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Inside Out


A decked out entertaining space is the ultimate way to enjoy a Kiwi summer. We’ve got all the tips and tricks to get you there.

 

DECKED OUT
A deck that is flush with your interior living space is the ultimate way to create indoor outdoor flow and make your backyard feel more spacious; run your timber horizontally if your space is narrow or create multi-levels to break the space up.

FIRED UP
New Zealand is renowned for its “four seasons in one day” but with a little forward planning you can enjoy your garden year-round. Try an electric radiant, gas heater or an outdoor fireplace to make a cosy focal point.

ZONED OUT
While interior designers have long espoused the importance of creating ‘zones’, it’s equally important when it comes to your exterior spaces. Use materials, screens and planters to break up your space, making it feel deliberate and considered.

COVER UP
They say to prepare for the worst and when it comes to Kiwi weather, that’s certainly an apt expression. Invest in a shade sail or clear polycarbonate roofing, or, louvre roofing gives you all the options.

LIGHTING THE WAY
Lighting is about function as well as form. There’s something for everyone, from solar lights and little lanterns to festoon lights and long string lights, just ensure any cooking and eating spaces have ample visibility.

HOMEWARE HIDEAWAY
Exterior space uncovered? Hidden storage bench seats or treasure chests that double as tables are great for storing pillows, squabs, seat covers and utensils, or select options that can be left in the elements.

SOFT IS STYLISH
Don’t be afraid to add soft furnishings – beyond a canvas covered squab – to your outdoor areas. Throws, cushions, bean bags and ottomans can all be included in hardwearing, durable fabrics for added comfort – and a little bit of luxe.

INDOOR OUTDOOR FLOW
Styling an outdoor space should have the same considerations as would apply indoors. Stick to a complementary colour palette, layer with patterns and materials to create texture – and which expresses your individual style.


 

Making an entrance: Canterbury Office Furniture


When it comes to first impressions, appearance is everything. Canterbury Office Furniture has been creating inviting, attractive and functional work environments for 20 years.

 

A reception counter and furniture that is visually arresting brings assurance to the visitor, while a collaborative space, meeting room, board-room, or cafeteria designed by an inhouse designer seeking the optimum for human interaction makes for a harmonious, productive work environment.

And that’s exactly what Canterbury Office Furniture has been doing for the last 20 years, while parent company, Douglas Furniture, has been manufacturing furniture here for nearly 70 years.

During these two decades, it has withstood the tide of cheap imports by focussing on the company ethic – to produce furniture, both standard and bespoke, that is locally made, aesthetically pleasing and durable.

This is a company that also recognises the gains mined from the collaborative process, and will readily work alongside end users, architects and specifiers to ensure client needs are met at every level.

Its vast range of commercial and residential projects includes storage, filing, screens and partitions, wardrobes and kitchens, and myriad outfitting accessories.

Visit the showroom at 80 Hayton Road, Wigram.


 

Embrace your curves


Take the edge off 2020 with soft, curved upholstered furniture. Cocoon-esque chairs, couches and ottomans are not only a nod to 1960’s style, it’s exactly what we need right now; something soft and cushy to melt into at the end of another inevitably weird 2020 day.

 

BOCONCEPT CHELSEA SOFA

 

Homely comforts have taken on new meaning this year as consumers are spending their money in the same places they’ve been spending their time – at home.

David Trubridge Navicula Pendant

And those purchases are reflecting all the things we want from our safe places; comfort and aesthetic appeal.

 

Oz Furniture Benny Irregular Mirror

 

Curved, puffy seating has been making an appearance in interior design schemes of note; with jelly bean shaped couches and round, padded chairs becoming lounge centerpieces.

Trenzseater Brice Chair

Designs by Australian furniture maker Sarah Ellison, as featured in our October 1 issue, have acquired a particularly strong following, as have those curvaceous options by BoConcept, Trenzseater, and David Trubridge.

Mocka Oslo Bar Stool

The pull of circular motifs does not end there, as we see the shapes occur in mirrors, tables, light fittings, rugs, banquets, paintings, coffee tables, vases and ornaments, too.

Marken Large Round Ottoman in Rose

Curves offer a departure from the straight lines our abodes often feature, providing both balance and interest in well-rounded measures.


 

Get summer ready: Woven Veranda


We’re quickly ramping up for the time of the year when we can really make the most of the Kiwi love of the outdoors. Give your outdoor living and dining zones a designer look with the latest in rattan outdoor furniture from WovenVeranda – offering both contemporary and classic collections – in the Old School Collective, Main North Road, Waikuku.

 

With UV-stabilised PolyCarbon woven upon commercial grade aluminium framing, it’s furniture that’s made to last! We’ve pulled together our favourite pieces.

 

IF IT SUITES! Comprising of a chair, two or three seater sofa, or mix and match modular options, The Lagoon enables you to create your own lounge suite – sculpted to your outdoor space. This deluxe double-layered wicker suite will look the part in your space.

 

 

SWING HIGH: The Gentle Annie and Gentle Andy Swing Seats are the ultimate combination of tradition and trend. The Gentle Annie displays weaved lattice work and cosy cushions, while the Gentle Andy has a clean smooth line that is also accompanied by cosy cushions.

CHAIRS! We’re all about versatility and the Minchin chair is just that – equally at ease paired with a dining table like WovenVeranda’s Solid Teak Table (pictured) as it is sitting pretty in a conservatory, with a lower concave area from the knee down offering additional ergonomic comfort.


 

The re-upholstery renaissance: McDonald Hartshorne


If nothing else, Covid-19 has had us focus on tackling those backburner projects. Many have spruced their homes with a new paint job, and while that goes a long way to aesthetic enhancement, shabby furniture can let the whole project down.

Artisan re-upholsterer McDonald and Hartshorne shares some wisdom on remedying that situation:

 

 

BOLSTER LIMP INNERS AND SEAT CUSHIONS WITH NEW INNERS – And don’t neglect rips or unravelling stitches. The sooner the repair, the better the outcome.

HEIRLOOM PIECES DESERVE TO BE PASSED DOWN THE GENERATIONS – A repair to framework, some woodwork stripping, repolishing and a reupholster, soon restores pieces to their original beauty.

 

 

A SCATTER OF COLOURFUL CUSHIONS – Bespoke new or re-covered cushions in a gorgeous fabric, creates a dramatic change.

KIWIS LOVE THEIR SQUABS.- Dress bay-windows, patio benches or caravans with new squabs, or refresh tired ones with inner padding or outer fabric for an eye-popping transformation. McDonald and Hartshorne stock a large fabric range, including superb NZ leathers, leather-look vinyls (plain and textured) and vinyls in many colours.

Keith Hartshorne can visit by appointment at your home, workplace or business. Free no-obligation quotes available. Send through photos for email quotes.
Commercial quotes welcome, as are insurance assessments.


 

Outdoor options


Al fresco season feels upon us, or almost, which means it may too be time to update your outdoor entertaining areas. Whether that’s a patio, deck or poolside space – here’s Metropol’s pick for items to consider.

 

Posh perches
Outdoor seating is essential if you plan to while away the days and evenings in your outdoor sanctuary. From elegant outdoor lounge sets, to dining arrangements or comfy and casual bean bags – furnish your exterior entertaining with weatherproof, long lasting materials.

In the shade
A sun umbrella can transform your space from a sauna to a shady haven, while adding a stylish silhouette – and of course protection from UV rays. Choose long lasting fabrics and strong frames and bases which can withstand those nor’westers.

Table talk
An outdoor table is an obvious place to congregate to enjoy meals, beverages and each other’s company. Choose a modern square shape or more traditional round in timber, concrete, glass or resin. Pair with casual bench seats or more formal individual chairs.

Game goals
What are our spaces, if not for having fun? Spice up your exterior area with some outdoor games like giant connect four, Jenga, pétanque or Scandinavian favourite, Kubb. Start a scoreboard and let the games – and competition – begin.


 

Preparing for alfresco living: The Crowded House Furniture Company


It may be winter, but it only takes a few warm nor’westers and a couple of 20°C days for us to start planning for sunny days and al fresco entertainment. So, it’s no surprise September is one of the busiest months for The Crowded House Furniture Company, purveyors of stylish and competitively priced outdoor furniture.

 

Since launching in 2011, the company has sourced and imported its own brand of New Zealand-designed furniture to Kiwi specifications (generous proportions, tough enough to handle sunshine and snow).

Dealing directly with manufacturers keep prices competitive, as does its no-showroom, viewing by appointment model.

Ranges of mix-and-match dining settings, lounge suites, and large bar and stool combos are constructed of UV resistant polyethylene rattan over solid powder coated aluminium frames, in classic black and brown, complete with cushions.

Call Jodi on 0275332298 to arrange a viewing, or shop online.


 

Kitchens of envy: Oakleigh Fine Furniture


“Working with clients to help them realise their concept for a kitchen is extremely satisfying and rewarding.”

 

 

Richard Hutt of Oakleigh Fine Furniture has always been passionate about solid timber and creating fine furniture.

Some years ago he diversified into making kitchens using the full range of materials from timber to laminates, melamine, stone and painted finishes.

“People like working with us because we are a small firm and can give them that individual point of difference. We really listen to clients’ ideas, take them on board and turn them into reality.”

A Kristen Reid-designed kitchen, completed only a few weeks ago in a new home, is one of which Richard is especially proud.

“It’s a large kitchen, including a scullery and an island wide enough to accommodate several people dining – a true entertainers’ kitchen. The client was great to work with as she had a clear vision. It was up to Kristen Reid and us to make that vision into a practical and workable, yet attractive space.”

The kitchen is indeed stunning. It has a classic palette of charcoal, light grey, off white and chrome.

There is an industrial flavour with the huge metal pendants over the island.

The grey concrete-like engineered stone of the bench tops and the brick work of the splashback and range hood further contribute to this style.

Storage and food preparation space is abundant and the appliances are state of the art.

“It was a joy to see our client’s face when everything was finished.”


 

A cut above the rest: Douglas Furniture


Making the most of the lockdown, Douglas Furniture took out the mirror to reflect on its processes and how the team can better improve them. After operating in Christchurch for more than 65 years and being one of the more established joineries in New Zealand, they managed to find uncharted territory. We caught up with Howard Nossiter about their latest expedition in the furniture world.

 

 

The business is more commonly known for providing bespoke joinery and light steel fabrication. Capabilities and experience “cover anything from built-in and standalone residential and commercial joinery, through to a complete design and fit-out service,” Howard says.

But there is something very exciting in the woodworks for this beloved local, a range that will set to put them a cut above the rest.

“We’re in the process of finishing an environmentally friendly furniture range, name yet to be determined,” Howard explains.

What sets this range apart from what is already on offer is where the materials come from.

The range of furniture will be generated from their offcuts, creating a truly unique and bespoke offer.

The team at Douglas Furniture noticed that, because of the truly bespoke nature of their business, “there were increasing volumes of off cuts destined for landfill – it has become a challenge in terms of finding a home for them”.

So, what better way was there to rehome unused materials than bringing to life their latest escapade.

The range includes, “Standard designs where clients can pick and choose what they want – feet, handles, everything that was going into landfill”.

You may be thinking, why now? “We are constantly questioning our practices and how we can reduce impact on the environment,” Howard says.

“Now more than ever, there is a similar push from our commercial and corporate clients.

So, with this range you’ll be told the value of how much landfilled space each piece saved, upon purchase”.

This awesome new idea definitely has our green tick of approval!


 

Here to stay: McDonald & Hartshorne


After recent events, everyone is looking to push the refresh and reset button. You might not be able to control everything in the world, but you can certainly control the look of your beloved furniture pieces thanks to McDonald & Hartshorne.

 

 

The quality furniture specialists offer a professional restoration, repair and reupholstery service to your worn-down favourites.

They carry the latest fabrics, vinyl, and leather from leading New Zealand tanneries.

They can even arrange to get your woodwork restored through their recommended furniture polisher.

Mike has been in the furniture polishing business for more than 30 years and works in with the company.

The team wanted to give a “timely reminder that we are here, we have been going for 16 years and aren’t planning on stopping any time soon”.

As a company they offer free quotes; Keith Hartshorne can go to any home or business and clients can make an appointment and come the showroom.

Free quotes are also welcome via email, sales@qualityfurniture.co.nz.

The team at McDonald and Hartshorne are excited to announced that they have moved into their new store at 424 Asaph Street.

While it was only a small move, it means big things for the beloved locals.