Wilson & Dorset

Monday10:00 am – 4:00 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.

Saturday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Sunday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

53 Helwick Street, Wanaka

03-443 4376

We love to sit down. But it wasn’t until we plonked ourselves on a Wilson & Dorset Shaggy Bean Bag and lounged on their sheepskin rugs that we realised just how good putting one’s feet up could be. What a revelation.

Founded by Amanda Dorset and Ben Wilson, the interior design brand has been supplying both locals and worldwide customers with luxurious, made-to-last pieces for the past 10 years. The duo aren’t ashamed to admit their passion for the cosy fibre – even if it does border on weird obsessive. Plus, Ben comes from a long line of farmers so you can rest assured that everything coming out of the woolwork is high quality (Woolmark Certified from 100% natural and sustainably-sourced curly sheepskins to be precise).

The lush items were first available at boutiques around the country and featured at the odd pop up in town before they finally moved into their own Wanaka-based design store a few years back.
Walking into the Wilson & Dorset shop is quite literally like walking into a cuddle. The bright white space is layered with piles of wooly cushions, rugs and sheepskins on every wooden surface. You may think you’re coming in for just a browse but don’t be surprised if you succumb to a pillowy nook right up until closing time (better set an alarm, just in case). Complementing the Wilson & Dorset range are local and natural products for the conscious buyer, including goods from Ico Traders Furniture, Lisa Bate Ceramics, Galit Maxwell Pottery, Remarkable Candles, Joco Cups, an array of prints, and leather handbags and scarves from local designer Scarlett & Victor.

The natural colour palette across the whole range promises to look beautiful in any home, is made to handle the rough and tumble of everyday life and has a special meditative softness to cushion the body and heal the mind. So on that note, it’s off back to the beanbag for us.

Words by Maggie Worthington & Photography by Nancy Zhou

53 Helwick Street, Wanaka

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