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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill

A couple of weeks ago I was reading Life & Leisure magazine – don’t recommend it (boring).  However one photo did catch my eye – the one above.  So on Saturday we went to Newmarket (something else I don’t recommend – no parking and overcrowded footpaths) to visit the Rose and Heather store and look at the Bailey24 dining table from the Christopher Elliot collection.  

At the store we met Martin Bell (Design Director) who was lyrical in his description of the yachting inspiration for the table and it’s boat-like construction.  He was equally lyrical/knowledgeable about the age of the kauri being used, sourced mainly from Northland.  Rose and Heather is not a store I’m drawn to, but I do love this beautiful piece of furniture – it’s sculptural and quite exquisite.  I’ll let you decide if you think it’s worth $7,000.

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