Add A Touch Of Vintage In Your Home
by Joanne Taylor
The stores combine an eclectic but refined aesthetic of industrial and vintage-inspired pieces, such as reclaimed elm dining tables, leather sofas, occasional chairs, cowhide rugs, taxidermy, cushions, iron industrial entertainment units and railway sleeper coffee tables to vintage and rare.
Mixing the old with the new is a recent trend, it was not done 20 to 40 years ago. Customers like buying vintage and new, unique pieces to add atmosphere to their sometimes very modern homes, and KOKO Classics’ mission is to bring and create affordable, interesting decorative furniture to the store to meet the needs of the New Zealand market.
The business has experience in making traditional leather couches by using traditional techniques such as hand tied and coil springs, bringing extensive knowledge to which items to purchase abroad and are backed by KOKO Classics’ own warrantees supported by local upholstery repairers.
Each item has an interesting history, for example, original vintage military ammo/ trunk cases from around the world were used to transport all sorts of humanitarian aid, including personal belongings.
There is a marvellous collection of built scale models including a 1.4m long steam powered canal boat in working order, an exquisite piece that took 2000 work hours to create. There are two Suez Canal floodlights, two ship brass bells with the ships’ names engraved on them, just to name a few.
The store also specialises in traditional Indian Kadai firepits (fire bowls) for outdoor entertainment areas. These can also come with grates and cooking apparatus. Kadais were originally used in India to heat up Lassi, a traditional yoghurt-based drink.
The history doesn’t stop there, in store they also have a newspaper delivery bicycle from China, near the border of Tibet, traditional handmade wooden feeding troughs, old gates and doors sourced from palaces and castles in Rajasthan, India, decades-old turban storage boxes, handmade wooden brick moulds, a 5m teak and iron bench, hand carved stone stools from Tibet.
The variety of interesting pieces continue to grow with their diverse range of trophy mounts which include; Springbok, Impala, Kudu, and Zebra, from South Africa and Kenya. These mounts are definite conversation starters and have become a popular part of interior design and décor.
A global variety
KOKO Classics scour the world’s leading design destinations and markets, traveling to remote backwaters and places lost in time, to personally hand select stock and bring you the rare, the unique, and the sought after from places around the world including Europe, Vietnam, Brazil and Indonesia to source the finest products for their customers.
With more than three decades experience in furniture making, KOKO Classics understand quality and have retail experience in antiques, bespoke sofas, colonial writing desks, and is a purveyor of interesting artefacts.
So, if you have ever longed for distinctive vintage furnishings, quirky objects and a vast array of beautiful decorative items to make your own unique décor statement, then KOKO Classics could be your solution.
Having traded for more than 30 years originally in Christchurch, the economic aftermath of the earthquake forced the owner to relocate the business. Leaving Christchurch was a bold move for the owner, Miles, as he had to leave good customers behind. “Some of them had been customers for more than 20 years, and their children became customers too,” he said.
The company relocated to Auckland and has been situated in Drury for almost two years. Located two minutes off the Drury motorway (exit 461) at 232 Great South Road, a bonus us that the site is easily accessible for loading and parking.
The company also offers nationwide delivery, free storage for up to one-month, different payment options including layby, as well as a hire service. Whether you are styling a photo shoot, filming a TV commercial, or putting your home on the market and you need an extra special piece of furniture, KOKO Classics can help enhance your space through its affordable hire service.
Soon, the veranda of the 2500m2 building will have awnings to protect it from wet weather, which will encourage customers to spend time browsing the outdoor furnishings and pieces.
Whilst Miles does the odd personal delivery, the client base has increased to such an extent that a delivery team is now on board, this allows him to spend more time searching for unique pieces for KOKO Classics. Miles is always available to offer free advice to customers and spends one or two days a week manning the store himself, so he is still a familiar face around the store to any new customers that walk in. The other days of the week the store has another familiar face, Moira, who has been a loyal employee for five years.
Their collections are constantly evolving with products sourced from all over the world and encourage one to turn away from the clinical, boxy, DIY-style furniture and inspires them to pick a unique piece that can often be timeless. There is certainly something for everyone whether it be an industrial, classic or original piece that adds a vintage touch in your home.