(PJS)
Hey Nick, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. For those who don’t know you please tell us what you do?

(NH)
Along with my colleagues James Or, Tim Wylie and my brother Harry, we own and run a commercial property management and investment company under the banner ‘Attune Property’. We basically look after a whole bunch of commercial properties for our clients and also invest in and refurbish a few properties we own personally. On top of that, we run the Textile Lofts co-working office space.

 

To me, timeless design is anything that takes its form, substance or style from the natural world. It also has to be ecologically sustainable and therefore tends to age well and hold value and quality.
 

(PJS)
What does an average work day look like for you?

(NH)
Every day is very different for me, which I enjoy. If I was asked to explain an ideal day it would start with a ‘Fitness All Together’ class, followed by breakfast with my daughter. I tend to get into the office at around 9am and pour through any emails I have, before heading out to various meetings. We’ve recently appointed our first full time employee at Attune, which will give me a lot more time away from the nitty gritty in order to help grow our businesses. Of course if we are talking ideal days, an afternoon bucket of balls at the range would be hard to go past!



(PJS)
How did the idea of Textile Lofts come about?

(NH)
In order to save money while we were getting our management company off the ground, James and I squatted in any empty office space our clients’ had available. We did this for a few years before deciding we wanted something more permanent. Everything we looked at was either too big or too expensive, so we flirted with the idea of sharing an office with friends. The idea of starting a co-working office sort of began to make more and more sense. Tim had just joined us and Harry, my brother, was arriving back from London. When the ideal space became available for lease, it felt like the time to pull the trigger and take the risk.



(PJS)
Now obviously the Textile Lofts is beautiful and you and the team have executed extremely well. Could you please tell us a little bit about the design process?

(NH)
We redeveloped the office in two parts, with the first half opening in July 2018 and the second half in May 2020. The design process was a real learning curve for us in many ways. We blew our budget pretty quickly on the first half, but made up for it with an efficient second half that came well under budget. In the process we learnt so much about sticking to a budget, space efficiency and essential vs non-essential design elements. Maximising the social spaces in our office has also helped facilitate a really fun culture.

(PJS)
Talk us through some of the interior design features?

(NH)
The key to our space is utilising the beautiful natural features of the building: exposing the timber and brick and keeping the raw materials as natural to their original state as possible. For example, stripping the white paint off the timber beams was a hugely labour intensive task, but 100% worth it. We picked a neutral, earthy colour pallet: browns, blacks, greens, greys and brick. Once that base was in place, every other element such as the books, art or flowers add a bit of a personal touch. The lighting also creates a vibe at night.


(PJS)
Now I know you’re a pretty decent golfer. Roughly how much do you practice vs. play? How do you find the time to maintain and improve your ability there? 

(NH)
As you know, golf can be a loner’s sport at times: You need to be able to enjoy practicing in your own company and to be able to set yourself practice goals. I hardly ever watch movies or TV, so night time range sessions are my way of unwinding for the day. Heading out on the Matarangi Golf Course, with the sun going down, a few cold beers and a bag of balls is my best form of meditation.


(PJS)
What’s the latest club you’ve bought?

(NH)
I recently went to a Titleist fitting session and bought a new TS2 17 degree hybrid. It’ll replace my harder to hit 2iron and flies about 230m. Starting to show my age and flexibility.


(PJS)
Lastly, what does timeless design look like to you?

(NH)
I do think the best of life comes from the unknown. At the same time, I’ve always been someone who subconsciously sets life ‘goals’ or ‘milestones’. I don’t write them down and they don’t have a framework or a timeframe as such. But, I know they are there, hovering in the back of my mind somewhere and they dictate the path of my life. It’s like that little nagging voice that pulls you out of a weekend bender and turns you into a respectable citizen come Monday. I tend to hug to the belief that what makes me happy today, will yield results tomorrow. I feel like it has paid off insofar as I’m happy,  so I’ll keep running with the “no plan is the best plan” for now.

In conversation with Nick Healy of Textile Lofts