Blurring the line between seating and room divider, designer Cameron Foggo’s sofa series melds multifunctional purpose with stylish appeal. With varied heights to demarcate interior spaces, Carousel is smartly defined by its blackened-steel structure. Within, its generously proportioned cushions with downy feather and foam fill deliver comfort to savor. From New Zealand’s Resident, the seating is apropos for both homes and public spaces and even suitable for hard-contact environs.
Low Back: 23.5" h x 86.5" w x 32" d (60x220x81cm)
High Back: 53" h x 86.5" w x 32" d (135x220x81cm)
Seat height: 15.75" (40cm)
Upholstery, multi-density feather and foam, timber, steel
Fabric Category 1: Messenger, Mode
Fabric Category 2: Mainline Flax, Synergy
Fabric Category 3: Hallingdal 65
Fabric Category 4: Shade
“I’d be ripping my hair out if something took more than half an hour to put together,” says Resident founder Simon James on the subject of flat-pack furniture, something he knows quite a lot about. “Most of our products wouldn’t have more than five or six screws, maximum, nor do they take longer than 5 or 10 minutes to put together.” That’s just one of the innovative qualities of the New Zealand contemporary design and manufacturing company established in 2011. With equal parts dedication to an authentic brand of craft and an eclectic but refined aesthetic, Resident has quickly made a indelible impression.
Set up in a cleverly international way with a small head office in Auckland and a distribution hub in the UK to equal the supply-time equal of its European counterparts, Resident manufactures both in New Zealand and Europe. (Partner Scott Bridgens’ knowledge of logistics comes from previously working as operations manager for Brit design firm Tom Dixon.) A small stable of designers, artists and architects—all New Zealanders and based in various parts of the globe—keeps things tight design-wise. As Simon says: “We’ve gone with people we know and whose work we admire.”