Tim greets us at the old door within a door to his studio in central Onehunga. It's a light-filled classic industrial shed, typical of those being commandeered by small creative businesses, just like Tim's.
Though one get's the impression he's filling this space pretty quickly and might need something bigger soon!
The front of the space is a showroom with some walls panelled in trendy plywood, some painted white with the original roof beams above... perfect setting for his no-nonsense, informal but very stylish range of furniture, lighting and homeware. Tim has created this space to show off his ever-growing range... all 33 pieces with more to come in the near future. He's already creating whole room settings with products for walls, ceiling and floor. Not bad for a designer who graduated in 2009.
He shares the space with artist Askew 1, aka Elliot O'Donnell and art exhibitions grace the walls from time to time. A few of his works are currently on display, the above piece being part of a series titled "Everything is dust".
Now, just into his sixth year under his brand Tim Webber Design, Tim's products are proving popular and selling well. Not surprisingly he's picking up awards, the latest being HOME Design Awards 2014 Finalist for his Duffel Stool and Ottoman [seen above]. He started winning his swag of awards early on with the 2012 Design Folio Incubator Award Winner for his Y Stool & Ampel Pendant and Silver for his Y Stool at Best [below] . He's made Finalist for his Switch Floor Lamp in the Best Awards as well as Home Design Awards in 2013.
Tim's friendly and easy-going manner is apparent in his work. Informal, unassuming and simple, but with clean uncluttered lines together with honest materials like plywood, metals and felt, the work is classical and contemporary. "As a furniture designer I look to create designs that are fresh and innovative, yet simple and clean. I have a real focus on the quality of my product and the integrity of materials. I make products that will be a testament to solid, functional design for many years to come".
Recently Tim has been adding homewares to his furniture collection. Cleverly making the most of off-cuts from the workshop, he's created Notch Wall Hooks, Spot Cushions and candle sticks yet to go into production.