Katrina Hobbs first collection four years ago, ‘Out of the Woods’, creates a story which has been at the core of every collection she has created.
Each design begins with this story-based artwork from which a large repeat is created then digitally printed on to luxurious textiles, silk, velvet and pure linen which are the mainstays of her collections. The featherlight cashmere and silk blended scarves are a full reflection of her artwork.
After growing the wholesale side of the business for the past four years, Katrina has enjoyed an ever-increasing association with patrons and colleagues from beautiful design stores throughout New Zealand, Australia and Europe.
Two months ago, Katrina took the leap to open her first retail store – Katrina Hobbs Design at 187 Ponsonby Road.
The elegant Ponsonby villa is home to her full range of Katrina Hobbs Design – cushions, scarves and now napery. And, excitingly, alongside her own stock, Katrina Hobbs Design is curating with beautiful and coveted collections of international linens, homewares, gifts, books and treasures, setting out the shop like a European-style salon.
A dining table lain with linen tablecloth, brimming with beautiful handmade porcelain from coveted Mud Australia plates, bowls and serving platters and dressed with unique hand-finished cutlery from Portuguese design house Cutipol, welcomes you into her store.
A large bed framed with Katrina’s wide range of velvet and linen cushions, offers the opportunity to set up and see your perfect linen bedding, blanket and cushion scenario in person.
In the heart of the shop, a lush velvet charcoal sofa and golden mustard chairs create an ideal setting for you to experiment with your own selection of favourite cushions and add New Zealand-made mohair throws.
“The store injects colour, texture and high-end European style into the homewares scene. We encourage visitors to trial scarves in the back room or sit by the fireplace set with the latest offerings from Nachtmann & Riedel cocktail and whiskey collections and browse our hand-picked selection of books.
“And, as an Interior Designer, of course I’m happy to help create your ideal home and design environment. My colleague, Tina, brings her own delightful sensitivities to Katrina Hobbs Design, and, waiting for her mention, Riley, our very young bundle of black fur puppy, is on hand to assist in any way she can,” says Katrina.
Welcome to Katrina Hobbs Design.
KATRINA HOBBS DESIGN, 187 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 0183, www.katrinahobbsdesign.com