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Journal

We are interested in what fabric can bring to life. This journal is a celebration of the lifestyle, culture and design that influences what we do.

As part of our series around wool and the textile industry we focus on the design and manufacturing of woollen products providing an insight into how this amazing raw fibre is converted into highly acquired woollen fabrics for home décor and the interior design industry.

Today we talk to one of New Zealand’s biggest design and manufacturing companies, Inter-weave, who has had a long history in the creation of woollen products for both the local market and internationally.

Owner of Inter-weave, Tracy March answers a few questions around the business and how it works alongside the textiles industry.

Originate your own serene space in the home that draws on the inspirational photography from Mokum fabrics new collection ‘Ikigai’.  

Artisanal craftsmanship is celebrated and revered within Ikigai, (‘iki’, meaning life and ’gai, meaning value) and was carefully captured in a photoshoot that spoke to the theme of bespoke speciality pieces that create joy within interior spaces.   Mokum teamed up with a handpicked selection of Australia’s top creatives to produce a photography campaign that exudes a contemporary and relaxed aesthetic.

You too can create this embodiment of Ikigai within your home or workplace by layering our latest patterns and plain textiles and wallpaper with beautifully crafted, bespoke furniture, hand woven rugs, lighting and homewares from this curated selection of Australian design leaders that Mokum was proud to collaborate with. 

Born into a family with artistic and creative talents, it was only natural that Auckland, New Zealand based Donna White developed a passion for design from a very early age. We caught up with Donna who shared with us her professional journey, views on interior design and some of her favourite projects.

So, you’ve finally chosen that fabulous wallpaper to showcase your style but how do you best look after it to keep it looking fresh and clean? 

Many a foreign object can flick onto the surface of the wallpapers in your home that can range from food to crayon to fly spray, the list goes on.   Like any textile, wallpapers do need a little bit of love every now and then, a regular wipe down with a clean cloth should keep dust and marks at bay however there are times when there may be the need for a more deeper clean.

Wallpapers have made a comeback to interior design.  No longer is paint the only option for creating personality in interiors, there are now a plethora of options available to the residential and commercial interior designer/decorating enthusiast.

In a wide range of options, wallcoverings allow you to add a personal touch to your home interiors by way of colour, texture and pattern.  Let your imagination run wild!

As an element within an overarching design concept, wallpapers are now easily washable and work well paired with painted walls and other interior furnishings.  The minimal effort of installing wallpaper – compared to the painting process, means you can quickly turn around a room in a day.

Furthermore, there are wallpaper options suited to every room in the house, whether that be kitchen, laundry, bathroom, living or sleeping spaces as well as commercial projects.

Curtains play a key role in the functionality and style of a home interior and often drapery is a significant design element where thousands of dollars have been spent for a truly professional look.

It makes sense then, with such an important element of the home, that your curtains are cared for appropriately to maintain their look and lifespan.

Over time, curtains can very quickly collect dust, grow mildew and become marked from dirty hands, so it is essential that regular cleaning of your curtains take place.

Removing curtains from their tracks and popping them in the washing machine sounds like the easiest way – but this is not appropriate for some fabrics and there are important steps to follow in order to keep your favourite draperies in top condition.

The following tips apply to most curtains, however some fabrics will have specific cleaning instructions, so you should always follow those first.  It's also important to be aware of the potential for a small amount of shrinkage – depending on your curtain fabric.

We all wish for longevity in our home interiors whether that be a beautiful piece of upholstered furniture or a delicate fabric accessory. Cost aside, there is nothing more frustrating than a tough stain or accidental spill on your cherished interior furnishings.

Over the years we have seen various brands of fabric coatings for stain resistance and water repellency and as technology advances, the options are greater than ever before to protect and repel water, oil and other general household stains from fabric.

As a user, it can be confusing as to which product best fits your needs, as well as understanding how to maintain a fabric that contains any special finish.

Today we give you a high-level overview of the common stain and water repellent brands available in the market place.

What’s your favourite colour? Are you intending to repaint your walls this summer or maybe you want to change up the colour palette of your living spaces. If you are stuck for a colour idea then that’s where colour forecasters can help inspire you.