A New Zealand ac­cent

The Dominion Post - Your Weekend (Dominion Post) - - In The Mix -

No doubt about it, Ki­wis love home­wares that speak of New Zealand.

Sheep, gum­boots, na­tive birds and trees, Tip Top ice­cream and the Four Square man abound on all man­ner of posters, coast­ers, tea tow­els and table­ware – and re­tail­ers re­port that th­ese items sell steadily to nos­tal­gic home­own­ers.

“Th­ese things are so closely en­twined with our mem­ory that they speak to us,” says in­te­rior de­signer Donna White. And the things that re­sound with us are the very things we should have in our homes.

One of New Zealand’s most avid Ki­wiana fans is Welling­to­nian Peter Al­sop, a se­ri­ous col­lec­tor and au­thor of sev­eral books on New Zealand art and de­sign. Peter’s Welling­ton home (pic­tured above) is full of au­then­tic Kiwi art and para­pher­na­lia, sourced mainly from col­lecta­bles stores and Trade Me. Over­flow items find a home in his fam­ily bach near Castle­point.

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