The Resident Diaries 2014

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Team Resident – or part thereof. From left, Nat Cheshire, Simon James, Scott Bridgens and Jamie McLellan.

Team Resident – or part thereof. From left, Nat Cheshire, Simon James, Scott Bridgens and Jamie McLellan. Image: Nic Staveley

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The 2014 Resident collection includes the Foundry Floor Light by Nat Cheshire.

The 2014 Resident collection includes the Foundry Floor Light by Nat Cheshire. Image: Supplied

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The Fibre Light by Jamie McLellan.

The Fibre Light by Jamie McLellan. Image: Supplied

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The Parison Pendant by Nat Cheshire.

The Parison Pendant by Nat Cheshire. Image: Supplied

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The Tangerine Stool designed by Simon James.

The Tangerine Stool designed by Simon James. Image: Supplied

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The Pickup Sticks chair by Simon James.

The Pickup Sticks chair by Simon James. Image: Supplied

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Next week Simon James, Scott Bridgens and their latest Resident products will be in residence at the Milan Furniture Fair (also known as Salon del Mobile). They will be part of Edit at Design Junction, a British installation in the eighteenth-century Palazzo Morando.

The 53rd annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile is expected to draw 2,400 exhibitors and more than 300,000 visitors to Milan. It’s one of the biggest fairs in the global design calendar and where the biggest international designers reveal what they’ll be selling in 2014.

While the show is on, from 9 to 13 April, the Resident guys will be updating us on the people they meet, the things they see and the feedback they get on their new New Zealand-designed products in Milan, in a series we started last year called The Resident Diaries.

Before he left for Europe, Simon James answered a few questions for us on the new collection.

Urbis: What are you taking to Milan this year?

Simon James: Resident will present The Evidence, a collection of new lighting and furniture from Jamie McLellan, Nat Cheshire, Simon James and Cameron Foggo.

U: What are you most looking forward to?

SJ: Firstly just getting all product there in one piece and starting the setup! Once that is out of the way it’s a great week to catch up with buyers, media and friends and to continue to push what we are developing here in New Zealand.

U: Who are you looking forward to catching up with and what are you looking forward to seeing?

SJ: At Resident we are now working with a number of agents and distributors around the world, so it’s good to meet with them face-to-face and discuss the new product in detail. In terms of other brands, it will be exciting to see what Established & Sons releases this year as I understand a number of new products are being shown, as well as new accessories from Eclectic by Tom Dixon and product from Bassamfellows.

For more on The Resident Diaries 2013, click here.


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