Today we welcome you to meet the talented guys George + Willy, creative force behind this international brand, which developed from their humble garage workshop beginnings based in New Zealand.
We are super excited to bring some of the signature George + Willy paper rollers into our store for the Spring Popup and these are also available directly online in our Artisan wares shop menu.
We chat with George and Will about the drive behind their daily work intersecting with a creative lifestyle.
“ We are naturally curious, we ignore trends and solve problems to enlighten people with objects for everyday use. ”
George & Will met when they were 12 year olds, skiing together at the local hill. They bumped into each other again at University where they were both studying business degrees. With access to the university workshop called the "tin shed," one thing led to another and instead of applying for graduate jobs they found themselves making things and selling them outside the university library. They never really stopped and have turned their child like enthusiasm for making things, into a full-time thing.
What is your dream project?
Dream project would be building a cabin in with mates - and making every little detail, the door handles, the curtains, the chairs: a complete project where everything is super functional and makes sense - with heaps of levers and pulleys. We have always loved Tom Kundig's architecture.
What could you not live without?
Could not live away from the coast - we get to surf after work and go fishing. There is something about the coast we love and you may as well be close to it.
Do you enjoy having creative right over your own work every day?
Yes, it's crucial - quite funny as most of our products that we make start off as things which we need for ourselves or gifts for our friends and then turn into products.
What do you find most inhibits your work or projects?
More ideas than time, and keeping it simple. You can't take on too much otherwise you will spread yourself too thin, and being stressed is not fun either!
We are better off doing a couple things really well.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Working with like minded mates is awesome - we get to think of an idea, draw it and then see it turn into reality. It's super satisfying!
We often get carried away and work on a project that is not commercial at all, something that is not going to make us money but it's heaps of fun!
Thanks very much to the guys from George + Willy for this insight into daily life and work.
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Photo Credit: George + Willy and in store at Saddler & Co captured by Abbie Melle.