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MATISSE Thirty Years On VERY SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS ARE IN ORDER AT MATISSE – IT HAS BEEN THIRTY YEARS SINCE JEANNE AND ALAN BERTENSHAW OPENED THE DOORS OF A BUSINESS THAT HAS SET THE STANDARDS FOR AUTHENTIC CONTEMPORARY DESIGN IN NEW ZEALAND. 26

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s much as the business has been about the support of valued clients over the years, plus the hard work and juggling involved in building up a business, the aspect that differentiates Matisse from the rest of the pack is the ability of both Jeanne and Alan to discern, at the outset, whether a newly minted design is going to succeed in the marketplace, or even better, become a design classic. On their annual visits to the world’s most prestigious furniture fairs, they only choose what they themselves genuinely like and don’t presume to guess the taste and inclinations of their client base. Often a new design uses shapes and technologies that are an acquired taste so a revisit is often needed. This confidence that comes from informed judgment has defined both the innovative vision and the inbuilt good taste for which the company has become renowned. It is therefore interesting to examine some of the

Eye Magazine Issue 76  
Eye Magazine Issue 76