Now, more than ever, our local businesses need support. So flex your fingers and jump online to give some of New Zealand’s best-of-the-best independent furniture and homewares stores love.
TEXT: SARA BLACK
Founded by interior design guru, Katie Lockhart, Everyday Needs should be everyone’s go-to for simple, yet considered pieces. Nestled among a bunch of local artisans (such as ACE Firers, Gidon Bing, Petley and Ruth Castle), you’ll also find some international goodies by the likes of HAY, Futagami, Classiky, Vitra, Iris Hantverk and Palarosa. Oh, and books. They have great books too.
Craving some international design in your life? Good Form is your portal to modern European pieces that will elevate any space — even grandma’s spare room, if that’s where you find yourself these days. Sorry about that. If you’re in the market for lighting, see Astep and Oblure. And for furniture and accessories, check out their selection by design heavyweights Warm Nordic, Rex Kralj, Nedre Foss, Iittala and Ercol. Then side shuffle to their sister store, Mr Bigglesworthy, for vintage, mid-century classics.
With an eye like no other, Prak Sritharan established Precinct in the mean streets of Wellington city in 2015. Here you’ll discover pieces by New Zealand designers such as Walk in the Park, Curionoir, Baina, KLAY, Nodi, Evison Studio and Sphaera. Also at your disposal are brands like Claska, Moscot and Hasami Porcelain. Annnnndddd, there’s lovely art.
With a firm grasp of international trends, Slow Store provide you with all the masterpieces to make your life amazing. Really. Avoid the flight to Queenstown and head online to peruse their selection of items by the likes of Ferm Living, Eva Solo, Muuto, New Works, Normann Copenhagen and Stelton. And. So. Many. More.
Feeling fancy? Tessuti gives you all the feels of luxe with their meticulously curated selection that will make you wonder what you were doing with your life before discovering Tessuti. With a plethora of local and international brands to keep you satisfied, one quick look at their offerings will have you adding-to-cart like a crazed animal in no time. Just me? Didn’t think so.
Industry stalwart, Simon James, started his career in spatial design and now heads up internationally renowned business, Simon James. Visit their online showroom for not only a divine website-appreciation-experience but to view some of the most innovative and beautiful furniture New Zealand has to offer. Local product designer’s pieces (such as David Moreland and Resident) sit among exclusive international imports like Massproductions, Arno Declercq, Kvadrat, Minimalux and Mattiazzi.