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About Us

What we do

Temple & Webster is all about the home.

Our aim is to inspire you to create beautiful spaces in your home with the best of Australian and international design, beautifully priced.

Temple & Webster is a members-only, online shopping club. We’re dedicated to bringing our members elegant, beautifully curated collections of premium and designer brands for the home at member-only prices.

Each week we offer our members exclusive access to premium quality furniture, homewares, home décor, art, gifts and lifestyle products from both well-known and up-and-coming Australian and international designers.

We also feature hand-picked curated collections from leading design commentators, interior designers, stylists and the designers themselves.

Temple & Webster shares the stories behind the brands and the designers to build a uniquely elegant and serendipitous shopping experience. By bringing you these stories we take you behind the scenes, beyond the exclusive sales events, with a fresh, engaging outlook to inform, entertain and inspire.

How it works

To ensure you don’t miss out on securing the brands and the products you love, you need to become a member of Temple & Webster. Membership is completely free.

Once you’re a member, you’ll receive our gorgeous email newsletter letting you know when our exclusive sales events are on and what time they start, so you can plan ahead.

Sales event is our term for a collection of beautiful items that we make available, usually for 3-5 days only, and exclusively to our members. Because we work with only the finest brands and designers there are often limited quantities of particular items available for sale.

We suggest you join sales events as soon they start, as our limited quantities and sensational savings mean items sell out quickly. When you find something you love we’ll send it to your door, beautifully packaged.

Why the name Temple & Webster?

William Temple and John Webster were the first named convict artisans to be commissioned to make fine furniture for Governor Lachlan Macquarie in colonial Australia in the early 1820s. Working together, Temple and Webster created two fine chairs, most likely for official or ceremonial use, for Governor Macquarie. Temple and Webster’s resourcefulness, fine craftsmanship and contemporary design (for the period) – are attributes that inspire us every day at www.templeandwebster.com.au

About the team

At Temple & Webster, we like to deal with people we know and trust and we think you’re likely to feel the same way. We also take pride in bringing you the stories behind the brands and designers whose work we bring to you in our exclusive sale events. With that in mind, we thought you might like to know a little bit more about the people behind the Temple & Webster experience.

Brian Shanahan
CEO & Co-founder
Brian brings over 20 years of corporate experience and sits at the helm of Temple & Webster. He ensures the business is running smoothly, our customers are delighted and the team have everything they need to be successful. Prior to co-founding Temple & Webster Brian spent three years as Managing Director of Gumtree International and three years as the Chief Financial Officer of eBay Australia. Brian’s past experience also includes corporate advisory with JPMorgan.

Adam McWhinney
Chief Digital Officer & Co-founder
Adam has been building brands and businesses online for over 15 years and is responsible for all things digital at Temple & Webster. It’s Adam’s job to ensure the T&W customer experience is a seamless one. Prior to co-founding Temple & Webster Adam spent over a decade leading digital development for News Limited Australia working on a diverse portfolio including The Australian, The Punch and whereilive. He was also responsible for the creation of one of Australia’s most successful lifestyle websites, Taste.com.au.

Vanessa Ross
Head of Buying
Vanessa has the best and toughest job at Temple & Webster. As head of buying Vanessa (and her team) do all the hard work for you by finding and selecting the most beautiful, most desirable, in-season, on-trend product and bringing it all together in gorgeous, easy to shop sale events. Vanessa’s been doing this sort of thing for over 10 years, including as senior homewares buyer for Freedom and Howards Storage World.

Victoria Baker
Editor
Victoria crafts the words that give Temple & Webster its voice – on our website, in our emails, via our blog, our twitter stream and our Facebook page. She brings a commitment to the team that is inspired by her love of all things home, interiors and design. Combined with a disciplined approach that has been honed over seven years in the legal profession Victoria ensures we say it well and say it right.

Chris Deal
Creative Director
Chris makes everything look beautiful. He’s been doing this sort of thing for major brands and companies here in Australia and in the UK for over a decade. Chris is responsible for the visual style of all things T&W. He designs, writes, photographs and even shoots video. Most recently Chris plied his trade bringing MasterChef magazine to the iPad, branded and designed News Limited’s opinion website The Punch, and architected and designed the hugely successful body+soul website. He also teaches graphic design at Whitehouse Institute of Design.

Vasko Ckorovski
Head Of Technology & Platforms
Vasko ensures that which is beautiful, actually works beautifully. He is passionate about technology and business having over 12 years of technical experience within the Australian online market.  Prior to joining Temple & Webster, Vasko worked with a number of Australia's high volume online media properties including News Limited (www.news.com.au, www.foxsports.com.au), Fairfax Media (www.smh.com.au, www.theage.com.au) and Yahoo7 Australia (http://au.yahoo.com).

Mark Coulter
Director
Mark makes magic happen for Temple & Webster from the strategic and business development perspectives. He has over ten years commercial experience of tier one strategy consulting and corporate management. Most recently Mark was the Director of Digital Strategy for News Digital Media and his past experience includes time as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and as a qualified solicitor practicing at Gilbert & Tobin. Mark is a co-founder of Ardenpoint and holds an LLB and BSc from the University of Sydney.

Conrad Yiu
Director
Conrad brought us all together. He’s primarily responsible for ensuring we’re all eating properly and taking care of ourselves. With over 15 years of commercial and advisory experience Conrad’s job is really about keeping us on a steady, if somewhat rocket-like, trajectory. Most recently Conrad was Director of Corporate Development with News Digital Media. During this time, he worked on a diverse range of ecommerce businesses including Moshtix, Getprice, Wego and SportingPulse. Conrad is a co-founder of Ardenpoint and holds an MBA from Cambridge University.

 


Last updated: July 2014
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