Interior Magazine Article - Issue 12

An awesome article on the Kiwibank Project in the Interior Magazine this month.  Tim Wigmore from Designtree was invited to contribute to the Kiwibank project early in 2013. Working with a selection of New Zealanders top furniture designers (Nathan Goldsworthy, David Trubridge, Jamie McLellan and Tim Webber) as well as closely liaising with Designworks, Kiwibank and Backhouse we developed a suite of furniture and lighting for the Kiwibank concept stores.  Each designer developed a couple of designs (3 in Jamie’s case) with the result being a cohesive range of furniture in line with the Kiwibank branding.  

Thanks to all involved, a fantastic experience to work with some amazing designers as well as with the teams at Kiwibank, Designworks and Backhouse.  And a big thanks also to Interior for the well considered and comprehensive article.  

Sleep Wake Research Centre   The lovely folks at  Athfield Architects  used some of our  Frankie Pendant Lamps  in their recent fit-out of the Sleep Wake Research Centre at Massey University in Wellington.  Preferring the black cable over the red, the lamps compliment the client’s colour choices in the space.  The accoustic qualities of the lamps will help to reduce echo and noise in the rooms  - very important when you want to sleep!  Thank you Athfield Architects, Backhouse Interiors and the Staff at Sleep Wake Research Centre.  

Sleep Wake Research Centre

The lovely folks at Athfield Architects used some of our Frankie Pendant Lamps in their recent fit-out of the Sleep Wake Research Centre at Massey University in Wellington.  Preferring the black cable over the red, the lamps compliment the client’s colour choices in the space.  The accoustic qualities of the lamps will help to reduce echo and noise in the rooms  - very important when you want to sleep!

Thank you Athfield Architects, Backhouse Interiors and the Staff at Sleep Wake Research Centre.  

Twist Tables for Productspec

Last month Rebecca and I had a meeting with the lovely people at Productspec / Smartspec who comissioned new work tables for the office they were soon to shift into.  Working with the Productspec / Designspec team Designtree designed and produced 10 raw steel and timber work desks.

The Twist Table design incorporates 2 steel ribbons that twist around underneath the FCS certified laminated Beech timber tops to provide a stable support structure.  At initial glance the legs look very simple, but as you move around the table the slight twist in each leg provides an interesting perspective and gives a clue as to how we’ve managed to triangulate the legs and provide a very stable structure from a few ‘simple’ bends.

Giddyup featured in new deNada autumn collection

We’ve had a long association with our friends at deNada having exhibited work at their Wellington store way back in 2007.  Now Giddyup rides again in the store and appears to be a natural pairing for their new Autumn 14 collection ‘The Bronze Horseman’.  The Giddyup was used as the main prop in their photo shoot for the new garments, and also in-store to promote their new Autumn range.  Images courtesy of deNada.

Smooth Crates

Designtree was recently commissioned to design a set of wooden crates for a local start-up company making fresh green smoothies and delivering them to local Wellington business’.

Designtree developed a simple crate made from recycled wooden weather boards.  Each smoothie crate holds six glass bottles, and with the use of a simple carry handle, 2 crates can be carried in each hand.

Look out for these delicious smoothies and cute crates soon to be appearing around Wellington city and beyond.

Sustainability Trust Wellington - Project Foresters

The Wellington Sustainability Trust found us late last year and engaged Designtree to produce a suite of furniture for their new offices and community space in Wellington city.

The brief called for a family of functional pieces that could be made quickly and economically using recycled pallet timber.

Click here to view more images of the work and details about the project.


Designtree at the ICFF New York

Back in May Rebecca and I packed up our new Frankie Collection into suitcases and took it to the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) in New York City where we shared a booth space with talented Wellington designer David Hakaraia.  During the 4 day fair we met some very cool people, saw some amazing and inspiring designs and drank a lot of coffee. The reaction to our new collection was super positive and we’re continuing to have some good conversations with some of the people that we connected with at the Fair.

We’ve taken on some of the suggestions made in regards to our work, and we’re now in the final stages of tweaking and getting the Frankie Collection ready for the first production run.

A big thanks to Creative New Zealand for their assistance in getting us over to New York.

Frankie goes 3d with Sayduck   Designtree has partnered with 3d visualisation company  Sayduck  to showcase their new 3d visualisation app.  The Sayduck app is available free from Itunes.  To view the Frankie Range and other products in your own space in 3d through your smart device, simply download and print the marker, then place the marker on the spot where you’d like to see your Frankie product.   Point your smart phone or tablet at the marker and…. baam.


Frankie goes 3d with Sayduck

Designtree has partnered with 3d visualisation company Sayduck to showcase their new 3d visualisation app.  The Sayduck app is available free from Itunes.  To view the Frankie Range and other products in your own space in 3d through your smart device, simply download and print the marker, then place the marker on the spot where you’d like to see your Frankie product.   Point your smart phone or tablet at the marker and…. baam.


Frankie Range Photoshoot

Simplification and reduction of the Frankie designs has improved the Frankie table and floor lamps making them more elegant and refined.  We’ve packed the whole range into the van and shuttled them down to our local film studio space (see images below) to be photographed.  The photos from this photos shoot will be used in our promotional material for the ICFF in New York.