Kia Ora and welcome to Elsie Wolfe, where discoveries are made!
Elsie Wolfe is a decorative antique store celebrating 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, furniture, tables, advertising 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.
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For viewing, we are located one hour South of Auckland CBD and one hour North of Hamilton!
What Our Clients Are Saying About Us!
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Janet 09.04.2021 "Great product, look really good in the kitchen on display. Highly recommend".
Shane 24.03.2021 "Great service from great people, we would happily recommend them to our friends and family. Cheers Shane".
Antique Tables, 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.
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.”
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 advertising was bountiful. Advertising ensures that these images constantly permeate the national consciousness.
Antique advertising signs spark conversation and memories whenever spotted, though hard to find now. You can always find an interested array of advertising here at Elsie Wolfe.
Seating Never Changes...
Seating and chairs, whether decorative or functional. Unlike weaponry or communications technology. Don’t necessarily get “better” over time. If you’re sitting in a Windsor chair, that’s the same chair, for all practical purposes, that Captain James Cook and Jean Batten sat in, The history of the chair, is less evolutionary than it is cultural.
The way we choose to sit, and what we choose to sit on, says a lot about us: our values, our tastes, and the things we hold dear to us. An old model of a chair is just as useful as it ever was.
A New Paneterie...
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.
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.