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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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.  

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.