We live near Claude Megson's Cocker Townhouses in Freemans Bay, and I always admire the architecture on my walk. This wonderfully designed book features them alongside some other great 1970s era NZ houses by Claude Megson.
I love the satisfying Japanese proportions of this lantern. This one is perfect for late night reading - the low LED light is kind on eyes. Also handy for camping or other evening excursions.
In our studio every break is a tea break, and this teapot is ideal in that you can watch it brewing - eliminating the risk of hastily poured weak tea.
One of the handier objects in my day to day life - the size and shape of this keyring makes it impossible to lose your keys in your bag - never rummage around again.
This toolbox is a master organiser. Perfect for storing my collection of print and packaging tools - it's important to know where your measuring tape is at all times.
Charles Ninow is one half of the duo behind Bowerbank Ninow, an art gallery space and auction house based on Karangahape Rd in Auckland City. Bowerbank Ninow is the first and only auction house in New Zealand to pay a voluntary resale royalty to living artists whose works they sell. As part of our ongoing series, Charles shared with us some insight into five of his favourite Everyday Needs pieces.
I love to drink beer. The experience is so much better when it is initiated with a well-designed opener.
Martino Gamper’s work is amazing. I saw the most recent exhibition of his project 100 Chairs in 100 Days at Wellington’s City Gallery earlier this year and came away in awe.
I often personally deliver the artworks I sell. It’s nice to to see the collections that they go into. This toolbox is a great for keeping picture-hanging essentials on hand.
I first encountered Isobel Thom’s work whilst I was studying at Elam School of Fine Arts. At the time, she was making very small cubist paintings in grey tones. I have admired her work ever since.
I can still remember the first time that I was served beer in one of these glasses. They feel so light and soft in the hand. It really left an impression on me.
Our friend Sherie Rai is the woman behind Sherie Muijs, a unique local fashion brand with a cult-like emphasis on one staple garment: the shirt. Sherie has perfected her line of classic button-downs, and has recently introduced a simple cotton long sleeved tee, which we love. Sherie lives in Titirangi, West Auckland with her husband and 15 month old son, Nishi. We spoke to Sherie about her most used Everyday Needs pieces.
I was first introduced to Sans Body Oil for my belly during pregnancy and I have continued to use it absolutely everywhere and every day since! Applied post shower and pre towel dry it leaves me smelling sweet and nutty and well seasoned for the day.
I've recently taken a back seat on the cooking front as my husband has a new-found passion for it. In saying that, I've found mincing cloves of garlic a helpful task for when he gets home, being a staple ingredient to almost every meal. I like the idea of fresh garlic in arms reach and hanging pretty in my kitchen. Hands up for the next run of these!
This book was gifted to me by a friend and I've perused it's pages plenty of times since. I'm particularly interested in architecture and interiors, and have a habit of living vicariously through beautiful photography of notable houses such as these.
It's the perfect seat for additional bottoms at the dinner table or as a stool when chasing the sun in our back garden.
Toast is a daily pleasure and these tongs are a life saver!
We have been working with Gidon Bing since the inception of Everyday Needs. Gidon is an Auckland based artist whose work has its roots firmly in modernism and the Avant Garde. His extensive line of ceramics has a distinctive touch that is both handmade and refined. We are happy to have Gidon's perfect dinnerware range now available online, with all pieces made-to-order. Click here to browse Gidon's pieces online. Gidon shared with us an Edit of his favourite design objects from the Everyday Needs offering.
A well crafted, traditional design that is so timeless it remains modern.
The definition of good design – when nothing can be added without detracting.
An exceptionally well proportioned vessel that becomes even more beautiful as a patina develops over time and with use.
Beautiful, practical and perfect for sugarcane and ginger infused vodka.
A modest but perfectly formed piece of practical, traditional Japanese joinery.
Our friend Sophie Wolanski of Muck Floral is an amazing florist known for her masterful - often foraged - floral creations. Muck Floral has recently moved to a new location on Surrey Cres in Grey Lynn. We are happy to share Sophie's unique edit of five Everyday Needs pieces that she uses daily at work and at home.
I don't like to admit it but I'm not the tidiest person. I talk a lot, I move around a lot and I put things down absentmindedly while talking and moving. This culminates in many a misplaced clipper / stapler / measuring tape... I haven't lost my clippers once since adding the Vitra toolbox to my work station. I love all the different compartments sizes - it's perfect for the virgo in me.
My Stanley thermos comes to the flower market with me every morning. Before Stanley I just took glass mason jars, but they get hot, and it's not a good look with loose leaf tea concoctions. Stanley is much more practical.
I have a serious passion for good brooms. People don't realise how big of a role sweeping is in a florists life, and a good broom makes all the difference. I will admit I am a total broom snob and will only use horsehair, so this one suits me perfectly.
I recently bought the tablecloth version of this linen and I am so in love. Growing up, and still when I go home, my mother has always had an amazing collection of tablecloths. They aren't fancy but have been collected over decades and from all around the world. This was the first tablecloth of my own and I didn't realise until I lay it out how much I love the tradition of clothing a table. And I just love the sunshine colour this brings into a room.
A friend of mine has a really big one of these hanging in her kitchen. She is moving overseas and I'm going to miss her so I just bought this one to remind me of her. I love that it symbolises courage and strength so I will hang it in my new studio to bring me energy.
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.
Give a basket a job. A basket should always have a name that makes reference to it's purpose. This beautiful Japanese bamboo one is made for carrying apples.
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.
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.
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.
I have a soft spot for woven baskets, having once collected them. This one is practical and will age beautifully.
I admire the fine craftsmanship and exquisite detailing embodied in this work. I would hang it on my wall any day.
I love the graphic quality of these shears. I can imagine they will come in very handy in my kitchen drawer.
Carl Aubock is one of my all-time favourite designers. In my opinion his legacy is much underrated. His work has such a beautiful spirit to it.
The form and the warmth of material engenders a familial resonance. It would be such a pleasure to hold and to use.
The pattern of our Cornish granite kitchen tends to camouflage the mess so this is a useful tool to brush away the crumbs.
Proving that practical, everyday objects can and should be beautiful.
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!
We both have a bit of an obsession with socks and a great admiration for the handmade.
Because you can never have too many beautiful Japanese utensils.
This 1920s style Japanese teapot has been a feature in my kitchen for a while now. It sits beautifully on my Martino Gamper Board. It’s the perfect marriage of scientific glassblowing and craft-based making.
I’ve always been told by beauticians to look out for vitamins A and E in skincare products and by using Sans Perfect Body Wash I am obeying! It's a bonus that Sans is packaged so beautifully and smells incredible — we’re addicted at home.
I first spotted this Martino Gamper Board at my brother’s place, and got one the first opportunity I had. They’re unfussy and angular — the perfect chopping board.
By local talent Harriet Were, the array of muted tones won’t have you hiding your dishcloths any more. Better yet, Harry’s handknitted dishcloths are reusable and are made from organic eco-dyed cotton.
I’ve always loved how paper lanterns are a harmonious blend of Japanese handcraft and modernist form. This Hotaru Buoy light is at the top of my Christmas wish list.
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...
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!
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.
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.
These lights are pure and friendly. I especially like the massive version, the light is soft like a giant luminous cloud. So friendly!
Tactile, practical and utilitarian. Small things that you use often should bring you pleasure. This ticks all the boxes for me.
Pieces of design that can be used, unlike the chair. These liven up any dinner party and make avocado on toast that little bit more exciting.
I always visit Margaret Howell’s Wigmore Street store when in London. I love her devotion to English manufacturing and Mid Century Design. This lamp sits on my desk and reminds me of that every time I switch it on.
On a recent trip to Tokyo I was reminded of how beautiful good rice paper lights can be and how simple Japanese design is still unprecedented.
This was a gift for my Art Friend and it sits in our hallway. I walk past it every morning and marvel at its weirdness. I’ve never sat on it and probably never will, but its angles, corners and form never fail to amuse and inspire me.
Grant Bailey has long been our go-to maker for all custom and one-off furniture pieces. He created the much admired peg boards and point of sale unit in our Ponsonby store. We are excited to have some of his beautiful work now available to purchase online. Click here to shop Grant's pieces. We spoke to Grant about his favourite items from the Everyday Needs offering.
I like the idea of it being one maker's work. Each one from Ruth's hands to you. An authentic object.
I'm a big fan of Japanese family made objects. Perfected generations ago and faithfully reproduced ever since.
It's not just all the great pictures of amazing stuff. It's the personal story of some of my favourite designers and makers. This book came out at a pivotal time for me and helped me realise where I wanted to go with my work.
To me they are sculptures. And they hold incense!