Kenyon Yeh | Esaila

3.05.2015

The Yeh Wall Table designed by Kenyon Yeh for Danish brand Menu has fast become a sought after piece of furniture. It's no secret that I love mine, and judging by its popularity in the design world, I'm certainly not alone. Interested to learn more about Kenyon's work, I was excited to receive an email from the talented designer this week. Graduating in Master of Product Design at Kingston University, London in 2009, Kenyon started his own design studio in the same city the following year. His work, which is characterised by a unique approach, creativity, shape, and practice has been published in several medial and international exhibitions in London, Milan and Taiwan.

In addition to running the Studio Kenyon Yeh, the designer set up a Taiwan based design house Esaila in 2012. In collaboration with designers from around the globe, the company produces a range of contemporary minimalist furniture, lighting and accessories. Derived from a Taiwanese colloquialism which means 'be able to', Esaila is centred around the belief that good design is "a synthesis of commitment and determination in the pursuit of technical and aesthetic harmony".  But not without a good dose of "lightness and quirkiness" which we experience in our everyday lives.


Heavystock is both a Table and Shelf by Knauf & Brown. Simple and clean, it has been designed to showcase your belongings without overshadowing them. Consisting of ash legs and steel shelves, it is also sturdy and gets a big tick for versatility, with the ability to be put together in any number on configurations. Available in black and white, see how it can be configured here

Designed by Kaschkasch and inspired by a couple of cherries, I love the simplicity of the Cherry Pendant. Its clever design features an integrated magnet, allowing the wood cylinder to be arranged very easily, or in the case of the new Cherry Table Lamp, to grab the metal base easily. See the full range here

As you may have guessed, the LIPA range of tables has been designed by Kenyon. Made from one sheet of laser-cut steel then simply bent to form the sturdy legs and surface, the beauty in the design is that any angle can be used as the front, depending on which side brings the most appealing view. Unique as it is practical, the LIPA comes in both a square and round version, in a range of different colours. I'm in love with the black and white square LIPA, which I can easily envisage using as a night stand in the bedroom, or as a side table in the living room. Perfect for decorative items, drinks or plants, I also love how the base provides a place to keep books and mags.     

Images courtesy of Esaila 

Other stunning design pieces by Esaila include the Pushpin cork table and a range of Accessories such as the Forest wall hooks and Hula nesting boxes. The Capsule candleholders immediately caught my eye, as did the Pinokio freestanding mirror, which is due to be released soon. 

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Pretty Pastels + Affordable Styling Tips

3.04.2015

I have some beautiful styling inspiration today courtesy of Dutch magazine vtwonen. Not available to buy in NZ, this came via their website which is definitely worth bookmarking. The styling centres around a vintage-industrial look softened with pretty pastel colours like powder pink and lots of soft green hues, teamed with white and grey. There are many gorgeous pieces of furniture and homewares, as well as affordable styling tips to help you bring these ideas to life. I've picked out a few to share with you.  

You know how much I love shelving units, and this affordable white cabinet works so well against the soft pink wall. The spacious shelves are perfect for displaying a mix of homewares in various shapes and sizes, in complimentary pastels and pale wood. There are so many lovely things here, like that mint watering pot. Gorgeous!

A great way of creating a mixed gallery wall, the beautiful artworks by Hannah Lemholt, from Couleur Locale come with budget friendly-clips for hanging, so you can save money by not having to frame them. The simple bench seat provides a low-level space for adding more artworks in different sizes, either leaned up against the wall or attached to the wall above. Small objects and books add to the relaxed, homely feel. 

With my growing collection of indoor plants, I sometimes think I could do with a designated space just to care for them all! The vintage cabinet is placed near a window to give plants on top a good dose of sunlight, and the trestle table would provide a great little work area for watering.

A panel behind the beautiful Muuto Rest Sofa covered in marble wallpaper creates an amazing feature wall. The accessories and the side tables are all budget items, not that you'd guess! I like the way the little vintage table below the window has also been given a coat of marble wallpaper for a new lease of life. 

The bed here features a clever custom-made base that serves as a bedside table. A mix of affordable and designer linen, throws and graphic cushions help to create a luxurious layering of textures. 

Thanks to Elv's for bringing this article to my attention. To see it in full, including a comprehensive list of product details take a look here

Source: vtwonen March 2015 | Photography Jeroen van der Spek | Styling Cleo Scheulderman

White Wishlist

3.03.2015

The inspiration for today's post started with the beautiful bedroom below. We have the white walls but oh, how I would love the matching floors to create an all-white bedroom haven. 

Copenhagen townhouse belonging to Sofie and Frank Christensen Egelund of Danish brand Vipp, via Dwell 

From there, I got thinking about some of the white pieces I have around home and how I'd like a few more. Here are some of my latest finds.


Shown last month at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, the Lop Magazine Rack by Karl Andersson & Söner for Kaschkasch was inspired by the humble paper clip. Made from white metal, I love how its appearance is almost invisible. The Lop can be used on its own or grouped together to store and display several magazines or books.

LIXHT is a new brand of furniture and homewares from Canada. Their designs are clean, simple and designed to last. I love the unique shape of the stool, which will soon come with the option of a leather or felt seat pad. The candleholder and tray also come in black.  

Here are some more things on my wishlist. Extending beyond furniture and homewares, I'm thinking ahead to the cooler months with my staple being white sneakers. I alternate between Nike, Adidas and Converse, but I also like the ones below. I've actually already ordered the clothes rack, and I'm waiting patiently for the candleholder to arrive in stores... along with all the other incredible Menu SS 2015 pieces! 


BYREDO La Tulipe Hand Creme
Playtype Shy-S Poster
Glow Clock by Hallgeir Homstvedt and Mini Dolmen Radio by Lexon 
Sass & Bide Orbits Sprial Tee in Ivory
High 1 White Leather Sneakers by ETQ Amsterdam
White Tokyo Bike

BNZ GoodHome | DIY Shelving Unit

3.02.2015

The latest issue of BNZ GoodHome has just been published, so I can now tell you more about my decluttering post I mentioned here. With a focus on organisation and storage we wanted to create another DIY solution - you may remember the Christmas Trestle Table from last year - but this time with an upcycling twist. While I had input into the overall design, including colours and materials, credit must go to our superstar builder John Cocks who started with an old chest of drawers picked up off the side of the road in an inorganic collection. Now a fantastic shelving unit, I'm sure you'll agree it's a pretty remarkable transformation. To see the before photos, as well as a list of materials and step by step instructions, take a look here.



A mix of natural and white-painted plywood, the unit has a simple, clean, streamlined look that I love. It's also highly functional, providing the enclosed space at the bottom for storing items, and open shelving to display those things that you love. To complete the Scandi-style look, I styled the unit with beautiful Hay accessories from Cult Design, and a few of my own items. I also wanted to incorporate some of the 2015 trends I had mentioned in another of the GoodHome articles I wrote here, such as earthy colours, natural materials, plants, marble and metallics. The Copper Flower Pot by Cooee and Louise Roe Copper Candleholder from Norsu worked perfectly. My favourite piece however is the Fade to Grey Volume lamp by Gam Fratesi for Lightyears that you may remember from this post.  Also available in Evergreen, it is from Cult Design.

Styling by Michelle Halford / photography by Alistair Guthrie

To see more images of the finished unit, and a 'where to buy' of the styling pieces used, take a look here.   

In addition to the Declutter your Home post and Trends for 2015 (mentioned above), I write about my top tips for updating the bathroom, and a window furnishings post that includes a fantastic reader offer AND a chance to win a $500 voucher to spend at Lahood Window Furnishings. All this and more great articles from Cocksy and our property expert Stephen Hart. Enjoy!


Susanna Vento | Sato #2

2.27.2015

After admiring the first SATO show apartment styled by Helsinki-based interior stylist Susanna Vento earlier this week (and seen here in my Round Coffee Table post), I was hoping there would be more to come. My prayers were answered this morning when I discovered a second one completed. I've long been a fan of Susanna's distinctively clean, pared-back style and I love how she has added warmth to the simple spaces with interesting textures, in particular the incredible custom-made bronze mirror, artworks, rugs and plants. Her as always beautiful selection of furniture includes the Knot Chairs and Tablo Table by Normann Copenhagen, and Taru sofa by Junet.  

Styling and photography Susanna Vento with assistants Pinja Forsman and Carolinavd

A bike in the hallway helps create a lived-in feel. The beautiful Kelim Rug is by ferm Living and that gorgeous Boul backpack from Month of Sundays is now on my wishlist!

Images via Varpunen


Mini Grandi Artist

2.26.2015

Showcasing two beautiful artworks by new design studio mini Grandi Artist, today's post involves a very special collaboration. Founder Sophie Melville is a talented painter and graphic designer who I have known since school days here in Auckland. Naturally creative and passionate about art, Sophie graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in New Zealand with a Fine arts degree specialising in Painting. Now living in the picturesque town of Wanaka with her husband and two small children, surrounded by the lake and mountains, Sophie says she is grateful everyday to live in such a beautiful part of the world. Experimenting with artwork and textures in her studio, the beautiful pieces for mini Grandi Artist (little grown up artist) are inspired not only by nature but also her children, and their small yet precious everyday moments. 

Sophie very kindly sent me two of her original works to style. Silver Leaf features painted and scratched leaf forms and has been designed with Scandi-style simplicity in mind, and  Silver Moon is perfect for little 'grown up' children's rooms and features a painted and scratched moon with a watercolour background and hand drawn stars.

My first thought was that a beautiful little girl’s room would be fitting for these gorgeous artworks, and luckily I had the perfect space in mind. Thanks to my cousin and very close friend Victoria Halford of Scout and Deliver, I had the pleasure of using her one year-old daughter Darci's room, along with an array of gorgeous things to use as styling props. Of course it helps that Vic is a product scout with a passion for styling kids rooms. A love of interiors definitely runs in the family!


Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

Be sure to check out the full collection of mini Grandi Artist artworks and follow along on Facebook and Instagram

Scout and Deliver are currently working on a re-design and new website launching soon. Stay in the loop and follow on social media here, here and here

This post was brought to you in collaboration with mini Grandi Artist


 

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