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Penney & Bennett

Textile Designers - Auckland

We wanted to combine the different facets of our Fine Art practices and apply them to contemporary livingware design.

New Zealand design duo Penney + Bennett are devoted to creating simplicity, materiality and questioning the conventional in contemporary textile livingware.

As Auckland based fine art college studio-mates Loren (Penney) and Sarah (Bennett) had the desire to combine different aspects of their varying fine art practices and apply them to functional and aesthetically simple design. Japanese design is a big influence, "we aim to remove anything unnecessary ande love keeping only the essential by keeping things as simple and effortless as possible. We love going outdoors to take photographs of things occuring in nature, or experimenting with ink or charcoal but the most satisfying part is processing these digitally to turn them into functional design." 

Using only the highest quality natural cloth sourced internationally, the silks are hand picked and the organic linen is woven and dyed specifically for Penney + Bennett. The fabrics are the base for experimental prints consisting of a range of traditional painting, drawing, photography and digital techniques.  

These are finished into unique products crafted by hand in New Zealand.

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