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Simon James


Simon James has been at the forefront of New Zealand design for some time now. Having been in production since 1996 when he received his Bachelor of Spatial Design from Auckland University of Technology, his contemporary designs are forward thinking, sleek and functional and have been exhibited in major cities around the world including Tokyo, New York and Milan.

The company Simon James Design was established in 1998 as a means for Simon to distribute his own work, and to represent some of the best international and local design talent. He also regularly works with architects and other design professionals creating innovative furniture and lighting solutions.

The Simon James Showroom, located in Upper Queen Street, Auckland, showcases products suited to the home or office, and is open to both commercial and retail clients.

Here are some of my favourite pieces. The 'Halford Bed' was originally a bespoke piece designed for my cousin Sarah (lucky girl), so the name stuck. When we build our house, this is the bed I want, and not just because it bears my name, but because I love the blond wood and beautiful, minimalist design. I also want the Trestle Table, Silver Ash Sideboard and Fleetwood Sofa. Am I being greedy? Probably, but with furniture this divine, I just can't help it!  

Trestle Table
Zepher Sofa and L5 Table
Silver Ash Sideboard
Halford Bed
Hawk Bar Leaner
Fleetwood Sofa 
Mabel Dining Table
Jetson Sofa (without arms)
Hawk Table 

The Simon James Concept Store is located at The Department Store. Take a look at my previous posts on this luxury retail space here and here. Located on the ground floor, you will find a stunning collection of luxury homeware, jewellery and design, carefully hand-picked by Simon and also available from his online store. An ever-changing, beautifully thought out selection, here are some current pieces that I'm lusting after. 

1. Benah Cleo Scarf | 2. Elva Tote | 3. Jessica McCormack Jewellery  
4. Benah Kodi Bag | 5. Bank In The Form Of A Pig by designer Harry Allen  
6. Stanley Pendant in copper | 7. David Trubridge Coral Light | 8. La Gras Table Lamp | 9. So Soap Body Soap | 10. Cup by David Chipperfield

You'd think that would be enough eye-candy for one post, but I just have to tell you about the Simon James Wedding Journal. If you are planning a wedding, or know someone who is, then you must check this out immediately! 'A carefully curated selection of wedding advice, inspiration and etiquette', beautifully presented in a 'blog' format, what more could the bride-to-be need? Full of gorgeously inspiring images and advice on everything from the dress to the cake, I'm seriously considering renewing my vows, just so I can utilise this fabulous site!

Here's a taste of what you'll find.

Wedding Inspiration: Taylor Tomasi Hill

How could the accessories editor of US Teen Vogue not have a fairytale wedding? Taylor Tomasi Hill, streetstyle star and super stylist, married her high school sweetheart in 2011 after almost 18 years of love. Themed around The Great Gatsby, there were lights in the trees, caprese salad, steak and chocolate cake and lots of dancing. Our favourite detail? Guests were asked for their shoe size upon RSVP – and found a pair of silver kicks for dancing on the back of their chair when they arrived for dinner. Perfect.

To create a wishlist of beautiful homewares, design objects, lighting and furniture for your wedding, take a look at the Simon James Design Gift Registry Service  

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  1. That scarf is so great! I love infinity scarves. Great pictures btw. Your fellow student from BYW 2.0 - Yasmin Hakim

    1. Thanks Yasmin! Glad you saw something you liked :-)
      xo Michelle



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