Liam and Emily Harris own and run gallery Wooden Fern on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.
I meet Liam last year at Life Instyle Melbourne where I was first introduced to his furniture and philosophy. Since then we have both opened showrooms and continue to support one another.
Liam, a carpenter of 15 years, is the passionate artisan behind Woodchuck Furniture. Liam has always been exposed to the wastage of building sites and the disregard of materials that not only hold special stories but are still whole and strong in their integrity. Even as a young apprentice he found himself collecting pieces of beautiful old timber that were heading to the tip, to either create something special with or to simply hold on to.
Years on Liam still collects timber and materials that are being discarded and tells their special stories through his design and creation of furniture. Woodchuck Furniture is proudly made from 100% recycled, aged and vintage materials.
Today we are featuring UASHMAMA stockist Paper Plane in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.
Designers, Timothy John and Krista Plews decided to set up shop in the Bay of Plenty in 2013. With a desire to establish a destination both online and streetside they offer a refreshing style of carefully selected products from NZ and around the world.
Aside from their obvious knack at finding beautiful stuff they have also worked at developing their own brand for Paper Plane, designing and developing furniture and accessories that are both clever and verrrry good looking.
Paper Plane is a must see in Mount Maunganui.
We at UASHMAMA Australian office are humbled every day by the support we receive in OZ, but a full page spread in Donna Hay magazine makes us speechless... incredible journey and it's just the start!
A long over due wrap up from Life Instyle Sydney, amazing show with lots of support from local Bondi stylist Jason Grant. Life Instyle is a trade only event for retailers and media only, but don’t worry all the gorgeous new products featured will be available in store very very soon.
Last night we pulled out all the old photo albums, in the age of iPhones, Instagram, dropbox and share drives the photo album seems to be a thing of the past. All I can say is thank goodness for my Mum who has a knack and love for making photo books. Every year for Christmas we get a photo book of our travels, family holidays and adventures from the past year. Last night at a family dinner we pulled out the album from Tuscany July 2011. In 'our story' I describe the first time I saw the Le Sorelle bread bag, which we today know as UASHMAMA. Under a canopy of grape vines at a small B&B in Lucca, Locanda Sant Agostino I was first introduced to UASHMAMA and here it is the proof is in the pudding... and in this case an old photo.
I am legitimately excited to post about the washable paper products of Uashmama! Geeky I know but despite being such a fan for the last few years I honestly thought they were some achingly cool Japanese brand that put them frustratingly outside of Studio Home.
BUT!! I was wrong (and a slack internet sleuth!). You can learn the lovely story of how a travelling Australian stumbled across the unique paper in Italy and now works with locals in that area to make, develop and explore the seemingly unlimited forms the Uashmama material can take.
I would simply have one of everything.