The complete package

The complete package

Lucinda Diack talks to Designmade owner Andrew Hopping about what makes this interior design service stand out from the crowd

When it comes to selecting the fittings and furnishings for your home, achieving the perfect aesthetic balance between your floor tiles, curtains and furniture can be a juggling act – one that often requires multiple trips to multiple stores in order to uncover the ideal pieces. 
Designmade is an essential resource for those seeking inspiration and solutions for their interior, providing an elegant space in which to browse the very best in traditional and contemporary furniture, fabrics, wallcoverings, flooring, blinds and lighting. 
Established as a space for fabric houses, flooring companies, furniture designers and the like to promote their products, Designmade has expanded from Auckland into both Wellington and Christchurch. For Cantabrians, it has become a destination when it comes to interior design decision making. 
‘While we operate as a trade showroom for designers, architects and retailers’, explains Andrew Hopping, ‘we encourage the general public to come in and use the space as a resource.
‘We offer a complete cross-section of interior products’, he continues. ‘Designers can bring their clients in to see how various pieces and items will work together; equally, the general public can come in and use our Designer Directory to find someone to work with. The possibilities are endless.’ 
As well as enabling you to experience items and products prior to purchase, the showroom also boasts its own espresso bar, Coco Espresso – offering visitors a pleasing space in which to relax and contemplate. 
‘While I tend to shy away from the phrase one-stop shop’, shares Andrew, with a smile, ‘that is exactly the concept – we really do have every facet of the interior market covered.’

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Made in Germany and engineered for our New Zealand climate, Haro timber flooring is easy to install, with the locking system on all four sides. Totally pre-finished, it is ready to walk on immediately; and, with no sanding, staining or finishing required, there is no mess or lingering smells – just a beautiful engineered oak floor ready for you to enjoy.


Charles Parsons Interiors introduces Kendi – the latest collection from Kai of London. Featuring a contemporary range of blended linens in drapery and upholstery qualities, the collection seamlessly blends a range of elegant embroidered designs with soft textures and innovative stripes to offer a complete solution for your home.

Available as 5, 6 or 10 lights in varying shade sizes, the Nuage light is a contemporary take on the classic chandelier


French interior design house Elitis is a leader in interior innovation, with collections that continually influence design trends. Their extensive range of fabrics, wall coverings and wallpapers bring ‘art’ to the spaces we inhabit.

Anya and Primo by Basford Brands are fresh, contemporary designs that bring a touch of playfulness to any interior. Taking cues from nature, Anya is a modern version of a floral design, while Primo offers a coordinating organic-influenced geometric.

Handcrafted here in Christchurch, the Savannah Club sofa achieves the perfect balance between comfort, style and quality.

Update your outdoor living area with modular furniture fit for purpose. Available in various configurations for versatility, the combination of outdoor foams, Sunbrella outdoor fabric, and alloy and teak framing ensures your piece can remain outdoors year round.

Designers Guild’s new Milan chair and sofa collection features sleek tailored lines with supreme comfort. Equally at home in relaxed or formal spaces, adorned with Designer Guild cushions it is the ultimate in elegance

A highly useable collection of small-scale upholstery weaves, Scion's Tomoko draws its inspiration from the simple shapes and clean lines embodied in Japanese design.

Flatweave rugs are a simple and easy way to update a room. Lightweight and often reversible, they offer you twice the wear and are a great option for those with allergies, as dander and dust don’t hang in the weave as easily. With many variations in colour, pattern and texture, they are a versatile choice.

Ecoview Met Roller Blinds from SP Blinds feature a range of aluminium-backed fabrics, which reflect 50% of the heat normally absorbed by dark coloured fabrics. They offer the ultimate in light control, providing excellent protection from both glare and heat, while allowing good outward visibility.

Practical, tactile and beautiful, marble is a striking addition in the kitchen and in the living room

Bathroom basics

Bathroom basics

A place in the sun

A place in the sun