Australia’s King Living has had a big presence across the Tasman for 35 years, and is now bringing its furniture to the New Zealand marketThe firm is probably best-known for its high-quality sectional sofas (they come with a 25-year warranty on their steel frames), but also produces a full range of indoor and outdoor furniture for the home. Established in 1977 in Sydney, King Living is a family-owned business with more than 35 years’ experience designing, manufacturing, and retailing luxurious furniture. An in-house design team in Sydney dreams up their ranges, which are manufactured at the company’s own facilities in China. King Living has been environmentally-aware since its inception in 1977 and received its first ‘green’ award in 1999 (FMIAA and NSW Environment Protection Authority Award). King Living sofa designs are specifically created to give you many years of comfort before you consider recycling them. The removable covers extend the life and usefulness of your sofa.
Q&A with King Living designer Triana Odone
Triana, what are some of the latest trends in furniture and how is King Living responding with its offerings? Incorporating technology into lifestyle has become a key trend and our design team constantly look at innovative ways to fully integrate this in King Living furniture. The King Cloud II is an exceptional design which combines contemporary styling with TouchGlide® technology, allowing one to easily adjust the sofa’s seating, footrest and backrest to their favourite position with the touch of a button. Gesture Control memorises favourite positions, which can be re-achieved with a sweep of the hand across the controls. SmartPockets™ have been integrated into the King Cloud II design, which can house specially-designed LED lamps for reading and Charging Tables for mobile phones, and Media Consoles can be included to conceal magazines, remotes and other devices; available in a range of timber finishes to suit your existing interior.
What is a classic piece of furniture that everyone should own? Any household is not complete without a timeless occasional chair. King Living has designed a beautiful range of occasional chairs, named the Seymour, in collaboration with industrial designer Charles Wilson. Able to be upholstered in any of King Living’s extensive range of fabrics or leathers, the Seymour is available with three back heights and two different base options, allowing you to design a chair to perfectly accent your living space, bedroom or home office.
How would you describe the King Living aesthetic? King Living has been founded on an aesthetic of contemporary, understated luxury. The in-house design team are constantly working to update and improve the King Living range with the latest in style and innovation, ensuring King is always a leader in design and technology.
What type of person does this aesthetic appeal to? Our style appeals to people looking for a customised design with a contemporary feel. Furniture is an investment; people look for comfort, style, sophistication and ultimately durability.
King Living uses an engineered steel frame similar to those seen in race cars like Porches, why is this technology important to incorporate? It’s not so much about the technology, but the construction of our sofas. We use galvanized internal steel frames, which increase the overall quality and lifetime of a sofa.
What can people expect of the King Living Auckland showroom? King Living’s Auckland showroom was designed in conjunction with Australian architect David Hicks, and carries his signature style and elegance. The showroom displays King Living’s award winning and most-recognised designs in a beautifully fit-out two storey building, perfectly suited for such a purpose. Our friendly team of showroom consultants are experienced in assisting select the perfect sofa, bed, dining and outdoor furniture to suit your family, home and lifestyle.
535 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland