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Lighting the way: Trenzseater

Whether you are a classicist, a seeker of the unique, or a connoisseur of the contemporary, Trenzseater has the lighting design to illuminate your world.



New designs emerging from Europe feature metallic finishes but done in a fresh way.

“We are seeing some beautiful, very unique gold and silver leaf among recent standout offerings,” Ben says.

“We are even seeing gold and other metallic tints on glass, which looks amazing and is difficult for mainstream manufacturers to copy – they shine and sparkle in the most amazing way when you turn them on. Conversely, dulled-down and worn-in bronze and matte black features create a lived-in feel that lends a touch of understated elegance.”

There is a large range of timeless light fittings too, which you can be sure to love for a lifetime because they simply will not date.

Ben says lighting “sets the tone and the look of a home, and it’s one of the first things we consider when looking at an interiors project.

If you ensure light fittings reflect your personal style, you can’t go wrong.”

Once style is established, next consideration is scale. Ceiling height and room size must be carefully considered, especially when it comes to installing pendant lights.

“Scale and dimension of the piece is crucial,” Ben says. “A huge beautiful light fitting can’t reach its full potential in a narrow and restrictive space.”

However, with the eye and experience of Ben, Hamish and the team at your side every step of the way, choosing and positioning lights is a pleasure.

“It’s a gift that keeps on giving, when you’ve got a beautiful light fitting. It lifts your spirit every time you flick that switch.”




Offering a portfolio of international brands which are imported and distributed around the country, brothers Ben and Hamish Lewis travel extensively, handpicking fittings for their style, name, quality, and heritage.

“All of our lighting is sourced mostly from Europe and America,” says Ben, who cites the Jonathan Browning, Bomma, Buster + Punch and Eichholtz brands as among some of his clients’ favourites.

Examples of all light fittings selected by Ben and Hamish are displayed on the showroom floor, so you aren’t limited to looking at a catalogue and hoping for the best.

Trenzseater offers a full interior design service with a deserved reputation for detailing some New Zealand’s finest residences and commercial premises, gaining international recognition through awards at the International Design and Architecture Awards, the International Design Awards (IDA) and the Andrew Martin Design Review.

Most recently they won their category in the International Design and Architecture Awards in London last year.




Distinctive Luxury: Trenzseater

Trenzseater’s vision is built on the foundation of custom-made luxury design which is authentic, personalised, distinctive and instantly recognisable. Directors Ben and Hamish Lewis offer a full interior design service with a deserved reputation for detailing some of New Zealand’s finest residences.



Their interior design service has gained international recognition through awards at the International Design and Architecture Awards – in September of this year, Trenzseater took home the prestigious International Interior Design Award! They have also received accolades at the International Design Awards (IDA) and the Andrew Martin Design Review over the years.

Trenzseater has a large portfolio of renowned international brands that it represents and exclusively distributes through its beautiful showrooms. Sourced from Italy, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, England, and the United States of America, the collection of brands demonstrates Trenzseater’s commitment to bringing the finest in international design to New Zealand.

The selection of outstanding international brands includes names such as Eichholtz – renowned for its grand opulent scale and exquisite taste in beautiful objects, lighting and accessories. The very desirable Italian Vittoria Frigeiro label’s pieces radiate austere perfection, sophisticated details and contemporary design with time-honoured traditions for the luxury market.

Lighting brands have been hand-chosen for their excellence in design, innovation and beauty. Historic British luxury Bert Frank draws influence from the design codes of the industrial era, but with a modern twist. Bomma of the Czech Republic showcases that country’s historic expertise in stunning hand-blown glass, while Buster and Punch lighting and hardware draws inspiration from London’s fashion, music and subculture scenes.


Jonathan Browning lighting from San Francisco employs beautiful aged bronze, brass and steel finishes, combined with crystal. The Venetia Stadium collection from Venice features silver and gold leaf on the interior of the shades. Authentage lighting from Belgium is timeless and classic for both interiors and exteriors.

Trenzseater’s selection of superb rugs and carpets is unrivalled. Belgian Limited Edition create an exquisite collection of rugs, artisan designed in wool, silk and cowhide. Kasthall’s hand-tufted and woven rugs from Sweden are known for vibrant colour and eclectic design. Finnish company Wood Notes specialise in spun paper yarn carpets and rugs that provide a unique and beautifully simple aesthetic. Mohebban rugs from Milan are full of chromatic and tactile contrasts while Italian silk rugs from GT Design are innovative and luxurious.

Furniture choices are equally distinguished: Desalto from Italy specialise in a beautiful collection of dining chairs, bar stools and tables using unique materials and components. LUXY produces commercial chairs that are beautiful and comfortable for natural movement.

Trenzseater’s own curated collection of sofas, armchairs, ottomans, sideboards and tables, consoles and entertainment units, coffee and dining tables, barstools, and bedroom furniture is the most comprehensive anywhere and exclusively made in New Zealand.

Drapery and upholstery fabrics exude modern elegance with an international collection available. Visit Trenzseater at 121 Blenheim Road and




Geometric Glow

Circles, squares, hexagons, triangles, pentagons, diamonds – even shapes without a name; when it comes to geometric design, the options are endless.



A fun and funky way to add visual interest to your abode, geometric lighting is all about striking patterns and dramatic shapes. But it’s not all just squares and hexagons – plenty of lighting utilises the geometric style in a variety of unique and interesting shapes. Go big and bold or play it safe with geometric-patterned lightshades; versatile, adaptable and fun.

A groovy pair of star-shaped light fixtures or a sophisticated geometric chandelier are strong focal points for the kitchen, while a cylindrical lightshade in a geometric metal design makes a serious statement in the living area or bedroom. Get double the fun with bathroom pendant lighting above your vanity; the reflecting lights in the mirror will make your bathroom appear more spacious.

Subtle or bold, geometric lighting is the ultimate eye-catching interior decoration.




Lights Up!

Much like fashion, lighting trends often reflect on bygone eras. Here are some styles currently lighting up 2019.



Mid-century Modern reigned from the 1920s to 1970s. The atom-influenced Sputnik chandelier is a fine example of this style. Much in vogue from the 1950s onwards, it’s been updated through the decades, with finishes such as brushed nickel, brass and gold. It’s a perfect fit with contemporary and transitional décor.

Industrial and Retro are definitely here to stay, with traditional Industrial now sporting an alternative softer version, known as Modern Retro. Popular for kitchen work spaces, above dining areas or as wall lights, Modern Retro gives a unique twist and can even be considered as a statement art piece.

Vintage Victorian, as in Edison lightbulbs, just gets better and better! Available in both LED and incandescent form, this is soft retro at its best. An Edison chandelier, or row of Edison connected lights above your work space, will charm for years to come.

Rustic Modern is beautifully captured in the ED Ellen DeGeneres lighting collection. It is influenced by some of Ellen’s favourite, world-renowned artists and features signature details inspired by Ellen’s own treasured pieces throughout her homes.

For those not fussed on eras, but who love gentle illumination, Soft Gold, which imitates the soft matte finish of brushed silver and brushed gold, while focusing on the mellowness of gold, is for you. Illuminate your favourite cubby-hole with a soft gold lamp for an extra cosy glow.