Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland's Decorative Antique Store!
Auckland's Decorative Antique Store, Elsie Wolfe celebrates the beauty in design of vintage pieces. Our handpicked collection for the home and garden exist in a space that creates a timeless ambiance, feeling both familiar and new all at once.
Founded in Auckland in 2020, our collection mixes New Zealand antiques as well as European antiques, French farmhouse furniture, tables, collectables, industrial and decorative antiques. These pieces combined create a melting pot on intrigue and passion, sparking conversation and delight through the power of sight, touch and feel. We then connect these unique quality pieces to individuals who have an eye for the interesting and elevated. We have formed strong bonds and friendships with many of our clients who relish the thrill of the hunt just as much as us.
We believe that the home is the center of comfort and creative expression. Make your space your own with Elsie Wolfe.
7 Days No Questions Asked Returns!
We have a 7 day no questions asked returns policy, if our item does not fit your style exactly as intended or for another reason it’s not for you. You can return your purchase to our Auckland showroom for 100% full refund within 7 days of delivery, easy! See all terms and conditions here.
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For viewing, we are located one hour South of Auckland CBD and one hour North of Hamilton!
The Heavier The Better...
Industrial style furniture was named after its original purpose, to support the manufacturing industry. Before the days of robots factories were filled with hundreds of staff members each doing there job, most of these people needed a chair and a table to work at. The Industrial revolution began in Britain in 1760 and eventually spread to other parts of the world, even New Zealand's main centres like Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. During this time, the invention of new machines lead to the creation of factories and mass production. Workers shifted from using hand tools to operating machines, and started to need pieces like drafting tables, stools, and material handling carts.
How does one describe industrial interior design? Here at Elsie Wolfe Wondrous Antiques, it’s all about simplicity, natural textures, clean lines, unfinished surfaces and most importantly, celebrating the characteristics of the property you’re in. Instead of masking those blemishes, try highlighting their irregularities by making them a focal point.
Antique Tables And Chairs, But Not As You Know...
It’s hard to imagine a time when a dining room table wasn’t the focal point of the dining room. But throughout much of furniture history, people dined on small tables or stone platforms rather than large dining room tables. Tables were used for writing and playing games, not for dining.
It wasn’t until the 16th century that dining room tables really became popular in European homes. The word itself is derived from the Latin tabula, which means plank, board, or flat piece. Although many types of tables had been around since ancient times, they were not the dining room tables we know today.
Though these days, we are not necessarily playing games and writing at our tables, they are a space to chat with our families and friends this is why we think that farmhouse and antique tables offer a warm, relaxed and inviting feel.
The First Gardens In New Zealand...
The first gardens in New Zealand were cultivated by Māori settlers, who grew kūmara and other plants brought with them from Polynesia. After European settlers arrived, the variety of plants in household gardens expanded, and new tools became available to help plant, grow, and harvest them.
Since their early days, New Zealand gardens have blossomed. Until the Second World War, gardens were a key source of a household’s fruit and vegetables. As fresh fruit and vegetables became relatively cheaper to buy, household gardens became less focused on growing food and more focused on recreation like many gardens today.
We live in such a fast paced world it’s important to remember to take time for ourselves and appreciate the natural beauty around us. A way of doing so is spending time in your garden surrounded by garden antiques that can take you away from today’s reality and encourage enjoyment for the simple things in life.
Standing The Test Of Time...
New Zealand has a rich history of trademarks and symbols, many incorporating distinctly native figures. This has resulted in images that are truly unique to this country. Commercial trademarks and symbols are an unavoidable aspect of modern life. Even in the past in places like Auckland, Christchurch and almost every Train Station throughout New Zealand had advertising in abundance.
Antique advertising enamel signs spark conversation and memories whenever spotted. They are hard to find now due to their scrap value during the wars however you can rely on finding an interesting array of advertising here at Elsie Wolfe.
You may ask yourself ‘what can I do with an old sign’. Well, we all love to have our own unique style, something a little different from everyone else. Due to Enamel Signs being rare, you aren’t going to find another one hanging up in your friend’s house. Enamel signs can often be vibrant in colour and very pictorial, you may be able to pick out certain words that could mean something special to you that represent your personality or where you have come from. Or you could simply just put them up in your shed!
Lighting, decorative goulash pots, original art, hearth broom sticks, wicker and fruit picker baskets, vintage snow sleds, krupuk tins and antique European dough bowls.
Have you been wondering where our name came from?
Elsie de Wolfe, also known as Lady Mendl, and was born in December 1859.
Elsie de Wolfe has been credited as America’s first decorative interior designer. She brought celebrity and wit to an otherwise unknown profession, and her designs represent an attractive and obsolete style of whimsical murals, trompe-l'œil wallpaper and frivolity. In her 1913 book, The House in Good Taste, she wrote, “I’m going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.”
A great saying that I think we all can appreciate and would love to do. Shopping here at Elsie Wolfe can help this become a reality with our selection of timeless decorative pieces, many of which are one-offs keeping you ahead of the Jones’s.
A New Paneterie...
Industrial shelving, farmhouse cabinets, medical cabinets and antique bakers racks.
As houses become smaller we find ourselves limited by the space we have to work with. Does this sound familiar? Our growing collection of quirky cabinets and storage may provide you with the extra surface space you need. Whether you are struggling to find a home for your abundance of kitchenalia or special chosen pieces to display for everyone to see, our pieces could give a dramatic change to your home.
Being functional is one thing, but being stylish as well hits the nail on the head! There are many different styles of antique cabinets including industrial and farmhouse to name just two which are proving to be popular! Whether you want your clutter out in the open or behind closed doors, our cabinets are more than likely to suit your preference.
In The Beginning...
Ceramics and pottery are the first synthetic material ever created by humans. The terms refer to objects made from clay that have been fashioned into the desired shape, dried, and either fired or baked to fix their form. Due to its durability, pottery is one of the most common types of items found by archaeologists during excavations, and it has the potential of providing valuable information about the human past.
Our collection appreciates the work and skill that has gone into each piece. No two pieces are the same, we embrace their perfect imperfections! Chips, cracks and whacks some pieces have it all whilst others have had an easier life but still ooze with character and intrigue of the days gone by.
A Touch Of Glass...
Archaeological findings in Egypt and Eastern Mesopotamia show
that the first manufactured glass dates back to 3000BC. The oldest pieces of glass vases were found in Mesopotamia in the 16th century BC and they represented the evidence of the origins of the hollow glass industry. Beside Mesopotamia, hollow glass production was also evolving in the same time in Egypt, in Mycenae (Greece), China and North Tyrol. The first glassmaking manual from the library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal dates back to around 650BC.
Antique hand blown glass is never the same as the next, you could have three green carboys lined up in a window and it is easy to miss their true beauty until the sun is shining through. You will see bubbles, imperfections and the colours will pop in a special way that glass with age can only do!