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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.

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. 

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.

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.”

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.

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.   

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.
 
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.