Post Modern: Letterboxes for the 21st Century


The humble letterbox has remained largely untouched since its invention in the 1850s – but that’s about to change. Northcote Pottery has released four innovative letterboxes designed to both elevate your exterior aesthetic and serve your online shopping addiction, with features creatively incorporated to accommodate larger package delivery.

“Online parcel delivery increased by approximately 20 per cent last year (2018). We were therefore challenged to create new designs that adapt to this upward trend, as well as compliment or complete a home’s unique style,” says Jacqueline Hughes of Northcote Pottery.

The new models include rain resistant mails slots, generous storage for up to 5kg packages and enlarged doors with combination locks. Homeowners can provide their postman or courier with an access code for the rear hatch in their delivery instructions. This avoids the issue of leaving parcels unattended and at risk of theft and avoids the inconvenience of having to pick up packages from the post office.

Take A New Angle – Jenson (RRP $388)

The Jenson combines minimalist design with maximum impact. Its asymmetrical shape puts a modern slant on front entrance aesthetics, suggesting that sculptures don’t just belong in the garden. The Jenson’s dedicated newspaper slot and extra-large cavity for bulk mail and parcels up to 5kg also proves that practicality can be appealing.

A Shore Thing – Hamptons (RRP $299)

Complete the look of your Hamptons inspired dream home with a letterbox inspired by the keystones of coastal style. The Hamptons letterbox features weatherboard panelling and clean, crisp lines with the look of traditional timber craftmanship. Its white finish achieves a light, airy appearance and instant harmony with a variety of home exteriors. This original design is the quintessential detail to complete your classic Hamptons look, whether your post is being delivered seaside or countryside. Perfect for boxes of beach towels, swimmers, and sand buckets up to 3kg.

Boxed In – Spence(RRP $2929

Informed by contemporary art and minimalistic architecture, the Spencer is a statement piece in and of itself. Its bold geometric shape features an embossed walnut façade contrasted by a sleek black frame, giving the look of raw refinement. Its minimalist exteriorconceals a secured extra-large cavity that can accommodate Australia Post satchels up to 5kg and newspaper slot, allowing you to receive and leave parcels securely.

A Modern Adaption – Liverpool (RRP $249)

The Liverpool Letterbox is the classic picket fence made modern with charcoal panelling and flushed front silver mail slot. Ideal for the new traditionalist, its sleek composite wood-plastic material is more durable and requires less maintenance than anything white picket. Featuring a discreet extra-large cavity for bulky mail and small parcels up to 3kg, this is an innovative reinterpretation of old-style letterboxes for new-age homes.

Simple and Stylish – Campbell (RRP $199)

The Campbell combines glass reinforced concrete and metal for a Bahaus-inspired look that blends naturally into a range of environments. The style’s two colours are intended to flow with, rather than clash against, their surroundings – a clean Slate, ideal for a cityscape, and cream Travertine, to balance a beachside or sierra landscape.

A New Angle – Lewis (RRP $259)

With its simple geometric shape and gradated monochrome tonal palate, the Lewis is a sophisticated modern-day twist on letterbox design. It can also be painted to any desired colour allowing homeowners to put a personal touch on their property. Alongside an enlarged door and combination lock, the Lewis provides for up 500gm of deliveries.

Mixed Materials – Gosford (RRP $279)

Truly versatile, the Gosford’s organic faux stone face and concrete outer panels add a natural touch to contemporary properties and vice versa. There are two front panel colour options, the understated light grey Ash Terrazzo, which will blend with pale palates or attune to vibrant colourways. Meanwhile, the light cream Travertine is an excellent option for facades with subdued, neutral tones.

“Our new models offer an effective way to enhance your street appeal, and are been designed for easy DIY installation without requiring assistance from a builder or handyman,” adds Jacqueline.

Northcote Pottery’s state-of-the-art letterboxes delivery security, and come with a chicness that provides an instant upgrade, whether subtle or distinctive, to exteriors ranging from a traditional to contemporary style.

The Northcote Pottery Letterbox range is available at Bunnings Warehouse locations nationwide.

Source: Northcote Pottery