Timothy John

Timothy John

Timothy John, builder by trade, is a self taught furniture designer. Fascinated by natural materials, traditional techniques and contemporary form, he incorporates his love for coastal New Zealand and global explorations into his work.

Early days involved art based works which were showcased at various exhibitions in NZ and Europe. The Sidekick range followed; a move towards a more accessible and sustainable production model where Timothy has made a point of working closely with local small family run manufacturers, primarily Starex, in effort to support local trade and ensure the highest quality standard. 

In 2013, Timothy and his wife, opened design studio and store, Paper Plane, located in Mount Maunganui. Timothy now designs exclusively for Paper Plane and in response to his direct interactions with the New Zealand consumer market. He works regularly with Starex on design development, production of custom furniture and shop fit outs.

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Attractive, durable & affordable

Childcare centres need attractive, durable and affordable furniture. Starex has provided children's furniture for all my centres over the last 15 years.

Starex's service was invaluable, and I am always pleased with the result. They have a unique understanding for the early childhood centre furniture needs and provide a professional service.

The quality is designed and manufactured at the highest standard. Through every part of the process, from ordering to delivery I have received helpful solutions that exactly match the centres needs, excellent care and communication.  Most importantly the children and teachers love their Starex furniture.

Maria Anstis @ Natural Steps

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