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Taihape, New Zealand is famous for being the Gumboot Capital of the world. Truly. In March this year, a new Men’s Open Gumboot Throwing New Zealand record was set by Niki Martin, throwing his gumboot 44.97m! Strange but true!

Taihape is also the home of Revival Furniture, a delightful wee find of so-kitsch-it’s-cool Kiwiana.  The team at Revival Furniture re-cycle, re-furbish and re-love old chairs by re-upholstering them in New Zealand-made vintage wool blankets.

This lovely concept is the brain child of Elizabeth Cottrell, an adopted Kiwi. She has combined her childhood love of trawling garage sales in her balmy home town of Atlanta, Georgia, with a more recent love for New Zealand wool, developed after moving to the much colder climate of high country New Zealand to marry her Kiwi sheep farmer husband. I reckon’ that’s a lovely story.  

Here are some of her lovely chairs:

Image of Revival Furniture Turquoise Chair

'Turquoise Taihape'

Image of Revival Furniture Orange Chair


Image of Revival Furniture 3 Seater

'Three's a Crowd'

Image of Revival Furniture Cranberry Chair

'Cranberry Cocktail'

Image of Revival Furniture Chair

'Cute as a Button'

Now, if I could just work out where to put such a retro beauty…

For contact information or just to check out some more really rad’ retro chairs, click here.

(All images sourced from Revival Furniture)