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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
This is one of the hero products from my collection. It's an organic conditioning face oil thats non greasy, absorbent and packed full of vitamin c, omega 3 and nutritive antioxidants. The perfect mid-Summer hydrator.
All through my home and my treatment room I burn these candles, I have dozens. I have always used beeswax candles but these are the strongest yet sweetest honey-smelling ones due to their high concentration of organic wax.
I had never invested in good quality tea towels before but these are so worth it. I didn't think there was such a thing as good looking tea towels until now.
These organic handmade cloths are the best! Not only are the colours great, they are machine washable and last forever. No more buying ugly supermarket throw away ones anymore, these are far more eco friendly.
These beautiful wool blankets have been on my wish list for ages. I was lucky enough to be given one by my boyfriend this Christmas. I especially love the different colour combinations of each one - so few of them are the same.
These things are just great. As a seat, side table, stacked, or upside down as a bucket, Martino Gamper killed it.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Photo of the couple in their studio in Tairua by Yasmine Ganley.
Ruth is so talented and it’s amazing that she’s still so dedicated to making these dishes after 40 years. I have two hanging above my bed at home and it makes me happy to see them every day.
I’ve been coveting these salt and pepper mills for a while now. My favourite thing about them is that each one is different depending on the lines of the woodgrain. I feel that these are an essential item in my life as I am a severe over-user of pepper.
I use this Rosewater every day and it smells so good! It’s refreshing and perfect for my sensitive skin.
These socks are such beautiful little objects and the colours Ophelia has used in her new collection are all so pretty.
This linen is amazing quality and it has such a satisfying weight to it. Not to mention the Grandma-esque floral print and matching ruffled pillowcases.