Outdoor Elegance

As a child, Louise Andreasen would help her mother pack up all the furniture in their home to be exhibited at trade shows for her father’s company. She loved attending the fairs and never 
had any doubt she would work in the family business: Sika Designs in Rynkeby, Denmark. It’s a family furniture company, of which Louise is now third generation, that creates light, elegant indoor and outdoor furniture made from rattan. “My grandfather’s home was full of rattan, so for me it was something that 
I have grown up with, and I loved it because of that. Rattan is a romantic style, which is my style.” Her grandfather Anjaer Andreasen started the company in 1942 during World War II, creating small designs to sell to shops. “He was an entrepreneur,” Louise says.

Rattan is a climbing palm, with a woody flexible stem, found nearly exclusively in Asia. When governments started to ban its export in 
the 1970s, Anjaer made the pioneering move to travel to Malaysia – 
though he didn’t speak a word of the language – to set up a Sika factory right where the material grew and where the locals are skilled at working with it. Their amazing techniques, from cutting, steaming and weaving, are remarkably free of machinery and mean the construction process has barely changed in more than 50 years. Lightweight but durable, it’s ideal for outdoor furniture. “You won’t find a more sustainable material; it doesn’t exist. It’s so natural,” says Louise. Comparable to a weed, ratttan is fast-growing and absorbs CO2, which it transforms into clean air.


Her grandfather may have been the ideas man, but her father Knud is the businessman, and Louise’s love of traditional décor meant joining the business was a natural step. “My style has not changed much over the years. I like natural products. I like antiques. I like things with history.” Bringing in the new while maintaining their tradition is vital, she says. “New designs we bring in are a mixture of designs that I make and designs that were made by important designers more than 50 years ago.”

From the newer designs, one of Louise’s favourites, currently in her garden, is the Hanging Egg Chair, from the Icons collection. From their Originals collection she loves the best-selling Rossini dining chair, which 
is more than 20 years old and exemplifies why Danish designs are so renowned: light materials and timeless styles look as if they could have been designed today. Louise has also just bought a small interior decorating company, Cozy Room, where she’ll be using Sika Designs in her collection. And if you wonder how father and daughter work together, Louise says, “It’s fantastic. Amazingly uncomplicated!”

5 Minutes With Simon Lount, Hafele

How important is getting the right storage for your kitchen?

Getting the right storage for your kitchen is vital for the comfort and functionality of your kitchen. It all begins with the planning of what you most use your kitchen for; do you need an office area where work can be done, is there a lot of baking or are there family gatherings every weekend? These questions determine the potential layout and footprint of your kitchen – the “Kitchen Triangle” as it is also known. Once that is chosen you can start thinking about the storage solutions that will best fit the space you are trying to create. This is where Häfele comes in; by visiting you can go through these three steps and ultimately select the best possible storage solutions available from Häfele.

Is all kitchen hardware created equal?

In New Zealand we are in a unique location with a direct link to Asia – this is great for holidays and travel but not so good for importers of kitchen hardware! Häfele prides itself on only offering the finest European Clever Storage solutions from German company Kesseböhmer, leading Austrian drawer manufacturer Grass and Swiss innovators HAWA and EKU, specialists in sliding and folding door solutions. By choosing Häfele you can be assured you are only getting the best.


How do your storage solutions stand out from others?

At Häfele we pride ourselves on only offering the best quality hardware for our storage solutions; trends are constantly changing so we need to be ahead of these and make sure Kiwis are getting only the latest and greatest on offer. Our suppliers and teams in Germany are always working on new innovations and ideas to create new ways to store and organise your kitchen – this ensures that Häfele stays ahead of the rest when it comes to kitchen storage solutions.

Your top tips for anyone looking to install a new kitchen or upgrade?

The great thing about kitchens is that no matter what you spend you will always improve your home and its value. By visiting you can see all the options of storage, lighting, drawer systems and so much more whether you’re renovating or building new. Then you can easily find one of our ‘Studio Partners’ through the locator on the website – these partners cover the whole of New Zealand so no matter where you are, you are sure to be able to find a kitchen manufacturer or designer to suit your needs.

What’s the future of kitchen hardware and storage?

Kitchens will always be the heart of the home; families congregate there, stories are shared and memories are made, all in the home’s kitchen. People will always want kitchens and Häfele are proud to be New Zealand’s number one kitchen hardware and accessory supplier; so with Häfele the future of kitchens and storage solutions looks strong and bright!


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