YOYO rolls into Auck­land

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YOYO De­sign by Ki­wis has rolled into Pon­sonby. You can now dis­cover qual­ity, in­no­va­tive Kiwi-de­signed fur­ni­ture, home­ware and light­ing all un­der the one roof.

Todd and Fiona Hayvice named the store, which first opened in Welling­ton in 2011, af­ter the clas­sic chil­dren’s toy – ev­i­dence that great de­sign can have an in­fi­nite life­span.

Fur­ni­ture is in Todd’s blood, he’s the third gen­er­a­tion in a Welling­ton fam­ily of renowned fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­ers and re­tail­ers.

Grow­ing up as will­ing chief duster and mer­chan­dise dis­player, his eye for de­sign was re­warded with his own line and a coun­try theme store in Christchurch to open and run.

Af­ter some time as a Cantabrian, Todd moved to Syd­ney, keen to try his hand in the in­ter­na­tional fur­ni­ture mar­ket.

A chance meet­ing with a buyer from David Jones took him from start-up to suc­cess overnight. His home ac­ces­sories whole­sale busi­ness sold to nearly 100 Aus­tralian re­tail stock­ists.

Now an es­tab­lished name in the in­dus­try, Todd was of­fered a po­si­tion in the Aus­tralian head of­fice of fur­ni­ture gi­ant IKEA.

As the store’s up­hol­stery manager, he worked along­side the head de­sign team in Swe­den, mas­ter­mind­ing an­nual de­signs for the Aus­tralian mar­ket and even­tu­ally as­sist­ing with the set-up of the sec­ond largest store in Europe.

Re­turn­ing to New Zealand, Todd and Fiona were per­turbed that Kiwi de­sign was not be­ing spun-out on its own shores.

‘‘New Zealan­ders have such cre­ativ­ity but limited re­tail plat­forms to cham­pion and show­case their tal­ents,’’ says Fiona.

‘‘We wanted to change that by drawing on our de­sign and re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence to of­fer fur­ni­ture, home­ware and light­ing de­signed by Ki­wis,’’ she says.

Sai Ham­sala’s cock­tail kit is packed with equip­ment to pull out drinks like his Rich Heart and Just In Thyme.

Sand­hya Sed­hai tries her hand be­hind the bar.

Pho­tos: ROSE CAW­LEY

Shaoyu Du and Mo­hammed Faize get ready to learn a few tricks from the cock­tail mas­ter.

Pre­drag Jo­vanovic leans in for a taste.

Todd & Fi Hayvice Sep 2011. Welling­to­ni­ans Fiona and Todd Hayvice, own­ers of YOYO De­sign by Ki­wis, have just opened its first Auck­land store on Wil­liams Ave in Pon­sonby.

YOYO De­sign by Ki­wis stocks qual­ity and in­no­va­tive Kiwi de­signed fur­ni­ture, home­ware and light­ing all un­der one roof

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