It bears zero resemblance to our furniture today, but this is what was presented by one Co-Founder (Anna) to the other (Euripides) when meeting to discuss some custom-made bunks. They quickly figured out that they had complementary skills and decided to build a business instead.
It was an interesting business pairing, with each having completely different backgrounds and different life stages when they met: 25 vs 38. No kids yet vs two. Learn-as-you-go and hands on career building vs formal uni education + corporate commercial career.
But the partnership worked, and furniture designed by a guy with backgrounds in both engineering & joinery and influenced by a mum (who added both a parenting perspective and love of grown-up design) definitely hit the mark and was soon being sent to homes from one end of New Zealand to the other. Here's a little more about our Co-Founders, and where we're at now!
Euripides (Rips) Taylor-Cassells.
A humble head-down-get-it-done kind of guy. A true kiwi innovator and one super clever designer. No “professional” design quals: just absolute natural talent, a perfectionist streak and a true-grit work ethic. He is totally obsessed with connection details, premium materials and combining high tech manufacturing systems with fine craftsmanship.
A marketing mum of two, Anna loves kids products that are design driven, while dealing to real parental frustrations: such as being able to change the sheets on a cot without getting a back injury. If she ever meets Allen (Key) she is going to have a serious discussion with him. Doesn’t like unnecessary packaging but does love collecting unnecessary cushions.
And now, a much bigger team:
Over time, it became very clear that two creative brains with zero background in manufacturing operations meant we had a bit of a 'skills gap' as they say in HR. It's a long story (you can read the short version here ), but Plyhome now has a much bigger team, with production now based in Greymouth, South Island NZ. We're working on a much wider furniture range, including some for the grown-ups too. Watch this space!