Vis­ual sym­phony in home­wares

Paula Style - - Interiors -

Le Monde

launched their com­pany with great en­thu­si­asm, pas­sion and ex­cite­ment 12 years ago. Their vi­sion was to cre­ate a part­ner­ship with cus­tomers and to ser­vice the in­dus­try with the most ex­clu­sive, fash­ion­able, yet af­ford­able prod­ucts from around the world. We love that they have been able to bring a prod­uct to the mar­ket that of­fers ‘a point of dif­fer­ence’. Their con­cept store launched 2009 in Par­nell Auck­land, show­cas­ing a range of time­less pieces that trans­form a house into a home. A French inspired col­lec­tion seam­lessly blends Euro­pean lifestyle, with a Long Is­land, Cape Cod, and Caribbean at­mos­phere. These in­clude snug­gle-up so­fas, gor­geous glass­ware, vintage rat­tan fur­ni­ture and de­light­ful din­ner­ware. This stun­ning range also pos­sesses cer­tain ap­peal in the com­mer­cial sec­tor. It has proved to be a pop­u­lar choice for ho­tels, lodges and day spa re­sorts seek­ing to cre­ate a ‘ feel good’ at­mos­phere and a sen­sa­tion of seren­ity, com­fort and style. Now they have added a unique eclec­tic ce­ramic col­lec­tion (a flavour evoca­tive of East meets West), crafted by hand us­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods. Fur­ni­ture, light­ing, wall art, mir­rors and me­tal­lic all make up the in­fin­itely com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion that is con­stantly chang­ing. In 2011 they moved to the en­clave of ware­houses at the end of St Ge­orge’s Bay Road nes­tled be­side La Ci­gale and the French mar­kets, with am­ple park­ing right out­side and open 7 days a week. With all this ad­di­tional space they were able to add ‘the pot­ting shed’ at the rear of the show­room, hous­ing their pa­tio fur­ni­ture, pot­ted plants (real and faux), moss balls and an­tique ter­ra­cotta pots, re­flect­ing their love of gar­den­ing and al fresco. Early 2015 Le Monde de­cided to ex­pand their brand and launch a re­tail store in Pon­sonby, which opened in April. An old me­chan­ics’ work­shop has been con­verted into their re­tail space; from big glass front doors through to the barn doors at the back of the store. You will find most of their pop­u­lar pieces at Pon­sonby along­side some edgier el­e­ments. They are ex­cep­tion­ally proud of their com­mit­ment to qual­ity home­wares that ra­di­ate a style and at­mos­phere com­pli­men­tary to the Aus­tralasian lifestyles.

New Zealand brand spe­cial­is­ing in de­sign and home dec­o­ra­tion fo­cuses on cre­at­ing re­sults through ex­pert use of colour com­bined with clas­si­cal pro­por­tions.

Paula Style rec­om­mends a visit if you en­joy col­lect­ing clas­sics that en­dure.

Above: L To R: Large com­pos­ite stone Trentino Urn, elab­o­rate Chate­laine Con­sole and large hand painted blue and white Ginger Jar. Left: L to R; Main­ston Oak Book­case, Pierre Frey linen Cush­ion, stone gilded Bhudda Head and Caramel Globe. Right: Os­car Linen Chairs with de­con­structed back. Be­low: Chate­laine Day Bed with Jun­gle Print Cush­ions be­hind Contessa But­toned Bench Seat.

Vintage Shoe Lasts and carved Wooden Items.

Jun­gle An­i­mal Print Cush­ion sits amongst Pan­ther Cush­ions. L to R: Blue and white Ce­ramic Em­peror, Glass Can­is­ter, blue and white Ginger Jar, Antlers.

Aged Ter­ra­cotta Gar­den Saucers. A se­lec­tion of in­spi­ra­tional books.

Above: Ja­panese Lady Cush­ions on Li­lac Ginger Chairs. Right: Vene­tian Foun­tain and Com­pos­ite Stone Tus­can Planters. Be­low: Ce­ramic Par­rot Stool be­hind hand painted blue and white Ginger Pot and Ginger Jar. Above left: Scent. 5lux Can­dle on Nickel Em­bossed Tray. Nat­u­ral Sea Shells placed on Ce­ramic Footed Tray. Left: Hamil­ton Urns cen­tred be­tween Pros­ford Urns. Right: Cre­ate the per­fect set­ting with wooden Wind­sor Chairs and patina blue Painted Cab­i­nets.

Nat­u­ral Nau­tilus Shell and an­tique style Pot­tery Horse. Bone and Feather Balls.

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