Monday, April 29, 2013

Superette Ponsonby Lifestyle Concept

I love nothing better than when fashion meets interior. Actually is the BEST.THING.EVER! So when one of New Zealands leading fashion stores, Superette, emailed me through with the news that they have expanded to include a new lifestyle concept, it is fair to say I was excited! 




Superette further adds to its offering with the launch of a carefully curated selection of lifestyle and home products, housed in a new concept space in their Ponsonby flagship store.






This Superette lifestyle has since grown to establish a cult following amongst its customers too.
   
"It was after noting the success of lifestyle products that were introduced during Christmas selling and the constant enquiries from customers wanting to purchase the eclectic pieces featured in our store displays, that we realised it was time to ramp it up with a dedicated Superette lifestyle offering” says owner Rickie Dee.

Superette Space will integrate fashion and lifestyle in a way that offers a key point of difference in the current market. The concept merchandises lifestyle and fashion together in a way that allows customers to not only complete their entire look, but also translate the Superette aesthetic to their homes as well.



Get excited people. Pop over to their website to check out this Evie Kemp print, this Antler and Horn and more of the awesomeness at Superette on offer.

Amy x






 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

WRW & Co

I am a total sucker for a large dining table with a difference so it gives me great pleasure to introduce you today to up and coming kiwi designer Will Worsp and the ridiculously cool works that he is producing.

Tell us what you do and how you got into it?
I design and build furniture from formed and repurposed materials, I also work in    interior design. I have always had a fascination with furniture and built my first table from reclaimed kauri 4 years ago for the bach in Raglan. My first effort resulted in a flurry of orders. With the will and the skill but lack of a formal workshop I managed to complete the orders in the woolshed with equipment russelled up from toolboxes around the sheds.  A few sold quickly in one of Ponsonby’s top design stores. I then returned to my job in London as a project manager for interior fitouts of restaurants, shops and offices.





Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up on a farm in the Waikato and went off to boarding school in Auckland before heading off to study at art school in Dunedin. After 4 years at uni I went onto Sydney for a year to work in the film industry which was hard to crack into. I then moved to Auckland and worked for 3 years on various films and TVCs in the Production and Art departments as a set dresser and buyer. I then had itchy feet for travel and flew to Mallorca, Spain to take on the yachts as an avenue to explore the world. Six weeks later this opportunity opened up on a yacht that did exactly that i spent a year and a half traveling the world on M/Y Apoise to Spain, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Sweden, Demark, Greenland, Alaska, Cuba, Gallapagos, Panama, Maldives, Egypt, and the Caribbean islands just to name a few…. 48 countries later I thought I better go to London and get a real job…. I spent 1 year in London as a site manager and project manager on various projects for companies such as GAP, H&M, and Selfridges. This was a fantastic learning curve and just the work I needed to show how it worked here in the big cities. After completing a 85hr work week I was very tempted to slide back to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. London was a great city but wasn’t quite the same as chucking Cameron Diaz on a jet ski in St Tropez… This all became a reality when the retail sector took a hard turn and I lost my job along with many other project managers at the time, I got an email from a former captain to pop down and help out on a yacht in France, so I did… not before a quick trip to India for a little inspiration.
This then led to another fantastic year working on a yacht around Greece and Turkey. All this time at sea and weekends sifting around the stunning cities of Europe it was a great help to my design reference folder and research development progress, long days spent roaming the streets of Madrid, Florence, Paris, Marseille, Milan, Monaco and Barcelona. With a great urge to get back to the land where you don’t have to line up or wait for a car park and can motorbike down to the beach and fetch some mussels and catch a feed of fresh snapper, I then started WRW & Co.





What inspires you when creating a new piece?
My inspiration is fuelled by a deep appreciation of craftsmen before me whose skilled hands and sometimes simple tools created buildings and furniture which have survived many decades not only environmentally but also aesthetically where pragmatism and style come together in a perfect balance.
The enjoyment in creating something unique with it’s own story and character, being able to see the historical scars in the timber, and the excitement on the clients face when I’ve delivered a table and talking through the construction process with them. I enjoy working with old bits of timber and being able to give them a new lease of life in a contemporary way.

How much time does it take from start to finish?
It all depends on the scale of the project and the specification from the client. steel frames always take a little longer and with repurposed materials you always have a few imperfections that pop up and test you but the imperfections can be the making of a piece of furniture, so that’s always an exciting part of the building process. it’s always harder working with reclaimed ,imperfect pieces, but then I quite like imperfections. It’s usually about two to three weeks for a large dinning table.
 




Where and how can we buy your pieces?
I have a facebook page www.facebook.com/wrwco which you can view my pieces and can inquire through that or email wrworsp@gmail.com. Website coming soon. WRW & Co. A lot of my work lately has been commissioned pieces direct to clientele including individuals and café’s. I have a constant flow of new designs and work out of Auckland and Raglan at the moment; I will have furniture on display in a workshop close to Birkenhead shops.
 What Internet sites do you read for inspiration?




If we were visiting you in your hometown of Raglan, what should we do there?
Probably go for a surf, It is one of the best left hand breaks in the world!! Take a seat at the shack café and enjoy the amazing breakfast menu and coffee. Go for a paddleboard in the hope of timing it right with the Orca whales coming into the harbour and feeding on the stingrays. Climb Mt Karioi




What are you looking forward to in 2013
Through the collaboration of creative minds and research I hope to continue to put smiles on peoples faces by creating some real gems but also having time to step out away from the norm and experiment with pieces that are still practical and functional.
Making the most of what our beautiful country has to offer. Being overseas for so long and coming from a farm you miss all the cool things we have here in our backyard, such as getting down to our local wild West coast beach, grabbing some mussels, cooking them on a drift wood fire with friends and a beer and maybe the odd wild pig or two.


Be sure to pop over and check out Wills facebook page to keep up to date with the WRW & Co going ons. 

Amy x

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Alice of Penny Farthing

Happy Monday to you all. The weather is certainly getting a lot cooler in my neck of the woods. Not complaining too much actually as I love sitting around reading and chatting in front of the fire. I am actually going to try and introduce a rule in our house hold. No computers or TV for one night of the week. Not sure what hubby will think. I will soon find out I guess.



So although I am looking forward to snuggling up by the fire, summer really is my season of choice. I love houses that give off a summery vibe and here I have chosen to show you a house, that I spotted on SF GIRL BY BAY, does just that, oozes a summer appeal.



This house belongs to Alice, one half of the creative duo behind Penny Fathering Design. The warm open spaces attracted me to this home, along with the mix of whites and woods.


These two bedrooms really do float my boat. I love everything about them especially that rad pink Flamingo print which you can but here.

Are you with me on this one? Am I right in saying that this is a pretty rockin house? Check here for the full interview with Alice. Very clever lady.

Amy x

P.S If you get time, pop over to see Vic at Cush and Nooks, where she has asked me to name my one wish for my home right now. Very fun post, thanks Vic. x

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Anna Church



Morning all and happy hump day already. Again another sparse blog entry. I PROMISE they will become more regular soon. I wanted to share with you what is on the top of my wish list right now. I have always loved the work of Anna Church and right now I am really dying to get my mitts on either the Oh Deer print, Swan Lake or an At your Service print. Which do you prefer? Check out more on Anna Church here including here blog full of all sorts of awesomeness. 

Amy x