Designers and Brands

Brenda Bridget

Brenda Bridget

Iconic tableware - Brenda Bridget woodcraft designs. Crafted in New Zealand by Don Alexander Ltd. Auckland -1964-93

Crown Lynn

Crown Lynn

Classic Kiwi brand Crown Lynn - Inspired by international design. Manufacturing tableware for the local market since 1942.

Hornsea Pottery

Hornsea Pottery

Iconic tableware from Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Early designs by company founder Colin Rawson sold extremely well.

Metamec Clocks

Metamec Clocks

From the 1st clock in 1947, Metamec UK produced quality fashionable clocks. Most popular are the large chrome, teak and brass clocks of the 60s & 70s

Midwinter Pottery

Midwinter Pottery

Midwinter Pottery. Under the leadership of Roy Midwinter produced many fine china items from leading mid-century modern designers.

Palissy Pottery

Palissy Pottery

Palissy Pottery - founded 1946, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. Quality earthenware. Fantastic MCM patterns including Regatta, & Kalabar,series.

SMF Schramberg potteries

SMF Schramberg potteries

The SMF mark dates from the mid 1800s. Designs experimented in different shapes & abstract decoration.

Ucagco Ceramics

Ucagco Ceramics

Fine ceramics - Ucagco ceramics produced a massive range of Japanese manufactured ceramics for the western market during the 50 & 60s.

Westclox

Westclox

Westclox Scotland produced its first clock on the 21st September 1948. By 1949 Westclox were making 10,000 clocks a week,

Yamasan Potteries

Yamasan Potteries

Yamasan Potteries. Fabulous quality Japanese mid-century ceramics. Most popular are the striking thick glaze Ikebana vases from 1950-60s.

Mid-Century Modern furniture designers & brands

Airest Furniture

Airest Furniture

From 1949 Airest created some of the very best in Modernist design furniture from both local NZ designers & 'on license' designs.

Cintique Furniture

Cintique Furniture

Cintique of London - Purveyors of fine furniture since 1908. Inventors of the 'spring' seating system - used by many mid-century manufacturers

Danske Mobler

Danske Mobler

A long-standing name in quality. Founded mid 1950s by K & B Winter. Opening their first retail store at '246 Queen' in Auckland 1964.

Don Furniture

Don Furniture

"Don brings you the cool, clean line of international design" Modern New Zealand furniture of high design & quality

Don Lorong

Don Lorong

Don Lorong, Howick, Auckland - Manufacturers of quality mahogany coffee tables, side tables, & nests for fashionable New Zealand homes.

Fler Furniture

Fler Furniture

The creation of Fred Lowen & Ernest Rodeck in Richmond Vic 1956 that by 1965 had factories operating in every Australian state.

Jon Jansen

Jon Jansen

Included in the '246 Queen Shopping Center' Opened in 1964. Somewhere to Shop, Dine, Be Entertained, & to Watch…

Lebus Furniture

Lebus Furniture

In late 1800s / early 1900s England, Lebus Furniture was a household name. Those that did not own pieces, wanted to...

Link Furniture

Link Furniture

The Lebus brand 'LINK FURNITURE' focused on simplicity, compactness, & adaptability. Link represents a new approach in modern furniture.

Morgan Furniture

Morgan Furniture

"Chairmen of New Zealand" Jack Morgan first store 315 Victoria St, Auckland opened 1944. Throughout Morgan has represented quality, international designs.

Namco

Namco

National Art Metal Company. Robust, high quality utilitarian furniture spanning 1950-1980s. Many 1970s dining suite designs with vinyl's & mahogany trim are fabulous!

Scandinavian Furnishers

Scandinavian Furnishers

If you ever found yourself in 1960s Auckland - you'd simply 'have to' check out this fab design store in Albert St, Auckland CBD,

Lighting Designers

Academy Lighting

Academy Lighting

Academy Lighting est 1962 Quality mid-century lighting brand from Christchurch. “The Product with a Diploma”

Beamalite NZ

Beamalite NZ

Beam-a-lite products by Modern Appliances Ltd. Producing quality lighting products in Auckland since 1957.

Betalite NZ

Betalite NZ

Spincraft Wellington - Est 1946, Hundreds of aluminum light & lamp designs throughout the 1960s & 70s. Marketed under the name 'Betalite’

Freelite

Freelite

Freelite NZ - Mid Century Wellington lighting company. Manufacturers of high-quality Mahogany fittings & lamps, with design ahead of the rest.

Herbert Terry & Sons

Herbert Terry & Sons

Herbert Terry&Sons, Redditch Worcestershire. Creators of the Anglepoise lamp. Designed by auto suspension engineer, George Carwardine.

Superlux

Superlux

Emil Heimgartner. a production engineer emigrated from Switzerland to NZ in 1950. Establishing Gartner Engineering Ltd, from a property in Princess St, Onehunga. Gartner products stood out for their reliable quality and highly competitive pricing.

Home Audio Brands

A&R Cambridge

A&R Cambridge

There’s no hiding it – we at FiF are big fans of English amps. The A&R Cambridge brand consistently pleases - great 2 channel amps - Quality UK HiFi

Acoustic Research

Acoustic Research

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Manufacturers of some of the best high-end audio equipment for the mainstream market ever!

Boston Acoustics

Boston Acoustics

Founded in 1979, Boston Acoustics is a world-renowned manufacturer of innovative, high-performance loudspeakers.

Cambridge Audio

Cambridge Audio

From the sublime P40 Amplifier, 1968. Through to the 1990s Mk1 designed by Mike Creek. Cambridge Audio takes its rightful place in the UK HiFi lineup.

Creek Audio

Creek Audio

Innovative HiFi since 1982. Fabulous audio, focusing on direct path reproduction. From the 1st CAS4040 amp in 1982 its been quality all the way

Dual Turntables

Dual Turntables

Dual Turntables - founded 1927. Although having made amps & even CD players. Great turntables are what this brand are known for best.

Garrard

Garrard

Founded 1915 by jewelers Garrard & Co. Garrard turntables came in all levels. From the ultimate 301 & 401 models to the many 'do not use' 3 in 1 models

Goodmans

Goodmans

Founded in 1923 Wembly, London. At one stage it could be boasted that Goodmans were the largest HiFi manufacturer in Europe.

JVC

JVC

The Victor Company of Japan. Consistently high-quality audio equipment from this Japanese manufacture. Great amps in particular.

KEF

KEF

KEF - An English audiophile loudspeaker manufacture since 1961. Great examples of quality HiFi over decades of design

Kenwood

Kenwood

Kenwood Audio - Trio Corporation, Japan 1963-1986. Designed in USA, engineered & manufactured in Japan - 'audiophile heaven'.

Lenco

Lenco

Swiss manufactured excellence. Innovative & great quality. Fantastic reputation & huge following in audiophile circles.

Luxman

Luxman

Long history of quality & innovation. Quality amplifiers & turntables. Japanese expertise with reproduction quality to rile the best.

Marantz

Marantz

Great equipment - great aesthetics - great quality - great company. Very nice audio gear - some models to avoid, but overall - great!

Rega

Rega

A UK company that did & still do make supurb products. These guys played a massive part in bringing quality HiFi to the middle market.

Sansui

Sansui

The best of Japan - Golden Era & Beyond. From mid-fifties, Sansui continuously produced great equipment across all levels.

Sonab

Sonab

Quality Swedish Design - Circa 1970. Sonab produced fantastic HiFi equipment. Omni-directional speakers, amplifiers, & turntables.

Sony

Sony

Sony Electronics Japan, since 1958. Reliably good audio products across all levels - with the odd gem sprinkled amongst the line up...

Technics

Technics

Some would say the best of Japan - some wouldn't.. Any way you look at it, Technics is one of the Golden Era Greats.

Wharfedale

Wharfedale

Founded 1932 - one of the original greats. Made at Rank HiFi, Yorkshire UK since 1958. A later manufacturer change & things got quite different....

Yamaha

Yamaha

The Japanese corporate with music reproduction at its founding heart. Ever noticed that Yamaha's logo is three tuning forks?