Thursday, August 27, 2015

{ Snapshot }

So it's all GO for our summer 2015-16 collection, inspired by Mali! With new stock arriving in our stores weekly, it almost feels as if summer might be just around the bend. The day our Mudcloth shag pile rugs arrived was super exciting –– I for one am head over heels in love!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

{ This Week in the Office }

After months of hard work, our latest collection has finally hit the shops! We are excited to bring you 'Patterned Landscapes' Inspired by the textures of Mali.

When deciding on a new place of inspiration for this collection, Imogen had initially thought Tahiti would be a great country to be inspired by being warm and exotic, and with a French connection that would follow on nicely from our Parisian Deco:Deco collection.  But as we also had a strong African aesthetic running through the Parisian collection, Africa seemed like a natural progression, and somewhere that seemed relevant currently.

The question was 'Where to go in Africa?'  After much discussion, we settled on Mali.

Mali is a landlocked country in North West Africa. It’s northern borders reach far into the vast Saharan desert, a feature that really defines the country and it’s people.

It has a particularly rich history, fascinating culture, strong music tradition – apparently the Blues originated here -  and some fantastic traditional art and craft for us to be inspired by – not to mention the astounding natural environment and mud brick architecture! 

Today, Mali is a country plagued by political and social unrest, however, in better times Mali was an oasis of learning, trade and culture, and so we looked back to these times to inspire us.

We didn’t want to exactly replicate an African aesthetic - they do that so beautifully themselves. We made the collection our own by reinterpreting traditional Malian printing techniques, visual imagery and cultural traditions in a contemporary way, simplifying shapes and modernising the colour palette.

Patterned Landscapes is a brave mix of big bold abstract patterns and block colours, offset by little delicate patterns, organic textures and dusty muted colours.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

{ Out & About }

We often shared beautiful photos of lovely colour combinations, work in progress and inspiration imagery. A stark contrast to the industrial, masculine images above! Imogen & Dave headed out to our lampshade manufacturer yesterday to discuss new designs for a second collection of NZ made lampshades. It's great being able to work with a local supplier and be involved in each step of the production process.

See our current collection of NZ lampshades here and here.

Friday, August 14, 2015

{ This Week in the Office }

A day out of the office surrounded by beautiful imagery, colours and delicious food is a great way to get the creative juices flowing.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

{ Inspired by }

We are out of the office today to immerse ourselves in inspiration imagery, books, food and movies for our summer 2016-17 collection.