ISSUE 22  |  Australia and Beyond

A Father/Daughter Furniture Team

May 28, 2012 8:30 PM

BY Janet Hall

What do you get when a father with a penchant for making furniture teams up with a daughter with a fine arts degree and a keen eye for design? In the case of Douglas and Rebecca Snelling, the result is Workroom, a line of beautifully crafted furniture and lighting pieces handmade in New Zealand.

Workroom's pieces are made of solid wood, spun aluminum or fabric shades, and woven fabric flex cords. In 2010, Workroom opened a retail store, Douglas & Bec, in Auckland that offers not only their own range but also pieces from other like-minded independent designers. Lucky for those of us separated from New Zealand's North Island by vast amounts of water, Douglas & Bec has an online store.

Above: Workroom's All Circle Table is made of solid oak; NZ$998.

Above: Workroom's RS-2 Tripod Floor Lamp is made of solid oak with steel weights in the legs to ensure stability. Offered with a choice of three linen shades; NZ$1,120.

Above: Workroom's Black Hand Turned Table Lamp of laminated eco-plywood with a fabric shade (five additional fabric shade options available). The turning process reveals individual patterns; NZ$620.

Above: The Copper Triangle Pendant Light of spun copper features a polished lacquered finish, a raw interior, and a flex black woven cord. Also available in black, white, gray, and yellow powder coat with a variety of cord color options; NZ$359.

Above: The All Lean Table was designed with symmetry and balance in mind. Made of solid American ash and hand-turned American ash legs. Also available is the Lean Table with a welded steel frame. Made to order and priced accordingly.

Above: The Powder White Angle Floor Lamp 2.0 by Workroom of powder-coated white spun metal, handcrafted solid oak timber, and a red woven flex cord; NZ$1,240.

Above: The little sibling of the floor lamp, Workroom's White Angle Table Lamp 2.0; NZ$660.