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Often, people choose to invest in one or two statement pieces of furniture for their home to set off a space or create a focal point in an area of a room. When they do this, they’re generally looking for furniture that will last for years; classic designs that will not age as trends come and go, and pieces that will provide enjoyment and functionality over their lifetime.

Timeless pieces are created with the right balance of innovation, design, style and craftsmanship, a concept that fuels iconic New Zealand designer David Shaw and his continued development of pieces that will become tomorrow’s antiques.

While the David Shaw brand’s success is ubiquitously tied to classic elegant style, what underpins these pieces is the use of high-quality materials and skilled craftsmanship allowing each piece the longevity its design demands.

Often, people choose to invest in one or two statement pieces of furniture for their home to set off a space or create a focal point in an area of a room. When they do this, they’re generally looking for furniture that will last for years; classic designs that will not age as trends come and go, and pieces that will provide enjoyment and functionality over their lifetime.

Timeless pieces are created with the right balance of innovation, design, style and craftsmanship, a concept that fuels iconic New Zealand designer David Shaw and his continued development of pieces that will become tomorrow’s antiques.

While the David Shaw brand’s success is ubiquitously tied to classic elegant style, what underpins these pieces is the use of high-quality materials and skilled craftsmanship allowing each piece the longevity its design demands.

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“These sorts of statement pieces are individual and give people the ability to make their home a real point of difference,” David says “Generally, 80 per cent of the furniture shops in New Zealand have pieces each season that are very similar. When you move away from the mainstream, you can invest in really individual pieces, and furniture that will last, as opposed to buying cheaper pieces that need to be discarded within two or three years. 

“These sorts of statement pieces are individual and give people the ability to make their home a real point of difference,” David says “Generally, 80 per cent of the furniture shops in New Zealand have pieces each season that are very similar. When you move away from the mainstream, you can invest in really individual pieces, and furniture that will last, as opposed to buying cheaper pieces that need to be discarded within two or three years. 

What we try to achieve with our pieces is creating clean lines and classic finishes that don’t date.”

David’s speciality, and what makes his furniture stand out, is his ability to artfully blend different materials into a single piece of furniture. “I’ve always been drawn to design. What I particularly love about it is reinventing new designs and mixing textures and materials.”

What we try to achieve with our pieces is creating clean lines and classic finishes that don’t date.”

David’s speciality, and what makes his furniture stand out, is his ability to artfully blend different materials into a single piece of furniture. “I’ve always been drawn to design. What I particularly love about it is reinventing new designs and mixing textures and materials.”

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Currently, the David Shaw range includes the use of metal, resins and timber in cabinetry, a unique materiality. “Each piece has a slightly different finish and can be made bespoke to suit an individual customer,” he says. “This mixing of materials is one of our strong points as a brand, particularly the use of metal resins inserted into timber frames. We also mix metal framing with wood supports.”

David, who has been in the industry for more than 30 years, says his passion lies in reinventing classic designs and working with different textures and materials to create statement, timeless pieces.

Quality is a key benchmark for David, who tailors materials specifically for New Zealand conditions. “The benefit of buying New Zealand-made bespoke or completely customised furniture is that customers can, for example, choose their desired firmness of a piece, which can then be tailor-made to suit its environment. Our products are made by hand where attention to the finest detail is important to the overall design of the piece chosen. We do not design for today; instead, for the future. We all live differently hence it is important to ensure we produce pieces that our clients will enjoy for years to come.”

This attention to detail and use of high quality materials combined with skilled craftsmanship allows David Shaw’s pieces to achieve a longevity not often seen in furniture today.

If you’re looking for a unique or customised statement piece of New Zealand-made furniture, check out the David Shaw range on ArchiPro here.

Currently, the David Shaw range includes the use of metal, resins and timber in cabinetry, a unique materiality. “Each piece has a slightly different finish and can be made bespoke to suit an individual customer,” he says. “This mixing of materials is one of our strong points as a brand, particularly the use of metal resins inserted into timber frames. We also mix metal framing with wood supports.”

David, who has been in the industry for more than 30 years, says his passion lies in reinventing classic designs and working with different textures and materials to create statement, timeless pieces.

Quality is a key benchmark for David, who tailors materials specifically for New Zealand conditions. “The benefit of buying New Zealand-made bespoke or completely customised furniture is that customers can, for example, choose their desired firmness of a piece, which can then be tailor-made to suit its environment. Our products are made by hand where attention to the finest detail is important to the overall design of the piece chosen. We do not design for today; instead, for the future. We all live differently hence it is important to ensure we produce pieces that our clients will enjoy for years to come.”

This attention to detail and use of high quality materials combined with skilled craftsmanship allows David Shaw’s pieces to achieve a longevity not often seen in furniture today.

If you’re looking for a unique or customised statement piece of New Zealand-made furniture, check out the David Shaw range on ArchiPro here.

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