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Natural instinct: Kiwi Wood Company


Using recycled timbers, The Kiwi Wood Company creates bespoke indoor and outdoor furniture, directly from its Canterbury workshop.

 

 

With a focus on sustainability, designer and builder Kieran Thompson sources wood locally to produce everything from coffee tables, TV cabinets, plant stands and photo frames, to bar leaners, stools and dining tables with bench seats.

Kieran has a range of ready-made products available for purchase and can also help you develop a design from scratch to turn your ideas into reality.

The business began when Kieran built a coffee table from recycled rimu and became interested in the process.

From there, he started selling pieces through his website, and now has a stall every weekend at the Lyttelton Market.

For more information, visit the website below and email, thekiwiwoodcompany@gmail.com.


 

Prestigious timber projects


Timber’s benefits make for a lengthy list – spanning both form and function and, while its longevity of use speaks of its function, it’s the NZ Wood Resene 2020 Timber Design Awards that speak of its form.

ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH

 

The Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown may have put paid to the celebratory event for the highly-acclaimed, annual showcase of the innovative, structural and aesthetic use of timber, but local winners of this prestigious event have been announced.

Haus Expresso (Dalman Architects), Arvida Living Well Park Lane (Jasmax), St Patricks Church (WSP Opus), CSO Centre, Christchurch Town Hall – Ron Ball Studio (Warren & Mahoney), Boat Shed – Lyttelton (Christchurch City Council), Farmers Corner Pavilion Ashburton (PTL Consultants) and the James Hay Theatre Timber Floor – Christchurch Town Hall (Timbers of NZ) are just some of the exceptional local projects to receive awards this year.

St Patricks Church (pictured) offers a stunning example of how structural timber elements can be expressed as the main architectural feature of a building.

Utilising New Zealand grown radiata pine with a clear coat finish, the timber creates a warm feel for the 250 square metre church.

The Lincoln project by WSP Opus was the winner of a new category – Public Design.

It was also the proud winner of an Interior Architecture award in the NZIA’s 2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards (page 79).

“Once again, the quality of entries is exceptional,” judges agree.

“More and more novel, innovative applications of timber are submitted every year. The quality, design, materials and build philosophies employed demonstrate the evolving and imaginative use of timber in New Zealand and indeed, around the world.”


 

Exceptionally bespoke: Gavin Cox Furniture


If you are looking for beautifully crafted furniture to liven up your home, we have the perfect place for you – Gavin Cox Furniture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The company has been producing top quality furniture for 37 years, with Tim Cridge becoming the owner in 2005.

To say that Tim knows exactly what he is doing is an understatement, as he was a long-serving employee, since 1992, before he took over the business.

So we have to ask, what types of pieces is he frequently asked to construct?

“All of our furniture tends to be signature pieces in the home, with a demand for feature dining table and chairs, console tables, sideboards and entertainment units,” he says.

With everything that has been going on recently, it is now more important than ever to support local and Gavin Cox Furniture is just that.

“We are proud to be a small locally owned and operated business here in Christchurch, where we specialise in making quality solid timber furniture,” Tim says.


 

Combining landscape with design: Wood Ltd


By combining landscape with design, Wood Ltd create unique commercial fit-outs and civil landscapes that stand out, commanding attention, while seamlessly blending into their surroundings.

The Christchurch-based landscape company specialise in developing innovative, yet practical and liveable spaces that weave in the beauty of nature and environment.

Recent inner-city projects include The Welder courtyard – a stand-out with its bright, inviting colour palate, green foliage and timber flooring – and a magical rooftop playground at The Crossing Preschool.

Another specialty is designing and installing native living roofs and walls, like the one that has recently adorned the side of the Plymouth Lane courtyard (Cashel ‘container mall’ courtyard).

At every stage of a project, from design through to build, Wood Ltd works alongside the client and the underlying landscape, with a focus on design, sustainability and the use of quality products.

Proving they are adaptable to a wide range of design, fit-out, civil and residential build jobs, the team also uses the skillset diversity to design and build intrepid walking tracks such as those for the Pure Pod accommodation throughout Canterbury and are currently building a nature playground in Kirwee.

For more information, phone 027 783 5722 or email steffan@woodla.co.nz.


 

Flooring with a story


This New Zealand story goes back decades, so too does the story of Foret flooring, which was founded almost a century ago.

 

Stephen Goodenough Photographer

At the heart of this local business, is a love of timber and, while sometimes these magnificent buildings can’t remain, Foret’s suppliers carefully and respectfully salvage their essence, providing timber that has stories in its soul. Imagine at the heart of your design project, timber that has a legacy of hundreds of years.

New timber is being sourced all the time and every piece is special – sometimes very rare.

Sourced from reputable suppliers from genuine reclaimed demolition material or declassified mill product, the company’s reclaimed timber is carefully and respectfully salvaged to keep its essence and its story intact for your design project; heritage-rich timber for future generations to enjoy, cherish and admire.

Foret flooring tells a story of how the past meets the sustainable future with its European-sourced French oak.

It is primarily sourced from a family that are true artisans in the French timber industry.

Established in 1921, this third generation family business is truly passionate about timber and their mill, taking immense pride in ensuring a consistently high quality product.

The company only sources timber that is milled from sustainably managed and PEFC-certified forests.

Foret is proud to offer to you this collection of quality French timber flooring and engineered flooring boards from the Loire Valley that is renowned for tradition, innovation and expertise.

Reclaimed, recycled, repurposed timber, where you’ll find a little bit of history in every piece.

Email alan@foret.nz or call 021 766 750


 

Bespoke Beauty


Providing a personalised service, the small team of talented craftsmen at Oakleigh Fine Furniture can bring your ideas to life by creating bespoke furniture from scratch.

 

Specialising in crafting custom-made solid timber furniture and joinery such as dining tables, entertainment units, floating shelves, bar units and beautiful solid timber benchtops.

The company can also design, build and install kitchens, wardrobes and washhouses.

Owner Richard Hutt has been in the industry his whole life, and set up Oakleigh Fine Furniture in New Brighton 15 years ago.

It quickly grew through word-of-mouth referrals and repeat business from many satisfied customers. Initially focused on supplying furniture for high-end retailers before branching out to sell direct to the public for the last decade, the company prides itself on the highest quality workmanship.

The team’s customer service is also exceptional, offering a home consultation service to ensure the new design fits in with the environment, décor and existing furniture.

“Whether the client knows exactly what they want, or just has an idea to start with and needs some inspiration, we work closely with them to ensure they’re thrilled with the end result,” says Richard.

“And because we are such a small team, they deal with me throughout the entire process, which provides more of a personal touch.”

Bespoke American oak furniture is a popular request and the team can also create pieces from other sources of timber and materials.

“We are very flexible in what we do – basically, anything you need, we can make it.”

For more information, phone 03 382 0677 or visit www.oakleighfinefurniture.co.nz.