The Kiss Co, as well as being publishers of The Great New Zealand Wrapping Paper books, publish two charming children's books and gift tags for all occasions. The books are written by Ami Muir, founder of The Kiss Co, and are illustrated by Sara Mutande and Becky Lazarevic. This is our third project together, for which we have an established colour palette and styling direction. I look forward to the third instalment in the series of wrapping paper books, due shortly!
Interior designer Charlotte Minty gently modernised the interior of this cottage in Ngaio, here in Wellington, New Zealand, without removing any of its cottage charm! The warmth from the floorboards is perfectly balanced with trademark Charlotte cool, and you need to see the before and after of the bathroom over on Charlotte's blog! Incredible! Here are some of my images of my favourite aspects of the renovation, including the superbly hung wall of plates.
For our third project together, Eloise and I worked on styling and photographing the products and services that she offers at The Neighbourhood Studio, alongside the classes that I have photographed for her before. As well as providing custom screen printing services, Eloise also sells the materials one might need to work self directed at the studio. In studio you can find artwork by Alani Mckenna, Forest Drawn, Flora Waycott and Amy van Luijk.
Charlotte Minty redesigned the interior of this Wellington townhouse to great effect! She has accented the whitewashed brick and wooden floors in this large, complex space with bright, rich textiles and furniture, working with artwork belonging to her clients and a mid century lilt. With an amazing collection of Armadillo rugs and pieces from Citta, Tim Webber and Douglas and Bec, I didn't want to leave after photographing it! Beautiful work from Charlotte, as always. Full project on her blog!
Wundaire is the brand name of the unique, hand formed pottery made by Felicity Donaldson. From her studio in Wellington she produces work for restaurants and private clients, teaches classes and collaborates with high profile New Zealand brands on limited edition pottery pieces. These collaborations include notable New Zealand brands Kowtow and Meadowlark. She is the founder of Mug Mates, a mug subscription from a range of New Zealand potters curated by Felicity. We worked together to photograph product for online sales, ranging from her staple tableware shapes to one-off pit fired planters.
In celebration of their 20th birthday, Huia Vineyards unveiled "Inseparable Huia", an artwork by Dr Fiona Pardington, inspired by the love story of the now extinct Huia bird and Huia vintners Claire and Mike Allan. The event and partnership was conceived by Morven McAuley at Tradecraft, who always has the best ideas. The "Inseparable Huia" adorns limited edition lables of Huia. A perfectly imperfect still life was created and installed by Sophie Wolanski of Muck Floral and the event was hosted at Odettes Eatery in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Artists' Edition of The Great New Zealand Wrapping Paper Book is the second clever wrapping paper book from The Kiss Co and in this edition Ami Muir has bought together designs from 10 New Zealand artists and designers! Artwork from (brace yourself) Greg Straight, Ami Rogers, The Monster Company, Angela Keoghan, Sly & Co, Emma Hayes, Alex Fulton, Katrina Ward, Sally Shand and Sarah Rose.
UK based designer Sadie Hawker handcrafts each (often unique) piece for her jewellery collections. Working with the key colours from each collection I created images that embraced the fun and glamour of Sadie's pieces with a lot of sparkle and a good dose of Chanel.
Woolfresh is an innovative absorbent and deodorising wool product first introduced to market in the Llana bag and is now being produced as an element of a range of energy supporting socks. For this project the manufacture of the socks was a central concept and the patina and aesthetic of the factory in Levin, New Zealand was paired with product shots.
Charlotte Minty is an interior designer here in Wellington, New Zealand. We work together photographing her completed projects, beginning with this compact inner city apartment. Beginning life with an industrial aesthetic, Charlotte reimagined this one bedroom apartment as a light filled, soothing environment with a new kitchen and bathroom for the retired couple who call it home. It has clever space saving features, such as a guest bed that is stowed away day to day in the living room wall and stackable occasional furniture. Here are some of my favourite textures from this project, which you can see in it's entirety on Charlotte's blog. I look forward to sharing more projects from this talented designer and friend!