Monday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Tuesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Wednesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Thursday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Friday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Saturday11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
34 Thames Street, Oamaru
If you’ve been to fellow Neat Places like Riverstone Kitchen, Ōamaru Blue Penguin Colony or Whitestone Cheese, you’ve already experienced the genius of Design Federation. This award-winning interior design studio is situated in the heart of Ōamaru on Thames Street. Pop into their concept store and workshop studio space to see what it’s all about.
Towards the back of the space you’ll find the interior design studio which is lined by wallpaper and fabric samples in everything from bold patterns to understated textures. Here the team conceptualises, plans and executes stunning spaces for commercial and residential properties alike. Their work has been featured in a host of magazines, and the lifestyle store at the front of the building showcases their beautiful yet functional approach to design.
From candles to bath towels, planters to pyjamas, dresses to sunnies - Design Federation has beautiful objects and items for every facet of life. In keeping with great design aesthetics, the products are displayed on covetable built-in shelves. Much of what you’ll find here is made right here on the South Island or around New Zealand.
Design Federation has an affinity for natural textiles, and this shines through in the shop, too. On the clothing racks you’ll find numbers in cotton, linen, denim and silk from designer brands like Kate Sylvester, Twenty-Seven Names, Trelise Cooper and more that are hard not to run your hands across. The Wallace Cotton homewares section is complemented by soothing room sprays from George and Edi which are made in Wanaka. If you love lounging and athleisure you’ve come to the right place - Design Federation stocks Aimn activewear, Karen Walker sunnies and other pieces for effortless, everyday style.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself, looking for a gift or dreaming of a refreshed interior, be sure to pop into Design Federation the next time you’re in Ōamaru.
Words by Olivia Sisson & Photography by Nancy Zhou
34 Thames Street, Oamaru
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