In 2012, Jo started her cottage business Splodge Designs, a screen-printing business focusing on cushions and bed ware. Jo and Nick spent the next couple of years promoting the business at markets and expos around the Wellington and Lower North Island. During this time meeting like-minded artisans whose work was admired and purchased for their own home.
Having met so many talented people offering fabulous products, and having a flair for interior decorating, the next step was to set up a shop in Wellington as a platform for FUNKY, FRESH home décor.
Jo and Nick started State One Designs at the old BP Paekakariki in April 2014. The retail store sold mainly Splodge Designs work with a mixture of other artisans’ work.
In 2015, State One Designs moved to Te Horo, expanding the range of goods offered and locating themselves next to the Red House Café. They loved being in the Te Horo area for six months but then due to the unfortunate fire at The Red House Café, they found themselves pulling on their BIG RETAIL PANTS, expanding their core team to include the very talented Rochelle from Fossick Design, and relocating to Otaki.
Today State One Designs operates from 3 premises – our large store in Otaki, State 1 @ the beach in McLean st, Paraparaumu and our new store in Taupo.
We PROUDLY stock 80% NZ made or NZ designed, fun, funky gift-ware, art and home-wares and consider ourselves –
“AN ECLECTIC MIX OF FUN AND FABULOUS PRODUCTS
MADE AND DESIGNED BY SOME PRETTY COOL KIWIS”