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Cult-hit Sarah Ellison furniture collection lands in New Zealand

The cult furniture collection from Sarah Ellison, whose signature ‘Huggy’ chair you’ve probably seen all over social media, has finally arrived on New Zealand shores.

Available exclusively at SLOW, the Australian designer’s eponymous line features a covetable collection of sculptural pieces, with hints of 70’s nostalgia. The Yoko bed is a standout, a Japanese minimalist design with bold spherical feet, while the curvy Muse sofa is a gorgeous vintage-inspired piece.

“I have been following the SLOW journey for a number of years and am delighted to showcase for the first time in New Zealand alongside such a phenomenal collection of creative designers,” says Ellison.

The designer has partnered with family-owned factories in Indonesia that specialise in timber and rattan, and has established an initiative to plant a tree for a farmer in the communities where the collections are produced for each piece purchased.

The Sarah Ellison collection is available online at slowstore.co.nz and in the soon-to-be open SLOW Auckland showroom. 

House tour: A palatial Spanish villa in the heart of Brisbane

This Mediterranean-inspired abode is a lesson in free-flowing, curved design.

Located in the quiet Brisbane suburb of Paddington, the Arcos Villa is a breathtaking Spanish-style villa. The forever home of Robert and Meghan Gray, the five-bedroom palatial house represents a collaboration between Joe Adsett Architects and Gray’s design and construction company, Graya Construction.

Credit: David Chatfield

Measuring just over 800 square metres, the old Queenslander home has been beautifully renovated into a Mediterranean inspired luxury villa, with six bathrooms, three living rooms, a swimming pool and space for eight cars.

Credit: David Chatfield

“We wanted a home that felt like we were in an international hotel, a home away from home. We wanted to achieve a Spanish villa feel with an Aussie twist,” says Gray.

Credit: David Chatfield

Flowing, curved shapes define the design style of the home, featuring elegant archways that are hallmarks of the Mediterranean style.

Free flowing interiors and exteriors with lots of natural light add to the luxurious and homely feel, the sun-drenched courtyard a standout feature of the home.

Credit: David Chatfield

“We wanted a space where we could easily entertain, a space that was connected to both the living area and outdoor entertaining area, yet comfortable for day-to-day use,” says Gray.

Credit: David Chatfield

Modern technology paired with minimal styling makes up the kitchen, sleek Gaggenau 200 series ovens fitting in elegantly aalongside the streamlined kitchen.

“Their seamless design enhanced the feel of the kitchen, they have a much more blended look rather than the focus being on the oven,” says Gray.