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When a mum influences furniture design.

By Anna Gilhooly, Co-Founder. anna@plyhome.co.nz Rips may be a super clever genius designer but what he's not is a parent. . I bring the mum perspective to our designs...and I have to say, I think we NAILED it with our Plyhome Junior Bed. I may be mum-smug about it, but with reason! It looks beautiful, but it's got a whole host of parenting features built in:  GET 5 MINUTES MORE SLEEP:  When you're going through sleep ‘challenges’ (fact: actual agony), 5 minutes is everything. My youngest was a 'challenging' sleeper for a decent few years so I know this world well. You can slot a book in between the guard rail and the mattress to surprise your child in the morning - it’ll be one of...

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Our interview in Idealog.

We've been fans of Idealog since way back.  It was actually one of the things that got me into marketing waaay back in the day. My dad used to shoot editorial photos for them and I began reading them cover to cover when they came home.  It's still one of our favourite sources of NZ business and design inspiration, so we were really chuffed with this interview about what Plyhome was up to and why.  A big thanks to Arriba PR for teeing this up, and also to Caitlin Salter for the sterling write-up.

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Why birch in a country full of Radiata pine?

It took a long time for us to settle on the material we've chosen for Plyhome furniture. We wanted something beautiful but strong. Something that would play subtle background decor role for all styles of NZ homes - villa to contemporary apartment and everything in between. Our wish-list was brutal, but we found everything we needed with European Birch Plywood. Here's an overview of why it made the cut. Beauty:  A wise lady once told us that it's what's on the inside that counts: to never judge a book (or a person) by appearance. She was, of course, completely right. But on the flip-side, sometimes beauty doesn't come cheaply. Which explains another wise saying: 'You get what you pay for'. The birch...

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Plyhome's story for Stuff - Business section.

Plyhome is a proud Hutt Business. We're surrounded by some seriously impressive and world leading tech innovators out here in the Hutt, and they're a pretty humble bunch too: more the "heads down and lets secure some global contracts shall we?" approach as opposed to shouting about it with massive advertising campaigns. We feel right at home here. So with all this in mind, we were thrilled to be asked by Irwin Munro to take part in the Hutt City STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Manufacturing) Festival, which is all about building the Hutt Valley into one of New Zealand’s leading export and economic growth centres. STEMM gave us the chance to showcase some of our prototypes for the first time and give...

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