AT HOME WITH…
… Material Creative.
AWARD-WINNING INTERIOR design studio Material Creative is led by passionate businesswomen and great mates Toni Brandso and Olivia Patience. The pair met at Victoria University, bonded during late nights completing projects for their Bachelor of Design in interior architecture, and after graduating both migrated to Auckland to develop their careers in architecture practices.
In 2008, they found themselves at a ski resort in the French Alps, working and living with mutual friends. The topic of starting a business popped up from time to time, and Toni recalls that their first strateg y session was over fresh baguettes.
“I’d often end up helping Liv out in her chalet and we’d talk about working for ourselves. I clearly remember buttering a baguette while we chatted about business names one day after the breakfast service – but at that stage it just was a dream.”
Fast forward to today and that dream is their reality. On top of running their thriving business based on Auckland’s K Road, both Toni and Liv have recently bought their own homes and undertaken renovation projects that reflect their individual styles. We stopped by to have a look around. •