A Kiwi Original
A Kiwi Original
A Kiwi Original - Mat Macmillan | Maker Design Studio 031

A Kiwi Original - Mat Macmillan | Maker Design Studio 031

Mat Macmillan is the creative force behind Maker Design Studio. Mat makes the most beautiful lighting pendants that are aesthetically pleasing and hand finished thanks to meticulous craftsmanship.


3 mins 10 secs Getting started in lighting design and the leap from employee to business owner.

5 mins 31 secs The ultimate goal and the road leading up to it.

7 mins 20 secs When the first orders started arriving... and the realisation the plan was working!

8 mins 58 secs The origin story of making pendants and lamps. From humble beginnings sourcing ply from Bunnings to being able to outsource some of the manufacturing processes.

18 mins 22 secs Bringing on Pip as the first staff member.

21 mins 18 secs Taking a safe and organic approach to growth and the benefits of made to order.

25 mins 45 secs Artisan business owners - the strengths and weaknesses.. and the importance of mentors.

30 mins 25 secs Getting the first products in a retail store that supports New Zealand Made artisan products… and the serendipity that listing created.

37 mins 22 secs Why new products may be a distraction from the design Matt has already refined.

41 mins 40 secs What’s next for Maker Design Studio.

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A Kiwi Original
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