The name does what it says; Everyday Needs is a store that collects the utensils and items you use daily. Ones that might be overlooked but make a difference to the way you organise and live your life; bowls, lamps, even trash cans that are well made and functional. The store, unfortunately, is located a way away in Auckland. But it is popping up at Poepke for two months and opened on October 16.
The idea was borne out of Katie Lockhart’s work as a stylist. “I kept getting asked, ‘Where do I get a nice bathmat?’ ‘Where do I get a nice soap tray?’ So I just started slowly, gently, bringing a few things in and now it’s escalated … to a shop,” she says. Lockhart was hired as assistant designer to Karen Walker after showing her graduate project, a series of headscarves, before working in Milan for an interiors magazine where interior styling became her game.
Her favourite items at the pop-up include brass and iron towel hangers made in Japan specifically for Everyday Needs; Laurie Steer utensil holders and Ruth Castle’s hand-woven garlic holder. For the most part, Everyday Needs is made of objects found on Lockhart’s travels and things which appeal to her personally. “It’s quite instinctive,” she says. “I definitely don’t have a list I’m ticking off. It’s quite organic in terms of finding things I think that are right for our customer – for what I’d like to live with, really.”