Daw­son & Co

Simply You - - Milan Report -

For the fifth year run­ning, Daw­son & Co di­rec­tor Scott Fisk has found in­spi­ra­tion in the sights, sounds and in­cred­i­ble de­sign show­cased at Mi­lan De­sign Week. The Auck­land fur­ni­ture show­room stocks brands in­clud­ing Ti­mothy Oul­ton, Tribù, Jar­dinico and Manutti, all of which of­fered up unique dis­plays of mod­ern de­sign that are sure to res­onate with New Zealand cus­tomers.

“I re­mem­ber be­ing com­pletely over­whelmed on the first day I went five years ago – like a kid in a candy store,” says Scott Fisk of his ini­tial foray into Salone del Mo­bile.

The team from Daw­son & Co, a fam­ily fur­ni­ture busi­ness that has been op­er­at­ing in Auck­land for 40 years, rel­ish their sen­so­rial week in Mi­lan as an op­por­tu­nity to see new de­signs emerge and to view trends as they hit the mar­ket for the first time.

“Colours, tex­tures and ma­te­ri­als are con­stantly evolv­ing as de­sign­ers adapt to the mar­ket and look to push bound­aries as tech­nol­ogy and man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques al­low,” ex­plains Fisk.

“This year was no dif­fer­ent; moss greens were preva­lent, as was ‘mil­len­nial pink’. Darker tim­ber hues were tak­ing over from Scan­di­na­vian-in­flu­enced blond oaks and also an em­pha­sis was put on the tex­tures of nat­u­ral stones.”

The use of ma­te­ri­als that re­flect the tex­tures and colours of the New Zealand en­vi­ron­ment is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to Kiwi cus­tomers, who are drawn to fin­ishes in stone and ce­ramic to suit our liv­ing style and need for dura­bil­ity and us­abil­ity.

Fisk says en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and sus­tain­abil­ity are key for these cus­tomers, too, so the use of 100 per­cent or­ganic fab­rics for so­fas and up­cy­cled tim­bers, set against more lux­u­ri­ous ma­te­ri­als such as brass and mar­ble, was par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing.

It’s these ob­ser­va­tions, along with the con­nec­tion to both cus­tomers and sup­pli­ers, that is a key point of dif­fer­ence with Daw­son & Co.

“We spend a great deal of time trav­el­ling to our part­ners’ work­shops in Europe and Asia to en­sure we are show­cas­ing great de­sign, qual­ity and value,” says Fisk.

“We all love fur­ni­ture and home in­te­ri­ors and be­lieve we bring a unique ex­pe­ri­ence and prod­uct se­lec­tion to our cus­tomers, from the moment you walk into our stores un­til we de­liver your new pur­chase to your home.”

FROM TOP LEFT Daw­son & Co own­ers An­gus Daw­son and Scott Fisk (flank­ing Jar­dinico’s Bruno Van­deputte) dis­played their out­door col­lec­tion, Cove Out­door, on the Jar­dinico Para­sols stand. Solid chair, Kobo out­door sofa and Torsa cof­fee ta­bles all by Manutti.

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