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The Edit:
Sophie Wolanski

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.

1. Vitra toolbox 

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.

2. Stanley thermos

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. 

3. Dustpan and brush set

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.

4. Belgian linen tea towel // Check

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.

5. Japanese Koinobori carp windsock

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.

The Edit:
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.

1. 100 Chairs by Martino Gamper

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.

2. Apple Farmer's basket

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.

3. Japanese copper grater

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.

4. Olio stoneware serving bowl

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.

5. Auböck brass bookends

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.

The Edit:
Khai Liew

Adelaide based Khai Liew is a wonderful furniture designer who makes beautiful pieces we are constantly coveting. We spoke to Khai about his personal favourites from the Everyday Needs range. Click here to visit Khai Liew's website.

1. Apple Farmer's basket

I have a soft spot for woven baskets, having once collected them. This one is practical and will age beautifully.

2. Ruth Castle woven dish // Swirl

I admire the fine craftsmanship and exquisite detailing embodied in this work. I would hang it on my wall any day.

3. Tajika flower shears

I love the graphic quality of these shears. I can imagine they will come in very handy in my kitchen drawer.

4. Aubock brass bookends

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.

5. Brass butter knife

The form and the warmth of material engenders a familial resonance. It would be such a pleasure to hold and to use.

The Edit:
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.

1. Japanese rice straw broom

The pattern of our Cornish granite kitchen tends to camouflage the mess so this is a useful tool to brush away the crumbs.

2. Rustic nails

Proving that practical, everyday objects can and should be beautiful.

3. The Heron Migrates

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!

4. Handspun & handknitted wool socks

We both have a bit of an obsession with socks and a great admiration for the handmade.

5. Sori Yanagi salad servers

Because you can never have too many beautiful Japanese utensils.

The Edit:
Paris Mitchell

We spoke to fashion designer and stylist, Paris Mitchell, about her favourite pieces from the Everyday Needs range. Paris is part owner and creative director of beautiful new online boutique, The Mercantile.

1. Hario glass teapot

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.

2. Sans [ceuticals] Activator 7 Hair, Face + Body Oil

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.

3. Martino Gamper board

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.

4. Handknitted cloths

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.

5.  Hotaru light by Barber Osgerby

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.

The Edit:
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!"

1. Sea Salt Soap

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...

2. Willow weave bath towel

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!

3. Hario glass teapot

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.

4. Handknitted cloth

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.

5. Hotaru Double Bubble Light

These lights are pure and friendly. I especially like the massive version, the light is soft like a giant luminous cloud. So friendly!

The Edit:
Murray Crane

Our friend Murray Crane is the founder of menswear brands Crane Brothers and Gubb & Mackie. Murray has shared with us an edit of his favourite pieces from the Everyday Needs offering.

1. Gidon Bing ceramic citrus juicer

Tactile, practical and utilitarian. Small things that you use often should bring you pleasure. This ticks all the boxes for me.

2. Martino Gamper salt and pepper spitz

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.

3. Type 75 Anglepoise Lamp

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.

4. Hotaru lights by Barber Osgerby

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.

5. Martino Gamper one-off chair

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.

The Edit:
Grant Bailey

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.

1. Ruth Castle garlic basket

I like the idea of it being one maker's work. Each one from Ruth's hands to you. An authentic object.

2. Hinoki bathroom stool

I'm a big fan of Japanese family made objects. Perfected generations ago and faithfully reproduced ever since.

3. Handcrafted Modern by Leslie Williamson

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.

4. Ceramic incense burners

To me they are sculptures. And they hold incense!

The Edit:
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. We also spoke to Amy about her five favourite pieces from our offering.

1. Ruth Castle garlic basket

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.

2. Iris Hantverk dish brush

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.

3. Wooden doormat with bristles

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.

4. Iris Hantverk toilet brush and roll holder

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.

5. Reverse umbrella

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…

The Edit:
Maryse O'Donnell

We are happy to introduce our good friend, Maryse, who is an amazing natural beauty specialist. Maryse has created a line of natural skincare products we swear by. We are very excited to now be stocking her eponymous range of cult beauty products in store and online. 

1. Bio-Nutrient Face Oil

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.

2. Beeswax candles

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.

3. Belgian linen tea towel

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.

4. Handknitted cloth

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.

5. Godmother Stansborough wool blanket

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.

The Edit:
Matthew Arnold

This week for The Edit designer Matthew Arnold - of Christchurch based, Sons & Co. -  shares with us his favourite pieces from the Everyday Needs offering. Matthew wrote Down the Long Driveway, a beautiful book on Modernist houses in New Zealand, with photography by Mary Gaudin.

1. Arnold Circus stool

These things are just great. As a seat, side table, stacked, or upside down as a bucket, Martino Gamper killed it.

2. Iron bottle opener

This little guy opens beer and reminds me of Michael Illingworth's Adam and Eve figures. Kampai!

3. Type 75 Anglepoise Lamp in Margaret Howell Ochre

The Anglepoise lamp, Margaret Howell and Kenneth Grange: three of my favourite English things in one. They aced it, ten out of ten.

4. Vintage Liberty cushion

Murray Crane used to make these lovely Liberty print shirts that I never had the courage to wear. But I could do a cushion, I think.

5. Duralex French glasses

I really like milky coffee in a glass, rather than a cup; there's a much larger opening for dunking pastry, for starters.

The Edit:
Ophelia Mikkelson & Ryder Jones

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.


1. Stanley stainless steel thermos

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.

2. Brass contour key ring

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!

3. Recycled sari twine

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.

4. Clover cast iron bottle opener

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.

5. Iris Hantverk mini nail brush

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.