As Kiwis, we’re known for our innate sense of ingenuity and our DIY attitude. Most of us have, at one point or another, been involved in the construction of a piece of flatpack furniture. Flatpack is a concept that has its merits, but it’s also often tainted with the ‘cheap’ brush.
That’s not always the case though, and at the higher end of the market flatpack furniture is seeing a surge in popularity, perhaps because we’re living in smaller, less accessible spaces. “In Europe, high-end flat pack furniture has been a concept for decades now,” Katalog’s Greg O’Flaherty says. “Over there, many more people live in apartments and smaller dwellings and so it’s been a concept of necessity rather than cost savings.”
And as we head in the same direction in New Zealand with higher density living, larger pieces are no longer an option in many instances due to the simple fact that they can’t be maneuvered into smaller residences.
In the case of one of Katalog’s most sought after products, the FNP shelving unit, it is perhaps its versatility and ease of installation that draws people to it. The FNP is, simply, a series of shelves that come together to create a monolithic shelving solution. It’s a utilitarian piece balanced in form and function; aesthetically pleasing, yet understated in its beauty.