… Ma­te­rial Cre­ative.

Homestyle New Zealand - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS Holly Jean Brooker PHOTOGR APHY Michelle Weir

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. •


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