Thonet at Home

Photography by Bonny Beattie

Thonet NZ Ltd. have been making furniture here in New Zealand for over 20 years. They’ve been giving commercial spaces an aesthetic edge since ages ago, but this year, launched Thonet Home – a capsule collection handpicked from their extensive commercial and hospitality brands, for a new focus on New Zealand homes.

The Thonet Home edit includes custom-made, New Zealand made pieces, along with iconic Scandinavian pieces like the Artek Tea Trolley (above – on my forever wishlist) and the most stylish Thonet Bentwood models – including the No 18 which has been produced, unchanged, for over a century, and those super clean, contemporary-but-completely-classic Hoffmann’s (with the rattan inserts) you see in at the dining table above.  (P.S. penpals: We love full dining set-up where you have the regular dining chairs along each side, then the armchair versions at the heads of the table – Class. Act.)

Thonet specialise in custom-made (and New Zealand made) dining tables, too. Their classic Dairy Table, in the images above, is the perfect hard-wearing family dining table with a timeless aesthetic, and is available with open plank detail top for more of a farmhouse look, or a solid top.  It can also be made for you as an extendable table. (My fave – I lovelovelove extendable dining tables.)

Have a peruse, Louise, through the new Thonet Home website – or if you’re in Wellington, the Thonet showroom has just unveiled a fresh new home-interiors look : 10 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington.


Still Life

All this cosiness is courtesy of New Zealand’s Città – who’ve just launched their Autumn Winter 20 collection, Still Life.

The collection’s name is a nod to its aesthetic focus on organic shapes and tones taken from nature – think mossy green, earthy neutrals and smoky pepper. There’s loads of linen (bedding, cushions, loungewear and more), warming wood tones and hand-woven baskets. In the textile range, I’m super into all the gingham and tonal check patterns (the grown-up grid) coming through. Everything gingham all the time!

I love seeing a New Zealand brand glow-up. Città have always been strong in soft furnishings, but in the last couple of years they’ve really levelled up their range of in-house furniture and lighting (and other ‘hard homeware’ pieces), with two gifted New Zealand designers  – David Moreland and Nikolai Sorensen – dedicated to this part of the business. The curvy, contemporary Horizon coffee and side tables caught my eye in the Still Life collection, and there’s some very cool new wall hooks coming too.  They’re also expanding their edit of ceramics and glassware – I have my eye on some of the Bower ceramic canisters (it’s so hard to find ceramics with a lid! Not anymore.)

You can check out the entire Still Life collection by Città online now.



New from leading NZ designer Simon James, the Fragment collection, which draws its inspiration from modernist architecture. I love Simon’s balance of simplicity and strength – the lines are so heavy, yet the final form is clean, and warm thanks to that solid oak. Also love how the tabletops appear to cantilever from certain angles…

The Fragment collection is also available in Smoked Oak and Black Oak. 

One day, one day, I’ll have this table as my studio desk. *makes a wish*
Also in the Fragment family, the Fragment Coffee Table

There’s that yummy cantilever again…


Arc de Triomphe


New from Citta and 100% on my wishlist, the Arc Bed. The beauty about this beauty is that you can purchase the entire bed, or just one of the two separate components – the Arc BedHead, designed to fit onto your existing bed, or the Arc Bed Base.  I mean, look at the base… HELLO leg detail:



Also, don’t think I didn’t see you, bedside lights. Love the simple dome shape of the Moon Table Lamps (there’s also a Moon Floor Lamp version, and both come in almond pink, white, charcoal or mint.)


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