Bedding label Dehei makes the glory of bed even better with its range of lightweight 100 percent cotton marle delights. We talked to its founder, Daniela Schmidhalter, about how she finds calm in lockdown.


This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor (left); The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (right)

Daniela, tell us — the best TV show/s you’ve recently binged.

I don’t watch much TV. I think the last I religiously watched each week was Abandoned with Rick McCrank but that must have been two/three years ago.

What film would you highly recommend to watch while pretending to work from home?

I’ve made the most of the lockdown by catching up on a couple of favourites. So far it’s been Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

What book has helped you get to sleep during the quiet nights of late?

I’ve just started reading This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay.

Name your go-to comfort dish to ease the worst feelings of existential despair.

Mexican seems to be the go-to dish in our family. It’s the one guaranteed to be eaten by my four boys.

We all need new procrastination tools in these uncertain times, what exhilarating hobby have you recently added to your resume?

Ha ha — procrastination is my hobby. No hobbies on the go at the moment. We are into a year-long project building and renovating our property so any spare time is going into that at the moment.

Increased mindfulness is essential in this climate — name your top tips for getting out of your head.

Make sure to get out for a walk everyday even if it’s just around the block, remember to breath and have a good laugh… Ah and I’ve just bought some good headphones that have allowed me to block out the noise of the outside world (my household) which has been a a bit of a breakthrough.

Give a piece of advice to those trying to work from home.

The hardest part I find is not having people to bounce ideas off, so for me it’s really vital to make time to connect with others that are in the same boat.

What does a post-Covid-19 world look like?

I feel this is the wake up that human society needed. We’ve all been forced to slowdown and simplify, and I really hope that people take some of this on board when life starts to normalise again. As far as the economy goes, it’s going to be fucked for some time to come but I hope people continue to buy from local creatives and makers and, perhaps if there is less overseas travel they make the opportunity to enjoy more of what New Zealand has to offer.

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