Kerri Hollingsworth is the director of an.ti.quate, an Australian brand that creates quality upholstery designs with an environmentally conscious mind. We first became aware of her extraordinary upholstery work and business ethos when selecting exhibitors for our Trend Tours at the Australian International Furniture Fair last year. Her stand was a favourite stop on the tour and visitors loved hearing about her journey. an.ti.quate went on to win the ‘Best Small Stand’ award at the show. Kerri also presented fascinating talks about how she strives to have a zero waste business as part of our ‘She Says…’ seminar series feature on the Trend Hub at the show. Sustainability, the re-use of waste materials and recycling all play key roles in her creative process. The business was born from a love of upholstery and interior design, but it’s how the an.ti.quate story unfolds that makes it so inspirational. And we’re delighted Kerri has agreed to share her story with us in this guest post…
Do you have a product development, or redesign to complete early in January? Or an interior design scheme to begin? Maybe a workplace project to consider?
In my recent trend seminars and media events I’ve been discussing the new luxuries of Time, Space and Quiet. Our online & offline lives are busy, crowded and noisy, and nothing is going to change soon about that pace and intensity unless we take control ourselves.
When we go to work something happens and we rarely notice, it’s a subconscious event that happens, a self-preservation thing. It would take an awful lot of effort, not to mention training & practice to stop, change or control. But, it’s the source of much low-level stress; not a ‘good stress’ type (although I’ve never really believed there is such a thing).