Currently under construction in Henderson is Nido: A $60 million homegrown furniture and homewares concept store that’s expected to span 27,000 square metres. While the main store is still approximately three months from opening, Nido has launched its commercial furniture interiors division, which is named Nido@work.
Nido@work is now operating from a temporary showroom at Unit 4, 91 Central Park Drive Henderson. It will occupy an 1,800sqm floor space within the nearby Nido building when it opens to the public in December this year.
Its opening is the first of three planned stages before the rest of Nido opens for consumers.
Nido@work will carry both European and locally sourced designer commercial furniture products targeting every scale of business.
Paulette Redstone, Nido@work’s commercial manager says there is growing local demand for designer commercial furniture as more Kiwi businesses adopt a global design trend known as ‘resimercial’. This integrates residential aesthetics with the commercial environment.
“Staff are spending longer hours in the office on average and so how we live is becoming a big driver of how the spaces we work in are designed.
“We are finding businesses are adapting their office space to accommodate the flexible needs of their staff as a way of attracting and retaining talent in the firm,” she says.
Redstone says the trend towards flexible working environments is being driven by technology and usage analytics - with Kiwi companies increasingly turning towards smart technology to optimise the way they design their office spaces and furniture.
“It is becoming more common for businesses to attach sensors and smart devices to their furniture and fitout which collect real-time data on how their offices are used - such as how long workers spend in a particular space, how they adjust their desk or if there are any spaces which are not utilised.
“These usage statistics allow them to reconfigure the office to suit the needs of their staff who may want more common spaces for hot-desking, remote working or the ability to accommodate larger numbers for project-based work,” she says.
Redstone says in addition to carrying a wide range of commercial furniture from New Zealand suppliers, Nido has secured an exclusive contract with one of Europe’s largest designers and manufacturers.
She says their local range is being expanded at the moment with more shipments due to arrive within the coming months and they expect their range to be around 70 percent European designer brands and rest sourced from other international markets or locally.
“Our second sale since opening was significant giving us confidence our thinking is in line with market demand,” she says.