The Studio of Tableware is regarded as New Zealand’s leading tableware specialist and offers you an unrivalled selection of quality tableware including dinnerware, cutlery, glassware, table linen, gifts, cookware, kitchenware and jewellery.
The selection offered encompasses a wide variety of tastes, budgets and desires. The Studio of Tableware offers world famous brands from Europe, Scandinavia and the UK and many of these are exclusive to The Studio of Tableware in New Zealand.
Our specialty is quality tableware and gifts for:
To provide products of high quality and excellent design.
To support these products with in-depth knowledge and superior service delivered with imagination and enthusiasm.
To ensure that our clients are offered competitive pricing.
To show by example that ‘We don't just set the table . . . We set the standard’.
Jocelyn started her first business, Living and Giving, in the early Seventies. The business had a forward thinking approach and brought many innovative ideas to the New Zealand retail scene. Customised gift wrapping, instore cooking demo’s, mailing lists for client information, but with an emphasis on red hot customer service.
Jocelyn visited the European Trade Fairs in 1980 and was thoroughly impressed with the European ‘salon style’ Table Top stores. Small boutique operations with a departmental concept, dinnerware, cutlery, glassware and kitchenware refined with ‘brand positioning’.
In 1981 The Studio of Tableware opened its doors and was met with general acclaim by the more discerning shopper. To this day the concept of Quality, Design, Selection, prevails and the byline ‘New Zealand’s Leading Tableware Specialist’ still holds good.
Not long after opening The Studio of Tableware Jocelyn sold Living and Giving and she has concentrated on The Studio concept ever since. Today The Studio of Tableware has adopted a three pronged approach.
Jocelyn had the original inspiration and she is still very much a hands on working director of the company.
Graham is Jocelyn’s life partner and he too has been in the table top industry for over 30 years. His background was originally in importing and distributing home ware with the emphasis on quality Tableware. His company represented many famous manufacturers.
Graham became a co-director of The Studio of Tableware more than 25 years ago, he’s very much a backroom person and his function involves importing and marketing with a general over view of the whole operation. His capacity as a manufacturer’s representative and importer of table top products gives him an in depth knowledge of The Studio’s core product range.
Sarah has been with the company for over 15 years and has worked in every conceivable capacity within our organization. She has done a double degree at Otago University and has graduated in Marketing and Consumer and Applied Sciences. She is a co-director of The Studio of Tableware.
Sarah has overall responsibility for our IT system and has been in charge and responsible for the development of our two websites. One www.thestudio.co.nz is an E commerce site giving clients the ability to buy a selection of our collection online. The other www.thestudioprojects.co.nz is an information site aimed at the commercially larger and quotable projects.
Sarah also takes time to work as a Consultant in our retail showroom; she is directly involved in much of our buying and staff training. Her knowledge of the industry is vast.
Tony joined The Studio of Tableware 20 years ago. Following a brief flirtation with an accounting degree at Auckland University he had worked in various capacities within the Horticultural industry. Since then he has handled virtually every stock item to come through our doors, be it coming in or going out. He is responsible for our inventory and takes charge of costing. He also has considerable input to staff training. Tony has an in depth knowledge of our product range and he often assists as a showroom consultant. He also is a partner and director of The Studio of Tableware.
Overall we’re a mixed bag, a pot pourri of diverse skills. Collectively we total over 120 years of experience in the Table Top industry. There can be no doubt we all have a passion for our chosen industry. We all believe that good design endures, there’s no substitute for quality and there’s still a place for old fashioned customer service.
We’re proud to bring you The Studio of Tableware ‘New Zealand’s leading tableware specialist’ and its subsidiary The Studio Projects.