Even if you’re familiar with Slow and its curation of modern designer furniture and homewares, visiting its Victorian-era showroom in Grey Lynn puts everything in context. The space is curated by interior designer and founder Martina Blanchard in a way that looks like a home, so you can see and feel how each piece would be an addition to your own.
The base of the two-level store itself is a blank canvas, with a shadow-like custom-made wallpaper from artist Pascale Risbourg to break up the white-painted brick walls.
Alongside timeless mainstay brands such as Frama, Pols Potten and Ferm Living, Slow is the exclusive Aotearoa stockist of Byron Bay designer Sarah Ellison. She’s best known for her ’70s-inspired pieces such as the faux-shearling Huggie chair and rattan inlay Halston console.