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





New from NZ designer Tim Webber…

New from NZ furniture designer Tim Webber, his Layer sofa. Looks good from all angles, like ya girl, has different modules so you can create your own L-shape to suit any space, and comes in about 100 different options for fabric and colour (not an exaggeration!)

Also, Tim has other news… He’s started bringing some of the best contemporary furniture brands here to New Zealand – including Hem, Bensen, Ondaretta, and Hay. This is good news for anyone with eyes, fans of Scandinavian furniture, and those of us who want to slowly, slowly fill our homes and workspaces with beautiful pieces.

Hem’s hugely popular Pocket armchair and Pal stool. One of each, please.

Last Stool by Hem – one of the most exciting Scandinavian design brands to launch in the past couple of years. A selection of Hem’s best-sellers are now available in NZ through Tim Webber Design.


Hem’s Verso shelves come in the best palette of colours. Tim has chosen to stock black and white for now, but will expand the range over time.


Key Side Table by Hem, now available in NZ from Tim Webber Design. 

 The future-classic Bai Chair by Ondaretta, now available in NZ from Tim Webber Design

I don’t know much, but I know my chairs. And this is probably one of the best-looking ever.
This is Tokyo, by Bensen. Bensen is now available in NZ through Tim Webber Design.


Citta Elevation

A fave pattern from the new range – the pebbly Flint.
Absolute fave piece of the new collection – Citta’s new Eve sofa.
It’s also completely made in New Zealand, which is a big deal for real.


Gorgeous modular shelving – I want


Can we just take a moment to talk about how Citta have named their Winter 17 collection in the most kismet of ways… because while Elevation was so named for the mountainous landscape of Bolivia after which the new range was inspired… actually Citta’s themselves just keep upping and upping their design game, and this just-launched collection is, again, an Elevation for the brand.

Like the South American country, the collection is warm but definitely moody, with gorgeous texture, light and shade. I love love love the colour palette (greens, pinks and new neutrals – or more specifically Forest, Scoria, Date, Amethyst and Russet – don’t those names just paint a picture?), and don’t even get me started on the styling and that aspirational shoot location…

Side note, how impressive is New Zealand Design now? You’re all grown up, you’ve definitely passed that awkward prepubescent stage, and good god you’re beautiful.


New Aspen Chair Obsessed

Much of the new range of cushions is available online now
Definitely on the wishlist – the new modernist style Gaussian containers 




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