Sunday, February 5th 2017
What a way to kick off the new year! After a big first week back with The LANE girls, looking back at the wild year that was 2016, and planning out 2017 with content that inspires us, stirs us, and we know will push us even harder to create... we finished up with a fun afternoon out on the stunning Oscar II.
A surprise for the team, and a big welcome to the new creative girls that just joined us, we spent the afternoon drinking in views of Sydney Harbour, after a beautiful lunch and champagne on the water. It's definitely not all luxury yachts and languid lunches at The LANE... but after one of the biggest years of growth and change last year and an immense workload for this small but incredibly inspiring team of women I’m so grateful to work with, we could all use a champagne or 10!
In an industry that shifts and changes faster than we can keep up with sometimes, it's rare to carve out moments to really stop and acknowledge how far you've come as a team, to look back at the challenges and successes you've worked through together, but more importantly to remember that in amongst the goal setting and crazy ambition, to enjoy the entire experience; the ups, the downs, the excitement, the stresses, the magic you're creating, and to celebrate it all. To let go from time to time, to be happy with right now without obsessing over what needs to be, and just enjoy all of the little moments in between, on the path to bigger goals. When I look back at everything we've achieved since launching The LANE 7 years ago, far beyond the bigger events, it's always the little moments between that lead there, which echo the loudest.
A big thank you to the amazing team at Oscar II for having us. For those considering an engagement party or wedding on the water (which after this afternoon, quickly became an idea we were obsessed with) we can't speak more highly of the beautiful Oscar II. Head over to their website for more details.
Photography: Samara Leung
Thursday, December 1st 2016
Falling in love with hand made pieces has big implications. It becomes an addiction. The profound beauty of imperfection and the story that each irregularity imbues becomes more alluring than the object itself. Tangible evidence of heart poured into someone’s work, little reminders to look beyond what’s in front of you and appreciate the art of creating, an infatuation inextricably linked with knowing the journey is far more important than the destination. And once you experience that beauty it’s almost impossible to get the same pleasure you might have once, out of a mass produced piece. The money you might save is incomparable to the value of an object handcrafted with soul, and the pleasure it brings every single time you experience it.
Such was the case when filling a New York City apartment recently. In a bit of a hurry to furnish a new apartment in between the madness of Bridal Week, an absolutely insane workload, visitors arriving to stay and a trip back to Australia booked, I think I filled and unfilled a shopping cart at West Elm three times knowing I just needed to get it done, but unable to bring myself to. An aesthetically obsessed crazy person yes, but to me standing there and witnessing the madness of consumerism, the disposability, the sheer volume and variety of just dinner plates alone, and the market right there engulfing it (along with the 30 varieties of everything else we didn't know we needed before we got there), was crazier. My addiction to handmade pieces meant mass produced goods have lost all appeal, to the point that I would rather zero plates, cups, knives and forks, until I found pieces I had my heart set on. Take out for the week it was (well lets be real it was going to be take out all week anyway, with fancy plates), until I could venture over to the Brooklyn studio of a ceramicist I had long been obsessed with after using her pieces in our Botanical Styling Workshop.
Stepping into Wynne’s studio was worth every moment of the wait. A beautifully lived in loft space, a creative chaos of beauty in every corner. Aged patina walls that held stories, paint stained brushes and clay covered tools that spoke volumes about the heart and soul poured into each piece over the years. I watched as Wynne magically spun ceramics before my eyes and proudly inscribed each piece. I was in awe of the art she created, but more so the passion behind a business that’s in no way scalable, and requires her hand on every single piece. A business that she at times struggled to keep afloat as the industry has shifted and changed with technology, but one she held together with a belief in her art form. It’s hard to place a value on that.
Pulling together a collection of organically shaped plateware in dreamy shades of charcoal that I knew would live in my home for years to come, I spoke to Wynne about her work, the historic studio she was just about to move from (which i had to shoot before she left!), and excitingly, the renewed love for and shift toward handmade pieces that she’s witnessing, which is keeping this craft alive…
My love of ceramics stems from… when I first saw a potters wheel demonstration at the age of 8. As far as I was concerned, the potter was a magician and I was completely captivated
I draw inspiration from… The Natural World; Plants, Geology and Atmospheric, Weather & Environmental Events.
I’ve created work for… Early on I sold to department stores (Barneys, Bendels, Bloomingdales etc.) I continue to sell to Individuals and Restaurants in the USA (Momofuku Ko, Casa Apicii, Gramercy Tavern, Contra etc.) , Canada (Eat Datsun, El Camino), and Japan (Path/Bistro Rjiura).
In a world of mass produced goods, my biggest challenge is… Balancing two sensibilities: the public’s desire for matching uniformity along side the desire for products that show evidence of being handmade.
Something that surprises me about my industry is… The Community which is consistently generous and full of talented individuals
Some of the changes i’ve witnessed in the décor /design industries and what consumers are drawn to are…Along side the rise of Digital Production and Mass Mechanization, is the need for the human touch. This and the Food Movement have opened the door for made by hand plateware - making it a hey day for potters.
If walls could talk in my studio, the stories it would tell are of… Food . Friends, and Family. Music, Politics, Perception and Artichokes. Maybe Baba Ganoush .
The thing that lights me up inside, and pushes me to create better work is… The idea of that special piece that works in color, form, and function. The one that is just right and sings.
My ultimate dream is… To share the idea that objects in space (from bowls to abstract works) are sculptures. To keep on making objects that are a pleasure to look at & to hold.
Tuesday, November 8th 2016
Part two of our Anna Sheffield Celestine events kicked off in Melbourne! From the dreamy industrial event spaces this incredible city offers, the choice of decor hire, exquisite catering by one of the most professional teams we have ever worked with, floristry better described as sculptural art, a chic playlist curated for our event... Melbourne seriously know how to do events.
When you’re passionate the creative vision you're bringing to life, the biggest impact on execution is working alongside a team who are all on the same page. Creatives you mesh with effortlessly, who hold the same vision for what has always been a very dated industry, and who you can completely trust to put their own spin on a brief (which we do so hesitantely and rarely!) and pull together work that is even better than what you envisioned (Wild Daughter's decadent, scuptural blooms and last minute installation addition is case on point!). our Melbourne event came together flawlessly, and we truly experienced a level professionalism with every brand involved that is exceptionally rare to come across. Artists we can honestly not recommend highly enough (credits and links below).
After what had been a rainy, transient, and very typically Melbourne week of weather, we were blessed with a sun drenched Spring afternoon, with dreamy light spilling through this all white blank canvas space. We sipped Prosecco, indulged in way too many decadent desserts, sat for tarot and crystal readings, and layered our fingers in exquisite jewels from Anna Sheffield’s Celestine collection. An unforgettable night, and a beautiful way to end to our whirlwind week of back to back events. Before heading back to LA an New York City, we stole Anna away for a brief moment to chat to her about all things celestial, what she’s inspired by in bridal jewelry today, and the inspiration behind her stunning new collection…
The Anna Sheffield bride is…
above all, an individual, with a sense of her personal style that is easily expressed in the way she puts things together, from her ceremony -flowers, dress, locale and even her vows- to the sensibilities expressed in her choice of jewelry.
Celestine is a collection that represents…
a star-spangled sky and the way so many tiny stars make for a glorious canopy of infinite beauty. In designing the pieces, I also played with the idea of how mixing rings and earrings or making unique ceremonial suites can feel like a personal constellation of sorts.
I was compelled to create this collection because…
I wanted to release a full collection under one new muse (the stars to our Luna) to accompany and compliment our signature styles, like the Hazeline which we call 'Classic with a Twist' and Bea, our 'Deco Darling'. The Celestine is a design all its own, with an effeminate, elaborate set of silhouettes- decorative in the Belle Epoque sense with so many clusters of diamonds and a nod to stars and the celestial.
A song that evokes the mood I wanted to capture in this collection / or a sample playlist that I listened to while designing this collection… I listened to 'Hallelujah' in Leonard Cohen's original as well as in the Rufus Wainwright & Jeff Buckley recordings a lot. Its one of my favorite love songs, and I adore how it feels transcendent in a different way depending on who is singing it. And true to form, I also listened to my usual mix of modern, classic, punk and pretty... I listen to music ALWAYS. So you could easily find some Talking Heads, alt-J, Blood Orange, Cesaria Evora, David Bowie, Karen O (I love the live recording of her Crush Songs), 90's Hip Hop, New Order and maybe even a dash of Drake in there.
3 favorite pieces from the collection…
never one for picking a favorite, but since you ask, I do love the new Celestine Tiara and Orbit rings nested. And the Celestine ring in yellow gold with grey, rose-cut diamond center... and the earrings in rose gold with champagne diamonds and copper rutilated quartz- those are almost too beautiful, I am so happy with how they turned out.
Something I took away from my trip to Australia…
is that I have to go back! It was such a lovely place to discover beauty- with all the parks and beautiful architecture. In Sydney, I enjoyed the city mixed with the sea, while in Melbourne, it was the urban setting with so many hidden gems. And of course the people and the ammmmmmaaaaaazzzzing food.
A memorable moment from the Sydney or Melbourne Celestine events… was seeing everything set up so beautifully from the glass vitrines for the jewelry to flower-petalled champagne and decadent catering with chocolates and cheeses. But really, the most wonderful part was seeing so many lovely and friendly and welcoming people delving into the jewelry boxes and trying on rings, admiring the earrings and talking about what they each loved about the collections.
What’s inspiring me about bridal jewelry today is… the uniqueness that our clients express in the pieces they chose to symbolize their love. I'm just a witness to that wonder- but always so honored to be able to have a small part in something so great.
Shop the Celestine collection on the Anna Sheffield website.
Styling by: The LANE
Photography: Bek Smith
Videography: Nathan Kaso
Venue: XO Studios, Brunswick East, Melbourne
Entertainment: Rutherford Entertainment
Vignette Crystals: Alliz Trading
Glass & Brass Bevelled Edged Boxes / Retail Table Crystals / Coasters: Haute Co
Catering / Glassware: Food & Desire
Prosecco: 6Ft6 Wine
Wine: Hither & Yon
Flowers: Wild Daughter
Candles: A Little Light
Invitations: Bliss & Bone