Projects at Poepke: Everyday Needs

October 12th, 2014



Based in New Zealand, Everyday Needs is a store for people who want to make informed decisions for their way of living. Carefully sourced and personally curated by stylist and interior designer Katie Lockhart, Everyday Needs offers products that please the eye and are made for everyday use, with a thoughtfulness and quality that will last the test of time.

Over the next two months, Poepke is collaborating with Everyday Needs to present a pop-up in our Sydney shop as part of our Projects at Poepke. We spoke with Lockhart in the lead-up about the concept behind Everyday Needs, her background and what to expect from the pop-up.



How would you describe Everyday Needs?

Carefully sourced, thoughtfully designed and goods of a quality that will last the test of time.

What kinds of producers do you work with? How do you find them and what kinds of attributes are you looking for in products?

We work either directly with artisans or with companies who work directly with a stable of artisans. Often I find products whilst I am travelling for my design work but really it just happens quite naturally. We are really focused on sourcing products that are an Everyday Need, that are well crafted and that we would like to live with.



What kinds of connections do you see between your work and what we do here at Poepke?

I think that we focus on the same sort of curation for our customers, as said above a carefully sourced and thoughtfully designed selection of good goods.

Katie, before your forays into the design world, you came from a fashion background – in part, the beautiful cashmere label To Sir With Love. How did this shift come about?

I studied Textile Design at the School of Architecture & Design (in Wellington) which covered off aspects of both Fashion and Interior Design. In my final year I created a collection of head scarves which I showed to Karen Walker upon my course completion and she hired me as her design assistant. I stayed with her for just over two years before moving to Milan to shift my focus more onto interiors. After a few years of working in Milan and London as an Interior designer and Interior stylist I returned home to open my Design practise in New Zealand. At around the same time Margot and I had the idea to create a range of cashmere basics which we named ’To Sir with Love’, the concept really revolved around what we wanted for ourselves.



Are there connections between the ways you approach fashion and design, and your Everyday Needs ethos?

I am not really interested in fashions as much as making choices that will be long lasting. I like to think that the interiors that I create will last for years and that the paint colours will look even better when a little sun faded. Similarly I hope our Everyday Needs customers will get enjoyment from our pieces for years to come.

What should we expect from your collaboration with Poepke?

We hope to be able to present an edit of our Everyday Needs that will introduce the Poepke customer to what we consider essentials for the home.



Photography: Harriet Were.

The Everyday Needs Project begins on Thursday 16 October. If you’d like to attend the opening, please subscribe to our email list at for details.

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