Take an industrial designer, add a graphic designer with interior flair and the result is the impeccably curated Wellington interior store, Room99
For graphic designer Lisa Delany, it was a no-brainer to go into business with her industrial designer husband Grant Macdonald.
“In 2005, Grant bought Ferndale Furniture, a 20-year-old joinery firm in Petone. His career until then had been in commercial interior design and property management,” says Lisa.
But the chance to dip a toe into the residential market was too good to resist, so in 2012 the couple took over an 86sqm space in Wellington’s College Street and filled it with a range of ply, oak veneer and Tasmanian Blackwood coffee tables, tall boys and hall tables designed by Grant.
“The brief was to provide contemporary, uncluttered furniture with an element of surprise, such as a secret compartment or pop-up lid.”
Most of the company’s work is now custom-made for clients around New Zealand and the range has expanded to include open shelving, media units, desks and lowboys.
Also on offer are products from across the globe, including Eva Solo bowls from Denmark, DamnDog Workbags from the US and Piet Hein Eek clocks from Leff Amsterdam, as well as locally sourced art work.
A favourite are t-shirts from the couple’s Junkyard Dog brand, which feature hand drawn visuals of cars they grew up with.
After three years in central Wellington, the store recently relocated to its Petone production facility, allowing customers to “really engage with the production process”, says Lisa.
Words by: Sharon Stephenson. Photos by: Nicola Edmonds.