Meet young NZ design collective... Proffer

Meet Proffer - 4 fresh faces from Wellington (in the pic up there, left to right)George MacLeod-Whiting, Matt Fanning, Claudia Pommer and Jack Candlish. Individually they are designers each with their own specialty disciplines and side projects, and together they are makers and creators of custom furniture and fit-outs.

Before Proffer, Jack and George were working together in Jack's signage/display business. Amongst other projects, they'd collaborated on the interior of Flight Coffee's flagship Welly city cafe, The Hanger.  When they met designer Claudia (originally from Germany but has made Wellington home), the three started dreaming out loud about making and selling their own products - they imagined a cafe-slash-store with a workshop attached to the back, so visitors could grab a coffee, shop the store, and see the products being crafted by real hands. So late last year, Proffer was born.

So now, from their industrial unit in Newtown (with a mezzanine and spiral staircase - jealous!), they're working together on large projects (like the fit-out of a few new cafes, and a recent shipping container joint called Coffee Box); bespoke display, furniture and point-of-sale design for a growing bunch of boutique and like-minded clients (Flight Coffee, Coffee Supreme, Wellington Chocolate Factory, Iko Iko....) aaaaaaand developing their own products at the same time. Jack is finalising his wooden surfboards, Claudia is working on collapsable shelving and seating, and George is designing a table, a range of bike accessories and some small homeware pieces. Everything is made in Proffer's workshop.

Moodboards and mock-ups for an upcoming eatery fit-out

After years of development, Jack is super close to launching his range of wooden surfboards
(see more about them - including a video - here)

George and Claudia discuss ideas for a client

A Proffer stool (keep your eyeball out for the online store)

George's wooden bowl

Point of sale hotness with brass

New coffee spot, designed by Proffer. (Love the black and gold paint job)

Photography by Welly-based, NZ-available Michael Valli for Fancy

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