New Zealand's Best Online Homewares Stores
Spending heaps of time at home feels like the new normal. Luckily, these New Zealand homeware brands offer an array of goods to spruce up that very environment for maximum enjoyment.
Total lockdown was tough, but necessary. While we are excited to order our favourite takeaways again in Level 3, many of us will still be spending almost all of our time at home. So if you are ready to level up your lounge, bathroom, kitchen or bedroom, look no further than this group of independent retailers who offer an impressive array of New Zealand homewares online. We are talking pillows, tools, crafts, candles and other locally made objects that are beautiful to look at, useful to have and guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and to your space.
Gathered I Whangarei
The team at Gathered in Whangarei truly believe that “useful is beautiful”. Their online store features classic lines like Chemex and, as many of us are learning, being able to make a good coffee at home is absolutely essential in a time like this. Gathered also offers Jamie Kay baby wear, Square Soapery products, Father Rabbit candles and other everyday luxuries. Be sure to keep an eye out for their workshops post lockdown and sign up to their gift registry if that’s you!
Everyday Needs I Auckland
The name says it all. Everyday Needs is a store for people who want to be informed when it comes to the decisions they make, right down to the products they buy. On the Everyday Needs website you will find everything from lanterns and stainless steel thermoses for camping, to luxe linen duvets and stylish desk supplies. Their online store is expertly organised just like their Ponsonby shop.
Junk and Disorderly I Auckland + Christchurch
Junk and Disorderly’s collection of vintage and new items makes it easy to curate a space with real character. A selection of their industrial, retro, shabby chic and new items are now available on TradeMe so that you can get your vintage hunting fix even during Level 3 and beyond. Whether you are after furniture, cutlery, wall hangings, candle holders, pots, pans or China pieces, don’t go past Junk and Disorderly.
Simon James Design I Auckland
The Simon James Store has offered NZ a fresh approach to ‘home’ since 2001 with honest materials, a desire for simplicity and lasting craftsmanship. Simon James “celebrates the spaces we spend time in” and that feel especially important right now. A trip to their showroom and/or retail stores is something you should absolutely plan on once life get back to normal. In the meantime, though, their online store offers their well known furniture and lighting alongside complementary clothing and object edits.
Tür I Auckland
Tür’s Karangahape Road store has featured the “creative process and exhibition of makers from New Zealand and abroad” since 2014. If you find handmade textiles, clothing and ceramics even a bit enticing, this shop and their online edit are not to be missed. The organic, natural colour palette featured on their website is soothing and the textures jump out even from a screen. Supporting craftspeople through one of a kind pieces never felt so exciting.
Father Rabbit I Auckland
A home store that started... at home. Father Rabbit opened in a Grey Lynn split villa in 2012 and have been offering everyday household items, wardrobe pieces, furniture and baby wear ever since. Their product range is simply beautiful. Every piece is “practical and pleasing in both form and function.. with an underlying sense of quality and timelessness, these items are tried and true…” and you can get them all online!
Tessuti I Auckland
Tessuti is the luxury gift and homeware boutique of our dreams. Their online store, which you can even browse by maker, is a joy just to look at. The ‘Journal’ entries are full of lockdown inspiration, tips on creating rituals while you spend time at home and simple, well made items that are hard not to want. Be sure to check out their Mother’s Day edit (silk pillow slip anyone?).
Alex and Corban I Auckland
Alex and Corban started as a pop-up shop in Takapuna in 2015 but have since grown into one of the biggest New Zealand homewares brand - they even have an exclusive linen line (100% French flax linen bedding, stonewashed for a super soft feel.) They are known for dropping products you didn’t know you absolutely needed, like Emu slippers, that sell out fast!
Crushes I Auckland
This spot is a self proclaimed home for conscious consumers. Crushes celebrates New Zealand made by collecting the very best locally designed items and vintage clothing for an offering that is equal parts sustainable, beautiful and ever-changing. They have just added an essential oils range that makes for a beautiful, at-home aromatherapy treatment.
Sunday Home Store I Waihi Beach
At Sunday Home Store, “design is the art of living well”. And live well you will with any of their aesthetically pleasing pieces for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and laundry. Their online ‘Everyday Essentials’ edit is brimming with cleaning products that make chores a joy, cute keep cups and elegant drink bottles. If you are planning on tying the knot anytime soon, don’t miss their wedding registry option either!
Paper Plane Store I Mt Maunganui
Just like a paper plane, this shop’s ethos is all about simple, clean lines. Items found in their online shop like Citta carafes and tumblers in fun, seasonal colours, offer function and flare. They also stock some seriously chic winter wear by Sophie, Zulu and Zephyr, Kowtow and others, and adorable baby numbers by Jamie Kay.
Blackbird Goods I Napier
At Blackbird Goods stylist Gem Adams and husband Nathan Speeden, offer lifestyle items with an emphasis on beauty, quality and well designed practicality. New items are always being added to their online shop, and recent additions include vintage hand knotted rugs and undyed sheepskin rugs that are unique and sure to warm up any space as autumn, and later winter, roll in!
Precinct 35 I Wellington
Precinct 35 just turned five and, as they put it, they offer “good goods”. Whilst closed during Level 3, their online store certainly does the chic space justice and features seriously cool jewellery, unique ceramic pieces that often sell out, colourful prints and Curio Glass candles - a luxurious range of scented candles poured into hand blown glass pieces.
Madame Fancy Pants I Wellington
Madame Fancy Pants have been trading on Wellington’s iconic Cuba Street since 2007 with a fabulous and fun approach to women’s fashion, accessories, baby wear, paper and, of course, homeware. Their online store features Father Rabbit candles, wall art, adorable cups and mugs and a line of Laing essential oils perfect for relaxing at home.
Iko Iko I Wellington and Auckland
A Cuba Street icon, Iko Iko, is almost impossible to pass by without popping in to check out all the colour and fun. Their online shop is equally delightful and features the same unique, interesting line of homewares and gifts. If you or someone you know has a birthday coming up, Iko Iko has what you need. Items like the Studio Arhoj ghosts, Chunky drink bottles and Iko Iko’s exclusive tote bags, brighten up any space and make wonderful gifts.
Frances Nation I Christchurch
Frances Nation offers one of the most complete, iconic and downright beautiful collections of New Zealand wares we have found. Their shop, located in Christchurch’s Art Centre, is a treat to visit, but so is their online store which is full of best sellers like soap from Mt. Somers, handmade knives, leather goods and other items from the country’s best blacksmiths, skincare makers, woodworkers, weavers, hatters, glove makers, shoe makers and potters.
Infinite Definite I Christchurch
Infinite Definite have been in the business of selling local and international clothes from their Christchurch store since 2008. Run by husband and wife team Jono and Sarah Moran, lifestyle and homewares goods have been added to the Inf Def collection over time and it works. In their online store’s ‘Life’ category you’ll find old classics like the Anglepoise lamp amongst design publications and magazines, beautiful Baina towels and more.
HAPA I Christchurch
Christchurch’s Hapa is a one stop shop for local design. Their collection of gifts, jewellery and homeware is thoughtfully curated and includes a ‘Te Reo Māori’ edit which showcases “fun and iconic elements of kiwiana that contribute to our sense of nationhood and heritage, and elevate the use of Te Reo Māori, the Māori language”. Find it all in their online store.
Shopology I Christchurch
Shopology’s Riverside Market location is stunning so be sure to pop in for a visit post lockdown. In the meantime check out their online store and absolutely do not miss their range of Shamarra Alpaca products. These luxe throws, jumpers, hats and shawls are all made with alpaca wool from the Shamarra Alpaca farm located on Banks Peninsula. Never dyed and produced solely here in Aotearoa, these super soft, luxurious pieces can only be purchased directly from Shopology or the farm itself!
Vull I Dunedin
Vull specialises in high quality, designer homeware. Their online store features funky, designed focused lighting, Fazeek Terrazzo soaps, House of Chocolate products, Form Lights, designer dog collars, hanging garden baskets, Surmanti candles and other items that will elevate your space and add a bit of well deserved luxury into the everyday.
Moi on George I Dunedin
Moi on George’s charming upstairs space sits perched above (you guessed it) George Street in Dunedin’s CBD. Their online store features the Forestry Wool blanket range. These throws are tried and true when it comes to keeping you warm in the wintry months. Pecora felt coasters (also available in Moi’s online store) go perfectly with these woollen blankets, too.
Made Good is an online store born from a love of beautiful things made well, made sustainably and made to last. The collection will offer elegant and ethical alternatives to the everyday – products for people who want to live an aesthetic life while minimising their environmental footprint. If you have a sensibility for good design and want quality products that will last the years, keep an eye out for this new player on the New Zealand homeware brands scene!
Slow I Queenstown
An experiential showroom located in the heart of Queenstown, Slow offers an array of “authentic brands that can make a difference in your life and the life of others.” Their online store reflects the showroom’s calming aesthetic and product ranges like Bodha’s aromatherapy oils, perfumes, eye masks and pillows are just what you need to relax right now. Free shipping nationwide.
Best Wishes is your online location for “special and functional items for your home and bookshelf.” Based in Wellington, this online retailer makes it their business to work with independent artisans who value handmade and traditional production techniques. Their Hohepa candles are produced by residents of Hohepa Homes in Hawkes Bay a community for special needs individuals.
Founder, Rukaiya Daud, sources antique pieces and home accessories on her many adventures for Fourth Street, her online New Zealand homewares brand. Here you’ll find everything from artfully made playing cards to beach towels, candle holders and some seriously covetable amethyst bowls.
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