It's been a month since Dael & I moved into our new Bibby + Brady office/studio. When the office became available in Ossian Street, next to the famous art deco Rothmans Building, we jumped at the opportunity. Although the space is tiny, it's in a fabulous location in the ever-growing area of Ahuriri. We had some fun with colour on the outside of the black building, which was formally the Rothmans' guardhouse.
We are not a retail shop, but as much as possible we have filled it with pieces that can be bought from us on the spot, or ordered. Some of the items can be found in our online shop eg: artwork, lamp shades, poufs, marble boards...; and the larger furniture items can be ordered through us.
We had to get creative when it came to turning the space into our studio. The palm roman blind is an example of ones we can have made for clients. They can see how well it's made and how easy it is to pull up and down, but it also hides a not-so-attractive window that looks out onto a wall.
The black & white fabric curtain is hung by an invisible ceiling track and acts as a screen to hide our kitchen and packing table. We plan to swap this out with a new fabric every season. The velvet sofa is a 'Bibby + Brady special'. We have used it in several client's homes and work places in different fabric (ours is the first velvet sofa). It comes in various sizes and is extremely comfortable.
We love our Armadillo Marigold rug and plan to stock our shelves with more Bibby + Brady homeware and accessories in the near future. We will also be adding a range of custom made cushions with feather inners very soon.
Dael & I made our desks in the same style as our hairpin console tables, and they tuck nicely into our window alcove.
My dog, Sam, is a regular visitor, and is only too happy to see you if you call in. We work in the office til 4pm Monday to Thursday, and finish at 3pm on Fridays. There are times when we are out on the job, visiting clients, but if we're in and you're passing, feel free to drop in and say 'hi'.