14 FEB 2018

'Neck of the Woods' Vintage Collection – Opens 8 March

Neck of the Woods, an upcoming vintage collection from Mr. Bigglesworthy. It responds to the late summer season and incorporates contemporary, saturated colour accents. Dan and Emma Eagle have curated pieces which combine sculptural lines with organic forms.

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Join the team at Mr. Bigglesworthy at the Gallery for a wine and seasonal treats at the collection opening.  


The opening event will be held at the Mr. Bigglesworthy Gallery  

Thursday 8 March

6 – 9pm

15 Williamson Ave, Ponsonby  

All pieces from the collection will also be available online from 10am on Friday 9 March.


"We are pleased to bring together a collection of vintage pieces which are out of the ordinary. Many have unique, playful details which represent the post-war design attitude. We’ve also brought in examples by designers who have achieved something remarkable and utterly simple at the same time".

The collection features highly collectable pieces from noted designers along with rare and unique work from those who are less well known, such as Percival Lafer. A Brazilian 1960s design favourite, he is represented in the collection by a club-style sofa – with slouched leather supported by a rosewood frame and memorable, outswept legs. The selection of pieces also includes celebrated architect and designer Arne Jacobsen's Series 7 and Swan Chairs in leather. These desirable chairs are still produced today and still as relevant to a contemporary audience as they were in the 1950s.

To capture the mood of the late summer season Dan and Emma were privileged to photograph the pieces together with stylist Amber Armitage at a 1960s home in Manurewa by founding members of the pioneering Group Architects, Bill Wilson and Ivan Juriss.

"The architectural response to modernist ideals pushed the New Zealand home to adopt a unique style, which is beautifully demonstrated through the work of Group Architects. The determined, young and experimental architects pursued a fresh perspective and innovative style. What we like about it is the open plan living, functional spaces, clean lines and inexpensive, natural materials used in an honest way as with this home.

"The house engages sympathetically with the site and connects to the soaring trees – rough sawn timber and large windows which wasn't a traditional part of a home at the time. Bi-fold doors add to the sense of connection with the surroundings and the spaces lend themselves to furniture with a lightness of form".

Neck of the Woods points to the local design language from the Group house architecture. The images represent a combination of local and international, an eclectic flavour which Dan and Emma hope will resonate with a New Zealand audience with a contemporary approach to interiors.

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