Habitus Loves… Design in Auckland

Containing almost a third of New Zealand's population, it is no wonder that the country's largest settlement also hosts a thriving design scene. Spanning artisanal family traditions, cutting edge industrial design and curated collections from iconic international brands, the city is a regional hub of creativity and craftsmanship.

10 Jul 2013
Hand Turned Table Lamp

Created by: Douglas and Bec

Why we love it: Father-Daughter team Douglas and Rebecca Snelling specialise in lighting and the use of solid timbers, letting their fondness for materials lead the design process. Their workshop has expanded into a retail store stocking local and international brands, and they recently collaborated with countrywoman and fashion designer Kate Sylvester on a range of furniture and lighting. This hand turned table lamp is composed of eco-plywood and a linen shade, and the turning process reveals unique and individual patterns on the surface.

Where you can get it: Douglas and Bec

Mackenzie Woolen Throws by Coast

Created by: Coast New Zealand

Why we love it: Coast New Zealand was founded in In 2004 by Nicola and Alex Webster with the specific goal of establishing a luxury brand that would reflect New Zealand’s unique quality of life. Coast New Zealand represents everyday luxury that is made for life. Smart enough to take anywhere, and tough enough to last the distance, Coast New Zealand invites you to escape everyday. The Woolen Throws of this year’s collection are 100% New Zealand wool, gloriously soft and warm for the winter months.

Where you can get it: Coast New Zealand

Aaron Elm Coffee Table

Created by: Citta

Why we love it: Based on a relaxed antipodean philosophy of life and travel, Citta’s products are designed in New Zealand to be useful, beautiful and even a little bit fun. From India to New York, Tokyo and Barcelona, the Citta range is inspired by the world’s fascinating cultures. The Aaron Elm Coffee Table references the masterful carpentry and purity of line found in Nordic design, bringing a slice of Scandinavia to New Zealand.

Where you can get it: Bloc

Gidon Bing Pitcher from Everyday Needs

Created by: Gidon Bing

Why we love it: Everyday Needs is an online store for people who want to make informed decisions in their consumption, ensuring that what they get is not only good-looking but is carefully manufactured and with a quality that will last the test of time. Gidon Bing is an artist based in Auckland, New Zealand. Usually recognized for his sculptural works, particularly in plywood, Gidon also makes stunning ceramics.

Where you can get it: Everyday Needs

Tallboy by Tim Webber Designs

Created by: Tim Webber

Why we love it: Shortly after graduating Webber created his own working studio from which he designs and produces his range of furniture under the brand ‘Tim Webber Design’. The studio has gained international exposure through a wide variety of online sources and magazines. Webber has also won the Design Folio Incubator award including a trip to Milan, silver at the 2012 Best Awards and has been a finalist in the HOME Awards.

Where you can get it: Tim Webber Designs

Model 43 Lounger

Created by: Alvar Aalto for Artek

Why we love it: Mr. Bigglesworthy are passionate about furniture and design, adhering to the values of Style, Design, Sustainability and History to bring extraordinary examples of mid-century design to New Zealand. First shown at Paris’ World’s Fair in 1936, this cutting edge organic lounger cast ripples through the design world. Alvar and his wife Aino pioneered this one piece reclining design.

Where you can get it: Mr. Bigglesworthy

Bloc

Created by: Bloc

Why we love it: A concept store bringing together a collection of local and international design brands, Bloc represents BoConcpet, Citta Design, World Beautystore, Pencil boutique, Collected by Leanne Young, Geneva, Tivoli Audio and Douglas and Bec in a three storey retail space.

Where you can get it: Bloc