20 DEC 2018
Best of 2018
It's been another busy year for us and we want to take the time to say thanks to all the amazing customers and friends who have supported us throughout the year. From all of us at Mr. Bigglesworthy we hope you have a Merry Christmas and festive holiday season.
In the lead up the Christmas holidays, we're reflecting on the year past and what we loved the most; read on for the annual Mr. Bigglesworthy "Best Of" list! The members of our gallery team have selected their favourite things.
Local Fine Dining
Tucked away above the shops of Ponsonby, Sidart (pictured above) is an intelligent illustration of the degustation concept. Each course is a thrilling surprise and a wonderful place to dine with a small group of friends.
It’s been a lifelong ambition to create our own art collection and we’ve started small with a few purchases from Michael Lett and Whitespace Galleries which offer a special contribution to our home – these complement our other furniture and objects.
Auckland Heritage Festival
The Heritage Festival always gives me a reason to get out and explore some of the great architecture and history Auckland has to offer. This year we visited the 1947 Tibor Donner House in Titirangi, an inspired example of mid-century architecture in restored original condition.
Jacinda Ardern Named Among World's Most Influential Women
The appointment of our charismatic new Prime Minister has added spotlight to our small country on an international scale. We were proud she has been named among the most powerful women in the world by Forbes magazine.
Albert Frey at the Architecture and Design Film Festival
Several years ago we were lucky enough to visit the Palm Springs Visitors Centre with its impressive, elongated pitched roof by Albert Frey. The film detailed some of the influences which contributed to his body of work.
First Trade Show Stand
The design and execution of a small stand at The Design Show tested our ability to translate the store experience into a 3x3m space and we were really pleased with the result. Our stall neighbours from Bo Concept have become friends and introduced us to others in their Mt Eden neighbourhood.
Exploring a New Neighbourhood
Moving to Onehunga this year has opened a whole new world of brimming op shops, secret boardwalks around the coast and Japanese restaurants that feel like you’re sitting right in the middle of Osaka.
Visiting Friends Lost to Melbourne
For the city that has everything, here’s some more New Zealanders.
Supporting Local Business
I have loved watching the crazy success of my partner's cafe, Hare and the Turtle, born only a year ago and already named in Metro's Top 50 twice!
Mid-year, I started my exciting new job here at Mr. B, and now towards the end of the year I am finally beginning to build up a collection of mid-century pieces of my own. My most exciting purchase has just been confirmed – a gorgeous chair I’ve been eyeing up since my first day here.
Every move means finding a new local, and living at the top of College Hill has blessed me with finding Annabel’s Wine Bar. A small, simple menu and their intimate space make it the perfect spot for an evening tipple.
I went to the Auckland premier of ‘Loving Vincent’ – a film I had been eagerly following the production of for years. Each frame was painted by hand and seamlessly animated to bring van Gogh’s story to life again.
DAN AND EMMA CELEBRATE BABY EAGLE
We can’t wait to meet our baby in February after waiting several years! The growing belly and the waiting is increasingly challenging and exciting.
More inspiration you might like
Christmas Style Guide + Holiday Hours
While everyone's dining table will look a little different this Christmas, we've put together some fun ideas with the help of talented stylist Sara Black which will complement any meal.READ MORE
Introducing the Cheerful Wooden Characters of Kay Bojesen
Kay Bojesen is one of the most celebrated names of Danish design, and for very good reason. The silversmith and designer for which the brand is named dedicated his life to crafting small wooden toys of the highest quality for gifting to loved ones on special occasions.READ MORE
Tel Aviv – Bauhaus Capital City
If you had to guess where the largest collection of Bauhaus or ‘International Style’ architecture was located, the safe bet would be a German city like Berlin, Stuttgart, or even Dessau. The correct answer is surprising – it’s the Israeli city of Tel Aviv or the ‘White City’ as it’s affectionately known.READ MORE
Mid-Century Architecture in Focus – The Liberal Catholic Church of St. Francis (1964, Grafton)
Visiting a small but perfectly formed mid-century building by Jack Patterson.READ MORE