The story of Remy-Woodcock begins in one of the world’s major design hubs, France. This was the meeting place for Greg, who is French, and Katrina, an Australian, and the prelude to a journey that would see the couple travel back to Australia, where eventually Remy-Woodcock would be founded.
Upon arriving in Australia, Greg – a formally educated designer with international experience – immediately fell in love with the country and the thriving design community he found within it. “I was incredibly impressed with such light-filled, breathable spaces, open floorplans, and a fluidity where interior and exterior elements crossover,” he says. “This Australian design language has inspired the concept of many of our designs.”
“We take great pride of our commitment to locally made furniture and place great importance on supporting local business.”
Remy-Woodcock is a brand that prides itself on providing an impressive portfolio of quality locally made furniture. Katrina works as the strategist and Greg as the designer. “We take great pride of our commitment to locally made furniture and place great importance on supporting local business,” says Katrina.
Remy-Woodcock’s design journey is elegantly encapsulated in its current portfolio of products, which includes Le Carreau, Bent, Ott’s and the highly regarded Grid collection of shelves, planters, tables and consoles. Building on the existing product range, Remy-Woodcock recently launched the Bastien collection, centred around a curved monolithic form and Greg’s love of working with steel. The exploration of curves is a relatively new endeavour, Greg explains. “Curves were always something I stayed away from,” he says. “For a long time, I explored strict geometry based on square and rectangular volumes; our Grid collection is a perfect example of this.”
Remy-Woodcock’s design journey is elegantly encapsulated in its current portfolio of products, which includes Le Carreau, Bent, Ott’s and the highly regarded Grid collection of shelves, planters, tables and consoles.
The complete Bastien Collection comprises of soft seating, tables, shelves and planters, and it has origins dating back to the infancy of Greg’s design career. “My original sketch of the Bastien dates back to 2011, I had shelved it at the time due to a lack of knowing how to push the design further,” says Greg. After growing more familiar with curves through working with well-known French designer Stephanie Marin, whose work is highly influenced by curves found in nature, “fast forward eight years, I revisited the concept and thus the Bastien found its shape.”
The hero pieces of the Bastien collection are the planters, shelves and hybrids of the two. “While we enjoy working on all the pieces we produce, we really do love what we call our ‘space divider’ pieces,” says Greg. “The design and inspiration of these pieces is in response to the Australian interior design language and are pieces we feel are most representative of us, our brand, our ethos.” This inherent passion for bringing a sense of nature into an interior environment has led Greg and Katrina to further explore the integration of plants into furniture, resulting in a new collaborative range of planters on the horizon.
Releasing the Bastien collection, Katrina and Greg have added another chapter in a design story envisioned in France and performed in Australia – a story that, with new collections and further explorations into innovative furniture solutions to come, is still being written.