We have long been proud supporters of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, helping to raise funds for research and development through our annual Sealy Designer Bed campaign. With 2018 being the campaign’s sixth consecutive year, we were thrilled to take a different approach by enlisting the expertise and creativity of four high-profile New Zealand designers to create one-of-a-kind bedroom designs, surrounding our beautiful pink velvet Sealy Posturepedic Exquisite bed, created especially for the campaign. We were thrilled to donate $26,745 to BCFNZ as a result of the sales of the campaign auction.
Melissa Greenough, award-winning interior designer and host of TVNZ's HOMEmade, said it was an honour to be asked to be a part of the Sealy Designer Bedroom campaign.
“I’ve had a lot of friends and family that have suffered through breast cancer, some have survived, and some haven’t, so it is a cause that it is very dear to my heart”.
“The whole idea behind my room was to create a muted and serene scene, but with a few pops of colour. I just want someone to be able to go into that room and feel comfortable and calm, I wanted it to be like a sanctuary.”
Melissa chose to keep her room simple and timeless, saying “different people from different walks of life could take this room and put their own mark on it, whatever their style.”
“Road to Recovery”
Designer and illustrator Evie Kemp is not afraid to make bold design statements with her daring and eclectic style and this shows in her Designer Bedroom.
“The leading idea of my room was ‘road to recovery’. I am a huge believer in the power of surroundings and space to help our health and well-being, especially at a time when you need to be healing and looking after yourself.”
Central to Evie’s room is a bespoke, one-off print of a repaired vase that she created especially for this campaign.
“I was inspired by the art of kintsugi, a Japanese art form and philosophy based on the idea of repair to a broken object, particularly ceramics, which can then tell a story and make the object even more beautiful. It teaches that broken objects are not something to hide, but to display with pride and I love how that resonates as a metaphor for breast cancer recovery.”
“Calm & Quiet”
Alex Walls, designer and owner of Alex & Corban Home, took inspiration for her room from the beauty and calmness of nature.
“I’ve called the room ‘Nature’s Calm’, as I find the act of walking along the beach or through native bush to be very relaxing. I thought about the kind of environment that makes me feel calm and allows me to take deep breaths of fresh air and for me, this is nature.”
Alex used earthy tones throughout her room to remind us that life is precious and to be thankful for the pure beauty of nature and creation.
“I’m typically attracted to quite a natural palette – pretty, earthy colours inspired by nature, so that’s where I went with this space. Using deep greens and clay tones, I have created a space that I hope will leave someone feeling calm and quiet.
For LeeAnn Yare, interior stylist, pilot and owner of homewares store Collected, it was important for her room to showcase the colour pink.
“Pink is one of my favourite colours, something I use regularly in my styling work and I wanted to give that nod to the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, with pink being their chosen colour. I really wanted to show that pink can be embraced by both males and females and can be a very rejuvenating and enlivening colour for anyone, whatever their story.”
LeeAnn loves being able to show people how to use colour and to encourage them not to be afraid of it, and she was thrilled be able to put her design skills towards such a worthy cause through this campaign.
World champion Lisa Carrington took her design inspiration from the silver fern, a symbol she wears when competing on the world stage.
"It took me a while to choose the design,” she said. “I tried to find something which reflected sleep and I also wanted something that reflected New Zealand."
"I finally decided on the fern frond, as it represents new life, growth, strength and peace. It’s also never-ending and conveys rejuvenation. Rejuvenation is essential and relates to sleep, as well as my lifestyle, training and performance as an athlete."
Actress Antonia Prebble’s bed design is symbolic in a number of ways.
"It was quite an easy choice,” she said. “The first thing that came to mind was a painting by Karl Maughan, my favourite New Zealand artist and a very talented painter of botanicals and gardens. My parents commissioned him to paint the garden at our family home."
"That painting has pride of place on our dining room wall and I thought it would translate well to a bed design. It also has personal meaning to me, not to mention it’s an incredible and beautiful piece of art."
Ardie Savea’s design idea came naturally to him, with inspiration sought from the things he holds dear - his family and his Samoan culture. He said the design combines these through the use of colour and hibiscus flowers.
"They represent my culture and the choice of the four flowers represents my family - my partner, myself and our two 'wolves'," he said.
"I have a close connection with the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, and didn’t hesitate when asked to join the Sealy Designer Bed Campaign. To be able to combine my interest in design and support such a great cause has been ideal."
When approached to design one of the Sealy Designer Beds, singer Stan Walker said he mused about what his own dream bed would look like.
"The first thing I thought of was a beautiful beach on a tropical island," he said. "It’s where I always want to be – falling asleep in paradise!"
"This campaign is close to my heart, as my mum had breast cancer and is now in recovery. She always said, 'I thought it would never get me,' but it did. She is an inspiration and is now focusing on speaking up about her journey, particularly to Maori-Pacific women, and raising awareness of cancer."
“Pacific Island Princess”
Silver Fern Maria Folau’s design is representative of Pacific Island females all over New Zealand.
“I wanted to express a beautiful, strong, Island female with long, thick, luscious hair with the hibiscus flower highlighting her ethnic roots.”
“Retro New Zealand”
Well-known broadcaster, Stacey Morrison’s retro print of New Zealand is symbolic in a number of ways. “The colours remind me of my childhood and the addition of the Maori place names reflects our bicultural connection with the land.”
Her husband wrote the incantation around the bed base and it’s a saying they repeat to their children every night and translates to - ‘The sky is calm, the earth is at peace, the whole world is tranquil. Peaceful sleep descends, rest in the knowledge you are surrounded by deep affection, love and serenity. Rest now, rest well, rest is yours.’
Taking inspiration from the kitchen, Nadia’s design features a recipe for pancakes - her favourite weekend breakfast.
“One of my amazing fans illustrated this recipe and sent me the picture which I have framed in my kitchen and I thought it would make a cool bed design – you’ll never lose the recipe when it’s printed on your bed!”
Lorraine Downes’ design is very close to her heart with the words ‘Listen to your heart, it is where your truth is’ inscribed on the bed base.
“I believe everyone needs direction and support in one’s life path. In my design the heart represents where your truth lies and the Mandela design illustrates how the heart centre resonates out through this, affecting every part of your life. So listen to your heart first,” says Lorraine.
Steve Dunstan (Huffer)
Featuring a sprawling collection of personal belongings, Steve Dunstan’s unique bed design represents the ‘state of a busy life’ and captures the essence of his street brand Huffer.
“It speaks to a carefree youth culture. You haven’t got time to make your bed – you’re out socialising and having fun. Once you do come home, it’s time to crash.”
Hayley King (Flox)
“Bang, Bang Bunnies”
A vibrant depiction of the natural world, the bed design from Hayley King aka Flox was inspired by her recent exploration into New Zealand’s exploding rabbit populations.
"It’s a real honour to participate in this creative campaign, to raise awareness for a cause that is very real and serious for us Kiwi women. I want to play my part somehow and help in our fight to cure breast cancer.”
Known for his larger than life street murals, artist Owen Dippie chose to feature his familiar Maori Tiki design in the mattress design. The striking black-and-white print incorporates his initials O.D.
“My work has always been heavily influenced by Maori culture and this was no exception,” he says. “Over the years my Tiki has taken hundreds of different forms – from stickers on international streets to wood carvings and t-shirts. Now I’m so pleased it has taken shape in a bed design for this great cause.”
Returning from last year’s designer bed campaign, LeeAnn is back with another stand-out, colourful creation. She says her one-off design is inspired by quality, handcrafted artisan products where no two are the same.
“Last year the designer bed campaign ended with such a fantastic auction result benefiting an amazing charity. I’m thrilled to be on board again this year.”
Denise’s inspiration behind her design was to create something ‘fun’, so bright and bold fabric was an obvious choice for her Sealy Posturepedic bed cover. Far from safe, the outcome is an eccentric and eclectic polka-dot cover that perfectly captures the essence of WORLD.
"I am very honoured to be involved in the Sealy Posturepedic Designer Bed campaign - it is great to see that such a large company like Sealy is also kind and philanthropic in its thought.”
"Dalmation Silk Print"
Mixing an animal print with her love for monochrome, Juliette’s bed design provides a luxe revival of the print we all love.
“We all know someone affected by breast cancer in some way, so I feel passionate about giving back to the community and creating more awareness for so many women and their families throughout New Zealand”.
Elliot O’Donnell - Askew One
Looking closely, you can see the shell necklaces and hibiscuses Elliot has spray-painted for his geometric piece. In a time of extensive digital production, he pulls back his approach to ‘construct’ his art – focusing more on the props and accessories - in the initial photography stage.
“Not only do I support the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, but this is a really interesting thing to approach design wise – I had never thought of applying my art to a bed design and I'm stoked to be involved.”
Inspired by her most recent bed linen range for Collected, LeeAnn often works with chevron, triangles and dots. She has a thing for simple yet bold graphic shapes and for her one-off piece she really wanted to turn up the volume.
“It is such a privilege to have been offered the opportunity to work with Sealy and alongside three other amazing designers. It is a chance to give something back to the community and to raise money and awareness for such a deserving charity.”
Kelly Thompson is a renowned New Zealand fashion illustrator and photographer. After graduating from Massey University in Wellington with a Bachelor of Design majoring in photography, Kelly’s distinctive illustrations have caught the attention of the international art and fashion community at large.
“I’ve had a thing for flamingos for a while and have been drawing them in my spare time. When approached to do a textile design for Sealy I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to use them, particularly considering the colour used to promote Breast Cancer is pink.”
Otis Frizzell is a renowned New Zealand artist, celebrated for his graffiti-style art. Frizzell has more than 20 years’ experience in the art world and is arguably the nation’s highest profile graffiti artist.
“Since the whole project was about getting involved with Breast Cancer, I really wanted to do something with a feminine twist. I love painting flowers and came up with the Flowerbed design!”
Hollie Smith is one of New Zealand’s most respected musicians. Smith’s chart-topping 2006 single ‘Bathe in the River’ set the stage for her 2007 album Long Player which was released via her own record label and sold almost doubleplatinum.
“I wanted to find something a bit different, incorporating loads of vibrant colour without it being a specific picture. With this in mind I looked into a pixelated theme then into a kaleidoscopic theme and managed to create a reference that ended up incorporating the two.”
New Zealand designer Tanya Carlson’s label ‘Carlson’ was born in 1997. Since then she has built a loyal following from New Zealand and abroad. Unique fabrications, hand dyeing and fine detailing, together with cuts that celebrate the female form, distinguish the Carlson brand. Now based in Auckland, Tanya Carlson owns three boutiques nationwide.
“I have always loved Morocco and been inspired by the colours and designs of their beautiful, intricate handmade tiles and wanted my design to have the same rich, baroque feel. Your bed should also be a place of beautiful dreams and restful sleep, so my design recalls the rich colours and exotic designs of the faraway places we all dream of visiting.”