Mr and Mrs Ward’s playfully named ‘Down Under Lodge Pillows’ introduce a touch of luxe to any boudoir. The lodge pillow is historically something you find in hotels on super-king beds. “We have a super-king at home but our children tend to come in at night and take up the space as well as hog all our pillows so the extra pillow width is always nice. The lodge pillows are also comfy to lean back on when we look out at the Oratia view in the mornings,” says Janice Kumar-Ward. From a design perspective, soft-furnishings maker Belvedere and Janice saw beds getting larger, so the standard pillow case started looking too small.

The pillow inners are 55cm x 85cm and plump with white duck feathers contained within a cotton ‘feather guard’ – no more floating feathers when you fluff them up. Made in collaboration with Belvedere, a family-run soft-furnishing maker in West Auckland, the duck-down filling is humanely harvested. Belvedere sources feathers and down from audited suppliers where the birds’ welfare is paramount – no live plucking or force feeding.

Keeping with the West Auckland connection, Janice and Julian approached Arcanum Linen, a boutique screen-printing studio with a workshop near the Oratia Stream. Owner Anne Sherriff is passionate about design, colour and fine screenprinting, and collaborated with Mr and Mrs Ward on the pillow slips. These feature a striking black-and-white stripe. “We started with an image that is a bit more fluid but altered it so it looks more contemporary,” says Anne.  On the other side of the pillow slip is a calligraphy signature. The design that is contemporary one side, classical on the other is hand-printed onto 100% pure percale cotton with a 300 thread count. “The pillowcases feel lovely and crisp and last for years and years,” says Anne.

The result is a pillow that is large, luxurious, goes the distance and, best of all, is locally made. “We love working with all the clever artists who operate from the neighbourhood,” says Janice.

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