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Plyhome secures new manufacturing partner

Written by Anna Gilhooly, Co-Founder anna@plyhome.co.nz Well, hello there: it’s been ages! So…we‘ve been a touch quiet (actually, resoundingly silent) lately and we wanted to let you know why. Essentially, we went through the classic business problem of growing too busy, too quickly. People really loved our furniture and we loved sending it all over New Zealand: from Waiheke Island down to rural Queenstown. But it all happened in an absolute flash and two creatively-brained people were suddenly thrust into the business of operations, which wasn’t exactly our happy place.  So…we did a lot of talking and a lot of listening to some very clever people about what to do.  As a result: we are so thrilled to announce that we have...

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Not just the two of us:

EDIT: This blog was created 14-months into Plyhome's journey, we're now a much bigger team (you can read about that here), but we will never forget our humble beginnings and this blog is intended for those starting up in the business of 'making stuff' from scratch.  Some start-up businesses are literally built by one or two people. Plyhome isn’t one of them. Yes, Plyhome at its core has been created by two people who had the right mix of complementary skills, but what neither of us had 14 months was experience commercialising a design for retail. Now we do! But at the start of our journey it was all new to us. The purpose of this article to publicly thank the...

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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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