Gallerist Michael Lett shares with us his favourite Everyday Needs pieces.
This amazing incense instantly invokes a sense of calm.
Once you drink beer from one of these incredibly light wooden tumblers, it’s hard to go back to anything else.
Since I can’t have my own hive at home, burning one of these is the next best thing.
My grandmother used to wrap my brother and I up in any number of mohair blankets. These woollen versions are rather more luxurious than my Grandmother’s, but I can’t help but equate the sensation of being cocooned in one these rugs with the memory of her.
Believe it or not we have a rabbit and a peacock problem at our cabin up north. These keep our more fragile seedlings safe from harm.
Our good friend Rufus Knight is an Everyday Needs regular and Associate at Fearon Hay Architects. We asked him to share with us his favourite Everyday Needs pieces.
Martino Gamper’s benchmark work ‘100 chairs in 100 days in 100 ways’ was, and still is, a huge influence for me in the way I approach interior and object design. Collecting discarded chairs from London streets over a period of two years and creatinga ‘three-dimensional sketchbook' that questioned authenticity, function, reproduction, and ergonomics. The project is fullof vitality and executed in such a human and gregarious fashion which, to me, characterises all of Gamper’s work.
In the late 1800s a small initiative started in Stockholm for visually impaired artisans and aimed to support their ability to live off craftwork – brush binding & basket building crafts were, and still are, central to this movement. In 2012 local government withdrew the disbursement of aid and small handcraft companies like Iris Hantverk had an uncertain future. The company has since been purchased by a small group of long-term employees and still produce all products by hand using local Swedish timbers and natural bristle materials like horse hair and coconut and agave fibres.
Werkstätte Carl Auböck was founded in Vienna in 1900 and developed a design language that became an essential part of Austrian Modernism. From the mid-20th century the workshop has been directed by the fourth-generation of Auböck and has produced objects that continue a lineage of quality, formal beauty, and humour. These patinated brass bookends capture the Auböck signature perfectly.
Bing is something of an anomaly in the New Zealand design & art community. His prolific output of ceramics, metalwork, and timber sculptures is unmatched and has always had a sophistication that seems to borrow from local influences but extend beyond the traditional New Zealand design vernacular – a lot like Mrkusich. Similarly, these gestural postcards remind me of the vibrant European avant-gardists like Jean Arp or the salient forms of Brancusi but whose colour palette seems to speak specifically of New Zealand.
As part of a new series we are asking our friends to share their favourite Everyday Needs pieces. This week fashion designer Karen Walker shares an edit of her most used items.
Martino Gamper's Arnold Circus Stools not only look great but are very durable. We use them in our staff room and they give character to what would otherwise be quite a simple space.
I use one of these teapots every single day to steep my fresh ginger tea.
We stay at The Claska Hotel every time we are in Tokyo and these towels from their Do Store are great.
I've had one of these lamps on my desk for five years and I love it. Elegant and a beautiful dusty colour.
My husband Mikhail gave me this milk pan for Christmas last year. I use it every week for one thing or another - for me that makes it the perfect present.