Homeward Bound

Heading home is a special thing.  Whether you’ve just spent a day at work on the other side of town or a month on the other side of the world.  No matter how amazing your experience away from home may have been, there’s nothing quite like that homeward bound feeling.

It’s a feeling compounded when your home turf is one of the most beautiful spots in the country.  Now, without sounding like a tourism ad for Canterbury, Rangiora and the surrounding area is quite simply idyllic.  The scenery, community and endless adventures waiting nearby make it a place you can’t be away from for too long.

You could say its one and only fault is that its not Auckland.  Alright alright put your pitchforks away, let me explain.  Years ago when Southern dweller TJ penned the Myflatpack name you know and love today, he realised his new venture would need a  base of operations with a strong population to thrive.  And did it ever thrive.  Suddenly IKEA was in our homes thanks to a busy Auckland showroom and he found himself with a runaway success.  Fast forward to today and Myflatpack has become synonymous with Ik in New Zealand, while online accessibility means we can deliver to every nook and cranny in the country.

And thats where we find ourselves with this announcement.  Suddenly bringing the operation down to the beloved stomping ground doesn’t seem so unfeasible.  Suddenly it just seems right.  Yep, we’re giving in to the pull and moving Myflatpack down south, and to where else but Rangiora!

For Cantabrians, it means being able to check out Ikea in person without having to check in for a flight first, to have a hub of lifestyle and beautiful furniture close by.

For the rest of the country, it means business as usual through our online store and affordable freight.

And for us, it means the chance to bring Myflatpack into the lifestyle we live every day down here.

Myflatpack is coming home and we couldn’t be more excited to share this new adventure with you.


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The Shoot

One of the cool things about our selection of Ikea products is how they can all work together in a space, often in ways you might not necessarily think of at first glance. We know it can be hard to visualise these things by looking at the product on its own so to illustrate this we teamed up with Auckland based stylist Amber Armitage, who with her years of experience jazzing up the pages of Homestyle Magazine designed and shot a couple of our very own scenes which now grace the front page.

If you’ve got a sunny corner of the room that you want to make warm and comfortable without overbearing furniture, consider something like this. Amber used the fine wooden forms of the Poang Armchair and Nornas Bench as the backbone of this set, with the Bekvam Step Stool and iconic Frosta Stool creating a dynamic come-and-go feature to use when a bit of extra surface area is needed.

The Lohals Rug connects everything on the bottom floor, while Gurli and Sanela Cushion Covers team up with an Ursula throw to soften things up a bit upstairs.

When the sun disappears, it’s the Harte Lamp’s time to shine. Greenery is kept in Cylinder and Ensidig Vases and Mandel Pots, and an Ikea 365+ Mug and Coaster keeps your coffee hot and your bench top safe.

Life isn’t all leisure though, and in this next set Amber shows us how your work station doesn’t have to be soul-crushingly dull. Focus is kept on your task by stripping back the colour palette to the bare essentials, a side effect of this is a sophisticated and organised aesthetic.

On the back wall the thin form of the Botkyrka Shelf, another one of our new products this year, seems to float everything you need at arms length. Tjena Boxes and the plywood Knuff Mag File keep the place clean as the ever elegant Tral Work Lamp peeks over your shoulder to check for mistakes.

Everything sits on a Linnmon Table Top paired with Adils Legs, no reason to over complicate things here, plus it’s more room to stretch out those legs as you wheel around on a Sporren Swivel Chair. All the important bits slip into the Helmer Drawer Unit off to the side, and to wrap it all up, the Vraby Rug continues the colour theme and gives you something to dig your toes into.

So there you have it! This is just one person’s take on how to use a handful of our products together. Using different products, colours and arrangements it’s possible to create a tailor made space that’s the perfect fit for you and your life. You just need a bit of imagination…

And a stylist doesn’t hurt either, thanks Amber!

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Working Hard

How far is your commute? 20, 30km? What about 1,000? When your business is in Auckland but your heart and home is in the hills of Rangiora, you learn to deal with the distance. It certainly makes things interesting, and a little bit special, when you want to get the gang together for a business meeting. Truth be told the business talk was confined to the car rides as we drove from cool spot to cooler spot, including a bit of casual caving, a splash in the river and local sightseeing. It’s enough to make you shed a tear for everyone stuck in a board room all day!

Heading through Cave Stream out at Castle Hill. You won’t find queues of people or safety guides here. Just  you and the eels.

Emerging victorious half an hour later. Now where was that Frodo guy, I want my ring back.

Unmistakably South Island rivers look mighty tempting coming up on 30 degrees.

Our very own Springfield hosts a big old doughnut. Real (and delicious) food followed soon after back in Rangiora.

 A day well spent!

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Here at Myflatpack we've been buzzing about changing things up for a while now, and as a brand new year rolls around it's the perfect time to kick things into action. Traditionally we've stocked what you might call an eclectic mix of Ikea products. Some became household favourites from the start and over time we noticed a theme brewing. Apparently, Kiwis LOVE a good home office! Which suits us just fine, because Ikea's home office range includes many of their best products. We've put together a selection of firm and future favourites that we know you'll love as much as we do.

Introducing the Working space // collection by IKEA. Presented by Myflatpack, assembled by you.
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