The material Jesmonite is being used for lo-fi moulding and casting techniques to create handmade objects. Picture / Supplied

3 Design Ideas To Update Your Home

Freshen up your patio, add an accent of brass and why Jesmonite is so hot right now

Technology is transforming the design industry in new ways every day, with 3D printing and CNC cutting allowing designers to experiment with delicate forms and complex patterns.

London-based New Zealand-born product designer Phil Cuttance’s multi-faceted new Herringbone collection of vases and platters might look like they are an outcome of these new technologies, but in fact, every one is hand-made using lo-fi moulding and casting techniques.

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“On close inspection, the objects often reveal small imperfections, which are a result of the process, and communicate the hand-made nature of the piece,” says Phil. The materials used are Jesmonite, a fine, water-based cement-like material, coloured in a range of rich and muted shades, and a cork base, etched with the name of the piece and its production number. Available from

As our sticky summer segues into an al fresco autumn, we’ve been spending balmy evenings sitting outside pondering how to freshen up the patio (but mostly enjoying a sundowner). Inspiration has arrived in the form of the new King Living campaign and its white modular King Cove outdoor sofa (in water-resistant Sunbrella fabric) set against a backdrop of laser-cut patterned screening, concrete tiling and lush living-wall greenery. The play-off of textures, cool grey concrete and the burnished warmth of the metal privacy screen hits exactly the right ‘outdoor room’ balance. Just add some cosy throws as the nights cool down and a roaring brazier for winter, and we’ll be set for the rest of the year. Visit

Freshen up your patio with this white modular King Cove outdoor sofa. Picture / Supplied

An accent of brass or copper elevates the simple to the special, and the special to the extraordinary.


Be bold and add a touch of stylish brass to elevate your home. Pictures / Supplied

STOCKISTS: Karui trays by GamFratesi for Skultuna $178-$438. Visit Bell table in marble and brass by Sebastian Herkner for Classicon from $7299. Visit Father Rabbit copper-handled balloon whisk $55. Visit Line light by Douglas & Bec $565. Visit

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