19 DEC 2019

Best of 2019 – Our Picks

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 "Best Of" list! The members of our gallery team have selected their favourite things from the year and from our range over at Good Form.

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DAN

Best Experience

Staying at a friend’s bach for a few day on Waiheke Island over winter. It rained a lot but was beautiful and relaxing.

Best Food and Drink

Fabric Restaurant in Hobsonville Point. Great food and stunning interior by Walker Mitchell.

Best Design Find

Since I do the buying for Mr Bigglesworthy I get to see a lot of beautiful vintage design from all over the world. I’m always most excited when I find a rare design from here in New Zealand. Recently I purchased two very rare locally produced armchairs by the revered modernist architect Ernst Plischke. We donated the last one we had to Te Papa around five years ago and I haven’t seen another since then.

Good Form Wishlist Item

If I ever get the space I’d love an Ercol Originals Studio Daybed by Lucian Ercolani.


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EMMA

Best Place

MoNA in Hobart is listed by Lonely Planet as #20 out of the top 100 things to see in the world. Created with an extraordinary vision by a mad billionaire art collector, it’s a bucket list experience for sure.

Best Food and Drink

Coda, 141 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Describing itself as ‘ French – Vietnamese’ or ‘Modern Asian’ we loved the industrial chic interior, expertly presented and original cuisine and engaging staff.

Best Design Find

Sklo Studio – the work of Czech glass design company is highly original, quirky and thought provoking.

Good Form Wishlist Item

I love the design of the Le Sfere Model 2109 Chandelier and the story of the designer behind it, Gino Sarfatti. We’d love this piece and an architectural home designed to show it off it too!


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FINN

Best Place

The Oakley Creek pathway has become my favourite place to discover this year. After some exploration in my new neighbourhood of New Windsor I came across the creek pathway, which runs from Sandringham to Waterview with multiple parks and other attractions along the way.

Best Food

I love Safka on Pitt Street in Auckland for European confectionary and other treats. Half of my family is from Finland so there are nostalgic favourites aplenty which help to ease homesickness for my second homeland.

Best Design FInd

I’m always looking for new pieces to add to my collection so there are lots of options for a favourite purchase, but I think the highlight would be the 1980s anodised aluminium kettle from Italian manufacturer Irmel which I snapped up from an opshop earlier this year.

Good Form Wishlist Item

My top pick would be the Vannfall Jug by Jin Kuramoto from our newest brand addition, Nedre Foss. The bold volume and texture reminds me of carved ice and recalls nordic art glass from the 70s.


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FLORENCE

Best Experience

Every year is a good year for NZ music, and 2019 was a great year for local gigs. My absolute highlight was seeing Lawrence Arabia (again) play an intimate acoustic set of songs old and new at Pah Homestead.

Best Drink

It’s been a year for exploring natural wines, notably Tincan’s 2017 Persuasive Pet Nat. Made in a small batch of 900 bottles, it made for a fresh, crisp, and gently effervescent drop with true honey tones.

Best Design Find

I bought a funny little memphis-style table lamp of unknown origin that has brightened up my flat’s lounge this year. I actually saw a couple of these in a show recently was set in 1970s New Zealand, but mine was a lucky Trademe win for $1.

Good Form Wishlist Item

I’m currently very taken by the Platå Tray from Nedre Foss. Each plateau is made from a solid piece of ash wood and has a delightful weight to it. Designers Anderssen and Voll describe it as ‘a secular relative to an altar’ which I think is an interesting concept for displaying more domestic items.



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