As the world – slowly – returns to life in public, work-life balances have changed, for the better. “The lines between home and office have softened in the past couple of years,” says Margot Acland, founder of Città. “Home is where we work and live, and work can be a comfortable, more relaxed space.”
The brand has just opened a new trade showroom in a warehouse in Maungawhau Mt Eden, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. It marks a more deliberate approach, but Città products have always been found at both home and work. “We design products that we hope people will love and use,” says head of furniture David Moreland. “We want people to enjoy the spaces they inhabit, wherever they are.”
The showroom is a multi-level warehouse renovation with oak and polished concrete floors. On display is Città’s full collection, including a couple of new pieces. There’s the robust, solid-oak Tatamu table – named after the Japanese word for “to fold”, the design is influenced by the oblique forms of origami.
There’s also the Acre chair, a collaboration between Città and Hong Kong-based industrial designer Michael Young, and which is made from eco-plastic. And textiles, which add a level of softness not usually associated with trade spaces. “The idea is to bring a more comfortable feel,” says Imogen Tunnicliffe, head of textiles, “and a level of informality that we all crave now.”
This story was produced in association with our Here Awards co-sponsor Città.