Resene Film Festival 2015

Stills from the movie, Maker

Last night I attended a screening of a movie that will be playing in the Resene Film Festival at the end of next month. It is called Maker, a feature length documentary about the current 'Maker Movement' in America - showing the new wave of DIY and do-it-together culture. It showed an insight to the trend of open source, crowd funding, local manufacturing and digital fabrication, as well as what it takes to design and manufacture in the Internet era we live in. The movie gave food for thought - it will be interesting to see how this Maker Movement fares further down the line, if it really is, as they say, the 'Third Industrial Revolution' and will the large corporate companies who rely on mass production be affected? Like I said, food for thought.
You can depend on the Resene Film Festival to screen films that are thought provoking and celebratory. There are 22 films to see and there is something for everyone. I'm booked in for the double feature of 'Brooklyn Farmer/Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining the Lincoln Centre and the High Line' to get my  NYC kicks as well as seeing how two important urban projects came about. The festival is also hosting an In Memoriam event for Ian Athfield who passed earlier this year. These films are playing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin so I suggest you check out the sessions here and book yourself in.

Photographs via Maker
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House Boat

Check out the stunning interiors on this house boat - yes, house boat! Spotted on Est, this three level, four bedroom, two bathroom and two galley kitchen house boat was custom-fit by Melbourne design duo, Pipkorn & Kilpatrick. The design team, Jane Kilpatrick and Anna Pipkorn (who had just formed their design firm after working together at previous design companies and this project was their first design commission) worked hard to create 'generous' spaces, something that boats often lack. The results are stunning. The interiors are clean, innovative and timeless, and for the multi-generation family that use this boat for their holidays, these interiors will not date. Read more about the project from a Vogue Living article here.

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Colour from Inside Out

The cover of the April issue of Inside Out caught my eye the other day and it was because of the lovely colours I could see popping out. Inside was this feature by stylist, Julia Green sharing her tips and advice to incorporate colour in the home with paint. I like that she keeps a predominate neutral scheme with shots of colours coming through in furnishings and details. "Think about how colours make you feel and paint accordingly - I'm soothed by soft colour, and introduce  bright tones in measured pops only." Great advice! Read more about each room here or even better find the magazine. Have a great weekend all.

Photographs via Inside Out.
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Nomad Collection from Mokum Textiles

Last week I was presented the latest collection from Mokum called Nomad, which was inspired by the diverse cultures of Africa, a continent rich in nomadic tribes. The collection has "an eclectic blend of luxury textiles, reflecting our love of indigenous cultures and extensive history of adornment".
I've been a fan of Mokum over the years as I enjoy using their fresh and original designs. They create modern and sophisticated palettes for each collection - and all the fabrics from different collections over time work with each other so well so you don't have to be dedicated to one 'look'. Mokum went quiet for a few years as they went through changes, however I am happy to see that they're back on board again and creating what they do best - enduring and beautiful textiles.

Photographs via James Dunlop.
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Gregory Wellington Store Opening

Here's a recent and stylish addition to Wellington fashion scene. In the heart of city, fashion brand, Gregory has re-opened their doors in a new location and with a new fit out. Gregory is known for their clean silhouettes and attention to detail, and they aspire to create garments that have a timeless quality. So it should be no surprise that the creative director and the design team of Gregory designed the new retail space with the same ethos they use to create their clothing range.
"We still strongly believe that the traditional bricks and mortar, in-store shopping experience is an integral part of the business and allows us to set ourselves apart from the competition". A lofty space with exposed ceiling and large windows, this store continues the Gregory palette of concrete, marble, brass and glass that is found in all of their stores. This inviting and calming space includes statement furnishings, natural materials and splashes of greenery to create an luxury shopping experience for the Gregory customer. Lovely.

Photographs via Gregory.
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Dior and I

Last night I visited my local movie theatre to see 'Dior and I' and I remembered when I posted about the stunning flower rooms that was created for Raf Simons' first haute couture collection for Christian Dior in 2012. I was amazed by the beautiful set - and you can watch the video which showed how these rooms came together (in two days!) at my original post here.
The movie, 'Dior and I' was released earlier this year and is a privileged behind-the-scenes documentary of the newly appointed artistic director, Raf Simons and the dedicated Dior team who work together to bring about this collection. It is a great insight to the creative process and I was jealous of the wonderful team that Raf had at his fingers to create his visions - how lovely would that be! If you're interested in fashion, flowers, creativity, Paris, team work, stylish people, the design process, clever people, working under pressure - then this is a film worth seeing.


You can watch the movie trailer here:

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