Mister Mister | Interview + Giveaway


If you've been following the blog over the past year you will no doubt be familiar with the NZ-based online store Mister Mister. For those who are catching up and live locally, you should bookmark them right away. Specialising in luxury homeware sourced from around the world, they have recently brought on board a selection of the iconic Kubus range by renowned Danish brand by Lassen, and as exclusive NZ stockists, what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway?

First things first though, I thought it was about time I did a little Q&A to find out a bit more about the people behind Mister Mister. Partners of over eight years, and recently engaged, founders Richard Mayo and David Stone dedicate hours of their spare time to sourcing the very best products. David has kindly shared the rest of their story so far....

Can you tell us a bit about your backgrounds and the path led you to launching an online  store?

We both have corporate day jobs, and run Mister Mister in our spare time. Richard works in Retail, and I work in Banking. We both love design and we were sick of trying to find design accents for the house but only finding things that were everywhere and much of a muchness. When we first started Mister Mister we thought it was going to be a walk in the park to find product, however this hasn’t been the case. We’ve spent hundreds if not thousands of hours looking for product that fits all of our criteria. We only stock product that we believe in, and would proudly show in our home.

How is the workload divided between the two of you?

Richard takes care of technical stuff, but we both do the day to day work together.

How would you describe your personal styles and how is this reflected in the products you stock?

We both have very differing senses of style however we both appreciate the finer things in life. We both appreciate minimalist style, obscure objects and European design. Richard is very easy going, where as I either love it or hate, which drives Richard crazy as I have a tendency to only like one out of fifty things he likes. I have a very eclectic taste, I love both and new, and I love incorporating the two together. I love it even more when a designer modernises something classical (hence we have three Kartel Bourgie lamps in the house). Richard loves colour, where as I’m more into monochrome with accents of colour.

New arrivals from Danish brand Menu

What do you look for when seeking out new brands and product ranges?

We look to find product that isn’t already in New Zealand, or our personal must haves. We look for product that is made to a high standard. We look for quality, uniqueness - something that will make your friends jealous.

It's great to see that you stock several Scandinavian brands, including recent arrivals from By Lassen and Menu. What is it about these brands that you love?

We love the minimalist nature of them, how they can sit alone in a room and command presence, but can also be in a collection of products.

The By Lassen Kubus range 

What would be your favourite product picks right now? 

Richard’s favourite product is the Kubus Bowl (in which I keep catching him trying to sneak one in to the house to put on display). I love the Lee Broom Table Lamp and the Zuzunaga Throws. I love the throws for the weight and the luxury feel of the Italian merino wool.

Some great Christmas ideas would be the Gridy Mirror by Menu, Kosta Boda Bricks (tea light holder) & ibride Dinner SetsWe also now offer free gift wrapping!

Ming Blanc Stackable Bowls by iBride

What have been your most popular products to date?

The Nicole Porter Plates have been very popular and have been shown in Cuisine Magazine, & Air New Zealand’s inflight magazine Kia Ora. Laura Oakes has also been very popular. We’ve received feedback that people love the vibrant colours and the decoupage of imagery. 

Do you travel often for work... trade shows, buying trips etc?

Not as yet – we have plans to travel to Masion & objet in Paris next year. 

What inspires you.. the web, creatives etc?

We’re inspired by being different, and when we find something new that’s not already available in New Zealand.

Thank you David! And now for the fun part....

Mister Mister is giving away a Small Black by Lassen Kubus Bowl by (valued at $265) to one lucky reader! 

Based on original sketches by Mogens Lassen, the Kubus Bowl features elements evocative of the Bauhaus school, one of Mogens Lassen’s primary inspirations. Produced in Denmark with a focus on high quality and solid craftsmanship, and the bowl is a natural extension of the iconic Kubus candleholder, designed by Mogens Lassen in 1962. The Kubus Bowl is suitable for home decoration year-round and can contain everything from spring blossoms to herbs, fruits, or your favourite candy.

To enter, follow these simple instructions:
  1. Like both the Mister Mister Facebook page and The Design Chaser Facebook page
  2. Email me at enter@thedesignchaser.com with Mister Mister in the subject line.
  3. Include your full name in the email.
Please note that by entering, you will be subscribed to the Mister Mister email Newsletter. You can however opt out later, should you wish. 

The competition is open to New Zealand residents only and will close on Wednesday, 5th of November at 8am. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced on the blog and Facebook page that day, and contacted via email to arrange shipping.

Good luck! 

Musings + Moodboards


I'm working on a few fun projects right now, one of which is the next series of BNZ GoodHome. Contributing content centred around interior tips and advice for homeowners, part of the focus this time is on summer and Christmas. A fun time of year, I'm revelling in putting together my ideas and inspo. Also an incredibly busy time of year, I'm looking at my diary for November and wondering how it has filled up so quickly! 

I'm not sure if it's that I'm getting older (and perhaps wiser) or whether it's a coping mechanism, but during these stressful times I try to focus on taking it one day at a time. I've learnt that worrying is pointless, and I trust myself to know that I will always get things done. I also gain a lot of positive energy and motivation from the words I pin. When I'm looking for a quote to reflect my feeling or thoughts to finish off my moodboards I find myself reading through this board with much enjoyment. And I know from seeing the number of repins and reading people's comments (which can be fascinating) that I'm not alone. The imagery is undoubtedly beautiful, but these simple words are also powerful. 

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Some great news for my NZ readers before I go. The beautiful Australian design house Aura Home has just launched a new $9.95 flat-shipping rate to NZ, and to kick things off they are offering FREE Shipping to NZ, for four days only! 

I also have some great giveaways lined up over the next couple of weeks, so make sure you tune in tomorrow for the first one. It's a beauty! 

C+M Studio


I hope everyone in NZ enjoyed the long weekend. We had the most beautiful weather on Saturday, but then it turned cold and I came down sick yesterday. Luckily I had this one up my sleeve from last week,  but I may be laying low for a couple of days, so please forgive me if I miss a post. 

Based in Sydney, C+M Studio was founded in 2012 by Christopher Glanville and Megan Burns. Creating beautiful spaces for residential and commercial clients, their design ethos centres around a belief that beauty can be found in simplicity. Recently completed, The Cross Street Project is a stunning renovated home in Bondi, Sydney. Now up for sale, Cross Street is a unique concept in that you can either buy the apartment empty, buy it with everything in it, or shop the amazing items that fill the space! Much like all of the C+M Studio projects, the spaces exude warmth, comfort and the kind of pared-back elegance I love. 

The Cross Street Project / Imagery via Est Magazine and C+M Studio

I've picked out a few more of their inspiring interior spaces from past projects. Once again, there is focus on natural materials and layering of tone and texture. I love the beautiful dark wooden floorboards, french doors and plants in the first home, while the linen bedding and incredible marble bathroom are standouts in the second.  

Manly Project by C+M Studio

Kanuka Collective | Launch + Interview


Sitting down to write this post I'm feeling super excited, and it's not just the amount of coffee I've had today or the fact that we're heading into a long weekend (though that helps!) It's that ever since I discovered the new New Zealand home ware brand Kanuka Collective, I've been smitten. The beautifully crafted luxury products, the feel-good summer vibe of their debut collection and the overall attention to detail is the kind of stuff I thrive on, and I'm thrilled to be sharing their story with you today.

Launched in October, Kanuka Collective was founded by advertising creative Ryan MacPherson, who together with partner Jocelyn Closs, the design manager at Superette, collaborate on the brand. Based in Titirangi, Auckland, overlooking a beautiful native Kanuka clad forest in the Waitakere ranges, the couple are are influenced by the abundant natural beauty surrounding them. The products are made here in New Zealand from the finest quality materials sourced from all over the world. I'll pass you over to Ryan to tell you more...

Can you tell us a bit about your backgrounds and the path that led you to launching Kanuka Collective?

With a background in the advertising and design industries both in New Zealand and Canada, creating the Kanuka Collective brand was a natural progression creatively - we wanted to create something tangible that people could be inspired by and feature in their own homes.

What are your individual roles? 

Everything is carried out locally, with Jocelyn taking care of the social media and marketing side of things while I cover off everything else.

You're influenced by the natural beauty that surrounds you. What would you say are the key aspects that you draw from? Is this a connection that is specific to NZ, your lifestyles etc?

It's hard not to be inspired being so close to the beautiful west coast beaches and being immersed in the Waitakere ranges. Going forward we have a lot of nature-inspired products we'll be introducing.

Your attention to detail and use of beautiful materials is immediately apparent. Can you tell us more about the materials and the process involved in producing such quality products?

We use only the highest quality fabrics and materials and have gone to great lengths to source them from all over the world. Our products are produced locally so we can be across every step of the production process.

How would you describe your personal styles and how is this reflected in your designs, and also your home?

We love simple, paired back design. Open spaces, massive windows, lots of light, straight lines, and timber can be found throughout our Scandinavian inspired Titirangi 'tree house'.

What else inspires you... the web, travel, other creatives etc?

Having lived in both New Zealand and Canada we have a huge appreciation for natural beauty. We love to draw inspiration from what nature has to offer - the colours, forms and textures - there just happens to be plenty of inspiration everywhere we look here in New Zealand.

Your debut collection, aptly titled Palm Paradise SS 14 has a wonderful summer vibe. What can we expect to see over time?

Summer was the perfect season to launch with as we wanted to start with a fresh, beach-inspired collection. We've got some exciting things lined up for the future - watch this space.

I can't wait to see what the future brings, especially if those incredible Alapaca fur cushions are anything to go by! Kanuka have very kindly given me a couple of their new products, and I have to say that their signature detailing such as the luxe raw linen and leather gold foiled tags is even more exquisite in person. I'm looking forward to sharing a photo on Instagram soon! Visit Kanuka Collective to see the full collection and to shop online. 

Those of you in NZ have a wonderful, safe Labour weekend. I'll be back here on Tuesday.

Pinterest | Picks + Peeks


It's a very rare occurrence for me to post twice on one day, so I'll keep this one brief! I had planned to publish it yesterday but ran out of time, and quite frankly these images are too beautiful to put on hold. All Pinterest finds, the common theme is one of calm neutrals and warm wood elements.

Photo by Matthew Delphenich via The Boston Globe 

Styling and photography by Maiju.Saw

The home of Melbourne interior designer Simone Haag via Oracle Fox

Styled by Lotta Agaton and photographed by Kristofer Johnsson for Resident Magazine via My Dubio

Photo by Sharyn Cairns via Unfinished Home

Cloe Kitchen designed by Gian Vittorio Plazzogna for Cesar Arredamenticloe

Workspace Organisation | Dowel Lamp by Regent St

It's been one of those full-on weeks where the housework has completely gone by the wayside. My office is no exception although unlike the rest of the house, the mess can't be blamed on the kids! Currently surrounded by an excess of office stuff, I can't wait to get a moment to sort through all the paper and return to my preferred state of organised chaos. I'm always on the lookout for beautiful office accessories for my desk and walls, and have spotted a few monochrome things lately that have taken my fancy. In addition to getting ready for 2015 with my gorgeous new diary by An Organised Life (seen hanging on my office wall in this recent post) I'm already sorted with the 2015 Stendig Calendar, ready and waiting to replace this year's edition. LET LIV currently have them on pre-order, so get in quick because they sell out mighty fast!

For a while I've been dreaming about a new desk lamp. I've talked many times before about my love of lighting as a design element, and as such I'm always on the lookout for new finds that offer something unique. When news of the Dowel Lamp by NZ designers Regent St. arrived in my inbox yesterday, I felt a tingle of excitement. Featuring innovative design, clean lines and great craftsmanship, designer Riley Sanders says the Dowel Lamp's blend of quality wood and LED lighting reflects the simple and smart essence that defines Regent St.

I've been visualising the black one in my office ever since! Made from American oak, the Dowel Lamp is characterised by its composition of just three wooden elements. This solid oak structure is precisely engineered with CNC machining, while the hand-crafted finishes lend a personal touch to the minimalist design. The use of such few components creates a compact package for shipping and basic assembly (loving that). LED lighting is implemented to allow for up to 50,000 hours of use without replacing any of the lighting componentry. It also comes in a beautiful, natural oil finish.

Regent St. are currently shipping to New Zealand and Australia from their online store, but you can contact them directly for any enquiries regarding international shipping.

Dreamers Inc.


Dreamers Inc. is a gorgeous new range of children's bed linen created by Australia-based designers Nina and Karin Altman. Mums of young children with backgrounds in fashion and textiles, the sisters in law decided to join forces when they couldn't find unique bedding to suit their modern style nurseries. Inspired by Nordic elements, the bed linen brings art to life through beautiful prints that have been lovingly sourced and developed in the duo's Melbourne design studio. The digital printing technique used captures the finer detail of each image to create a life-like version. From the super girlie Pink Dove to the elegant Dragon Fly, the flowy Goldfish, the ultra-modern Green Budgie and the eye popping Green Beetle your child will surely find a friend to fall in love with.

A natural born businesswoman Karin has assumed a number of unique successes and demanding roles over the last decade across fashion and home wares. Nina, who graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science Textile Technology from RMIT, is passionate about fabrics, dyes, digital printing equipment and technologies. A love of innovation and textiles pushed Nina to experiment with colours, photography and fabrication for adult-sized bed linen. 'I spent much time travelling abroad, sourcing fabrics and speaking to suppliers to develop a range of bed linen for adults'. Following the birth of her two children, Nina realised there was a limited selection of stylish bed linen for little ones on the market and, using her intimate knowledge of fabrication, digital photography and global network of contacts, collaborated with Sister-in-law Karin to launch Dreamers Inc. 

Karin and Nina Altman, founders of Dreamers Inc. 

‘Dreamers Inc. has been a dream come true. We are so fortunate to have such a solid partnership, strength and collective vision. To go to work with a family member each day is rare. And precious.’ 

Such fun, quality pieces, I love the way the method of digital printing translates scale and striking colours to act as an artistic expression for little ones. Whether you're on on the hunt for cots, children’s beds or decorative cushions Dreamers Inc. has bed sheeting well and truly covered. Made from 100% cotton, Dreamers Inc. uses natural substrates and breathable fibres to ensure your little dreamers drift into a precious sleep. Machine washable, these heavy loft bed sheets are set to stand the test of time and stay as vibrant as the day they were bought.

Now taking pre-orders for delivery early November, shop the full range here

Images courtesy of Dreamers Inc. 


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