A fine piece of furniture

Selecting designer furniture for a home can be daunting with such a wide choice of contemporary designs at all price points. We have found three items that are affordable, lightweight and easy to ship. They all feature simple lines and a soft aesthetic.


Monarch table

Monarch Table,  Goldsworthy Studio

The Monarch series is a family of elegant tables and stools built in aluminium and timber, with a variety of tops. Three leg profiles create unique geometric lines and, with different colour, size and material selections, they allow personalisation and flexibility in design, and extend a dynamic aesthetic across the entire range. The aluminium legs, either anodised black or colour powder-coated, are fine and sculptural in form yet incredibly strong. Its modern lines suit the Monarch table to residential and commercial settings, and the products come flat-packed to reduce shipping and manufacturing costs.




NOMI Woodstock Chair

Woodstack Chair, NOMI

Furniture brand NOMI, in collaboration with designers Tomek Archer and Henry Wilson, has devised a series of handmade essential furniture types featuring clean lines and simple proportions. By combining these principles with efficient manufacturing, NOMI delivers affordable and accessible designer furniture that can be customised online. Made from solid oak, the Woodstack Chair, designed by Archer, is a classic piece from the collection. Finely engineered connections allow the chair to be shipped flat-packed and assembled without tools using a NOMI thumbscrew – tightened with just a coin. The chair is designed to be ergonomic, stackable and clean-lined so that it can work aesthetically in many different interiors.




Priscilla Karsan,  Lumiere Lamp

As part of a studio design paper at AUT’s Department of Industrial Design & Innovation, second-year student Priscilla Karsan designed the Lumiere Lamp. ‘I combined American white ash and brass, with a delicate touch of colour from the textile electrical cord,’ says Karsan. ‘I wanted an industrial look inspired by construction cranes, but with an aesthetic appeal.’ The vibrant red textile cord is threaded through brass tubes embedded in the timber frame. A cantilevered arm means the clear filament bulb can provide task lighting over a sofa or a table, or simply stand alone for general ambient light. Established designer Rebecca Snelling of Douglas and Bec was a mentor on the course.


Originally published in The Design Guide issue 5, 2015.


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