The Edit by Amy Yalland


Our friend Amy Yalland is one half of design studio, Index. Amy and her partner Jonty Valentine are graphic designers specialising in publications. Known for their beautiful work with risograph printing; they often print their work in-house. Amy & Jonty have a work-live space in industrial Henderson which they have renovated themselves. We visited on a rainy afternoon and took some pictures of their Everyday Needs pieces in-situ, click here to view the pictures. We also spoke to Amy about her five favourite pieces from our offering.


01 Ruth Castle garlic basket // $139 - $199
We have our garlic basket hanging by a nail that goes through a hole in the Lundia we use as kitchen shelves. Every time I see it I am happy.


02 Iris Hantverk dish brush // $35
Smells like horse… The long angled shape of the head means it can reach into my tall glasses I use for juice, and get the turmeric stains out. Since we have open shelves in our kitchen, everything is ‘out’ and I don’t have to hide this one like I would a plastic brush.


03 Wooden Doormat with Bristles // $129
Gives great scraping action to get the dirt off the soles of our boffer boots (which I am always wearing). Hardy as, and I like how it introduces timber into our space as soon as you step inside.


04 Iris Handverk toilet brush & roll holder set // $163
A twosome that looks totally natural in our industrial space, on our concrete floor. I love things in pairs. On a practical level too, the brush works far better than ones we’ve used in the past.


05 Reverse Umbrella // $109
My absolute favourite orange. Doesn’t wet the car seats when you have to chuck it inside after a downpour! And when you’re inside it, everything glows…


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Pictures for The Edit and The Everyday by Neeve Woodward.

The Edit by Ophelia & Ryder

The Edit by Ophelia & Ryder

This year to celebrate Valentines Day we are focusing on love for our ongoing series, The Edit. We are happy to feature our good friends Ophelia Mikkelson and Ryder Jones. Ophelia and Ryder are wonderful artists and makers who are to be married in March. They each shared with us five of their most loved pieces from the Everyday Needs offering.


01 Stanley thermos // $85

R: Every morning I walk from our room to put the kettle on without seeing, the light goes red and I put a dry tea bag in the mouth of the thermos, sometimes I seal it up if I have to leave the house, or leave it open if I stay. It makes this satisfying noise when I open it, like a miniature exhale and the smell of tea comes out.

O: We don’t have a teapot yet, so the thermos is our teapot. We take it everywhere, it’s filled with Earl Grey, always.


02 Brass contour keyring // $39

R: I clip the key ring to my belt so I don’t lose my keys. I used to wear a wallet chain but this is better because it’s short enough not to touch your knee while driving the car. When I’m walking I sound like a dull bell clinking.

 O: I have four brothers and six nephews; this is a lot of boys. The key ring is a very, very good present for boys in particular if you’re stuck. I am never stuck though, presents for boys are my specialty now, I’ve had 25 years of training. We are getting these for our groomsmen to gift to them on our wedding day!


03 Recycled sari twine // $8.50

O: When I was little I studied Indian dance at school. My sari was yellow. I loved the feeling of wearing it and the way colours in fabric intertwined into each other making textures in the silk. This twine is made from recycled sari by a group of woman that trained in rope making. I love to think of the hands that made it when I use it. I use the twine for lots of different things - for wrapping and packaging up the socks I make and for tying tomatoes to their stakes.


04 Cast iron bottle opener - clover // $59

R: I like to put a beer in the freezer and take it out before it freezes, so it’s all frosty on the green glass. And then I walk to this special hook on the wall, that’s where the opener lives, the top hollow of the clover slots in there good, then I go back to the frosty bottle and snap it open.


05 Iris Hantverk nail brush // $19

O: For over one hundred years Iris has employed the visually impaired to hand make these brushes. The tenderness within this knowledge envelops me.

R: I wash my hands before I go to sleep. There is this feeling I love, I call it being situated. Like when every thing is in its right place, like when you’re clean and your shoes laces are done up tight. I want this feeling all the time, so I scrub my hands, fingers and nails before I get into bed.


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Big love to Ryder and Ophelia for sharing! xx

Photo of the couple in their studio in Tairua by Yasmine Ganley.

The Edit by Kirsty Cameron

Our good friend Kirsty Cameron is the woman behind ‘Godmother', a brand known for it's cult wool blankets and super cool range of sun hats. Kirsty is a filmmaker and costume designer who has worked on some of New Zealand's most loved films. We are excited to share with you Kirsty's most recent project, The Wool Lover, a digital journal that will pay homage to New Zealand wool with stories from art, craft and fashion, science and technology and cultural history.

This week for The Edit we spoke to Kirsty about the products from our range that are her true Everyday Needs.


01 Deadly Ponies x Everyday Needs laptop case // $105

I’m not very practical and after being too loose with previous laptops I double bag my latest one, and my outer is the laptop wallet EDN has made with Deadly Ponies. For all its good looks, it’s probably not the most beautiful thing in the store but something I can’t do without on a daily level.


02 Hario glass teapot // $69

My brother sends down Vital Force tea from the far north, a delicious mix of homegrown herbs which I make in the Hario glass teapot in differing concoctions. That is when not making kukicha tea, a liquid addiction since doing a macrobiotic cooking course with Bevan Kaan many many moons ago.


03 Japanese incense // $8.50 - $11.50

Living in a house built in the early 70’s, that feels a little like a boat or a playhouse, and with no electronic ventilation, incense is a daily practise. I like the idea that incense improves the vibrations of the place it is burnt in.


03 Olio cutlery set // $249

In the kitchen nothing is more everyday, and in some ways more intimate, than cutlery. We are forever putting it in our mouths and it takes attention to clean it properly. The Olio cutlery set designed by Barber & Osgerby is beautifully simple and ergonomic.


05 Maryse Treatment Balm // $28

I have bought Maryse’s treatment balm for friends and assistants, and everyone has become, like myself, unable to live without it. Not a daily practise but an hourly one.


Click here to shop Kirsty's Edit // Click here to shop Godmother


Kirsty is photographed at home by Neeve Woodward.

The Edit by Warwick Freeman

Everyday Needs is a huge fan of Warwick Freeman’s jewellery and curatorial collaborations with our good friend Karl Fritsch. As soon as we saw Warwick’s door handles crafted from volcanic rock we were in love and are honoured to be able to have these pieces in our store. We visited Warwick's beautiful studio in Devonport and spoke to him about his favourite pieces from the Everyday Needs range.


01 100 Chairs by Martino Gamper // $40

I was visiting London in 2007 and saw an exhibition of Martino Gamper’s hybrid chairs at the London Design Museum. I don’t think there were 100 Chairs at that stage but it was one of those ‘out of nowhere’ moments when you see work by someone that seems to be on their own path. The record of them in a book came later and that cemented the project as a moment so I ordered one. This is the smaller pocket edition but it still faithfully sports the distinctive red stitched binding.


02 Handmade copper grater // $95

An exquisite little thing - the two tone colouring and the graphic created by the raised teeth is so resolved that if I was a jeweller I’d string a cord through it and call it a pendant - oh that’s right I am - well if I was a chef I’d want one - making sure to wear it grater side out of course.


03 Apple Farmer's Basket // $189

Give a basket a job. A basket should always have a name that makes reference to its purpose. This beautiful Japanese bamboo one is made for carrying apples.


04 Olio serving bowl by Barber Osgerby for Royal Doulton // $159

Just another bowl in the endless universe of bowls - the form is lovely but mostly because of the colour - that brown would happily mix in with the other bowls in our cupboard.


05 Pair of Auböck bookends // $416.50

Everyone should know about the 20th Century Austrian designer and maker Carl Auböck. His idiosyncratic, slightly off-centre aesthetic throws a different cast on the more familiar history of European Modernist design. Some of his work has a very literal use of figurative elements - the bookends aren’t so obvious but they have a whiff of that sensibility - book dogs.


Click here to shop Warwick's Edit. Click here to view the photographs of Warwick's studio. Photography by Neeve Woodward.



Volcanic door handles by Warwick Freeman

These unique handles or drawer pulls are crafted from pieces of volcanic rock, found and collected by Warwick on walks along Devonport's beaches. The rocks are carefully selected for their form - gradually worn down by the tides in the Waitematā Harbour - finished only with a light coat of oil it is almost hard to believe they are not purpose built for hands.


Available to purchase in store or email for more information.


The Edit by Max Lamb & Gemma Holt

This week The Edit features London based creative couple Gemma Holt & Max Lamb. Gemma works with Martino Gamper and publishing company Dent-De-Leone, as well as having her own personal design and art practice. Max is a designer who makes distinctive furniture with an emphasis on materiality and the hand crafted. We spoke to Max & Gemma about their favourite pieces from the Everyday Needs range.


Shimingura Box Broom // $40 The pattern of our Cornish granite kitchen tends to camouflage the mess so this is a useful tool to brush away the crumbs.

Rustic Nails // $9.50 - $12.50 each Proving that practical, everyday objects can and should be beautiful.

Handspun & Handknitted Wool Socks // $89 We both have a bit of an obsession with socks and a great admiration for the handmade.

Sori Yanagi Serving Spoon & Fork // $105 Because you can never have too many beautiful Japanese utensils.

The Heron Migrates by Bruce Martin // $50 As collectors of studio pottery this book has been a great research tool, especially before a trip to Japan last year. We can’t wait to visit New Zealand one day and add some of the great NZ potters to our collection!


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Photo of Max & Gemma by Nick Ballon.

The Edit by Ambra Medda

Our friend Ambra is a curator of design and an incredible art director. Based in London, Ambra works on interesting projects all over the World. Ambra has shared with us an Edit of her favourite pieces from our range. "The following truly are my everyday-needs!"


01 Mungo Willow Weave bath towel // $65 These gorgeous towels made by a family business in South African are simply awesome! They’re perfectly absorbent and don’t occupy a ridiculous amount of space in the washing machine. Both practical and beautiful!

02 Sea Salt Soap // $18.50 This sea salt soap leaves your hands feeling clean and smells divine! How cool is the packaging? It took me two weeks to throw out the box...

03 Harry's Handknitted cloths // $39 Harry Were is a knitting super star! She makes the most extraordinary jumpers, socks and these small cloths that are my new best friends. As a new mother I find myself wiping down almost everything: my kid, the kitchen table and my jeans.

04 Hario glass teapot // $69 The proportions of this teapot are absolutely delightful and perfect. I drink tea most of the day and making tea for one person in a regular size large teapot can make you feel lonely and wasteful. This teapot is perfect for a little cup for two people or ideal for a single heavy tea drinker.

05 Hotaru Double Bubble Light // $2,150 These lights are pure and friendly. I especially like the massive version, the light is soft like a giant luminous cloud. So friendly!


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Ambra is pictured with her daughter, Rosa.