Saturday, 29 August 2015

MR & MRS WHITE


Sasha and Nathan White are the dynamic husband and wife team
who have combined their individual talents into one winning combination creating designer furniture and soft textiles

Tell us a bit about your business?
My husband and I have our own furniture and textile business called Mr & Mrs White. We design and make solid timber furniture as well as soft furnishings in natural leather and linen. We also do custom joinery and bespoke shop fit-outs. All the furniture is hand-made by us and a small team on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Tell us about yourself and your background?
Nathan’s love for timber and working with his hands actually started from a young age when he would spend his afternoons after school in his pop’s workshop making wooden shoe boxes.
For me, I never really knew what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I loved to create and I loved design. After school I completed a degree in design, majoring in Graphic design. After I finished studying I found myself craving a creative outlet that didn’t involve a computer screen.
My nan bought me a second-hand sewing machine and I fell in love with the ability to create with my hands. It was satisfying seeing a lump of fabric become something beautiful…something useful.
Nathan moved from boat building to cabinetry and on the side started making furniture for our home. Things started to make sense…the smell of timber, the touch of linen, that giddy feeling from seeing a concept sketch become something tangible – something we can sit on, eat on, organise and store things and most importantly – something that gathers people – yes – this is what we were meant to do… together.



What sparked you to create Mr & Mrs White?
Early on in our marriage we started to make things that would fit in our small apartment. We fell in love with the process and realised we could actually do this together… Nathan making the furniture and me making the soft furnishings.

What processes are involved in creating your pieces?
For the furniture side of things – Nathan or myself comes up with an idea, we discuss, sketch and Nathan prototypes. We generally test the piece at home and do any tweaking and refining before introducing the piece into our range.
With the textiles, I am passionate about natural materials – working with mostly leathers and linens. I generally source materials and introduce a variety of sizes and shapes that will compliment and sit beautifully with our furniture pieces.
In all our designs our aim is that the beauty of the material shines through – we have found the simplest pieces achieve this the best.

What inspires you in your designs?
The desire to live life simply.



What do you love the most about having your own label?
The flexibility, the ability it gives me to be with our kids, the people you meet along the journey.

Who are some of your favourite designers?
There are so many amazing designers out there. Our favourites are Japanese and European designers like – Fritz Hansen, George Nakashima and Norm Architects.

What is your favourite item in your store right now and why?
The Box Chair. It took 3 years to refine and perfect this piece. It has been a labour of love since the beginning of our business – it represents our journey and how far we have come.

What has been your biggest highlight?
Moving into our most recent factory and showroom. It was a big and faith-filled step but we have loved seeing the new space come to life.

What are your plans for the future?
We have lots of dreams for expanding the business – a bigger factory, more retail stores around Australia and possibly something overseas.

 

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