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Ponsonby

If I lived in Auckland, I’d want to live in Ponsonby. We spent about three days there earlier this year, and fell in love with the cool vibe, the lifestyle/interior/fashion stores, and the amazing and delicious cafes and bars all dotted down one street.

 

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Ponsonby Central had recently opened, an open plan, newly renovated complex with a very industrial feel. Its home to a gourmet green grocer, several super cool bar/restaurants and a well chosen selection of lifestyle stores.

Weekend Trader was a great little shop, one of our favorites, they curate and collect crafted pieces for the modern world.

 

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Pieces inspired by yesteryear, yet designed for today. Their concept is to hunt and collect. To uncover oddities and curiosities from around the world. Discarded treasures, handcrafted lighting, furniture and accessories. Objects of design and desire…. and then display them for us to explore and re discover.  www.weekendtrader.net

 

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Duck Tape Workshop, is a phone store with a difference. A super well styled set up, with a carefully chosen set of merchandise, work benches with phone technicians wearing classy workmans aprons. Along side the second hand repaired phones that were for sale, were exquisite leather accessories such as IPAD cases, phone covers, lap top slips. One of my favorite touches was the custom wallpaper they had designed for the space with a selection of work tools as illustrations. It made a nice change from walking into the phone shops that I’m used to in the UK.

 

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About Shan Valla

Shan Annabelle Valla is a London-based designer of luxury glass and porcelain objects for the interior. Shan graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2009 and her products have been stocked in Selfridges, Liberty and Paul Smith.

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