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01/07/2017

We all look forward to being involved in large, high-profile Exhibition, Gallery and Museum fit-out projects; our reputation is built on this type of project.  However, at Designcraft, ClickNetherfield’s Australian distributor, the core of our business lies with our Remote, Regional and Small-project client base (RR&S).  It’s hard to clearly define, as every client is different, but these institutions generally have some common threads running through them which we usually don’t see in the larger State or National organisations.  Often they are smaller in staff numbers, with a significant number of staffing rolls being filled by volunteers and non-museum professionals, funding is often through grants, bursaries, gifts and donations.  They can be as diverse as age care villages, Arts in Health organisations, private collectors and collections, historical societies through to town and regional Galleries and Museums.

Simple, easy to use, low maintenance and value for money are the key driving factors for our RR&S clients.  Products that can be serviced, changed, updated and reconfigured using locally available resources are important.  For the smaller institutions and smaller projects, a one-stop-shop is really desirable; RR&S clients come to ClickNetherfield and Designcraft for Object Mounts, Armatures, Graphics and Tertiary fit-out, as well as for showcase and joinery supply.  We often find our product comes on recommendation from larger National or Loan institutions, where a safe display is key to securing loans and donations.  Our network of RR&S clients stretches from New Zealand to Exmouth (WA) and from Hobart to Thursday Island; an area the size of Europe.

Below and pictured are 3 examples of recent projects for clients who sit within our RR&S client base.

Paula Gaelic is Manager of the Western Bay Museum in KatiKati, Bay of Plenty, NZ.  DC supplied a series of 8 hinged Prism showcases, which were fitted to base structures supplied by a local joinery company:

“I am very happy with your showcase product and thrilled I took on board the wise recommendation from Auckland War Memorial Museum to purchase ClickNetherfield / Designcraft showcases.  They are a fantastic high quality product which has only provided donors with confidence to lend and donate to our collection. The installation team were very professional and ensured that we were comfortable with and well trained in the use of the showcases. I change the exhibition gallery every 3 months and the DC showcases make for very easy access with exhibition items, signage and any adjustments I may wish to attend to.”

Western Bay Museum in KatiKati, Bay of Plenty, NZ

Western Bay Museum in KatiKati, Bay of Plenty, NZ

Patrick McMahon is President of the Inverell RSL Sub-branch.  Designcraft supplied 5 ClickNetherfield Spectrum showcases for their Museum, for the display of weapons and military memorabilia donated by local service men and women:

“The glass showcasescases allow us to display a great number of the more interesting and sensitive pieces in our collection, in a very safe manner.  They are simple to use and will certainly help us in the future when trying to secure items or exhibitions from other museums or RSL Branches.”

Inverell RSL Sub-branch

Inverell RSL Sub-branch

Bradley Hammond is Director, Orange Regional Gallery & Orange Regional Museum.  Designcraft supplied a number of ClickNetherfield Prism showcases onto powder coated steel table-type bases.

“We wanted a suite of museum grade cases (laminated glass, inert internal fit-out including powder coated base dress panels, high security locks) which could be used extensively throughout our public gallery spaces, but also used to house loan pieces or travelling content in a display environment that is familiar to our national institutions. We have found the cases to be excellent for displaying a range of items to date including drawings, antique books, small sculptures and letters of historical significance. The aesthetics of the cases has made an impression on our visitors and the security aspects have given us peace of mind when presenting valuable items.”

Orange Regional Gallery & Orange Regional Museum

Orange Regional Gallery & Orange Regional Museum

We all look forward to being involved in large, high-profile Exhibition, Gallery and Museum fit-out projects; our reputation is built on this type of project.  However, at Designcraft, ClickNetherfield’s Australian distributor, the core of our business lies with our Remote, Regional and Small-project client base (RR&S).  It’s hard to clearly define, as every client is different, but these institutions generally have some common threads running through them which we usually don’t see in the larger State or National organisations.  Often they are smaller in staff numbers, with a significant number of staffing rolls being filled by volunteers and non-museum professionals, funding is often through grants, bursaries, gifts and donations.  They can be as diverse as age care villages, Arts in Health organisations, private collectors and collections, historical societies through to town and regional Galleries and Museums.

Simple, easy to use, low maintenance and value for money are the key driving factors for our RR&S clients.  Products that can be serviced, changed, updated and reconfigured using locally available resources are important.  For the smaller institutions and smaller projects, a one-stop-shop is really desirable; RR&S clients come to ClickNetherfield and Designcraft for Object Mounts, Armatures, Graphics and Tertiary fit-out, as well as for showcase and joinery supply.  We often find our product comes on recommendation from larger National or Loan institutions, where a safe display is key to securing loans and donations.  Our network of RR&S clients stretches from New Zealand to Exmouth (WA) and from Hobart to Thursday Island; an area the size of Europe.

Below and pictured are 3 examples of recent projects for clients who sit within our RR&S client base.

Paula Gaelic is Manager of the Western Bay Museum in KatiKati, Bay of Plenty, NZ.  DC supplied a series of 8 hinged Prism showcases, which were fitted to base structures supplied by a local joinery company:

I am very happy with your showcase product and thrilled I took on board the wise recommendation from Auckland War Memorial Museum to purchase ClickNetherfield / Designcraft showcases.  They are a fantastic high quality product which has only provided donors with confidence to lend and donate to our collection. The installation team were very professional and ensured that we were comfortable with and well trained in the use of the showcases. I change the exhibition gallery every 3 months and the DC showcases make for very easy access with exhibition items, signage and any adjustments I may wish to attend to.


Patrick McMahon is President of the Inverell RSL Sub-branch.  Designcraft supplied 5 ClickNetherfield Spectrum showcases for their Museum, for the display of weapons and military memorabilia donated by local service men and women:

The glass showcasescases allow us to display a great number of the more interesting and sensitive pieces in our collection, in a very safe manner.  They are simple to use and will certainly help us in the future when trying to secure items or exhibitions from other museums or RSL Branches.

Bradley Hammond is Director, Orange Regional Gallery & Orange Regional Museum.  Designcraft supplied a number of ClickNetherfield Prism showcases onto powder coated steel table-type bases.

We wanted a suite of museum grade cases (laminated glass, inert internal fit-out including powder coated base dress panels, high security locks) which could be used extensively throughout our public gallery spaces, but also used to house loan pieces or travelling content in a display environment that is familiar to our national institutions. We have found the cases to be excellent for displaying a range of items to date including drawings, antique books, small sculptures and letters of historical significance. The aesthetics of the cases has made an impression on our visitors and the security aspects have given us peace of mind when presenting valuable items.

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