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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.

A Q&A with Buster Caldwell, Creative Director

Wonder is a concept and interior design studio based in Auckland. They create 3D environments for New Zealand brands, working mainly within the retail and hospitality industry but dabble in other areas from time to time. 

Their process mixes both art and architecture to deliver character environments with a unique edge. Providing a full-service means we work on pretty much everything from concept creation, master planning, detailed design documentation, building consents, branding and graphics, material selections and fit-out management.

They help businesses find their antidote to the vanilla. 

At James Dunlop Textiles we are privileged to be in partnership with luxury Swiss brand, Christian Fischbacher and we are proud to represent a brand producing high quality, sophisticated fabrics that promote new methods in sustainable practices. Christian Fischbacher has been making remarkable advances in sustainability and unconventional methods in recent times with the manufacturing of recycled textiles and yarn. 

At James Dunlop Textiles we are privileged to be in partnership with luxury Swiss brand, Christian Fischbacher and we are proud to represent a brand producing high quality, sophisticated fabrics that promote new methods in sustainable practices. Christian Fischbacher has been making remarkable advances in sustainability and unconventional methods in recent times with the manufacturing of recycled textiles and yarn. 

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.  

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.  

Iva Foschia, Founder and principal of IF Architecture, Melbourne chats with us about her practice and design style.

Today we hear from New Zealand manufacturers, Creative Upholstery who have been in the game for 30 years. Originally supplying the retail sector, they have developed their product offering to ensure the business is equipped to supply not only retail but commercial projects as well.  Chris King tells us more below.

In late 2019, we ran a fabulous competition to win a custom made Molmic couch covered in our brilliant stain resistant fabric, FibreGuard.

With entries received all over New Zealand and Australia, only three couches were up for grabs. Each entrant was asked to give us their reason for why they needed a new stain resistant couch.

There was an overwhelming response of humorous stories and heart felt reasons for why a new couch would bring joy to people and their families. It was great to see so many people deeply involved in why the right couch was so important to them and their families.

We speak to Adam Cornish of Adam Cornish Design from Melbourne.  As a multidisciplinary designer, Adam aims to create honest accessible products developed through research and by allowing products to find their natural expression. By combining strong, simple design solutions with a palette of natural tactile materials Adam strives to create individual products with visual and physical longevity. 

Today we speak to Hildy Kovacs of Kovacs Design, an artisan furniture designer based in Christchurch.  Kovacs has a rich history in furniture manufacturing where their ethos is to produce pieces built to inspire, to uphold and endure.  Over the years the company has seen many changes requiring the business to adjust dramatically to the increasing competition and changing retail environment.

“We use all our senses as we walk through life and they have a direct influence on our interpretation of the world around us. Our challenge is to add elements that makes the product unique, with their own hand writing.”

We hear from James McNab, Director at Think + Shift an innovative Auckland design studio whose scope of work crosses the fields of product, furniture, interior and architecture design. Working with a range of craftsman and contractors, this agile team of innovators produce thought-provoking design to enrich the way we live.

“We use all our senses as we walk through life and they have a direct influence on our interpretation of the world around us. Our challenge is to add elements that makes the product unique, with their own hand writing.”