Monthly Archives: June 2012

Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Google has unveiled its new tablet – the Nexus 7. Setting its sights on the Kindle Fire, Google has partnered with Asus to produce a 7in quad-core tablet that runs on Google’s latest platform – Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’.

With a screen resolution of 1280x800pxl, that’s covered in scratch-resistant corning glass, it packs 1GB of RAM, features a front-facing camera, and weighs just 340 grams. Connectivity comes via Bluetooth, GPS, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Micro-USB and battery life will give you up to nine hours of video playback.

Price point has been set at $199USD for 8GB storage and $249USD for 16GB.

The Google Nexus 7 will start shipping mid July 2012.


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Eric Koston X Oakley – EK Signature Eyewear Collection

Legendary skater Eric Koston has again teamed up with the Oakley brand, collaborating this time on the EK Signature Eyewear Collection.

The collection features three models: the Plaintiff, Holbrook, and the classic Frogskins. The shades have been designed for durability, accommodating a skateboarder’s needs. Each pair features a brown tortoise print with brown camo accents and come with a matching bag.

Look for the EK Signature Eyewear Collection in select Oakley retailers as of July 1.

Eric-Koston X Oakley – EK Collection

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Red dot award winner — Greenbo designer Rail and Deck Window box

The Greenbo XL Designer Rail and Deck Window box has been awarded with the globally sought-after red dot award for its fine design language in the home and garden product design category.

The 30-member expert jury judged 4,515 designs submitted by creative heads and manufacturers from all over the world. They were impressed with the box’s unique solution for growing plants and flowers in an urban environment. The box is placed over your rail or deck to save balcony floor space in tight areas.

Its seamless design boasts a built-in draining solution with two removable, cleanable and replaceable trays, anchoring mechanism for theft protection, patented stability mechanism and six modern colours to choose from.

The product design competition has existed since 1955, awarding an internationally recognised quality seal.

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Nike Air Max 1 ‘Ripstop Brights’ Pack

Soon to drop at selected Nike retailers is the Nike Air Max 1 ‘Ripstop Brights’ Pack. Featuring three pop colours: Atomic Green, Dynamic Blue, and Mandarin Orange; it’s a juicy hit to your collection!

Resting on a classic white sole, the upper is made up of a combination of synthetic, lightweight and breathable ripstop nylon.

The Nike Air Max 1 ‘Ripstop Brights’ Pack will arrive in stores shortly, or you can head to Extra Butter and grab a pair now.

Image: Extra Butter

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PROOF hits Australian market

PROOF, the progressive Dutch product range is now available for Australian workplaces through Living Edge. The modern range of commercial furniture is designed to create private spaces within busy work environments and communal meeting areas. Each innovative design allows for multiple configuration options, with the one piece of furniture being used to create a meeting room for up to 20 people or a private space for one!

Available from Living Edge.

EarChair by Studio Makkink & Bey is designed to behave like a room, creating a private domain in a communal space.

WorkSofa by Makkink & Bey is designed to stimulate communication. The main feature of the WorkSofa is its ability to configure in many different ways allowing a layout perfectly tailored to your communication needs.

Niche by Axia Design is inspired by an enveloping structure. Together or alone, with a colleague, client or acquaintance, Niche offers a perfect environment for meetings in exposed public places.

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Mr. Bathing Ape Tie Collection

The Mr. Bathing Ape Tie Collection is back by popular demand, featuring the Multi Star tie accompanied by the Jaquard Tie camo range in navy, pink, black and multi camo.

In 2009, A Bathing Ape teamed up with Japanese retailer United Arrows to bring us Mr. Bathing Ape — a brand that gives men a sophisticated look with a twist using the fun-loving colours and patterns A Bathing Ape is known for.

The complete collection is available through Present London and all Mr. Bathing Ape dealers worldwide.

Mr. Bathing Ape Tie Collection

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Interview: Kathryn Watkins, director Poppy + Finch

Kathryn Watkins

Behind every treasure, there’s a creator, and behind every creator, a silent story. They’re the words of Kathryn Watkins who, through her online business  poppy + finch, unveils these creative narratives and the unique finds that come along with their artists for the avid online shopper. poppy + finch is a haven for those that appreciate precious finds from emerging artists.

Whether it be homewares, accessories, jewellery and more, there’s an array of handmade goods and one-of-a-kind finds to tempt both male and female. We chat the Kathryn about poppy + finch and the inspiration behind sharing these special stories.

Tell us about your background. What led you to develop poppy + finch?

poppy + finch was born from a love of collected and treasured objects – vintage finds and handmade products by incredible new designers. I wanted to create a place where I could share all of my favourite things, and so I named the project after my favourite flower + bird. My background is in interiors and design, and I like to consider myself as curating each object for my store or for my home. As the store grows, I hope to support more emerging designers and to engage p+f collectors in their stories.

Why do you choose to tell the story behind the designers/products?
I love the stories behind products – the good ones always tell a great story. Vintage items survive because they have been treasured by someone, and new and wonderful products emerge because someone had an all-consuming idea or a unique story to tell. Fledgling designers create each product with such zest + dedication, and I love to share this process.

What do you look for when considering a designer’s work to stock on poppy + finch?

I look for a designer who can communicate their passion and is confident in the value of their craft. I’m a details person, so I like to see a maker’s design sensibility extend to their visual identity – a clean logo, a beautifully wrapped parcel and a high quality of craftsmanship. A lot of heart and soul goes in to every poppy + finch parcel!

I’m currently on the prowl for an emerald coloured blazer, or a wild floral print. Something that says “Sure, I get stuff done. And I have fun doing it!”
— Kathryn Watkins

What attracted you to the designers/brands you currently have featured on your website?

Much Love, Illy was poppy + finch’s first ever designer, and I must say, she is just a spoonful of sugar. Her personality is infused in to every washi-taped ring box and hand written note, and the quality of her work is exquisite. I found Her and I after searching for months on end for beautifully made bow ties in quirky prints. I also work closely with my dear friend The Whittler, and love seeing his process, from self-taught whittling (wood carving) to innovative laser cut designs.

Which designers/creative people do you admire?

I draw most of my inspiration from colour and pattern, and I adore the work of Sydney designers Sarah Davison and Sibella Court. I’m currently reading Conversations with Creative Women by Tess McCabe, and loving hearing the different paths creative people take to arrive at joyous and surprising destinations. I’m an odd mix between creative and logical, so I like to surround myself with people who have learnt to fuse the two!

When you’re not working on poppy + finch, what are you doing?

I recently co-produced an exhibition for Object: Australian Centre for Design on sustainable fashion, called EVERGREEN. I’m also newly obsessed with Pinterest and I swoon over the ocean and muscle cars!

Where to next for poppy + finch?

Since poppy + finch launched in 2009, I ‘ve been desperate to create my own jewellery and stationery ranges. The Flora Pendant is the first of a laser cut range that I hand paint and customise. I’m LOVING this process — to draw a design, work with another designer to produce, and then paint my final touch on each petal. We’re also expanding our bow tie + men’s accessories ranges — it shouldn’t be so hard to buy creative + heartfelt gifts for men!

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