General Collective Market

Looking for the perfect way to spend a Sunday.... Then head along to the General Collective Market in Auckland for the perfect bespoke market experience. Showcasing a beautifully curated offering of independent designers and creatives this market has something for everyone...

Founded by two friends the General Collective Markets have become the place to go with market-goers travelling from all over New Zealand to attend the events. Held in a variety of locations the vendors at each market are hand selected to ensure that every product on offer is of the highest quality setting this market apart from the rest.

And while you peruse the gorgeous range on offer you can nibble on delicious treats from one of the many street food vendors ensuring you have a happy belly while you fill your bag with beautiful goodies.

They also have a wonderful range of kids activities with creative areas scattered throughout the market keeping little hands busy while you shop.

Head over to the General Collective Market website to read more about this great day out, and if your in Auckland on June 11th then head along to the next event at Ponsonby Central - you won't regret it!

05 Jun 2017
to see and do
General Collective Market
new zealand

'My Happy Place' Exhibition

We are very excited to launch 'My Happy Place', an exhibition to support the very important work of the Dandelion Support Network. We have been working with 22 amazing artists from around the world to create 22 original pieces of art. Each artist has created a piece based on the theme of "My Happy Place", which will be unveiled at the Sydney One Fine Baby show from November 14-15. The prints will be available for sale at the exhibition and online via The Gathered Store from that date, with all sale proceeds going to this important charity. Over the next three weeks we will be sharing each of the amazing artists with you along with the beautiful artworks that they have created for this very special cause. LG x

One Fine Baby Sydney will be held at Australian Technology Park (ATP) in inner city Sydney, on the 14th and 15th of November 2015.

The two day event brings together the ultimate edit of super stylish vendors in pregnancy, child and parent related industries that will inspire and inform expectant parents who are starting a family, or families with young children. With over 70 must-have brands to choose from including fashion, designer baby goods, interiors, stationery and arts and crafts the fair also creates a perfect pre-Christmas shopping experience under the one roof. A petting zoo, jumping castle, , live kids entertainment with Play Along with Sam & Meet and Greets with Peppa Pig, kid friendly café, great coffee, and a VIP mummy zone where mums can sit back, relax and enjoy a little pampering, makes this is a family-fun day not to be missed.

We are honoured to be able to help contribute to the incredible work of the Dandelion Support Network. The Dandelion Support Network collect, sort, clean and safety check pre-loved nursery equipment and children’s clothes for distribution to families in need through hospitals and support agencies across Sydney.

The organisation works to enrich and connect communities by restoring giving to the everyday and to help create ‘A Happy Place’ for families in need.

We would also like to say a massive thank you to our amazing sponsors who have helped make the show possible: Blacklist for the frames, Civic Copying for the printing and 8 Foot walls for the wallpaper installation.

23 Oct 2015
art and design
one fine baby
my happy place

Pod Play

Designing children’s playgrounds would have to be up there with one of the most awesome jobs we could ever imagine doing. Right up there with writing a script for a crazy kid’s TV show and manning the fairy floss machine at the local fair… mmm fairy floss...

Imaging that you spent your day configuring twisting slides with terrific tunnels. Debating how on earth to connect the swings to the play pods and painting walls with crazy murals all in aim of sparking imaginative play. Sounds pretty good to us.

One team who has nailed it is TLC who designed this epic playground in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. The Pod playground is located sitting high in the hills amongst 100 forests of rare and endangered trees from around the world.

“The opportunity to design a play space as part of the 100 forests facility offered an opportunity to creatively engage children with the beauty of trees and we hope, foster a life-long connection to this remarkable environment” explains the Playground’s creators.

Using the idea of seeds as the beginning life amongst the forest, children and their families can enter a fantasy world of exaggerated scales. A play space with giant acorns floating in the sky, and enormous banksia cones nestled on the forest floor.

We love the idea of a Playground made from natural materials. So much so that we are thinking of taking a road trip to the nation’s capital to test this playground out for ourselves. We might even invite the kids!

03 Sep 2015
to see and do

The Wild Collective

Melbourne, get ready to unleash your wild. In just a few weeks, a brand new way to shop is hitting the Royal Exhibition Building and it is promising to be an event not to be missed...

The Wild Collective is a one-weekend only shopping destination that will saturate your curiosity, awaken your senses and indulge your want for beautiful, unique and unexpected objects.

With over 100 carefully curated stalls featuring the very best in bespoke design, homewares, curios, food and fashion The Wild Collective will satisfy even the most consuming cravings to hunt and gather.

This unique shopping fair is taking place in the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on the 15th and 16th of August. Head along with an open mind, crazy imagination and a big empty sack to fill with gorgeous gifts for you and all your friends!

If the lure of wonderful wares aren’t enough to temp you there is plenty more on offer that will. There is a man cave where the boys to hang out; a kids area for expending pent up energy; and our favourite part, a treasure hunt for the early risers! Purchase an event day Treasure Box and use the adventure map to track down your free goodies hidden throughout the fair.

If you are a creator yourself, the Wild Collective are inviting applications from designers, brands and service providers. If you think this event might be a good fit, head over to The Wild Collective to find out more info.

For the shoppers amongst us, name will be situated at The Royal Exhibition Building, located just north of Melbourne’s CBD in the Carlton Gardens. The Royal Exhibition building is one of the worlds oldest remaining exhibition pavilions.

Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson St. Carlton VIC

August 15 & 16, 2015
Saturday – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am – 4:00pm

$2 Entry (children under 15 free)

21 Jul 2015
to see and do

One Fine Baby

We were lucky enough to head along to One Fine Baby in Sydney earlier this year and had a fabulous time exploring the gorgeous wares of some of our favourite brands... even discovering a few new gems along the way...

One Fine Baby is not your typical baby expo loaded with prams, maternity wear and parenting tips. Nope, think more along the lines of a handpicked group of creative and stylish brands who focus on children.

In these picks you'll spot the wonderful wares of: Plyroom, In Bed With Fred, Milk & Masuki, Hubble & Duke, Bella Buttercup, Egg Picnic, From Zion, Scout, Miss Lilly. You can check out the rest of the great vendors here.

One Fine Baby will be hitting Sydney again in 2015 from 19th - 21st June and Melbourne from 14th - 16th August. Applications to become a vendor are now open.

To keep up to date with all the latest news, head over to the One Fine Baby website or follow them on Facebook.

11 Oct 2014
one fine baby
to see and do

Top of the World

Dance your way over the earth and see what it feels like to live with the birds. This breathtaking tree top walk in the Bavarian Forest National Park is the longest in the world and a must-do attraction if you are visiting Germany with your kids...

The impressive pathway to the sky includes over 1300 metres of low gradient walkways, completely suitable for prams. Along the way you will soar to new heights and be blown away by unspoiled views of the Bavarian forest, and even a stunning silhouette of The Alps on a clear day.

This marvellous spiralling, egg-shaped wonder is constructed with wood and is integrated into the forest to deliver a natural experience for all. There is also plenty of educational information about the surrounding plants and animals and also a number of wooden bridges and ropes for the more adventurous.

The Tree Top Walk,
Bavarian Forest National Park
Böhmstraße 43
94556 Neuschönau

For more information, visit the Tree Top website.

30 Jul 2014
to see and do

A Space to Play

It’s a little ironic that one of the most incredible playgrounds on earth feels a lot like our neighbour, the Moon. Sleek, grey and futuristic, we are ready for lift off...

This exciting and picturesque playground in Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, was designed by Spanish architects Eduardo Navadijos and Csaba Tarsoly, who set out to create a modern world that is open and airy for little inner-city adventurers.

With a firm belief that a playground is a springboard for a child’s imagination, the architects have incorporated colour and shape in a very tasteful way.

Unlike too many of today’s playgrounds that are plastered with saturated colour combinations and plastic obstructions, this design balances creativity with modern sophistication.

A chic blue and white colour scheme is countered by dramatic structures that cast crazy shadows to stimulate a child’s imagination.

It just goes to show that extraordinary fun and beautiful aesthetics can live side by side, and even complement one another. If you are in Madrid, we definitely recommend you stop by for a play.

01 Jul 2014
to see and do

To See & Do - 'Falling Back to Earth'

'Falling back to earth' is an incredible new exhibition from world renowned artist Cai Guo-Qiang now showing at Brisbane's GOMA. Cai Guo-Qiang's large-scale installations and explosion events have made him one of the most innovative figures in contemporary art and during his career he has held exhibitions at some of the worlds most prestigious art institutions. This is the artist's first solo show in Australia making this a truly must see event. The exhibition runs through till the 11th May 2014. You can find out more about the exhibition on GOMA's website.

09 Mar 2014
to see and do
lions & tigers

To Do - Nishi Rokugo Park

The homemade tree swing has been about as exciting as it gets when it comes to rubber tyres. Until now… This extraordinary children’s park in Tokyo contains a whopping 3,000 old vehicle tyres cleverly constructed into fabulous bridges, tunnels, mountains, slippery slides, a gigantic Godzilla dragon and our favourite, the towering rubber robot....

Not only is Nishi Rokugo Park a fun bottle of awesome sauce for little ones, but it’s also built around the idea of recycling.

So every little mind that steps inside the park should bounce out twenty minutes later with a slightly better understanding of the concepts of sustainability and reuse.

1-6-1 Nishirokugo,
Tokyo 144-0056
Note: Third image down on left courtesy of Nippon News.

08 Nov 2013
to see and do

To See & Do - Clevedon Farmers Market

If you feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of Auckland city and experiencing a taste of rural Kiwi life, then look no further than the Clevedon Farmers Market. Held every Sunday morning at the Clevedon Showgrounds, the market is filled with an abundance of local produce, delicious food, visiting animals and live music....

A short drive from the city and an even shorter distance to the coast, the Clevedon markets make for a great day out.

As you stroll through the grassy grounds, the sounds of farm animals mix with the relaxed melodies of local musicians, and the intertwining smells of both sweet and savoury delights fill the air.

You can peruse a range of local produce, from fresh juices, baked goods, seeds and vegetables to local meats and seafood.

One of the must-try delights on offer are the mouth watering Hungarian Twisters. Cooked to order then rolled steaming hot through your pick of tasty toppings such as sugar and cinnamon and hundreds and thousands, these delicious little pastries will keep you munching all the way to the free cart rides...

If you have any space left to spare, there's plenty more to tempt you. The locally made cornish pasties are another tasty snack well worth a try.

When you've filled your baskets, tasted all the local delights and fed the visiting Alpaca, be sure to find a quiet spot on a haystack to rest your wary legs before carting all your goodies home and planning your next sunday visit.

The new A&P stock yards and exhibition hall,
Clevedon Showgrounds,
Monument Road (Gate 6, The Munro Entrance).
New Zealand.
Sundays 8.30am - 12pm

19 Sep 2013
to see and do
new zealand