We took 5 minutes to chat with Meisha Strykowski and Natasha Nicholson, the talented founders of our newest home brand, Cocolux candles.
Cocolux creates luxury fragrant coconut wax candles, inspired by the Australian coastline. Created to be kind to the environment, Cocolux candles are crafted from natural coconut wax, hand poured into reusable pure copper vessels. Designed with purpose, Cocolux candles are a glamorous gift from nature that will last forever.
The candles come in two sizes, two different collections and four fragrances. The Sol Collection includes Wild Frangipani and Grapefruit & Lemongrass, while the Luna Collection includes Tonka Bean & Lime Zest and Island Fig, Cassis & Peach.
Fall in love with the stunning range of Cocolux candles – available online and in our stores.
Check out the Q&A below…
How would you describe the aesthetic of your brand?
The essence of nature and raw luxury.
What are you inspired by?
Architecture, interior design & homewares, jewellery and accessories, glamorous coastal living, earthy yet luxurious modern interior design and all things coconut!
What led you to become a designer?
Meisha: Creativity, design and art has always been a big part of who I am. After school I went to design college and pursued a career in graphic design and advertising. With years spent designing for other brands I wanted to take my skills and passion and develop a brand of my own. My graphic design skills have enabled me to create and build a brand identity, including packaging, website and product design, that is true to my vision. This combined with Natasha’s experience in consumer public relations and copy writing has given us a great start.
What are your hobbies?
Running and getting outdoors as much as we can, we both love the beach and the snow, skiing.
Describe a typical day for you…
We both try and start the day with exercise, a run or walking the dog on the beach. A day needs to include a fresh young coconut, then it’s time for coffee! Work takes up most of our day but when there is time for lunch, we choose a waterfront seafood restaurant or rustic coastal cafe serving fresh juices and homemade treats! A typical evening involves cooking healthy, fresh food and trying to find the time to give our families some attention too!
What are your favourite ways to unwind after a busy day?
Wine, cheese, beautiful nibbles and more wine! Going for a swim and relaxing outside on a warm evening.
What are your favourite holiday destinations?
Meisha: To the snow! I love skiing and have spent time in both Japan and Canada skiing. New Zealand born but spending most of my life in Australia I returned to New Zealand for 5 years to live in Wanaka, New Zealand to ski in the winter and wake board or bike ride in the summer.
Natasha: As a European, I miss Europe with all its different countries and cultures. I love the Mediterranean from Spain, France and Italy to Croatia, Greece and Morocco – the warm, sunny days and long, light evenings.