It starts with design and ends with design. And for us, that means designing intelligent functions in appealing forms. We bring thought and creativity to everyday items through original design.
We are a Toronto-based homeware design company born over 30 years ago when graphic designer, Paul Rowan, couldn’t find a nice window shade to hang in his apartment window. So, he made one and people liked it. He soon teamed up with childhood friend, Les Mandelbaum, and Umbra (in Latin, “shade”) was born. Les and Paul began re-imagining everyday items into modern ware.
Today, Umbra is recognised all over the world for bringing intelligent design to everyday items. An in-house team of international designers allows us to come up with original design that speaks universally and personally to a broad customer base. The journey that started in Toronto continues—our designs can be found in over 120 countries.
Umbra Shift is an extension of Umbra that focuses on contemporary influences in the design community. For more than 30 years, Umbra has broken the mould by creating entirely new categories that apply thoughtful design to everyday items. Umbra Shift revisits these roots with a roster of established, emerging, and in–house designers who share Umbra’s passion to re-think things, designing personal objects they themselves would want to give or use at home. The result is a collection that expresses diverse points of view, yet sits together with a shared belief in ideas that are functional, familiar and forward thinking.
Brabantia puts all its expertise into developing solid, reliable products that retain their beauty and performance over many, many years. Designed for the present, but made to last.
Brabantia’s product range covers categories like waste storage, food storage, food preparation, laundry care and bathroom articles.
Since its foundation in 1919, the private Dutch company has grown into what Brabantia is today: a successful business with four production units, employing 1.000 employees and active in no less than 85 countries.
Our aim is to enrich lives with beautifully designed product concepts for living and giving that are also a pleasure to use. We care about the products we create and the impact they have on people and the planet. A family company with family values. Concepts with promise, that are made sustainably and leave a better world for generations to come.
We love to recycle. Because we care about what we make and the impact it has on our planet, we design recyclability into all our products. We are moving toward 100% recycling within the next generation. Take our Flatback+®. It’s not just a smart addition to any kitchen, it’s smarter for the planet too.
MEET FLINT! THE WORLD’S FIRST AWARD-WINNING, RETRACTABLE AND REFILLABLE LINT ROLLER
It’s pocket-sized to suit your daily needs. It’s the lifestyle tool that never lets you down. It’s the award-winning design that looks as good as you do. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!
RETRACTABLE The paper stays clean and can be reused and never sticks to things it shouldn’t.
COMPACT AND DURABLE BODY Flint can be with you wherever you go. Perfect for your closet, car, desk drawer, purse, pocket, suitcase, briefcase or any other place you desire it to be.
TWO STEP REFILL-SYSTEM When you are done with one, you just pull off the refill (one step) and then pop on the next one (two step). Easy!
HIGHEST QUALITY JAPANESE PAPER We went to Japan for our paper because it is the best. And we were able to make it perfectly sticky and easy to peel. The fundamentals of lint rolling expertly executed.
Flint is available as a floor display and counter display -
We’ve been designing stylish housewares for years, so it made perfect sense to share our treat worthy style with our four-legged friends. Our Totally Pooched™ and Totally Catty™ products are playful and purposeful. Colours pop and lines are clean and modern. We won’t judge if you, too, can’t help but drool a little. Fun meets function, with a little sass and soul.
RAD DOGS, RAD FAMILY
We all know that dogs tend to look like their owners. Is it such a stretch, then, that they tend to act like us, too? Just because you’re a dog doesn’t mean you don’t love a little style and attitude. Our furry friends are a huge part of the family, and they have personalities to match! They don’t take life too seriously, and they love to play – and be pampered, too! – so their day-to-day gear needs to fit the bill. Totally Pooched™: a new line of cool stuff for rad dogs.
LET YOUR CAT’S PERSONALITY SHINE
Our Totally Catty™ cat care products are designed with your stylish home in mind. But you won’t be the only one doing flips and begging for more. Celebrate your furry friend’s human side with awesome gear with purpose - and personality.
The Totally Pooched & Totally Catty range is now available at Briscoes.
Since 1889, four successive generations have managed Trudeau Corporation, now a leader in its field. The No. 1 supplier of quality kitchen and table products in North America, Trudeau is known throughout the world for its high quality products, excellent import and distribution logistics, and unparalleled customer service.
In the mid 1990s, after over a century in the luxury imports business, Trudeau decided to start manufacturing its own kitchen products and innovate in the research, development, and design of new products.
A team of Canadian, American and European designers create our products. The company's creative department works with partners in industrial design and experienced manufacturers to ensure that the company is always at the forefront of product development.
From kitchenware to hardware, the Prestige brand offers unique, high quality products for your home and office. Since the 1970's our focus has been on bringing innovation, sustainability and increased consumer awareness with each new product we introduce.
From practical and functional to the beautiful and inspirational, Pastiche has the answers to your decorating and storage needs. We have baskets woven from sustainable plants like seagrass, water hyacinth, cane & willow which are recyclable and environment friendly as well as being strong durable and trend focused. The shapes and sizes are designed with your needs in mind from small baskets and trays to large laundry hampers.
All our baskets are hand woven and are both functional and attractive. They are made to the highest quality standard and finish. When you buy Pastiche, you buy quality!
At Richardson Sheffield we are proud of our reputation as a leading British brand and it's our mission to make beautiful, top quality design accessible and affordable to all.
It's a rich heritage that boasts unparalleled expertise and unsurpassed specialist knowledge. Our name is synonymous with uncompromising quality, leading edge design and technological innovation. Now, with no less than 10 stunning new knife ranges launched in the last 3 years, Richardson Sheffield continues to look to the future, because quite simply, we live and breathe knives.
Proudly NZ owned, and manufactured, the new MAC branded range of plastic fuel containers has been designed, trialled and tested right here in New Zealand.
Available in sizes 5L, 5L, 2 Stroke, 10L, 20L and 20L Diesel, each MAC Fuel can has an ergonomically designed carry handle making it easy and comfortable to hold, even when full. The Unique MAC can shape has been carefully constructed to be both stable and space saving during transportation, as well as hang comfortably by your side when carrying.
All MAC cans are approved by the Australian and New Zealand testing standard AS/NZS 2906-2001.
Multi-purpose and highly versatile, the TUFF BOX range of Heavy Duty utility storage is perfect for contractors, Ute storage, emergency equipment, camping supplies, and so much more.
Made from tough impact structural foam injection molded plastic, these boxes will not fade, shrink or distort and are water and rust proof. This along with UV and chemical resistance means the TUFF BOX is an ideal choice when heavy duty storage is required.
TUFF BOX is made in Canada, and carries a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty. Available in sizes: 75L, 170L & 190L.
Stockists are Mitre 10 Mega, Placemakers, and Storage Box
We are delighted to introduce our fabulous new kitchenware brand JOIE (pronounced Joy).
This brand delivers an exciting range of colourful kitchen gadgets and tools, sure to liven up any Kiwi kitchen.
Joie provides a vast selection of kitchenware, novelty gadgets and essential utensils, transforming any cooking experience into an easy one. Best known for their vibrant, colourful novelty collection, they put the fun back into every day cooking. All of Joie's kitchen accessories are designed to simplify your daily culinary tasks and ignite your creative side. Joie's iconic collections are carefully designed with just the right amount of kitsch-y flare. But don’t let the Oink Oinks or Eggys fool you with their cute looks – these products were designed to last.
JOIE HAS GADGETS GALORE FOR EVERY CHORE!
- Where convenience, color, and affordability meet
- Fun and vibrant novelty gadgets
- Innovative essential kitchen tools
- Designed in Canada
Joie means joy... let us help you make your kitchen a more joyful place.