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Vast Interior has experienced impressive growth with their formula in Australia and New Zealand. The concept has been brought to Auckland by 'Shore girl' Kate O'Leary. Channel Mag's Aidan Bennett popped in for a chat in mid-October.
Before going along to visit Kate O'Leary I knew very little about her – or thought I did. But she turned out to be a blast from the past. Kate was brought up on the Shore and played a big part in helping grow her parents North Shore business Wild Appetite. It was there that I first met her some years ago.
For the last decade she has lived in Australia with her husband and their two young children. She worked for Wild Appetite in Sydney and then establish another successful business called Urban Thirst (cocktail mixes).
Eight years ago she joined the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO). It was there she met Ross Clayton the inspirational personality behind the Vast Interior chain of 30 stores. The rest is history – she has decided to bring the family home and drive Vast Interior's growth in Auckland. Her home territory of the Shore was deemed as the best place to launch what is likely to be the first of three stores in Auckland. There are also Vast Interior stores in Christchurch and Wellington.
Vast Interior specialises in imported, eco-friendly and quality hand-crafted furniture and homewares. Kate's new store carries a fantastic series of interesting and original pieces which range from solid hardwood dining tables to found original pieces and interesting, exotic homewares. Vast Interior has long been renowned for their high quality timber ranges and culturally inspired designs.
“Vast Interior has had stores in New Zealand for seven years now and our Auckland customers are really excited to finally have access to our unique product range right on their doorstep," says Kate O’Leary. “We have spent quite a bit of time sourcing pieces from various parts of the world and the store is now stocked with a collection of interesting pieces which have not been seen in Auckland before.”
Always searching, each Vast Interior store owner travels the world to source original, one-off pieces, ensuring every Vast store is different.
“Our current collection captures a world of colour, heritage and quality craftsmanship and has been sourced primarily from India and Indonesia,” adds Kate. "We are a direct importer so our pricing is also very reasonable."
Vast have always been committed to protecting the environment and their choice of timbers reflect this. Recycled timbers are used where possible and also sustainable, plantation and salvaged timbers form the brand’s signature dining collections.
"I am thrilled to be back on home turf," says Kate. "We enjoyed Australia, but this is home. I was brought up in Bayswater and also lived in Takapuna where we have settled. It's is fantastic, with this store just a short drive away."
So there it is folks, another fantastic addition to the Shore. You'll love the 850 square metres store. Kate's plan is to add a cafe in the new year to further increase its appeal as a 'destination store'.
Vast Interior Auckland:- 113 Wairau Road, Wairau Valley. Phone 444 8278 or Email: email@example.com.
Channel Magazine: Issuu 49 November 2014