February 14, 2017

So much to tell you ...

Happy Valentine's Day ! 

Here is a lovely image from Venice Jewellery from AUS. 

Hope you are spending a special time with someone you love. 

 

 

These romantic Jewellery are all handcrafted, available from here - http://aaaselect.co/collections/wardrobe/venice-jewellery

 

Send our love ... xxx

 

 

 

February 10, 2017

20% off sale for Valentine's day !

3 days special everything 20%off sale for Valentine's day !

from 10th to 13th Feb... 

Simply type the code before casher. - "gift2lover"
Shop from here - www.aaaselect.co

Please share this rare opportunity to let your friends and family know. 

Enjoy ! 

Send our big love xxx

 

January 26, 2017

The art of Japanese Furoshiki

Please check the NZ food magazine 「dish」summer issue. We are introducing how to Use a Japanese Wrapping Cloth Furoshiki. Dish Magazine 

Photographer by Greta Van Der Star 

ニュージーランドのフードマガジン『dish』にて An Astute Assembly - AAA より風呂敷の使い方のご紹介が記載されてます。NZにお住いの方々ぜひお手にとってみてくださいね〜。

日本人にはおなじみの風呂敷は物を包んだり、エコバッグにしたりいろんな活用法ができてとっても便利です。多用途でコンパクトな発想は昔ながらの日本人の知恵ですね。

 

Furoshiki translates literally as “bath blanket” – this simple square piece of cloth was once used in Japan to wrap one’s clothes in while taking a dip at the public baths.

But for more than a thousand years, it has taken on many functions: wrapping gifts, carrying things, bundling items, protecting precious contents, using it to sit on...

And now Yuka O’Shannessy and her business partner Yoko Shimoyama have introduced this ancient practice to New Zealanders through their business, An Astute Assembly (AAA).

Part of the appeal of furoshiki is how incredibly versatile it is and Yuka believes its increasing popularity is also about its ecofriendliness. “I think it’s very viable at the moment. I can see a lot of young people using this as a bag. Like an eco-bag – but you can change it!”

The cloth comes with a set of instructions, introducing several ways you can tie it, depending on what you’d like to use it for – but Yuka says once you start tying, you’ll probably discover more yourself.

We here at Dish, of course, chose a grocery style bag and a bottle carrier. Yuka suggests buying a bottle of something delicious andusing the cloth as gift wrap – that way the recipient gets two presents in one.

The furoshiki cloths the pair have available are 100 per cent cotton (silk can also be used for more elegant knots) and while the tradition of furoshiki goes back centuries, AAA have chosen their fabrics to appeal to a modern market. The same mix of tradition and modernity goes for many of the beautiful items available at AAA.

“We have products that have a hundred years behind them and more than one generation – so those products have stories, usually as to why they have carried on so long,” says Yuka.

 

Great year to begin for us ... x

Happy 2017 !!!

 

December 10, 2016

Christmas 2016

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Season's greetings
from An Astute Assembly

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& a dream Christmas brunch recipe.

 

The years just seem to keep getting faster! 

The festive season is just around the corning (unless you’ve already made a head-start) and we’re here to do what we can to make it as easy as possible, so you can spend more time enjoying the fun stuff.

There are plenty of special gift ideas in our online store that are built to last and designed to impress. We have a range of eco-friendly and 'small-production' products made by Japanese and New Zealand boutique workshops and craftspeople that are hard to find anywhere else. We can also ship direct to the recipient almost anywhere in the world.

Take 5 minutes to have a look for yourself.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to express our big thanks to all of you. We had an amazing year with plenty of challenges and exciting ventures. We don’t think we could have done it without all your generous support.      

Thank you so much ! We really appreciate it.

 
 

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Ricotta & Yoghurt Hotcake Recipe
 

A perfect idea for Christmas brunch !
 
  


I’ve been enjoying cooking Ricotta hotcakes for Sunday morning breakfast lately and thought what a perfect recipe to share with everyone, especially with holiday season racing towards us!

I found a Nigella recipe and had enough for half a batch but then needed to make a full batch as I had surprise visitors arriving so I substituted some of the ricotta with yoghurt and they were delicious! I then did a full ricotta batch soon after and found I enjoyed the yoghurt ones much more, so my own version is now created.

Not complicated but a little different from the normal pancake recipe, has a lovely texture from the ricotta and egg whites and flavour from the yoghurt. Pair with your favourite berries or fruit and you have a pretty and elegant breakfast to enjoy with friends and family.

The AAA team and I got together to test the recipe out for you on the weekend, it was a beautiful late spring, almost summer morning in Yuka’s lovely garden to show you idea’s for a holiday or Christmas breakfast celebration table ❤

 

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Recipe:

 

Ricotta and Yoghurt Hotcakes
 

  • 125 grams ricotta cheese
  • 125 grams unsweetened pro-biotic yoghurt
  • 125 ml milk
  • 2 large eggs (separated)
  • 100 grams plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • butter for the pan (you may like to try coconut oil too)
  • strawberries, blueberries or other berries/fruit that you enjoy
  • maple syrup and yoghurt


METHOD:

Combine the ricotta, yoghurt, milk and egg yolks into a bowl.

Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Gently whisk to make a smooth batter.

Beat the egg whites till they just reach soft peaks and fold them into the ricotta mixture.

Heat the butter in a large frying pan on a medium heat and drop in heaped dessertspoons of batter.

Cook the hotcakes for about 1 minute until golden and then flip them over and cook for another minute.

Keep the cooked pancakes warm with tinfoil on a large warmed plate.

Batter makes around 9 - 10, medium sized hotcakes (ie approx 10cm wide)

Serve with maple syrup, yoghurt and berries, enjoy!

 

In this shoot:

Hasami Porcelain Bowl & wooden plate (it can be the lid)
Shotoku Usuhari Glass Beer set
Yachimun Miyagi pottery Plates and cups
Kobo AIzawa Cutlery  
Markantonia Soy Wax Candles
 

November 28, 2016

What is ZQ merino ?

 

"KAITIAKI - GUARDIANSHIP FOR THE SKY, THE SEA, AND THE LAND"

カイティアキ――空・海・大地を守る守護神

 

This is where our merino come from. 

Animal welfare is incredibly important to us at AAAdesign and the sheep that produce ZQ merino live a free-range life eating fresh grass in the clean mountain air of the South Island. They’re looked after by dedicated and accredited farmers who believe in and respect the guardianship of the land which underpins their world-class eco standards. Such a healthy and natural existence means the merino fibre is of the highest quality and performance. 

|  Breathable   |   Superior Irritation-free Comfort   |  Natural Thermo Regulation   |   Natural UV Protection   |   Natural Odour Suppression   |   Ethically Sourced   |   Animal Welfare |

 

ZQメリノとは?

”ZQメリノを供給できるのは、最高レベルの農場基準を満たした友好的な認定農家だけです” 。世界で最も美しい山岳地帯と上質な沿岸の草原で育てられます。

ZQメリノの生産者は、カイティアキを信奉することで、自然への影響を最低限に抑えながら、品質の高いメリノファイバーを最大限に生み出す仕組みを構築してきました。マオリ(ニュージーランド/アオテアロアに最初に住み着いた民族)は、人間と自然界には深い絆があると信じています。この結びつきを表現したのがカイティアキ、空・海・大地のための守護神なのです。

ZQメリノはこの信念が映し出されたものです。ZQメリノは、人の手によって、丁寧に選ばれた繊維で、トレーサビリティー(流通がクリア)があり、徹底した品質管理 ー 世界最高クラスの環境保全基準(エコスタンダード)で空と海と大地を支えているで最高級の天然素材です。

#AnAstuteAssembly #AAAdesign #babymerino #NZmerino #ZQmerino#Babyblanket #Babywrap #Tsutayanakameguro #NZgift #Design#Nature

 

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Key benefit 特徴

Breathable fiber 呼吸する繊維

Smart for all season 一年中快適に

Ethical 人に環境にやさしい

Comfort 着心地の良さ

Allergen control アレルゲン管理

Health and Wellness 健康と安全

Low Flammability 火に対する安全性

UV cut 紫外線予防

Animal welfare 動物愛護

Traceable trade 生産者の見えるルート

Thermal regulation 熱の制御

Moisture management 湿気対策

Protection from UV radiation and aerosols 紫外線/エアロゾル対策

Micro environment control ミクロの環境コントロール

Neutralisation of Gaseous pollutants ガス状汚染部質の中和

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SMART FOR ALL SEASONS 

一年中快適に

ZQメリノは1年を通して快適で高性能な最高の繊維です。 夏には、繊維が湿気を自然に吸収・放出することで、サラサラな状態がキープできます。外気温が下がると、内側と外側の環境のバランスを取りながら、体温の調節が可能ですので寒くありません。 ZQメリノは繊細で滑らかさがある“呼吸する繊維”です。超軽量で紫外線もカットし、快適な着心地をサポートします。

 

 

COMFORT

着心地の良さ

メリノ繊維には「チクチクする」という不快感が一切ありません。感じるのは柔らかさだけ。繊維のチクチクやムズムズ、痒みは繊維の直径と密接な関係があります。これは、肌に抑えつけたときのたわみやすさを決めるのが繊維の太さだからなのです。子ども服に使用されるメリノ繊維は直径17ミクロンから23ミクロンが標準です。(人間の髪は一般的に直径50ミクロン程度)繊維の直径が重要なのは、たわむときの力にあります。繊維が曲がるときに人間の肌が刺激され、チクチク感や痒みが生じます。メリノ繊維はチクチクが生じる繊維ほど太くないため肌に刺激を受けません。

 

 

 

ALLERGEN CONTROL

アレルゲン管理

 

私たち人間は、さまざまな原因から発生する数多くのアレルゲンに日々接しています。メリノウールの場合、ダニのアレルゲンなど微粒子の汚染物質が他の繊維ほど蓄積することはなく、洗濯するとすぐに洗い流すことが可能です。メリノの子ども服はすべて洗濯機で洗浄可能です。

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

健康と安全

ウールには、ホルムアルデヒドや亜硫酸ガス、二酸化窒素などの室内空気汚染物質を不可逆的に自らの構造に結合させて中和し、室内空気の清浄化する能力があります。

November 23, 2016

Tsutaya Nakameguro !

 

 

本日グランドオープン 中目黒 蔦屋書店 

http://real.tsite.jp/nakameguro/

本、映画、音楽を通してライフスタイルを提案するT-site TSUTAYA 蔦谷書店 中目黒店に私達のオリジナルデザインの愛情込もった、NZ merino wool 赤ちゃんのお包み/ブランケットが日本初上陸!展示販売されています。 

流通がクリアで、動物(NZメリノ)がベストの状態でケアをされている最高級で低刺激のウール。呼吸する繊維、バクテリアが生存しないスーパー繊維と呼ばれ、一年中使え、その上じゃぶじゃぶ洗濯機で洗えます。あかちゃんにもママにも嬉しい私たちの商品は、環境にも優しく、用途を変えて使える一生モノです。

真心込めて作ったあかちゃんのお包みを、たくさんの方の目に止まっていただけますように♡ 日本の皆さんどうぞよろしくお願いします。

 店頭に足を運べない方のために私たちのオンラインより国内発送いたします。商品は、12月中旬出荷予定。只今受注オーダー承っております。  

こちらまでご連絡くださいませ。- enquiries@aaaselect.co

Exciting to share with you that our luxury baby blanket and baby wrap are selling this beautiful brand new store in Nakameguro - TSUTAYA book store in Nakameguro Made with love from An Astute Assembly... 

Ethical and traceable New Zealand gorgeous products !
We wish this baby blanket will be in the sight of lots of people in Japan and we would like them to discover true NZ goodness. 

www.aaadesign.co

http://aaaselect.co/collections/baby - more baby goods from An Astute Assembly available from online store.

 

Price 

Baby NZ merino Blanket (3kinds)

NZ$145 JP¥12000 (included tax)

Baby NZ merino Wrap (3kinds)

NZ$95  JP¥8500 (included tax)

Any enquiry - enquiries@aaaselect.co (お問い合わせ)

"Make Papa happy with AAAdesign baby wrap and blanket  !"

パパも嬉しい!AAAdesign baby wrap and blanketスタイルは、赤ちゃんグッツでは珍しいシックなカラートーンで!

November 15, 2016

New to AAA ... NZ product designer, Daniel Kamp

Introducing the amazing NZ local product designer - Daniel Kamp.

A designer by training, artist by nature; Daniel Kamp describes himself as an obsessive futurist who feels compelled to contribute to evolution through creativity. He received a number of awards in his career. He recently started his own company 'KAMP.studio' to focus on his true creative passion, the exploration of new ideas and technologies. His collections combine some of the world's most advanced 3D printing technologies with handcraft in an attempt to bring uniqueness and diversity back to the objects we own. The collection will include a wide range of objects including Jewelry, homewares, products, lightings...

Here is the first drop from us - KAMP.studio's Jewellery - http://aaaselect.co/collections/wardrobe/kamp

Made in New York

Customised to order - 3weeks for delivery


ニュージーランド、デザイン会社から彼の世界観を世界に発信し賞をたくさん過去に獲得した彼が、2015年に独立し、独自の世界観を存分に活かしデザインを手がける自己ブランドKAMP.studioを立ち上げる。デザインはもちろん制作方法やマテリアルにもこだわり、環境問題までにも意識を傾け活動するローカル若手デザイナー。3Dプリンターで生まれるユニークなピースは、生産地が商品によっても異なり、プロダクツのベストを生み出す事を常に追求されています。これからも彼の作品に大注目です。 

こちらの商品は全て、お客様のサイズにオーダーしてから生産されます。納品までに約3週間かかります。

Flux rings - available in Sterling silver, Gold or Rose Gold 

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Fungi ring - Sterling silver 

More KAMP.studio products will arrive soon ! Stay tuned ! 

November 15, 2016

Sleek glass

An Astute Assembly photography & Styling ... 

Photography by Liz Clarkson. Styling by AAAteam

Great effort to achieve such beautiful images. So happy to work with you Liz ! For more works From Liz Clarkson, visit here - http://www.lizclarkson.com

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We are super excited to introduce Shotoku glassware’s sleek black range of glasses in matte and gloss finishes.

These special glasses have a unique story too. In the 90’s Shotoku Glass Co. struggling with excess stock that was no longer in vogue. In a bold attempt to breath new life into the factory, they decided to melt down all the unwanted glasses of many colours and reshape them into a beautifully contemporary style. Ill the coloured glass melted into a rich black and they we’re an immediate success, giving the raging factory a new start and paving the way for their popularity today.

These glasses are made with the same technique and meticulous care and craft as our popular clear "Usuhari" glass range, which are hand blown by Japanese artisans. Watch the video below for a full appreciation of just how it’s done. Their kiln runs at 2000 degrees – we visited them in spring and the workshop it was really hot, just imagine how hot would be in the middle of a hot Japanese summer!

Available online now at AAAselect.co

 

November 15, 2016

Coffee break ...

Coffee time with An Astute Assembly ... 

The magic of Hasami-porcalain goes beyond great aesthetic.  
+ Amabro brass stand with coffee dripper+ Kobo Aizawa cutlery... 

"Let's sit around the couch and chat..."

http://aaaselect.co/collections/kitchen

スタイリッシュなキッチンツールが勢ぞろい。
週の終わりにホッと一息。
An Astute Assembly ティータイム。

Picture by Liz Clarkson, Styling by AAA team

November 05, 2016

Ready for Summer ?


Introducing new sleek black glasses from Shotoku glass Co. with a great Gin Tonic recipe 


 


There is nothing better than a gin and tonic on a sunny afternoon and these days the classic g&t is developing into something much more special. There are endless boutique gins and delicious tonics.

You can be really creative with garnishes too, resulting in a beautiful and elegant drink to serve guests or just for yourself at home.

 


Here is just one of the endless combinations which I think is spot-on using natural NZ made

products:

45 ml Black Robin Rare Gin

+ East Imperial Burma Tonic

+ orange slice

+ juniper berries & fresh thyme sprigs

Black Robin Rare Gin has no sugars, preservatives, additives or softeners. Low calorie & gluten free. A percentage of profits is donated to the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand.

East Imperial Burma Tonic is made using traditional methods with natural ingredients, NZ artisan spring water, more quinine, less sugar and a fine champagne style bubble.
 

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Recipe and photography by Liz Clarkson.

 


We are super excited to introduce Shotoku glassware’s sleek black range of glasses in matte and gloss finishes.

These special glasses have a unique story too. In the 90’s Shotoku Glass Co. struggling with excess stock that was no longer in vogue. In a bold attempt to breath new life into the factory, they decided to melt down all the unwanted glasses of many colours and reshape them into a beautifully contemporary style. Ill the coloured glass melted into a rich black and they we’re an immediate success, giving the raging factory a new start and paving the way for their popularity today.

These glasses are made with the same technique and meticulous care and craft as our popular clear "Usuhari" glass range, which are hand blown by Japanese artisans. Watch the video below for a full appreciation of just how it’s done. Their kiln runs at 2000 degrees – we visited them in spring and the workshop it was really hot, just imagine how hot would be in the middle of a hot Japanese summer!

Available online now at AAAselect.co

 
The products we used for this shoot...
Now our products are available from our online and The Shelter and Blush in Auckland. 
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