Design Ministry Founder Samantha Vergis

A graphic design degree is a really useful thing if you find yourself fascinated by creative textiles and you realise that bed is your favourite place. But not just any old kind of bed – oh no, it has to be a stunning combo of good looks, comfort and versatility. You know, the designer bedroom that reflects your personality and style.

Design Ministry started out as a creative outlet for my passion for textile design but now it is so much more! Somehow, it’s morphed into a brand that incorporates my values, along with a fascination for marketing and it turns out I have a bit of thing for styling and photography too! I just love creating new designs, working on the photoshoots and putting my collections out there. It also matters to me that I’m helping the New Zealand economy and not just sending off my designs to be made in a third world country. I love that New Zealand printers and manufacturers are part of the deal – it’s a great feeling.

Design Ministry Business Cards

So now some bragging… (and I am so excited by this) In less than two years we have more than 15 stockists in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia and lots of customers buying direct from our website. People are loving the mix and match aspect of the collection – because let’s face it, it’s not always easy to find the perfect cushion combo to suit your style and home. Our customers can choose from a regularly expanding collection that will fit seamlessly with newer collections…None of that ‘throw everything out and start again’ business. Just tweaks – a cushion here, a duvet cover there...all in our stunning Scandinavian inspired minimalist style that looks great in any room with any colour.

Design Ministry Custom Cushions

Right now, customised hand screen-printed cushions are our latest thing! With multiple combinations to choose from there is bound to be something to suit the look you are going for. It takes a couple of weeks for a screen-printed cushion to materialise, but it’s worth the wait! Plus it’s helping the economy and there’s a beautiful integrity in knowing it’s the cutting edge of New Zealand's design and manufacturing. You can find out more about customising your cushion here.

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