The Newbies Workshop

Last Saturday was a lot of fun. The Newbies team have worked like there was no tomorrow over the last month, gearing up for the Auckland Spring Gift Fair. We were assembling products right up until the morning of the Fair, fueled by caffine & adrenaline alone. The coffee that Sal made was particularly strong, … Continue reading

Bellroy packaging

Exquisite packaging by Bellroy. It’s good to see when the packaging is as beautifully crafted as the product itself. They have a good understanding that the customer’s physical experience of the brand starts as soon as the package lands in their hands. You can instantly tell that it’s a quality product – if they take … Continue reading

Wasara tableware

Wasara has completely changed the way I feel about disposable cups & plates. I’m not usually a big fan of disposable tableware, especially plastic… I love food and really believe that it’s meant to be enjoyed, and what you eat and drink with is a part of that whole experience. However, after coming across Wasara … Continue reading

Windows to Aesop

9 days ago Aesop revealed window installations for people to get a glimpse into their world… “This is a significant undertaking for our company, and only the second time in our history – the first was in 2005 – that we’ve had the opportunity to explain ourselves in these expansive spaces. The windows in Myer … Continue reading

Crumpled City

I often find shopping a bit of a mission, mainly because I feel bombarded with so many things that I don’t even want. I do however, find joy in discovering interesting products that are well designed, and it’s a bonus if it’s practical. I was scouting around for inspiration for packaging ideas on a project I’m … Continue reading

Aesop East to West gift kits

I know my blog may seem like an Aesop promo site at the moment but they just keep churning out amazing work! These East to West gift packs by Aesop incorporates three things I love: travel, design & packaging. This truly was love at first sight… ‘This is one occasion when the destination is as … Continue reading

Aesop Tokyo

As I mentioned a few months ago, Aesop was in the process of opening a store in Japan… On the 7th of December, they proudly opened the doors to their very first signature store in Tokyo, located on the Ground Floor of the Asada building in Minami-Aoyama. And from what I hear, it has not … Continue reading

The Department Store

The Department Store is a new retail destination, which opened last year on Auckland’s North Shore. The store is modelled on the traditional department store experience of the 1920s and 30s. It is designed to appeal to young, fashion conscious consumers for whom design is paramount. The Department Store houses high-end brands such as Karen … Continue reading

Wooden Mirador Rings

I have been in search for interesting pieces of jewellery for quite sometime now and I’ve finally come across some beautiful rings by Barcelona-based designers Bandada. Adriana Díaz and Ana María Ramírez have backgrounds in graphic and product design and the duo have merged their experiences from their different disciplines to create stunning jewellery. They … Continue reading

Paper Sky

Urbis Design Day is an annual event, which gives people an exclusive tour of Auckland’s leading interior and spatial design showrooms. Each showroom gets paired up with creatives from different design disciplines, and the challenge is to produce a stand-out installation piece to set the showroom above the rest. There were two installations in particular … Continue reading