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Homegrown | Trenzseater

"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 talk to Ben Lewis, co-founder of Trenzseater. Distinguishable by an international style which is modern, sophisticated and elegant, Trenzseater is dedicated to offering the very finest for the home through exclusive furnishings and interior design service. Inspired by his grandfather's furniture business growing up, Ben’s drive and passion for manufacturing some of the finest furniture in New Zealand gave him, from an early age a grounding and foundation in an industry which he fell in love with.

JDT

Tell us about the evolution of Trenzseater?

BL

Trenzseater was founded by my brother Hamish and I in 2004, through a vision to fulfil a niche in the market for tailor-made, luxury furniture and interior design.  We specialise in furniture which is designed and manufactured in New Zealand and we also import and distribute an impressive portfolio of international brands throughout New Zealand, that are showcased in our stores located in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.

JDT

Tell us about your interior design service?

BL

We offer a full interior design service that has a renowned reputation for detailing some of the finest residential properties in New Zealand.  I have been fortunate and honoured to have had the opportunity to engage in the interior design for many beautiful and luxurious homes.  It is these projects which have been selected as finalists in international awards, and have seen our work published through invitation in “The World’s Leading Design Names” in 2018 and 2019.

This year I won in the category “Global Interior Design Scheme”, providing us with accolades and credibility on an international stage. 

JDT

What drives your passion for Interiors?  

BL

We are passionate about designing product of exceptional quality and working with clients in our showrooms. We are fortunate to attract a lot of projects that always offer everyone involved inspiration and an immense gratitude when the final installation takes place. We take pride in our heritage that we are New Zealand-made to bespoke requirements.

JDT

Where do you get your inspiration from, past, current, future? 

BL

I am continuously inspired each day by design, through architecture, interior design and classic furniture design where the classic detailing has provided a signature style. I also enjoy and inspired by fashion, art and antiques. Natural materials inspire me for their unique, classic qualities; marble, stone and the character you get from solid timbers.

JDT

Why is New Zealand made important to your business?

BL

Trenzseater product is made by artisans. Traditions and techniques passed down through the generations, each product is made and finished by hand, with passion in New Zealand.

Being focused on producing a New Zealand made product, it is important to demonstrate that our quality is of the highest standard in comparison to our imported counterparts.  There is a difference and we are proud that our product is made locally.  We ensure first and foremost that each design is appealing and saleable, from there we work through a list of priorities to ensure we meet what the market wants.

JDT

What fabrics do you like to work with?

BL

I love anything that is luxurious, beautiful thick pile velvets through to fine silks. Christian Fischbacher always provides something different and interesting and DOTT has some beautiful linens, in particular we love their outdoor fabrics.


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