Joe Backhouse

After nearly 60 years, Backhouse exists in Wellington as a family furniture business.

It was founded in 1948 by Joe Backhouse.

Joe Backhouse started out in 1948 as a young cabinetmaker and died in 2015.

Now Backhouse Interiors is owned by his son Gary and wife Michelle

Backhouse was responsible for early modern furniture in New Zealand.

With designers such as Olaf Svendsen and licenses to produce iconic Danish designs it offered premium furniture crafted to the highest standard.

Backhouse was one of the first New Zealand furniture manufacturers to produce original Scandinavian designs under license

This allowed an appreciation for the work of Finn Juhl, Peter Hvidt and Grete Jalk.

The company has always had a strong reputation for innovation.

Backhouse was one of the first few local furniture makers of the day to use teak wood.

Today, their range sits comfortably alongside some of the best pieces from around the world.

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