• Barbara Drake happily describes herself as a magpie – drawn to collecting things shiny and metallic. But how on earth can you be a collector when you live in a 40sqm apartment? Barbara explains that she’s not a hoarder (although she has a marvellous assemblage of hats). She trawls thrift stores and demolition yards with intent; the things she brought home to her tiny apartment in New Lynn’s Merchant Quarter had to fulfil a purpose.


Jane Ussher
Barbara Drake in her New Lynn, Auckland, apartment; the magenta chair was a $20 thrift shop bargain that Barbara re-covered.