For the month of March we shine a light on our 18 deserving winners at the recent GALA Awards. For our sixth and final installment BenElke share their ethically sourced and beautifully designed textiles, we discover Rachel Kennedy Designs fresh approach to stationery and get creatively curious for all things kids with Seedling…
GALA Winner | Kitchen & Dining
This year BenElke celebrate 10 years of ethically sourced and beautifully designed textiles, gifts and homewares. Focused on products of integrity and originality, the colourfully fun Mexican Oil Cloth range has now expanded to include bespoke hand loomed cotton table linens, Jenny Krauss soft furnishings (hand embroidered in Peru) and unique Haitian Oil Drum art.
Also on the table is their new Blackboard table cloths, an innovative and fun, creative kitchen concept for both indoor and outdoor use. Just like a blackboard, you can write or draw on it with chalk, wipe it clean and use it over and over again. Get creative with dinner parties – write the menu on the table, draw the guest place settings, or even tasting notes! – the possibilities are endless.
Judges Product Pick: Blackboard Fabric Tablecloth
RACHEL KENNEDY DESIGNS
GALA Winner | Stationery
Fresh faced stationery and homewares brand Rachel Kennedy Designs has grown from strength to strength since their first appearance at Life Instyle in 2012. Together, partners Rachel and Jarrod have a simple dream… fill the gaps that words leave, find the beauty in everyday moments, share milestones with friends, celebrate family and love… love.
Each original design is environmentally friendly and Australian made, from the much loved swing tags and gift wrap to the new wall art prints.
Judges Product Pick: Recycled Gift Wrap
GALA Winner | Toys
To creative and curious kids, Seedling is the ultimate range of imaginative toys and activities, designed to inspire children of all ages to explore and engage in creative, ‘open-ended’ play. Combining award winning design with quality materials and tools, Seedling’s collection includes over 350 innovative, yet classic products to help kids bring their ideas to life.
Proudly imagined, designed and created in New Zealand the range of toys and activity kits encompass a variety of interests and skills from drawing, gardening, sewing and science, to imaginative play, painting, model building and loads more. Anything but ‘paint-by-number’, Seedling kits provide an experience that encourages children to think creatively, ask questions, and unlocks their unlimited potential.
Judges Product Pick: Make Your Own Snow Globe