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Companies Going Bananas for Sprout

Companies around the world are going bananas for our plantable Sprout Pencils. Sydney-based marketing company Basic Bananas recently had Sprout Pencils etched for giveaways at their workshops. And The Cathedral School celebrated 100 years with Sprout. Sprout Pencils are a fantastic, innovative initiative for corporate social responsibility programs. Watch this fun video about Adam, the challenged CSR manager  … But beware fake Sprout pencils! The ones we sell are authentic and protected by an international patent application. The fake ones contain either unidentified seeds or no seeds at all (eek!). They may feature different logos and be in different packaging. So, don’t be fooled. This is what the real Sprout Pencils look like and you can buy them from us here.

Ceramics Masterclass | Photo Gallery

I did a ceramics masterclass recently with the wonderful Sydney-based ceramicist Alana Wilson via Megan Morton’s The School and it was so much fun! Alana specialises in pieces that look as if they’ve been unearthed from an archaeological dig, particularly because of her special, often experimental, glaze mixes she has perfected over the years. As she says on her website, her primary source of reference and influence are ancient vessels and archaeological artefacts. While it was this ‘look’ that attracted me to her work and the workshop in the first place, I pretty much love all ceramics and have always wanted to give it a go. Using paper-based clay, a few tools and our hands, we started by making a small Japanese teacup. The technique Alana taught us was coiling, which that has been used for thousands of years in places such as Africa, Greece, China and New Mexico. Basically you build a vessel using rolled strips of clay and moulding and forming it with your fingers, starting from the bottom up. With my next piece, I decided to …

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Video | Interview – Designer Duncan Meerding

Today I’d like to share a video interview with one of the designers whose work we love and feature on the store. Tasmanian Duncan Meerding is a furniture and lighting designer-maker of the traditional kind whose love of the outdoors and the ethical way in which things are made feature foremost in his design practice. ‘A lot of my designs concentrate on overall form and light going through and around objects rather than intense detailing,’ he says. His award-winning Cracked Log Lamp series of lights is testament to this. Made from salvaged logs, it is their cracks and imperfections Duncan harnesses when turning them into lighting. He also has a penchant for making durable and thoughtful flat-pack pieces such as his latest lighting range that takes its cue from aeroplane propellers and his leaning leaf coffee table. ‘Form and function should be a major part of the brief,’ he says. ‘Not necessarily, how do we make a million of the things?’ Come and meet Duncan and learn more about his design practice and the inspiration behind his …

The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Photo Essay | Northern Spain

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll have noticed my Spanish sojourn and over the next couple of weeks I thought I’d share with you some of what I saw. Starting in Bilbao at the northern tip of Spain in the Basque region, the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry takes centre stage and must be visited, even if you only see the exterior and none of the modern art exhibitions inside. Artist Jeff Koons’ gigantic Puppy sculpture made entirely from living flowers announces your arrival with all the fanfare of a summer party. When I visited there was a retrospective exhibition on Jeff Koons’ wacky modern art such as this giant cerise Balloon Dog as part of his ‘Celebration’ series. More Jeff Koons’ shiny, happy installations. If you can’t get enough of Frank Gehry’s architecture pay a visit or, even better, stay at the Hotel Marques de Riscal in La Rioja. Set amongst the rolling vineyards of Spain’s famous wine region, the hotel, which is itself one of the oldest Rioja wineries founded in 1858, is magnificent. You can …