My Deer Fox are woahwoahwoah.  And I see you, straps. I see you there with your solid brass hardware.

But wait, there's more...

Love this leather pouch.
Better Living, everyone.

Chucks suck. These kicks definitely do not.


These all-class kicks are the result of a collaboration between New Zealand footwear brand Tobe and a young Wellington design collective, Simpleton.

With Simpler Times laid down as the collabo themeTobe and Simpleton set out to make a collection of high quality footwear, with as much of the process as possible being local and simple. The Simpler Times shoes are affordable but still exclusive; made-to-order, with limited numbers of each style going direct from designers to customer.

Made with New Zealand (Whanganui) leather and merino. 

 So tight.

The boys from Simpleton - Geoff Wright, John Chen and Nick Loubser

Wellington's Raglan Roast (cafe and roastery) got on board, hosting a pop-up space for the project. So if you're nearby, pop in and grab a coffee, chill out in the space they've created, touch and smell the shoes (leather is in my top 3 favourite smells) and hear the story of their process.

There are a few different styles - hightops and lows - and they're available for pre-order now. This would be such a sweet gift for your favourite man (P.S: you can totally be your own favourite man.)

Order here - orders close in just a few more days.

$120 gets you a pair of custom-made Simpler Times shoes, a bag of Raglan Roast beans and a ticket to the launch party which will happen in October... right after your shoes have been individually manufactured and sent to you.

Seriously, take off those cookie-cutter Chucks, bin your Skechers (Remember Skechers? Hahaahaa! Good times... good times) and order a pair of these. And not just because you'll be supporting New Zealand vision and design and craftsmanship, either. But because these are very, very very good looking, and so will you be in them.

The Flock Design Store Flies Again...


In the late 1800s in colonial Christchurch, one of the most important contributors to the local economy were the booming tanning industry. The largest and most successful of these became known as The Woolston Tannery.

More than a hundred years later, and the long-since-abandoned factories and facades of The Tannery have sprung into life again, being restored and repurposed, brick by brick (literally - they've removed and hand-cleaned over 150,000 bricks!) into a boutique shopping and entertainment destination, made up of five different precincts. The Tannery will be home to a craft brewery, retail stores, artists' and designers' studios, craft collectives, cool eateries, a modern deli and cafes... This is an example of the Christchurch phoenix we've heard about, an exciting, progressive new city rising from post-earthquake ashes.

The newest tenant at The Tannery is a design store run by Emma Smith and Billy Wilson. Mere weeks before the big one hit, they'd opened shop in Sumner. Their newborn design store dream was short-lived, as damage from the earthquakes made it too difficult to continue trading, and Emma and Billy had to close the doors. Just a few weeks ago, The Flock re-opened inside the red brick buildings of The Tannery.

Lookin' good, good lookin'.

Hey Emma, Billy! How did you come to start The Flock together?  
Emma is a photographer by trade and originally from Christchurch. She met Billy while living in Wellington. Billy is a painter and was teaching art at a local institute while Emma was photographing weddings. We decided to move to Christchurch together in 2009, as Emma hadn’t lived around her family in ages. She was really over the wedding circuit and was looking for a change. We decided to start The Flock just before the first earthquake in September 2010.

We share a love of design, material, craft and space, and felt that a shop would provide a constantly changing environment to play with.

What lessons have you learned since starting the business?
The first two years of a small business is always tough going, throw in a few earthquakes, several thousand aftershocks and a car driving through our shop window into the mix and the most enduring lesson you learn is to pick yourself up and keep going.

For us it has been very important to be very clear about what we want to create and to be single minded in our focus and our path. As with everything, you have to be true to yourself and not directed by the opinions of others.

We used to struggle a bit between stocking what we know is popular and will sell versus what we love and value but which is more left- field. The model of good business seems to be towards the former, but it has never sat right with either of us. We want to be inspired by what we select for the shop, and we hope that others will be too. We have been surprised over the years at what has ended up selling well despite our doubts about whether people will get it, or want to pay for it.

More than ever the earthquakes and the resulting hardships have made it very clear to the both of us about what we want in terms of lifestyle, and we are not willing to waste our time.

Emma & Billy checking out their sweet prods

What's on your personal wishlist at the mo? 
Foremost on our wish list - more time away from the store to scout for exciting designers and crafters. Our minds right now are very much focused on the west coast of America and London Design Week in September. There is so much innovation and hand crafted production going on in these places.

Billy has to balance The Flock with his studio practice, and now that the new shop is open one of his wishes is on getting the balance just right.

Also on Billy's wishlist is a painting by the kiwi/australian based artist Peter Adsett. Emma would love a contemporary house designed by Charles and Ray Eames if they were both still alive, but she'll settle for an Oak and leather mirror made by Douglas and Bec.

What's your favourite item in the store right now?
Emma loves the new Uniform Wares Series 203 Wrist Watch, which is on its way to the store.
She also is very impressed with the company Found My Animal who make good quality and beautiful dog accessories from materials such as marine grade rope and brass fixtures. They devote their time to re-housing homeless dogs in New York City. Billy is into the Michelle Quan bells (think hand-thrown and painted ceramic wind-chimes, done really well). They are made in Brooklyn, New York.

Teatowels!! And Billy modelling a handmade backpack

What's your most prized possession?
Emma - my trio of fluffy cats Brian, Bessie and Mewy.

Billy - the lovely Kodachrome family photos I have from my mum's place. She had them in some old albums that never got looked at. I’ve taken the best ones and plan to get them framed white on white so that they can shine on the wall and be seen every day. Snapshot technology was lost in the eighties when it got too close to reality. There is no digital filter available that today will get that back.

We love a good recommendation - tell us something we need to know about!
The book Rethink The Way You Live by Amanda Talbot. It is a fantastic coffee table book with amazing interior and lifestyle ideas focusing on small, sustainable, creative everyday spaces. Humble but beautiful. A quote from it by William Morris: “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” We can’t say that that is how we live right now, but it’s a nice idea to work towards.

The song Candles from Beth Orton’s new album Sugaring Season. Listen on good headphones! Emma just saw her play in a church in Auckland. Upon hearing that song, Billy wishes he went too.

There is a blog that a friend recently directed me to which is great fodder for the eyes – it is called The Poetry of Material Things.

A little sample of my favourite stuff from The Flock online store.

Fancy S P A C E S


C is for Cool. (And also, Cookies.)

Home sweet-little-home. See it all here.

(Maybe just a liddle bit)

Alana's imaginary sitting room.

Fave bits: the trio of black lights - especially because they don't completely match - and the bench seats (bench seats make you feel like you're in a cafe). 

Arrggghhhh! (Sound of loving something so much it makes you do a gurgly scream.)

If I got adopted by Daddy Warbucks, I'd buy ALL the amazing chairs from E15

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Pick n Mix!


Chow down!

Love me some leathery Falcon Wright.

I like where this is headed, Sleepy Jones. A brand dedicated to lazing about in your (cool) undies.

I'd probably never even use this bronze cable holder but I still desperately want one.

Tom Dixon's new kit of parts for every technical design geek. The Mathematican tool set includes a ruler, protractor, set square and paperclips cut from sheet brass.

I'd totally buy one of these - especially the copper one! 
Hinged hangers by Berlin-based design collective, Atelier Haussman


Found My Animal make super nice quality, super nice looking collars and leads for doggies. Think marine-grade rope and brass hardware. Based in New York, they also work to re-home shelter dogs and raise awareness of choosing to adopt a homeless dog rather than buying from puppy mills. 
Awesome Pen of the day! Kaweco pens have been made in Germany since 1883, and in 2013 I need one of their Cafe Minis in my pocket.

My house smells like freesias and I think it's my most favourite smell in the world. 
Happy Sunday, fellow floral Gangsta.

YS spells YES

A big ae bro to the Silo pendant (with Profile stool)

Introvert light turning me on and on
The boys (they're men) at YS Collective just sent me these images of their babe'n product range. With this as the debut I can't wait to see what's coming for the sophomore collection... 

Show & Tell - an interview with Imogen Tunnicliffe, homewares & textiles designer


Super lovely Imogen Tunnicliffe is the Senior Designer for NZ homeware and accessories brand Citta, responsible not only for product and pattern design but for the overall art direction of Citta's themed seasonal collections. Let's nose around her home and office, shall we?

Tell us about your background... how did you come to be a homeware designer?  
I’ve loved drawing and arty things since I was tiny, so it was an easy choice when it came to University, and I went to Elam at Auckland University and majored in printmaking.
For me print was a natural progression from drawing and I also loved accessibility of it – as in, because you can produce editions, people are able to own a bit of affordable, real art!   I guess this is what I like about designing for homeware too – you can create beautiful patterns and objects for everyday items.  People can afford to buy them and enjoy them in their homes daily.

How did I get into textile/homeware design? It was one of those lucky things really – right place at the right time sort of thing. Citta needed an artist to do some illustrations and designs.  I had just come back from New York and was trying to make a crust as an exhibiting artist, as well as doing a bit of freelance illustration and trying to sell some hand printed cards - no easy feat! Needless to say I needed some extra work. I had always wanted to work in the textile design industry, and love homeware, so it was the prefect opportunity.

I started out a couple of days a week and remember my first project was designing hand painted tin fairies for Christmas decorations – that was nearly 10 years ago!! Back then it was pretty much just me – now, we have 5 full time designers and one part timer and the design department has become an integral part of the company and our brand.  

On her inspiration board, on her desk

What's your favourite part of the homeware design process? 

I honestly actually really like most parts of the process.  Lucky aren’t I!! I love the beginning of the process – researching the new destination we are off to and learning about a new culture  – especially if I get to go there! I love beginning doodling in my workbook and coming up with ideas for new patterns and products. Seeing ideas transform from a 2D image in your workbook or on your computer into a tangible product is hugely satisfying.

The photoshoot is great fun too. Working with talented stylists, photographers, designers and the marketing team to realise our story and collection through photos and different media.

Imogen at work. 

What's on your personal Wishlist at the mo? 
Bitossi rimini blue miniature (they are limited edition but still very affordable), a beautiful table lamp – there is one at Douglas and Bec I have my eye on, a Juliette Hogan sequin dress, copper leather brogues, a hand woven metallic gold black and natural wall tapestry from nativeline.com, the Sola ceramics from our new Greece collection, an Amaya Gutierrez adjustable ‘Perchero’ coat rack, and a weed eater!! Not much really…

Imogen's bedroom. That tapestry is awesome!

Fellow lover of vintage

What's your favourite piece of work/project you've done so far?
Personally – the body of work I created and printed for an exhibition in New Zealand whilst living in New York. I had just arrived and it was a real challenge, but I had such a sense of achievement afterwards – and the prints weren’t bad either…

Workwise – the Citta design Tokyo & Mexico collections – completely different aesthetics but I was similarly inspired by their popular culture, use of colour, traditional hand crafts and the people – needless to say the outcomes were worlds apart however.

Designs  – the Zoo duvet design, the Meguro design from the Tokyo collection, and the Eye Spy design from the New York collection. All of these designs are narrative in style, which I love.  I have always loved illustration, and designs that tell a story, and for me they are a great combination of both. I also like the fact that they appealed to adults and children alike. And potentially something I’m working on for our new winter collection, Copenhagen…!

Two of Imogen's fave patterns - Meguro and Zoo

Imogen's inspiration for The Heath pattern was London's Hampstead Heath
 - the perfect spot for a bike ride on a summer's day

What are you looking forward to?  

Spending time with my family who have just arrived from London to live for a while.  Seeing all my bare trees and flowers coming to life again after the cold-(ish) winter.  I can see all the buds forming already – it’s very exciting!  (Geeky I know…)  Going to see the new movie about Liberace, Behind the Candelabra.  Putting in some French doors that will open out onto our lawn.  And summer. I love summer – everything makes sense and seems better for me in the warmer months.

Light-filled lounge; snapshots from Rose's room

What do you love to do in your spare time? 

In an ideal world with lots of spare time I would be: Gardening, reading a whole book (such a rarity these days!), pottering about with my daughter Rose, going for a bite and a movie, perusing second hand shops, creating some of my own work, writing and illustrating a children’s book, doing up our house.

Sweet little things in the kitchen

I LOVE a good recommendation –  tell us about something(s) that we should know about:

Song – Laura Mvula, Green Garden – great song and video.
Book – For children, Eric Carle’s Animals Animals, pub. 1989 – an illustrated collection of poems about the animals – it’s beautiful.
Restaurant - The Basque Kitchen – delicious tapas restaurant in Newmarket – great before or after the movies... and lovely Spanish beers.
Website – Petite Kitchen
Destination – The Cotswolds in England. And while your there, pop into The Swan Inn at Swinbrook, for a delicious pub lunch.
Illustrator – Saul Steinberg. Wonderfully clever illustrations and satire.

These two are part of the coming Summer collection - me wanty

You've just come back from Copenhagen – the city that will inspire the new CITTA collection - give us some words that represent the direction you're going to be taking...

Tivoli, mermaids, story book, snow and frozen sea, wood, folklore, harlequin, black & bone, playful, geometric patterns, well crafted, soft pink, Kelly green, misty blue, forests, earthenware, copper foiling, woodland animals, houses, patterned carpets, rabbits, cobbled streets, beards, patterned socks, magical, quality, patchwork, felt, clean lines, modernist, ships, spring flowers, bicycles.. a winter wonderland.

Show & Tell - Melbourne Photographer Jonathan Ong


Jonathan Ong is a self-confessed introvert and hater of small talk. Dude, I'm right there with you.  
But his stand-back-and-watch ways are precisely those that make him such a gifted observer of life, a silent considerer of special fleeting moments, expressed through a camera lens. Based in Melbourne, Jon believes in quality over quantity, committing to just 24 weddings each year. He also just happens to be a really, reallyreally good guy. And my vote's always for the good guys.

Jon's photos from an Adelaide Kinfolk Gathering

How do you describe yourself as a photographer?
My 'business' is something very personal and close to my heart; I believe it is an extension of who I am. I see myself as a visual storyteller - telling a story, particularly through weddings and love, through a series of images. I believe a good story is honest and also comprehensive, and with a touch of whimsy - giving enough space for one's imagination to run wild.

My aim during any story is to be as invisible as possible, ensuring the integrity of every moment. I approach every story as an observer and am conscious not to intrude with my presence.

I only take on 24 couples a year because I believe in the concept that less is more. During the first year of being a full time photographer, I had 42 weddings to shoot. After that year, I decided to change the way I did things. I hated the fact that it was becoming like a job rather than something I loved to do. So after that year, I started to limit myself to 24 couples a year. That way, I could really give my 100% to each couple and stay fresh. It became a win-win situation for both the couple & myself, and I've stuck with it ever since.

I could easily be earning heaps more money by taking on more couples a year, but to me, keeping fresh and loving what I do is more important than earning lots.

Tell me your story – what path led you to what you are doing now?
I majored in art during high school in Singapore and for my final year project took up Darkroom Photography. Prior to this I had no experience to photography and just thought it would be fun. And so that's where my journey started I guess. I was the first person in my school to do Darkroom Photography as the final year project so I pretty much fumbled my way through the year. And so that's when my picture taking began. After high school, I had a camera with me wherever I went (I owned various cheap film cameras at that time) and just took what happened in my life.

And out of the blue, a guy commented on my blog "hey, do you want to follow me for a wedding". I said to myself, why not, met him (also a Jon), ended up becoming great friends and then went on to start a studio together in Singapore. From there, I guess that's when I became a wedding photographer. It's been a good 9 years since I met Jon Keng and after about 2 years of working in Singapore, I moved to Melbourne, to study Graphic Design and have been here ever since. This is my 3rd year as a full time wedding photographer in Melbourne and absolutely love what I do.


What would be your dream creative project? 
I've been cooking a lot at home of late (another passion of mine), and I would love to photograph, design, and write a cookbook. It would be a book about simple, honest food, with the idea that relationships are built over food. I would also love to design a bible one day.

Besides design and photography, what else do you love to do? 
I love a good meal. Whether it's cooking it or eating out - simple, honest food makes me smile. I love to shop too.

What are you looking forward to? 
To become a father! I'm nowhere close; gosh, I'm not even close to being married yet. My mum was a single parent with 5 of us, so from a young age, I think I've always looked forward to fatherhood; to do things right when I have my own family.

I LOVE a good recommendation – tell us something (or a few things) we should know about: 
For photographers out there, I would recommend The Mind's Eye by Henri Cartier Bresson. It's one of my favourite books. Sushi Burger in Melbourne is amazing. Spitafields Market in London is my favourite flea market in the world. I wish I lived there.

Jonathan's home studio 

Our House - Kate Alexander, interior stylist


Kate Alexander of Places & Graces shares five of her favourite spaces at home - and more than a few good ideas!

 This is my favourite spot in the house. My favourite art piece - an original spray and stencil by Cut Collectives Trust Me - and my favourite furniture piece, a working record player. This area is regularly restyled - currently an autumn/winter theme.

 I like this space because it is a shelf that is purely for display and I change it regularly. This display is what I call an 'Ode to Sibella Court' (where we live) - everything has been collected this winter around our home and our neighbourhood.

I've just put my son Harry (5) and daughter Molly (3) in the same bedroom. Colour inspiration came from the Snapper print by Giselle Clarkson from endemicworld.com It's bordering on girly, but Harry loves his grey army blanket with the orange stripe (a garage sale find which i sewed a ribbon to) I plan to paint the sisal rug with some coloured squares. I like this space because it's practical (places for things), it's bright, and it's almost finished!

My daughter Molly spied this Santa at Junk & Disorderly. She had just been doing some modelling at Studio Alexander and I had promised she could choose something, not surprisingly, this was her choice. He hangs at the front door. Endemicworld have dibs on him for Xmas in their shop! I like him because I personally love christmas and he is so jolly.

This will soon be my new favourite room! We're converting our garage into a studio. It was supposed to just be a 'dry and dust free' storage area, but its so nice with natural light that I'm moving my studio there. The front used to be a roller garage door and is now a french door from a timber recycling yard.

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Thanks Kate! I'm so into the idea of one shelf that's purely for display - a little 'things I love' spot that you make a point of changing regularly. And how awesome are those timber french doors! I can see sheds being changing-roomed into little studios all over NZ...

Spool & Flippant lights from NZ designer Duncan Rooney...


The white Spool light would look super nice over my dining table

NZ designer Duncan Rooney has just launched a new collection - the Flippant table lamp (which works as an up light or a down light), Spool pendant light (in a bunch of different material and colour combos) and Three - a solid American Ash coffee table. Nice, D.R... nice!

I Love I Love Ugly editorials.

I Love Ugly has fast become not only New Zealand's tastemaker in dude-style, but an international sartorial heavyweight, with design values that extend beyond the clothing to flossin' every. little. detail. 

As well as being stocked in dope boutiques right around the world, there are 3 NZ stores (all with world class fit-outs) and an online store... from which Kanye, Jay-Z and Drake have all ordered, apparently. One of the brand's signatures is the custom illustrated prints/patterns - from botanics to baseball to bears. The prints feature not only on I Love Ugly's clothing, but on their capsule collection products including watches and luggage. 

Instead of the tradish two seasons a year, I Love Ugly inject new designs into their range monthly; that's 12 releases a year, each now accompanied by an editorial.  Being that this is a design blog and not Fuck Yeah Menswear, it's these editorials and other design details that I wanted to share with you. Enough talk, then!

Here's their editorial for the July release...

Let's have a look at some more... 

I Love Ugly watches

They're so undeniably good at what they do.

5 Panel (cap) editorial

A couple of favourite shots from two recent editorials

I Love Ugly space at The Department Store (images via The Department Store)

Last words go to founder of I Love Ugly, Valentin Ozich: