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.

The year 2020 has been like no other and for local Auckland business Uren Barsal their business has steadily diversified, instigated by COVID19. We saw Kind Face™ launch in March with linen face masks followed by natural heat packs, travel pillows, door stops and draught stops and now the introduction of a beautifully designed eye mask. 

It’s been 15 years since Mokum launched in the US market and over three years for our James Dunlop range. We are thrilled at how receptive the US market has been to our differentiated product offerings and our contemporary design aesthetic.

Here we outline the top fabrics from both Mokum and James Dunlop that are popular in US homes and commercial environments.

Ensuring our home is a space of comfort and sanctuary is vital for our mental and physical wellbeing. An interior environment that radiates calm will help to provide clarity from the demands of the day.

With the current uncertainties outside of our homes, one thing we can all agree on, is we need to find or create the space within our homes to feel nurtured and comforted. A brilliant way to explore this, is with textiles. 

For many of us, textiles unwittingly create the foundation on which we shape our surrounding space into a reflection of ourselves. Be it a rental or our forever home, textiles set the stage for our personalities to emerge, spaces to become functional and a story to evolve. 

Let’s begin with what we consider to be three of the most important considerations when specifying textiles to cocoon within the home: Function, Texture and Colour

The latest addition to the James Dunlop textile family now comes with the ultimate in stain-resistant protection – FibreGuard. Renown to be best in class for its easy cleanability, durability and soft handle, FibreGuard textiles can also be trusted to be safe for everyone in the home. 

Earlier this year, acclaimed Australian stylist Nat Turnbull was engaged to deliver a visually engaging photo shoot for a collaboration between furniture makers Stylecraft and award-winning furniture designer, Elliat Rich

The collaboration of the two designers comprises a credenza, floor light and rug, with a common line, form, and movement delivering a beautiful continuity. The collection, named ‘Different Thoughts’ explores the idea of what connects one person to another, and translates this concept into three dimensional forms.

Nat Turnbull interprets this philosophical approach in a visually engaging way and looked to Mokum to round out her creative vision for the shoot.  A flowing soft drapery solution saw Mokum Ombre Blush as the ideal solution to amplify the mood, palette and forms present within the work.

We thought it would be particularly interesting to put the microscope on the styling aspect of the beautiful images Nat produced, as styling is such a unique skillset, rich in capacity for storytelling that exercises a special skillset. As such, we reconnected with Nat to understand a little more about her process and what it lends to these types of collaborations.  

Iva Foschia, Founder and principal of IF Architecture, Melbourne chats with us about her practice and design style.

A Q&A with Buster Caldwell, Creative Director

Wonder is a concept and interior design studio based in Auckland. They create 3D environments for New Zealand brands, working mainly within the retail and hospitality industry but dabble in other areas from time to time. 

Their process mixes both art and architecture to deliver character environments with a unique edge. Providing a full-service means we work on pretty much everything from concept creation, master planning, detailed design documentation, building consents, branding and graphics, material selections and fit-out management.

They help businesses find their antidote to the vanilla. 

A triple weave or dimout fabric is an advanced construction utilising three interwoven layers. The centre layer is the key element within a triple weave as it uses a black yarn. This black yarn allows only a small amount of light to pass through and aides in insulation.