5 Minutes of Creativity with Made by Flint

What they say must be true; great minds really do think alike! Paul Denovan and Andy Matsinos created a vision where concrete, innovative design and plants come alive. Made by Flint is a Melbourne based business shaped by two very clever boys who gives us insight into technical and unique ways in which we see and use concrete.

What does a day in a life of Flint Designs involve?

We like to brainstorm new ideas all the time, thinking up new shapes and colour combos to make. We’re always on the lookout for succulents, making regular trips to Bunnings and various nurseries to see if there are any that we don’t have (and we have a lot). The actual making of the planters usually happens late at night with the help of music and beers.

Why was concrete your source of creation?

We like the versatility of it, you can pretty much pour it into any shape if you have the mold which is cool. When we first started buying lots of plants (mainly succulents) we decided it was going to be more economical to start making concrete pots, and then we got creative from there. We love the raw industrial look of the material as well; you never really know what the surface finish is going to be like which is always interesting.

Tell us, what or who inspires you?

Seeing a lot of geometric design around inspires us a lot. We’re always trying to see what is trending and what people like but we also like to be inspired ourselves by what we make. I think we’re pretty lucky to be living in Melbourne where there is such a large culture of handmade design.

Do you have certain customers in mind when you’re designing?

We’ve discovered as we’ve gone along that there are certain demographics that are more likely to purchase and be interested in our products which has had an effect on how we have gone about presenting our brand. We look at various design based shops and online stores to see what people are liking and keep that in mind as well.

What’s on the horizon for Flint?

We’re hoping to do some more markets, having just been a part of The Finders Keepers Melbourne markets which was an incredible experience. We’ve had a few wholesale enquiries as well for some little stores that stock handmade wares which is pretty exciting!

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Made by Flint is stocked on their website

5 Minutes of Creativity with PLANT by Packwood

In an ever growing city where concrete building arise and lush green parks slowly diminish, it is only fair to question what we can do to sustain a balance of growth and the natural environment.

That is where PLANT by Packwood comes in. Bayden Packwood Hine and Charlotte Nicdao created this flourishing terrarium based business out of their modest apartment in Brunswick; Melbourne, whose ideas of creating artisan landscapes as a humble sanctuary for those slugging the city life.

Their beautiful creations are thoughtfully constructed to give homage to the natural environment whist integrating creativity in their design.

What does a day in a life of Plant by Packwood involve?

A day at Packwood HQ usually involves Charlotte making lots of phone calls to our many nurseries and answering lots of e-mails as Bayden creates terrariums in his workspace – calling Charlotte out every now and then to ask her opinion. She’s not nearly as good a designer as he is though, so usually she’ll just stand out there while he talks to himself and makes the decisions! There are also usually a LOT of cups of tea!

You tend to use a lot of raw materials in your planters and terrariums, how important is sustainability and design to Plant by Packwood?

We both take sustainability very seriously, and while we love our tiny landscapes we want to know that they won’t be the only way to experience the beauty of the natural world in years to come. We’ve got a 100% recycle policy at Plant, and also don’t use bags or boxes which we think to be a bit of an unnecessary use of resources. We love working with natural materials and find that they tend to steer the design in the right direction! Bayden uses the way the plants are naturally growing as inspiration for how to design each unique terrarium.

Tell us, what or who inspires you?

We take trips out as often as we can to hike through forests and trails, every conserved part of our world has an incredibly history, and Bayden has a keen interest in the evolution of the natural world. We get so much inspiration just from being out in beautiful places and try to transfer as much of that wonder into our creations as possible!

Do you have certain customers in mind when you’re designing?

We started Plant partly because we loved terrariums so much but couldn’t find anything in Melbourne that was quite what we were looking for (or in our price range!). So when we began our aesthetic I guess the customers we had in mind were… Us! It means that we take great pride in every design decision we make, we ask ourselves – would we want this in our home? Even more – if we scrolled past this on Instagram would we dream about it? If the answer is yes then we go ahead with producing them for our client-base.

You recently had a stall at the Finders Keepers, how was the experience?

We’ve done Finders Keepers twice now and we must say, it’s pretty unbelievably hectic! In the best way possible of course! We really prioritise conversations with our customers, and love helping people pick out the perfect terrarium for their home – we know how different each one ends up, and we want to match it with the perfect space. When there’s as many people as there are at the Finders Keepers markets things get a little crazy! We feel like we run on adrenaline a little bit over that weekend and then have to collapse in a heap at the end of it – before getting started on the may custom orders we take through the market.

Now tell us, what’s your secret to keeping indoor plants alive for the “not-so-green thumbs” out there. 

Terrariums are perfect for the not-so-green-thumbs. Charlotte is one of them! Her advice is: trust Bayden’s skill as a terrarium maker! Don’t water them, don’t touch them – make sure they are getting a good amount of sunlight (50% – 80% natural light is perfect), and trim them back when they get unruly. Also, a little bit of love goes a long way! Just enjoy your tiny landscape and it’ll blossom just for you 🙂

What’s on the horizon for Plant by Packwood?

We’re in the process of expanding as we’ve grown so much over the past year and a half, we’d love to get another space and move the operation out of our little apartment! Bayden is also in the process of planning a terrarium book, which is a bit secret at the moment, but will be a pretty special little publication!

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PLANT by Packwood is available on their website or visit them at the Rose St Market in Fitzroy

Little Life Pod

Something that can be easily mistaken for a portable Ikea display is in fact a gorgeous mini 183-square-foot home is the makings of South Africa-based architect, Clara da Cruz Almeida. The incredible Life Pod was manufactured in Johannesburg and comes flat packed and ready to assemble!!

The cleaver little home is so well designed, every area is utilised to its full potential with it’s open plan and clean interior, creates space. Living without excess seems so much more possible…

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Tyche

A holiday apartment located in Barcelona, Spain and designed by CaSA Colombo and Serboli Architecture in collaboration with Margherita Serbol.  The property is housed within an Art Nouveau building in Barcelona’s Eixample district.

Featured in one of my most coveted architecture and interior design website, Design Milk. The beautifully clean design is contrasted with joyful tones of pastels throughout the apartment. The hexagonal floors are cleverly accented in the colour pallet in the kitchen and bedroom.  A 60s design, with a modern twist.

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The white SMEG fridge is extremely retro and fits perfectly in with the colour scheme and decor of the room. I would happily cook in this kitchen any day….

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Images via Design Milk.

A Farm Euphoria

After countless hours sprawling the internet for content for this blog and what would be the perfect first post to set a precedence for the coming posts to come. During this time I found an extraordinary ranch in Banhoek, South Africa owned by Dané Erwee y Chris Willemse . The magnificent home was built by South African architect Henri Conri who whose insight came from “A modern exterior and farmhouse inside.” Not taking advantage of the breathtaking landscape outside, Conri integrates the home with large windows and big open spaces where the outdoors can been seen from any room inside.

The quirky aesthetic has a certain character to the home that is nothing short of intriguing and inviting. not surprising, as every single detail was not overlooked with the every artifact placed in the home, having told a story from their travels together.

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Images from Neuvo Estilo

Hello world!

Welcome to my website. This is a place to promote creativity and talent out in the interior and lifestyle design world. I am a student in Melbourne who has such an admiration for those who can create beautiful products or spaces with just their imagination.

I hope what inspires me, can also inspire you.