Rebecca Dowie BFA
“What I love about fine arts is that it is primarily about ideas,” declares Fine Arts graduate Rebecca Dowie.
Rebecca owns Douglas and Bec, a design store and studio that designs and manufactures furniture and lighting for residential and commercial work around the world, as well as selling a limited range of internationally chosen items.
Douglas and Bec – first established under the name ‘Workroom Design’ – have been designing and manufacturing furniture and lighting since 2006. Designer Bec Dowie started the business with her father Douglas Snelling, with Rebecca's husband Paul Dowie later joining the company.
Douglas and Bec currently have two concept stores in Auckland and have recently opened their first international store in Melbourne, Australia.
Their focus is on materiality, simplicity and craftsmanship, to produce thoughtful and innovative furniture, lighting and design objects. The collections feature materials such as oak and American ash and has grown to include spun metals, copper, brass, linen, leather and blown glass.
Every day is different, says Rebecca.
“We can be doing photoshoots, onsite visits, developing ideas in the workshop, seeing suppliers or researching. We even teach a bit of industrial design.”
The company has gone from strength to strength and now enjoys exponential growth, collaborating with designers and architects on major commercial projects at home and abroad. Collaborators include the game-changing restaurateurs Hip Group, award-winning architects Fearon Hay, Australia’s design-world darling, Simone Haag of Hecker Guthrie Interiors. Some highlights have been designing a furniture and home ware range for New Zealand fashion designer Kate Sylvester, lighting for The Sugar Club, Sky City and designing the furniture for the Waiheke Island Yacht Club in San Francisco.
Douglas and Bec is a perfect fit for Rebecca who wanted to extend her visual and practical skills in an entrepreneurial way.
Learning across several creative areas at Whitecliffe provided the perfect opportunity to find that fit, says Rebecca.
“I particularly enjoyed the process of making and experimenting.”
9 St Mary’s Road / Ponsonby / Auckland
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22 Normanby Road / Mt Eden / Auckland
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