Tiffany Witehira has lived a unique life. Born into a family of strong, creative women, and an uncle she believed was a warrior, she grew up immersed in Maori culture. Her memories are of taonga celebrated for their simplicity as much as their complexity, and the discovery of a rich heritage that looked beyond the mundane.
As a young adult, she realised her uncle was a bone carver, not a warrior. She learnt that her Nana, her aunties and her mother were skilled craftswomen as well as cherished protectors. But she has always retained a fascination for the wonder and mystery she felt in her youth. Her celebration of the interesting and uncommon gave birth to her brand.
As an adult, Witehira has enjoyed award-winning success in fashion and advertising. But it was during her wedding to film director Andrew Morton that she realised her desire to create. She crafted a series of hand-cast skull candles for each guest, individually wrapped in tulle. This labour of love, this celebration of making and giving, proved irresistible. From it grew a range of bespoke candles, linens and curios for the home.
In Tiffany’s products you will find a celebration of fine craft, the uncommon, and days of old. Experiencing them, you may share in her wonder at the beauty of biology. And through them Tiffany’s heritage is passed on, her gift to you: Curionoir - ‘for those with a fascination for the interesting and uncommon’.