The maritime touch

The maritime touch
‘Ten years ahead of his time’ one of the verdicts at the launch of Craig McInnes’ first furniture range.

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The J range, price varies

“Ten years ahead of his time” was one of the verdicts at the launch of Craig McInnes’ first furniture range at the Auckland Home Show last year. The Bay of Islands craftsman is the owner/operator of CMC Design, well known locally for its custom timberwork and boatmaking. “In four or five years we might be a bit more of a household name in the furniture business,” he says, but in the meantime, boatbuilding is still CMC ’s bread and butter. Still, that’s not stopping McInnes taking a leap of faith and turning his hand to home fixtures. With 25 years’ experience behind him, it’s not surprising a nautical influence shines through in the J range, which includes an exquisitely handcrafted lounger, chair and side table. It’s a niche collection designed to appeal to the discerning buyer, made in limited numbers from native timbers and finished in Italian leather. Rugrats can also enjoy the CMC touch via the Seedlings range, a line of plywood children’s furniture based on simple geometric forms: choose from chairs, tables or, most versatile of all, building blocks perfect for building castles or forts.

Q&A with designer/builder Craig McInnes

What are the differences between the adults and kids ranges?

The kids furniture is more modular, flatpack stuff. But it’s still designed by us and we think it’s very groovy … The adults furniture is handcrafted and a lot of time and effort goes into one piece.

What are your influences?

It comes from somewhere inside … Things that I’ve been doodling for years, finally turning it into a real picture and making something out of it.

Do you have a favourite wood to work with?

We try to stick to locally milled timber; for example, the lounger is made of taraire, a Northland timber. But there are so many different timbers, I don’t think I would have a favourite. They all have different properties. One timber works better for one thing and another for something else.

What have you set out to do?

Made in New Zealand, beautiful handcrafted furniture that someone can be proud to own and that will also stand the test of time. That’s what we’re trying to achieve.

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