Thursday, 17 April 2014

Surfing Art

Being married to a surfer means I have to embrace that world - I pretend to be excited over how light the latest board is; and I know when there is a big swell to just let him go. But luckily for both of us I love the cool, laid back surfy vibe, and I like to incorporate his love of the surf into my love of interior design.

One of our local artists, Rakai Karaitiana, has taken some awesome photographs of local surf. You can purchase his prints from Aroha and Friends in Napier - enquire in-store or drop them an email.

Aquabumps in Sydney has a huge range of amazing photographic prints dedicated to early morning beach life. I have picked out a few that I'd love to get framed for our home.

Another website with beautiful images, including stunning aerial photographs from all over the world, is Gray Malin. The Gray Malin brand was fostered by a deep passion for photography and interior design, merged with a spirit for travel and adventure.

Now, in collaboration with the premiere craftsmen of Almond, Gray Malin have created a line of surfboards featuring their aerial À la Plage images. As well as being 100% surf-able, they can also be hung in your home - no prizes as to which I would do!

This reminds me of the crazy-beautiful Gypsy surfboard range created by a collaboration between McTavish and Sibella Court.

They're just so incredible, my biggest dilemma would be which design to choose. But one day I will have one of these boards on my wall - don't ask my when or how, but it will happen!



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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

George & Willy

Tauranga seems to be a Mecca for creative talent, and a couple of young designers, George & Willy, are a great example of this. Childhood friends, the pair have created a simple, no-fuss, very cool brand that completely reflects their product range and what they're all about... they make fun, functional, robust products. Nothing is over-designed, it's all about function and simple aesthetics. Pieces that do what they're supposed to do!

The Project Trestle Table is designed to last, made from top quality plywood and finished with a couple of coats of water-based polyurethane. The table top has been built with locking slots to ensure that it stays fixed in place on it's legs. An extra deep, 71cm top gives you a really decent sized workspace.

George and Willy have been using the exact same table in their workshop for over a year, and it's still as reliable as it was on the first day. They've tested it's strength and can guarantee that this is one tough table. Each table folds down into a compact and well packed box for easy delivery anywhere in New Zealand.

If you're looking for strong and reliable you'll love the George & Willy Industrial Clothing Rack. Made from 20mm galvanised steel pipe and industrial socket clamps, it will have no trouble holding all your clothes. Perfect for a shop, it will also work just as well in true minimalist Scandinavian style in your bedroom.

The galvanised steel is obviously very strong and will never rust, and it can be powder coated in any colour you like - I'm sure if you talk to the boys they could arrange that too.

These are just two of the great George and Willy products available, head over to their website to see more. These guys are vey clever designers and craftsmen, so if you have any questions or custom orders you want to talk to them about, please get in touch. And you can keep up to date with all their products via their Facebook page.
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