Can you believe this beautiful tree house restaurant really exists? Well it sure does… it’s at home ten metres up a redwood tree and located in a top secret location near Warkworth, north of Auckland, New Zealand.
The project was the brainchild of Kiwi Tracey Collins and has got off the ground, quite literally with the help of yellowpages. For more inspiring info and to read about how it came to be, go to this link here at yellow tree house. Also click here for amazing pics of this creation and info about the architects pacific environments.
We absolutley adore these angelic mother of pearl and silver flower chain necklaces by Lisa West who is a jeweller based in Auckland New Zealand. They are an elegant nod to a simple childhood pleasure of making daisy chains and are definitely far more wearable to a function! Take a browse through her beautiful collection for some other lovely pieces.
As you can tell we go weak at the knees with a bit of gorgeous fabric, so we were delighted to find that our love of print and pattern are combined in these delectable bags made by Ankel and Burblets from Auckland New Zealand. They are found online from little orchard which also stocks artisan skincare products made by hand, photography (by Lotte Franklin), baby products and more! Be sure to check out the store from time to time as I’m sure these wonderful bags get snapped up pretty quickly!
We’re stating the obvious here but shopping via the internet is a godsend for new mums (as everyone knows how hard it is to get out of the house when you have a screaming baby!) As a recent new mum myself, I’ve been checking out some great sites like this one from New Zealand called tiny happy. I can’t believe how beautiful and sweet these hand embroidered baby slippers are! Made from vintage fabrics, most designs are unique and so make a perfect gift for the precious little one.
Our friend Ronald of Chan Andreassend, told us that Claudia Jaffe is holding an exhibition of her work at SAZ 145 Harris Street, Pyrmont, Sydney from 26th April 2007. She is an Auckland based artist originally from Venezuela and has worked for prestigious jewellers such as Cartier and Chanel in London. Her jewellery is sculptural, highly textured and detailed. We especially love her latest carnival inspired multicoloured gemstone confetti ring as pictured here.
Debra Fallowfield, is a contemporary jeweller working in New Zealand, who uses precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum often set with rare gemstones or diamonds to create some really sensational rings. They have a bold tactile character and look so comfortable to wear. She also does commissions for wedding and engagment rings for those wanting something truly personal and one of a kind.
There’s been a few great New Zealand finds over the past week or so. Here we have a couple of very charming limited edition gocco prints from Bernadette Sipkes, an illustrator living in Auckland. Her inspiration comes from vintage wallpaper and Scandanavian designers such as Marimekko, Florence Broadhurst, Lotta Jansdotter, Lefor Openo. They are available for purchase at sugarloop.
Very stylish, very practical fingerless mittens from overcast are just the perfect accessory for cooler weather, especially for those of us who need the extra warmth when typing away at the computer on cold winter days. They are handmade in New Zealand from 100% Merino wool.
Established designer David Trubridge who is based in New Zealand draws on his background in naval architecture, social and design philosophy and the natural environment to create beautiful inspirational objects and furniture. Passionate about simplicity in design, the use of low impact sustainable processes and natural materials, his objects are as beautiful as they are environmentally conscious. We love how the Ulu lamp(pictured here)is made of modular hoop pine plywood parts that can be extended further with extra rings to create an elegant, delicate column of light.
Is there anything this design outfit doesn’t do? Chan Andreassand are New Zealand designers who create objects for the home. Their vast product range includes jewellery, decor objects, table ware and lighting using various resin, textiles and ceramic materials. We especially love the resin jewellery range, where they set out to create the largest ring possible by using unusual elements such as grass, feather, shells, fur, weaving and bristles which evoke an indigenous cultural character. The ceramic table lamps are also extremely beautiful emmitting light through the paisley pin hole patterns.
Luxurious hand knitted products from Fold NZ which includes a range of New Zealand made homewares and accessories using Merino wool. They also offer a range of original printed cushions, duvet covers and shoulder bag by TDoubleL label which are beautifully simple and stylish. They offer free national AND international delivery which is a wonderful bonus!
On another New Zealand tip- this one comes from Catherine David Designs who is one very prolific designer of interior objects! Her product range includes award winning designer shower curtains, light fittings, tableware and stationery, all of which are designed with a sense of originality and wit. How does she do it all? To see the full range have a look at her online shop
I was especially excited to stumble across Eden Ripley not only because of the amazing photography but also because the imagery capture the essence of New Zealand so well. Having visited the South island last year, I really think it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world, and from Eden Ripley’s Online Shop you can purchase photo blocks and see a bit of NZ on your wall everyday.