Douglas and Bec has built on its impressive international portfolio, completing projects in Europe and the US, while releasing an exciting new range of products.
The New Zealand-based company has designed feature lighting at The Ritz Hawaii and the new Marriott Hotel in Portland, Oregon. In Paris, the Panache Hotel features the Line Pendant 04 and popular Folding Stools. At Singapore’s newest upscale restaurant, Whitegrass, Douglas and Bec’s iconic Y Series chandeliers hang above a gorgeous communal table.
For the Alex Hotel in Perth, Douglas and Bec worked with designers Arent&Pyke to build bespoke furniture for 74 thoughtfully designed spaces.
In the last 10 years, Douglas and Bec has grown from a retail-focused company into an award-winning design studio with global clientele. Amid the excitement, founder Rebecca Dowie is still deeply passionate about local manufacturing and the company’s retail spaces.
Bec explains, “Supporting our industry is important to us and brings clear advantages, such as the immediacy of local suppliers. From a retail perspective, Bec says, “having that face to face contact with our clients keeps us in touch with their needs. It gives us a better ability to make special, customised pieces.”
Douglas and Bec now has four locations – a studio, workshop and office in Auckland, and a showroom in Melbourne – with a growing staff of talented individuals. Douglas, now 72, remains at the heart of the production process, alongside a network of local makers who are integral in manufacturing Douglas and Bec’s collections. “We have a great network, which has taken a bit of refinement. We like to work with companies of similar scale and usually we share similar values.”
As for Douglas and Bec’s own team, Bec says, “Everyone is really excited about the direction we’re heading in, especially with the international growth. We have great staff across the business and we recently took on a former boat builder and a new workshop manager to keep up with demand.”
As they reflect with pride on recent successes, Douglas and Bec has its sights set firmly on the future, presenting a range of new and updated products for 2016. Recently released is a new Camel and Brushed Chrome colourway for the acclaimed Line Collection. New additions to the Line Collection include the Compact 04, a pendant light showcasing the brand’s signature mouth blown glass in a compact arrangement.
Also, the Line Wall Light 2.0, an evolutionary design based on simplicity and the combination of beautiful materials. New pieces have also been added to the furniture range. Bearing the initials of its designer, Rebecca Dowie, The RD Table features minimalist lines and expert craftsmanship, designed and made to be in your family for generations.
The stunning Semi-Circular Floor Mirror is a timeless and functional piece designed with nostalgic sentiment. Completing the release is an elegant all black colourway for the definitive All Circle Mirror and classic RD Chair.
These products are featured in our latest lookbook and can be viewed online at www.douglasandbec.com.