by Hi Ho Silver in Cool Travel, New Products on Wednesday 7 March 2007

Stu Barr has created a nest for himself by the name of Butterfly Net, tucked away in Ponsonby, Auckland. A self-confessed patriot of New Zealand design, when he came to finding a studio space, it occurred to him that if he combined it with retail capabilities it would allow him a forum not just for his own projects but for other Kiwi designers who couldn’t commit to the large orders of other stores. And a wide net he casts too, with furniture, fashion, knives, sunglasses, pottery and a different artist featured each month. It is not the first multi-disciplinary design venture for Barr. He is of award winning Tio fame, creating furniture with changeable upholstery in collaboration with New Zealand fashion houses such as World and Zambesi. One gets the distinct impression that half of the prize for Barr is getting to talk to customers about all things design and with all stock being limited and with no more ‘out the back’, heading out with his net to catch up on more beautiful examples of New Zealand art and design.