A New Zealand accent
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.