McKenzie House is owned and run by Philippa Karl (Pip) who established the company in 2012 to offer excellent quality, NZ made interior furnishings.
In 1994 Pip completed a language degree at the University of Auckland. However, while studying she had realised that her passion lay with textiles and interiors and she has been involved in this industry ever since.
From 1992 until 2003 she co-ran an antique furniture business with her partner.
Having enjoyed sewing from when she was very young, she also began designing and making soft furnishings for clients in the late 1990s.
Since then she has broadened her skills and experience within the industry, working for nine years as a design consultant for two large furnishings retailers which mainly involved working with customers in their homes but also offices and other workplace and educational environments. After that she became national sales manager for one of NZ’s leading soft furnishings manufacturers where she managed large-scale fit-outs for hotels, hospitals and aged-care facilities.
In 2012 Pip decided to set up her own company, McKenzie House, incorporating a workroom where she makes roman blinds. For curtains, bedding, and other specialised items she has carefully selected a team of makers whose experience and expertise she trusts to ensure that your furnishings are beautifully made and delivered on time.
Having worked as both a design consultant and a maker, Pip has a thorough understanding of the design and manufacturing processes. She draws on this experience to make sure that your furnishings not only look good but they work well too. She prides herself on ensuring the technical details are right and that the fabrics and styles chosen are the best for the selected application.
The interiors industry is constantly evolving so Pip is regularly undertaking further training, attending workshops and meeting with industry representatives so she can offer her clients the most up-to-date products and knowledge available.
Pip runs McKenzie House as a mobile design service. She doesn't have a showroom - instead preferring to bring samples to your home so you can see them in situ. She is based in Franklin but will travel throughout the greater Auckland and Hauraki Plains areas.
She looks forward to working with you!