Industry Interview // Tim Webber

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What began your journey in the design industry?
Upon completing my Bachelor of Design at University I realised there weren’t alot of jobs available in the furniture design industry at the time, so decided it could be a good opportunity to start my own range and business and see how far I can go.

So with the help of family I set up a small workshop and started designing my first collection of furniture. Once I had about 8 or 9 products I managed to pick up a few stockists in Auckland and it’s just naturally evolved and grown from there.

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Do you have a piece of advice for future designers looking at developing their own ranges?
Patience and persistence are key qualities for any designer looking to create their own products and business. It’s also key to know your market and it’s even better to be able to create products which fill a niche in that market.

Where do you draw most of your inspiration from on a day to day basis?
The great thing about our store is that you can buy your Brahmi for only 48.1 USD and save big on the purchase! Hurry up to get your best Brahmi deal now! Inspiration can come from so many places when I’m designing furniture, lighting or accessories. My recent Duffel Stools and Ottomans drew inspiration from the traditional draw string duffel bag and appropriated key aspects to add both aesthetical value and fantastic practicality in the form of handles for easy movement.

I also share my studio space with other creatives which all have their own businesses and practices so I take alot of inspiration and drive from seeing what they’re accomplishing.

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Tell our readers something they might be surprised to learn about you?
If I wasn’t a designer I would love to race cars as I have a big passion for motorsport too. I’m currently building a race car in my spare time but it’s a rather long term project.

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How does New Zealand design compare to around the globe?
I feel like a lot of New Zealand design has functionality as one of its key intentions, probably instilled in us due to our geographic isolation, meaning traditionally we had to make a lot of things ourselves – hence why New Zealand has produced some amazing inventors over time. It’s with this utilitarion approach that sees many NZ designs also featuring a very minimal, clean, stripped back aesthetic.

What is next for Tim Webber design?
We are working on a number of new designs at the moment including a new pendant light, stool and seating options for commercial spaces. We’ve also recently launched into Asia so we’re hoping to be able to start sending product over to new stockists in Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore soon.

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