Viva finds out more about the online shopkeepers behind Wocolate.
Goods of character is how Joshua Lindsay and Sarah Chong describe what's available from their online store Wocolate which launched last year. From craft to jewellery, quirky decor to toys for grown-ups (example: mini building blocks that come in the shape of meercats, the Eiffel Tower, a grand piano and more), the webstore brings together Lindsay and Chong's unique tastes and likes. The pair, who both have a background in photography and product design, hope to celebrate imagination and fun, and select goods that promote creativity. Here, they share some of their favourite things, from bicycles to 1970s style trolleys.
10 FAVOURITE THINGS
1. Custom-built bicycle
James: No hesitation in picking my number one favourite, without a doubt it is my fixie. I was even considering adding it twice. I have been building and making things long before I had Lego, but I think building a bicycle from scratch was the most satisfying project I have ever completed, and on top of that it's just a joy to ride a bike.
I sourced the parts locally, and from America and Japan along with all the required tools, as I knew it would not be my last build.
James: The majority of my collection consists of art, design and photography, as well as various reference books. It has grown slowly over the years with a purchase or gift here and there, but more recently the collection has taken on a less manageable source with 10-30 at a time through secondhand book fairs. You can find some amazing out-of-print books at fairs but the fairs are an intense affair on opening, so you need to get in the zone to prepare to do battle with professional resellers and collectors.
3. Hennessy hammock
James: I have been wanting a camping hammock ever since I read about them from Ray Mears, so I bought two last year when Tom Hennessy had this annual two-for-one sale. Essentially they are an asymmetrical hammock with a built in mosquito net and a rain fly that is suspended above the hammock, so no bugs, no rain and every night you get the exact same comfortable bed, hanging from the trees regardless of the campsite. They open up the opportunity to camp in some amazing places away from traditional campgrounds.
4. Table tennis table
James: The first thing I bought within the first week of moving into our studio. It wasn't hard to justify, we had heaps of space and it could double as a large work table. Unfortunately lately it has been doubling more as a work table, but I just got some nice new bats from Vietnam so I plan to move from lame amateur player to decent this year.
5. Holga camera flash with colour gels
James: I use this on my analogue film cameras as well as my digital. It's a really powerful little flash that washes your photos in bright saturated colours; very addictive. I have found it great for photographing people, they are always really enthusiastic to be photographed with it. Also it does amazing things in mixed lighting situations.
6. Viewmaster camera
Sarah: This stereo camera allows you to make your own custom 3D Viewmaster reels, by shooting on slide film through two lenses spaced eye width apart. Then through the use of a Viewmaster cutter you clip the frames out of the film and mount straight to blank Viewmaster reels for viewing in 3D. Designed in the 1950s and only in production for three years, it's an ingenious camera. First it shoots across the top half of the film then with a flick of a switch the lenses drop down and it shoots backwards across the bottom half winding the film back into the canister at the end. So you get 70 3D frames per 36 roll of film. I'm yet to make my first reel, but I've almost completed my 3rd roll of film so it's time to start saving for the cutter.
Sarah: There's nothing like cruising to work on a chopper; it's the perfect antidote for the those grumpy morning blues. With a small front wheel and ape handle bars it doesn't handle more than a moderate speed very well, but it's a dream for cruising, and creates a lot of smiles and admiration from those who once owned one or wanted to, and from kids who have never seen one before.
8. The Cambridge Satchel Company satchel
Sarah: I'd been dying to get one of these for over a year and now we're stocking them. Handmade in Britain, they're so well constructed with heavy duty leather and stitching. It goes with everything, so easy, you can even ride your bike with satchel slung over your shoulder. I have my eye on a fluoro pink one now.
9. Joe Colombo Boby Trolley
Sarah: I think anyone who owns and uses one of these would agree they are indispensable. We use ours in our studio for all our various photographic bits and bobs - you can wheel it right up to where you are at work and have all your supplies and equipment at hand, as well as use the top surface as a table. It's amazingly functional and 1970s-cool to boot.
10. Laneway ticket
Sarah: I went to the first one in Britomart and although some of the bands were amazing, there was was a lot to grumble about regarding the event. The second one at Aotea Square was fantastic, and it seemed they sorted nearly everything out. Now it's at Silo Park which is even better; I can't wait!