Thursday, October 30, 2014

MARBLE & MILKWEED // BOTANICAL ALCHEMY



Inspired by the poetry inherent with natural phenomena, NYC based botanical maven Briar Winters formulates environmentally conscious remedies designed to nourish your skin and spirit into winged resplendence!

Conscious to avoid artificial additives and scents, Briar thoughtfully handcrafts each product using seasonal, organic, fair-trade natural ingredients. Coupled with low-impact (& delightfully minimal) packaging, the Marble & Milkweed apothecary collection espouses a valuable personal and socially mindful philosophy - simplify the way you care for yourself and the planet!

A selection of Marble & Milkweed botanical alchemy will be available in the Otis & Otto Online-Shop soon. 

How soon!? Next O & O collection - due for release mid November. Hurrah!

Image: Marble & Milkweed

Friday, August 29, 2014

JESSE KAMM // CALIFORNIA VIBES



Working at the intersection of sophisticated design and sustainable production, doyenne of California cool Jesse Kamm continues to woo us with her supreme output of creativity. 

Largely inspired by natural phenomena, Kamm espouses a deeply resourceful and mindful work ethic. Blending monochromatic palettes and versatile silhouettes, Kamm champions intuitive pieces 'built to last'. And this I can attest to! 

Upon receiving a piece from Jesse, my first thought was 'Holy WOWSERS - what an investment, I will own this forever' - true story! 

Jesse's inspiring ideology coupled with impeccable, ecologically sound craftsmanship provides a truly refreshing alternative (& antidote) to the overwhelming mass of rejectamenta floating around! 

I strongly recommend you get acquainted with JK & peep her FW14 collection pronto...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

STUDIO KO // MOROCCO



Like remnants of an ancient citadel, Villas 'E' & 'K' by Studio KO architects Karl Fournier & Olivier Marty blend seamlessly into the rugged foothills of Morocco's Atlas Mountains.

A hybrid of modernist & monolithic details, both lodges are covered in locally sourced Ouriko stone, characteristic of the regional architecture & desert complexion. Just one of the many amaaaaaazing discoveries on my radar since I began manifesting our trip to Morocco.

Morocco. Oh. Yes. Please.

Image: Studio KO

Monday, June 23, 2014

MADE BY MUKU



Known for growing & manufacturing flax, Lithuania is fast becoming a leader in defining the natural lifestyle trend. Made & designed by two young Lithuanian artists, MUKU balances a cosy, muted palette with elegant silhouettes based on form & function. 

Designed with their 2 year old daughter in mind...durability, freedom of movement & natural fabrics serve as inspiration & essential criteria for developing their ranges. A similarly lovely line of adult clothing is also available...joy! 

Image: MUKU

Friday, May 16, 2014

ROMAN HOLIDAY X BALLETTONET



A totem of femininity & renaissance chic, the ballet flat remains a loveable wardrobe staple, ideal for skipping & everyday meandering.

With a nod to the sartorial elegance of Audrey Hepburn & family-centric craftsmanship, Australian based online boutique Ballettonet recently launched another range of beautifully hand-crafted ballet flats with a notable provenance...'Roman Holiday'

Working closely with artisanal shoemakers across Italy, co-founders Stephanie & Ben Waters established their range of 'wardrobe evergreens' with a commitment to quality & a love of age-old tradition...the end result - a range of comfortable classics built to last! Mi piiiiiiiiace! 

See more of their lovely Autumn / Winter 14 collection here

Image: Clutch Woven Napa Ballet Flats | Ballettonet

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BUI MAREUREU BAAP // AS WORLDS DIVIDE



Since first arriving on the Mentawai archipelago in 2008, film maker Rob Henry has been documenting one of the last remaining ancient tribal cultures in the world. What initially began as a curious journey of anthropological fieldwork has since evolved into a deeply personal & captivating medley of film, kinship & a vision to help raise awareness for a community on the precipice of extinction. 

The Bui Mareureu Baap : As Worlds Divide documentary film identifies a fundamental correlation between a previously flourishing tribal culture & the impact of Western modernity. The film, together with the recently established not-for-profit IEF organisation (Indigenous Education Foundation) aims to raise awareness & support for a community based indigenous education model, critical to preserving the legacy of this truly extraordinary ancient civilisation. 

Pending release of the Bui Mareureu Baap film, you can pledge your support for the 'Suku Mentawai Education Program' through donation or purchase of a 100% organic cotton IEF T-shirt, printed in Australia.

To follow Rob's fascinating journey & join in the dialogue, visit the As Worlds Divide Blog, Facebook & Twitter pages...now!   

Image: Rob Henry | As Worlds Divide

Monday, April 7, 2014

JUJUMADE



Defying the usual cacophony of sound, visitors & domestic detritus typical of our weekends, I managed to squirrel away some time for the blog yesterday. H U R R A H ! 

To update you briefly, I've been following the work of a few inspirational artists & makers whose unfussy approach to design has helped to liberate our tiny closet space & reaffirm my 'built to last' philosophy when contemplating new purchases. 

The organic textures & neutral palettes of Jesse Kamm, Jujumade, Black Crane, Bandelier & Tracy Wilkinson have all been on my radar. Ironically, they are all based in California...where I'm campaigning we move to - so it's a sign, right!? 

Working with ceramics & leather, Juliana Hung of Jujumade crafts a range of beautiful, playful wearables including bangles, necklaces & bags. 

You N E E D to see her latest SS | 14 collection! Looky here!

Image: Jujumade

Monday, February 10, 2014

HACKWITH DESIGN HOUSE



Since graduating from Art School, self taught clothing designer and sustainability advocate Lisa Hackwith has immersed herself in the process of crafting quality wardrobe staples. 

Impervious to passing trends, Lisa's wonderful melange of versatile, transeasonal garments are released slowly, as individual pieces rather than a grouped collection. Simple, beautiful, enduring classics to be kept in your closet for years to come.

Naturally, small batches of such loveliness are highly coveted & RARE so be quick to follow Lisa and all things Hackwith Design House via Instagram

Keep your eyes peeled for Hackwith Designs in the Otis & Otto shop later this year too...! 

Image: Emily Suzanne Photography / L&E Photography

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DREAM RETREAT // DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND



Nestled in the halcyon surroundings of Dunedin, NZ Gemma Cagnacci & Andrew Meehan's humble cabin offers a glimpse at life free from the vast surfeit of stuff & inessential objects we've become accustomed to. Their modest, uncomplicated retreat is punctuated by deeply personal mementos & natural materials concordant with the idyllic landscape. 

Gemma has a wonderfully cultivated eye for detail & shares many of her design inspirations & photographic essays via her highly popular design journal / blog Line x Shape x Colour. To see more of their dreamy Dunedin retreat . . . click here.

Images: Gemma Cagnacci / Line x Shape x Colour

Saturday, December 28, 2013

OTIS & OTTO // ONLINE SHOP IS OPEN



Seasons Greetings! I hope you are enjoying the sunshine & silly season festivities! 

The Otis & Otto shop is officially open & going silly with orders! Yippeeee! 

More products arriving in early 2014 . . . Happy New Year!!!

Image: Otis & Otto // A Visual Guide

Thursday, November 28, 2013

KINFOLK AUSTRALIA // SYDNEY WORKSHOP



Recently I visited the idyllic coastal retreat of Dickebusch, Patonga as part of a very special two-day Kinfolk workshop. Gathering just outside Sydney, we met with organic chef & cookbook author Jane Grover at Eveleigh Farmers Market who guided us through the markets local & delicious seasonal offerings. 

Following our mouthwateringly good organic breakfast by Kylie Kwong, we then made our way to the NSW Central Coast for a weekend of foraging, kneading, weaving & preserving. During the four masterclasses, we were endlessly spoilt by Sarah Glover & her blissfully yummy treats . . . sooo gooood!   

Gastronomy aside, the weekend was made undeniably special by the people involved. Placing faces to the names of so many "online" friends was affirmation of a truly lovely weekend. 

Photography: Jonathan Wherrett      

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

COMING SOON // STAMPEL STUDIO



My eyes have pleasantly adjusted to the fetching stock-pile of objects amassing in the office nook & are particularly fond of these Stampel Studio timber vessels.  

Made from post manufacture timber, each vessel is finished with a plant-based eco wood oil & beeswax lined inner cavity to keep your flower stems content. 

Happy in groups or flying solo, Stampel Studio's highly coveted Fasett Flower Vessels makes a lovely addition to any mantelpiece, desk space or window sill. 

Coming soon to Shop Otis & Otto. Squeeeeeeel! 

Image: Anita Beaney for OTIS & OTTO // A Visual Guide

Monday, October 21, 2013

ANOTHER FEATHER // ARTEMIS II COLLECTION



As I sit in my little office nook & stop to review the latest work of jewellery maker Hannah Ferrara, I'm reminded of the Japanese aesthetic Wabi Sabi. A mindset that celebrates simple living & objects that reflect authenticity & a makers touch.

Looking over the Artemis II collection, Hannah's appreciation for well-made craftsmanship is refreshing & unequivocal. Using traditional metal smithing techniques & tools, Hannah champions pieces from sustainable resources, conscious to embrace their raw & natural imperfections & re-purpose where possible. 

Soon you will be able to buy some of her lovely pieces from the O & O shop!!!!! Find out more about Hannah & her Another Feather label here

Image: The Delos Necklace // Another Feather 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

PORTLAND // INSPIRATION



Sheesh! Where did September go? With 2 months of collaborations & new projects on the go, the blog space has been a little neglected. Oops! Absence noted! 

The BIG news is that I am launching an online shop attached to the OTIS & OTTO blog. The shop will feature a curated collection of objects by makers & artisans who share my affection for handmade processes & production. More details to follow very soon!!!

Amidst shop plans, wrangling, entertaining, baking & gardening, I've also been trawling Pinterest & Instagram for inspiration (P & I are both fantastic resources for sharing ideas & connecting with creative folks). Earlier this year I met freelance stylist & collector Jen Vitale via Instagram. Jen's effortlessly cool approach to simple living (& incredible indoor plant collection) is a constant source of inspiration. See her work here

Jen & her husband John inhabit a lovely navajo hued home in Portland, Oregon. Their thoughtfully curated sanctuary was recently featured by international interview magazine Freunde von Freunden. A MUST-SEE home tour! Looky now! 

Image: Jen Vitale. Photographed by Carissa & Andrew Gallo.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

COMING SOON // THE KINFOLK TABLE



Rarely do I come across a publication that so perfectly combines engaging, uncontrived - ad free narrative with first-rate photography. Now in it's 9th issue, Kinfolk Magazine continues to delight readers with thoughtful sentiments on entertaining & simplified living. 

With so much goodness in every issue, it seems fitting that a BOOK should be on the way! WOOT! The Kinfolk Table will similarly reflect the Kinfolk aesthetic & philosophy of 'putting the emphasis back into the relationships that surround eating' with a collection of 85 delectable recipes & accompanying photographs from creatives around the world. 

Kinfolk lovers can pre-order a copy here

Image: Kinfolk 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

FOG LINEN WORK // JAPAN



In a time where many of us are looking to realign & reassess our money choices, the search to find & support makers who create meaningful, sustainable, functional pieces has never felt more important (for me anyway). 

Over the past decade, Fog Linen Work owner & creator Yumiko Sekine has steadily expanded her empire of simple (& affordable) linen products to accommodate our growing desire for durable 'natural-living' staples with a timeless design aesthetic.

Durable. Simple. Classic...three words I'll be considering next time I reach for my wallet.

Image: Parker Fitzgerald // Kinfolk Magazine Vol 8. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

LOCAL INSPIRATION // GEMMA PATFORD



Whether you're in the market for a set of giant hamburger scatter cushions or an intricately hand stitched rope vessel, Melbourne based craft dynamo Gemma Patford has you covered!

Since first discovering Gemma via Instagram, I have steadily followed her prolific output of playful, quirky handmade designs & wondered...how DOES she do it?!? When she's not busy weaving her highly coveted rope vessels or food sculptures, Gemma can also be found sharing DIY tutorials on her blog, baking yummy recipes & collaborating with other local artists. SUPER mad-skills!   

I recently secured an incredibly sweet indigo-dipped rope vessel from Gemma, a product of her latest collaboration with local Shibori artist Victoria Pemberton. TOTAL SWOON! 

To view Gemma's current collection of crafty amazingness...looky HERE

Image: Gemma Patford

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A VISIT TO SHOP FREDA // MARFA, TEXAS



In assembling the mass-anthology of our honeymoon ephemera & miscellany, I feel especially nostalgic when I reminisce over the Marfa landscape. 

As with others curious enough to embark on this seemingly obscure pilgrimage, I felt profoundly moved by Marfa's sprawling, outdoor art installations & the progressive mindset of it's pocket-sized community. Along our journey, I had the pleasure of meeting local inspiration - Susannah Lipsey, owner & curator of Shop Freda

Within the cosy confines of Freda, Susannah exhibits a thoughtfully curated mix of objects, crafts & talismans. Be it for novelty or functionality, each item is expertly sourced according to her meticulous eye for quality & innovative design. Freda is unquestionably one of the most inspiring retail spaces, I have EVER frequented! 

And you can now visit too...online. Yay!!!

Images: OTIS & OTTO // A Visual Guide

Sunday, August 11, 2013

ANA KRAŠ // BON BON LOVE



Now based in New York, Serbian-born industrial artist & multidisciplinary phenomenon, Ana Kraš continues to enchant us with her auspicious eye & minimalist production techniques. 

Following her move from LA to Manhattan, Ana's feverishly coveted Bon Bon lamp shades continue to morph & expand into new multi-coloured configurations. 

See above. I'm in love. 

Image: Ana Kraš

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

GIVEAWAY // THE BRAINERY STORE - SIBLING LECTURE



Following the recent success of The Brainery Store's opening lecture with Rohan Anderson, I was suitably hyped to see Melbourne based design collective SIBLING next in line to present...

A network of 8 talented folk trained in architecture, the SIBLING group 'work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, cultural analysis & graphic communication to produce new & unexpected spatial outcomes...' Focused on delivering innovative, adaptable designs while fostering a socially engaged agenda, SIBLING are set to get ideas flowing at their lecture next Monday 12th August at BOOM Gallery. 

Secure your place in the discussion via The Brainery Store website asap - seats are filling quickly. 

I also have 2 tickets (valued at $18 each) to GIVEAWAY! You can enter to win by leaving a comment on this post or the OTIS & OTTO Instagram 'SIBLING Giveaway' post. 

Note that this lecture will take place at BOOM Gallery Geelong (Victoria) so please consider the location before entering. The winner will be notified via e-mail or Instagram by Saturday 10th August. Good luck! X

Image: SIBLING

Saturday, August 3, 2013

KINFOLK HONEY HARVEST // MELBOURNE



The FIRST Melbourne Kinfolk gathering is happening. Hallelujah! The Honey Harvest series will have guests involved in a hands-on honey harvesting lesson, getting to know the basics of bees & learning how to make deliciously decadent spice-infused honey. 

If that doesn't already sound like the bees knees, guests will be treated to wine & take home honey-laden treats. Ooooh, yes please! 

Partnered by several local talented folk including Cake Wines, Sarah Williams Photography & POP & SCOTT, this delectable Melbourne event takes place on Saturday 10th August (which is only 1 week away!)...so secure your ticket pronto! 

Image: Luisa Brimble

Friday, August 2, 2013

DOUG JOHNSTON // WOVEN SHAPES



Since 2010, New Yorker Doug Johnston has been busy coiling rope & meticulously weaving shapes into baskets. And although the process of rope weaving has become very popular among the masses, Doug's minimalist style & earthly forms remain effortlessly cool & distinct. I dig.

Peep Doug's current collection here

Image: Michael Popp via Doug Johnston 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

THE BRAINERY STORE // VISITS REGIONAL VICTORIA



Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Cooper, the innovative virtuoso behind Australia's latest conceptual phenomenon The Brainery Store.  

Launching at the end of this month, The Brainery Store will take it's pop-up style roadshow to Geelong, Victoria...the first regional outpost in a series of personalised, traveling forums intended to reach audiences with limited access to city based happenings. 'It is a simple idea about sharing the things we know...& introducing people who inspire us in word & deed' says Sarah. 

The Winter / Spring term launches next Wednesday 31st July with modern day hunter-gatherer Rohan Anderson kicking off the first discussion at contemporary art space BOOM Gallery. Over the coming months, the Geelong region can also look forward to discussions with...

+ Melbourne design collective Sibling 
+ Designer & Instagram sensation Stephanie Somebody
+ Melbourne City Rooftop Honey  
+ Nick Ray from Ethical Consumer Group

Each forum will also be accompanied by a curated pop-up shop of goodies. 

Enrol now via the The Brainery Store online! 

Image: Stephanie Somebody

Thursday, July 18, 2013

GIVEAWAY // ABOUT A GIRL BY EMMA LEONARD



Ok folks...it's time for that other giveaway I promised a few months ago & it's a doooooooozy. One of my all time favourite prints by Melbourne creative genius Emma Leonard...'About a girl'. Another beautifully crafted 8 X 10 giclee print using archival heavy-weight hahnemuhle cotton-rag paper. 

SWOON! SWOON! SWOON! 

You can enter to win by leaving a comment on this post before 5pm Friday 26th July (Melbourne time) OR commenting on the OTIS & OTTO Instagram / 'About a girl' post.

One lucky reader will be drawn at random & notified by e-mail or direct via Instagram. 

Good luck! X

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A MINI GUIDE // SAN FRANCISCO



San Francisco. A city of diversity, fog & rainbows. It was nice to be back.

We spent a good chunk of our time hovering around Judah Street in Ocean Beach, admiring the pastel painted architecture & weaving through it's eclectic community of coffee houses, shops & restaurants. Heaven!

Outside OB, we roamed the city's many vibrant districts including the Castro, Mission & Haight enjoying the diverse selection of arts, culture & amazing food! A quick list of SF must sees: 

Food / Drink: 

NOPA 
Judahlicious (Vegan)
Gracias Madre (Vegan Mexican)
Bi-Rite Market (Ice Creamery) - Worth lining up around the block for!

Retail:

Images: OTIS & OTTO // A Visual Guide

Saturday, July 6, 2013

CORTEZ // ECHO PARK LOS ANGELES



Following a long list of recommendations, we were pretty amped to indulge in a bit food porn at the very hip 'Cortez' in Echo Park while we were in LA. 

Similar to their Cookbook Market only a few blocks away, Marta Teegan & Robert Stelzner's Cortez delivers a simple, communal style dining experience, full of meticulously sourced ingredients & seasonal organic offerings. 

I opted for the Kale Salad, a flowing compilation of super greens, cauliflower & pepitas topped with a fried egg...the perfect antidote to my hangover from the night before. Thanks Cortez!

Image: OTIS & OTTO // A Visual Guide

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

COBRA ROCK BOOT COMPANY // MARFA TEXAS



Our first port of call in Marfa was Cobra Rock, a small yet distinctive workshop where Colt Miller & Logan Caldbeck combine their creative super powers to make 'South Highland Boots'. 

The 'SHB' is a unisex 1940's square style riding boot, custom made to suit each owners hoof size. And...they have laces, a nice contemporary twist on the traditional desert boot! 

Check out their store now. They are worth the wait! 

Image: OTIS & OTTO // A Visual Guide

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