The Router Bros. truck

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Be­van Whit­ing and An­drew Veitch jointly own the newly es­tab­lished Christchurch de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness Frontal Lobe, which pro­duces items made from eth­i­cally sourced tim­ber — prin­ci­pally bam­boo.

They aim to pro­duce home­ware for sale in shops and also be­spoke items for one-off jobs such as shop fit-outs.

The two men have con­trast­ing back­grounds. An­drew has worked in re­tail since leav­ing school, work­ing his way up to man­age­ment, first at Kath­mandu in Christchurch, then in Mel­bourne af­ter the Christchurch earth­quakes. He then worked at T-shirt com­pa­nies Cot­ton On and T-Bar, man­ag­ing 12 stores, and fi­nally at Top­shop, where he was re­spon­si­ble for hun­dreds of staff. He re­turned to New Zealand af­ter five years in Aus­tralia, look­ing for a job with a more per­sonal con­nec­tion to cus­tomers than fash­ion cloth­ing and with a sus­tain­able foot­print.  The de­cal on the side of the tin-plate truck that holds the cut­ters for the router was de­signed on screen. The logo was then inkjet printed onto Testor’s De­cal Paper. This comes in two va­ri­eties — clear or white back­ground — and is avail­able as boxes of six A5- sized sheets from model shops. A layer of pro­tec­tive fin­ish was sprayed over the printed sur­face. The printed paper was im­mersed in wa­ter un­til the wa­ter-sol­u­ble ad­he­sive loos­ened and the top layer floated free. There was suf­fi­cient ad­he­sive re­main­ing for the de­cal to stick to the toy truck. The de­cal was then smoothed out and left to dry.

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