Nicola Macklin – vivid

15 June 2021

The simple pleasure of lying on grass inspired Nicola Macklin’s multifunctional piece, Second Nature – the title a wry take on her key material, Astroturf. It has been combined with plywood to create a chair that converts to a chaise lounge or mat.

“It’s the sort of concept piece I really enjoy doing – so exciting and liberating to design something that’s creative, yet functional,” says the 25-year-old New Zealander who moved to Western Australia in 2005 and is in the final year of her degree course in product and furniture design at Curtin University.

It follows a wide-ranging career in design that began with cosmetics and rapidly expanded. “I was a makeup artist for film and television in New Zealand where I also had my own jewellery label and dabbled in fashion,” reveals Nicola.

Nicola MacklinWith major boutiques in Christchurch and Wellington stocking her jewellery label, Dot, the future looked bright. But not fulfilling enough for the young designer who soon had her sights set on furniture.

She has combined her studies with part-time industry experience – first at Subiaco firm Table and Chair where she started in sales and graduated to designing and consulting for commercial and residential projects, and currently at leading furniture, lighting and product design store Majool.

Design as an end in itself holds little appeal for Nicola. “I ask myself: Is it functional? Is it comfortable? I’m not into a lot of pretty pieces. I’ve always designed across the board.”

See Nicola Macklin’s Second Nature at the vivid feature within Furnitex.



Hannah Shepherd

This is so hot.


couldnt you just use the grass on its own ?


to anonymous: you could but then you can’t roll it up and firmly sit on it or use it as a side table for books and other stuff. it’s all about options and opportunities!

Miriam Gollan

Grass on its own would not work….this however is a brilliant concept! We at Gollan illustrations are loving the one we have in our studio.


I love it…..BYO grass! No matter what the conditions you always have warm, dry and clean grass to relax on. Also the added practical options mentioned above.

Elisha Blogg

Fab idea! LOVE IT!! & especially the fantastic pic of you….

Pauline Blogg

Fantastic idea and I am not surprised that it is a Nicola design. You have so much talent and flair and look forward to seeing your future unfold.

Andrew Thornton Hick

Anything like fabrics coming on a roll will surely have off-cuts. To make use of them in an innovative piece is a simple yet apt solution. Some say the grass never really does get dry in the UK so when we all race outside at the slightest prospect of sun, we could all use one of these!

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