About Us

Studio Italia is proud to exclusively represent leading Italian furniture design brands. Italy is celebrated as a country that produces leaders in style, innovators in design and exceptional standards of production. Our passion is to deliver the design and expert craftsmanship of Italy to discerning New Zealanders. The Studio Italia showroom offers an elegant, boutique shopping experience, making the best in quality Italian designer furniture, wardrobes and kitchens available in New Zealand. Here, you’ll discover a wide selection of styles for indoors and out – matched by impeccable service and knowledgeable advice.

Kevin Stephenson


Kevin has a wealth of knowledge and business expertise gained from 25 years in the furniture business. His design journey began in Hamilton with his wife Ruth, then continued after moving to Auckland, where they established Poliform (which would later become Studio Italia) in August 2000. As a director of our company, Kevin contributes his expert advice and guidance, also handling the shipping and financial side of the business.

Valeria Carbonaro-Laws

Co-founder & director

Joining Kevin Stephenson as a business partner in 2004 Valeria oversees the running of the furniture division of Studio Italia. Born in Naples and raised in Milan, Valeria looked set to join her family’s law firm. But a fateful six-month journey after university brought her to New Zealand, and loving its natural beauty and friendly people (being rather bubbly herself), she decided to stay and settle in Auckland. Her Italian origins ensure she will always be incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about design and sharing the joy of beautiful things with family and friends.

Joanna Hoeft

Sales and Design Manager Joanna Hoeft oversees the sales team and works on key design projects. Proudly Kiwi, Jo first embraced her love of Italian design by working with Poliform and Varenna, then gaining extensive training in Italy. With a degree in Spatial Design from AUT, Jo set up Studio Italia’s kitchen division in 2004. The rewards for her hard work are the clients, design teams and workmates she gets to collaborate with – on some of New Zealand’s most amazing residential and commercial interior projects. Out of work, she’s probably at the playground with her husband, four-year-old daughter and five-month-old son, or ‘cooking up a storm’ in her own Varenna kitchen.

Emma Harron

With her warm, approachable sales style, Emma is a natural fit to meet our clients in our showroom. With a lifelong interest in fashion and art, it wasn’t until working in a furniture shop 20 years ago that she found her calling in interiors and design. Before joining Studio Italia in 2012, Emma was with Ralph Lauren home in London for seven years – giving her the opportunity to work with some of the City’s most affluent and discerning clientele. A more recent memorable project was supplying the Grace dining chairs to the best seat in Auckland – at Sky Tower’s Sugar Club. Emma loves meeting people and guiding them through the process of furnishing their home in a way that’s enjoyable and inspiring, so they walk away happy and excited.

Montri Jaimeetham

Montri joined Studio Italia in 2012 – he works closely with the kitchen and wardrobe designers and is responsible for all the CAD drawings and renderings that are produced. Montri graduated from Unitec with a degree in Interior Architecture and is extremely passionate about design in both the residential and commercial fields. Outside of work Montri loves watching and playing sport and enjoys cooking.

Matthias O’Malley

Matthias has been in the residential design industry for many years, firstly studying and graduating with a Bachelor Of Design in Spatial Design.  He has worked for many years with a vast array of Italian furniture companies and as an Interior Designer.  Matthias has an excellent knowledge of furniture design and is particularly familiar with Italian manufactured furniture. He brings his knowledge to Studio Italia where he joins the residential furniture team, specialising in designing the Poliform wardrobe and wall systems.

Kady Ward 

Kate Fisher 

Marketa Ramage 

Job Opportunities

We are always looking for great people to join our team. Please feel free to drop us a line with your CV.

Email us your details at: info@studioitalia.co.nz