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In association with Untouched World. No less than the first fashion company in the world to be recognised by the United Nations for its efforts in sustainability, and given permission by UNESCO to carry the UNDESD (United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development) logo on its labels, New Zealand’s Untouched World isn’t one to do things by halves. On learning it’s given its flagship Ōtautahi/Christchurch store an update, we wanted to know more. Creative director Lucinda Le Heron was the woman to ask. So what was the reason for this renovation, Lucinda? Our flagship store sits alongside our
In association with Weave. Just like when you’re cooking in the kitchen, getting the result you want in your living areas requires the correct ingredients and method. Similar to an artfully iced chocolate cake, achieving the perfectly thrown throw starts with getting the basics right, adding some expertise and finishing with a flourish. These shots are styled with throws from Weave’s latest range, which provides the highest quality raw ingredients: local and recycled wool. The properties of this amazing renewable fibre are widely discussed, but as well as its warmth, breathability, durability, longevity and biodegradability, not often mentioned is
In association with Baya. Colours based on the bush, cushions that speak to snow-capped mountains, a rug that references patterns carved into the sand… The Winter 2024 collection from Baya has us pondering the power of nature, and how to get more of it if it’s too cold outside. The grounding effects of gazing out at the ocean or feeling your feet on the grass are instant — can they be replicated inside? We like to think that surrounding ourselves with natural materials, shapes and shades keeps us connected to Mother Nature’s positive influence even in the wet-weather months,

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German-born Elena Renker was into pottery from the moment she was introduced to it by a wonderful craft teacher as a child. She later made plans  to spend a year working in a pottery  in the village of Bergen in Germany’s Bavaria, but before she did so, took  up an invitation from a friend to spend three months at India’s Golden Bridge Pottery. She had an amazing time, and for someone who’d always enjoyed making functional, everyday objects,  it planted a seed. The year in Bergen followed, before she moved to Bavaria’s capital, Munich, to study graphic design, got
Kiwis Kelly and Josh Müller met in Tauranga, relocated to Sydney, then — craving a slower pace for their young family — settled in Lennox Head in northern NSW. Although they initially landed in this small coastal town because  they couldn’t find an affordable rental elsewhere, Kelly says it turned out to be the biggest blessing. With the benefits of being 20 minutes to Byron Bay and less than an hour to the GC (and its international airport), the one-main-street locale is quiet and down to earth, with a genuine sense of community. So Kelly, a taste of home but
Going by the name of Hey Maker Studio, Waihi Beach-based artist Lisa Billing (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui ) is deep in commissions right now. She’s also working on some landscapes and a series of painted fruit bowls and vases inspired by old hand-blocked textiles. She offers limited-edition prints of some of her original paintings, so there’s always editing to be done, and she’s keen to expand on her current canvas sizes in 2024 and challenge herself with new mediums. How did she get here? Let’s start at the beginning. Lisa, when did you first hold a paintbrush and

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