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Sleep and Storage from Father Rabbit, in Auckland


Sleep and Storage from Father Rabbit, in Auckland

August 13, 2014

We’ve long admired the curatorial eye of Claudia Zinzan and Nick Hutchison of the Auckland, New Zealand, housewares store Father Rabbit Limited. The shop began online and expanded into a storefront next to the owners’ own home (see our post Shopper’s Diary: Father Rabbit Finds a New Home). Now the duo has taken curation a step further by designing a line of home goods. Our three favorite designs are what we consider absolute essentials: the perfect bed base, wall hooks, and shelf brackets.

Above: Designed by Claudia and Nick and made locally in New Zealand, the Father Rabbit Steel Bed Base has several customizable options. It comes in hot-rolled steel (a black steel with a clear lacquer finish, shown here), a Dulux Appliance White powder coating, or in custom colors. It’s available in the following sizes: Single ($1,890 NZD), King Single ($1,925 NZD), Double ($2,042 NZD), Queen ($2,085 NZD), King ($2,120 NZD), and Super-King ($2,150 NZD). The bed is made to order–custom sizes are also available–and takes three weeks to ship.

Above: The bed stands 350 millimeters (about 13.8 inches) tall at its highest point and the legs are 290 millimeters (about 11.5 inches) tall. The base has a small rail at the end for keeping the mattress in place and includes standard, non-flexible wooden slats (flexible slats can be requested, too). Claudia and Nick recommend an inner-sprung or futon-style mattress with straight sides and minimal rounding at the corners.

Above: “Father Rabbit simply can’t live without hooks,” the designers say. The Father Rabbit Peg Hooks are pine with a white satin paint finish and come in two precut lengths: 700 millimeters (about 27.5 inches), $56 NZD, and 900 millimeters (about 35.5 inches), $64 NZD. Custom lengths are also available.

Above: The peg hooks have holes on either end for screws.

Above: The Father Rabbit shop has a wall of shelves made by Claudia and Nick that they call “our go-to brackets.” They’ve just started selling their own shelving. 

Above: Made of pine and primed in white, the Father Rabbit Shelf Bracket comes ready to be painted to match your palette at home. Each measures 190 by 190 millimeters (about 7.5 by 7.5 inches) and is made from wood that’s 30 millimeters (1.2 inches) thick; $17 NZD each.

Interested in peg hooks? Have a look at Christine’s solution in Remodeling 101: How Shaker Peg Rails Saved My Summer Sanity. Also see Design Sleuth: Shaker Peg Rail in the Bath. For more design stores in New Zealand, visit our Auckland City Guide.

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