With summer teasing us from the wings, images of the beach are beginning to creep into the collective imagination. For the lucky among us, there will be plans afoot for a sojourn to the family bach.
Launching November 20, Mr Bigglesworthy has put together Long Weekend, a collection of furniture hand-picked to match New Zealand’s modern beach house. No longer simply a humble pad by the beach, baches in New Zealand now encompass architecturally designed houses that open out into their natural surroundings, with warm, low-maintenance materials inside and out.
“With summer coming, we wanted to put together a collection that references the classic kiwi bach, but in a more contemporary context with high-end furniture. New Zealand has this cool tradition of hanging out at the beach and we wanted to capture some of that history, but update it. The modern bach is really a platform to look out from, so you want there to be honesty and clarity in the materials of the furniture, and a relationship with the natural surroundings through warm and natural woods,” says co-owner Dan Eagle.
With pieces chosen to match with polished concrete floors and timber-clad interiors, and for their timelessness and longevity, the Long Weekend collection includes classics such as Eames and DON chairs, a rare Wheat Sheaf coffee table by Edward Wormley, and a Rex folding rocking chair. The collection will open with an in-store event on Saturday, November 21 where customers will get a taste of summer in the form of homemade lemonade and lollipops.