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Fine furniture: McDonald and Hartshorne

In 2007 the retail store of McDonald and Hartshorne was in Manchester Street. It mainly stocked Danske Møbler furniture, along with New Zealand made furniture from both local and nationwide suppliers.



February 2011 brought serious changes to the business and it returned to doing what it did best when it first began back in 2004 – the restoration and reupholstery of existing furniture, as well as the retail of new and bespoke furniture to repeat clientele.

The showroom at 424 St Asaph Street showcases choice pieces, such as the Danske Møbler modular bookcases that are available in three sizes.

McDonald and Hartshorne are proud supporters of Jade Furniture, a local quality furniture manufacturer that’s been in the industry for over 30 years, offering beech frames on suites with a 15-year warranty. All seating is made of Elephant Foam, an NZ made product, as are the feather and pearl cushions, and locally made duvet wraps.

McDonald and Hartshorne are also associated with other top leading NZ manufacturers to assist with clients’ furniture requirements. Keith Hartshorne happily works with clients, guiding them throughout the process to attain their bespoke lounge piece or suite, tailored to their needs, including corner suites which are made-to-measure.

For reupholstery, Keith can also visit the client’s home, office or worksite, by appointment, to give a free no-obligation quote.


Refurbished & ready: Seatons

In a world of flat pack furniture, investing in pieces which will last generations can seem daunting. But with quality refurbishes like those by Seaton’s French Polishing & Furniture Repair in Christchurch, heirlooms can be restored and given a new lease on life – and new real estate in your home.



Restoring high calibre furniture made of beautiful woods, by revered designers and which can save owners thousands instead of buying new is what Mike Fullen has been doing for more than 30 years.

“It’s all about craftmanship,” he says. “We can bring something back to life and restore it to its original quality, or alter it to suit your modern needs.”

Recent examples include a buffet sideboard resized and its exquisite walnut brought back to life; as well as an antique dining table and six chairs – the restoration saving the owners $10,000 on what it would cost to buy the same set new.

He began returning furniture to its original glory – or reinventing it – at the business in 1987, and bought it himself in 1991.

The refurbishment gurus moved from an original Addington site to St Asaph Street last year, where it now resides next to McDonald & Hartshorne expert upholsterers.

Together, the businesses can turn weathered furniture into modern masterpieces.

Visit Seaton’s at 430 St Asaph Street, or phone 027 558 1477 to discuss your furniture repair requirements.

Recently refurbished



Reinventing spaces: Douglas Furniture

In the world of business, it’s an irrefutable fact that longevity is everything. Longevity knows what it’s doing; longevity earns trust and confidence. Douglas Furniture have a proud and long history here in Christchurch – nearly 65 years in fact.



For a little under seven decades, this business has been producing commercial joinery, and more recently has expanded into domestic design and joinery.

The timing couldn’t be better, for Cantabrians are now recognising there’s much potential to be mined from their living spaces and are making the most of the heat in the property market to transform their homes into their castles.

Dated kitchens, unworkable wardrobes and laundries, and cramped or non-existent storage areas are being revisited and recreated into fresh, modern and exciting spaces.

Douglas Furniture recognises that home improvements aren’t just about the house.

The garage, too long relegated as mere shelter for the car, the kids’ bikes and a few tools, also gets reconfigured to become the ultimate utility area with the kind of
storage space you’ve spent half your life dreaming of.

There’s no better way to kickstart 2021 than by making your home into the functional, blissful space you always knew it could be. Douglas Furniture can’t wait to help you achieve that.

Visit the showroom at 80 Hayton Road, Wigram, or check out the website below.


Wicker-ed Furniture: WovenVeranda

Cirebon is situated about 250km east of Jakarta, Indonesia and has become a bit of a superstar in the world of outdoor furniture. Establishing itself as the rattan trade centre and manufacturer over time, it is here that WovenVeranda products begin their lifecycle before ending up on the shores of little old New Zealand.



All products are expertly completed by hand. The range can be used for both indoor and outdoor settings, and features natural fibres like rattan wicker alongside reputable and sought-after synthetic options, too.

The polycarbon strands are woven upon commercial grade aluminium framing and manufactured specifically to cope with New Zealand’s harsh and varied weather conditions, from high UV rays to extreme cold. Topped with sumptuous cushions that are, quite literally, made for lounging.

Sales Administrator Lisa Lloyd-Thwaites says many customers return to WovenVeranda to add to their collections, or refer family and friends.

“It is the highest compliment to our products and service when we have returning customers, or they refer their friends and family,” she says.

WovenVeranda also wanted to take the time to thank customers that have been loyal and patient during the uncertain times that the last year brought with it.

But one thing that has remained is the support of the community who believes the product is worth waiting for!

Does outdoor furniture sound like it would be a wicker(ed) addition to your home? Visit the Old School Collective on Main North Road in Waikuku.

Or get in contact directly on (03) 423 3133 or email


Inside Out

A decked out entertaining space is the ultimate way to enjoy a Kiwi summer. We’ve got all the tips and tricks to get you there.


A deck that is flush with your interior living space is the ultimate way to create indoor outdoor flow and make your backyard feel more spacious; run your timber horizontally if your space is narrow or create multi-levels to break the space up.

New Zealand is renowned for its “four seasons in one day” but with a little forward planning you can enjoy your garden year-round. Try an electric radiant, gas heater or an outdoor fireplace to make a cosy focal point.

While interior designers have long espoused the importance of creating ‘zones’, it’s equally important when it comes to your exterior spaces. Use materials, screens and planters to break up your space, making it feel deliberate and considered.

They say to prepare for the worst and when it comes to Kiwi weather, that’s certainly an apt expression. Invest in a shade sail or clear polycarbonate roofing, or, louvre roofing gives you all the options.

Lighting is about function as well as form. There’s something for everyone, from solar lights and little lanterns to festoon lights and long string lights, just ensure any cooking and eating spaces have ample visibility.

Exterior space uncovered? Hidden storage bench seats or treasure chests that double as tables are great for storing pillows, squabs, seat covers and utensils, or select options that can be left in the elements.

Don’t be afraid to add soft furnishings – beyond a canvas covered squab – to your outdoor areas. Throws, cushions, bean bags and ottomans can all be included in hardwearing, durable fabrics for added comfort – and a little bit of luxe.

Styling an outdoor space should have the same considerations as would apply indoors. Stick to a complementary colour palette, layer with patterns and materials to create texture – and which expresses your individual style.


Making an entrance: Canterbury Office Furniture

When it comes to first impressions, appearance is everything. Canterbury Office Furniture has been creating inviting, attractive and functional work environments for 20 years.


A reception counter and furniture that is visually arresting brings assurance to the visitor, while a collaborative space, meeting room, board-room, or cafeteria designed by an inhouse designer seeking the optimum for human interaction makes for a harmonious, productive work environment.

And that’s exactly what Canterbury Office Furniture has been doing for the last 20 years, while parent company, Douglas Furniture, has been manufacturing furniture here for nearly 70 years.

During these two decades, it has withstood the tide of cheap imports by focussing on the company ethic – to produce furniture, both standard and bespoke, that is locally made, aesthetically pleasing and durable.

This is a company that also recognises the gains mined from the collaborative process, and will readily work alongside end users, architects and specifiers to ensure client needs are met at every level.

Its vast range of commercial and residential projects includes storage, filing, screens and partitions, wardrobes and kitchens, and myriad outfitting accessories.

Visit the showroom at 80 Hayton Road, Wigram.


Embrace your curves

Take the edge off 2020 with soft, curved upholstered furniture. Cocoon-esque chairs, couches and ottomans are not only a nod to 1960’s style, it’s exactly what we need right now; something soft and cushy to melt into at the end of another inevitably weird 2020 day.




Homely comforts have taken on new meaning this year as consumers are spending their money in the same places they’ve been spending their time – at home.

David Trubridge Navicula Pendant

And those purchases are reflecting all the things we want from our safe places; comfort and aesthetic appeal.


Oz Furniture Benny Irregular Mirror


Curved, puffy seating has been making an appearance in interior design schemes of note; with jelly bean shaped couches and round, padded chairs becoming lounge centerpieces.

Trenzseater Brice Chair

Designs by Australian furniture maker Sarah Ellison, as featured in our October 1 issue, have acquired a particularly strong following, as have those curvaceous options by BoConcept, Trenzseater, and David Trubridge.

Mocka Oslo Bar Stool

The pull of circular motifs does not end there, as we see the shapes occur in mirrors, tables, light fittings, rugs, banquets, paintings, coffee tables, vases and ornaments, too.

Marken Large Round Ottoman in Rose

Curves offer a departure from the straight lines our abodes often feature, providing both balance and interest in well-rounded measures.


Get summer ready: Woven Veranda

We’re quickly ramping up for the time of the year when we can really make the most of the Kiwi love of the outdoors. Give your outdoor living and dining zones a designer look with the latest in rattan outdoor furniture from WovenVeranda – offering both contemporary and classic collections – in the Old School Collective, Main North Road, Waikuku.


With UV-stabilised PolyCarbon woven upon commercial grade aluminium framing, it’s furniture that’s made to last! We’ve pulled together our favourite pieces.


IF IT SUITES! Comprising of a chair, two or three seater sofa, or mix and match modular options, The Lagoon enables you to create your own lounge suite – sculpted to your outdoor space. This deluxe double-layered wicker suite will look the part in your space.



SWING HIGH: The Gentle Annie and Gentle Andy Swing Seats are the ultimate combination of tradition and trend. The Gentle Annie displays weaved lattice work and cosy cushions, while the Gentle Andy has a clean smooth line that is also accompanied by cosy cushions.

CHAIRS! We’re all about versatility and the Minchin chair is just that – equally at ease paired with a dining table like WovenVeranda’s Solid Teak Table (pictured) as it is sitting pretty in a conservatory, with a lower concave area from the knee down offering additional ergonomic comfort.


The re-upholstery renaissance: McDonald Hartshorne

If nothing else, Covid-19 has had us focus on tackling those backburner projects. Many have spruced their homes with a new paint job, and while that goes a long way to aesthetic enhancement, shabby furniture can let the whole project down.

Artisan re-upholsterer McDonald and Hartshorne shares some wisdom on remedying that situation:



BOLSTER LIMP INNERS AND SEAT CUSHIONS WITH NEW INNERS – And don’t neglect rips or unravelling stitches. The sooner the repair, the better the outcome.

HEIRLOOM PIECES DESERVE TO BE PASSED DOWN THE GENERATIONS – A repair to framework, some woodwork stripping, repolishing and a reupholster, soon restores pieces to their original beauty.



A SCATTER OF COLOURFUL CUSHIONS – Bespoke new or re-covered cushions in a gorgeous fabric, creates a dramatic change.

KIWIS LOVE THEIR SQUABS.- Dress bay-windows, patio benches or caravans with new squabs, or refresh tired ones with inner padding or outer fabric for an eye-popping transformation. McDonald and Hartshorne stock a large fabric range, including superb NZ leathers, leather-look vinyls (plain and textured) and vinyls in many colours.

Keith Hartshorne can visit by appointment at your home, workplace or business. Free no-obligation quotes available. Send through photos for email quotes.
Commercial quotes welcome, as are insurance assessments.


Outdoor options

Al fresco season feels upon us, or almost, which means it may too be time to update your outdoor entertaining areas. Whether that’s a patio, deck or poolside space – here’s Metropol’s pick for items to consider.


Posh perches
Outdoor seating is essential if you plan to while away the days and evenings in your outdoor sanctuary. From elegant outdoor lounge sets, to dining arrangements or comfy and casual bean bags – furnish your exterior entertaining with weatherproof, long lasting materials.

In the shade
A sun umbrella can transform your space from a sauna to a shady haven, while adding a stylish silhouette – and of course protection from UV rays. Choose long lasting fabrics and strong frames and bases which can withstand those nor’westers.

Table talk
An outdoor table is an obvious place to congregate to enjoy meals, beverages and each other’s company. Choose a modern square shape or more traditional round in timber, concrete, glass or resin. Pair with casual bench seats or more formal individual chairs.

Game goals
What are our spaces, if not for having fun? Spice up your exterior area with some outdoor games like giant connect four, Jenga, pétanque or Scandinavian favourite, Kubb. Start a scoreboard and let the games – and competition – begin.