Melanie Haywood

South Island Consultant for Wooden Flooring

You can contact Melanie on 021 199 2161  or melanie.haywood@vidaspace.co.nz

What does your job as a specification consultant entail?

My role is to assist Architects and Interior Designers in the concept and design process, to select the VidaSpace products most suitable for their project, to achieve a beautiful, finished aesthetic.

What do you love about interior design?

I love all aspects of interior design. When I was 5, my mother let me select the layout and the fabrics in my bedroom, I knew then, that interior design was my passion. Once I had finished university, I continued that passion to study Interior Design at Christchurch Polytechnic.
I love that when you have a mindful attention to the space, style, and function of a room you can transform a space that evokes emotion, character, history, and unique personality.

Who are your design icons?

I have so many, however, the one that started it all would have to be Elsie de Wolfe.

What is one of the most interesting projects you have worked on?

I have been extremely blessed in my career to have worked on a number of interesting projects, including a number of iconic projects with Warren and Mahoney Architects, after the Christchurch earthquakes – Isaac Theatre Royal, The Justice Precinct and Christchurch Hospital. The project that left the most lasting impression, was the Aldersgate Centre for the Durham Street Methodist Church. Sadly, the Durham Street Methodist Church was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake after it had been on the original historic site for 150 years. The building was able to be rebuilt in 2019. The new building is an incredibly thoughtful design by Wilkie and Bruce Architects, that incorporates a new modern appearance whilst keeping subtle references to the past, that were salvaged from the original church.

What do you love about timber?

Timber is a timeless natural material that generates an atmosphere of warmth, creating a beautiful tactile and crafted aesthetic in an interior space. I have always drawn inspiration from nature, and I have a particular interest in biophilic design. The incorporation of nature, particularly timber, into interior design has many positive effects on the health and well-being of the inhabitants within the space.
I believe that the ethical sourcing of timber from responsibly managed forests is equally important, and I love that at Vidaspace we offer FSC® certified timber products.

What is your favourite VidaSpace product?

It would have to be Oscar Ono. This stunning handmade, end grain, 20-year aged French oak floor and wall covering is truly inspirational.  I love the texture; the unique colour pallet and that the inspiration for the design came from the cobblestones in Paris. Beautiful!

Get in touch if you have any further questions!

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