Design Diary - Rachel and Jared of Swift & Click

If you're a reggalah reader of Fancy, you'll probably recognise Swift & Click as the photographers who shoot my Day In The Life series - following around some of my favourite New Zealand designers for a day, documenting their work and personal lives. Like me, Rachel and Jared are based in Mount Maunganui... this place is the perfect marriage of laid-back beach lifestyle and mini-Auckland-city-style. Speaking of marriages, Rachel and Jared are also wedding photographers - if you're planning a wedding they do seriously beautiful, richly authentic photography of real people, in real moments. You should definitely check out their portfolio. 

One of the first things I did this morning was…
Jared:  Stumble out of bed in the dark and put odd socks on. Me and Andre (our video guy) had to go up to go up the mount to do some filming at sunrise while Rachel went off to drink coffees and gossip (take photos at a cafe). 

Rachel:  Woke up way to early! Luckily Char (my 9 year old) is a whizz on the coffee machine. We took the boy's down the Mount to capture the sunrise then I went over to shoot one of my favourite cafes 'Love Rosie' with Alana, for a feature that's going on Fancy and in a magazine.

Highlight of today…
Jared:  Sorting out the gear cupboard in PJ's. I love it when all the gear is nicely displayed and in order, probably because it's so out of the ordinary. After a week it will be messy again. 

Rachel:  Watching Jared sort the gear cupboard, which meant I get the kitchen table back!

A challenge/frustration in my day was:
Jared:  Sorting out the gear cupboard in PJ's. PJ's are really the wrong clothes to be wearing for this kind of task, especially when your wife is taking photos of you and saying things like "If you want it to be realistic you'd better have some butt crack showing". It also took us about half an hour to debate which gear should go in which place. Like most issues we face, a mutual compromise creates the best result- but the process isn't always easy. 

Rachel:  Waking up at 5am, one of the things I love about being self employed is working till the wee stupid hours then sleeping in!

Today, I learned:
Jared:  Cats don't mind getting cozy with a cactus. This proves problematic when they transfer the little needles to your leg. 

Rachel:  It's super awkward being in front of the camera, especially in public. It gave me a new appreciation for our 'Day in the Life' subjects who have to endure a full day of it!

The tastiest thing I ate/drank today was:
Jared:  Avo on sourdough and coffee at George cafe. It's where we go to meet / talk shit / play on our phones / be awesome. 

Rachel:  Equal tie between my Sidetracks banana, date & chia loaf and the George avocados! 

Best thing I laid my eyes on today…
Jared:  My wife. Check out how gorgeous she's looking while she works in the studio with those hot glasses. Even her shadow is cool. I like a pretty sunrise (or sunset) but I like my wife the best. 

Rachel:  I guess since I'm going second I have to reciprocate! My Husband, working alongside the guy you happened to be married too has it challenges but I wouldn't have it any other way. 

If I could, I would __________ every day
Jared:  If we could we would exercise, do music and take photos every day. Actually we probably could do that, it's just that we don't always. We should. 

Rachel:  Walk my dog down the beach, I don't actually have a dog but I want to join that club! I'd also like to take more photos of my family, they're the best and sometimes when you're so busy documenting everyone else's life you forget to capture your own.

Quickies - A few new NZ design goodies...

Sweet sport duffle from Ruby.

New Zealander (gone Melbourne) Anna Ross continues to grow her Kester Black brand… the label has just launched these yummo body soaps.

My Deer Fox keeping on keeping on making buttery soft leather goodies.

Welly people! Milk Crate are now daily-making their own juice under the brand earnest(Instagram here.) Super duper into the simple, stylish packaging, and the fact that the label is attached with a rubber band so you can re-use the bottle easily.
Love this LOVE print by Jo Wade and Paper Plane.

Superette have collaborated with Kate & Kate to create this exclusive blankie

N E W  New Zealand homeware label Penney + Bennett make dreamy textiles (love that grey watercolour pillowcase) for your new bohemian steez.

New wood newness from NDC

New Zealand makers NDC have some new newness online, and I'm a fan of their Scandi little Pivotante stool. It swivels (so you can lift your feet up and go weeeee) and is available in custom heights. Each one of these lovely handcrafted things takes more than 25 hours to cut and turn and lathe and lacquer. Don't you wish your bar chairs were hot like me? 


You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happyyyyy when skies are grey. 
Raining here today - perfect Sunday weather for staying under the covers and mooching around the interwebs looking at interiors. 

Long term fan of a bench seat or pew at the end of a bed. 
Also vintage school kids' chairs as bedside tables.

Dem bones.

Take me here…
(black is also my current favourite accent colour)
This could definitely coax me from my rainy-day Sunday bed. I'm imagining they're making waffles.
(I also love the black kitchen wall but it's a rookie mistake, because that would be a soap-and-food-fragments bitch to keep clean)

Lots of lovelies here - the brass lamp, the mid-century sideboard, the mega string shelf with desk (a little too much clutter there for my OCDness but looks good tho!), the black AJ lamp, the simple pendant light with brass fitting. REALLY didn't need the huge paper pouf on the floor as a styling choice though... 

This is a huge old barn, painted bold black on the outside. And this bedroom is in the rafters. In the rafters, guys!!

Cute things in small spaces.

Love how unkempt looking this is. Did you spot the circle of lights on the ceiling?

Somethings old and somethings new, somethings patterned and one thing blue.

I'm just going up to my teeny tiny attic space to lie on my daybed and Sundaydream. I may be some times.

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Award-winning NZ Modern Barn

This very very sexy black barn just won the Supreme Award and People's Choice at the 2014 Architectural Designers New Zealand Awards. Designed by Tane Cox of Red Architecture.

New brass babes from lighting designer Joska Easterbrook

NZ designer Joska Easterbrook has a new Joska & Sons range. Following on from his sophomore copper collection, it's all brass-accented and all made to order. Yes, we like that. That brass bracketed simple shelf is my fave. 

(Also, we like stories like Joska's - how moments in life that seem chaotic and awful can be the very making of you. When the catastrophic Christchurch earthquakes destroyed the cafe Joska worked at, he and two others set about creating a new space from which to keep the espresso flowing. Joska took charge of designing the interior for the temporary cafe, and with a post-quake budget restricting too much spending, he designed and made his own furniture and lighting for it. And realised that everything he'd been doing in his life up to then had lead up to this. You just never know when you're going to find that thing that makes your heart sing...)

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