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.

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.

Sydneysiders, along with the rest of the world, are taking refuge inside their homes. We speak with Mokum’s Design Director, Stephanie Moffitt, about how she’s making the best of this challenging situation.



The highly anticipated Melbourne Design Week (MDW) in March 2020 centres around the theme ‘how design can shape life’.  A 10 day event held in the prestigious National Gallery of Victoria and at various locations around Melbourne, MDW offers design enthusiasts over 300 talks, exhibitions, tours and workshops.

Jim Looney is a notable American designer who founded his architectural and Interior Design Studio Looney & Associates in 1995. Over the past 24 years, Jim and his team have designed a catalogue of standout hospitality projects across the US and internationally.  Working alongside major hotel players such as the Marriot, Hyatt and Hilton hotels, Jim has gained a strong insight into the design requirements for the hospitality industry, in particular for luxury hotels.