I aim to bring the same warmth to my commercial work that I do to my private projects.
When I consider any piece of furniture or interior for a project, I focus on the people and the experiences they will have. I strive to create meaningful experiences whilst paying close attention to the design brief and to delivering a high quality outcome that adds value to the project.
I am increasingly being invited to design for hotels, lodges, shops, restaurants and commercial interiors. My approach is the same whatever the starting point. I need to know the ethos behind the project so I can instill meaning and connection through considered and enduring designs.
Mountain Resort Store
I was invited to work alongside Louis Vuitton’s design team on pieces for their new Queenstown store. The concept was a departure from their usual international style. The interior was to have a 'Mountain Resort’ character. I used unbelievably beautiful ancient Kauri from New Zealand's North Island and, with this, 150 year old local Mountain Beech for the elegant, seemingly untouched low tables. A pair of my signature club chairs flank a sheepskin sofa beside a contemporary fireplace. It was an extraordinary honour to be invited to collaborate with the world's most valuable luxury brand here in my home town. Our shared values of absolute quality and longevity combined harmoniously in this rare and authentic interior.
I was commissioned to design a collection of furniture for the dining and living saloons of this motor yacht built by Alloy Yachts in New Zealand. She is a bold piece of marine architecture with striking lines and beautiful detail inside and out. The owners asked me to create pieces that would integrate seamlessly with the striking interior scheme and be immediately warm, inviting and ultimately comfortable.
She was awarded 'Best Interior' at the World Superyacht Awards in Venice in 2008. Eight years later the interior still feels crisp, modern and welcoming.
Golf Club House
Designed by Pattersons architects, this NZ golf club house has been recognised as one of the top sports and leisure buildings in the world. I was asked to design a number of pieces that lend warmth and texture to the uncompromising, elegant industrial interior.
I worked closely with the project architect to create the interior of this elegant bistro in Wanaka, New Zealand.
The owner also produces some of the world's finest olive oil. So, to add a literal layer of authenticity, the beautiful Walnut dining tables and my signature Salon chairs are finished with olive oil which gives them a deep lustre. Superb quality leather was chosen to create furniture that's already developing lovely patina as the restaurant itself matures.
Contemporary artworks, light fittings by Tom Dixon and elegant Italian outdoor furniture add layers of international elegance and quality to the project.