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A sense of place and time

A sense of place and time

Aotearoa New Zealand has a reputation on the world stage for punching above its weight, making our consumable goods highly sought after commodities. Supporting Kiwi manufacturers and producers at home has a number of advantages for locals, too.

Words by Justin Foote

The phrase ‘think globally, act locally’ has been applied to various contexts since entering the common lexicon but most recently has been adopted by the environmental movement as a call to action for people to consider the wider ramifications of their consumer habits.

This message has been particularly brought to the fore with the recent global lockdown, which, if it’s taught us anything, it’s to better appreciate our own backyard and the craftsmen who make a living here.

Choosing to buy local, whatever the purchase, not only helps us, as a nation, to realise our carbon neutral goals it also supports fellow Kiwis and their businesses, something very close to the heart of Duncan Domett, Co-owner of Stacks Furniture.

“As both a retailer of international brands and a manufacturer of New Zealand-made furniture, I know first-hand the power of buying locally, both from a sustainability perspective and from the point of view of ensuring Kiwis have opportunities to provide for their own families.

“Buying New Zealand-made is an endorsement of the quality of the goods being produced right here and of the skills of our artisans.”

From top left: the Chanel, Tango, Ventura and Monterey sofas are custom made in the Stacks Furniture factory in Christchurch. Each sofa, as with all of Stacks' products, can be customised to individual requirements.

Stacks Furniture: quality products are the natural starting point

“I have always been interested in furniture,” says Duncan, “particularly mid-century modern and Scandinavian design, mostly because they are perfect examples of the ‘think globally, act locally’ ethos. Born out of the Second World War, designers from this era were forced to really look at material scarcity and create functional pieces that were not only design-led but that also maximised finite resources.

“These ‘no frills’ designs, with their eco-conscious core, are as applicable today as they were in the 1950s and 60s and perfectly reflect our mantra of ‘mid-century for this century’. Also, when you support businesses committed to sustainability, like ours, you are investing in pieces that have been thoughtfully designed and manufactured.”

Stacks Furniture produces mostly upholstered furniture in its Christchurch factory, with around 15 fully customisable sofas and chairs to choose from.

“Customers are able to tailor every aspect of our New Zealand-made furniture range from the choice of fill, fabrics, shape and size and even arm and leg height—the world is their oyster. Whatever their choice, our customers can be assured that quality construction is key to our bespoke New Zealand-made furniture and case goods.

“All of our frames are made from sustainably sourced New Zealand timbers and while our foams and fabrics are imported, we are careful to only select products with an environmental focus, such as hand-dyed leathers, which—while they require more care to maintain them—are better for the environment compared to chemically dyed leathers. We also have leather-look or ‘vegan’ leather fabrics as well as a comprehensive range of upholstery fabrics to choose from.”

As a manufacturer, Stacks' focus is on the circular economy model, which champions a ‘reuse, repair, refurbish, rebuild’ mentality, which is why they offer a lifetime warranty on their products.

Stacks Furniture: supporting a circular economy

While the factory mainly makes sofas, chairs, ottomans and headboards, Duncan says the company is looking to expand the capability to include much of the product currently being imported, as part of a broader focus on sustainability.

“Within the next 12–18 months we’re hoping that as much as 90 per cent of our products will be exclusively ours. There will still be an element of international brands—as the international factories offer different furniture-making techniques to what can be done cost-effectively in New Zealand—but essentially we’re looking to provide our clients with locally produced products.”

Duncan says the move has been driven, in part, by consumer demand for total transparency around product sourcing and manufacture.

“Two of the questions we are most often asked are: ‘Where did it come from?’ and ‘How was it made?’. Being able to assure our customers that we can guarantee the provenance of our pieces is something that we are keen to be able to offer.

“That said, we are able to do that on our internationally sourced products as well because we buy them directly from the manufacturers rather than middlemen and we make sure to visit the factories where these products are made to see for ourselves that they are being ethically produced.”

Choosing a Stacks' New Zealand-made sofa supports many locally own businesses and ensures absolute transparency across the entire supply chain of that product.

Stacks Furniture: sustainability for life

“For the most part, I think the consumer focus on transparency has always been there as a mindset but being a relatively isolated nation, we come up against the immediacy of imported goods. If you want a New Zealand-made, bespoke piece then you need to be satisfied with the fact that there will be an 8–10 week lead time, whereas, if you’re happy to make do with an ‘off the shelf’ readily available imported product, then you can have it right away. However, you also have to be satisfied that it may not be the most ethically produced.

“That’s why Stacks Furniture believes in starting from a position of being environmentally beneficial and then following that through across all aspects of the business. As a manufacturer, our focus is on ‘reuse, repair, refurbish, rebuild’, which is why we offer a lifetime warranty on our products.

“As a retailer, we are committed to supporting other, like-minded producers who can prove a qualifiable supply chain on their products—such as only using FSC-certified timbers—and who have robust policies around recycling and recyclables, especially regarding packaging.”

Duncan says it has been heartening to see a real reduction in the amount of polystyrene packaging being used by overseas suppliers.

“Packaging products are now a lot more environmentally conscious, especially coming out of Europe but even out of Asia, we’re seeing a lot less polystyrene, which is great. We recycle everything including polystyrene packaging, which gets reformed into underfloor insulation, but the less of that coming in the better we like it. All of the packaging we use when shipping products has been specifically chosen to be easily recyclable by the end user.”

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A sense of place and time

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Aotearoa New Zealand has a reputation on the world stage for punching above its weight, making our consumable goods highly sought after commodities. Supporting Kiwi manufacturers and producers at home has a number of advantages for locals, too.

Words by Justin Foote

The phrase ‘think globally, act locally’ has been applied to various contexts since entering the common lexicon but most recently has been adopted by the environmental movement as a call to action for people to consider the wider ramifications of their consumer habits.

This message has been particularly brought to the fore with the recent global lockdown, which, if it’s taught us anything, it’s to better appreciate our own backyard and the craftsmen who make a living here.

Choosing to buy local, whatever the purchase, not only helps us, as a nation, to realise our carbon neutral goals it also supports fellow Kiwis and their businesses, something very close to the heart of Duncan Domett, Co-owner of Stacks Furniture.

“As both a retailer of international brands and a manufacturer of New Zealand-made furniture, I know first-hand the power of buying locally, both from a sustainability perspective and from the point of view of ensuring Kiwis have opportunities to provide for their own families.

“Buying New Zealand-made is an endorsement of the quality of the goods being produced right here and of the skills of our artisans.”

From top left: the Chanel, Tango, Ventura and Monterey sofas are custom made in the Stacks Furniture factory in Christchurch. Each sofa, as with all of Stacks' products, can be customised to individual requirements.

Stacks Furniture: quality products are the natural starting point

“I have always been interested in furniture,” says Duncan, “particularly mid-century modern and Scandinavian design, mostly because they are perfect examples of the ‘think globally, act locally’ ethos. Born out of the Second World War, designers from this era were forced to really look at material scarcity and create functional pieces that were not only design-led but that also maximised finite resources.

“These ‘no frills’ designs, with their eco-conscious core, are as applicable today as they were in the 1950s and 60s and perfectly reflect our mantra of ‘mid-century for this century’. Also, when you support businesses committed to sustainability, like ours, you are investing in pieces that have been thoughtfully designed and manufactured.”

Stacks Furniture produces mostly upholstered furniture in its Christchurch factory, with around 15 fully customisable sofas and chairs to choose from.

“Customers are able to tailor every aspect of our New Zealand-made furniture range from the choice of fill, fabrics, shape and size and even arm and leg height—the world is their oyster. Whatever their choice, our customers can be assured that quality construction is key to our bespoke New Zealand-made furniture and case goods.

“All of our frames are made from sustainably sourced New Zealand timbers and while our foams and fabrics are imported, we are careful to only select products with an environmental focus, such as hand-dyed leathers, which—while they require more care to maintain them—are better for the environment compared to chemically dyed leathers. We also have leather-look or ‘vegan’ leather fabrics as well as a comprehensive range of upholstery fabrics to choose from.”

As a manufacturer, Stacks' focus is on the circular economy model, which champions a ‘reuse, repair, refurbish, rebuild’ mentality, which is why they offer a lifetime warranty on their products.

Stacks Furniture: supporting a circular economy

While the factory mainly makes sofas, chairs, ottomans and headboards, Duncan says the company is looking to expand the capability to include much of the product currently being imported, as part of a broader focus on sustainability.

“Within the next 12–18 months we’re hoping that as much as 90 per cent of our products will be exclusively ours. There will still be an element of international brands—as the international factories offer different furniture-making techniques to what can be done cost-effectively in New Zealand—but essentially we’re looking to provide our clients with locally produced products.”

Duncan says the move has been driven, in part, by consumer demand for total transparency around product sourcing and manufacture.

“Two of the questions we are most often asked are: ‘Where did it come from?’ and ‘How was it made?’. Being able to assure our customers that we can guarantee the provenance of our pieces is something that we are keen to be able to offer.

“That said, we are able to do that on our internationally sourced products as well because we buy them directly from the manufacturers rather than middlemen and we make sure to visit the factories where these products are made to see for ourselves that they are being ethically produced.”

Choosing a Stacks' New Zealand-made sofa supports many locally own businesses and ensures absolute transparency across the entire supply chain of that product.

Stacks Furniture: sustainability for life

“For the most part, I think the consumer focus on transparency has always been there as a mindset but being a relatively isolated nation, we come up against the immediacy of imported goods. If you want a New Zealand-made, bespoke piece then you need to be satisfied with the fact that there will be an 8–10 week lead time, whereas, if you’re happy to make do with an ‘off the shelf’ readily available imported product, then you can have it right away. However, you also have to be satisfied that it may not be the most ethically produced.

“That’s why Stacks Furniture believes in starting from a position of being environmentally beneficial and then following that through across all aspects of the business. As a manufacturer, our focus is on ‘reuse, repair, refurbish, rebuild’, which is why we offer a lifetime warranty on our products.

“As a retailer, we are committed to supporting other, like-minded producers who can prove a qualifiable supply chain on their products—such as only using FSC-certified timbers—and who have robust policies around recycling and recyclables, especially regarding packaging.”

Duncan says it has been heartening to see a real reduction in the amount of polystyrene packaging being used by overseas suppliers.

“Packaging products are now a lot more environmentally conscious, especially coming out of Europe but even out of Asia, we’re seeing a lot less polystyrene, which is great. We recycle everything including polystyrene packaging, which gets reformed into underfloor insulation, but the less of that coming in the better we like it. All of the packaging we use when shipping products has been specifically chosen to be easily recyclable by the end user.”

Learn more about sustainable, New Zealand-made furniture.

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A sense of place and time

Aotearoa New Zealand has a reputation on the world stage for punching above its weight, making our consumable goods highly sought after commodities. Supporting Kiwi manufacturers and producers at home has a number of advantages for locals, too.

Words by Justin Foote

The phrase ‘think globally, act locally’ has been applied to various contexts since entering the common lexicon but most recently has been adopted by the environmental movement as a call to action for people to consider the wider ramifications of their consumer habits.

This message has been particularly brought to the fore with the recent global lockdown, which, if it’s taught us anything, it’s to better appreciate our own backyard and the craftsmen who make a living here.

Choosing to buy local, whatever the purchase, not only helps us, as a nation, to realise our carbon neutral goals it also supports fellow Kiwis and their businesses, something very close to the heart of Duncan Domett, Co-owner of Stacks Furniture.

“As both a retailer of international brands and a manufacturer of New Zealand-made furniture, I know first-hand the power of buying locally, both from a sustainability perspective and from the point of view of ensuring Kiwis have opportunities to provide for their own families.

“Buying New Zealand-made is an endorsement of the quality of the goods being produced right here and of the skills of our artisans.”

From top left: the Chanel, Tango, Ventura and Monterey sofas are custom made in the Stacks Furniture factory in Christchurch. Each sofa, as with all of Stacks' products, can be customised to individual requirements.

Stacks Furniture: quality products are the natural starting point

“I have always been interested in furniture,” says Duncan, “particularly mid-century modern and Scandinavian design, mostly because they are perfect examples of the ‘think globally, act locally’ ethos. Born out of the Second World War, designers from this era were forced to really look at material scarcity and create functional pieces that were not only design-led but that also maximised finite resources.

“These ‘no frills’ designs, with their eco-conscious core, are as applicable today as they were in the 1950s and 60s and perfectly reflect our mantra of ‘mid-century for this century’. Also, when you support businesses committed to sustainability, like ours, you are investing in pieces that have been thoughtfully designed and manufactured.”

Stacks Furniture produces mostly upholstered furniture in its Christchurch factory, with around 15 fully customisable sofas and chairs to choose from.

“Customers are able to tailor every aspect of our New Zealand-made furniture range from the choice of fill, fabrics, shape and size and even arm and leg height—the world is their oyster. Whatever their choice, our customers can be assured that quality construction is key to our bespoke New Zealand-made furniture and case goods.

“All of our frames are made from sustainably sourced New Zealand timbers and while our foams and fabrics are imported, we are careful to only select products with an environmental focus, such as hand-dyed leathers, which—while they require more care to maintain them—are better for the environment compared to chemically dyed leathers. We also have leather-look or ‘vegan’ leather fabrics as well as a comprehensive range of upholstery fabrics to choose from.”

As a manufacturer, Stacks' focus is on the circular economy model, which champions a ‘reuse, repair, refurbish, rebuild’ mentality, which is why they offer a lifetime warranty on their products.

Stacks Furniture: supporting a circular economy

While the factory mainly makes sofas, chairs, ottomans and headboards, Duncan says the company is looking to expand the capability to include much of the product currently being imported, as part of a broader focus on sustainability.

“Within the next 12–18 months we’re hoping that as much as 90 per cent of our products will be exclusively ours. There will still be an element of international brands—as the international factories offer different furniture-making techniques to what can be done cost-effectively in New Zealand—but essentially we’re looking to provide our clients with locally produced products.”

Duncan says the move has been driven, in part, by consumer demand for total transparency around product sourcing and manufacture.

“Two of the questions we are most often asked are: ‘Where did it come from?’ and ‘How was it made?’. Being able to assure our customers that we can guarantee the provenance of our pieces is something that we are keen to be able to offer.

“That said, we are able to do that on our internationally sourced products as well because we buy them directly from the manufacturers rather than middlemen and we make sure to visit the factories where these products are made to see for ourselves that they are being ethically produced.”

Choosing a Stacks' New Zealand-made sofa supports many locally own businesses and ensures absolute transparency across the entire supply chain of that product.

Stacks Furniture: sustainability for life

“For the most part, I think the consumer focus on transparency has always been there as a mindset but being a relatively isolated nation, we come up against the immediacy of imported goods. If you want a New Zealand-made, bespoke piece then you need to be satisfied with the fact that there will be an 8–10 week lead time, whereas, if you’re happy to make do with an ‘off the shelf’ readily available imported product, then you can have it right away. However, you also have to be satisfied that it may not be the most ethically produced.

“That’s why Stacks Furniture believes in starting from a position of being environmentally beneficial and then following that through across all aspects of the business. As a manufacturer, our focus is on ‘reuse, repair, refurbish, rebuild’, which is why we offer a lifetime warranty on our products.

“As a retailer, we are committed to supporting other, like-minded producers who can prove a qualifiable supply chain on their products—such as only using FSC-certified timbers—and who have robust policies around recycling and recyclables, especially regarding packaging.”

Duncan says it has been heartening to see a real reduction in the amount of polystyrene packaging being used by overseas suppliers.

“Packaging products are now a lot more environmentally conscious, especially coming out of Europe but even out of Asia, we’re seeing a lot less polystyrene, which is great. We recycle everything including polystyrene packaging, which gets reformed into underfloor insulation, but the less of that coming in the better we like it. All of the packaging we use when shipping products has been specifically chosen to be easily recyclable by the end user.”

Learn more about sustainable, New Zealand-made furniture.