ONLINE HOMEWARES MAGAZINE
mandala charm Meet the creative mind behind Lejasp wall charms
Signature designs abound in Bonnie & Neilâ€™s new collection
Charming and fun loving artworks
BE O T ILS
ESR DETA Z I R FO
THE YEAR THAT WAS: TAKING A LOOK BACK
F PINSIDE O S E SE
FEATURES 10 MR & MRS WHITE Sasha and Nathan White are the dynamic husband and wife team who have combined their individual talents into one winning combination
20 LEJASP Fall in love with these one-of-a-kind mandala styled wall charms, designed and created on plywood by Leah Spain
26 BEA BELLINGHAM
OUR COVER BONNIE & NEIL www.bonnieandneil.com.au Photographer: Armelle Habib Styling: Heather Nette King
signature designs and wonderous colour tones
42 ANISE BOTANICAL SKINCARE With a pinch of the botanical, a of touch of nature and dash of love, Madonna Gott carefully creates her bespoke skincare range
48 DOWEL JONES
Charming and delightful ceramic pieces and fun loving illustrations crafted by Bea Bellingham are sure to be huge hit in any home
Inside their studio based in Thomastown, Adam Lynch and Dale Hardiman combine their artistry to design and create unique furniture and everyday objects with a difference
34 BONNIE & NEIL
64 MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
The new Winter Garden collection by the talented duo Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie delivers yet again with their
Designed and curated in Melbourne this stylish and fun collection oozes charm and personality
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REGULARS 70 VICE & VELVET
82 PERPETUAL ONE
Everyday pampering with luxe vegan handmade soaps and body products carefully crafted by Mei Ong
Georgina Hobson rescues unwanted or neglected wares, giving them a new of life with a rustic flare
88 HARRY BROWN
Handcrafted with colourful influences of India and designed and made in Melbourne by creator Shakira Lima, this textile range oozes appeal
Turning scrap into innovative artworks designed for use, Harry Brown has combined his skills to create truly unique homewares
24, 38, 63 Moodboard 6 We love 32 Must Have 93 Business directory
selection product pages PLUS Afeaturing cushions, lighting, art prints and more
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FAVOURITE FINDS MINI WASHABLE KRAFT PAPER FABRIC STORAGE SACK BAG There is only one word to describe these mini washable paper sacks - cute! Handmade by the very talented ‘Hey There Hazel’, these mini bags are incredibly versatile and are perfect for many different storage + organisation solutions! Price $6. Stockist: Little Kraft Paperie
MIA QUILT - DIGITALLY PRINTED QUILTED BLANKET
ASSEMBLAGES BOOK GIRTH BELT
The Mia blanket is one of a kind. A digitally printed, double sided, quilted blanket, that features a beautiful geometric pattern on one side and a hand drawn floral on the other. Pinks, oranges, teals and touch of yellow. It’s geometric and organic all mixed together. Price $169. Stockist: Squeak Design
Assemblages collection by Lightly, an elegant range of leather props, designed with the end user in mind. The saddlery aesthetic: the artisan skill, the mix of leather girths and copper belt buckles, and the smell of raw leather. nickel. Price $143. Stockist: www.lightly.com.au
SUCCULENT HEART CENTERPIECE Forget those fly-by-night red roses that are here for a week then gone. This little love heart will faithfully stick around for months (longer if looked after). Filled with succulents, this centerpiece is long-lasting and lovely. Price $49.95 Stockist: www.fleurieugifts.com.au
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CHEVELLE The name of this charm is Chevelle, meaning bold and beautiful. Features 5 pendants with tassel detail and a timber ring for hanging. Hand drawn and painted on laser cut pine ply. Price $210. Stockist: www.lejasp.com.au
The white coloured pattern is printed over the natural plantation-grown, and hand carved mangowood. Each panel has unique characteristics due to the variations in the mangowood grain. This natural feel allows it to blend with pre existing homewares, but can easily be integrated into new home decor designs. Price $369. Stockist: www.tuccibrown.com
Ellie Cashman Design cushions series. These stunning big floral designs are available through www.thedesignhuntershop.com
1] Letâ€™s Get Lost - Faunascape Plywood Print designed by WhatWeDo from Denmark. Price: $129. Stockist: www.downthatlittlelane.com.au 2] Botancial calamity framed artwork by Peach and Keen. Stockist: www.peachesandkeen 3] Umbra pendant scarf holder in triangle. Price $39.95. Stockist: www.hardtofind.com.au
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CONTRIBUTORS christiana masina
Christiana, an Interior Designer from Design Divine has created a stunning moodboard with a classic elegant appeal. Her wealth of experience is reflected in her choices. (see page 24) Melissa loves to push the envelope and create surprising spaces. Her decorating style has a touch of the Hamptons, blended with vintage charm and modern comforts. www.designdivine.com.au
Melissa, an Interior stylist from Young Folk shares some gorgeous tactile fabrics and warm pops of colour for the kids room that are perfect for the change in the season. (see page 63) Melissa absolutely loves well-designed and stylish spaces for children to dream in play in and create in and her designs cover all ages from nurseries through to teenage retreats. www.youngfolkstore.com.au
MICHAEL BOND www.michaelbond.art.com
zinandbert Lisa Sarah Steelworks
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Bee, a stylist and interior director from Czar by Design shares with you her inspirational moodboard of Palm Springs Modernist meets Scandi Minimalist. (see page 38) Bee has a collaborative mindset, and finds great joy in sharing wonderful existing products and designers alike, yet inquisitive enough to dream up and produce the ‘things’ that she can’t find. @czar_in_design (Interiors and Styling) @czar_by_design (Product Design)
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MR & MRS WHITE Sasha and Nathan White are the dynamic husband and wife team who have combined their individual talents into one winning combination creating designer furniture and soft textiles Tell us a bit about your business? My husband and I have our own furniture and textile business called Mr & Mrs White. We design and make solid timber furniture as well as soft furnishings in natural leather and linen. We also do custom joinery and bespoke shop fit-outs. All the furniture is hand-made by us and a small team on Sydney’s northern beaches. Tell us about yourself and your background? Nathan’s love for timber and working with his hands actually started from a young age when he would spend his afternoons after school in his pop’s workshop making
wooden shoe boxes. For me, I never really knew what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I loved to create and I loved design. After school I completed a degree in design, majoring in Graphic design. After I finished studying I found myself craving a creative outlet that didn’t involve a computer screen. My nan bought me a second-hand sewing machine and I fell in love with the ability to create with my hands. It was satisfying seeing a lump of fabric become something beautiful…something useful.
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Things started to make sense…the smell of timber, the touch of linen, that giddy feeling from seeing a concept sketch become something tangible – something we can sit on, eat on, organise and store things and most importantly – something that gathers people – yes – this is what we were meant to do… together
< continued on next page Nathan moved from boat building to cabinetry and on the side started making furniture for our home. Things started to make sense…the smell of timber, the touch of linen, that giddy feeling from seeing a concept sketch become something tangible – something we can sit on, eat on, organise and store things and most importantly – something that gathers people – yes – this is what we were meant to do… together What sparked you to create Mr & Mrs White? Early on in our marriage we started to make things that would fit in our small apartment. We fell in love with the process and realised we could actually do this together… Nathan making the furniture and me making the soft furnishings. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? For the furniture side of things – Nathan or myself comes up with an idea, we discuss, sketch and Nathan prototypes. We generally test the piece at home and do any tweaking and refining before introducing the piece into our range. With the textiles, I am passionate about natural materials – working with mostly leathers and linens. I generally source materials and introduce a variety of sizes and shapes that will compliment and sit beautifully with our furniture pieces. In all our designs our aim is that the beauty of the material shines through – we have found the simplest pieces achieve this the best.
What inspires you in your designs? The desire to live life simply. What do you love the most about having your own label? The flexibility, the ability it gives me to be with our kids, the people you meet along the journey. Who are some of your favourite designers? There are so many amazing designers out there. Our favourites are Japanese and European designers like – Fritz Hansen, George Nakashima and Norm Architects. What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? The Box Chair. It took 3 years to refine and perfect this piece. It has been a labour of love since the beginning of our business – it represents our journey and how far we have come. What has been your biggest highlight? Moving into our most recent factory and showroom. It was a big and faith-filled step but we have loved seeing the new space come to life. What are your plans for the future? We have lots of dreams for expanding the business – a bigger factory, more retail stores around Australia and possibly something overseas.
plywood designs Our selection of on-trend of plywood decor pieces that you will love
You, me and the Sea. Typography style carved plywood quote board. Price $100. Stockist: www.spokenshop.com.au Photography and styling: Brooke Kenrick from Harvest Design House
1] Large Ply Milk Crates. Price POA. Stockist: www.likebutter.com.au 2] Urchin planter. Ribbed plant holder incorporating light fitting. Price POA. Stockist: www.earlpinto.com.au 3] Zig Zag Circle Print on Ply Cools. Price $45. Stockist: www.indie.com.au 4] Message Me Board handcrafted. Price $225. Stockist: One Two Tree Designs 5] Bellantonio rotating drawers. An innovative solution that combines a clean and uncluttered aesthetic with functional storage. Stockist: www.plyroom.com.au 6] Penguin plywood wine holder by Monsterthreads. Price $55. Stockist: www.hardtofind.com.au 7] The Tressel Table. Handmade from sustainably farmed Birch Plywood, finished with a water based sealant. Price $499. Stockist: www.tresseltableco.com 8] Korkur Bowl - Birch Plywood and Cork bowl. Price $495. Stockist: Ren Designs Australia 9] Plywood Screen. Re-purposed plywood panels Price POA. Stockist: www.earlpinto.com.au 10] Treasure Box - Riding Bunny. Price $100. Stockist: Foolhouse Australia 11] Chevron Shelf. This versatile and modular shelf adopts the iconic Chevron shape to allow each unit to be stacked one on top of the other. Starting price from $150. Stockist: www.nomi.com.au
Langazela Cushion. Price $99. Stockist: www.safarifusion.com.au
UNDER $100 Fabulous pieces don’t have to break the bank Emporium Perry Bowl. Price $49.95. Stockist: www. emporiumhome. com.au
‘Danish Art Prints’ is the perfect coffee table book. It is 200 page compendium with interviews and examples of works by 66 contemporary Danish art print makers. Price - $90. Stockist: www. neutralinstinct.com.au Colour Blocked Pure Wool Baby Blanket. Price $65. Stockist: www.etsy.com
Nesting Dolls. Price $45. Stockist: www.etsy.com
Dark Blue Bowl Face. Price $65. Stockist: www.downthatlittlelane.com.au
Handpainted Disc Art. Price $99. Stockist: www.downthatlittlelane. com.au
Large Coral Triangle Table by Milly + Eugene. Price $69. Stockist: www. backstreetshopper. com.au
Photography: Christy Radford
LEJASP Fall in love with these one-of-a-kind mandala styled wall charms, designed and created on plywood by Leah Spain Tell us a bit about LeJasp? LeJasp is derived from my full name Leah Jane Spain, yes it rhymes, haha! I paint laser cut plywood with mandala style patterns to create one-of-a-kind artworks that hang on the wall (or wherever you like really) . Quite a few people call them dreamcatchers, but strangely enough this wasn’t my intent and my inspiration was never taken from a dreamcatcher. I call them Wall Charms. I wanted to create a necklace/charm that hung on the wall from a rope. The beaded rope is an optional add on to hang the charm. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background? I grew up in the Aussie outback town of Broken Hill. I was always creative at school and loved to craft. I took textile design and art at school, but there wasn’t much choice of creative subjects at my school and I never found the support to take my
creativity further, most design subjects were not offered above grade ten due to minimal class sizes. I settled for Legal and Finance jobs out of school, moved to Melbourne and continued in the corporate world. I was a little fish in that world, while I enjoyed the customer service side, the paperwork was the dumps. So really I have no formal art qualifications, but art comes from the heart don’t you think? Do you really need a degree to call yourself an artist ? Well I actually find it hard to, so I call myself a craftist. What sparked you to create LeJasp? After discovering I had a heart arrhythmia, my husband was very supportive for me to finish full time work and stay home to get better. I started a little hobby to keep occupied, I upcycled furniture for our new home and also to save some pennies on furnishing it. continued on next page >
Photography: Christy Radford < continued from previous page I also liked the freedom of creating unique one off pieces. My hobby progressed and I started selling at markets and on ebay. Then a spanner was put in the works, I had to have hip surgery only then to discover I had arthritis. A second surgery followed six months later and then a third within another six months, so my three surgeries in one year put a holt on my upcycling. All the bending required put strain on my hips and I decided to give it up to saviour them. Not doing anything creative was sending me a little nuts, so I decided to create a little business that I could work on without the physical aspect. This is where LeJasp was born. Whilst searching for inspiration I spotted a simple beaded heart necklace hanging on a wall and it all developed from there. It took a year to come to fruition, mostly because I didn’t have the funds to start the business, so it had to be done in stages. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? I source the sustainable ply for the discs and have them cut in Melbourne and my little ply shapes are also cut in Australia. I hand sand the ply, draw up the design and then choose the colours. If it’s not a custom piece, I have a hard time deciding on the colour combos, I’m such an indecisive person. The pattern is then painted, holes are hand drilled and the bits are connected with jump rings. I then may add tassels or crystals depending on the piece, if a rope hanger is needed I also make that up.
What inspires you in your designs? I am obsessed with the amazing carved and painted work of Indian Artisans. They always paint so colourful and vibrant and their culture is just one big happy colour fest. I also adore moroccan art. My home is full of Moroccan lanterns. What do you love the most about having your own label? I just get to be me, no one controls my designs or my thoughts, I’m free to do whatever I like. I would love to inspire others just as I have been inspired by so many. Who are some of your favourite designers? I have so many, but the ones that spring to mind are Jai Vasicek, Jessica Leigh, Mahiya, Mara Hoffman, Mister Zimi, Shakiraaz Homewares and Bonnie and Neil. What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? My Collab with Jessica Leigh, it was so much fun to create. What has been your biggest highlight? It’s a secret as I’m working on it now! What are your plans for the future? Just keep cruising along with new designs. I would love to offer a ready made item that include my designs.
MOODBOARD WITH christina masina
INTERIOR DESIGNER DESIGN DIVINE www.designdivine.com.au Design Divine started by Interior Designer Christiana Masina and carpenter husband Massimo Masina, together we focus on bringing the client into a collaborative and creative experience to allow the project and its brief to reach complete realisation. I love to push the envelope and create surprising spaces. I’ve been a stylist for over 10 years and every project has been different – no two days are ever the same. I have a fun loving approach to the design process. I like to break the rules a little and take inspiration from unexpected places. My decorating style has a touch of the Hamptons, blended with vintage charm and modern comforts. I am super-keen on recycled finds and am proud of my many rags- to-riches transformations the chairs are up-cycled street finds.
Emac & Lawton St Loren Ceiling Lamp Price POA. A stunning French inspired design with ornate detailing. Stockist: www.emac-lawton.com.au
Natty and Polly Wallpaper in Akoa Platinum $255.00. Inspired by a heavily embossed antique enameled screen translated in trompe l’oeil fashion. Stockist: www.nattyandpolly.com.au
Norsu Interiors Mathilda Clahr M Strap in Natural $55.00. Handcrafted leather, hang your favourite bag, hand towel or magazine. Stockist: www.norsu.com.au
Anthropolgie Fleur-De-Lys Tumblers $8.00. Floral cameos add ornate texture to tinted glass. Stockist: www.anthropologie.com
Saison Found Goods Market Sundry Octagon Candle in Copper $49.95. Octagonal vintage tea tin or trinket box, burn time 60hrs. Stockist: www.saison.com.au
EcoChic Orbit Nickel Serving Tray $165.00. Eclectic design, hand made Artisan and sustainable product. Stockist: www.ecochic.com.au
Max Sparrow Sampha Coffee Table $1,595.00. Coffee table in shimmer and chocolate, topped off with white stone. Stockist: www.maxsparrow.com.au
Armadillo & Co Nest Weave Rug in Duck Egg $585.00. Fair Trade hand woven hem rug, crafted by Artisans in India. Stockist: shop.armadillo-co.com
Anthropologie Abate Slatted Mirror $298.00. Made of iron and glass. Stockist: www.anthropologie.com
Photography; Wendy Hanna
BEA BELLINGHAM Charming and delightful ceramic pieces and fun loving illustrations crafted by Bea Bellingham are sure to be huge hit in any home Tell us a bit about Things by Bea? ‘Things by Bea’ is a playful range of ceramic homewares and jewellery, and illustrations all hand crafted my little ol’ me. I like to focus on bringing fun and humour into our everyday environments through unique oneof-a-kind items. My ceramics are what I call ‘delightfully askew and perfectly imperfect’, which is to say the owner is able to experience the textures and brushstrokes that formed their new item, knowing they are the only person to own that exact form and pattern. Similarly, my illustrations mirror the sense of fun and wonderfully wonky lines I try to convey in my ceramics. The end goal for my illustrations is to create works which give years of enjoyment and interest for the owner.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background? They say you’re a sum of your experiences, and I really think this is true. I was born in the UK, in a really rural and picturesque area - if you’ve seen Broadchurch, that’s my local town. We were pretty wild as kids; always exploring the local farms and forests. I think it’s where my love of nature and animals comes from that often appear in my illustrations. My dad’s a joker and I think my sense of humour comes from him; the daft jokes and general silliness. He’s an inventor and engineer so I’d say my creativity comes from him too. I’m a big planner like my mum though – she’s a woman of action and lists. You don’t stand still around mum or she’ll have something for you to do. Even though
like most parents they’re completely nutty, they’re certainly an inspiration to me. I moved to Australia around eight years ago with my husband Scott – he’s a very patient, supportive and creative chap and consistently cracks me up. He’s a brilliant source of support and inspiration. Career-wise, I’m a bit of a jack of all trades. I studied psychology at University in the UK and Graphic design at College in Australia. I’ve worked in admin, marketing, online development, design, branding and ended up managing a team of designers as a studio manager. I’ve not been formally trained in ‘arts’; instead I’ve had several amazing mentors along the way. I’m the type of person who learns by doing, so this has really worked for me. continued on next page >
Photography: Wendy Hanna
< continued from previous page What sparked you to create Things by Bea? It sounds like a strange catalyst to have, but I moved desks at my office job. I had been sitting with my back to the window for over two year, and I moved to a desk that looked out to the Blue Mountains, some 100km away, from an air-conditioned high rise in the CBD. I felt caged up: like I was removed from the world. I loved the work I did and the people I did it with, but it wasn’t enough. At the same time I was starting to sell little artworks online. They weren’t very good (they were pretty terrible actually!) but it gave me confidence and got me thinking that a self-guided creative career was a viable financial option. I’m not sure if there was a day when I thought, “right, this is your now or never moment” but over time I found the courage
to quit. It’s been a long bumpy road, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? All of my works are created in my studio in Petersham, Sydney with the aid of my not-so-helpful studio assistant, Buddy the dog. After creation the designs are fired and printed locally, in inner-west Sydney. Almost all of my ceramics are slab rolled, meaning you roll out a big clay pancake and then hand build your vessel. It’s a really personal approach to ceramics that naturally creates variations to every item. My illustrations start out quite organically as doodles usually around some sort of typographical element, then I generally use a lightbox to piece together the haphazard squiggles. Most of the time the end result is a bit of a surprise to me – I try not to be ridged in my vision for a design but let it evolve along the way.
What inspires you in your designs? Absolutely anything, which certainly makes my life easier. Flowers, animals, conversations with friends, memories or just watching the world go by. I understand things visually, so often a saying or a play on words will spiral into an idea. I try to steer away from using negative ideas in my work as I want people to feel great. There are plenty of cruddy things that happen in this world without me adding to it. I think not being penned in my any one material or medium really helps the ideas keep flowing too. If I’m struggling with ceramics I just switch to watercolour or acrylics and keep on working. What do you love the most about having your own label? The freedom is fantastic, but also I feel more connected to my community than I’ve ever felt. I love that my work is chosen by continued on the next page >
< continued from previous page people to adorn their lives, or to give to their loved ones. It’s an amazing feeling to have a stranger from the other side of the world email you to say they loved receiving your work, or to meet someone at a market who tells you the story of the loved one they’re buying your work for. It’s such a privilege and compliment. Who are some of your favourite designers? Oh wow, what a question! How long have you got? I think instagram’s an amazing tool for finding inspirational creative types, and it creates a bit of a level playing field. I scrolled through my feed from today, and here are just three of the super-clever, but very different, people that shared their work: Megan McKean from Sydney creates really quirky souvenirs that are almost too good to give as gifts. She’s turned something quite tacky into something really original. ‘AmyFlipflops’ from Johanesburg is working
on an amazing series of pressed flowers, creating a really impressive body of work from something so simple and nostalgic. Dick Vincent is an illustrator from the UK creating works of equal parts wit and whimsy; it’s consistently fabo work. What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? I think the Dorothy range at the moment. During summer it was the fruity Angie range, but as the weather’s getting cooler I’m enjoying creating patterned work in black and white that’s just as fun as using as many colour as I like. I also find myself in a constant conundrum in picking which Tallulah necklace to wear in the morning – there’s just too many to choose from! What has been your biggest highlight? This is a really hard one. Yes, it’s great getting into a bricks and mortar store, or having a really successful market, but every time I sell a new design for the first time I get a huge rush. It might be a pretty small scale
event business-wise, but I suppose it comes back my love of connecting with people. What are your plans for the future? I’m currently working on a joint project with a very good chef friend of mine who lives just outside Paris, which I’m very excited about. This will be launched this coming winter, so keep your peepers on beabellingham.com for all the details. I’m also starting to work with more bricks and mortar stores to get my work out there, so hopefully you should start seeing the Things by Bea brand in a store near you soon. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your business? I love meeting new folk so if you’re in Sydney 8th-10th May come down to Finders Keepers and say hi!
MUST HAVE Unique wares to add another dimension to your home
The Lab - Conical Flask, Bunsen Burner and Thiele Tube. THE LAB is a series of three test tube vases inspired by the refined aesthetic of laboratory equipment. Each one is minimal, geometric and handmade. Price from $54.50. Stockist: www.theformmaker.com
Finn Concrete Pendant The FINN pendants are made from concrete and then hand painted in four gorgeous tones. The interior of the pendant is raw, unpainted concrete and each one comes with a round, white powder coated ceiling rose for easy installation. Price $99.95. Stockist: www.milkandsugar.com.au
ferm LIVING Clothes Rack Grey. Need something nice to hang your favourite clothes on? This clothes rack will make both your room and your clothes look pretty. It is made of iron with powder coating and comes with two harness leather belts. The height is adjustable. Price $269. Stockist: www.designstuff.com.au
Duffel Stool. The Duffel Stool is inspired by drawstring duffel bags and has appropriated some of their various features that express quality and functionality.The stool features a strip of differentiating colour at the base which references the leather found on the bottom of a duffel bag. This creates options for customisation with many different fabric colours available.Price $670. Stockist: store.timwebberdesign.com
Styled and photography: Louise Perkins
A KALEIDOSCOPE OF HANDCRAFTED TEXTILES www.shakiraaz.com.au HANDMADE IN MELBOURNE
Photography: Armelle Habib. Styling: Heather Nette King
Photography: Mike Baker for Dulux Australia
BONNIE & NEIL The new Winter Garden collection by the talented duo Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie delivers yet again with their signature designs and wonderous colour tones Tell us a bit about Bonnie and Neil? Bonnie and Neil is an independent textile studio based in Brunswick, Melbourne. We make screen printed, hand crafted products for the home including cushions, tableware, ceramics, bean bags and timber artwork. Tell us about yourself and your background? Bonnie: When I was 13 I landed a job working at a florist around the same time I was discovering my love for art. When I finished high school I studied art at Christchurch’s School of Design majoring in textiles and sculpture. In 2000, Neil and I moved to the UK where I spent two years working in the fashion industry creating fabric and screen printing.
When we moved to Australia in 2003, I continued working as a textile designer and printer as well as part-time florist before we launched Bonnie and Neil. Neil: I studied at art and design school in New Zealand, which led me down the path of cabinet-making and building furniture. These skills set me up for roles in New Zealand but then also during our moves to the UK and Australia. When we moved to Melbourne in 2003, I worked in events, building sets for large-scale events like the Melbourne Cup Carnival. What sparked you to create Bonnie and Neil? We have always been working on some creative project or another, so it was
inevitable that one day we’d start our own business! When we launched Bonnie and Neil in 2010 it really just felt like the right time to do it. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? All of our designs are created in house using an intuitive approach that involves a combination of traditional printing methods paired with unique applications that we’ve developed over the years. We source all of our inks locally and hand mix the colours ourselves. Some designs are hand drawn by Bonnie but can also include a combination of photography and collages. continued on next page >
Photography: Armelle Habib. Styling: Heather Nette King
What inspires you in your designs? Each piece within the Bonnie and Neil range has it’s own story, whether it’s made from recycled timber we’ve sourced from old Melbourne homes or a print we’ve created from photography we’ve taken on our travels – each design means something to us. What do you love the most about having your own label? We are both hands on creative people, so getting to be part of the whole end-to-end process is very important to us – we have complete control over what materials are used, how products are made and which stockists we take on board.
What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? Timber Tiles for their versatility and bold patterns. What has been your biggest highlight? We’ve had so many amazing opportunities come our way – the first time we attended the NY Now trade show in New York was a significant business opportunity for us. Being exposed to some of the biggest names in retail alongside amazing designers was very exciting for us! What are your plans for the future? We’re always looking at new ways to
collaborate with other designers as well as creating new products that align with our other passions in life – travel, entertaining, flora and fauna, interior design. We recently moved into a new studio space in Melbourne and will be opening our first retail store/showroom in May which we’re very excited about – visitors to the store can expect to see some “studio exclusive” products as well as furniture and archival products from all of our previous Bonnie and Neil ranges.
Photography: Armelle Habib. Styling: Heather Nette King
MOODBOARD WITH BEE CZARNOTA
PP Mobler Flag Halyard Chair by Hans Wegner available in Australia via www.cultdesign.com.au A designer classic from the 1950’s this chair is as comfy as it is effortlessly cool!
Lucite Personalised/ Mongrammed Tray on ETSY via Lovey Dovey Creations store. “The Tailored Interior”, by Greg Natale. Available from www.bookworld.com.au
CZAR BY DESIGN INTERIOR DIRECTOR AND STYLIST @czar_in_design (Interiors and Styling) @czar_by_design (Product Design) A lover of good form & function and of ‘timeless’ style and quality. I have a collaborative mindset, and find great joy in sharing wonderful existing products and designers alike, yet inquisitive enough to dream up and produce the ‘things’ that I can’t find, through our Design House, Czar By Design. We started with this Marble range and have a different concept in production that we hope to share with you all via Instagram by June this year.
Traverse Oak Console Table. Made in Melbourne by Zuster. www.zuster.com.au
Beolit 15 by Bang & Olufsen This looks like some kind of a sexy lunch box but is in fact an ultra performing boom box! Available via www.bang-olufsen.com
Floor Lamp “Block 2 - copper edition” by Henry Pilcher - www.anibou.com.au “Mini Me” Calacatta Marble Free Standing Hashtag by our Design House, Czar by Design. (Via Instagram @czar_by_ design). Available in 2 different sizes, they are made from pure Calacatta Marble Prices starting at $420. Palm Springs Photography Print Set the scene with a strong photographic statement such as this beauty from Melbourne based lifestyle photographer, Kate Ballis. www.kateballis.com
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Elliot Coat Stand Tall and handsome, Elliot’s clean aesthetic and small footprint make it the perfect element to complete any interior. It’s the accessory you didn’t know you needed. Stockist: www.anacastudio.com.au Photography: Nik Epifanidis. www.nikepifanidis.com.au
coatstands Need somewhere to lay your hat then we have the solution for you
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1] Moo Timber Coat Stand. Hand-made, 3 legged coat stand utilising precision cuts and classic Chinese interlocking joinery. Price $650. Stockist: shop.eviegroup.com 2] Stix hallstand. Press laminated wooden sticks that join together to make a single form. Made from plantation grown Australian Oak. Price POA. Stockist: www.jongoulder.com 3] Stem Tree by Nicholas Karlovasitis and Sarah Gibson. Price $995. Stockist: www.designbythem.com 4] Tree. Floor standing or wall mounted coat stand. Price POA. Stockist: www.thecollectiononline.com.au 5] Birch and white by TIENKO. Tienko is a handcrafted, multi-use accessory stand. Inspired by minimalist Scandinavian design Price $109. Stockist: www.tienko.com.au 6] The X. Simple in name, function and beauty, the X coat stand is an elegant storage solution for every season and setting. Price POA. Stockist: www.workshopped.com.au
ANISE BOTANCIAL SKINCARE With a pinch of the botanical, a of touch of nature and dash of love, Madonna Gott carefully creates her bespoke skincare range Tell us a bit about Anise Botancial Skincare? Anise Botanical Skincare is a boutique range of completely natural skincare and lifestyle products that are not only beautiful to use, but that look so good you’ll want to show them off in your home. Handmade from the finest and purest natural and botanical ingredients. Tell us about yourself and your background? I am a qualified cook and caterer. I began my career in hospitality, eventually owning my own café for a number of years. I have always enjoyed creating my own unique recipes and experimenting with flavours and techniques. I see formulating skincare as just another form of cooking and creating. I work with recipes I have created and the final product is only ever as good as the ingredients I use and how I treat them throughout the process. What sparked you to create Anise? It started when my son was born with
sensitive skin which made him susceptible to insect bites, seasonal eczema and resulted in lots of trips to the doctor for steroid type creams in an attempt to clear things up. Growing up, my mother always used lavender oil in the bath for cuts and stings and rinsed our hair with a cold rosemary tisane to keep the head lice at bay. I rejected the steroid creams for my son and started to teach myself how to make simple balms using beeswax and shea butter mixed with pure essential oils. Before long I was making bespoke products for family and friends. That was almost 17 years ago and my formulations have come a long way since then. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? Every step of the process is handled inhouse. I have a small group of family and friends who contribute in so many ways to our growth and success. My son is a graphic designer and he designs our labels and promotional materials. I have a friend
who is a nurse and beauty therapist who very happily tests and reviews the products and another great friend who is a designer with her own clothing brand who helps with styling, photography and creative direction. All of our products are handmade in small batches, hand-poured into our stunning amber glass bottles and hand labelled with our matte white labels that are printed locally for us. Our design ethos is based around my family’s Swedish heritage, I’ve always been drawn to the simplicity and purity of Scandinavian design and I have tired to bring those elements to my range. What scents are currently available and which is your favourite? We have a Cream and Wash Collection that is available in 200ml, 500ml and our beautiful big 1000ml amber glass bottle and they come in two scents; Ylang Ylang, Mint & Lavender and Rose, Bergamot & Vanilla. Ylang Ylang, Mint and Lavender was our first so it will always be my favourite.
Images: Designed and styled by Lynda Gardener at The Estate Trentham, a 3 bedroom boutique house, accommodation and event space. The Barn, house and various garden spaces are available for bespoke events, photographic location shoots, workshops and more. For bookings and media enquiries please contact Lynda, enquiries@ theestatetrentham.com.au www.theestatetrentham.com.au
Photography: Anwyn Howarth
< continued from previous page What makes your products stand out from the rest? They are only as good as our ingredients. Just like the quality of flour you use can greatly affect the quality of cake you bake, the same is true for natural skincare. We not only use safe and approved ingredients but we use the best quality versions of those ingredients. All of our vitamins and extracts are active and potent and we only put in what is needed. This has resulted in a premium and pure quality range of products that are suitable for use by the entire family. What do you love the most about having your own brand? I get to do what I love everyday. It’s creative and so satisfying to see your visions become a reality. I also love the feedback we get from our customers. We work for compliments so as long as people love it we will continue to make it.
Do you have plans to expand your range? I just can’t stop formulating; I always have a new product in the works. It takes around 6 months to formulate a new product so there is always something new being created around here. We have just released our new 500ml Gardeners Hand Cream and Gardener’s Hand Wash. What type of products do you have in your range? We currently make a total of 11 products, some with a variety of scents and sizes available. Our core range is made up of our Cream & Wash products that are available in two scents and come in three sizes. They are suitable for use by the entire family and can be used for hands and body. I even use them on my face because they are such gentle, premium products. We also make Face Cream, Body Butter, Room Spray, A Travel Kit, Gardener’s Hand Cream, Gardener’s Hand Wash, two varieties of Lip Butter and a Rosy Pink Lip Tint. CONTACT: www.aniseskin.com
Photography: Amanda Richmond
WHAT’S IN STORE Hand & Body Wash A multi-use wash suitable for the entire family. This sulphate and paraben free multipurpose wash is formulated with natural ingredients and fragranced with a blend of pure essential oils. Scents: * Ylang Ylang, Mint & Lavender *Rose, Bergamot & Vanilla
Sweet Orange & Cardamom Body Butter A deeply hydrating treatment for feet, legs or any area in need of extra care. This rich and deeply moisturising butter provides an intense treatment for dry and under-hydrated skin. Fragranced with Sweet Orange and Cardamom essential oils.
Hand & Body Cream A multi-use cream suitable for the entire family. This light, easily absorbed lotion contains extracts of olive and calendula to soothe and condition the skin. It contains certified organic sweet almond oil and pure vitamin C and is lightly fragranced with a blend of pure essential oils. Scents: * Ylang Ylang, Mint & Lavender *Rose, Bergamot & Vanilla
Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter A smooth and buttery lip treatment. Our Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter is a creamy blend of organic beeswax, shea nut butter and sweet almond oil. Lightly scented with pink grapefruit essential oil.
Carrot Seed Face Cream 50ml A lightweight, hydrating cream suitable for all skin types. This rapidly absorbed cream contains a potent combination of carrot seed oil, vitamin C and lecithin to cool, soften and rejuvenate the skin, delivering superb hydrating replenishment. Gardener’s Hand Cream A non-greasy formula that provides deep hydration and repairs damaged hands. Fragranced with a warm floral blend of lavender, sandalwood, ylang ylang and sweet orange essential oils.
Rose Lip Tint A hydrating treatment for the lips with a delicate rosy hue. A creamy blend of organic beeswax, shea nut butter and coco butter with the addition of natural pink clay and beetroot powder for a soft rosey tint. Lightly scented with organic Rose Otto essential oil. Mint Anise Lip Butter A smooth and buttery lip treatment. A creamy blend of organic beeswax, shea nut butter and sweet almond oil. Lightly scented with a blend of fresh and invigorating peppermint and star anise essential oils.
clever wireware Functional, practical and stylish all in one
Down to the Woods-Magazine Holders- Wire Wall Baskets Price $49.95. Stockists: www.downtothewoods.com.au
1] Wire storage table by Pols Potten. Price $399. Stockist: www.voyagerinteriors.com.au 2] Menu Copper Wire Bin. Price $190. Stockist: www.urbancouture.com.au 3] Colourful wire sculptures by Pols Potten. Price $1599. Stockist: www.voyagerinteriors.com.au 4] Madam Stoltz Copper Wire Basket - Large. Price $49. Stockist: www.roomandbloom.com.au 5] Atomic Wire Copper Lamp. Price $389.95. Stockist: www.zohiinteriors.com.au 6] Adairs Kids Wire Basket Neon Pink. Prices from $14.95. Stockist: www.adairs.com.au 7] Wire powdercoated chair from Clickon Furniture. Price $119. Stockist: www.theblockshop.com.au 8] Wire table - lime. Turn your home into a stylish beach house with these beautiful limited edition hand made, furniture pieces. Price $199.95. Stockist: www.escapetoparadise.com.au
Photography; Cricket Ink
Inside their studio based in Thomastown, Adam Lynch and Dale Hardiman combine their artistry to design and create unique furniture and everyday objects with a difference
Tell us a bit about Dowel Jones? Dowel Jones is an Australian design brand producing furniture and objects for everyday life. We design, develop and manufacture products including lighting, furniture and accessories, and also produce custom work for clients, singular products and installations. Our studio is currently located in a rubber factory in Thomastown where one of our products is manufactured. Can you tell us a bit about yourselves and your background? Adam and myself both studied an associate degree at RMIT, and then both went on to do honours in Industrial Design together at RMIT. Adam was brought up in Geelong while I was raised in Bendigo.
Adams background is more in the manufacture of objects whilst mine is more in the creative arts. What sparked you to create your business? We started our first design business in second year of university in 2011, called LAB DE STU, made up of Adam Lynch, Andre Hnatojko and myself. Adam Lynch and myself founded Dowel Jones in 2013 after a successful collaboration on our first product Mr. Dowel Jones. After working together on Mr. Dowel Jones together we realised the potential of an ongoing collaborative practice. There was no hesitation about starting our own business, we knew we all wanted to work together and had fairly strong ideas of what we wanted to be doing.
What processes are involved in creating your pieces? Each project is approached differently. We are lucky to be situated in a factory in the northern suburbs of Melbourne allowing us the space and facilities to work on most scale projects. We tend to spend more time prototyping then we do developing through the use of CAD as we can understand a material or process much easier in this way. A lot of products are developed just through casual conversation. What inspires you in your designs? Weâ€™re inspired by everyday life; we work with manufacturers throughout our entire design process so ideas can be sparked from anything. continued on next page >
Photography; Cricket Ink < continued from previous page As we spend a lot of time in factories being situated in one ourselves, we see processes and use those to work on products usually before we look at the form of an object.
Tombstone Mousepad. Our desktop is made from a single piece of Australian white granite so the surface is quite hard to work on (although incredibly beautiful), so the soft supple leather of the mousepad is a hand saver.
part of Melbourne Now. We had several pieces in the show but Mr. Dowel Jones’s inclusion on the Design Wall along with iconic Australian products like the Sherrin Football, Knog bicycle lights and Willow esky was particularly exciting.
What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? We’ve just released two new ranges – Hurdle Family and Desk Life. Desk Life was the first range we designed to suit our working environment and decided to share it - a ruler, mousepad and pencil holder. Our favourite piece would have to be the
What has been your biggest highlight? Highlights are difficult to list as everyday we can are surprised by potential opportunities. Milan Furniture Fair that is happening right now is an incredible experience, we’ve shown in some fantastic places internationally but the biggest highlight would most likely be exhibiting at the National Gallery of Victoria as
What are your plans for the future? We’ve outgrown our current studio so our plans for the future are to expand and to continue to releasing new work both locally and internationally. CONTACT: www.doweljones.com
THE YEAR THAT WAS We take a look back at some of the amazing people we have met over the past year and see where their journey has since taken them
A BOY NAMED AARON
AARON DARCY An obsession with anchors led Aaron Darcy to forge himself a business where he creates decorative tribal anchors and prayer tribes. www.aboynamedaaron. com.au
Since we last met there has been a lot of exciting changes within the studio and beyond. I’ve been busy introducing new pieces and fresh techniques to my ranges while keeping a close watch on what’s trending and using my own inventive use of colour. It’s important to evolve and keep up with the industry so that my admirers and I stay excited and tunein for what’s next! Today I look around and see my studio walls alive with newly made pieces that inspire me everyday and a bay where I have stock at the ready to keep up with the growing love for my hand made works. It’s been inspirational watching my own business grow where I now have an assistant and a sea of interest for my unique work and collaboration offers. While my story has just begun, there’s so much more to discover; and this year I plan to release my textile & accessories range in time for the holidays. Every single morning I open up the workshop, I smile - and I think to myself... What would I be doing if I hadn’t followed my dreams!
LI-ANN SCOTT Getting right to the heart of every child, Li-Ann Scott has successfully designed gorgeous kids bedding and accessories. www.sackme.com.au
This year (so far) we have seen a few changes. We’re proud to have Samantha join the team so we’re now 2 ladies strong! Sam looks after all our stockists and also manages our warehousing team and on top of that ensures the backend of our website runs smoothly amongst many other hats she wears. She’s our ‘numbers guru’ and it’s been a dynamic partnership with her on board. Together we’re looking to grow our reach into little rooms all around the globe. We’re so excited to introduce complementing accessories with this new collection - blankets, fun cushions, wall stickers and bean bags to layer upon our bedding. We have carefully crafted each accessory so they can be easily mixed and matched with our classic collection. Our new collection ‘ To Carnival We Go’ is full of prints and colours so rich and bold, and promises to appeal to both young and old! We’re working on some exciting collaborations in the near future and we look forward to bringing more beautiful unisex designs to brighten up your home.
MILKCART MARNIE AND RYAN McKNIGHT Handcrafted furniture which is inspired by the timeless beauty and lines of Danish furniture in their small Sydney warehouse. www.milkcart.com.au
So much has happened in Milkcart over the last few months, with the move to a larger workspace having the most impact. It has allowed us to increase production, take on a few people part time, and we are now creating a little showroom space so people can drop in, chat and check out our stuff in person! While still regularly adding and editing current collections, Milkcart has embraced monochrome and introduced Black Betties to the range. Two exciting new lines are due be released mid year so keep your eyes peeled for those! We are also delighted to announce that Milkcart be soon available in select stores throughout Australia and overseas. This is a dream come true for us, and we can only thank the constant support people who choose to shop handmade.
PETE CROMER PETE CROMER Evoking a sense of fun and playfulness Pete Cromer’s collection of giclee prints are both bright and bold and reflect the inner child within. Step into Pete’s colorful world even for a minute and you’ll be glad you did. www.petecromer.com.au
“Over the past year I have had the opportunity to really development my craft and have had the freedom to explore it more. I have collaborated with Laura Blythman on our Enemies Yay project and have met some really amazing people too. I’ve also broadened into cement sculptures (Druids). Later this year I will be having my first art exhibition with Laura. Exciting times!”
THE YEAR THAT WAS CONT.... PLANK AND TRESTLE
MIKE AND LANA HALL Plank and Trestle specialises in designing and building trestle tables for homes, restaurants and retail spaces. Their trestle tables are lovingly designed and hand-crafted in Gerringong on the beautiful NSW South Coast. www.plankandtrestle.com.au
We have had a busy year since our feature in Winkelen! We have added to our workshop crew to help us keep up with demand for our trestle tables and met lots of lovely new clients. Our new Traditional range that we released in 2014 has been extremely popular and we continue to add new stains and colours to the collection. We are so thrilled to have been acknowledged in a number of design awards and exhibitions over the last few months. Our ‘Cheeky Boy Blue’ trestle table won the People’s Choice Award in Home Beautiful magazine’s ‘Design Unearthed’ competition. We were also a finalist in the Etsy Design Awards 2014 which showcased the best Australian design on Etsy and were also included in Australian House and Garden magazine’s 2014 Style Awards. We have been working on a new range of vintage trestle tables made from old doors and floorboards and one of these was selected for exhibition in ReArt 2015 - an exhibition curated by Etsy and Retrash showcasing the best recycled creations around the world. We continue to be amazed by the custom creations people come up with for their trestle tables! Grey trestle tables have become really popular the last few months, as well as cute little trestle coffee tables.
RESIDENT GP GABI SIDHU AND PAWEL GACA Resident GP is an online homewares and accessories store. They offer a carefully curated selection of unique finds from across the globe. www.residentgp.com.au
Pawel and I started our little online store just over a year ago, not really knowing what we were doing or what was going to happen but we had a dream and thought, if we donâ€™t go for it now we will never do it. And that was the birth of Resident GP Homewares & Gifts. After starting with a template website and a few products, over the course of the first 6 months we realised we needed a better looking custom designed website to really reflect our beautiful products. We turned to Suzy Tuxen of A Friend Of Mine Studio (afom.com.au) and designed what we feel is the most beautiful website - we are still in love with it! The second half of 2014 became very exciting as we became more well known and featured in amazing online and print publications such as The Design Files, Vogue Living, Inside Out Magazine, Habitus, Fete Press and many more. Fast forward to now and we are growing faster than ever, bringing more and more gorgeous brands on board and we have just hired our first employee which is a fantastic landmark for us! We are SO excited for what lies ahead and look forward to showcasing more amazing brands for our customers to discover.
HELLO POLLY SARAH KELK AND HELEN ADAM Hello Polly Home is the debut collection of bespoke homewares by sisters Sarah Kelk and Helen Adam. A vibrant and eclectic mix of giclee prints and knitted merino cushions and throws www.hellopolly.com.au
Like the sisters themselves, Hello Polly Home is colourful, quirky, versatile and fun. The line continues Hello Pollyâ€™s focus on unique, affordable and quality design that supports the local industry. Their aim is to design things that they adore and hope their customers will too. The girls are just about to release their new collection which is due to be launched late May and here they give us a sneak peek. The range also includes art prints, cushions, throws, again, all designed, made and manufactured in Melbourne.
IT’S PARTY TIME! Y P R IZ E S ! A D H T IR B T S 1 N E L E W IN K
O V E R $ 2 5 0 0 IN F A B U L O U S P R IZ ES TO BE WON
It’s Winkelen’s 1st birthday and we’d love for you to celebrate with us. We have great prizes to be won - enter today!
CODE WORD: GOOSEBUMPS The first 1 valid entry drawn will win a Goosebumps prize pack, valued at $198, including 1 x single quilt cover grey paw reversible and 1 x Grey Paw pillowcase Reversible. One side has giant grey paws on a dark blue background and the reverse has a yellow and mint leopard print on a soft grey background. www.goosebumps.net.au @goosebumpsboutiquebedding
TO ENTER: To win any of these fabulous prizes nominate which prize you would like to win by clicking on their instagram name and liking their page, then TO COMPLETE YOUR ENTRY GO TO WINKELENMAGAZINE.COM In your entry, include your name, address, phone number and email address, and the code word for the prize you would like to win. FOR TERMS & CONDITIONS SEE PAGE 8
CODE WORD: PATERSON AND STEELE The first 1 valid entry drawn will win a Moon Pot, valued at $99, with three colours to choice from, citrus, black or white. www.patersonandsteele.com.au @patersonandsteele
CODE WORD: THE BEACH PEOPLE The first 1 valid entry drawn will win a The Beach People original roundie, the Aztec Towel, valued at $99. www.thebeachpeople.com.au @thebeachpeople #theoriginalroundie
CODE WORD: HELLO POLLY The first 1 valid entry drawn will win this Grid cushion, made from 100% merino wool and designed in Melbourne, valued at $89. www.hellopolly.com.au @hellopollyphotos
PRIZE #5 CODE W ORD: MICHAEL B OND
The first 1 valid entry drawn will win this incredible art piece titled ‘Reef’ by Michael Bond, 61x76cm acrylic on canvas, framed in a white shadow box frame. Valued at $795. www.michaelbondart.com @chesty007
1ST B N E L E K WIN
IZES! R P Y A IRTHD
CODE WORD: MILKCART
The first 1 valid entry drawn will win this Black Betty Bedside Table, matte black laminate and sustainable timber with a Tassie Oak trim, valued at $285. www.milkcart.com.au
CODE WORD: KATE & KATE The first 1 valid entry drawn will win this Indie Bouy towel and hand towel set in Blue Mirage, valued at $227. www.kateandkate.com.au
CODE WORD: HUX & CO The first 1 valid entry drawn will win this Medium Gold Dipped pot, valued at $90. www.huxandco.com.au @huxandco
CODE WORD: PETE CROMER The first 1 valid entry drawn will win this Limited Edition A3 Major Mitchell print, giclee print, unframed, signed and numbered, valued at $95. www.petecromer.com @petecromer
CODE WORD: SACK ME
The first 1 valid entry drawn will win 1 single or king single Pasta Amore fitted sheet and matching cushion, valued at $104 or $124. www.sackme.com.au
CODE WORD: LISA SARAH STAINLESS STEEL The first 1 valid entry drawn will win this Hello Lovely art, cut from from recycled industrial steel, valued at $138. www.lisasarah.com @lisasarahsteeldesigns
CODE WORD: FRANKIE GUSTI The first 1 valid entry drawn will win 1 Melt burner & melts, and a large candle, valued at $60. www.frankiegusti.com @frankiegusti
CODE WORD: ALCHEMY PRODUX The first 1 valid entry drawn will win this basic’s collection featuring 1 Conical Flask candle and 2 Beaker Candles, valued at $130. All hand poured in Melbourne. www.alchemyprodux.com @alchemyprodux
CODE WORD: LAURA SHALLCRASS The first 3 valid entry drawn will win a set of Postcards with 6 illustrations, valued at $20 each. wwwlaurashallcrassillustrations.bigcartel.com @laurashallcrass
CODE WORD: RESIDENT GP
CODE WORD: A BOY NAMED AARON The first 1 valid entry drawn will win this ‘Pheara Anchor Tribe’ by A Boy Named Aaron, valued at $95. www. aboynamedaaron.com.au @aboynamedaaron
The first 1 valid entry drawn will win this Loop Design Felt Storage Bin, valued at $79.95.
1ST B N E L E K WIN
IZES! R P Y A IRTHD PRIZE #17
CODE WORD: ZEN MOMENTS CANDLES The first 1 valid entry drawn will win these signature bottle candles, hand poured with 100% natural soy wax and high quality fragrance oil. Valued at $49.90. www.zenmoments.com.au
CODE WORD: ZIN + BERT
The first 1 valid entry drawn will win this Solid Concrete + Copper Storage holder. Handcrafted for the messy desk or chaotic individual. Valued at $85. www.zinandbert.com @zinandbert
CODE WORD: MUD BY NEST
CODE WORD: FOR ME BY DEE The first 1 valid entry drawn will win this gorgeous Reg the Rhino giclee A4 print. Created and printed in Melbourne. Valued at $49. www.formebydee.com @formebydee
The first 1 valid entry drawn will win a set of four star clay tags - hello, wish, love and thanks plus you also win a set of four coastal clay tag napkins, starfish, seashell, sand + anchor and driftwood. Valued at $34. www.mudbynest.bigcartel.com @mudbynest
CODE WORD: BOXD The first 1 valid entry drawn will win this CakeBoxTM with leather carry strap, holds 18 cupcakes or one 9-inch round layercake, valued at $114. www.boxd.net.au @boxdofficial
Impala Emerald and Duiker Orange Canvases Lifestyle South African Antelopes the Impala and Duiker feature in these hand-drawn designs. Simple and beautiful, the Impala and Duiker canvases bring a sense of modern colonial style with a spot of contemporary colour. Price: $89. Stockist: www.Wallstudio.com.au
Happytown Balloon Quilt 100% Certified Organic Cotton Quilt Set in a reversible style. Town scene on one side, and bright polka dots on the reverse. Stockist: www.wallacecotton.com
MOODBOARD WITH Melissa Lee
Jester handwoven wool rug by Armadillo & Co $660 www.shop.armadillo-co.com
Little nobody chair by Hay priced from $250. www.cultdesign.com.au
INTERIOR STYLIST YOUNG FOLK www.youngfolkstore.com.au With a vast background spanning over 18 years in styling for residential and media it was the perfect transition into the children’s interiors world for Melissa Lee of Young Folk when her son was born. Young Folk is a cool, on-trend children’s interior décor and styling company offering an edited selection of quality decor & accessories exclusively for children. Melissa absolutely loves well-designed & stylish spaces for children to dream in play in and create in and her designs cover all ages from nurseries through to teenage retreats. She also has an emphasis on practical styling as being a parent she knows all about living with children and the plethora of things that come with them. Melissa enjoys sourcing original designs from Australia and overseas for her online store and room designs. Melissa’s philosophy is to design rooms that will grow with your children ensuring you get the most out of your money and to have fun and include the children when it comes to decorating.
Velvet quilt cover in Teal by Kip & Co $189. Stockist: www.kipandco.net.au
Singelo single bed by Plyroom $1095. Stockist: www.plyroom.com.au Ollie table lamp lemon by Milk & Sugar $179.95. Stockist: www.milkand sugar.com.au Really really good print by Erin Guido $52. Stockist: www.eringuido.com
Locker side table in grey by H&K Living $299 www.incyinteriors.com.au Grey with multi pom poms Blanket by Kip & Co $129. Stockist: www.kipandco.net.au
Mini Babanees table & chairs package priced from $529. Stockist: www.greencathedral.com.au
Sparkles pillowcase by Bramwell Designs $45. Stockist: www.bramwelldesigns.com.au
Photography: Middle of Nowhere Studio
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE Designed and curated in Melbourne this stylish and fun collection oozes charm and personality Tell us a bit about Middle of Nowhere? Middle of Nowhere is a small Melbourne based design studio that is passionate about designing creative and unique decor for your home. At Middle of Nowhere we think great design should be accessible, inspiring and above all fun. Middle of Nowhere continues to deliver well considered design and high quality art and decor collections as well as working closely with clients on product design solutions for commercial projects around Australia and world wide. Our products range from paintings, mirrors, framed prints, textiles furniture, home accessories and whole lot more in-between. Can you tell us about yourself and your background? Middle of Nowhere was founded by myself and my dad, Grant Brooke. Grant is also
the owner and director of our family wall decor business, Warranbrooke, so he has an extensive background in sales, business and product design. As well as a strong business background Grant also has a great eye for detail and a natural entrepreneurial streak. I have always been creative from a young age, painting and drawing and that led me to complete my degree with honors in Visual communications. With no intention to work in the business I would only paint a few art collections a year in between uni and traveling adventures. Over time painting art and product design eventually became a full time role for me and there was a greater demand for considered custom designed home decor. continued on next page >
< continued on next page What sparked you to create your business? With a constant flow of projects and product collections it was time to kick start the design studio that would work along side Warranbrooke. Collaborating fresh, fun designs and using my design skills along with high quality practices and finishes plus the added benefit of my dads business knowledge. The name Middle of Nowhere came about because we were beginning to venture internationally and we wanted to keep the name relevant to home. Internationally Australia as a country can some times can be perceived as in the ‘middle of nowhere’. We are proud to say our entire collection is designed and curated in Melbourne by a growing talented design studio and also proud to have the majority of our products created locally by a skilled team. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? When it comes to design we always like to work with a certain colour pallet, room setting and an end customer in mind. We always like to imagine people we know who would like the product in their home or if we would want to own it ourselves. If the answer is yes then we know we are on to a winner. Our processes can sometimes be quite long and not always an easy road. This is why sampling is key for us, sometimes it takes months to get it just right. But it is always worth it in the end. What inspires you in your designs? We are inspired by colours, fabrics, surfaces, textures plus house plants, they seem to amplify any creative environment. Creativity is important and so is communication. Our studio is the most productive when we work together and bounce ideas off each other. Sometimes we can talk for hours just brainstorming fun new creative ideas for product.
What do you love the most about having your own label? It is such a great opportunity to work alongside amazing clients and customers and being part of a talented team that can create products from start to finish and watching them come to life. I am also a fascinated with the endless possibles to how a business can evolve and grow. What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? I would have to say our framed print collection, we are proud to say that all our prints are made in Melbourne. I also love our cushion collection, they are always a fun addition to any space. What has been your biggest highlight? I don’t know if I can pin point one big highlight but its always nice to see our products in magazines, blogs, in stores and popping up in people’s homes on social media. It is always nice seeing our product in such lovely homes. Its very exciting! We are also so lucky to work with great designers, stylists, suppliers, photographers and amazing clients and its always a highlight knowing that you are part of such a great team. What are your plans for the future? We are currently working on a few exciting new collaborations with some of our amazing clients. Also at the moment we are working towards our new collection so we are excited to see it come together later this year. We believe it’s important to stay constantly inspired so hopefully this year a few more travel and creative ventures are possible. Added into the mix, potentially a Middle of Nowhere original painting exhibition. CONTACT: www.middleofnowhere.com.au
Photography: Middle of Nowhere Studio
Euphemia 5 Wallpaper Designed and made in Australia using FSC certified paper. Roll size: 61.5cm x 10m long Price: POA. Stockist: www.lazybones.com.au Photography Stephen Hocking
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VICE & VELVET Everyday pampering with luxe vegan handmade soaps and body products carefully crafted by Mei Ong Tell us a bit about Vice & Velvet? I sell vegan handmade soaps, bath and body products which I design, make and package in my little apartment in Melbourne. All my products are made entirely from scratch in small batches, using sustainably sourced ingredients and scented with my own signature scent blends. I started my company in 2011 and it is still a one-woman business. I believe that everyone deserves a little bit of luxury and pampering every day (even if just for 5 minutes) and I think that my products are an affordable way to make a basic activity like bathing a touch more special and enjoyable. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background? I have been making candles, soap and body
products since my early teens, a passion that lasted over a decade before Vice & Velvet was born. My study background is physiology and health sciences and for a while it didn’t look like my career would contain much room for creating nice smelling things – until I started my business. Some of my other interests include fashion, food and interior design. What sparked you to create Vice & Velvet? Since I was a young I was making soap and body products for my family members as gifts and it is a hobby that has stood the test of time. I originally started Vice & Velvet to continue to fund this hobby but when I realised how much I enjoyed both the creative and business aspects of running a soap company, there was no turning back.
What processes are involved in creating your pieces? My soaps are made using the “coldprocess” method, which involves minimal heat and therefore preserves the therapeutic properties of the ingredients as much as possible. When I was setting up Vice & Velvet I spent months testing ingredients and perfecting my recipes and each time I come up with a new formulation, I do the same. All my products are made from scratch in small batches to ensure that customers receive them while they are at their freshest and most effective. I don’t follow any perfumery rules when blending my scents – I just follow my nose and my heart and it has worked well for me. continued on next page >
< continued from previous page How do you create the different scents in your soaps? II don’t really have a basic formula for designing my products. For example, with my signature soaps, the initial concept/ inspiration might start with a person, place, time or feeling – from there I work on experimenting with different scent notes to create a blend that reminds me of that concept. Then, I would consider complimentary visual design, colours and ingredients and of course, a memorable name that is the final touch to tie all the different aspects together. Some soaps I designed this way were Laneways (inspired by Melbourne’s vibrancy), Siren (a bold floral scent that is still feminine/pink) and Envy (the “everything green” soap). However, I could just as easily start off with
an experimental scent blend first, and then build a theme and visual design around what I felt the scent evoked. Black Jack Alley (dark and “dirty” grown up berry scent) and Blushing Phoenix (delicate Oriental lychee blend) are two of my most popular soaps that were created this way. What scents are currently available and which is your favourite? Do you have plans to expand your scent range? There are currently around ten standard range scents and three seasonal limited edition scents. I don’t have a favourite but there are times of the year when the weather or festivities make me enjoy working with certain scents more than I usually would. I am constantly experimenting with new blends and releasing new limited edition scents – this is something I see continuing in the future of Vice & Velvet.
What makes your soaps stand out from the rest? The unique scent blends, the combination of ingredients that each individual soap has and the visual design that ties everything together. Every product is designed, made and packaged by the same two hands so every piece is a true labour of love and one-of-akind. My aim is to make beautiful products with simple packaging, not the other way around. To me, this means that long after the jars are opened, labels peeled off and boxes thrown away, my products should still smell beautiful, feel beautiful and work beautifully. What do you love the most about having your own label? There are so many avenues for creativity when I’m making my soaps and body products. It starts with the visual element – the designs, colours and textures. Then, the tactile aspect, which includes how a product feels on the skin during and after use. And of course, there is the scent and the feelings and memories evoked by certain scents. I love being a scientist, artist, perfumer and chef all at the same time. It thrills me to think of my customers enjoying all the different elements in my products, and even better, sharing them with their family and friends. CONTACT: www.viceandvelvet.com.au
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SHAKIRAAZ HOMEWARES Handcrafted with colourful influences of India and designed and made in Melbourne by creator Shakira Lima, this textile range oozes appeal Tell us a bit about your business? “Shakiraaz” is a homewares brand that prides itself in creating and producing handcrafted and handmade products some of which are designed and made in Melbourne, and some of which are handmade by Indian artisans. We work with natural materials and use practices that minimize any harmful effects to the environment. Melbourne based textile designer Shakira Lima is the founder of this brand and designs and prints her own textiles which she makes into products for the home in Australia. Apart from this she also prints small exclusive runs of fabric yardages for the interior and décor industry. Tell us about yourself and your background? I am a science graduate (actually have a degree in genetics), but right from a very young age I used to handpaint using oils, crayons, gouache, as well as sketch and illustrate. Both my parents used to handpaint as well.
My house in india is filled with my mother’s, father’s and my artworks, we hardly ever bought any artworks from outside. My love for homewares started with my mother constantly rearranging the home and also from the Country Home magazine that she used to subscribe to from the UK, I always used to flick through these magazines and get inspired. While in Australia, I studied Textile design at RMIT and decided that this would be my career, as I could not imagine myself being couped up in a laboratory...I have always wanted to start my own business and had big plans to have a brand that has a happy mixture of my love for the 2 cultures, Indian and Australian, which I am happy to say is now being realised. What sparked you to create your business? Being brought up right from a very young age in a very creative atmosphere, with both my parents being into the arts, whether it was painting, music, poetry or just being encouraged to be free in ones own artistic expression, I think was the starting point for
me to start thinking creatively. I started my business by handpainting cushions, scarves and purses and showcasing my work at markets, the positive response prompted me to start exploring with printing (which I am trained in) and thus I slowly started my own label. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? Since I am a small scale business, I am right now a one-woman-show, so everything from conceptualisation, designing, printing (with many of my textiles made in Melbourne) right through to marketing. I take inspiration from the multiple photographs I have collected along the way through my travels especially through India as well as from some books that I really love and magazines. I begin by hand-drawing or sketching my designs and then taking them into the computer to create repeats or placements, which I then get converted into screens or wooden blocks for printing continued on next page >
Styled & photography: Hong Henwood from affordable stylefiles. www.affordablestylefiles.com @honghenwoodstylist
< continued from previous page I also mix my own dyes to make the shades I want for the range and thus start printing some trials runs and then yardages. What inspires you in your designs? My travels through India, Mauritius and Europe, nature is always on the top for inspiration, tribal and ethnic cultures such as the South American cultures with their Aztec motifs have especially inspired me in this current range as did “Rangoli” designs created by women in South India on mud floors of their homes. What do you love the most about having your own label? The absolute freedom to come up with a design that is not dictated by others, I don’t really follow trends all that much. Also the rush that one gets when you see your product in someones home or shop. It’s the best feeling as you know your hard work is paying off. Who are some of your favourite designers? Tricia Guild, John Robshaw, Jill Rosenwald, William Morris, Ora Keily, Zandra Rhodes, Georgina Chapman and many more. What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? Can I have a few? I think my latest range of cushions which are more tribal inspired, as well as my medallion series from the medium sized medallion to the larger medallion, of which I have just printed a throw, as this was inspired by temple carving on the roofs of a temple I visited in South India a few years ago. What has been your biggest highlight? Definitely being featured on Jen Bishops blog “The Interiors Addict” twice as well as growing my following steadily on instagram based on what I post and being followed by some famous people in the industry always makes it special and makes one realise that you must be doing something right, well I hope so. What are your plans for the future? To diversify into other products for the home as well as personal accessories and to start my own range of printed textiles that I can offer to the interiors and décor industry for their projects on a larger scale (I am right now doing it on a smaller scale).
I would also love to collaborate with some famous experienced people in the industry and offer my range to them in creating products that are different and eye-catching. I also plan to participate in some trade fairs next year and am really looking forward to that. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your business? Since handpainting is my first love and what I absolutely love doing I am thinking of doing a series of handpainted designs and then converting this into digital prints for them to be more viable, and creating a range of products with them. CONTACT: www.shakiraaz.com.au
Right: Styled & photography: Louise Perkins from The Design Villa www.thedesignvilla.com.au @villastyling
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PERPETUAL ONE Georgina Hobson rescues unwanted or neglected wares, giving them a new of life with a rustic flare and a signature style showcasing the vintage RAN insignia Can you tell us a bit about Perpetual One? My creative enterprise blends my love of textiles, old wares and the stories of the past. Not everyone likes to rescue neglected wares and bring them to life again. But I do. The time-worn textures, their silent stories and the quality workmanship of old pieces – that’s my ‘thing’. My work involves restoring, designing and hand assembly of utility pieces with a rustic style – many featuring wool army blankets. I use darning, patches, hand-stitched rolled hems and French seams, together with genuine vintage Royal Australian Navy (RAN) insignia. Tell us about yourself and your background? I have enjoyed several different areas of work
and study over my life. I completed a degree in Exercise Science and worked in health and wellness for approximately eight years. After having children I took a slightly different path into retail. In 2006 and 2008, I completed further study and a lot of research before initiating a small business as a Vintage Trader through ‘Perpetual One’ at a local market near Noosa. I worked part –time sourcing and restoring old pieces of furniture, linens, homewares and collectibles.In 2011, I also co-staged a large retail and experiential event called ‘Two Golden Hours’ at Yandina Station on the Sunshine Coast. I was featured in several national magazines with my concept and was extremely grateful for the considerable positive response to my business.
In 2012, I decided to take a step back from vintage retail, and continue my love of ‘making’ as a part-time enterprise around my current employment in Communications at a Noosa school. What sparked you to create your business? I have had an interest in textiles, aging pieces, sewing projects and creative expression for many years. During my time as a Vintage Trader, I often uncovered old fabrics, blankets and linens, which had been neglected. With a love of rustic textures and utility goods I saw an opportunity to restore and share these pieces with others – thereby extending their working life. continued on next page >
< continued from previous page What processes are involved in creating your pieces? Working on Perpetual One pieces involves a blending of different tasks including, • SOURCING blankets, new and found fabrics (mostly linens and canvas), vintage insignia and materials. • TRIALING new designs – stitching prototypes, testing fabrics, hand– stencilling, adjusting assembly details, pre-washing materials and post-washing finished pieces to test strength and shape. • MAKING pieces – hours of time are spent
laying patterns, cutting, sewing – both machine and by hand, and sometimes patient un-picking and re-sewing to ensure a quality result. • ASSEMBLY of custom pieces – working to the specific requests of a customer does take extra time than a ready-made order, but making a special piece for a unique gift or keepsake is very rewarding. What inspires you in your designs? To me, good design is utilising materials that reflect your passion, and maximising your skill set - to create pieces that outlast seasonal trends and remain individual.
The pieces I create use materials that reflect honour and history – together with texture and simplicity. Their quality workmanship is derived from time I have invested in planning, testing and refining methods to achieve a standard of excellence. What do you love the most about having your own label? I love the expression of creativity and re-purposing neglected items for a new life. Making is part of who I am, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to pursue this passion around my other commitments.
Who are some of your favourite designers? Beattie Lanser is someone who inspired me several years ago through her timeless designs and quality workmanship. I was fortunate to meet her not long after she had opened her shop in Manly and our discussion that day about pursuing your creative passion and being original really stuck with me. Colenimo – what can I say? The designs, the execution and the presentation of the pieces are always breathtaking. Designer and founder Aya Nakagawa is one lady I’d sure like to spend a day with.
What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? My signature cushion covers represent what I love about working with aged materials. There is history and honour in the construction of these pieces – as they feature a genuine vintage Australian army blanket and RAN HMAS Tally Band. The cover is backed with European black linen and sewn using French seams. What has been your biggest highlight? In 2013 I was approached by Murobond to wholesale some of my cushions and blankets in their Sydney showroom. I am ever grateful
to Rowena Judd for her enthusiasm for independent makers and the exposure she generated through this opportunity. What are your plans for the future? At this stage I will continue with Perpetual One on a part-time basis – selling online and through a couple of retailers. However, I do miss some of the aspects of face-toface retail, and one day I’d like to revisit my dream of creating a concept store which brings together some of my favourite things in a memorable setting. CONTACT: www.perpetual-one.com.au
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IGNIS INCEPTION Turning scrap into innovative artworks designed for use, Harry Brown has combined his skills to create truly unique homewares Tell us a bit about Ignis Inception? I like to think of Ignis Inception as true modern alchemy. I gather discarded or disused items and scrap material (often destined for landfill). I then use their form and properties to inspire the design and function of new, more valuable creations. As a by-product of this process, much of the items are limited in numbers and all are unique with their own stories. All the creations are hand-crafted, fusing the old and the new to produce high-quality items bursting with character and innovation. Tell us about yourself and your background and what sparked you to create Ignis Inception? Growing up in rural Queensland I have always been close to nature and have a strong affiliation with the natural world surrounding me. As a child every day after school and every weekend I would be off exploring the bush. I would observe the
organic cycles and how nothing in nature was ever put to waste. I began to see the potential in everything (usually revolving around my newest cubby house). A rocky overhang and a few fallen branches became a shelter, a hole in the ground and an old cupboard door became a makeshift fridge etc. Being resourceful was fun. As I grew older I began to truly see myself becoming the product of my parents. My father an electrical trades TAFE teacher and a very deep thinker. My mother a shop owner and extremely active humanitarian. As well as my Stepmother, a self-starter, bubbly realist and ever vigilant environmentalist. Later in life I moved to Melbourne with an Environmental Engineering Degree. At some point my actively analytical mind demanded a creative outlet to vent. Ideas started to form, designs started to come to me and soon enough I had taken over the dining table with sketches and samples. At this point the whole process became
extremely organic. As the ideas began to flow I realised that I was creating a beautiful solution to solve a point of contention I had in my own home. I had created a lamp, but opposed to the energy hungry sterile and intrusive light that filled my house it was efficient, warm, inviting and personal. I was happy with what I had created but a quiet part of me had some other, bigger aspirations for this lamp. These ideas would have to wait until I returned from a trip to England with my girlfriend, Helen, to visit her family and where I proposed. When we got back to Australia I immediately began working on what has now become Ignis Inception. I feel that Ignis Inception is the mature reimagining of my childhood in rural QLD. It was always somehow organic, fusing the old and the new to form artistic alchemical creations that lent a sense of ambiance and comfort. continued on next page >
< continued from previous page What processes are involved in creating your pieces? So this might sound a bit odd by I find my creating process is a lot like Heston Blumenthal’s… It always starts off with a strange idea – because repurposing items always seems a little mental. This is followed by a bunch of excitedly erratic sketches and way more research than is ever needed. Eventually I will come up with a prototype design and in doing so I pretty much always realise that I have set myself a challenge that was much bigger than anticipated. So, I then spend a great deal of time refining and refining the product until I have my eureka moment. Then it’s back to the studio to push out the final design. What inspires you in your designs? It usually boils down to the properties and or form of medium itself. For example I
had some scrap shard like offcuts of some copper piping on the floor in my studio. I just liked the shape of one of the pieces so I decided to work with it and see what happened. Next minute I was rolling copper splinters into pieces of wire to form clasps and I was lashing up a piece of leather. That become The Shard Bracelet. What do you love the most about having your own label? On a personal level, it allowed me to be passionate and analytical (ask anyone to sum me up in 2 words and they will list off those two traits). The whole process of developing the business and my designs was just SO organic… It gave me a freedom to run down this endless rabbit hole of positive creative thought. I am a hard man to pigeonhole, I don’t agree with pigeonholing – I’m not a rocker or a hippie or a geek or a naturalist… I’m all of these things in a unique way.
The moment when I realised that I had just created a job role tailored to fit my quirky personality, it was a pretty liberating feeling. Then finding out that other people also dig my unconventional design and ethos has got to be one of the most humbling experiences. In relation to the products I create, to see a pile of scraps and raw materials slowly evolve into a functional piece of working art, is just REALLY cool! The Cygnet’s lampshade, for example was made from an old salt shaker. It was practically black with tarnish when I got it. To be able to buff back all that corrosion and see the raw metal underneath for the first time in 20 years… it’s almost like a form of archaeology. On a professional level, I love that it gives me license to explore new skills. I have learnt and continue to learn SO much as I grow and develop this business and I feel like that is a gift in itself. Every day is different and challenging in its own way.
Who are some of your favourite designers? I am new to the world of design, at this stage I am pretty much blown away by most of the talent that Melbourne has to offer. However I will note that recently I had the pleasure of meeting Marc Pascal at his studio. Lighting has always been my speciality and it was absolutely priceless to meet fellow lighting designer! What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? This can honestly be like choosing your favourite child so I will say the item that I use the most (some would say far too often) would have to be my own Artesian Incense Burner. Like a fingerprint each burner has its own unique patina. It gives them all an exclusive character and having the ability to burn 2 separate incense fragrances at the same time is really fun. However The Genesis will always be the jewel in my crown. That lamp is what started it all. SO much R&D went into refining that
lamp and the end product is just awesome. There are just so many subtle features to this lamp that make it such a stand out but the most obvious feature would have to be the Nature Glow lighting system I created for it. I love coming home and making a nice ambient environment after work. Dimming the lights, putting on some music and lighting some incense. The two things that totally kill the vibe for me is that “ahhh my eyes” moment when I have to turn on a ‘big lights’ for some reason and at the end of the night when I have to turn the lights off and fumble my way to the bedroom. I always end up stubbing my toe or accidentally standing on the dog’s tail etc. oops. The Genesis negates all this. When you turn crank up the brightness of the Genesis it introduces light to your eyes the way your eyes are built to process that light (no more squinting) and the delay function gives you ample time to casually collect your things and make your way to the bedroom before
the lamp slowly puts itself to sleep. What has been your biggest highlight? Hmmm, I don’t think I have one yet? What are your plans for the future? I have spent SO much time developing this business and now I’m just really looking forward to taking on new awesome customers and making more elaborate designs. I’m looking forward to helping people make their home a nice cosy nest this winter. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about Ignis Inception? Yeah sure, apart from the items in my shop, I really enjoy working with people to create custom pieces out of unused items around their home that they would like to see given a new life. CONTACT: www.ignisinception.com
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