Mr Bigglesworthy’s UK Collection of mid century modern designer furniture was unveiled to friends at Kingsland’s George Street gallery.
A nod to the collection’s roots, guests enjoyed Pimms cocktails and live jazz while browsing the selection of elegant retro sideboards, coffee tables, armchairs, stools and lamps set against a backdrop of fine art rugs from Dilana.
Self-proclaimed design aficionados, Mr Bigglesworthy founders Daniel and Emma Eagle have spent years scouring books and websites to find the perfect pieces. Brimming with inspiration and a few favourite items in mind, the couple set off to the UK earlier this year to explore and source their collection. Through a process of hunting and networking they accumulated enough treasures (with a few last minute additions) to fill a shipping container to bring home.
One of their most exciting finds was a rare selection of Archie Shine sideboards designed in the 1960s by one of Britain’s design greats, Robert Heritage. The Archie Shine ‘Rosewood’ sideboard is a very slender, minimalist piece built from highly grained Brazilian rosewoods. From the same design family, the ‘Granville’ sideboard is an absolute statement of luxury with not a single detail spared.
Other designers featured in the Mr Bigglesworthy UK collection include VB Wilkins for G-Plan, Ib Kofod Larsen for G-Plan, Frank Guile for Austinsuite, Frank Guile for Kandya, Tom Robertson for McIntosh, Lucian Ercolani for Ercol, Tim Bates for Pieff Furniture and Jerrold Nathan for Nathan Furniture.
The UK Collection is open to the public at 40 George Street Gallery in Auckland. The Gallery will be open until Wednesday 23 November, from 10am-5pm. All pieces are also online at mrbigglesworthy.co.nz.