Stunning Spaces

We asked some of our local Auckland designers how they can help you transform an ordinary room into a stunning space?

 


 

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Bronwyn
from Koko Classics

 

What is the advice that you give clients/customers when they are purchasing something substantial from you for their home?

I think about longevity and what is not completely current. Nothing dates faster than fashion! My favourite approach is to mix things that will endure! Architecture has more rules, more right or wrong, whereas decoration is fluid, not fashion, just classic.

 

Your favourite creations?

Favourite creations in our store would be a bespoke Brazilian cowhide ottoman built to last and with your interior in mind, and also a Persian rug. These are classic heirloom pieces which will never date.

 

Lighting is an important aspect of interior design – are you able to help clients with this?

Fluorescent versus ambient lighting? Lighting should be always ambient. It sets the mood and enhances the room. When you set the right scene with your lighting it creates a place you want to come home to.

 

Working tools that you simply could not be without?

I couldn’t work without interiors magazines — particularly Belle and Living — and mood boards where our scenes and ideas start from.

 


 

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Ben and HAMISH
from Trenzseater

 

How do you transfer your ideas into reality?

With a lot of thought, debate and vision to ensure whatever we do introduce to the market represents the Trenzseater style which is instantly recognisable!

 

What is the advice that you give clients/customers when they are purchasing something substantial from you for their home?

We always ensure that when recommending a particular product to a client that it fits their overall design, it is something they love and are excited about as this will make sure it is a decision they will not tired of and stand the test of time.

 

Do you find out if the space they wish to place perhaps a piece of beautiful furniture from you is a space that is multi-functional?

Because I guess this is where durability comes in? Yes, most definitely. It is pivotal before recommending anything that the product is fit for the purpose, that the space can be used as it is intended and that the product is the best possible solution for their home!

 

Your favourite creations?

Bordeaux side-board for its simplicity, featured in high gloss black with a vertical slatted detail. It is classic and timeless! Buster+Punch lighting for its superb collection of industrial lighting, beautiful detailing giving a generous, substantial appearance.

 

Working tools that you simply could not be without?

A good library of beautiful textiles and wallpapers, our extensive library of international catalogs and my laptop!

 


 

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Noelle
from Le Monde Home

 

What is the advice that you give clients/customers when they are purchasing something substantial from you for their home?

Le Monde is well known for the luxurious oversized cushions — they transform a room. The balance of combining fabrics, textures, colours and patterns creates an impact. In our opinion, introducing an interesting cushion story transforms an ordinary room into a stunning statement.

 

Do you find out if the space they wish to place perhaps a piece of beautiful furniture from you is a space that is multi-functional?

We initiate dialogue with our customers to help reveal what they are looking for, we think it’s important to find out what our customers’ needs and desires are. We are interested in seeking solutions for our customers and how our collection’s best suit their needs. We love layering textures, colours, and patterns to add interest to a scheme.

 

Your favourite creations?

Le Monde showrooms: we are constantly changing our displays and updating our collections. Each week we receive new accessories and furniture shipments our favourite vignette’s change on a daily basis. We are inspired by Carole’s flower truck blog.

 


 

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JACQUI
from Forma

 

How do you transfer your ideas into reality?

Visualising a space by gathering the key elements such as furniture styles, images, fabrics, colours and finishes, starts the design momentum. Drawing a room to scale with all its components gives a sense of proportion and creates something tangible to pass on to those that can make it all happen for you.

 

Do you find out if the space they wish to place perhaps a piece of beautiful furniture from you is a space that is multi-functional? Because I guess this is here durability comes in?

Location is everything. A lounge area can be more luxurious, a retreat to relax and revive. Sofas and chairs can be feather-filled and fabrics more deluxe. Furniture for family rooms generally needs to be more simplistic and functional with more structured shapes and fabrics that stand up better to daily family use. A corner sofa with a chaise or an ottoman creates extra seating while still allowing you to put your feet up, watch a movie or read a good book.

 

What is your take on sustainable design?

As individuals we need to consider our environment on a constant basis. When selecting materials, including fabrics for our homes, researching the availability and manufacturing process can go a long way to creating a desirable future for us all. Some man-made fibers can wear better than those from natural sources, giving durability and longevity.

 

Your favourite creations?

Mine is a lounge which is has a stunning curvaceous print sofa in Citrine velvet with two beautiful big bold Hudson chairs. There are loads of scatter cushions, a big snuggly rug and deep coloured walls.

 


 

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Fiona
from Yoyo

You should always focus on how YOU feel in the space. If at anytime you feel overcrowded, uncomfortable or simply stuck – start again. At some point a natural flow will take over and it will feel just right. Always trust your gut.

 

How do you transfer your ideas into reality?

As retailers, we find our customers are a primary source of ideas. They’re quick to point out any product gaps in the market. This puts us in a very unique position as we’re able to take their feedback first-hand, and liaise with the most appropriate local (Kiwi) designer to turn ideas into reality.

 

What is the advice that you give clients/customers when they are purchasing something substantial from you for their home?

If you feel that the piece is going to make you smile every time you walk into the space, then you should take it home.

 

Your favourite creations?

We’re proud of all our pieces — both those created single-handedly by Kiwi designers, and those in collaboration with us. For example, our Henry Bedroom range is the result of a hook-up with Wellington-based carpenter, Shaun Mallinder. It’s a contemporary yet timeless design that can easily be customised. We saw a gaping hole in the bedroom market and we’re very pleased to be filling it.

 

The most recent creation to adorn our showrooms is Shibui Pendant by Auckland-based designer Joshua Lee. His design fills a void in the lighting market, saturated with products constructed of hard materials. Shuibui Pendant is lightly constructed using soft merino wool resulting in an elegant illumination which carries connotations of warmth, comfort and relaxation.

 


 

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Ingrid
from Harrowset Hall

 

What is the advice that you give clients/customers when they are purchasing something substantial from you for their home?

Bedrooms are one of the most magical places in a home. Turn it into a retreat where you can truly relax. The most functional item in the room is also the largest so really making the most of the bed is important.

Make sure the size of the bed works with the proportions of your room and allows space for some of the other furniture you may want in there.

Consider how the bedding will look with the curtains or blinds and also floor coverings, I often advise clients to choose their bedding first as the choice in window treatments is much wider than bedlinen choices.

The current trends are varied and depend on the style and era of home but keep in mind how you prefer to use your room. We love to help create a dream room which is a reflection of you.

 

What is your take on sustainable design?

I love the well known quote of William Morris “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

I believe that we are currently in a world of oversupply and overproduction in all sorts of areas.

I love working with and sourcing product from smaller suppliers locally and around the world.

By supporting them and their products, we are supporting small communities who are all trying to make a sustainable living from their enterprise.

These days there is often a customer expectation that discounting will prevail but for smaller business this is unsustainable for them to earn a living wage.

Sustainability for me is not just about the environment but also about thriving communities.