Kin + Harlem


One thing we’ve been sadly lacking is a decent variety of New Zealand designed-and-made shelving options. COME THRU ZAVEDO!
The New Zealand design team have come up with a veritable Choose Your Own Adventure solution for shelving…

Kin is a super sleek, modular shelving system that comes in single shelf, double shelf, four and five shelf options, and in two widths. I want one in my kitchen as an open-shelving option, k? Thanks. The finish is matte black anodised and there’s not one screw in sight.

Harlem is a shallower shelf (I’d call it a ledge) in white or black, also in two widths, that fastens to the wall through a couple of good looking discs. Choose to have the discs the same colour as the ledge, or a contrasting finish, including brass.

Zavedo also have a bunch of other design niceness – go see here.


Arcade + Isabella

Isabella Chairs (above) and Arcade Daybed in the new Newmarket Simon James store. Photography Simon Wilson.


New from NZ furniture denizen Simon James, the Isabella Chair, the Arcade Sofa (which is modular, so you can design the shape and size that best fits your space) and its smaller sister, the Arcade Daybed. The Isabella chair would be perfect as a lounging chair in a master bedroom, if you’re fancy like that. All of the pieces can be finished in various colours and fabrics.

If you’re in Auckland, Simon James now has a concept store in Newmarket (Kent Street – opened late last year), where you can view these babes and others IRL.





Right in the Pocket

Wrap table – I want one, please

Pocket shelving system


It’s been a minute since young NZ design practise Think & Shift released any new products (they’ve been busy designing workspaces, bars and retail concept stores), but these handsome new things more than make up for lost time.

I love their new Pocket shelving system, and the Wrap table has just gone on my personal wishlist (I love a good castor leg, black is a boss colour for a new work desk, and I really dig the optional nesting trays).


Mr + Mrs Ward

I’m getting that asthma-attack feeling again…
NZ interior designer Janice Kumar-Ward and her husband, furniture maker Julian Ward
Slim Jim and Brutus robes. Slim Jim is painted in Resene Zion and is black on the inside (oooh nice).
You’re able to choose the layout of the internal shelving, the exterior colour, and the style of leg


The Wedding Chest. 
Legs from Scandi brand Pretty Pegs, and close up detail of a Bedside Box
(in the Frill pattern, and in Resene’s Birthday Suit)


Another Bedside Box in Resene Woodstock


OK guys, I’m super excited about this – a new family of storage solutions from NZ interior designer Janice Kumar-Ward, and her furniture-crafting husband; together Mr + Mrs WardYip, I said I was super excited about storage solutions. Your point? I also get freaky for freshly-vacuumed floors and an organised laundry. (Why does pantry sound rude right now?)

One thing we’ve been seriously lacking in this country are options for free-standing robes. Enter stage left, Mr + Mrs Ward’s family of STORE robes. There’s the Slim Jim, the Brutus, and the Wedding Chest (wood veneer inside and out). Beautiful in a bedroom, you could also use them as a hide-yo-TV cabinet, or just to store different belongings out of sight. I’d like one for my office.

The Mr + Mrs Ward range also includes those Bedside Boxes up there, dining tables, shelving and more.

All the Mr + Mrs Ward products are made to order, and very customisable. For starters, you can choose any Resene colour you like. (Although I have to say, I think Janice has gone and designed the nicest palette off the bat.) Janice and Julian have also teamed up with Scandinavian brand Pretty Pegs to offer some cool new leg options, on top of the castor and plinth legs they offer.

Ward is a 35-year family business, and Julian and his brother Tristan have been at the helm since they left school. They’ve seen many of their contemporaries have to shut their doors in recent years, as talented local makers compete with an influx of super low cost (read: cheap) furniture. You can’t beat New Zealand designed and crafted, bespoke pieces, made using FSC (international certification for sustainable timber), low-formaldehyde board. Buy less, but better. Support local.


Mr + Mrs Ward online store




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