The outdoors came indoors for the day at Backhouse Interiors, as the Parnell showroom was transformed for Urbis Designday 2013.
The Backhouse team chose five pieces of fabulous furniture and set them amongst a Tree of Life in a room piped with New Zealand birdsong and filled with the earthy scents of Diptyque candles. Visitors were directed past each of the pieces and asked to select their favourite (by picking up a coloured pebble at their preferred setting). The pebble decided which tasty treat - curated by Courteney Peters and Alice Harbourne of Gather & Hunt and designed to match each chair - Designday-goers received on exit (fresh artisanal bread and butter, praline petit macarons, cold-brewed Kokako coffee, raisin-infused shochu and Beechwood honey by J. Friend and Co. etc) Outside, a picnic area complete with plaid blankets, garden gnomes and pictures of the company and its founders back in the day was the perfect spot to sit and rest in the sun. It was a thoughtful, serene and sophisticated installation that made the link between high-end design of natural materials and artisanal foods made with the best of ingredients very clear.
“We’re really pleased with the results,” said Michelle Backhouse as the showroom filled with people. “We all chose the pieces that we would all love to own and have forever. They’re simple, paired back, not a lot of bells and whistles. And Gather & Hunt have done an amazing job.”
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