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Concrete planters with copper foil by Amelayna Designs

Interview: Maree Petrousis | Amelayna Designs

Melbourne-based Maree Petrousis has achieved what many dream of: turning a hobby into a business. And it all started, as so often happens, after making concrete planters for herself and then for friends and family. What’s more, she’s hit on a trend that doesn’t seem to be waning. Concrete is still a popular choice for kitchen bench tops, table tops and accessories. Here, Maree talks a little about her creative life … Tell us a bit about yourself. When and why did you begin exploring with the concrete? My name is Maree. I’m a wife and mum of two little girls. My background is in retail, makeup artistry and now I’m working full-time in the banking industry. I started experimenting with concrete four years ago, which was a little after I had my first child. It was as a hobby and a means to delve back into my creative side. Since then, I have worked hard to create a brand [Amelayna Designs] that is unique, high in quality and affordable and appealing to people who …

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Interview: NZ designers | George and Willy

We love a feel-good story of childhood friends who end up working together because they share the same passions. New Zealand designers and makers George Wilkins and Will McCallum have done just that and judging by their after-hours fishing and rafting trips and the helicopter spotting game they created, their friendship certainly doesn’t seem to have suffered. The founders of George and Willy design, make and produce quality handmade goods – all things they wanted or needed themselves. It’s the process of making and creating that spurs them on. As they say on their blog: ‘We love making stuff … it is our passion and it continues well after the working day is done. Many after-work hours are spent here in the workshop, creating and bringing to life personal projects we all get excited about.’ And here at Who’d Have Thought, we’re thrilled to be featuring one of their products, the Studio Roller in the store! The idea for it came from a roll of kraft paper, which developed into a simple wall-mounted bracket to hold the paper so that it …

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4 Instagram Finds

Today I’m taking a peak at Instagram and would like to share four instagrammers I think are worthy of following: #hopeinthewoods – How many ways can you photograph wooden spoons? Brit Luke Hope knows how to make you swoon over a spoon with his hand-made wooden pieces which he styles to perfection. #woodlucker – Artists Ann Wood and Dean Lucker make ‘botanical paper constructions and interactive mechanical sculptures’. The photographs of their work, Minneapolis studio and home are exquisitely moody and predominantly filled with butterflies. #vegetarianfoodmaker – The words French and vegetarian aren’t usually associated together but The Vegetarian Food Maker makes mouth-watering food bowls and plates them up so beautifully that even a hardcore meat-lover would have to be impressed. #theslowtraveler – UK photographer Carolyn documents her travels, most recently around South America – like the image here from Buenos Aires – with misty grey and pastel tones.  

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4 Ingenious Designs

Today I’d like to share with you four designs that perfectly blend practicality with originality and quirkiness. Top left to right: I featured an interview with the creators behind the giant HB Pencil Lamp a few months ago – here – and now husband and wife team Michael and George have launched on Kickstarter with a smaller version as pictured. Their clever design, Drew, pays homage to the humble pencil by hovering over surfaces as if held by an invisible hand and doodling straight into your computer or wall socket. I just love it! If you want to back their project and get a massive discount on a lamp, you’d better get in quick as support for them has already gone nuts. Go to Kickstarter now. I can’t decide if I’d want a bird wrapped around my neck but I do love the idea of making a scarf statement and having a giggle at the same time. Etsy creator Nina Fuhrer beautifully hand-makes scarves from merino wool and cashmere and features different birds, cats and foxes. The beaks/mouths contain …