staple&co stories: chris & megan

We love to touch base with our clients once their custom sofa arrives, and is settled in. Chris and Megan of cm studios talk the Lennon with us, after placing it in a recent project.

Their Sofa: Lennon 2400 Deep / James Dunlop: Nature, Col: Pewter

"We have clients in their 30's through to 80's loving this couch, it is just so universal!"


How would you describe your interior style?

Simple, natural and textural. We like to keep it pretty casual whilst still maintaining a sophisticated edge.

We always detail very simply throughout all our projects. This is evident from the external facades to the interior detailing, furniture and artwork. We also work with a layered natural pallet – we love using natural materials and showing them off in our design and detail.

Why did you choose the Lennon?

We love the proportions of the Lennon, especially the deep version and the customisable lengths. The upholstery options are just so extensive, we can always find something different for each project. This project we had the beautiful James Dunlop Nature grey felt: it was so soft and luxurious! We have previously used a range of tonal leathers in other projects which just get better with age.

What do you love about it?

The style is sophisticated but also has a casualness to it, which is really something that really aligns with our vibe. We have clients in their 30's through to 80's loving this couch, it is just so universal!

The Lennon is locally made and something here at C+M we feel very strongly about. Locally made, good design is a big tick for us and something we will always support. We know it's a big challenge to get pieces locally fabricated and we really applaud Staple&Co for making this a focus.

Whose interior style do you admire?

Norm Architects, John Pawson and Vincent Van Duysen are three studios that Chris and I look to as an inspiration not just aesthetically, but also in their approach and multi-disciplinary designs. All are architects, but don't adhere exclusively to that medium. Each creates bespoke spaces for their clients that are truly simple, chic, liveable and unique. This is something we're always striving for. 

Describe your perfect Sunday / weekend?

Both Chris and I live by the beach. Chris is Northern beaches-based and I'm Eastern beaches-based. Nevertheless we're probably doing the same things.

Chris: My favourite way to spend the weekend in summer is home at the beach. It's great to start with an early morning swim, a walk up to Barrenjoey lighthouse followed by brunch at The Boathouse Palm Beach. In the afternoon I love taking a boat or kayak over to one of the secluded beaches at the base of West Head to go swimming and have a picnic. I like to spend the evenings either with family by the beach with champagne and prawns at dusk, or with friends having a few beers and a bonfire. In winter I love to spend my weekends in the country on the farm. Mornings working on the farm, afternoons by the creek fishing or reading a book, and evenings by the fire with a big steak and a bottle of red. Combine all of those and you have a perfect weekend.

Megan: Moving closer to the beach was my best decision of 2014, I think! Perfect weekends are filled with lazy beach days, snorkelling and stand-up paddle boarding, swimming off the rocks at North Bondi with Harry our chocolate labrador, taking a trip to the markets to pick up fresh flowers and seasonal produce, and lots of delicious meals with friends, often with an Apérol Spritz or a bottle of Rosé.

Dream holiday destination?

Chris: At the top of my must-go holiday destinations is Alaska. An overwhelming supply of natural beauty, seclusion and fresh snow makes it an ideal spot. I love the idea of taking a mail boat up the coast from Vancouver to Anchorage, then heading in to the interior to go hiking and fishing and exploring the wilderness. I'd then finish off the trip with a few days or weeks heli-skiing in the Chugach Mountains.

Megan: The most remote tropical island on the planet! At the moment I think this may be somewhere in the Raja Ampat. It just looks phenomenal and I would love to spend my days swimming with whale sharks, snorkelling over pristine coral reefs and lazing in a hammock under a palm tree. 

Shelley Mason