Furnishing International recently had the opportunity to speak to Kathryn Whitmoor-Pryer, marketing and events coordinator at Workspace Commercial Furniture. Read the full Q&A below!
Words: Catherine Falalis
Who are Workspace Commercial Furniture and how has the business evolved to what it is today?
Workspace Commercial Furniture commenced in 1911 and has continued to revolutionise for over 107 years to meet the changing needs of our clients and the market. Today Workspace has showrooms located in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra & Brisbane and a 12,500 square metre ISO9001 & ISO14001 accredited manufacturing facility in South Australia. We are a leader in design and manufactures of commercial, educational, hospitality, health and aged care furniture specialising in project based solutions.
What are some of the stand-out projects that you have been a part of?
Workspace has been involved in landmark projects across the country in recent years, large scale projects such as The New Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH) and Aurora Place, Sydney. However it’s the opportunity to work with clients on bespoke projects such as Base 64, The Pickled Duck and IVE Group Fit out in Melbourne that provide satisfaction to the entire team.
Where do you see the future of Australian furniture manufacturing heading?
The model to move production off shore may be the appropriate model for some business, at Workspace we think differently. We understand that investment in Australian manufacturing has a major benefit for our clients, their clients and our business stakeholders. Our international partnerships (as opposed to distributorships) allow us the best of international design and Australian manufacturing. Australia has a strong and a highly effective manufacturing base that can achieve quality outputs. Our model is to support our Australian manufacturing to ensure value, solutions and choice. Workspace is actively working with the Australian Made to ensure that our products bear the Australian made logo, and importantly represent our commitment to Australian design, investment in manufacturing and local employment.
What is your competitive edge?
Workspace Commercial Furniture will continue to invest in sustainable and innovative Australian manufacturing to ensure our quality, lead time and price provide our clients with the best value, solutions and choice in the market. We will empower our employees to add value to themselves and our client’s experience.
For more information visit: https://www.workspace.com.au/