Meet the new kombucha you’re going to be seeing everywhere

While our predilection for kombucha isn’t new, we’re always open to any product that proves itself to be better than the rest. Batchwell is one such product.

Recently founded by a troupe of friends who spent ample time researching their endeavour in the ‘buch’-loving landscape of Los Angeles, the new kombucha company is offering some enticing flavours such as pineapple & ginger or beetroot that you can find on tap at establishments including Ostro, The Corner — where they’ve taken to mixing it into a delish Rogue Society cocktail — the soon-to-be-open Bird on a Wire in Orakei Bay Village, and new organic refillery, GoodFor.

What is more, we’ve heard they have an alcoholic variety in the pipeline but more about that later. For now, we suggest you get out there and sample this sensational health drink for yourself.

Bon Vivant


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Does your fridge door look like this? Sounds like you need an upgrade

Offering features that might once have been considered the fictional fodder of sci-fi drama, Samsung’s futuristic technology is available here now, and will no doubt become standard issue for all lifestyles in due course. Meet three products that, together with the Samsung SmartHome app, are paving the way for how we connect, interact and go about our daily lives.

1. The Family Hub
Samsung’s hero refrigerator, the Family Hub, outshines others on the market by honing in on three key aspects of daily life — family connection, food management, and entertainment. Tapping into the nostalgia of posting notes and photos on the fridge door with magnets, the Family Hub’s large interactive screen facilitates the modern day Post-it board. Connection to what is unequivocally the heart of the home from wherever you are on your phone is easy thanks to the Samsung SmartHome app which can be downloaded to both Apple and Android devices. The app allows you to communicate with loved ones when you’re not at home by sending and receiving messages, drawings and photos which can be received and responded to from the Family Hub’s tablet-style screen. Furthermore, a live shopping list is synced to your phone as family members update it from the fridge door. If having a moment of doubt at the supermarket, built-in camera technology will allow you to get an inside view of the fridge on your mobile phone. The final string to the Family Hub’s bow is its ability to stream radio, music and TV coverage. You’ll never miss out on a crucial part of the movie or match while in the kitchen, as the interactive screen has the ability to mirror what is being watched on your Samsung Smart TV from wherever it’s located in your home.

2. Samsung Addwash Washing Machine
The front loader that allows you to add washing mid cycle comes to the fore in our new world of connectivity, by allowing you to operate and monitor the progress of your wash cycle from your phone. Ingeniously simple yet saving you from a lifetime of forgotten damp washing left to sit, the AddWash machine allows you to start a load remotely from your phone and will notify you with a pop-up message when its wash cycle is complete via the Samsung SmartHome app.

 

3. Samsung WiFi Powerbot
Designed to maintain clean floors, Samsung’s robot vacuum is another Wifi capable appliance that can be deployed from your phone via the Samsung SmartHome app. Virtually faultless in its operation, the powerful wee ‘bot is endearingly clever, scanning the area using its digital camera and visionary mapping system in order to dodge obstacles and stairs. In the case of running low on power, the VC will head home to its charging dock mid-session in order to return back to exactly the same spot it was cleaning.

Design


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Let’s get waisted — the corset returns to our closets

Continuing our ongoing obsession with bringing our underwear to the outer, this autumn the corset, or waisted belt, is set to play a starring role in our cold weather wardrobe. A stylish stomach cincher that began to regain momentum after stepping out at Prada’s FW16 show, the chic tummy tucker has the astonishing ability to transform even the simple shirt and jeans into an ‘outfit’. Ironically, a look that works best when styled with decidedly masculine wears — think oversized tees, blazers and tailored trousers — the über feminine garb once known for its horrendously restrictive nature is back in a more user-friendly form.

Clockwise from top left
Tibi Stretch Waist Corset from Net-a-Porter
Bambi Belt from Ruby
Corset from Georgia Alice
Double Buckle corset belt from Topshop
Viktoria & Woods corset from Superette

 

Coveted


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Meet the design legend behind this timeless piece of furniture

During his teenage years, in the late 1940s, Joe Backhouse discovered his love for furniture, starting his own business only three years after graduating as a young cabinetmaker. A generation later, Joe’s passion for design and craftsmanship was adopted by his son Gary, who growing up, vividly recalls his father designing and making prototypes for his customers. So it was only fitting that after the passing of his father, he pay homage to his legacy by creating a modern timber armchair that Dad would have loved.

The JWB armchair is not a reproduction of previous designs, but rather an interpretation of his father’s old drawings and original mid-century design aesthetic. Through the use of state of the art machinery, Gary Backhouse and John Dinsdale were able to create a solid timber piece of furniture, using ash, oak and sapele mahogany. The final result is far more than just a chair; it’s a piece of craftsmanship, rich in heritage, that will endure the rigours of life for years to come.

Design


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Crane Brothers welcomes one of Italy’s most esteemed labels

Looking to the past for style inspiration is by no means a new concept, with many designers turning to the 70s, 80s and 90s for enlightenment. But the 1790s? That’s less common. For Italian fashion house Barena though, the past has always (somewhat ironically) been where new ideas reside. Proving that Venetians have forever been a damn dapper bunch, the illustrious label embraces traditional tailoring and fabric expertise from the floating city’s rich history, and partners that with contemporary design. Resulting in decidedly modern collections that are simple yet unique with an acute attention to detail, the revered label is available exclusively at Crane Brothers now. A good jacket will last a lifetime, but it seems a Barena will endure forever.

Crane Brothers

2 High Street
Auckland

(09) 377 5333

www.crane-brothers.com

Coveted


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Partridge Jewellers’ new in-house jewellery line — Partridge Hallmark — is ready to shine bright

Forget the grey area and lean into monochrome with these stylish black and white outfits

Have you been slicing cheese wrong all along?

A faux pas far more common than one would expect, it has come to our attention that a cheese crime is being committed atop grazing platters everywhere. Said to be an offence worse than double-dipping, in France, the misstep is called ‘pointing the cheese’ and occurs when one cuts the more desirable tip off a wedge. You see, the centre of the wheel is where most of the flavour resides, so by hacking that portion off, the brie-lliant experience is ruined for everyone else. To put a stop to the flavour hogging, it is imperative that slices are cut from the radius (outer edge) to the centre. To encourage those around you to fall in line, offer to make the first cut before subtly slicing a few example slivers. Cheese crisis averted.

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Why this Malian singer is one of our favourite performers of the moment

Based in France, stunning model Inna Modja, from Mali, is several things: a committed artist, a female genital mutilation survivor and an activist for Women’s Rights. She’s been standing up against female abuse for almost a decade now, having testified at the United Nations against the cruel practice she was herself subjected to. Discovered and encouraged by Malian superstar Salif Keita, the multi-talented Modja is carving out a unique path mixing the sounds of desert blues and hip hop tracks that lay the foundations for her hard-hitting lyrics. It’s no surprise that she’s now one of Mali’s most celebrated contemporary exports. Having recently graced the cover of Elle France, it’s worth taking a look into this empowering artist’s work, regardless of whether you plan to attend WOMAD or otherwise.

WOMAD is on this weekend at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth. 

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Fancy toast and really good coffee are guaranteed at this inner-city cafe

Having already amassed a loyal following for administering your morning brew in cafes that make you feel good (think crisp white walls and open spaces), it will come as music to the ears of all city slickers that Eighthirty’s latest outpost is conveniently located on the ground floor of the Tasman Building on lower Anzac Ave in the CBD.

The cafe space is minimalist and slick with a ‘no frills attached’ memo, much like the K’ Road outpost. Roasting gear and sacks of coffee on display guaranteeing the authenticity and quality we’ve come to expect from the coffee connoisseurs. The cafe will primarily be used as a roastery and an education space to train the baristas, and later the general public, on perfecting your coffee, although it will be open during the day serving as the perfect pitstop for your morning cup of Joe.

And should you need more than just a pick-me-up we strongly suggest you peruse their toast menu which boasts some pretty delicious options — our favourite is the beetroot caviar and creme fraiche on rye.

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday 7am – 3.30pm
Saturday – Sunday 8am – 3pm

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Miramar console table (right)

Inject some mid-century glamour with these bold and beautiful designs

While minimalism is all very nice and ‘pared back’, sometimes all we desire is a statement piece of furniture or two. Enter Eichholtz, a Dutch brand that began over 15 years ago by importing antique colonial furniture. Today, it’s one of Europe’s most celebrated suppliers of contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories, manufacturing items that are no less grand than the antiques they used to trade in.

Having garnered a reputation for reviving traditional crafts and adapting them to the demands of today, many of Eichholtz’s designs are reinterpretations of classic antiques with a modern twist. We particularly love the stunning polished chrome pieces including the show-stopping Miramar console table, the spectre marble-look coffee and side tables, and the Gregorian L chandelier, none of which are short of being elegantly attention grabbing.

Eichholtz is available to order exclusively through Trenzseater. 

Trenzseater

80 Parnell Rd
Parnell

(09) 303 4151

www.trenzseater.com

Design


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Upgrade your interior with these eye-catching coffee table books

While often overlooked, the humble coffee-table book should, in fact, be hailed as a master of print — one that still holds its own in a media-apocalyptic era — for poring over the pages of a lavishly-illustrated tome is an experience that can never be replicated via laptop or smartphone. Herein, we count the essential coffee table companions of the moment.

 

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The Complete Zaha Hadid

The Complete Zaha Hadid

The Complete Zaha Hadid

The Complete Zaha Hadid

A fascinating insight into one of the most important and influential architects in the world, The Complete Zaha Hadid showcases a complete monograph of her work, from her early, unbuilt projects to the jaw-dropping architecture she is known for today — including the aquatics centre for the London 2012 Olympic games and the Guangzhou opera house in China.

Available from Taschen

Wine of Plenty by Salvador Dalí

Wine of Plenty by Salvador Dalí

Wine of Plenty by Salvador Dalí

Wine of Plenty by Salvador Dalí

A must-have guide to all things vino, Wine Of Plenty offers an unmistakeably Dalínian take on one of life’s great pleasures.

Available from Taschen

Mario Testino, Undressed

Mario Testino, Undressed

Mario Testino, Undressed

Mario Testino, Undressed

Exploring the notion of nudity for photography, Mario Testino’s Undressed blurs the lines between art, anatomy, fashion and eroticism, all based on his 2017 exhibition of the same name which was created for the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin.

Available from Taschen

You Had Better Make Some Noise

You Had Better Make Some Noise

You Had Better Make Some Noise

You Had Better Make Some Noise

A timeless collection that brings together rousing quotations from social activists, revolutionaries, artists, writers, musicians, philosophers, politicians, and more through the ages and across the globe.

Available from Phaidon

In the Spirit of Beverly Hills

In the Spirit of Beverly Hills

In the Spirit of Beverly Hills

In the Spirit of Beverly Hills

The epitome of luxury, wealth and beauty, Beverly Hills has arrested our interests since the early twentieth century, when it first established itself as a private residential community. In The Spirit Of explores the rich and glamorous heritage of the city that lies within Los Angeles.

Available from Superette

Sharks

Sharks

Sharks

Sharks

Michael Muller dives to the ocean’s depths — using a patented seven-bulb 1200-watt strobe lighting rig  — to photograph sharks in their natural surroundings. These stunning photographs show the worlds endangered predator as you’ve never seen it before, including the first known photograph of a great white breaching at night.

Available from Mr Porter

Ibiza Bohemia

Ibiza Bohemia

Ibiza Bohemia

Ibiza Bohemia

From the roaring nightlife to the peaceful yoga retreats, Ibiza’s dynamic atmosphere is its most distinctive feature. Ibiza Bohemia captures the spirit of the Mediterranean island that’s served as an escape for renowned artists, creatives and musicians since the ’30s.

Available from Novel

SWANS, Legends of the Jet Society

SWANS, Legends of the Jet Society

SWANS, Legends of the Jet Society

SWANS, Legends of the Jet Society

This beautifully illustrated book captures the spirit of the worlds ‘Jet Set’ and their highly-coveted lives brimming with exotic travel, clandestine rendezvous, star-studded parties and unspeakable wealth.

Available from Assouline

Andy Warhol Polaroids 1958-1987

Andy Warhol Polaroids 1958-1987

Andy Warhol Polaroids 1958-1987

Andy Warhol Polaroids 1958-1987

Before there was Instagram, there was Warhol. This book reveals hundreds of raw polaroids taken by the artist himself, many never seen before, snapping impromptu photographs of everyone from Jack Nicholson to Audrey Hepburn, Dolly Parton to Muhammad Ali — this visual diary offers a unique glimpse into the Pop Art prodigy’s world.

Available from Taschen

Twisted Brilliance, The Complete Paintings

Twisted Brilliance, The Complete Paintings

Twisted Brilliance, The Complete Paintings

Twisted Brilliance, The Complete Paintings

A tome featuring the complete catalogue — nearly 600 illustrations — of Egon Schiele’s paintings, Twisted Brilliance showcases the maestro’s unmistakable artistry featuring his renowned contorted lines, distorted bodies, and eroticism.

Available from Taschen.

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