The Collect

Monday8:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Tuesday8:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Wednesday8:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Thursday8:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Friday8:30 am – 5:30 pm.

SaturdayClosed.

SundayClosed.

Suite 1, Level 1, 185 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central

0210 257 7796

A repurposed space taking up much of the first floor of Kensington House on Manchester Street, The Collect is the brainchild of Lara Marshall, an event producer, illustrator and graphic designer. Lara’s idea was to create a co-working space to re-home displaced creatives and freelancers post-earthquakes. She had her eye on the old Kensington House her family was restoring and saw it as the perfect place to set up shop.

Not just any ordinary shared workspace, The Collect has been painstakingly curated to achieve an inspiring place to work and collaborate. It’s a relaxed and comfortable space with enough interest to keep you productive - the place is decked out in warm tones together with a living wall, and is further brought to life by the interesting items Lara and her family have collected over the years - the Remington typewriter, vintage Singer sewing machine and dinosaur figurines will help you draw inspiration. The wooden tables and benches were handmade by Lara’s father, and regular trips to Hong Kong saw her bring back a container’s worth of couches and industrial-style shelves and lamps.

The space, which is more a studio than an office, has a number of breakout areas including a shared kitchen and waiting area. Lara wanted to create a space where people that people would walk into and feel instantly at home.

The concept of The Collect will eventually evolve to offer events based on the Work-Shop concept in Sydney, where they will host regular after-hour workshops spanning in different areas of expertise to enrich the tenants and provide another point of interest for the growing Collect community. With space for 18 permanent desks and hot desking capacity for 12 people, The Collect is a buzzing place for hard-working people who enjoy a laugh.

Words by Tahlia Vogel & Photography by Naomi Haussmann

Suite 1, Level 1, 185 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central

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