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People & Places

We are interested in what fabric can bring to life. This journal is a celebration of the lifestyle, culture and design that influences what we do.

Fold Studio is a Sydney based studio designing and fabricating high-end contemporary folding room dividing screens. Stemming from a love of textiles, Pauline Ollman, founder and designer has an extensive background in the architectural and interiors industries overseas and in Australia and her studio aims to create unique, elegant, functional responses to modern-day living needs.  Here, Pauline gives us the lowdown on how her creative concept came to fruition.

As part of our series on Wool, today we hear from the helm of James Dunlop Textiles, Ben Moir, Managing Director.   Ben was raised on a high-country sheep station in the central South Island on the rugged landscape of the McKenzie Country which is synonymous with quality wool.  Ben imparts his insight into life growing up on a high country sheep station immersed in wool, and how his formative years have provided him with the skills and tenacity to lead a dynamic textile business.

Christchurch based interior designer, Lisa Sinke, had a lightbulb moment one early morning.  She realised there was a gap in the market for bedheads that provide a boutique hotel bed-look and are easily purchased by consumers. Unable to find the kind of bedheads that matched her vision, she decided to create her own. 

Born into a family with artistic and creative talents, it was only natural that Auckland, New Zealand based Donna White developed a passion for design from a very early age. We caught up with Donna who shared with us her professional journey, views on interior design and some of her favourite projects.

As part of our series around wool and the textile industry we focus on the design and manufacturing of woollen products providing an insight into how this amazing raw fibre is converted into highly acquired woollen fabrics for home décor and the interior design industry.

Today we talk to one of New Zealand’s biggest design and manufacturing companies, Inter-weave, who has had a long history in the creation of woollen products for both the local market and internationally.

Owner of Inter-weave, Tracy March answers a few questions around the business and how it works alongside the textiles industry.

Waikato based spatial designer, Annique Heesen of Gezellig Interior Design works on residential and commercial projects across New Zealand. A regular client of James Dunlop Textiles, Annique shares with us how she came to open her rapidly growing design business, and the work she is busily involved in. 

At the beginning of 2020 who knew we would be where we are now. With an ever growing importance to support our local communities through movements such as buy local and love local, this summer we will be holidaying in our own beloved New Zealand landscapes. Inspired by this we talk to some of our own on what they love in New Zealand and where they would go holidaying in Aoteroa.

At the beginning of 2020 who knew we would be where we are now. With an ever growing importance to support our local communities through movements such as buy local and love local, this summer we will be holidaying in our own beloved New Zealand landscapes. Inspired by this we talk to some of our own on what they love in New Zealand and where they would go holidaying in Aoteroa.

Earlier this year, acclaimed Australian stylist Nat Turnbull was engaged to deliver a visually engaging photo shoot for a collaboration between furniture makers Stylecraft and award-winning furniture designer, Elliat Rich

The collaboration of the two designers comprises a credenza, floor light and rug, with a common line, form, and movement delivering a beautiful continuity. The collection, named ‘Different Thoughts’ explores the idea of what connects one person to another, and translates this concept into three dimensional forms.

Nat Turnbull interprets this philosophical approach in a visually engaging way and looked to Mokum to round out her creative vision for the shoot.  A flowing soft drapery solution saw Mokum Ombre Blush as the ideal solution to amplify the mood, palette and forms present within the work.

We thought it would be particularly interesting to put the microscope on the styling aspect of the beautiful images Nat produced, as styling is such a unique skillset, rich in capacity for storytelling that exercises a special skillset. As such, we reconnected with Nat to understand a little more about her process and what it lends to these types of collaborations.