Living Expert David Peez, owner of the furniture and homeware boutique Republic Home talks to M2woman about interior trends and what people can expect from their new showroom.
You have a store in Ponsonby and a new one in Parnell; are there differences that will emerge based on the two locations and their markets?
There are certainly some differences in the markets. Parnell has a large concentration of interior-related businesses, so in many ways it made sense to open our second store in what is a hub location for our type of business. With a larger space, and based on the market profile, our location is more of a destination than a pedestrianised one. There is more of a ‘furniture collection’ emphasis, enabling us to showcase more products we don’t often have the luxury of space for in Ponsonby. As our ethos has been to curate one-off, unique pieces in limited quantities in furniture collections, a second showroom also enables us to showcase different pieces in each location. We have had some amazing, positive feedback from the new Parnell showroom on how it has the same Republic look and feel, and yet the spaciousness and industrial backdrop makes it even more inspiring!
Republic Home is a big influencer in terms of home interior trends – what’s big for you for the colder months in 2015?
Well, the winter months tend to be when people think of interiors in terms of warmth and comfort, which almost always makes me think of rugs. This season, we have a selection of authentic Beni Ourain rugs from Morocco, as well as the vintage overdyed patchwork or reloaded rugs, and vintage Persian and Afghan rugs and kilims. When I think of comfort, I also tend to think of comfortable sofas – we have some unique leather sofas, cotton canvas sofas, and other stylish one-off sofas upholstered in rugs, kilims or linens appearing over the winter months.
Texture and ethnic influences are resonating as key interior trends for 2015 – perhaps as a push-back against the super modern or minimalist designs. What is your top tip for incorporating texture and global design elements into the home as a way to impart warmth, personality and interest?
It’s all about the layers. I think people are looking for things that are different and reflect their personality and interests. They are looking for items that make a space a home – artefacts from travels, unique finds from antique shops, or pieces handed down within the family. While these items are not necessarily of a high dollar value, they carry memorable attachments and add authenticity to interiors, instead of just being dust collectors or the latest trendy thing to have. Republic’s merchandising aims to combines an intrinsic emotional reflection to an interior space. That is what Republic Home is for me – an extension of my global travels and many years living outside of New Zealand, and the opportunity to make some of those accessorising elements available to a wider audience.