Gift Guide: The Hip Homemaker

Know someone who loves decorating (and re-decorating) their home? These on-trend homeware picks will make you a very popular Santa.

P.S: If the someone who likes decorating is you, just buy yourself a gift! We’re adults, we’re allowed to.

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1.   One of our most popular prints at the moment – Home Sweet As Home art print, by NZ brand Good Design. Also available in a so-hot-right-now Copper foil version.

2.  Metallics are having their moment, and the gold goodness has even extended onto cutlery. This gold-dipped set (includes desserts and teaspoons) is seriously cool. From Collected.

3.  You’re likely to win Best Present-Buyer Award if you give them one of these single copper pendant lights from Paper Plane.

4.  Copper bowl (also available in gold and white) from Collected.

5.  Our Live, Laugh, Love art print is from an original chalkboard drawing. Super popular!

6.   One of our personal all-time fave art prints and a bestseller on endemicworld – the HOME art print by NZ artist Flox. Seriously, get them this and they’ll love you forever.

7.   The modern homemaker won’t settle for plain old supermarket handwash… no, she wants her handwash to be as beautiful as every other accessory she’s carefully curated for her home! Luckily, there’s options like this Babescrub charcoal handwash – we love the chic minimalist packaging featuring an inspiring little hand-lettered message. From Sydney & Pop.

8.   Every stylish home needs an equally stylish candle or three. These beauties from NZ brand Ashley & Co are a guaranteed good choice – they come in beautiful black and gold foil packaging, and in a yummy amber vessel with black lid. Divine.

9.   Interior design lovers are going nuts for contemporary bed linen brand Kip & Co. If you can’t afford a duvet cover, even some colourful, mis-matching pillowcases would be a rad choice! From LETLIV.

10.  One of our most popular prints of 2014,  you can’t get it wrong with this cute budgie buddy. Percy circle art print from the oh-so-loved Margaret Petchell bird range.

11.   Protea flowers are a current fave of the interior design world. This elegant art print from Cloud Nine Creative (NZ) is especially awesome with the on-trend salmon pink background. Looks so good in a boxy white frame, but also available unframed and in various sizes.

12.   You can never have too many awesome little jars and tins to store things in… especially when they look this grid-meets-pastel cool! From Paper Plane.

13.  You can’t go wrong if you get them something from one of the most popular homeware brands at the moment, Pony Rider. We’re digging this Starburst cushion, available along with lots of other Pony Rider cushions at Mint Six.

 

 

Gift Guide: Design Fiend

Tightly-kerned (it’s a type thing), well-designed gifts for the creative in your family…

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1.   Designers love letterforms! And perhaps the most loved of them all is the ampersand. This black and white beauty is from a range of typography art prints by NZ design collective MASH. (There’s several individual letter art prints and a full alphabet art print, too.)

2.  Originally created in 1937 by world-renowned Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, this famous typography is now available on a series of modern porcelain cups. From LETLIV.

3.  One book every creative should own – Making Ideas Happen. It chronicles the process used by legendary creative houses (like Disney and Google) and famous designers like Seth Godin to turn vision into reality.

4.  Stylish ballpoint pens by minimalist Japanese design brand, Mark’s Inc. Available in NZ  from Father Rabbit.

5.  The ultimate creative sketch/ideas box set from Rhodia, from Wocolate.

6.  They’ll definitely dig this bold, graphic Pencil art print by Oslo, from endemicworld. Available in up to a big A2 size, framed or unframed.

7.  Infinite brainstorming paper! The ingenious George & Willy Kraft Paper Roller.

8.  Retro-style desk calendar by iconic design brand MMMG, from Wocolate.

9.  Simple, Scandi-style trestle desk for all their studio projects, from NZ makers Company and Things.

10.  Pentagram are perhaps the world’s most famous design studio, and over the years, they’ve created more than 400 superb brands and logos. This book showcases them all – awesome inspiration for any design. Pentagram Marks book

11.  Abstract NZ design, inspired by the famous 1980′s Commonwealth Games logo, and now in a contemporary art print by Guy Harkness.

12.  Important advice for any designer - Stay Passionately Curious! Art print by NZ illustrator Chloe Ruby.

 

 

 

Gift Guides: Summer Lover

Hot Christmas picks to buy for your favourite summer stunner…

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1.   Fresh n’ Fruity! Fruits For Lucas art print by Swiden.

2.   Thanks for the memories, 2014 – snap your summer fun with this retro Holga film camera from Wocolate.

3.   We love this mason-jar style, big 8L drinks dispenser from Paper Plane.

4.   Sunbathing needs a sweet soundtrack. These wireless bluetooth speakers are take-anywhere awesome, from from Paper Plane.

5.   One of our personal faves – the Endless Summer typographic art print on wood block.

6.   Pineapples are super on-trend and the perfect pressie for a summer-lover. Club Tropicana art print by NZ’s Greg Straight.

7.   Our Swim Between The Flags art print, also by Greg Straight, reminds us of road trips and lazy, hazy summer afternoons at the beach.

8.   Super fun, vibrant Sunnylife beach towel from Shut The Front Door.

9.   R.E.L.A.X! Macrame hammock from Citta Design - also available in yellow, blue and plain white, and in a hanging chair version!    

10.   Summer is for mean as bombs and river swims – our Backflip photographic framed print which captures all the nostalgia of fun-filled childhood summers.

11.  Inflatable Duck from Shut the Front Door.

12.  Roundie beach towel by Australian brand The Beach People, available through Mildred & Co

 

Gift Guide – For Plant Lovers

 

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1.   Botanical Green Tea art print – available in a range of sizes – from our vintage collection at endemicworld.

2.   Geometric wall planters, in three colours and three sizes, from Me & My Trend.

3.   Planters get a contemporary makeover with these washable paper bags – available in loads of colours and sizes  (we’re digging the grey), from Collected.

4.   These concrete and pastel paint-dipped planters from Superette are perfect for little succulents.

5.    Loving these Bonnie & Neil Jungle Leaf and Rhododendron Buff cushions, from Collected.

6.   Botanical Assembly framed art print, by Melbourne designers Inaluxe.

7.   Bloom art print, from an original chalkboard drawing by NZ designer Cloud Nine.

8.   Copper LOVE! From Superette.

9.   Handcrafted and hand-painted ceramic black and white painted planters from Collected.

10.   Palms cushion in stylish black and vanilla, part of the Hanoi-inspired Summer collection from NZ homeware brand Citta Design.

11.   Set of two brass planters also from Citta Design.

12.   Petalhead framed art print by NZ artist Adrian Bird.

13.   We love a collab – this rad geo plant stand is part of a range designed by NZ blogger Julia Atkinson (StudioHome) and Trestle Union.

 

Explore all our botanical prints here!   

 

Ho ho ho – Gifts for Guys

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1.   Magnetic bear bottle opener for his fridge!

2.   Superbro art print, from NZ surfer, skater, dad and illustrator (I’m a poet and I know it) Greg Straight.

3.   Perfect for the designer dude. Pencil art print by Oslo.

4.   I want this for myself! Smartphone projector from Iko Iko.

5.   Camping is cool. Bear and Beer BBQ art print, by NZ illustrator Natasha Vermeulen.

6.  Al Brown is a bondafide legend amongst NZ men – especially men who love to cook. His new hardcover book Depot includes all the unpretentious and hearty recipes that have made the eatery – and the man – so loved.

7.  Chocolate! Craft Beer! Chocolate that tastes like craft beer (with hops and toffee malt)! This choc was made to enjoy with a bottle of his fave. From artisan chocolate makers and all-round good guys, Wellington Chocolate Factory. Get it from Iko Iko.

8.  The rockstars of NZ coffee – Coffee Supreme – have teamed up with the guys at Wellington’s Six Barrel Soda Co. to create this coffee soda syrup. YUM. Available from Paper Plane.

9.   Ask him if he knows about the cult guys’ lifestyle magazine, Monster Children. If he does, he will literally worship the ground you walk on for getting him this super limited edition box-set, curated by guest editor Mike D of the Beastie Boys. From Good as Gold.

10.   Home Sweet As Home art print by Good Graphic Design. Also comes in a wicked copper foil version.

11.   Every little dude growing up in the 80′s had (or wanted) a Chopper. Good Times for sure, Greg Straight.

12.   Iconic NZ men’s brand Barkers now sell grooming prods, including the famous Californian brand, Baxter. Loving that clean designer packaging.

13.   Shoes, watches, wallets… the details matter on a man.  So get him looking sharp with the sophistication of I Love Ugly’s leather time pieces and bill-folds.

14.   Flowers are for girls… a man needs a manly candle. Ah, the nostalgic, grown-man smell of Pipe Tobacco. From Paper Plane.

15.   Stormtrooper art print, from a super intricate, original pointillism pencil sketch – by NZ artist Alex Matthews.

16.  Masculine and minimalist – this sharp-looking travel bag by Swedish design company RAINS is available from Simon James.

 

 

Styled: A Scandi-style Dining Area

One of our awesome endemicworld customers just purchased two Inaluxe art prints, framed in black, for her dining space.
It got us day-dreaming about a light and bright, Scandi-style dining area with pops of black…

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•   We love this clean, contemporary Marque pendant light in white and beech timber.

  Our inspiration for this dreamed-up dining space – two abstract art prints from Melbourne-based endemicworld artists, Inaluxe.  On the left, Message No. 9, and beside it, Message No. 15 – both prints framed in black.

  Spun wall clock by Karlsson, from Let Liv. The white face with graphic black accents is the perfect addition to this modern set-up.

  Talleo painted vessel from Freedom Furniture, in a sunny yellow.

  Nice weighty ceramics in Midnight and Canary colours (to tie in with the colours in our Inaluxe art prints), part of the Jett range at Freedom Furniture.

  The beautiful NZ-made Plateau table, by NZ furniture designers IMO.

•   Also from IMO, the very cool, very unique little A2 stool. It comes in a huge range of colour finishes, but we’ve opted for a natural ply, with black powder-coated crossrail. LOVE!

 and finishing off this look, the casual-cool style of the Bradford floor rug, also from Freedom.

 

The finishing touch for any bedroom…

An awesome, large-scale art print is the perfect finishing touch for a stylish bedroom. Choose a print with colours or textures that tie in with your favourite bedroom pieces, or build your accessories around the art print – candles, pillows or cushions, flowers, a bedside light or a throw blanket are all good choices to tie in with a colour palette or textural theme. Here’s a few of our newest art prints, imagined in a dream bedroom…

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The grey-to-black  colours and painterly style of this inspiring art print ties in beautifully with the texture of that wooly throw. A black frame really gives the room a focal point, and teams up with that cool bedside lamp. And we love the orange for bringing a pop of colour – but one that’s not too bright, for this pared back bedroom.

Earn Your Stripes art print by NZ artist Chloe Ruby

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We still love a geometric theme, especially when it’s done well like it is here. The trick is to keep the rest of the room very minimal and clean. If you want your bedding, pillowcases and cushions to all tie in perfectly (whatever patterns they may be), consider buying a full set of goodies from the same brand/designer (these are from Scandinavian design co, Ferm Living) – they’ll have already done the hard work of ensuring their collection works well together!

Geometric Hexagon art print by Cloud 9 Creative.

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This bedroom is feminine but bold – with the yellow skulls and the contrasting vintage and modern elements. So we’ve gone for an art print that’s also feminine but bold. The peach tones marry together just so!

Pink Protea art print by NZ designer Cloud 9 Creative.

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Two love birds… what a cute option for your shared bedroom. Black and white bedrooms offer a super modern and gender neutral option (the boys will be happy not to have pink and petals!) When you choose black and white, you can afford to have a little fun with different patterns and graphics.

Gannets art print by NZ illustrator Glenn Jones

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To create a really serene, soft space, bring in natural elements and fibres. Choose timber furniture (side tables, lamps, headboards) and opt for a lighter stain to keep the look clean and fresh. Tapestries are not only very on trend,  they also offer a really lush natural texture.

Pinecones framed art print by NZ artist Chloe Ruby

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You can’t go wrong with plenty of sun, and a little fun! The print above the bed here is the perfect finishing touch that this light and bright bedroom needed. If you don’t want to hang your print above your bed, consider leaning a large framed print (or two) on the floor, against the wall. We can imagine a couple of modern prints on that wooden floor, to the right of the bedside table.

Framed Apple art print by Bright Creative

 

 

Meet the Artists: Bren Michelle

One of the newest artists to our fam at endemicworld is illustrator and pattern designer Bren Michelle. After several years working for Disney animating kids’ movies, she’s returned to NZ (welcome home!) to raise her young family, and is now turning her talents to pretty, vibrant and contemporary patterns for a growing range of art prints and  - coming soon – other products too!

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You were an animation artist for kids’ movies – awesome! What a dream job! Tell us about that…
That is my background, but not what I do now. I did a six month training course here in Auckland, then I learnt the rest on the job. The most exciting time of my career was when I worked for Walt Disney (then in Sydney.) I worked with some incredibly talented and fascinating people from all over the world. I got to work on some amazing films – mostly sequels to the classics – including The Lion King 2 and 3, The Little Mermaid 2, Lady and the Tramp 2, An Extremely Goofy Movie, The Jungle Book 2, Cinderella 2, and more. Yeah it was awesome, a dream job, but extremely demanding as the standard was so high and our output had to meet a quota of footage of film per week. I gained a lot from the experience and I am so grateful for it.

I met my partner there too and we came back to NZ together. I made the switch from hand-drawn to computer animation, and I worked for Flux Animation on a number of projects including The Adventures of Massey Ferguson and Puzzles Inc. Following that I moved to the children’s fashion industry to work with my sister. When I started a family I began working part-time from home doing pattern design – mostly for textiles.


What are you working on (with your own projects/art prints) at the moment?
I have just created my first lino print since school days! I’ve really enjoyed the print-making process so next year I would like to develop my skills in this area, perhaps using wood instead of lino. For my digital prints I’ve started a piece in the style of my Emerald Garden design, but I have a lot happening right now so I can’t get back to it for a while. Next year I expect to have much more time to indulge my own ideas and I can’t wait to see what emerges!

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A pretty page from Bren’s sketchbook

Which NZ artists/designers/creatives (of any discipline) do you most look up to?
In the pattern design industry it is critical to watch the European and US catwalks and trend-forecasting sites/blogs for inspiration. As a result a lot of my heroes are from abroad, but I do admire many creatives here too:

Fashion designer Karen Walker, Artist/designer Ellen Giggenbach, Illustrator Sarah Wilkins, Animation Director/Illustrator/Writer Raymond McGrath, and the artist Flox. I’m also hugely inspired by the amazing NZ women writers Charlotte Grimshaw, Emily Perkins and Eleanor Catton.

What’s on the walls of your creative space/home currently?
My favourite framed piece is a drawing by William Auerbach Levy of Victor Borge. But in my workspace I have an inspiration board covered in gorgeousness. It includes:

- Vogue covers from the 20s (Georges Lepape and Helen Dryden)
- Surface Pattern Designers/illustrators: Helen Dardik, Orla Kiely, Tom Schamp, Tove Johansson, Florence Broadhurst
- Artists: Koloman Moser, Angie Lewin, Inaluxe, Mary Blair, James Leman
- Fashion Designers: Anna Sui, Tsumori Chisato
…and a heap more!

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Bren’s right – her inspiration board is covered in gorgeousness!

Besides art/illustration, what else do you love to do?
My greatest love outside of art is reading; there are always teetering piles of books around the house, especially art and design hardbacks from the library. Other loves are creative writing, running, camping and tramping.


What would be a dream project/collaboration you’d love to do?

I would love to see some of my designs licensed onto stationery for a company such as Madison Park Greetings. I’m also interested in book cover design, and perhaps motif designs for ceramics. But soon I am moving away from pattern design and into the children’s apparel industry and I am really excited about that.

I am at my happiest when I am growing and learning. I can’t wait to be working under some talented designers and upskilling in that area, so right now I am very content with the path in front of me.

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Bren at work in her home studio

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 Some of Bren’s art prints (available at endemicworld!)

What words of advice do you have to anyone looking to make art their career?
Be sure that it really is your passion, because it can be a difficult way to make a living. The people I have seen thrive are very confident within themselves and/or are willing to live outside of their comfort zone. They have high standards but can stop short of perfectionism, and they have an entrepreneurial mind or strong business skills. They also have bucketloads of passion and drive.

I think artists need to be very open to new techniques and technologies in order to keep themselves valuable in rapidly changing industries. And I think it is really important to seek out communities of similar artists – even if only online. I belong to a large Facebook group of surface pattern designers. We share inspiration, industry news, ideas, resources, and personal stories/insights. It is an incredibly supportive environment and benefits everyone.There is nothing more inspiring than connecting with people that share your passion.

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Shop all Bren Michelle art prints here…