Ask Melanie Craig, the passionate founder and managing director of multi-award winning Melanie Craig Ltd what she loves about design and her answers flow quickly and easily.
Creating new spaces, speaking with people, understanding their personality and how they want to be in their new spaces, are all just top-of-mind.
Delving deeper, Melanie says it’s about pushing the boundaries, showing people that their home is more than just a collection of rooms, it’s a reflection of their personality and how they want to be in their home.
“Ultimately it’s about seeing people happy with the end result. You need texture because texture brings elements of warmth, softness and friendliness and relaxed environment. The home is about living and to have living you need colour because colour brings happiness.”
Teaming up with her mother, Gaynor Rodgers who had a background in interior design, Melanie established Melanie Craig Ltd in 2005 as a 20-yearold frustrated with the disconnect between kitchen design and design throughout the rest of the house.
Melanie’s first major award came in her 6th year of operation, the youngest designer in New Zealand to take out the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) Supreme award in 2011, rewarded with a trip to Milan, the design capital of the world and attendance at the famed EuroCucinia design exhibition.
“Our award took out the big guys who had price tags of $150,000, so I was quite shocked.
“We won that award because we’d looked at the function of the kitchen, the shape of the kitchen and how people move in the kitchen.”
Melanie Craig Ltd is well known for its stunning kitchen designs, but Melanie says her company is also recognised for its holistic approach to design; “People come to us and they get the full story.”
Melanie Craig’s holistic approach to interior design includes everything from the bathroom, wall coverings, flooring, lighting, curtaining, and kitchens.
“Often when you’re building a home you go to the kitchen designer, then the bathroom place, then the interior designer.
“Not often do the three or four people talk together. So we provide the full experience and that helps us to look at the amounts that are getting spent on the project and ensure there is a consistent fl ow through throughout the home.”
From its small beginnings in the little Southland town of Gore, Melanie Craig Ltd is now based in Wanaka and has established its ‘brand’ throughout New Zealand and into Australia.
Melanie explains that while winning prestigious awards has helped hugely with exposure both in New Zealand and Australia, having a studio in Wanaka has opened the business up to an international market.
She says the studio draws people in for a chat. “If you come into our studio, you won’t see a beige couch on the floor -they’re bright blues, aubergines or emerald greens.
It’s the work engine of Melanie Craig, so it’s an inspiring place to be and creates great conversations.”
Melanie’s skills are complemented with a team of six specialist designers and project managers, all equally passionate about their craft. Last year Melanie Craig Ltd once again took away the NKBA Supreme Award for creative kitchen design.
The reward – Melanie’s second trip to the EuroCucinia design exhibition in Milan in April of this year. Covering all aspects of interior design, the exhibition consumed a total area of 22,000sqm.
“It’s all top quality and contemporary design, lots of technological innovation and the next generation of performance – so new shapes and new colours, new materials.
“There is lot of metal being used in design which we have been working with for a while now.”
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