Handcrafted design

Handcrafted products have an energy that can’t be replicated. It is this organic, unique identity of handmade products that is seeing an usurped popularity as our homes move away from the minimalist aesthetic and towards a comfortable beauty. We talk to LA Imports about the love of handmade products.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designer Lorraine Allen’s style stems from growing up in Gisborne where farming, wine country, hills and surfing converge. In the early 1990s, she travelled to Mexico where she found a quality of craftsmanship in handmade products that stood out. Taking the colonial influences of Mexico and the beauty of handmade products, Lorraine translated this into a style that has been absorbed into the New Zealand lifestyle.

Handmade and original interior items have an organic style that doesn’t date, each product with its own story of craftsmanship. And it is, perhaps, these stories that create some of the most visually stunning interior products, each emanating a certain beauty that sets them clearly apart from their mass-produced contemporaries.

“Every interior design concept needs an earth element for balance,” Lorraine says.  This is a central premise of Feng Shui, the Chinese theory that promotes living in a balanced way, with each of the elements – earth, air, fire and water – working together to create a balanced flow of energy.

“Earth elements ground a concept and connect the indoors with the outdoors,” she says. And it is in the earth element that her pieces fit. “Handmade, natural and organic pieces have a soft energy that is easy to live with.”

For Lorraine, who has been in the business of interiors for more than two decades, she’s seen a change in what clients are looking for. “People want more personalised designs and that’s where the handmade pieces work well. Each piece has its own unique story and people love that.” There’s a tactility in the originality and differing forms of handmade pieces that draws people to interact with them, to touch them.

Original, organic candelabra
Original, organic candelabra

L A Imports has close relationships with its Mexican suppliers and designs many of the pieces in each range to suit the New Zealand lifestyle, before they are handcrafted in Mexico. “We also create bespoke pieces for clients, and can work from architectural plans to design handcrafted furniture, fittings and accessories,” Lorraine says.

L A Imports specialises in handmade furniture, doors, lighting, fireplaces, mirrors and accessories, of which are either solid wood or are made of natural products.

Get in touch with L A Imports on ArchiPro here or visit their Auckland showroom for some interiors inspiration.

Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors
Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors

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Handcrafted design

Handcrafted design

Handcrafted products have an energy that can’t be replicated. It is this organic, unique identity of handmade products that is seeing an usurped popularity as our homes move away from the minimalist aesthetic and towards a comfortable beauty. We talk to LA Imports about the love of handmade products.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designer Lorraine Allen’s style stems from growing up in Gisborne where farming, wine country, hills and surfing converge. In the early 1990s, she travelled to Mexico where she found a quality of craftsmanship in handmade products that stood out. Taking the colonial influences of Mexico and the beauty of handmade products, Lorraine translated this into a style that has been absorbed into the New Zealand lifestyle.

Handmade and original interior items have an organic style that doesn’t date, each product with its own story of craftsmanship. And it is, perhaps, these stories that create some of the most visually stunning interior products, each emanating a certain beauty that sets them clearly apart from their mass-produced contemporaries.

“Every interior design concept needs an earth element for balance,” Lorraine says.  This is a central premise of Feng Shui, the Chinese theory that promotes living in a balanced way, with each of the elements – earth, air, fire and water – working together to create a balanced flow of energy.

“Earth elements ground a concept and connect the indoors with the outdoors,” she says. And it is in the earth element that her pieces fit. “Handmade, natural and organic pieces have a soft energy that is easy to live with.”

For Lorraine, who has been in the business of interiors for more than two decades, she’s seen a change in what clients are looking for. “People want more personalised designs and that’s where the handmade pieces work well. Each piece has its own unique story and people love that.” There’s a tactility in the originality and differing forms of handmade pieces that draws people to interact with them, to touch them.

Original, organic candelabra
Original, organic candelabra

L A Imports has close relationships with its Mexican suppliers and designs many of the pieces in each range to suit the New Zealand lifestyle, before they are handcrafted in Mexico. “We also create bespoke pieces for clients, and can work from architectural plans to design handcrafted furniture, fittings and accessories,” Lorraine says.

L A Imports specialises in handmade furniture, doors, lighting, fireplaces, mirrors and accessories, of which are either solid wood or are made of natural products.

Get in touch with L A Imports on ArchiPro here or visit their Auckland showroom for some interiors inspiration.

Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors
Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors

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Handcrafted design

Handcrafted design

Handcrafted products have an energy that can’t be replicated. It is this organic, unique identity of handmade products that is seeing an usurped popularity as our homes move away from the minimalist aesthetic and towards a comfortable beauty. We talk to LA Imports about the love of handmade products.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designer Lorraine Allen’s style stems from growing up in Gisborne where farming, wine country, hills and surfing converge. In the early 1990s, she travelled to Mexico where she found a quality of craftsmanship in handmade products that stood out. Taking the colonial influences of Mexico and the beauty of handmade products, Lorraine translated this into a style that has been absorbed into the New Zealand lifestyle.

Handmade and original interior items have an organic style that doesn’t date, each product with its own story of craftsmanship. And it is, perhaps, these stories that create some of the most visually stunning interior products, each emanating a certain beauty that sets them clearly apart from their mass-produced contemporaries.

“Every interior design concept needs an earth element for balance,” Lorraine says.  This is a central premise of Feng Shui, the Chinese theory that promotes living in a balanced way, with each of the elements – earth, air, fire and water – working together to create a balanced flow of energy.

“Earth elements ground a concept and connect the indoors with the outdoors,” she says. And it is in the earth element that her pieces fit. “Handmade, natural and organic pieces have a soft energy that is easy to live with.”

For Lorraine, who has been in the business of interiors for more than two decades, she’s seen a change in what clients are looking for. “People want more personalised designs and that’s where the handmade pieces work well. Each piece has its own unique story and people love that.” There’s a tactility in the originality and differing forms of handmade pieces that draws people to interact with them, to touch them.

Original, organic candelabra
Original, organic candelabra

L A Imports has close relationships with its Mexican suppliers and designs many of the pieces in each range to suit the New Zealand lifestyle, before they are handcrafted in Mexico. “We also create bespoke pieces for clients, and can work from architectural plans to design handcrafted furniture, fittings and accessories,” Lorraine says.

L A Imports specialises in handmade furniture, doors, lighting, fireplaces, mirrors and accessories, of which are either solid wood or are made of natural products.

Get in touch with L A Imports on ArchiPro here or visit their Auckland showroom for some interiors inspiration.

Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors
Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors

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L A Imports

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Handcrafted design

Handcrafted products have an energy that can’t be replicated. It is this organic, unique identity of handmade products that is seeing an usurped popularity as our homes move away from the minimalist aesthetic and towards a comfortable beauty. We talk to LA Imports about the love of handmade products.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designer Lorraine Allen’s style stems from growing up in Gisborne where farming, wine country, hills and surfing converge. In the early 1990s, she travelled to Mexico where she found a quality of craftsmanship in handmade products that stood out. Taking the colonial influences of Mexico and the beauty of handmade products, Lorraine translated this into a style that has been absorbed into the New Zealand lifestyle.

Handmade and original interior items have an organic style that doesn’t date, each product with its own story of craftsmanship. And it is, perhaps, these stories that create some of the most visually stunning interior products, each emanating a certain beauty that sets them clearly apart from their mass-produced contemporaries.

“Every interior design concept needs an earth element for balance,” Lorraine says.  This is a central premise of Feng Shui, the Chinese theory that promotes living in a balanced way, with each of the elements – earth, air, fire and water – working together to create a balanced flow of energy.

“Earth elements ground a concept and connect the indoors with the outdoors,” she says. And it is in the earth element that her pieces fit. “Handmade, natural and organic pieces have a soft energy that is easy to live with.”

For Lorraine, who has been in the business of interiors for more than two decades, she’s seen a change in what clients are looking for. “People want more personalised designs and that’s where the handmade pieces work well. Each piece has its own unique story and people love that.” There’s a tactility in the originality and differing forms of handmade pieces that draws people to interact with them, to touch them.

Original, organic candelabra
Original, organic candelabra

L A Imports has close relationships with its Mexican suppliers and designs many of the pieces in each range to suit the New Zealand lifestyle, before they are handcrafted in Mexico. “We also create bespoke pieces for clients, and can work from architectural plans to design handcrafted furniture, fittings and accessories,” Lorraine says.

L A Imports specialises in handmade furniture, doors, lighting, fireplaces, mirrors and accessories, of which are either solid wood or are made of natural products.

Get in touch with L A Imports on ArchiPro here or visit their Auckland showroom for some interiors inspiration.

Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors
Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors

Get in touch with
L A Imports

Request pricing/info
Visit website
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Handcrafted design

Handcrafted design

Handcrafted products have an energy that can’t be replicated. It is this organic, unique identity of handmade products that is seeing an usurped popularity as our homes move away from the minimalist aesthetic and towards a comfortable beauty. We talk to LA Imports about the love of handmade products.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designer Lorraine Allen’s style stems from growing up in Gisborne where farming, wine country, hills and surfing converge. In the early 1990s, she travelled to Mexico where she found a quality of craftsmanship in handmade products that stood out. Taking the colonial influences of Mexico and the beauty of handmade products, Lorraine translated this into a style that has been absorbed into the New Zealand lifestyle.

Handmade and original interior items have an organic style that doesn’t date, each product with its own story of craftsmanship. And it is, perhaps, these stories that create some of the most visually stunning interior products, each emanating a certain beauty that sets them clearly apart from their mass-produced contemporaries.

“Every interior design concept needs an earth element for balance,” Lorraine says.  This is a central premise of Feng Shui, the Chinese theory that promotes living in a balanced way, with each of the elements – earth, air, fire and water – working together to create a balanced flow of energy.

“Earth elements ground a concept and connect the indoors with the outdoors,” she says. And it is in the earth element that her pieces fit. “Handmade, natural and organic pieces have a soft energy that is easy to live with.”

For Lorraine, who has been in the business of interiors for more than two decades, she’s seen a change in what clients are looking for. “People want more personalised designs and that’s where the handmade pieces work well. Each piece has its own unique story and people love that.” There’s a tactility in the originality and differing forms of handmade pieces that draws people to interact with them, to touch them.

Original, organic candelabra
Original, organic candelabra

L A Imports has close relationships with its Mexican suppliers and designs many of the pieces in each range to suit the New Zealand lifestyle, before they are handcrafted in Mexico. “We also create bespoke pieces for clients, and can work from architectural plans to design handcrafted furniture, fittings and accessories,” Lorraine says.

L A Imports specialises in handmade furniture, doors, lighting, fireplaces, mirrors and accessories, of which are either solid wood or are made of natural products.

Get in touch with L A Imports on ArchiPro here or visit their Auckland showroom for some interiors inspiration.

Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors
Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors

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L A Imports

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Handcrafted design

Handcrafted design

Handcrafted products have an energy that can’t be replicated. It is this organic, unique identity of handmade products that is seeing an usurped popularity as our homes move away from the minimalist aesthetic and towards a comfortable beauty. We talk to LA Imports about the love of handmade products.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designer Lorraine Allen’s style stems from growing up in Gisborne where farming, wine country, hills and surfing converge. In the early 1990s, she travelled to Mexico where she found a quality of craftsmanship in handmade products that stood out. Taking the colonial influences of Mexico and the beauty of handmade products, Lorraine translated this into a style that has been absorbed into the New Zealand lifestyle.

Handmade and original interior items have an organic style that doesn’t date, each product with its own story of craftsmanship. And it is, perhaps, these stories that create some of the most visually stunning interior products, each emanating a certain beauty that sets them clearly apart from their mass-produced contemporaries.

“Every interior design concept needs an earth element for balance,” Lorraine says.  This is a central premise of Feng Shui, the Chinese theory that promotes living in a balanced way, with each of the elements – earth, air, fire and water – working together to create a balanced flow of energy.

“Earth elements ground a concept and connect the indoors with the outdoors,” she says. And it is in the earth element that her pieces fit. “Handmade, natural and organic pieces have a soft energy that is easy to live with.”

For Lorraine, who has been in the business of interiors for more than two decades, she’s seen a change in what clients are looking for. “People want more personalised designs and that’s where the handmade pieces work well. Each piece has its own unique story and people love that.” There’s a tactility in the originality and differing forms of handmade pieces that draws people to interact with them, to touch them.

Original, organic candelabra
Original, organic candelabra

L A Imports has close relationships with its Mexican suppliers and designs many of the pieces in each range to suit the New Zealand lifestyle, before they are handcrafted in Mexico. “We also create bespoke pieces for clients, and can work from architectural plans to design handcrafted furniture, fittings and accessories,” Lorraine says.

L A Imports specialises in handmade furniture, doors, lighting, fireplaces, mirrors and accessories, of which are either solid wood or are made of natural products.

Get in touch with L A Imports on ArchiPro here or visit their Auckland showroom for some interiors inspiration.

Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors
Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors

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L A Imports

Request pricing/info
Visit website
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Handcrafted design

Handcrafted products have an energy that can’t be replicated. It is this organic, unique identity of handmade products that is seeing an usurped popularity as our homes move away from the minimalist aesthetic and towards a comfortable beauty. We talk to LA Imports about the love of handmade products.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designer Lorraine Allen’s style stems from growing up in Gisborne where farming, wine country, hills and surfing converge. In the early 1990s, she travelled to Mexico where she found a quality of craftsmanship in handmade products that stood out. Taking the colonial influences of Mexico and the beauty of handmade products, Lorraine translated this into a style that has been absorbed into the New Zealand lifestyle.

Handmade and original interior items have an organic style that doesn’t date, each product with its own story of craftsmanship. And it is, perhaps, these stories that create some of the most visually stunning interior products, each emanating a certain beauty that sets them clearly apart from their mass-produced contemporaries.

“Every interior design concept needs an earth element for balance,” Lorraine says.  This is a central premise of Feng Shui, the Chinese theory that promotes living in a balanced way, with each of the elements – earth, air, fire and water – working together to create a balanced flow of energy.

“Earth elements ground a concept and connect the indoors with the outdoors,” she says. And it is in the earth element that her pieces fit. “Handmade, natural and organic pieces have a soft energy that is easy to live with.”

For Lorraine, who has been in the business of interiors for more than two decades, she’s seen a change in what clients are looking for. “People want more personalised designs and that’s where the handmade pieces work well. Each piece has its own unique story and people love that.” There’s a tactility in the originality and differing forms of handmade pieces that draws people to interact with them, to touch them.

Original, organic candelabra
Original, organic candelabra

L A Imports has close relationships with its Mexican suppliers and designs many of the pieces in each range to suit the New Zealand lifestyle, before they are handcrafted in Mexico. “We also create bespoke pieces for clients, and can work from architectural plans to design handcrafted furniture, fittings and accessories,” Lorraine says.

L A Imports specialises in handmade furniture, doors, lighting, fireplaces, mirrors and accessories, of which are either solid wood or are made of natural products.

Get in touch with L A Imports on ArchiPro here or visit their Auckland showroom for some interiors inspiration.

Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors
Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors

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L A Imports

Request pricing/info
Visit website
Recommended reading
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go! But have you noticed that not everything is...
Here’s five ways to define your interior space with contemporary window dressings...
The home is a place to relax, to socialise and to enjoy. Once mid to high-end furniture starts becoming incorporated into interior spaces though, those principles can often be overlooked with homeowners afraid to use furniture they see as design objects...
When concrete isn’t an option, recreating the aesthetics and textural elements of the material is possible...
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In some cases, the more worn and battered the better. In the case of Indian antique furniture, it is often the most eclectic pieces that help to create...
We hate to break it to you, but you’re probably shopping for natural stone all wrong...We’ll let you in on a little secret: natural stone is a natural product.That means every slab will have its own unique colour, texture and imperfections - features that may be difficult to match with your existing design theme and colour palette.If you want to get it right, it’s time to change the way you shop. Click the image below to learn more...
For those that can’t quite attain to the cost of new pieces, pre-loved furniture offers a viable way into the market...
We spoke to Città about the top tips to stage a home for sale.
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Handcrafted design

Handcrafted design

Handcrafted products have an energy that can’t be replicated. It is this organic, unique identity of handmade products that is seeing an usurped popularity as our homes move away from the minimalist aesthetic and towards a comfortable beauty. We talk to LA Imports about the love of handmade products.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designer Lorraine Allen’s style stems from growing up in Gisborne where farming, wine country, hills and surfing converge. In the early 1990s, she travelled to Mexico where she found a quality of craftsmanship in handmade products that stood out. Taking the colonial influences of Mexico and the beauty of handmade products, Lorraine translated this into a style that has been absorbed into the New Zealand lifestyle.

Handmade and original interior items have an organic style that doesn’t date, each product with its own story of craftsmanship. And it is, perhaps, these stories that create some of the most visually stunning interior products, each emanating a certain beauty that sets them clearly apart from their mass-produced contemporaries.

“Every interior design concept needs an earth element for balance,” Lorraine says.  This is a central premise of Feng Shui, the Chinese theory that promotes living in a balanced way, with each of the elements – earth, air, fire and water – working together to create a balanced flow of energy.

“Earth elements ground a concept and connect the indoors with the outdoors,” she says. And it is in the earth element that her pieces fit. “Handmade, natural and organic pieces have a soft energy that is easy to live with.”

For Lorraine, who has been in the business of interiors for more than two decades, she’s seen a change in what clients are looking for. “People want more personalised designs and that’s where the handmade pieces work well. Each piece has its own unique story and people love that.” There’s a tactility in the originality and differing forms of handmade pieces that draws people to interact with them, to touch them.

Original, organic candelabra
Original, organic candelabra

L A Imports has close relationships with its Mexican suppliers and designs many of the pieces in each range to suit the New Zealand lifestyle, before they are handcrafted in Mexico. “We also create bespoke pieces for clients, and can work from architectural plans to design handcrafted furniture, fittings and accessories,” Lorraine says.

L A Imports specialises in handmade furniture, doors, lighting, fireplaces, mirrors and accessories, of which are either solid wood or are made of natural products.

Get in touch with L A Imports on ArchiPro here or visit their Auckland showroom for some interiors inspiration.

Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors
Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors

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L A Imports

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Handcrafted design

Handcrafted design

Handcrafted products have an energy that can’t be replicated. It is this organic, unique identity of handmade products that is seeing an usurped popularity as our homes move away from the minimalist aesthetic and towards a comfortable beauty. We talk to LA Imports about the love of handmade products.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designer Lorraine Allen’s style stems from growing up in Gisborne where farming, wine country, hills and surfing converge. In the early 1990s, she travelled to Mexico where she found a quality of craftsmanship in handmade products that stood out. Taking the colonial influences of Mexico and the beauty of handmade products, Lorraine translated this into a style that has been absorbed into the New Zealand lifestyle.

Handmade and original interior items have an organic style that doesn’t date, each product with its own story of craftsmanship. And it is, perhaps, these stories that create some of the most visually stunning interior products, each emanating a certain beauty that sets them clearly apart from their mass-produced contemporaries.

“Every interior design concept needs an earth element for balance,” Lorraine says.  This is a central premise of Feng Shui, the Chinese theory that promotes living in a balanced way, with each of the elements – earth, air, fire and water – working together to create a balanced flow of energy.

“Earth elements ground a concept and connect the indoors with the outdoors,” she says. And it is in the earth element that her pieces fit. “Handmade, natural and organic pieces have a soft energy that is easy to live with.”

For Lorraine, who has been in the business of interiors for more than two decades, she’s seen a change in what clients are looking for. “People want more personalised designs and that’s where the handmade pieces work well. Each piece has its own unique story and people love that.” There’s a tactility in the originality and differing forms of handmade pieces that draws people to interact with them, to touch them.

Original, organic candelabra
Original, organic candelabra

L A Imports has close relationships with its Mexican suppliers and designs many of the pieces in each range to suit the New Zealand lifestyle, before they are handcrafted in Mexico. “We also create bespoke pieces for clients, and can work from architectural plans to design handcrafted furniture, fittings and accessories,” Lorraine says.

L A Imports specialises in handmade furniture, doors, lighting, fireplaces, mirrors and accessories, of which are either solid wood or are made of natural products.

Get in touch with L A Imports on ArchiPro here or visit their Auckland showroom for some interiors inspiration.

Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors
Handmade Chetumel Pair Doors

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L A Imports

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