Who Runs The Show?
Father Rabbit is the alter ego of Claudia Zinzan and Nick Hutchinson. He was realised when Claudia and Nick’s son Tony was shiny and new and Claudia was taking some time out from her career as an Interior Designer. Then followed six months of careful planning under the watchful eye of the pedantic rabbit, and Father Rabbit’s online store was open for trading in December 2010. Claudia continues to juggle her interior design business with a growing baby and a demanding rabbit at her side. Nick manages his role as Father Rabbit’s Right Hand Man around the ebbs and flows of a career in the film industry as a camera operator. When he’s not staring down the lens or lending his practical nous to the garden and the baby, he works alongside Claudia on product selection, merchandising and the very important task of keeping Father Rabbit’s website spic and span and a Nice Place To Shop.
As Father Rabbit has grown, so has his domain within the family home. Initially operating out of a rabbit sized corner, Claudia, Nick and Tony now evenly share their split villa in Grey Lynn with him providing a unique and inspiring retail environment and an insight into Father Rabbit’s Way Of Doing Things..
Father Rabbit’s side of the villa is (as expected) pristine white perfection, orderly and uncluttered. Nick, Claudia and Tony don’t always exist in such meticulous splendor in their half. At times they will measure up to Father Rabbit’s exacting standards, and it’s at these times when Claudia and Nick are at their happiest (to be honest, Tony’s a bit indifferent).
Those fleeting moments when the books are in order, the beds are made, the garden weeded and the clutter cleared away. The cupboards are as organised inside as they are pristine white and free of little Tony-sized finger marks on the outside. Then there are the times when chaos creeps in and there’s not enough time in the day to achieve the virtuous rabbit’s tick of approval… oh well, tomorrow is a new day.
Father Rabbit's house is located at 14 Cockburn St Grey Lynn, Auckland. Open Monday to Friday 10 - 5 and Saturday 10 - 3. Come and visit!
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