Five Minutes with Adrienne Mamo


With the festive season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your home shipshape for summer entertaining. We chat to Managing Director of May Time – one of New Zealand’s leading furniture and home ware wholesalers – to get the scoop on what’s going to be hot this coming season.

What interior trends are you looking forward to the most this season? 

There is a beautiful colour palette of moody pinks, blues and greens coming through that creates a soft, summery look. Accessorise with coppers and bronzes against a background of light timbers, marble table tops and accessories.

 What quick tips can you give us for sprucing up our homes once summer arrives?

Cushions on sofas and beds in the colours of summer change the feel of your home immediately. Place vases of fresh flowers inside, pop candles on outside tables and new towels in the bathroom. Then clean the windows and it will feel like you’re walking into a new home.

What are three things that every home should have? 

A top quality sofa, dimmable lighting and lots of books

 Share an interior design secret with us.

If you hate the curtains in your new home turn them around on the track so the lining faces the room for a temporary fix.

Discover some of our favourite May Time pieces below and click here to find out where to buy them.

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How often do you attend the furniture fair in Milan?

Every year for the past 19 years. It’s important for me and for the business to bring the latest designs to New Zealand and to understand the new trends. It’s also very important to cement a good relationship with the existing suppliers that are exclusive to us. The Milan fair is a week of hard work and mental overload but it’s also very exciting; every year it renews the passion I have for this industry.

What was the most interesting thing for you at this year’s fair?

It’s difficult to say because I tend to get very excited when I see the new stands of our suppliers, especially Poliform and Flexform, which are really leading the design industry in Italy. If I need to pick a design I will go with the Mad range designed by Marcel Wanders for Poliform. It has a big personality and a striking decorative presence. I personally love Marcel Wanders. He always creates amazing designs that are a perfect mix of contemporary and mid-century.

What were the key trends this year?

I prefer the term style directions; in our market, which is more contemporary classics year-on-year, change is more subtle. What we are seeing at the moment is a strong presence of marble tops for dining and coffee tables. Metal finishes tend to be more bronzed and gold rather than chrome. In upholstery, I’ve seen a lot of soft aniline leather and velvet in deep blues, green and a bit of purple

What is inspiring about Salone del Mobile?

Seeing all the other showrooms in Milan and the way the furniture is displayed. There is so much elegance and quirkiness at the same time, it really changes the way you look at furniture.


Marcel Wanders continues his work with Poliform with new additions to the Mad collection, sculptural forms revealed by the details on both the chairs and tables.

Sophisticated finishes, woods, marbles and fabrics define the shapes of Mad, the collection extended this year by Marcel Wanders for Poliform. The designer’s approach is more mature, having moved from experimentation to greater control of the process directed towards greater refinement.

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