Toast & Honey Studio is a Melbourne based design studio specialising in pots, prints and plywood, created and designed by owner Maria who has a background in Architecture and design. After following her passion and a longing for a better work life balance, she left architecture behind and started on her new journey, so say hello to Toast & Honey Studio.
Her pieces are modern in style, simplistic in their approach and are made to the highest standard. With a range of styles, sizes and colours, there is a Toast & Honey pot for everyone - the hard part will be not buying them all!
I sat down with Maria over a cup of coffee and we chatted all things interiors, design, greenery and then I got distracted and started talking architecture and picking her brain for tips and tricks!
Scroll down to read our chat and see more of her beautiful pots... and SHOP here!
Tell us about Toast & Honey...
I actually studied Architecture and graduated in 2004. After working in Melbourne for a few years, my husband, Jonathan, and I moved to London. It was only meant to be a year long adventure but London became our home for the next 6 years!
It was a life changing experience; we made life-long friends and travelled throughout Europe, discovering new cultures and exploring diverse architecture and design.
Soon after our first daughter was born, we returned to Melbourne and I began to seek a better work/life balance. That's when Toast & Honey studio was born; I was able to still be creative, doing something I love, while spending more time with my family.
What is the creative process you go through when designing and painting your pots?
My creative process is quite organic and heavily influenced by my background in architecture and love for modernist design. I draw inspiration from everywhere; a striking pattern, a new colour I love, the feel of a space I like where I think a pot would be complimentary. I sketch my ideas on paper and then convert them to a design that would suit the proportions of my pots.
How would you describe your style?
Refreshing, refined, timeless, unique yet adaptable to most interiors.
What do you think is the key to great design?
A functional approach, simplicity, clean lines and confidence.
Who are your favourite designers/bloggers/artists for inspiration?
There are so many but the following are a stand out:
-Architect Prineas; an australian architecture firm. I love their use of materials, the forms they design and the way they bring light into the spaces they create.
-Made by Morgen; A Melbourne based furniture design company. Their products are refined and inspired from mid century scandinavian design, which I love.
Top 3 styling tips?
1. Always include greenery.
2. Use lots of different textures.
3. Keep it simple.
What can we expect next for Toast & Honey?
I will be launching a new pot shape in the new year, which will include a smaller size.
Also, Toast & Honey studio will be moving to a new home; a collaborative retail space. It will include a workshop which will be shared with other local creatives.