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Adventures with Evolvex, Part One

Ordering.

Remember that time I went to the Evolvex website launch? I fell in love with their furniture, but being a poor graduate fumbling through unpaid internships with no actual need for new shelf or table, I couldn’t actually justify buying anything at the time. But now, Evolvex have given me the fantastic opportunity to test out their site, in the form of a store credit, which I am psyched about.

So! This weekend I took another gander at their site, this time with my buying hat on (it’s a fancy hat, made of money) and tried out the Evolvex Builder. I was hoping that they’d made some improvements to it since the last time I visited, but alas, it looked pretty much the same, and just as clunky. I had fallen in love with a stool that doubles as a storage unit that was on display at the pop-up shop, and tried to recreate it in the builder. However, it got too finnicky trying to fit the pieces together and I just gave up in the end. I’ve been told the builder is still buggy, though the team is working on it.

gaze upon my failure in wonder

pictorial evidence of my failure

Another one of my issues was that there didn’t seem to be a way to purchase items separately. I  wanted extra panels to play with, but there didn’t really seem to be an official way to purchase them. I contemplated just putting all the extra pieces I wanted into the builder and clicking straight through to the checkout, but it didn’t seem right.

After a quick email, I was told that individual parts would be added to the store in the coming weeks, so that’s a relief. Regarding the Builder, in addition to working out the kinks, I believe they’re working on providing video tutorials, so it’ll be easier to navigate in the future; they’ve got a YouTube channel set up, and are slowly adding more videos, like the one below, so check that out.

But what do we do before then? Luckily, the site does have some pre-designed pieces for sale, which means you can probably skip the Designer altogether and still buy Evolvex’s wares, at least until they figure out a more user-friendly system.

They had a piece for sale that was similar to the stool I wanted in (unsurprisingly) the pop-up shop section of the site. What I wanted was basically a stackable cube with a door and a pillow to turn it into a seat; alas, the stackable cube doesn’t come with a pillow, but green and orange ones were sold separately for $45, again in the pop-up section. Hooray! I added the cube and pillow to my shopping cart, and was on my way.

behold, my purchases!

I already have a desk and bookshelf that serve me well, what I need is a box to hold things, and an extra seat to offer to people who wander into my room. The great thing is, once I move into a bigger (or even smaller) space, I can re-appropriate the box-stool into something else. I can buy more pieces and make a bigger box! or a desk or something. The possibilities are endless.

Anyway, delivery takes about two to three weeks, so stick around for part two of Adventures with Evolvex, where I’ll probably post a video of me trying to assemble this fine piece of furniture. OH WHAT FUN WE HAVE ON THIS BLOG!

The Distillery Launch Party

Despite my oh-so Gen-Y/21st century dependency on new technology and online communities, I am still enamoured by printed products; receiving handwritten letters in the mail, writing in an actual paper notebook and reading a physical novel are things that make my heart leap with joy. In an increasingly digital world, it seems that paper products are becoming obsolete. After all, why bother getting invitations printed out when you can just send an e-vite?

This is where The Distillery comes in, re-introducing Australia to the art of letterpress and design. The team at the Distillery is a small one, but they are dedicated to producing quality papergoods, ranging from business cards, wedding stationery, greeting cards and limited edition prints. They offer their design services to those who are looking to print beautiful stationery/business cards/posters/letterheads/etc. A full list of the kinds of paper goods The Distillery can provide for your commercial enterprise can be found here, and they also able to cater to the needs of design studios. The Distillery’s ultimate goal is to nurture and grow the Letterpress community in Sydney, with plans to launch workshops, classes and meetups based on the art of letterpress later this year.

The Distillery is mainly based in a small studio in North Sydney, with a large portion of the space dominated by Wolfgang, their platen press, a Heidelberg Windmill that was rescued and restored by co-founder Nathan. The rest of the studio contains a few shelves displaying work they produced for past clients and a few zany robots, as well as a couple workbenches behind a counter.

Wolfgang in the foreground

a terribly-framed photograph of the Distillery studio. but you get the gist of it.

I was fortunate enough to attend one of their launch parties/demos last week, where they served canapes and drinks, served in a room above the shop. The had Mario Kart on N64 set up on a quirky/kitschy Cars-themed television, a couple guitars propped up against the wall, t-shirts for sale and a paper wall-mural with pens in a pot, inviting guests to scribble their thoughts or drawings on it.

(here is the space I would stick some photographs of the things mentioned above, but I am a terrible blogger and took photographs of none of those things that night. HUUUR!)

They also did a demonstration on Wolfgang by printing out some logos people had the option of sending in with their RSVP’s. As the finished products made their way around the room, I admired just how beautifully the graphics turned out, and was mildly amused to see that someone had sent the Hogwarts crest in to be printed.

Never tickle a sleeping dragon

imagine this printed on nice, cotton-based paper.

At the end of the night, each guest got a bag full of papergoods printed specifically for the occasion. The bag was filled with The Distillery coasters, a mini-2012 calendar, a small notebook (the cover of which was made of brewery hops — essentially, beer :P), a paper monster, a build-it-yourself paper model of The Distillery’s printing press, Wolfgang, and of course, a pamphlet showcasing paper products printed by The Distillery, with a list of prices in the back. Small companies and potential clients also got a small wooden box filled with more samples and paper swatches, which I thought looked pretty neat.

Again, I didn’t take any pictures of the boxes, because I’m the worst! But I did take pictures of the papergoods that I got!

look how amazing everything looks!

I really enjoyed putting this together.

their invitations were pretty sweet, too.

In short: if you got some things that need printing and or/designing, check out The Distillery. Just drop by their North Sydney studio, and I’m sure one of the staff would be glad to have a chat with you (everyone there is super-friendly!).