Join us for the first Coffee & Croissants Conversation of 2024 to discuss studio practice and the realities of furniture making now with Tāmaki Makaurau-based Josephine Jelicich, Clark Bardsley and Bec Snelling.

The trio will speak to their projects, inspirations, challenges and favourite chairs, sharing insights into their experiences entering the world of furniture in Aotearoa.

Get your $10 ticket to attend this morning talk with a coffee & croissant in hand.

Josephine Jelicich is a furniture maker with a fine arts training. After graduating with a first-class honours degree in fine art from Massey University in 2016, she completed the furniture maker’s programme at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in Whakatū Nelson in 2018. Now living in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Jelicich has worked as a technician at various galleries, a woodwork teacher at The Warren workshop, and now works as freelance woodworker and furniture designer.

Clark Bardsley Design (CBD) is an award winning, cross-disciplinary design studio founded in 2013. Clark has 18 years of experience in industrial and interior design for brands, manufacturers and service providers across the world. He was educated at Victoria University in Wellington, then spent several years working for others – first with Auckland based brass-ware brand Methven, then in London at eminent British cross-disciplinary studio PearsonLloyd. Returning to New Zealand in 2013, Clark is now the director of CBD, as well as an external Head of Design for Work Club Global.

Bec Snelling leads multidisciplinary studio Snelling Studio specialising in lighting, furniture, and objects, based in Aotearoa New Zealand. Established in 2007 as a collaboration between father and daughter Douglas and Bec Snelling, the studio is now led by Bec who continues to honour her father’s skill and attention to beautiful craftsmanship and materiality. Shaped by Bec’s formal training as a fine artist and her years of experience as a designer, Snelling celebrates experimentation and innovation.

Coffee & Croissants is a conversation series supported by our friends at Allpress Espresso and Daily Bread.

Josephine Jelicich, Cherry Chair, 2018. Courtesy of Josephine Jelicich. Photograph by Sam Hartnett.

Visitors to The Chair at Objectspace, photograph by Jinki Cambronero.