Halliday + Baillie host exclusive NYC event

This April, the New Zealand hardware brand Halliday + Baillie, hosted an event where they showed their southern (hemisphere) hospitality. H+B have been distributing in the region for the good part of a decade, so when the opportunity arose to give back and say thanks, they couldn’t pass it up.

Manhattan’s Michelin star, NZ-inspired The Musket Room set the scene for the evening. Here, Matt Lambert’s masterful menu took their national flavours and managed to infuse banquet variety into delightful bitesized pieces. House sommelier mixed up a herb infused cocktail to welcome guests. He then educated on the iconic wine varietals and regions that have put New Zealand on the map as one of largest exporters of Sauvignon Blanc into the US.

“What makes NZ food relevant now is more to do with the whole organic and local food movement, which is just how we have always cooked.  Cooking with seasonal and local ingredients just makes sense.” Matt Lambert, Head Chef and Owner, The Musket Room

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Michelin star restaurant The Musket Room, offering flavours of modern New Zealand.

Guest speaker, architect David Howell, spoke of his journey to NYC from Havelock North (NZ) to run his pumping Union Square studio, DHD Architecture. With his relentless Kiwi accent (even after 20 years in the states) he took his audience through a quick geography lesson and a lighthearted visual history.

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David Howell presents his story, from Havelock North to New York City.

Starting with a picture of his childhood pet – his lamb (obviously!), he continued through the work of design influencers like David Trubridge, Andrew Patterson and Richard Serra. Using them as examples, he spoke of how their works are inspired by the unique beauty of the New Zealand landscape. He went on to discuss, often successful residential architecture draws from the surroundings, almost as though a house’s purpose is to effortlessly frame the perfect natural scenes or be completely engulfed by it.

“There is a clarity and design simplicity with Halliday + Baillie hardware that isn’t in the main stream US hardware market.” David Howell, President of DHD Architecture

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Highlights for David Howell’s presentation to NYC’s A+D industry.

Not to go unnoticed was the attention to detail for the event. Black and white invitations as a gracious nod to the fearless All Blacks. These were personalised and printed on Spicers‘ premium stock, a proud NZ company of over 100 years. The humble name tag was given a new lease at life, with each championing a remarkable Kiwi character. These included musicians, architects, designers, politicians, leaders, activists, inventors, artists and actors. As parting gifts, the guests left with a bottle of Marlborough’s finest and their own opportunity to make the notorious Kiwi Dip at home.

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Invitations were designed by Marcus Piper and printed by Impact Digital.

The night wouldn’t have been a success without the curious New Yorkers who came along to experience Halliday + Baillie’s tour of modern New Zealand!

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Images courtesy of Julia Chesbrough, juliachesbrough.com

Made by Pen launching at ICFF this May with three new designs

Made by Pen are starting their year of exhibitions at New York City’s leading design event, ICFF this May. It is hard to believe this Melbourne-based design house officially launched only a year ago with their inaugural product, The Dog Room by Michael Ong (recent prize winner at European Product Design Award).

The Dog Room, designed by Michael Ong for Made by Pen.

Over the last few months the team at Pen have been working around the clock with Australian design champions, Nick Rennie, Jim Hannon-Tan and Stefan Bagnoli. Combined they have worked across some of the worlds leading brands, design houses, and won numerous international and local architecture and design awards. They are now bringing their design expertise to Australian design.

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Nick Rennie, Jim Hannon-Tan and Stefan Bagnoli.

Here’s a sneak peak at the latest design collaborations from Made by Pen.

Oii, designed by Nick Rennie

Nick Rennie and Pen are developing a few projects together this year, but the first to be launched is the delightful Oii. Oii has managed to make fire safety something to get excited about. This design partnership has found a solution to the ole faithful fire-blanket. Usually relegated to the back of a dusty cupboard, Oii has shifted things around and brought it to the foreground.

‘Oii’ designed by Nick Rennie for Made by Pen


Featuring a sleek anodised aluminium frame and polished stainless steel mirror that can double as a whiteboard, it will fit in with any modern kitchen, foyer or slimline hallway. Read more about Nick and Oii.


Linea, designed by Jim Hannon-Tan

The Pen team have coined Linea as “desktop architecture” and it might be because the original form was inspired by architect, Oscar Niemeyer’s National Congress building. Jim Hannon-Tan realised Pen’s initial concept by designing perfectly balanced pieces that slide on to the central, aluminium, spine-like framework. This comes in different lengths and allows for a completely customisable piece.

Carrara marble dishes seemingly balance elegantly, glass vase inserts, copper or brass cylinders and range of stationary accessories ensures any sponge, pen or iPhone has the perfect living environment. An addition of silicon attachments allows a range of colour ways and myriad combinations rarely seen in a first release of any new product. Read more about Jim and Linea.


Wingnut, designed by Stefan Bagnoli

Stefan Bagnoli‘s Wingnut is a modular storage system made of anodised aluminium that’s easily configured to fit a long or short wall. With a building method not too dissimilar to Lego, it can be built to any height ensuring it is always fit for purpose. Shelves are available in frosted or clear glass, plywood as well as solid wood including oak or beech. The product’s defining feature is a custom aluminium wing nut that Stefan and Pen developed during their collaboration. This charming bird-like component is the core intelligence bringing the whole system elegantly together.

Wingnut, design by Stefan Bagnoli for Made by Pen. Photographed is 2400 length (large).

Just to make this piece a little more special, Pen is proud to offer Hydrowood as a premium shelving option in Australia. This timber is harvested from Tasmania’s Pieman River, where it’s sat underwater for over 25 years following the river’s damming. Hydrowood is one of the country’s most ambitious forestry projects. Read more about Stefan and Wingnut.

Detail of custom designed wing nut by Made by Pen and Bagnoli.

All this said; New York is just the beginning. Stay tuned for this September, with more design collaborations launching at Maison&Objet (Paris) and London Design Festival.

If you are in town, visit the Made by Pen stand and go home with a gift;
ICFF, 21-24 May, Javits Center NYC – Stand #782
Maison&Objet, 8-12 September, Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre
London Design Fair, 21-24 September, Old Truman Brewery Tent – Stand #G29

If you would like to interview the team, collaborate or join the growing list of international suppliers; get in contact today!