• In the studio: Nina Roberts Ceramics

    Out the back of a well lived in home in Melbourne’s North, Nina Roberts creates her handmade ceramic vessels. The backyard studio is filled with glazes, tools, clay, experiments and a kiln, nestled next to home grown vegetables and unassuming chooks.  Nina has a calm manner, reflected in the warmth of her work. Forms are organic and alluring, they give the …

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  • Kappaya Soul Food (Melbourne)

    This cafe feels secret. Nestled within the Abbotsford Convent, it’s not easy to get to, which makes it all the more charming. Quiet, slow mornings with the Autumn sun. 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067

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  • Summer in the city (Melbourne)

    Summer isn’t quick off the mark in Melbourne, which makes it feel all the more glorious when it arrives. Late December through to mid February is when the sun is at it’s brightest and living outdoors at it’s fullest. Productivity slows, while the streets, parks and pools start to hum. We’ve spent more time than …

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  • The ‘dialogue’ of a craftsmen

    “Ask any artisan why he has chosen such a time consuming profession, and he will struggle to explain the complex relationship between himself and the object on which he works; he will tell you about the ‘dialogue’ that happens between the two, and the heart and soul that he pours into the result. However, in …

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  • How is your heart?

    Every year, at the end of December, the promise of new beginnings is always imminent. We finish the year, often in indulgence, and create vast ideas of the way next year will be better, how we will be healthier, happier, travel more, drink less. I enjoy the energy that a change in year brings, or any …

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  • ITO Bindery

    I first came across Ito Bindery through a simplistic, yet striking photo of their drawing pads on the vast landscape of the internet. So taken by the appearance of these minimal pads I investigated further and found that each one is handmade by a team of 6 men out of their bookbinding factory in Tokyo, Japan. …

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  • A life lived visually

    The selection process for Vaughan Baker has been a long and thoughtful one. And whilst our opening selection is a humble offering, it is one that has taken time to edit and refine. We want to take things slowly and set a clear path of who we are and what we are trying to say. …

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  • Maroc

    Visiting Morocco earlier this year was an experience, one I think you could never properly be prepared for (although you will receive plenty of ‘warnings’ from people who have been, and many who have not). Being in North Africa for the first time was a complete awakening to the senses – dusty golden skylines scattered …

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  • Our nations capital

    “We eat light, drink it in through our skins. With a little more exposure to light, you feel part of things physically. I like the power of light and space physically because then you can order it materially. Seeing yourself seeing is a very sensuous act—there’s a sweet deliciousness to feeling yourself see something.” – …

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  • Felicia Ferrone

      Watch the captivating designer of our Fferrone glassware talk about her process and the  of the Revolution Collection. Shop the Revolution Collection here Cool Hunting Video: Fferrone Design from Cool Hunting on Vimeo.

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  • The connection to our things

    The more time I spend working on Vaughan Baker, the more succinct the ideas and concepts around it’s offering become. I have slowly become preoccupied with the attachment we hold to our ‘things.’ This attachment, whether we know it or not, involves each of us, in some way, to it’s design. I can’t seem to absorb enough essays …

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  • The magic of tidying

    Earlier this year, after several recommendations, I sat down with Marie Kondo’s The life changing magic of tidying up. A slightly eccentric, but highly enjoyable read, about tidying up. The book closely examines the connections we hold to our ‘things.’ Why do we keep clothes, trinkets, books that do not bring us joy? And how …

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  • Mood of the viewer

    Junichiro Tanizaki’s ‘In praise of shadows’ provides many thought provoking ideas. Aside from refreshing an appreciation for shadows and the Japanese sensibility towards light, texture and materiality there are plenty of ideas that can relate to everyday life, perhaps not in the way Tanizaki had intended. When speaking of the Japanese room he states ‘A luster here …

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  • Concrete London

    When living in London my favourite place to find silence and inspiration was The Barbican. Somewhat strange for a girl that grew up by the beach and craves the ocean, but there is something about the relentless concrete that has always captivated me. On a trip to the U.K earlier in the year, I got to spend …

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  • 45 minutes to downtown

    6 lane highways and a 45 minute wait to downtown weren’t exactly how I wanted to spend my time in L.A. But this appeared to be the American dream. Sometimes inspiration takes no effort at all, and surprises you right out of a blank stare. While at others, through the haze of the hustle, you must …

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