AAA Design uses the best of New Zealand’s sustainable natural treasures to craft quality goods that are designed to bring pleasure to your daily life.
Looking back, I never thought I'd become a jeweller. However, as time has passed my interest in the art of jewellery became a need to explore jewellery making as a practice.
My pursuit started in 2011 and it has been a constant, evolving, organic process ever since.
It is the physical act of jewellery making that I love. Experimenting with metals and texture, applying heat, using the tools and the chemical processes that unveil the intrinsic beauty of a piece. The process of crafting raw materials into simply styled jewellery that is wearable, bold at a glance but intricate up close.
My work is made to be worn, enjoyed and treasured. I craft my pieces to a quality that they may have longevity, to be handed on and appreciated by many over time.
I embarked on the process of candle making a few years ago. As time passed, the alchemy of the candle making was revealed to me, making me see that each candle possesses its unique individual character and a life of its own.
The creation of the candles started me playing with different architectural forms. I began the deconstruction of Platonic solids that led me to the discovery of existing sculptural models, that in turn through my vision needed only the inner illumination, which will enrich the imagination and pleasure of its owners.
My candles are livable art pieces. They bring a special joy to both those that give or receive them. It is that thought which gives me pleasure and motivation in the creation of producing my unique candles.
At first glance, a candle in and of itself can be seen as an uncomplicated product. But, beyond this simplistic observation are some important elements that have to work in perfect harmony. The interactions between the architectonic of the candle, the wick and the wax have to exist in perfect equilibrium to achieve the full potential and magic of the candles.
When the candle prototypes were finished I faced another challenge: engineering production moulds. The matrix from which these delicate and beautiful pieces originate are the moulds. With the support of 3D technology, computer simulation, and traditional methods of casting I created these diverse ethereal forms.
My candles are hand-poured and made out of the best quality, ecologically friendly, soy wax. The soybeans used are grown in the USA, and the wax made from them is specially blended with palm and beeswax to enhance needed firmness. The flame burns a cylinder inside the core in such a way as to leave the sides of the candle to remain intact, transparent, and illuminated. The burning time of each candle can exceed more than sixty hours.
I am excited to share my creation with you and am hoping that you will find enjoyment and pleasure in them.
poet, sculptor, graphic and product designer
Founded in Sydney, Australia, auór is an independent eyewear and accessories
label built from humble beginnings.
Kristen Lindesay and Claire De Luca are dear friends and the Co-Directors of auór.
Illuminating classic and simplistic style with their timeless designs handcrafted in Italy, auór honours slow fashion and fair practice as a means to realise creative kinship.
auór eyewear is designed in Australia and handcrafted in Italy using only the
highest-quality European materials.
Working together with our makers, auór produces limited runs of each frame to keep them unique for those who wear them.
In a shared vision to create functional, refined and quality eyewear, auór extends to a curation of everything we love, with a considered selection of handcrafted accessories.
Together Claire and Kristen work with all of our makers in a transparent supply chain, which supports fair practice, living by a ‘less is more’ philosophy in an effort to avoid excess of any kind.
Avara Studio is a Te Whanganui-a-tara / Wellington based design studio. Their practice exists to provide people with timeless objects that elicit joy in their daily life. Avara’s experience with chronic pain has shown her just how important small details of the material world can be when you’re feeling low - to help uplift, inspire and create curiosity. Maintaining presence and gratitude for every day is something she hopes her practice inspires for others.
She is currently focussed on making jewellery and has some other non-wearable, ceramic objects in the works. All Avara Studio objects are crafted with longevity and sustainability in mind. Avara has a Masters in Industrial Design which grounds her studio mahi.
Outside of Avara Studio, Avara brings her design research expertise to system-level, social impact health projects. The current projects she has on the go include reducing the prevalence of rheumatic fever in Aotearoa, improving maternity services and increasing wellbeing in schools for Māori and Pasifika tamariki, rangatahi and whānau.
A discerning selection of CEREAL'S favourite places to visit in each city.
They have printed guidebooks to London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles.
Rich Stapleton and Rosa Park, Cereal’s founders, travel extensively for the magazine and were inspired to create a series of city guides that highlighted their favourite places to visit. Now, after building a loyal readership that counts on their unique, considered advice, they are relaunching the books with a fresh design and new content.
Rather than a comprehensive directory of all there is to see and do, these Cereal City Guides offer instead an edit of points of interest and venues that reflect Cereal’s values in both quality and aesthetic sensibility. Rich and Rosa have personally visited hundreds of venues in Paris, distilling their preferred locales down to their firm favourites. From lively, local-filled cafés to design-driven boutiques that channel the inimitable Parisian savoir-faire, these are the finds that that will offer a more personal take on the city. Meticulously researched and illustrated with original photography, each guide includes:
- photo essays of striking images of the city
- an illustrated neighbourhood map
- interviews and essays from celebrated locals
- more lists of essential architectural points of interest, museums, galleries, day trips outside of the city and unique goods to buy
- an itinerary for an ideal day in the city