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18 Gifts of Creativity

June 19, 2018

Interest in traditional crafts and creative pursuits is at the height of fashion at the moment as people are looking for a contrast to our fast paced technological world. Some gifts that creativity brings to our lives are: 1. It Makes Time Fly By. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, researched happiness, creativity and discovered the concept of ‘flow’…

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Minimalism and its Benefits

June 2, 2018

Lately, we have been asked to custom build a few pieces of furniture in a minimalist style. The pared down style has become very popular and it has been influencing our lifestyle trends for some time. It can be seen in our new housing developments that offer home decor in white, grey and black or…

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What is Hygee?

May 16, 2018

Recently, we were asked to make a games table with a lid on it so that it could turn into a dining table but still leave the unfinished board game underneath to be continued at a later time. I loved the idea as I had been reading about the lifestyle trend of Hygee for a…

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The Making of “The Convertible”

April 26, 2018

Fiona wanted to own a table that no one else had, and she wanted something that was functional and didn’t take up too much space. On the internet, she found one piece of furniture that could be converted into another and decided that she would like a coffee table that could convert to a dining…

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Kathmandu’s Bench Seat Link to History and the Christchurch Quakes

December 5, 2017

The Tower Junction Kathmandu store needed a new large bench seat.   Head Office Staff member, Amanda Russell, wanted something made by a local designer, using recycled local woods. The Kauri wood in the bench seat came from  the  Roman Catholic Convent for the Sisters of Notre Dame Des Missions in Rangoria, Christchurch.   The convent…

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A Christchurch Furniture Designer with a Difference

October 27, 2017

If you like your furniture just the way you want it, then you can get it custom designed with Paul Harding-Browne, a local Christchurch furniture designer. According to Paul, many of his clients simply can’t find the right piece of furniture to fit within their home, or they decide they’d like to give an old…

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The Beginning of Spirals

October 27, 2017

Most of Paul’s designs have some form of a spiral in them or are actually spirals, such as the lamps. The very first spiral was a very different piece of furniture: a  spiral deck chair. A client came to him asking for a wedding gift to be made for her husband with a picture that…

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