Stephane Rondel

New Zealand
Stephane Rondel
Parisian designer Stephane Rondel founded Rondel Design Ltd in New Zealand in the early 1990s. Rondel’s designs blend beauty, simplicity, and practicality, making them highly coveted in both private and commercial spaces.
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Stephane Rondel initially studied mechanical engineering in Paris. Before completing his degree, Rondel decided he already possessed the creativity needed to succeed, and that he would focus on his passion for metal fabrication.

The choice paid off and by 1989 Rondel was being commissioned to work on several prestigious projects including the production of Eric Schmitt’s stool design for the Elysee Palace in Paris, and furnishing the chateau of prominent Parisian jeweller, Michel Ermelin of Poiray.

In 1990 Rondel relocated to New Zealand for family and lifestyle reasons. The move involved leaving great opportunities in France and starting again in a new country. Rondel adapted creatively and his output evolved from welding and forging metal to also casting aluminium.

Rondel Design Ltd was founded in 1992 to produce Stephane’s distinct and highly curvaceous offering of cast aluminium designer products. The broad range included trivets, hooks, chairs and even a cast aluminium BBQ. Today, examples are included in the permanent collections of museums in New Zealand and abroad.

At the height of his career, Rondel’s furniture featured in several international music videos, album covers and movies. Pop culture sightings include an interview with Halle Berry, the cover of a George Michael album single, and a glamour shot of Charlize Theron.

In Auckland, Rondel also contributed to major projects like Sky City Casino and a 400-square-meter trivet wall at the Aotea Entertainment Centre. He also made trophies for TVNZ awards, and the Americas Cup race series.

Rondel has two daughters, Jordan, and Anouk, who have also become prominent for founding and growing the successful bespoke cake-making business ‘The Caker’.

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George Michael on Rondel 'Chaise Longue' for 'You have been loved' E.P. cover
Stephane Rondel 'Candlesticks' - Image Mr. Bigglesworthy
Stephane Rondel 'Kettle' - Image Mr. Bigglesworthy

Stephane Rondel

"Chairs are challenging, they're quite fantastic and one of the most difficult designs to make comfortable."