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Design Notes

Putting glamour into afternoon tea

Putting glamour into afternoon tea

In Korea, tea is associated with meditation; as you empty your cup, you empty your mind. While in England, the British love affair with afternoon tea has long left behind its origins of a snack to stop you fainting before supper arrives, to become the perennial delightful treat in an otherwise stressful world.
Some Bunny to Love

Some Bunny to Love

The floofy bunny rabbit holds a special place in hearts of children & dults alike, in most civilisations. It’s not just Bugs Bunny, Easter Bunny, Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, Velveteen Rabbit, and March Hare inside Alice’s Wonderland that keep the love for these adorables. Fine bone china has long loved the Bunny.
Putting the “iconic” into design

Putting the “iconic” into design

Homewares is a category that leads the way with iconic designs that merge style and substance. Brands like Dyson, Smeg, Bialetti, Aga, KitchenAid, Le Creuset, Cath Kidston and Cuisinart. Then there is Alessi - creating happiness, taking risks, and transcending function with every new collection and product.
From Vicars to Rabbits. The wine windup.

From Vicars to Rabbits. The wine windup.

England wine has never really wowed the world with their wine, but that didn’t stop them from making the 2nd most important contribution to the wine industry … after the great ‘stomping on grapes’ revelation. I’m talking about the corkscrew; first patented by an English chap, Reverend Samuel Henshall in 1795.
For the Love of Water

For the Love of Water

If you think there's no taste difference between filtered and unfiltered water, then try the Brita ‘tea test’. In 1966, Brita founder Heinz Hankammer, came up with the idea of a tea test to convince people of the improved taste of tap water after being filtered. It must work because Brita is now the world's most famous filtered water brand. 
Toys powered by nature, not plastic

Toys powered by nature, not plastic

The majority of toys are more dangerous than you realise. Not to your child’s immediate health, but to that of the Planet. 90% of new toys are made from petroleum-based plastic. One toy maker changing the nature of playtime is Woolkin. Thier oversized vehicles are made with NZ wool felt and sustainably sourced NZ Pine.