Not to toot our own horns or anything, but us Aucklanders are a talented bunch. There’s a variety of shakers and makers right here in our city that we’re proud as punch to have around. From a perfect addition to your home to gifts worth giving, you’re bound to find art, design and fashion that’s nothing short of perfect created right in our shores. It’s time to discover what our wonderful talent has to offer—here are the perfect places to find local artists and designers so you can shop ‘til you drop!
The Poi Room
Located in both Newmarket and Ponsonby, The Poi Room has become a mecca for New Zealand and locally made art objects, jewellery and wall art. Owners Melanie-Jane and Clayton Smith have a true passion for carefully curating a range of perfect gifts and additions to your home. They look for that ‘heart flutter’ moment when looking for works to sell, and you’re sure to have that exact feeling when you walk into these beautiful stores. Representing both emerging and established artists, you can search for that perfect art from the comfort of bed with an extensive online store too!
Showcasing all things clever by design, the clever: online shop is a fully stocked marketplace for a design-hungry audience. You’ll meet talented New Zealand designers even beyond their name and art—you’ll be able to read each of their stories in a wee blog written by them. From artist and designer formantics, lighting duo White Light, toy designer Golly Family and so much more, there’s a range of Auckland artists to discover right on your screen!
If your walls need a little bit of loving, this needs to be your first stop. You’ll find a wonderful selection of art prints not found anywhere else for every budget. When you visit the Ponsonby Road endemicworld studio, you’ll be welcomed by hundreds of paintings, screen prints, fine art, letterpress prints and so much more all from our very shores. They’ll be happy to custom frame your pretty new print with New Zealand hand-crafted frames.
Auckland Art Fair
If you want an art experience beyond the ordinary, the Auckland Art Fair is making its home in The Cloud from the 23 May to 27 May. Inviting art collectors and newbies to the art scene alike, you’ll find talks, tours, pop-up restaurants and of course, a whole lot of New Zealand, local and international artworks of every kind. There’s even a brand new section to this year’s fair called Piki Mai: Up Here ^^ featuring a small number of young galleries, artist-run spaces and student/recent graduate exhibitions. A perfect space for discovering emerging artists, there’s something different to be discovered in this new space.
Supporting the growth of Maori and New Zealand art and design, Kura has an extensive range of artworks unique to Aotearoa. Featuring contemporary Maori carvings, innovative design, jewellery, furniture, and genuine pounamu, this is your one-stop art shop to find that perfect gift. With a store in Auckland right behind the Viaduct and a range online, this is a hub of beautiful local artworks you won’t find anywhere else.
Bread and Butter Letter
In a world of mass-production, goods that are lovingly handmade are in a world of their own. If you’re not all over this quirky Ponsonby Road shop already, you should be making plans to visit quick stat. With the best of New Zealand made and vintage all under one roof, Bread and Butter Letter’s boutique is small and mighty. There’s charming vintage clothing, heartwarming teas, candles all from 100% local suppliers, these designers are the best in the New Zealand craft scene. Supporting socially conscious, sustainable small businesses, you’ll find perfect gifts for those #treatyoself moments and for that hard-to-buy friend.
Meet the artists behind the lovingly handmade gifts at this much-loved craft market rotating between Kingsland and Mt Eden. At Crafternoon Tea more than 60 beautifully curated stalls come together selling everything from homeware, fashion, jewellery, and art, along with DIY craft workshops—this is a market lovers’ dream. You’ll be kept well-fuelled with delicious street food and coffee stalls, this is a fun day out to support local and meet the designers that might just very well become your favourite.
As one of New Zealand’s iconic design stores for Kiwiana and quirky homewares, The Vault has been doing their thing since 1991. They bring you the best from New Zealand’s dynamic creative community on their online store and their two retail stores in Takapuna and Chancery Street. You’ll find perfect artworks and jewellery for every age and tastes, as well as art objects to add that quirky charm to your home. Deck your walls out in their extensive range of prints and clocks or, send your overseas friends a some Kiwiana gifts for a taste of New Zealand.
Image Credit: The Poi Room