Here's a group of designers from New Zealand distributed by Essenze (spelled with "nz" for the location).
Catherine David Designs
This was really fun and quite beautiful: "Vintage Axminster 'Cow Skin'"
This piece was at the show and I thought it was extremely elegant: "Signature Rocking Chair"
This was at the show, as well: "Tio"
I'm really loving these old-timey upholstery fabrics a LOT, especially when used on clearly contemporary pieces.
Their star designer though, in my humble opinion, is David Trubridge. He's doing a lot of really amazing work with housewares, lighting, and furniture. Some misses here and there, but mostly hits from him.
I'm not terribly crazy about his housewares, but one item I did really like is his "Pebble Bowl Set"
I really appreciate how natural they look, and they're quite stunning in a group.
Similarly, much of the lighting I don't feel is breaking any especially new or interesting ground. However I do really like "Squirt," which is quite distinctive.
And "Floral" is kind of really lovely, and could look very organic.
I imagine them being hung in groups. The light patterns they'd fill a room with would be very interesting, too, I suspect. There's another very similar to this called "Coral," with a more geometric pattern. I wasn't sure that one was quite as successful.
His furniture is extremely elegant, though, and he obviously has an eye for line. "Dondola":
"Ruth Rockers 2 & 1"
A good number of their designers' smaller items: housewares, jewelry, pottery, glassworks, etc. are available by mail order.
©2008, Ryan Witte