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Bespoke and inspired kitchens: Trends Kitchens

Trends Kitchens has long established itself in New Zealand as a trusted brand with a stellar portfolio, sealed with a gold stamp of approval from thousands of Kiwi homeowners who have had a bespoke kitchen and joinery designed, manufactured and installed by Trends.



The individually New Zealand-owned and operated company has been leading the way for nearly 25-years, drawing on its experience in the field to provide expertise in kitchen and joinery design, manufacture and installation across our branch network.

Chosen by design-savvy homeowners, architects and builders who want more than just a kitchen, Trends delivers only the highest standard of product and service.

The company sources a mixture of trusted local and exclusive high-quality products from Europe to bring homeowners the most innovative products at an affordable rate.

The product range is a result of well-considered decisions, and above all shows the team’s devotion to quality.

TriStone 100 per cent acrylic solid- surface, silica-free, BPA-free benchtops, Lazio sinks, AGT doors and panels are just some of the options available as well as finer details such as hardware and fittings.

Many of the products have 10-year or lifetime warranties and Trends’ own workmanship is guaranteed for 10 years.

All cabinetry is custom-made to fit exact measurements so homeowners have a design tailored to their exact requirements, further strengthening the company’s brand worth.

Whether you’re looking to create strong forms or a no-nonsense kitchen, Trends will ensure homeowners have confidence in their decision-making and are kept in the loop throughout the entire design process.

Combine expertise, craftsmanship and top-of-the-line products and you have highly functional kitchen and joinery solutions for modern families who seek beautiful workmanship and attention to detail.

Trends is the perfect place to find inspiration and talk with experienced and knowledgeable designers who will offer expert advice.

View the range of high-quality products on display at showrooms located nationwide, Christchurch, Cromwell, Blenheim, Nelson and Auckland.

If you’re building from the ground up or updating for modern family life, visit Trends for all of your joinery needs. From design and manufacture through to installation – you will be inspired every step of the way.



Sit down with Sophie: Sophie Divett Jewellery

There’s nothing more personal than getting a piece of jewellery custom-made. Local Cantabrian Sophie Divett is providing a one-of-a-kind experience to her customers in creating beautifully bespoke pieces. Metropol sits down with Sophie to get to know a little bit more about her and her bustling business.



Tell us a little bit about Sophie Divett Jewellery. Where did your passion for jewellery come from?
It started when I was studying for my Bachelor of Fine Art, back in 2012. I was making these very small, delicate sculptures out of organic materials and wire. Jewellery was a very natural progression from that.

Is there a certain style or inspiration for your work?
I get a lot of inspiration from things that are ‘perfectly imperfect’; Ancient treasures, well-worn and weathered surfaces, objects that become more beautiful because they have history. Everything I make has a very organic feel.

What’s your environmental policy?
I think about minimising the impact on the planet with everything I do. Metals are recycled, ethically sourced and conflict free. I use sapphires from small-scale operations in Australia, ethically sourced salt-and-pepper diamonds and recycled white diamonds, which are natural diamonds that have been reclaimed from pre-existing jewellery, so no new mining needs to take place. All of my gold rings come in beautiful handmade Rimu boxes and proceeds from these go toward forest regeneration initiatives.

For more information on Sophie’s creations, head to her website.


A part of you

The team at Via Sollertia understands that the ring becomes a part of you, an extension of your essence and simply being stunningly beautiful just isn’t enough anymore. The jewellery you wear needs to embody your values of locally sourced and ethical production.



Via Sollertia hand makes rings on site, using only stones and metals whose provenance they have carefully researched to ensure their sustainable credentials.

Jewellery boxes are made in gorgeous recycled rimu, while even the finest gold dust filings are refined and re-used.

The desire for jewellery that represents the authentic self is leading to a trend for proposals without a ring.

At Via Sollertia you come in together, select your ethically sourced stones and metals, and create something perfect together.

The initial consultation establishes your style, which is then conceptualised, finalised and finished for you. Why would you go anywhere else?

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook.

Phone 366 8001 or visit for more information.


Beautifully Bespoke

Rob Carter of Furniture Dimensions knows all about furniture. He has been in the business for more than 40 years.


From his workshop in Sydenham, Rob creates unique pieces of furniture for homes across Canterbury.

Each piece at Furniture Dimensions is custom-made to the client’s specific design requirements, whether that is built-in cabinetry, floating shelves, contemporary side boards, entertainment units, bedroom furniture, vanity units or dining tables.

Rob enjoys the challenge of crafting a new piece of furniture, with this often based on a client’s own designs or images they have seen in magazines.

Using quality wood veneers of American oak or walnut and high gloss lacquered finishes, he creates a diverse range of designs to suit his clients’ needs.

Call into his Sydenham premises to discuss your ideas and view a range of his completed work in the adjacent showroom.