Never underestimate the cult of celebrity – Carly Flynn has just launched a range of colourful stools that she says were inspired by her grandmother's kitchen.
Flynn says while journalism is her first love, she’s always had an interest in good furniture and interiors, and considers herself a design junkie.
“I’m definitely not leaving journalism and I have never thought of myself as an entrepreneur before. However I’ve always been obsessed with patterns and textures and I’m surrounded by many talented friends making everything from shoes to vases, to running their own design stores. Testing the idea on a couple of them I woke up one day and thought, ‘I can do this!’”
“I always loved the old orange kitchen stool my Grandma had, and continue to use it today. When my two children were fighting over it one day, I decided to recreate my own version to better fit with today’s living.”
The Everybody’s Stool comes in five colours, retailing from $379 at www.carlyflynn.com.
There are plans for new designs and styles in coming seasons, too.
“There’s been nothing glamorous about it. I’ve been unearthing fabric in the depths of upholsterers’ backrooms and overseeing the steel manufacturing process. I’m even screwing the lids myself and loving every minute of it. I’m really proud of the initial designs.”
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