To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we caught up with creative couple Kristen and Alex Lindesay.
Kristen is one half of independent eyewear label auór, founded with dear friend Claire De Luca in the summer of 2018. Auór is built on Kristen & Claire’s personal philosophies of honesty, quality, ethics and an appreciation for good design that is long lasting.
Alex works across television and film and is passionate about analogue photography. He has taken much of auór’s campaign imagery over the years but his ultimate subject is the landscape and loves exploring rugged, isolated places with camera in hand.
Alex and Kristen have been together for fifteen years and moved to Auckland from Sydney with their son Remy at the start of 2020. They’ve been in Titirangi ever since, enjoying being close to nature and amongst a lovely community.
Alex - Our home is surrounded by trees and we have been enjoying getting to know all of the native birds that come to visit them. I can picture the bird silo perfectly in our garden, inviting the local Tui, Kererū and the occasional Kingfisher to visit more often.
Kristen - I don’t go anywhere without sunglasses and the auór Rosetta frame has been a favourite of mine this summer. I generally can’t go past the classic tort and I love its petite shape and nod to the 50s.
Kristen - I love India and these bags transport me straight to their chaotic bustling markets with all the heady scents and bursts of colour. I love the joyful colour combinations and they are such a useful carryall for summer days when we visit our favourite Auckland beaches with our son.
Alex - Over summer we have been exploring the North Island on camping trips in our little camper-van. On some of these trips we’ve borrowed a camping gas lamp off our neighbours, but this would be a great one to own!
Kristen - This Ildhane Cast Iron Candlestick Holder reminds me of my childhood friend’s Swedish Grandad and the typical Scandinavian trinkets he would have about, particularly around Christmas. I have developed a fairly decent candlestick holder obsession lately and this one would make a sweet addition to the little collection I have started.
Finn is a knitting technician and textile artist based in Auckland, New Zealand - and is also one of the team members of our Ponsonby store.
Finn has an obsession with all things wool which lead him to developing his own knitted merino blankets for Everyday Needs, all made and hand-finished by him just down the road.
As well as working at Everyday Needs, Finn is passionate about local textile production. He is currently working at AUT on projects that intend to enhance and support the NZ wool and textile industry.
This little object is both beautiful and incredibly practical. I love that they are all locally made by the talented hands of Misma Anaru, so each piece has its own feel. I use mine to hold my collection of incense (most of which are from Everyday Needs), but I’m always finding myself finding different uses for it.
Speaking of incense, these are my go-to when I need to wind down. I’m a huge fan of all of the Shoyeido Incense, and any scent with benzoin or sandalwood usually has my full attention, but the lightness and warmth of the Golden Pavillon incense is the perfect way to start and end a day.
As someone with really sensitive skin, I’ve always struggled to find skincare products that work. All of the products made by Maryse are incredible. They smell great and have the most natural ingredient list I’ve ever seen - however Manuka Exfoliator is something else! You don’t need to use much of this magical powder to feel super refreshed. Half a teaspoon or less mixed with water or some of your favourite cleanser and its the best exfoliator you’ll ever use.
I’m always on the look out for colourful and well made materials, so the Mungo range of towels have to be a favourite Everyday Needs item of mine. Made in South Africa, these Mungo towels come in the best array of colours - and the heavy-weight cotton weave makes them both quick trying and super hard wearing. Investing in one of these for summer is a must.
You can transform the most basic of beers into a craft beer experience with this cast iron bottle opener made in Japan. The simple range of designs and quality of materials make it the only beer bottle opener you’ll ever need to own. It will have you offering to open everyones drinks for them!
We spoke to visual artist and complementary health practitioner Ali Johnson this week about her favourite everyday needs pieces. Ali founded Sphaera in 2015. At its core, Sphaera is a studio practice and an approach to making that is both intuitive and thoughtfully researched, a conceptual response to rituals around self-care and cleansing.
Ali comes from a family of artists and makers and grew up with her four siblings in a small town in rural Australia where textiles, ceramics, writing and the natural environment were part of everyday life and creative expression.
Sphaera offers simple, utilitarian objects for everyday use with accessible depth and purpose combining Ali’s arts and natural health care background with a fascination and commitment to the possibilities offered up by new approaches to cosmetic chemistry, bathing and skincare products.
Ali lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara with her husband and two sons.
I gave this as a gift to my partner for our camping trips. They work so well and last forever. It is the same style as the battered one my grandparents owned on our farm and it evokes wonderful memories for me of cups of tea with too much condensed milk and early morning light in the Australian Outback.
One of my favourite little tools. It has a satisfying weight in your hand despite being so small. I always have it in my pocket or my bag and I use it often when considering a new addition to our offering, or communicating an element of print or packaging design or requirements.
Lovely things for the hand and the eye to have in the kitchen. These have a generous size and weight and they soften and get even better with use. I love everyday objects that age with grace. These are useful and special enough to gift.
One day I will be lucky enough to own one of these special pieces for my own kitchen. Ruth Castles work really speaks to me, the form of these baskets evokes something ancient and pleasing. I also hope it would remind me to plant the garlic bulbs on time for once at least.
When we first saw Misma’s ceramic work via a fleeting IG story a few years ago we took a screenshot and wondered if a square soap dish in the picture might have encountered one of our soap bars along the way. It turned out that Misma had built this beautiful object around one of our bars and we have been so lucky to be able to get to know her and her work through this moment of perfect synchronicity. A good soap dish is hard to find and so this is a treasure. Misma’s work is so refined and sits beautifully in so many different spaces and styles. A small piece of art in its own right, as well as being very useful.
We spoke to Turumeke Harrington this week about her 5 favourite everyday needs pieces. Turumeke Harrington is a Ngāi Tahu artist living in Wellington. She grew up in Christchurch and Rotorua, studied industrial design at Victoria, Fine Arts at Canterbury and Shoemaking at RMIT in Melbourne and is currently working towards a Masters in Fine Arts at Massey.
Working across sculpture and installation, Turumeke's work is characterised by bold colours and references to domestic forms and materials. Sitting somewhere between art and design she is currently interested in exploring how objects, material and colour can express, challenge and pursue mātauranga Māori through their composition. Inspired to make work that is generous to its audience while occasionally tripping them up, a lot of consideration is given to making art accessible both physically and conceptually.
Much of Turumeke's mahi is driven by a desire to engage her young daughter, Pia, in making, understanding and challenging contemporary art practice believing that you don't have to compromise concept and quality for children to be able to take meaning from it also.
Much of Turumeke's mahi is driven by a desire to engage her young daughter, Pia, in making, understanding and challenging contemporary art practice believing that you don't have to compromise concept and quality for children to be able to take meaning from it also.
She is currently showing at Objectspace and RM Gallery, and has upcoming shows at Corban Estate, (Auckland) and Toi Pōneke, (Wellington).
Everyone loves these stools, right? I have enjoyed watching them become a classic piece of furniture design history, and am excited to see they've come out in small! We've just moved into this awesome modern barn open plan kind of house and I'm scheming how many of these I might be able to fit in alongside all the furniture I have designed.
When I was pregnant with Pia we went to Japan and I bought one of these kettles as a souvenir in a forest green. It is awesome and has been and has lived with me in Melbourne, Lyttelton and now Wellington. It was unfortunately left on the element by accident once so it's a wee bit warped but still works fine. Something about the Japanese design sensibility, it just looks great, it doesn't leak when you pour and it doesn't take up bench space. Love it..
When I was studying shoemaking I was trying to figure out how I might be able to earn money so, quite pregnant, I ran a couple of clog making workshops in Melbourne. There's this old guy called Bruce over there who is probably the only manufacturer and supplier of shoe lasts (the forms you construct shoes around) in the Asia/Australia/Pacific region. I toured his factory quite a few times and when I was over there they were just starting up CNC milling so they could do all sorts more custom work. Clogs are great! I am also an avid collector of Birkenstock clogs (seven pairs now?). I like to imagine these white ones with a beautiful bright green suit.
I've become a kind of collector of functional vessels. It started when I was about 16, scouring op shops for Colour Glaze era Crown Lynn (always in pairs). A couple of years ago my ma gave me a Paul Maseyk mug (so I bought another, pair), and now we also have a pair of Laurie Steer's mugs, Keith Grinter's glasses, some Paul Melser and an incredible full dinner and tumbler set from Tatyanna Meharry. This beside carafe would sit pretty happily amongst these odd friends, and might stop my partner hoarding all the soda stream bottles?
When I was 16 and studying at Victoria I also washed dishes for years at Fidels. Will, who runs Companion with his partner, worked there at the same time. It's really cool to see work by people you've known over the years, and these hats are gorgeous. I think Pia would love one (though I think as of a week ago we've moved on from pink to turquoise). We also have another of Companion's products, a side table/ stool, that comes in handy when we have guests. I bought that as a kind of welcome home present to us when we moved to Wellington at the start of last year.
We spoke to Sahar Lone this week about her favourite everyday needs items. Sahar is partnerships and communications manager at Objectspace Aotearoa’s leading gallery dedicated to craft, design and architecture. She trained as a business reporter for the New Zealand Herald and Aotearoa’s first Asian affairs programme on commercial radio, then worked for many of this country’s leading arts organisations.
Sahar works on a written series with The Spinoff called The Single Object about the objects in our daily lives that tell stories about New Zealand culture, which is about to become a video series with the support of NZ On Air.
Nanette Cameron’s work and unapologetic use of colour across her long-spanning career holds up today. Being afraid to show a bit of personality can make the world a more homogenous place. People who aren’t afraid to made bold choices like Nanette are worth celebrating. She was our guest for The Single Object live event during The Festival of Architecture in 2019 at Objectspace. It was such a buzz to be in a full house of people hanging on to her every word. Nanette has incredible wit and has made such an impact on the lives of the people who have gone through the Nanette Cameron Design School and Nanette Cameron Design Guild, many of whom are regular visitors to the gallery.
We use these as the bins in the gallery bathrooms and the size means they don’t need to be emptied during an event. I was lucky enough to meet Martino during an artist studio visit to artists Karl Fritsch and Lisa Walker in Island Bay, while in Pōneke with Norwegian Crafts. His exhibition 100 Chairs in 100 Days at City Gallery left an impression on me.
My colleague Becky Richards is now the editor and I always love hearing what’s going in the next issue from her. I have a real fondness for ceramics and have enjoyed getting to know practitioners in this country. I am always coveting my next purchase – right now it’s anything by Ace Firers (Emily Siddell and Mark Goody). We use their domestic ware at Objectspace and it has such a nice feel to it. Mark and Emily also happen to be wonderful people.
I picked up a pair of these to be my everyday pair recently. Handmade in Italy. La-de-da! My other pair is like the Chanel equivalent of wrap arounds. The mix between wrong and right I am often drawn to. One of those purchases you hope to look after well and wear for a long time to come.
A great addition to any bookshelf, this was one of those gifts I gave that I knew I would have the pleasure of using myself around the house. And it never ceases to keep giving. Beautiful industrial design. Plastic with a nice matte finish and the right size to fit all of your surplus stationery.
This week we spoke to friend and everyday needs customer Aya Yamashita about her 5 favourite items from the store. Aya is a Japanese artist and a primary school teacher based in Auckland, New Zealand. Her current art practice is driven by the idea of play and the ordinary in her everyday life. The latest project she worked on was for Artists in Education Collective Aotearoa (AiECA) where she collaborated with her students and made a huge interactive rubbish ball. She enjoys making art that is tactile and playful, inviting you to physically engage with the artwork.
During lockdown, Aya started a small company called Moshi Moshi Classroom where she produces beautiful and engaging educational resources for teachers, parents and students. There is an abundance of teaching resources available online, however, a lot tends to be mass-produced clipart that is... 'a little bit cringy' and there is often a lack of te reo based content. Her hope is to share her passion for art and combine that with her teaching experience to create an exciting and engaging platform for children to learn.
This tool is something that reminds me of my childhood kitchen in Japan. My mum uses ginger in a lot of her cooking as a secret ingredient and I remember helping her grate ginger using a similar grater. We also grate daikon with this too.
Hasami porcelains are made in my hometown, Nagasaki! I visited the workrooms and shops in my last holiday. Everything they make has a sense of homeliness and warmth. My fiancee, Elliot and I carried sets of bowls and plates back home in New Zealand and now they are important part of our everyday meal times.
I always loved collecting interesting stationary. Masking tape was something that I discovered when I received gifts in Japan; they added colour and fun to the brown wrapping paper. I thought it was magical. I’ve been to the masking tape speciality shop in Kurashiki, Japan where the sheves are full of happiness! I highly recommend you visiting there.
I think these crayons are so simple but so clever. I would love to have them in my classroom.
Elliot and I live in this beautiful apartment on Karangahape road. This is our first home together and we’ve been collecting objects that are ‘us’ whether they’re made by our friends or bought from a shop. We think that this stool is very ‘us’ but when it comes to buying it, we can never decide which colour we want!
This week we caught up with our friend Marina Davis, director and designer at OVNA OVICH. Marina founded the label in 2012 after realising that she could create a positive change through her work. OVNA OVICH is an independent project based in Auckland, New Zealand, with a devotion to making environmentally and socially sound womenswear of effortlessness and elegance. The name OVNA OVICH, which means feminine masculine, pays homage to the Russian heritage of Marina, who grew up by the sea remotely in the deep south of New Zealand. With a background in dancing and all things performative, Davis likes to weave stories into the collections which are released as chapters, in celebration of the compassionate and strong contemporary woman.
I appreciate the precision and simplicity of this object. Lighting a stick of incense when I get around to it is always a nice way to bring a quiet consciousness to a moment. Watching the smoke tails can be quite entertaining.
My salads these days feel much more special with these tools to transfer from bowl to plate. The fact that the wood has a history gives them the beauty of depth. Also, I have the pleasure of working alongside Courtney and her love for the process of woodworking is real
I've worked with Libeco in the past for Ovna and their quality of linen is outstanding. The generous size of this tea towel and robustness fits well in my kitchen.
Whenever I get a pesky bite this balm is my go-to, it really is a magic cure. Lou is a fountain of knowledge and a dear friend.
A gift I received from my partner that I use most days and it still brings me joy. Perfect for making your own tea concoctions and the capacity suits well for a prolonged tea drinking experience.
Painter Kate Small’s new exhibition, ‘Welcome to Holland’ was due to open at Anna Miles Gallery two days after lockdown... so for now the paintings can be seen online only.
Anna caught up with Kate at her Masterton home where she is currently teaching Wairarapa College art students via Zoom.
Kate’s paintings bring together her fascination with colour and an unusual level of feeling for the ordinary rituals of domestic life. It was as a student at Elam School of Fine Arts that her lush form of abstract expressionism first became populated. There were two key sources for the original figures in the paintings — Eadweard Muybridge’s C19th photographic studies of figures carrying buckets and brooms, and 1960s Jantzen tog advertisements. Some things never change — 30 years on and the tog-wearing inhabitants of Kate's ‘Welcome to Holland’ paintings are still accessorised by the accoutrements of housework (mops, rakes, vacuum cleaners and the occasional front loading washing machine).
Kate was delighted to find the Everyday Needs site has a whole section devoted to ‘Housekeeping’. A number of colourful and utilitarian items soon caught her eye. If a grey dustpan turns up in a Kate Small painting, you’ll know where it came from.
This packet of stripes is hard to resist. My first thought was what more could you want than a set of Te Reo crayons.
I like the fact that this hat is called ‘lounge'. It is a very nice shade of pink with a generous brim perfect for a Masterton summer.
I have a soft spot for sturdy Stanley. At art school and ever since I seem to have had a Stanley knife permanently in my pocket. At school my students think its amazing I’m so fast at sharpening pencils and chopping paper . . . It’s all due to Stanley in my pocket.
Being woven, the checks of this tea towel look ‘layered'. The grid has that slightly transparent quality I’m always aiming for when layering paint.
There is something very attractive to me about the Iris Hantverk Dustpan and Brush set. What a beautiful grey they have produced.
This week we chatted to our friend and collaborator, Auckland-based artist Gabrielle Stoddard about her favourite everyday needs items. Gabrielle's multidisciplinary practise includes mediums of photography, printmaking and textiles. She appreciates craft and products by makers who share similar values to both her and everyday needs. We recently collaborated with Gabrielle to make our exclusive T Totes in a soft cotton and linen blended yarn. These are a great little bag to take grocery shopping or for putting your everyday items in.
A kind gift turning into many repurchases. The most delicious product to share in the bathroom, always enjoyed by those who visit. I truly adore Sphaera soaps inside and out, I love watching the soap bar mold in my hand while it's under hot water and how it changes in form from its start to end.
The most practical piece of furniture I have ever owned. I have one living in my bedroom as a stand for my anglepoise lamp, one at the dining table and the other for anytime I need a laundry basket, footstool or for a pile of books I have no idea where to put.
I have always loved stationery, from a very young age I was that kid who always had one favourite brand of pen and a pencil case I had searched all school holidays until I found the perfect one. You will find one of these Delfonics ballpoints in my current pen collection and I can vouch for its simplicity and loveliness.
Everyday rituals and self care moments are always fostered when using this gorgeous soap bar. I try to attend to my delicate laundry basket at a quiet time on the weekend where I enjoy dissolving thin shavings of the bar into a bucket to gently wash all my gentle fabrics. Sphaera laundry bars are also the only product I use to wash my T Totes.
The delicacy of these Woven dishes are so fascinating to me. I love enjoying my breakfast in the morning catching a glimpse at the soft shadows it creates on the wall. Ruth Castles weaving speaks to my interest in tactility and gesture along with craft.
In celebration of Valentine's Day we caught up with one of our favourite couples (and everyday needs regulars) Natalie & Bridget.
Natalie is the Auckland Manager at Coffee Supreme and Bridget is the Operations Manager at Almighty. Suffice to say, there is never a shortage of nice beverages at their place. They live in a light-filled flat in Royal Oak, which is filled with a beautiful selection of EDN products that they have collected over the years. We love that each addition to their home is well considered in both form and function, creating a stylish but cosy space filled with memories and keepsakes.
A beautiful gift from Bridget for my birthday, this sits pride of place at our dinner table. We love the permanent material and simple design of this piece. Our family and friendships are anchored around entertaining and the sharing of meals. We love how candlelight encourages the warmth of great conversation and intimacy over a good or average glass of wine.
N: Sphaera soaps are amazing and a true delight to use. The laundry soap, in particular, is a fantastic product and has saved our clothing from the countless marks and stains that come with day to day life, cooking and raising a child. It’s fantastic on delicates but is also an effective stain remover. 12/10, will buy forever.
B: My go-to house warming gift. It will be enjoyed regularly, doesn't take up too much space in the home, is beautiful if left on the bench and feels delicious in your hand.
N: These bags are beautiful, durable and functional. I was gifted one a few years ago by my good friend Mallory. I love the colourways that these useful bags come in. They are fantastic for beach trips, overnight trips, and forever holding ironing piles.
B: I wear these...everyday. For such a staple, a good tee is incredibly hard to find. Even harder if you happen to have hips. Soft cotton and a great cut have made these a daily habit.
Captivated by the alchemy of earth to fire to stone, Raglan based artist Emma Badeia seeks to honour and elevate this simplicity through her ceramic practice – offering an intentional place for it in our day to day. Through the dedicated development of her craft and influential encounters in both New Zealand and Indonesia, Emma has accumulated a rich and diverse ceramics education. With attention to tactile forms, spontaneous surfaces and organic firing techniques, her pieces are designed to lead an existence that doesn’t stray too far from their humble beginnings. A fascination for the ever-engaging dialogue between artist and practice ensures Emma’s continual exploration in what seems will be a life long affair with earth and fire. We are very lucky to have Emma's wonderfully organic ceramics as a part of our offering at Everyday Needs.
I’ve never been a high heel kinda gal but these are a fantastic alternative for when I feel like I want to take things to the next level. Their beautifully simple design is also incredibly ergonomic and comfortable, making them an all-terrain solution from work to play.
My days are scattered with rituals and lighting incense is one of them. The Cherry Blossom fragrance is my favourite and was a cherished addition to my pack on some recent overseas journeys - creating the space to ground and centre in unfamiliar territory.
I love my hardworking hands and after a long day in the studio nothing says so better than some TLC from native botanicals.
There's something curiously comforting about a stovetop kettle and the long spout on this design offers further craftsmanship to my Chemex brews - perfect for those slow, lingering mornings at home.
This is one of my favourite studio companions - providing a sense of transience with its portability and sometimes even some order to my workbench. Its durability leads me to believe that it will be with me for quite some time and I like to think about all of the stories it will one day be able to tell.
Brett Band is the local designer behind Paceracer, a recent addition to everyday needs. Brett's mother was a dressmaker, and his father a bridge engineer, which explains the wonderful balance between detail and robustness in his watches. After studying Industrial Design and Sustainability at AUT and designing for a number of NZ brands, Brett became interested in traditional watches due to his curiosity in how they are constructed. His attention to detail and the personal finishing of his timepieces make them truly special.
I have a 2-year-old niece these were a perfect Kiwiana gift for. She was born in Amsterdam and is Kiwi, Dutch and Italian. I sent them for Christmas last year for her to get a head start on practising her signature.
My couch at home is pretty simple with a wooden frame and cushions, quite vintage. Every time I scroll through the website I stop on this blanket, the bold block colours are pretty appetizing. Even the stitching and branding make it irresistible. It would be good to see it on my couch.
I've always enjoyed flicking through images of interiors - who doesn't really? I've got an interiors Pinterest folder I look at once every three years but seem to save dreamy interiors into it on a weekly basis. So it's a book for the coffee table. Maybe it'd go well with the Mikkel blanket.
Opinel knives are so crisp and good to cut all sorts of things with. I'd like to add these to my collection. A friend of mine and I like Opinel so much we once bought twenty of them and split the deal.
The small details of this stool I think are what makes it look good as an overall object. The feet are pressed out to a bevelled shape just at the ends - just enough, and this catches the light really nicely, as well as encapsulate the subtle trim of the wider rubber grommet feet at the same time. The top of the seat sits just below the two frames on the outside, a cool little detail to keep the hips in place. Not to mention the balance of the palisades, they have nice bends, and the spacing between looks comfortable. Where they intersect into the tubular frame, its just done well, a clean weld. Quality. They even match the top curve of the outside bends of the tube. After all that, the weight of it just makes you appreciate its robustness. My workshop needs a Palisade stool.