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Cosy window seat
There’s something humbling about being
welcomed into a creative workplace. Filled
with materials and pieces in progress,
workshops and studios are by nature messy
and there’s rarely any point in tidying up for
a visitor, so when I’m in the position of being
said visitor, I feel privileged to be able to see
the real work, ideas and life behind the scenes.
I found the prospect of this particularly
thrilling when I was invited to interview
artisans in Oita, a prefecture on Kyushu,
Japan’s third-largest island, located in the
south-west of the country. With the help of
a local expert, I put together an itinerary that
would take me to see a host of local makers
— some well known and others I’d scouted
When, like me, you’re a part-time potter
and have observed the production of another
ceramic artist’s work halfway around the world
via the powers of Instagram, entering that
ON THE ROAD IN OITA: person’s studio and having them generously
share their methodology with you induces
something akin to a fan-girl moment. Visiting
Hiroyuki Usami of Usukiyaki was a highlight
among the many highlights of my trip that
saw me introduced to ancient methods of
textile printing, the skills required to split
bamboo, and a young couple who have taken
a leap of faith and opened a backpacker hostel
in an old samurai town.
The artists and craftspeople whose work
we’ve shared in this issue’s Design Destination
feature were chosen because their approach
resonates with homestyle’s values; each has
made a career for themselves that champions
an entrepreneurial spirit and centres on
sustainable practices. Turn to page 126 to
meet them yourself.
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We’ve been shopping for your home.
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT
Extend your ‘get more greens’ resolution from your
plate to your walls with paints from Dulux’s Cultivate
collection. One of four palettes in the 2020 Dulux
Colour Forecast, it features nature’s best verdant
shades, all of which conjure a sense of renewal ideal for
this time of year, with a dash of nostalgia stirred in. The
dusty leaf-green pictured here is Dulux Tauherenīkau.
SHELL BE RIGHT
There, there, summer’s not over yet, and you
can channel the vibe whatever the weather
with this beachy velvet cushion. It’s made
in several shades and sizes by New York artist
and designer Tamar Mogendorff, whose
enchanting stitched creations (including
birds and seahorses) have been dubbed
GO FOR A SPIN
Authentic old-school for the
new decade, Sony’s PS-LX310 JOLLY GOOD
turntable rocks some serious In a selection of their front-running designs
big deck energy. Among other printed onto lightweight linen, English brand
high-tech perks, the bluetooth
vinyl record player lets you Fermoie’s gathered lampshades have a posh
British-heritage look that’s rather dashing with
connect to any wireless antique furniture and objects. If your aesthetic
speaker or headphones, and is more modern than ma’am, they make great
delivers a rich, balanced sound. statement pieces — we love the dotty Quartz Words: Philippa Prentice
sony.co.nz pattern, seen here in green and pink.
Again with the lamps but we can’t
not bring this curious creation to
your attention. Part of Sunshine YOUR
Coast ceramicist Madeline King’s
body of work, Earth Darlings, it’s
handcrafted from clay stained with WORLD OF
iron oxide and painted with porcelain,
then lit from within by an Edison bulb. INSPIRATION
There’s nothing too fancy about
Dehei’s plain and simple bedding,
which is just the way we and the
Auckland label’s founder Daniela
Schmidhalter like it. The organic
cotton knit fabric it’s made of,
however, is so unbelievably
comfortable, it makes having
even a wee nap kind of a big deal
— and it’s now ready to shop in
an expanded range of hues.
Hip hip hooray! You may predominately associate historic company Thonet’s pieces
with your favourite bar and eatery fit-outs, but with the launch of the Thonet Home 2020
collection curated by the Wellington founders of the brand’s New Zealand outpost, it’ll
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Your other favourite reads.
Green by Jason Chongue
(Hardie Grant, $37)
Move over, yoga — thanks to the
patience and practice it requires,
many urbanites are turning to
gardening as a remedy to the rush,
rush, rush. Nothing makes you feel
more grounded than actually putting
your hands in the dirt and, just like
tree pose, helping plants to flourish
isn’t as tricky as it looks. Melbourne
founder of The Plant Society Jason
Chongue notes that with space at
a premium in our cities and homes,
man-made is often prioritised over
nature, but says you don’t need a
backyard to own plants that bring
you daily joy. Every page of his
guide to growing greenery in smaller
homes and offices is inspirational and
informative, but it’s chapters four
and five that will carry you through,
with their solid advice and casualty-
preventing suggestions. Jason has
400-plus thriving plants at his place,
so you can take his words for it.
TOP Choose plants with textures
and growth habits that relate to
the design elements in your home.
RIGHT Styling aids can let plants Words: Philippa Prentice. Green photography: Armelle Habib
breathe visually, while raising
them up to their optimal light
conditions. OPPOSITE LEFT
Minimise the effect of artificial
heating and cooling systems
by placing plants a metre or
two away from vents. OPPOSITE
RIGHT Potted gardens are about
balance, achieved here with a
mix of short and tall plants.
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Swedish art director and interior stylist
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is in hot demand globally for his wild
and wonderfully rustic aesthetic that’s
the antithesis of ‘catalogue’. The garden
of his childhood home backed onto a Magic Spell
forest and instilled in him the deep love
of nature that’s become a signature
of his work. Here, he instructs how to
infuse our houses with charm using
items as accessible as dried grass.
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STYLE —— Buyer’s guide
Show disorganisation who’s boss with items
that bring leading design to t
that bring leading design to the nine-to-five.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT 1 Catifa Sensit Conference chairs by Arper, from $2900 each, ufl.co.nz. 2 WF-1000XM3 earphones, $450, sony.co.nz. 3 Happy bin by Vitra, $80,
cittadesign.com. 4 Classic leather ruled notebook by Moleskine, $68, milligram.com. 5 Balance lamp by Milligram, $319, fatherrabbit.com. 6 Folded shelf by Muuto, $231,
bauhaus.co.nz. 7 Philodendron Red Congo plant, $28, plantandpot.nz; in Oslo planter by General Eclectic, $34, sundayhomestore.co.nz. 8 Palladio shelves by Artifort, from
$3500, ufl.co.nz. 9 Swirl bookends by Tom Dixon, $585, ecc.co.nz. 10 Takeaway cup, $50, kwceramics.com.au. 11 Day clock, $185, backhousenz.com. 12 Toolboxes by Trusco,
$48 each, everyday-needs.com. 13 Letter rack, $30, poketo.com. 14 Multicolour Round tray, $50, tradeaid.org.nz. 15 Tokyo tote by Bellroy, $155, milligram.com. 16 Aurora
reversible-cover notebook, $22, afdstore.co.nz. 17 Bento box, $49, paperplanestore.com. 18 Pouches, $40/set, kikki-k.com. 19 Lucite stapler, $40, poketo.com.
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RESENE —— Paint trends
Looks from eras past make
a welcome return in these
rooms for little ones — with STYLING PHOTOGRAPHY
some 2020 give and take. Sam van Kan Melanie Jenkins
Paint trends —— RESENE
Fresh ’50s - In children’s bedrooms, nooks such as Nourish, Resene Aura, Resene
this oﬀer a nifty way to separate play Raindance, Resene Soulful, Resene
Complete with a cosy nook, and study zones from the sleep space. Sunbaked and Resene Moonlight)
this space channels a mid- Or you could have a desk built into a to paint each triangle with two coats
century domestic mood with wardrobe or add a games area under of paint. Allow to dry, then remove
a nostalgic palette of pastels an elevated bed. the tape.
punctuated by bold accents.
- Painted triangles on the ﬂoor are - Savvy shoppers will be surprised how
a fun take on the Formica surfaces easy to ﬁnd and inexpensive vintage
that gained popularity in the 1950s. Kiwi school desks are. We refurbished
To achieve this look, paint the entire this one by removing the legs then
ﬂoor in two coats of Resene Walk-on sanding down the timber. Prime the
in Resene Half Spanish White and timber using Resene Quick Dry primer
allow to dry. Use painter’s tape to and the legs with Resene Waterborne
create a large-squared grid on the Smooth Surface Sealer, then paint
ﬂoor, then more to make triangles them in your chosen colours; we
in random corners of the squares. opted for Resene Aura for the timber
Use Resene testpots (we chose Resene and Resene Soulful for the legs. >
BACKDROP Main walls in Resene SpaceCote Low
Sheen in Resene Half Duck Egg Blue; nook wall in
Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Soulful;
nook window frame in Resene Lustacryl in Resene
Atlas; desk in Resene Quick Dry primer, Resene
Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer, Resene Aura and
Resene Soulful; floor in Resene Walk-on in Resene
Half Spanish White, Resene Nourish, Resene Aura,
Resene Raindance, Resene Soulful, Resene Sunbaked
and Resene Moonlight, resene.co.nz. OPPOSITE,
FROM LEFT Apartment building blocks, $229/set,
dappermrbear.com. Vintage desk, $10, trademe.
co.nz. Form light triangle, $169, fatherrabbit.com.
Lines Dusty Blue notebook, $16; Cahiers notebooks,
$38/set of three; Super Sprinkles notebook, $24;
bookmark, $26; paperplanestore.com. Classic
Skyline fountain pen, $59; Hang It pegboard,
$89, fatherrabbit.com. DLine kitchen twine, $10,
spotlightstores.com. Epoca P ballpoint pen, $10,
fatherrabbit.com. Penco scissors, $23; cards, $8
each, paperplanestore.com. Apple Of My Eye washi
tape, $35/set of six, littlewhimsy.co.nz. Tip Ton chair
by Vitra, $459, cittadesign.com. Globe cushion,
$195, madegood.co.nz. Silk Yoryu fabric (used as
curtain), $24/m, thefabricstoreonline.com. Straw
Botanical pillowcase, $89/pair; flat sheet, $125/
single, fatherrabbit.com. Quilted linen blanket, $169,
cittadesign.com. ADDITIONAL ITEMS ABOVE Shell
Kisses pillowcase, $89/pair, fatherrabbit.com. Disc
Squab cushion, $160, madegood.co.nz.
Resene Half Duck Egg Blue Resene Half Spanish White Resene Soulful Resene Sunbaked Resene Nourish Resene Raindance
RESENE —— Paint trends
Paint trends —— RESENE
Overt ’80s - Think outside the box with rings mat boards painted with Resene
suspended from the ceiling, adding Shabby Chic, Resene Poppy, Resene
Reference the statement hues gym mats underneath to protect Submerge and Resene Despacito.
and geometric patterns of the daring little monkeys. - A grid on the ﬂoor can provoke all
Memphis design movement - A built-in desk lets a bedroom evolve kinds of play. Paint the ﬂoor in two
while maximising a small as children grow, graduating from coats of a dark shade — we used
space for small people.
colouring-in and crafts to more Resene Walk-on in Resene Charcoal.
serious study. Once dry, use painter’s tape to mask
- Use a magnetic wall to display art a grid pattern over the top, ﬁrmly
or create an ever-changing mural. pressing down the edges of the tape.
We used two basecoats of Resene FX Use a roller to paint the entire surface
Magnetic Magic followed by two with two coats of pale paint — we
topcoats of Resene Thumbs Up to used Resene Walk-on in Resene
make our wall magnetic, then made Poured Milk. Allow to dry, then
magnets using magnetic sheets and remove the tape.
BACKDROP Left wall in Resene FX Magnetic Magic
and Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene
Thumbs Up; remaining walls in Resene SpaceCote
Low Sheen in Resene Shabby Chic; floor in Resene
Walk-on in Resene Charcoal and Resene Poured
Milk; desk in Resene Lustacryl in Resene Shabby
Chic and Resene Submerge; bench seat in Resene
Lustacryl in Resene Poppy; magnets in Resene
Shabby Chic, Resene Poppy, Resene Submerge
and Resene Despacito, resene.co.nz. OPPOSITE,
FROM LEFT Magnetic sheets, $11/set of 10,
spotlightstores.com. Crescent Black Core mat
boards, $25 each, gordonharris.co.nz. Expressway
track, $119/16 pieces, dappermrbear.com. Hot dog
van, $35; sedan, $23; doughnut truck, $35; police
car, $23; egg carton, $19, littlewhimsy.co.nz.
Gym rings, $95/pair, torpedo7.co.nz. Arnold Circus
stool, $250, paperplanestore.com. Craft paper,
$6/5m, spotlightstores.com. Crayons, $13,
littlewhimsy.co.nz. Balance board by Wobbel,
$279, dappermrbear.com. ADDITIONAL ITEM
ABOVE Number cubes, $99, littlewhimsy.co.nz.
Resene Shabby Chic Resene Poured Milk Resene Po ppy y Resene Thumbs Up Resene Submerge Re s e ne C ha r c oa
STYLE —— Form & function
New year, new resolve
to get it together? When
your home is operating
smoothly, you’ll be ready
to take on the world.
Juliette Wanty Wendy Fenwick
BACKDROP (throughout) Walls in
Resene Double Blanc, resene.co.nz.
Floor in Breath Natural tiles,
$79.50/m , tiles.co.nz. OPPOSITE,
ON SHELF, FROM LEFT Card holder,
$17, milligram.com. The Sound of
Magique print by Hotel Magique,
$95, fatherrabbit.com. Clock by
Karlsson, $145, koop.co.nz. ON
DESK, FROM LEFT Desk tiled with
Magma Coral Pink tiles, $99.50/m ,
tilespace.co.nz, and painted with
Resene Rustic Red, resene.co.nz.
Isosceles book stand, $145,
powersurge.co.nz. Puggy’s Best High
Stationer notebook by Hightide,
$23, milligram.com. Grooved mug,
$20, orient-nz.com. Blackwing
pencils by Palomino, $6 each,
crisphome.co.nz. Swirl hourglass,
$39, boconcept.co.nz. Fat dining
chair by Tom Dixon, $2140, ecc.co.nz.
Penco clipboard, $23, and Margin
notepad by Hightide, $27, milligram.
com. Robusto mechanical pencil
by Astier de Villatte, $28, tessuti.
co.nz. Shelter table lamp, $849,
set Assistants: Sheenae McKenzie and Todd Neal
If you don’t have a home office but really
need to take care of business, create a
dedicated study nook in another space
that’s as good-looking as it is comfortable
and functional. Make it a highlight not a
blight on the rest of the room by investing
in an elegant desk and chair, and choosing
well-designed workaday essentials.
Built-in vertical shelving is a hack for
orderly living that helps you start as
you mean to continue. A combination
of open shelves and closed cupboards
allows you to display objects of desire
while stashing some of the messier
necessities of life close to hand. It also
confines the busyness to one wall,
maintaining a more minimalist overall
effect than items dotted all over the room.
Form & function —— STYLE
Marrying organisation and personal
expression, a well-styled shelf tells a
story, so keep the visual journey top of
mind. This is an ever-evolving project
in which patience and curiosity are
key. Follow your heart to arrange and
rearrange as the mood or season takes
you, integrating purely decorative items
with others you put to good use (jugs,
vases), plants and dried foliage. Large
hero finds can stand alone; use books and
magazines as a stage for smaller pieces.
OPPOSITE, FROM LEFT Beige Vintage linen fabric (used as a curtain), $46/m, marthas.co.nz. Bloom floor light by Tim Rundle for Resident, $940, simonjames.
co.nz. Nayoma rug, $8084, artisancollective.co.nz. Juno Curve daybed, $3399, sorenliv.com. Disc Squab cushion by Klay, $160, tessuti.co.nz. Sequence
02 table by Coco Flip, $1250, cultdesign.co.nz. Grove dish, $80, cittadesign.com. Ionic handles, $119 each, powersurge.co.nz. ON SHELVES, CLOCKWISE
FROM TOP LEFT Komodo shell ornament, $195, cocorepublic.co.nz. Unglazed terracotta jug, $65, babelogue.shop. Vector dish, $269, boconcept.co.nz.
Stevie vase by Marloe Marloe, $340, seagardesign.com. Naibu bowl, $22, orient-nz.com. Onishi vase by Kerryn Levy, $415, seagardesign.com. Volcano
vase by Kirsten Dryburgh, $47, widdess.co.nz. Bud vase by Prowd, $69, widdess.co.nz. Ikebana vase, $95, babelogue.shop. Riihitie plant pot by Aino
Aalto for Artek, $129, cittadesign.com. Books stylist’s own.
Make a day of visiting your
favourite boutiques to get ideas
for your own dressing room.
Decluttering, swapping your
wardrobe door for a graceful
curtain or adding crafted
lighting could make an everyday
experience a much more luxe one.
BACKDROP Doorway in Resene Leather, resene.co.nz. ABOVE, FROM LEFT Cherry Plum linen-wool fabric (used as a curtain), $52/m, marthas.co.nz. Alice
blouse, $499; Valencia dress, $549; Cameron blouse, $429; Box T dress, $279, juliettehogan.com. Wren stool, $495, cocorepublic.co.nz. Line Duo table
lamp, $860, douglasandbec.com. Burgundy Lacquer tallboy, $950, babelogue.shop. Italian stone trivet, $256, mrandmrsward.nz. Beehive candlestick
by Walk in the Park, $98, tessuti.co.nz. Wynnie sunglasses, $179, isleofeden.co.nz. Clay pitcher, $140, fourth-st.com. Comb by David Parker for Oratia
Valley Workshop, $59, widdess.co.nz. Lully vase by Marloe Marloe, $280, seagardesign.com. Big C recycled plastic mirror, $450, desseinparke.com.
ADDITIONAL ITEM OPPOSITE Nouveau incense holder by Walk in the Park, $65, tessuti.co.nz.
Form & function —— STYLE
Exhibit thoughtful items used for
your regular rituals and tuck away
those that create chaos. But out
of sight doesn’t mean out of mind
or make for better living, so give
yourself the gift of tidy drawers
in which everything is instantly
accessible. Uncluttered drawers are
life-affirming — consider it an act
of self-care to keep them that way.
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44 Space to create
The tactile quality of Devyn
Ormsby’s fruity works is
just part of their appeal.
Overleaf we chat to her to
find out how they’re made.
Captivating the eye and demanding Jiho Yun
to be touched, Devyn Ormsby’s
fresh and fruity objects introduce
her as one to watch.
Artist profile —— PEOPLE
“I spent a long time
in the supermarket,
looking at so many
Devyn Ormsby has been drawn to art bananas, pears, lemons
all her life. Four years after graduating
from Auckland’s Elam School of Fine and mandarins.”
Arts, she says she feels very fortunate
to be able to work in a creative field —
but she’s so talented we think she had
So, Devyn, what led to your exploration
of glass as a medium? I’ve been working
with glass for two years now. I made my
first glass mandarin in December 2018
and gave it to my boyfriend’s mum for
Christmas. After that, I began working
on the rest of the fruit, which I launched
in June last year.
I learned the casting process through
my job at Lukeke Design. We primarily
make glass birds that are sold in galleries
locally and internationally. Everyone
who works there has their own glass
projects on the side, which encouraged
me to experiment with my own.
We love the concept of fruit as art
object — how did this come about? Fruit
holds a large significance in art history,
which is where I think the appeal comes
from. I’d thought for a while about
what I wanted to make and kept seeing
vintage glass fruit in op shops. Brightly
coloured with exaggerated forms, it was
charming in its own outdated kind of
way; I wondered where it came from,
what its purpose was and who used to
own it. Eventually I set about making
a cast-glass version true to the form
of actual fruit.
We hear it’s gained international
interest… Yes, which is still so
surprising to me! I had my Instagram
‘idols’ get in touch with me, which
I was starstruck by and has already
made the whole venture worthwhile.
What’s your process for making each
piece? After spending a long time in the
supermarket thinking about what fruit
would work well, looking at so many
bananas, pears, lemons and mandarins,
I cast the fruit in silicone rubber and PERSONAL INTEREST Devyn says she’s inspired by “spontaneity, being open to mistakes or failures, not taking
things too seriously, reading, travelling, architecture, photography, trying new food, going for walks, having
made plaster moulds around that. When a balance of art practice and life. I’m also really interested in how things are made — the production side of
these silicone plaster moulds are set, > making. I like the process more than the outcome.”
PEOPLE —— Artist profile
you remove the initial piece you’re
casting and replace it with wax. You
can then make replicas with the wax.
To make the glass pieces, I use a
lost-wax casting technique, fettling
each wax model, filling holes and
removing any imperfections from the
cast. Next, I make another mould of
plaster and silica around the wax,
then steam out the wax. I’m left with a
positive copy of the original wax model,
which is dried and placed in the kiln,
where a pot of solid glass sits above the
opening of the mould. The glass melts
into the mould, then slowly cools down
over a couple of days. I then remove the
glass-filled moulds and cut through the
built-up layers to reveal the cast piece.
The next stages involve cold-working,
polishing and belt-sanding each object,
then signing them and cleaning them up.
What informs the hues you use? I was
set on having a limited colour range
and wanted to use colours you wouldn’t
expect of fruit. I also wanted the colours
to be both striking individually and
complementary when mixed. I find
some colours hold or reflect light better
than others, so I chose them with this
in mind too.
Where do you create? I’d been making
my fruit at work in Avondale in West
Auckland but I recently got a kiln
and set it up in my own studio nearby.
It isn’t much at the moment; it’s a
dungeon-like space beneath my friend’s
furniture company, Arkade, that’s
functional but also a work in progress.
I plan to get it set up nicely, though,
so people want to visit and hang out.
Is there anything on the cards that
you’re particularly excited about for
2020? I’ve applied for a residency,
so fingers crossed! I’m also planning
to make another glass series. It probably
won’t be fruit-related and I want to
try incorporating a new material. I’m
not in love with glass but I find it so
READY, STEADY… When asked what day-to-day rituals she undertakes to get in the mood for her studio intriguing and am really enjoying
practice, Devyn says, “Most days start with a morning wake-up snuggle from my cat Fern — and my boyfriend,
I guess! — and a coffee; I’m loving a long black with cream at the moment. They’re my most consistent and working with it.
key morning starters.” devonmadeglass.com
Of all the projects interior designer
Janice Kumar-Ward has worked on,
the refit of her own studio is one
Self- of her favourites.
Claire McCall Duncan Innes
Design profile —— PEOPLE
Auckland’s Janice Kumar-Ward is
one hard-working lady. When she’s
not pushing boundaries at the helm of
JKW Interior Architecture & Design and
parenting her children Stella and Ted,
she’s working on her side hustle as the
‘Mrs’ of Mr & Mrs Ward, the bespoke
furniture business she runs with her
husband Julian and his brother Tristan.
How long have you been director at
JKW Interior Architecture & Design?
I started the business 11 years ago. Back
then it was called The Recipe, but we
rebranded in 2015 when we bought our
current building in Newton to use as
our workshop/studio. It was daunting
but an unmissable opportunity to
renovate a modernist building and
start along this new path. Today I’m
surrounded by doers — a work-hard,
play-hard, kind and loyal team of seven
staff, all of whom have skill sets that
What sort of projects do you work
on? We can turn our hand to anything,
residential or commercial, big or
small. Peer reviewing is a new feather
in our cap, where we work alongside ABOVE Janice says she’s
a social person, so she enjoys
an architect, construction team, working collaboratively. “I’m
project manager and often another not afraid to give everyone
designer to help a client fully my opinion and love to hear
theirs too.” LEFT The elegant
understand what they’re getting. file drawers behind the reception
It’s exciting to collaborate with some desk were made for Janice
of Auckland’s best architects, artists by Julian. Atop them sits a
gilded Recess mirror by Simon
and tradespeople — and our clients. Lewis Wards and Sam Burton.
OPPOSITE This view into the
What have been some of your recent drawing studio showcases the
white palette and simple textures
highlights? I love working in the that provide a blank canvas for
regions. Last year, we completed the JKW team’s work. A picture
the restoration of a historic house in ledge at the rear of the room
puts suppliers’ latest and
Dunedin, a grand old dame that had greatest on display.
been turned into three flats. Turning
it back into a warm home for expat
Kiwis inbound from Hong Kong was
an incredible challenge.
We also worked on a fourth-
generation sheep station in a remote
part of Gisborne, on a house that
had its ceilings lowered in the ’70s
by a practical farming family. A new
generation wanted it to feel like it’d >
LEFT Decorating the meeting
room with its bespoke table by
Mr & Mrs Ward are a French floor
lamp by John Stephens, Otto
chair by Tim Webber, No B49 Le
Corbusier chairs by Thonet and
pendant lights by Flos. The trivet
on the table was a gift from Italian
Stone that inspired Janice and
Julian to collaborate on others for
their 10 Favourite Things project.
I were about to build a new house in
rural West Auckland when we got the
speed wobbles and started wondering
what we could buy in town. That’s when
I stumbled across this 1967 building that
was once the headquarters of Wattyl
paints. I saw straight away that it
had a really high stud, natural light
and carparking, and was accessible to
all the motorways. We couldn’t afford
it on our own, so we bought it with a
like-minded couple. We cut the 300m
floor area in half, giving us a 150m
studio and the other space to tenant out.
Was much of a renovation required?
We had to completely gut it. We took
the interior back to the shell, removing
a suspended ceiling coated in deadly
asbestos to reveal the concrete-ribbed
subfloor and taking out asbestos floor
tiles, and restored the original steel
windows and doors.
What inspired the interior aesthetic?
A desire for flexibility and to show off
what we do. I wanted a fun, light-filled
space where the team felt at home and
that spoke to our clients. We used
diaphanous curtaining to divide
off the spaces — which helped with
the budget — put in a kitchen and
bathroom, and designed a sample
ledge so we can display our suppliers’
new samples. The snack drawer is
always full, there’s a shower with
been there forever but have some guesswork. We also recently embarked towels and bodywash, and we also
modern takes that acknowledged their on our 10 Favourite Things project have a pull-down bed so Julian and
personality. They chose some very bold to mark 10 years of Mr & Mrs Ward I can use it as our city bolthole.
wallpaper and textiles and classic and 10 years of marriage, working
finishes that have transformed the home. with some of our regular collaborators What else inspires you? Everything!
We’re currently working on a Brent to create objects we love and use in My children and husband, our clients,
Hulena-designed house in Whangapoua our own home. The exciting, timeless fashion, art, gardens. Also, my peers;
on the Coromandel that was in pieces include art prints, candlesticks, I follow lots of designers on Instagram.
impeccable original condition. Our pillowcases, marble trivets, cutting I love magazines and Pinterest, films
goal is to honour its design and give boards, a kindling axe and a fire pit. in bed on a winter’s day — like old Bond
it another 30 years of life. They’re things that celebrate the films, just for the love of the interiors.
relationships that build through And travel, too. I went to New York
You also run Mr & Mrs Ward with your shared creativity. for my birthday last year and it was
husband — what does that entail? Mr next-level inspiration. I could live at
& Mrs Ward offers designers, architects So tell us about the building your JKW the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the
and everyone else bespoke furniture studio operates from… It’s been one of Whitney Museum of American Art.
made in New Zealand without the my favourite projects to date. Julian and jkw.nz
Design profile —— PEOPLE
TOP LEFT A pull-down bed by
Mr & Mrs Ward is hidden behind
sliding doors in a space that
provides privacy and extra
storage — and houses Janice’s
weekday wardrobe of meeting
attire and activewear. The lights
overhead are from Mr Ralph,
the bolster is by You’re Welcome
and the printed pillows are
by Christian Lacroix. MIDDLE
LEFT The bathroom expertly
combines Cole & Son wallpaper,
a vanity table by Mr & Mrs Ward,
Winckelmans tiles and Pan
tapware by Zuchetti from
Robertson. BOTTOM LEFT
Janice designed this shaped
vanity then had it made in Silver
Brown Wave marble by Italian
Stone. The mirrored cabinetry
and wall-to-wall drawers are
another Mr & Mrs Ward creation.
Wallpaper by Thibaut surrounds
it all, lit by pendant lights picked
up in Bali.
PEOPLE —— Space to create
True to form From humble beginnings in their
parents’ sheds, George and Willy the
duo has grown into George & Willy
the team, and with a renovated
office and an edited-down range,
George & Willy makers George their business has never felt better.
Wilkins and Will McCallum have We asked them all about it.
a new-look workspace and, of When did you decide to pare down your
course, it’s not your average office. offerings? George: We used to just make
anything we wanted to without much
thought to the commercial aspect
INTERVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY of the products. It was a good way to
Alice Lines Fin Woods be, but we ended up with quite a few
items that didn’t really sell that
well, so it’s been a natural process of
trying new products and only keeping
Space to create —— PEOPLE
GO TEAM Some of the crew
from left: Fin Woods, Will,
George, Phoebe Paterson
and Will Hyndman. They’ve
recently made an e-book
that outlines DIY projects you
can try at home, including a
how-to for making these huts.
the ones that are extraordinary. Who are your customers these days? and I both grew up here, so we have
Will: Our focus now is on making W: They’re often businesses wanting strong ties to the region.
display products for hospitality spaces, to elevate their spaces through little
businesses and homes. In saying that, details, from a café looking for a menu You recently gave your workshop
we have kept a few of our old favourites, display, to a tech company seeking an overhaul — what instigated the
including the firestarter and hanging creative signage. We’ve had some renovation? W: Our space is a 160m
drying rack. The majority of our pretty cool orders lately. Jamie Oliver industrial unit that used to be a boat
products are sent overseas, so shipping bought a Studio Roller for his child’s mechanic’s workshop. We’ve been
costs are a key consideration. room, and some big companies such working in it for about four years and
as Airbnb, New York Times, Microsoft, it was turning into a rabbit warren with
Your Studio Roller paper roller really Google and Nike have purchased things accumulating in every corner.
kicked it off for you guys internationally various products for their spaces. Originally, we built a mezzanine office
— what’s it like being a world-wide on pallet racking and we’d work up
supplier of everyday tools? W: It’s fun! Yet you’re still based at the Mount. there and use the downstairs area for
It means that we get to work with a W: We love it. It takes everyone our workshop, but recently we decided
wide range of customers. We’ve sent about five minutes to get to work to start fresh. We had a garage sale to
our products to more than 80 countries. and everything’s so easy. George clear everything out, dismantled the >
PEOPLE —— Space to create
mezzanine, painted the walls and floor being in one room together and having How do you like to start the day
white, and built work huts for each of our own space. We can focus and avoid before cracking on with work?
us. It’s worked wonders. getting distracted, while also being W: Life at the Mount is well suited
able to hang out. to making the most of the early
What guided the aesthetic? G: We’ve mornings. Some of us run up the
spent the past few years making It looks like you get a good chance to Mount each morning — rain, hail
products that make other spaces fun, road-test your range here… W: Our or shine — some of us go surfing,
so it was an extension of that. We workshop walls are always covered with and sometimes we even play golf.
wanted it to be quite a basic shell, with prototypes and ideas. If we’re thinking You can tee off at 7am and be at
interesting features throughout it. about a new product, we can build it in work by 8.30. We’re pretty lucky
W: It needed to serve several purposes, the workshop and whack it up on the in that regard.
to be an office, a photo studio, a dust- wall while we consider it in more depth. G: We’ve recently bought a coffee
free workshop, and somewhere we could We use our existing products to display machine, so generally everyone
host events, including the weekly yoga our goals and shopping lists. arrives at work and makes a coffee
classes we’ve started. We thought white before getting into it. We’ve also
would be the best colour and it’s such What’s a regular day like at G&W HQ? started hosting 6am yoga classes
a nice contrast to our previous space. W: There’s lots of variety, which keeps in the studio with our yoga instructor
things exciting. Usually there’s a bit of friend Sarah Gunson, which is always
How did the huts come about? G: They design and a few products to be made, a good start to the day. It’s a pretty
were a practical solution to a heating some customer service, some product fit and active workplace. I have a
problem. Our studio has a tin roof and design and some photos/video to be labrador puppy called Frida who
gets pretty cold in winter, and now we taken. We’re currently focusing on comes to work every day and takes
can heat each hut individually. They improving our packaging to make up a bit of time — she’s pretty fun
give us each a cosy little desk space, opening it more fun for our customers. to play with!
providing a happy medium between It’s all going to be plastic free. georgeandwilly.com
Space to create —— PEOPLE
ABOVE The custom-made décor is designed to be easily moved around, including Frida’s doghouse. The Park Display and Atelier Letters (above right and opposite) are George
& Willy products. OPPOSITE, MIDDLE A swing behind the huts provides a place to think, let off steam and shift creative blocks. It was one of the first products the guys
ever made but is now out of production, so they love that they’ve come full circle and used it in their refit.
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