Made for Manhattan
New Zealand designers are now represented at essenze, a store within a store at the Metropolitan Design Center on Broadway in New York, which opened on November 19. Exporting to the US since 2005, essenze has previously had showrooms in Brooklyn and in Miami, the former store described in a New York listing as having “the work of more than 40 inventive New Zealand designers.” The recent move to Manhattan signifies essenze’s desire to be closer to interior designers and architects. Situated in the Flatiron district, essenze is surrounded by leading North American and global brands. Founder and director of essenze Clare Mora said: “Our designers have a reputation of producing intelligent design: refreshing, quirky, pure and expressive. Visually we create a further point of difference by presenting the collection ‘gallery-like’, emphasising each statement piece with deserved respect.” essenze was founded in 2004.