The gentlemen behind Cool Cow Rugs — Errol and Bryce — live in a stylish and quirky two-story townhouse in Auckland’s Grey Lynn.
Their home features a bright sunshiney yellow front door and is laced with stunning objects d’art and eye-catching pieces. Oh, and rugs. Quite a few rugs. Indeed, the owners of Cool Cow Rugs love their rugs and homewares so much they created a business importing them from Argentina and Brazil. “It all began seven years ago when Errol was looking for a rug for his old home,” says Bryce. But the pair found they were very expensive so they looked further afield. “We ended up sourcing some from Argentina and Brazil and brought in an entire shipment of them with a view to making them accessible and affordable for others.”
Errol and Bryce have an online store (coolcowrugs.co.nz), host regular pop-up shops around the country and will come into your own home, bach or office to give you a private viewing so you can see the rugs in situ. “The idea is for people to be able to see, feel and touch them,” says Bryce.
“Each one is different, they’re all individual,” adds Errol.
Cool Cow Rugs pop up stores are becoming ‘world famous in New Zealand’ and have been held in Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, and Christchurch. This Christmas you’ll find them at Three Lamps, Ponsonby, in an electic mix of covetable items including rugs, homewares and fashion.
And what are the boys themselves doing on Christmas Day? “We just give each other a token gift, something to open, but there’ll be no hides or homewares wrapped in Christmas paper!” they say. “Then we’ll be with friends at their penthouse apartment. It’ll be glamourous and gorgeous with a barbecue, salads, cocktails and bubbles, lot of bubbles. Last year we held Christmas Day here – for us and our friends it’s a fun time of open home for strays and we usually spend it with about 10 people.”
Christmas Day is followed by a few days holidaying in Taupo before heading to friends at the beach in Mount Maunganui.