Work Process  


My father, Stefan Benadé, is a woodworker who makes most of the pieces for the collection while I am learning the craft from him. We carefully craft our unique wood furniture and décor pieces with woodworking equipment and hand tools in our workshop in Waianakarua. We enjoy learning and developing our craft and improving our work processes to ensure quality products and service. We work mainly with wood - a natural material that brings a unique aspect to each piece. Your piece will differ from what you see on the Ayke & WhatNot website, social media profiles, email marketing and other marketing collateral. 


Disclaimer: To best showcase the quality, craftsmanship and functionality of our products, we aim to represent our products as honestly as we can through images on our website, social media channels, email marketing and other marketing materials. Factors such as lighting or computer monitor settings might influence how product images are displayed and might not 100% reflect the end product.



We create our products with a range of sustainably sourced New Zealand Native wood and New Zealand Exotic wood. We don't stock wood and only order what we need from New Zealand suppliers once you have placed your order. This process ensures that the wood we use is in the best condition and that we minimise waste by not buying more than what we need. Most of our reclaimed wood is from old furniture, gifted from clients or sourced while repairing historic buildings. Contact me if you want more information about the wood we use.  


Made to Order Wood Furniture and Décor


We work on a made-to-order system, and we can provide you with an estimated completion date once you have placed your order. The completion dates are dependent on material availability from our suppliers and our production schedule when you place your order. 

Macrocarpa Outdoor Furniture Care Instructions 


We use outdoor furniture oil on our Macrocarpa wood outdoor furniture, which gives them a warm brown colour. If you want to maintain this look, you can seasonally use outdoor furniture oil. If you do not oil them, they will weather into a soft, silver-grey colour over time.

Caring for Riempie Furniture

To maintain the clean, white look of the riempies (rawhide strips), brush it down to remove most of the dirt and dust. Use a leather cleaner and clean cloth. Never use water to clean the riempies (rawhide strips), as it will weaken the riempies. 

Canvas Outdoor Material


Outdoor canvas material is part of the construction of some of our furniture pieces. We recommend that you store these furniture pieces inside when not in use. This will help with the longevity of your furniture piece by protecting it from harsh weather conditions.  

We source all our outdoor canvas locally from The Canvas Company. To learn more about how to look after canvas material, head to The Canvas Company's blog.


Care instructions for wood food serving and preparation pieces

Our wood food serving and preparation pieces are finished with natural oil that consists of a blend of tree resin and plant oils, carnauba and beeswax. 

To clean, use hot soapy water with mild soap to hand wash your piece and dry it immediately. Do not soak in water and let it fully dry in an upright position. Do not put in a dishwasher or soak in water. Depending on the frequency of washing and use, oil your board weekly or monthly.

You can use natural ingredients like beeswax or mineral oil to oil your board once it has dried. Apply with a small cloth and leave for about 30 minutes (or depending on the instructions). Buff or remove any excess oil with a clean cloth.


The Ayke & WhatNot Studio 

You are welcome to make an appointment to visit the Ayke & WhatNot Work Studio in Waianakarua to view our collection of pieces. Keep an eye on our website, social media channels or sign up for our mailing list for pop-up events.  

Staying safe while visiting the Ayke & WhatNot Studio

  • To ensure everyone's safety, Ayke & WhatNot will have all the necessary COVID-19 safety precautions in place.

  • Due to the small size of the Ayke & WhatNot Studio, only one person or bubble at a time will be allowed to move around inside the space.

  • Please wear a face mask while inside the space.

  • There will be a QR Code and Record Slips available to record your visit. This information is collected to assist in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. The information will be given to public health officials for contact tracing if required. We will not use it for any other purpose and will destroy it after 60 days. It will be kept securely with Ayke & WhatNot.

  • Most importantly, please look out for one another and stay home if you are unwell.

Wholesale Selling to Retailers 


We are always interested in discussing possible wholesale opportunities with retailers who share our values of quality and sustainably made wood furniture with their clients.

Wood Furniture and Décor Pricing


The price will depend on the type of wood and other materials we use to craft your piece. Ayke & WhatNot reserves the right to change the prices at any time without notice. All quotes and sales are in NZ Dollars.​


Payment Methods

We currently only accept bank payments via direct bank deposit into our nominated bank account.


New Zealand Delivery 

We deliver everywhere in New Zealand. Shipping cost is subject to the piece you are ordering and where it needs to be delivered. 

International Delivery 


We are currently not shipping internationally due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Please sign up for our mailing list to keep updated about international delivery.  

Media Queries 


For media queries, please contact Maryke Benadé