Studio Visit - We visit designer Will Worsp's Raglan workshop & Auckland showroom

NZ designer and maker Will Worsp at his Raglan workshop

Right hand (crafts)man, Faustin Duprat

Heading from the workshop to the studio & showroom

Words to design by - 'Stay Simple, Stay True'

Sideboard Appreciation Society

Will uses recycled timber wherever poss - and celebrates the 'imperfections' of its history

At one time in our not-that-distant past, you chose a job and bore it. For decades. Fulfilment or no fulfilment. Some people still believe this is what they're supposed to do, that being in a position where they don't love their job somehow makes them fickle, or a failure. But me and Will are here to tell you that changing career paths through your life is totally acceptable. No - actually - it's more than acceptable. If a new path moves you in the direction of what you love to do, what makes your heart sing, it's necessary! Will Worsp graduated a Fines Art degree, then went on to work in the film industry, then went travelling. But as he worked in London, and on super yachts in some of the world's most beautiful destinations, he kept dreaming of New Zealand, of our beaches and countryside, and of using his hands to bring to life the designs he constantly imagined.

Finally, he decided it was time to come home, and see if he could turn his dream into a full-time business. That was 5 years ago.

Today, you'll find Will (34) in Raglan, making furniture in his dusty workshop, or designing new pieces from his showroom/studio - a converted surfboard factory on a small peninsula of Raglan farmland - accessible only from an historic causeway (that's completely underwater for 2 hours either side of high tide!) At his side is Faustin Duprat (or Frenchie, as he's known), who came to NZ on a surfing trip, discovered Raglan, and decided he was never going home. He and Will make the perfect team - Frenchie just so happens to be a Paris-trained cabinet maker and gifted draughtsman.

Together, under the brand WRW & Co, they design and craft solid timber furniture for New Zealand homes and commercial interiors (Will recently completed a full fit-out for Queenstown bar Little Blackwood, and an interior re-fit of Mr Toms eatery in Ponsonby).

When he's not in Raglan, Will is in Auckland with his fiance Imogen. Will splits his week between city and surf, and has just opened a pop-up WRW & Co showroom in Grey Lynn.

The new Auckland space showcases everything WRW & Co have created over the past year - elegant beds and bedsides, desks you'd imagine the next great novel to be written on, big solid dining tables, contemporary sideboards, lighting and shelving... and lots more. Will's aesthetic is classic with a modern masculine edge; the style always simple, yet substantive.

The WRW & Co Auckland Showroom is open until December 23 at 1 Grosvenor Street, Grey Lynn
Hours: Wed – Sun from 10 till 4 

WRW & Co website   /   Instagram

Photography by Queenstown-based (will travel!) Jason Kelly
Jason's Instagram is definitely worth a follow, too

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