Emma Hayes. This is the lovely River Collection - see more of her range here.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
|Black cabinetry handles and pendant lights in a crisp white kitchen. Photo: source unknown.|
My obsession of late is black details. Whether it is handles, lights or taps, I'm on the prowl for black. It is so modern and crisp next to white.
|Black tap, light and handle in a bathroom by Hecker Guthrie. Photo: Armelle Habib via Design Files.|
Friday, May 17, 2013
Here is a sneak peek of an interior job that I have been working on.
My clients have recently had their new lights installed, including this cool Flos Outdoor Romeo C1 light. The shade is constructed with woven PVC threads on a stainless steel frame, while the light bulb is covered by a injection moulded opal coloured diffuser, which gives a lovely glow when turned on.
I think the light looks great and add a modern touch to their porch area. The front door also has been recently painted with a coat of glossy black. Looks smart.
Photographs by Charlotte Minty.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Love the turquoise slash emerald green (what would you call this colour?) floor brick tiles used inside and out in this gorgeous Moroccan house. See more exotic goodness and its whereabouts here.
Photographs by Simon Watson via T Magazine.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Spotted on yellowtrace last week and making the rounds in blog world is this amazing historical Swiss chalet. The 150-200 year old former farm house, still with original features, has recently undergone a refurbishment designed by Bergdorf and architect Nick Ruef.
Loving the use of muted neutrals, moody blues, greys and greens along with a pop of spearmint against the warm rich timber tones. Go here to see more.
Photographs by Martin Guggisberg via yellowtrace
Friday, May 3, 2013
It is a grey rainy Friday morning here in Wellington so it couldn't be a better day to have this week's Inspiration Profile as it is full of colour and pattern. It is a pleasure to have Imogen Tunnicliffe on board today so enjoy and have a great weekend all.
|Imogen Tunnicliffe - alongside Gaudi's Garden tea towel from Citta Design's Barcelona range.|
|Fletch the fox and Manuel the Monkey from Citta Design|
Name: Imogen Tunnicliffe
What do you do: I am the Senior Designer at Citta Design. I have been here for 9 years (cripes!). When I started it was just me, and I only worked 2 days a week for a few hours. I used to sit out the back with paper and pencils etc and draw! Not a computer in sight…
Where do you live: West Auckland, New Zealand
What are you working on: We are just tying off the loose ends for our Summer 2013 collection Greece, Under the Sun, and laying the foundations for our winter 2014 collection where we are off to Copenhagen.
|Meguro tea towel from the Tokyo range|
|Queens Wood tea towel from the London range|
Who/what inspires me: Work wise, each new season we look to an international destination to draw inspiration for the next collection. Exploring new cities is always inspirational - and if we are lucky enough to be sent there, it is of course even more so!
Other than that……. Great illustrators – like Quentin Blake, Saul Steinberg, Maurice Sendak, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s architecture, Marimekko, Andy Warhol’s early drawings and illustrations, fairy tales, fantastic window displays, live music, animals, the garden. It’s endless really – the smallest thing can be inspirational.
I work best: In the morning after a coffee (from Cool Food Café in Bloc!), or in the afternoon with a glass of wine. There is nothing like a glass of wine during the day…it definitely frees up your thinking.
What I do when I’m stuck for inspiration: Move away from the desk/computer! I often go for a walk, get a coffee/drink, talk to someone else. Again, the tiniest thing can spark some inspiration, but you have to change your environment for that to happen.
The best advice I have been given is: It’s not very ground breaking but, “Worrying won’t actually change the problem”. Such a simple, obvious statement but so true. It's something I have to remind myself daily.
My latest discovery is: The Oratia Farmers Market which is near where I live. It is one the the most enjoyable, relaxed, straight forward farmers markets I have been to. There is a band, wine, coffee, second hand shops as well as lots of delicious, reasonably priced home grown food. It is also not too busy and therefore easy to very easy to move around.
|Zoo duvet set from the Barcelona range|
|Heath duvet set from the London range|
Books that I get inspiration from: Any really good tale – it doesn’t have to be hugely intellectual, but I do like a book that is well written, where the words flow well. I love historical novels; it’s such great escapism and the fact that much of it is based in reality makes it more compelling.
Conversely, I also love Magic Realism…
Plus, I have always loved Asterix and Tintin – and still do!
Magazines that inspire me: I don’t have time to read a heck of a lot of magazines but design wise - Vogue Living, Elle Decoration, Inside Out, Frankie, Urbis. I have a subscription to National Geographic which always inspires.
Blogs that I enjoy: The Sartorialist, Maurice & King, fuckyournoguchicoffeetable, Oh Joy, April & May, Oh Happy Day, Shit London…..and many more.
My favourite room at home is: Probably my daughter Rose’s room. It’s the sunniest, warmest room in the house and as it’s a one year old room I have allowed myself to go a bit mad with pattern, colour and loopy accessories.
Designing many of the toys and children's bed linen for Citta Design has always been one of my favourite parts of the job, and it’s great to finally have somewhere to put it all!
My office is: At work in Mt Eden, Auckland. There are 6 of us and it’s very relaxed and easy. It’s all ‘creative mess’ and ‘organised chaos’, and there is always a lot of giggling going on…and lots of work too!
What am I looking forward to:
Work wise: I’m really looking forward to our Greece photo shoot coming up in a few weeks. I think it will be really interesting and not what you expect – we have a slightly unusual angle for the styling/photography. It’s great to see all your work from the last year come together in the shoot, and the story come to life.
Personally: I am looking forward to my daughter’s first birthday in 2 weeks, the Foals concert in October, and next summer!
Thanks Imogen! It was great to have you featured here today. Keep up to date with all the Citta goodies on their website, their Facebook page or their Pinterest boards.
|Meguro cushion cover|
All photographs are used with permission by Imogen Tunnicliffe and Citta Design.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Featured in the latest NY Times T magazine is this stunning Nantucket Island garden designed by Dutch landscape designer, Piet Oudolf.
Oudolf is well known for his planting on the awesome New York's High Line and this garden has the same feel - drifts of flowering perennials plants and grasses that look as nature intended them to be, even though it has been designed to every layer and detail. I adore this garden - as well as the gorgeous surrounding cedar shingled buildings. Drool.
Read more about it here.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Do you enjoy reading the stylish Monocle magazine like I do? If so, you'll love the new Monocle Cafe in London. Around the corner from their HQ offices, the new cafe keeps true to Monocle's high quality, international and understated style by using tables and stools from Australia, Japanese crockery and Danish cutlery. To top it off, their coffee is by Allpress New Zealand. Class.
Photographs via Monocle.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we forget.
In memory of all New Zealanders and Australians who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. In memory of my grandfathers who fought and survived WWII. We will remember them.