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We are a design store based in Christchurch, Aotearoa NZ, and our focus is on supporting and promoting local artists and creatives.

As part of maintaining our creative discipline and focus on our core values, we will be photo documenting a different creation each day that showcases the wealth of creative talent in our beautiful city. Each item must be created or designed by a local Canterbury based artist/designer/creator, and available for purchase in one of our HAPA stores.

As our city rebuilds around us its important to continue to value and acknowledge the creatives, the misfits, the dreamers... and the small businesses that showcase them.

We are the cracks in the pavement, the foraged flowers from demolition sites, the opportunities that arise from chaos...and we are beautiful MAURI ORA!


Day 26: Plants are Friends too

Im lucky to meet some amazing people in this creative industry! These gorgeous terrariums are made by the wonderful Raquel Miranda, a local botanic artist who you’ll find at local markets as well as exhibiting in our stores.

Raquel only uses plants that are very low in maintenance and very forgiving, so they make a wonderful gift for even the most challenged plant parents out there!

Raquel is from Brazil, and her vibrant personality is reflected in her terrariums which are often a riot of colour and fanciful creatures…birds and small animals feature and all her succulents and cacti are grown by Raquel at home.

I love how when Raquel comes in she pays serious attention to the plants and selections, and gives us very earnest advice on how to care for each of them, as if by transferring this information we become stewards of their care rather than just a simple product drop off…she sees them as individuals with their own quirks and special requirements :)