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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.

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 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.”

Homegrown is a series highlighting some of our local and loved creative businesses in the community who have been designing and crafting on the local and international stage.  
 
Today we hear from Wolf & Co, a flourishing New Zealand wholesale furniture business who’s belief and true passion for the art of crafting beautiful furniture, has seen them grow in a very competitive market.  Lauren Hunter, Sales Manager at Wolf & Co shares the company’s evolution and insights into a small yet agile business.

This interview is with Australian furniture designers The Wood Room from Sydney.   Starting a business from scratch in their garage, this creative partnership has grown steadily to a team of 12 who craft beautiful bespoke pieces from American Oak, that are made to last.  We chat to one half of the creative duo - Kate Nicholson on everything about their growing business:

Homegrown is a series highlighting some of our local and loved creative businesses in the community who have been designing and crafting on the local and international stage.
 
In today’s interview we speak to Andrew Hopping from Christchurch based furniture manufacturer, Montreux Furniture. Montreux Furniture are committed to quality furniture pieces with a European elegance. Made proudly in New Zealand using local hardwood timber they feature their pieces in showrooms in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.   

Homegrown is a series highlighting some of our local and loved creative businesses in the community who have been designing and crafting on the local and international stage.
 
Today we hear from a relatively new kid on the block, Amy Howell’s homewares brand, You’re Welcome. Noticing a gap in the market for skilled professionals in the design and craftsmanship of custom made cushions and squab seating, You’re Welcome is in demand with fresh, modern pieces.

Homegrown is a series highlighting some of our local and loved creative businesses in the community who have been designing and crafting on the local and international stage. 

Today we get an insight into well-known New Zealand furniture design and manufacturer, David Shaw Furniture, their history, culture and vision driving their team.  David left school at 16 to pursue his passion behind furniture design and manufacture.

Stephanie Moffitt, Design Director of Mokum Textiles, a brand within the James Dunlop Textile Group, began her career in 1993 when she was just 22 years old, fresh out of Wellington Design School. Since then, Stephanie has risen through the company and moved to Sydney, Australia to lead Mokum’s design studio.

Annie Moir began her career in 2012 after graduating from Victoria University in Wellington. A fifth-generation James Dunlop family member, Annie now works alongside Stephanie as Mokum’s Product Developer from the Sydney-based design studio. Together they create accessible luxury textiles and wallpapers developed with the finest international mills from around the globe.

"It is extremely difficult to refine our list of beloved Mokum textiles down to a mere top 10!"

Sarah Fox, Mokum’s Brand Manager speaks to designer furniture brand Arthur G (Leonard Georgopoulos and Emma Leske) about their collaborative installation with Tsar Carpets, Byzantine Design and James Dunlop Textiles as part of Melbourne Design Week 2020.