In Christchurch, in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island, artisan furniture-makers craft beautifully-fashioned bespoke furniture from truly sustainable timber.
With a condensed range spanning chairs, stools, tables and lights, the focus is very much on expressing a single, well-executed representative of each category rather than myriad alternatives.
The Umber Chair (pictured above) has been particularly successful, winning a Gold Award at the 2012 New Zealand Best Design Awards. As Designer Richard Sampson says, “This chair’s distinctive angular profile was inspired by the contrasting angles of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Designed to sit comfortably in its own space, the Umber Chair offers a low, laid-back sitting position for relaxed enjoyment.” Judges commented that the is an iconic, beautifully proportioned and elegantly constructed piece of timber furniture that has the potential to go on to become a New Zealand design ‘classic’.
Further examples of their work include the Gallery stool, which celebrates the natural aesthetic of rings in the timber, and the Emerge side table, which is made from the offcuts of ancient Kauri timber.