What started out as a weekend project for Terry Curtis is now very much a full-time role as creative director, designer and owner of homeware store, Home Industry , previously called Weekend Trader. Initially, an online shop that Curtis would manage on weekends while working as a graphic designer, its popularity saw him open a pop-up space in Auckland’s Ponsonby Central in 2013, showcasing a range of lighting, furniture and homeware.
This temporary set-up was made permanent and just two years later the space wasn’t big enough to contain his expanding range. “At the Ponsonby store we were always taking things in and out,” says Curtis. “The range was growing and it desperately needed a bigger space.” Cue the move to City Works Depot in April 2015, a vastly bigger industrial space and the ideal home for the furniture crafted from raw materials like brass, wood, marble and glass.
Curtis designs the range himself, sourcing smaller pieces like the domes, coral and crystal from the US. “I’m a very conceptual designer. I think about how a piece is going to sit in a room. You can put all of our pieces together but they work alone, too. Everything has a soft industrial or soft vintage feel.”
Home Industry products are made locally in Auckland, something Curtis says is key to his ethos. “I’ve sourced a really close-knit group of people to create the products, which is something I’m very proud of. It’s also nice to have the oddities and imperfections that come with handcrafted items.”