Monday, September 10, 2012

Opening Day

Our new Trade Showroom was "officially opened" on 6 September. Here is a copy of the overview presented by Rod and Sonya Markham of Sensational Floors ...

Rod Hanna ...

"Hello everybody - My name is Rod Hanna and behalf of my Designers' Collection colleague Jackie Brewer and new "partners in crime" Sonya Markham & Sheree Davies of Sensational Floors, it gives me a great buzz to share with you today our new home which we offer to you as a 'home away from home'.

You have been at the forefront of our thinking as we have developed our new TRADE showroom.  We know that you love the easy access to this great site at Foundation Precinct and I've long believed that this space would offer a very special environment to present our furniture to you and your clients.  In collaborating with Sonya and Sheree, we are able to offer an extended range of products and services in a single showroom as well as enhance the presentation of both our product ranges.

This collaboration has evolved over the last 2-3 years. Sonya & I met at a customer Xmas function and have fostered a relationship based on similar values, career and family backgrounds and similar business philosophies.  When the opportunity arose to take tenancy of this wonderful space, it was a 'no-brainer' for us to join forces and offer you a greater service & selection under one roof."

Sonya Markham (Sensational Floors) ...

"Welcome to our new showroom.  We have designed this space with you in mind. Our goal was to create an environment that would feel like an extension of your office and inspire us all.

We have created room settings to help your client's visualise the furniture in their homes.  You can come to one place to draw on years of experience in both furniture and rugs.  Talk to Rod and Jackie about their personalised furniture or to us about your rugs, carpets and custom fabric options.

There is a resource library of books, magazines, paint colours, fabrics, hard flooring finishes to make it easier for you to work with your clients while you are here.

We have various work spaces you can use to discuss projects with your clients in relative privacy.

There is more to the Foundation Precinct too, our neighbours are also here to help -  Cavit & Co, In-residence, Corso De Fiori, Al Fresco and another newcomer Decortex.  This makes Foundation Precinct a great starting point for your projects.

So welcome to your other office.  We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do."

Rod Hanna ...

"Designers' Collection was established over 25 years ago by two Interior Designers wanting to offer their client's extraordinarily well designed furniture that could be tailored to the requirements of individual clients. We have continued to develop that legacy by evolving our own range of designs while adding other complimentary Designers to our mix. Consequently our product range has trebled in the last 3 years. This offers you a significantly greater range of options and different styles originated by different Designers. As many of you will be aware (from my previous ravings), I am passionate about supporting our local Designers and Craftspeople. It is a pleasure to have some of our broader design team with us today and we are proud to represent them in our new showroom.

Neal Smith - Like us, Neal has as long history in this building having previously been a tenant in the early days of The Foundation. Neal told me recently that the very first prototype of the Planar dining table was photographed in this showroom.

Colin Foggo from Belle Interiors in Christchurch has long loved the cool forms of European design and this has inspired the collection Colin has developed since the 70s. Clearly he's made an impact on his son Cameron whose NoNN designs add a more modernist edge to the collection.

John Wray has been designing lights for projects for twenty years and has installations in numerous Auckland buildings. John's Victorian Collection is his first product range. John became a passionate modernist whilst studying architect at Auckland University but has since developed a love of Victorian Design where even the most mundane items became ornate - in John's words "more is better". His brave blending of Victorian design with modern coloured acrylic gives John's designs a very original edge.

We will continue to evolve our collection to offer more options under one roof for you and your clients. We hope you love our new home and enjoy the new designs that you will discover as you explore it."

Sonya Markham (Sensational Floors) ...

"Like Designers Collection, Sensational Floors has a history. We purchased Techloom 6 years ago. Since then you have been great supporters of our business. We have been fortunate to become an extension of your design team.

Your support has led us to further develop our rug designs into fabrics. As a result of our focus on interior surfaces.  This evolution and our the new showroom seemed like the ideal opportunity to change our name to reflect what we have become.

Our new name SF design reflects our focus bespoke rugs, carpets and textiles.

The fabric journey began with hand screen printed cushions. Thanks to your support and feedback we continue to draw inspiration from New Zealand.

Napier and its strong distinctive architecture have been the inspiration behind the latest rug and fabric collection.  Left to rubble after the great earthquake in 1931, the city rebuilt itself and embraced the architectural style of Deco with zealous.

There are strong parallels between Napier and the unfolding story of Christchurch. Two cities shaken by earthquakes Familiar buildings and landmarks that once graced the city are forever gone.

Christchurch is faced with the arduous task of not only building a new city but also re-creating a new identity for future generations to align themselves to.

Each pattern in our 1931 collection has been directly inspired by the architectural facets, which adorn the now renowned Napier Deco buildings. These include the detailing on the Masonic Hotel, the entranceway to Halsbury Chambers and the decorative patterns that seen on both the Kidson and Smith & Chambers buildings.

These designs are a reminder to make something beautiful and timeless from ruin.

We look forward to your feedback on our new designs, and how we can make our businesses and showroom the ideal extension to your design studio."

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