CONVERSATION WITH TEIA
Zoë: Circularity with our materials is important to Zoe and Morgan and how we operate, we try to reuse or recycle where possible. How did you reuse elements of the existing store for the renovation?
I reused some of the ply from that wall in the main areas (existing wear and tear) as it seemed like the right thing to do, was in keeping and had the right tone/colour. An existing stand up desk was re-appropriated and fitted in new American oak. As mentioned the kitchen top has marble from Zoe and Morgan's antique showcase cabinets which we reused...a sensible choice and cost effective all round doing it that way. You can look around for a long time to find the right piece of bench-top when we had it all along.
Zoë: You created such beautiful furniture for us, thank you! It’s actually romantic, being able to say to customers that you made everything in here for us to enjoy everyday! What were the challenges you faced with this job, as the ceilings are so high, the cherry picker was in hot demand between the different jobs.
Well you can tell yourself to be challenged, or I can do better than yesterday. At least that’s what I do most mornings on the way to work. The amount of work and organising can be helped by effective communication on a busy site and lots of to-do lists. Personally I like design and looking at solutions, it was great to have Zoe and Clare always asking and talking throughout the process.
Zoë: Do you have a favourite piece of furniture you made for this project? We love the kitchen! And the marble top, which was created from our original jewellery displays!
I like that everything is reusable, spacious and it tells me the design worked, from storage to kitchen to U shaped jewellery cabinet. So I like that aspect, then coming in after lockdown to see it again I’m really happy with how it turned out for the team, and that they enjoy working there.