Kira & Kira husband and wife duo Grason and Simone Kira make living and working together, well, work. And work well at that.
Combine two ex-bankers, “a clever eye” (or four!) and some entrepreneurial spirit and you have one of the hottest Gold Coast interiors stores and the eponymous furniture brand Kira & Kira.
Simone and Grason Kira are business partners in Kira & Kira as well as being a formidable husband-and-wife partnership boasting 27 years of ‘togetherness’.
“We do work well together because our strengths are different,” Simone explains. “Grason is really hands on and driven and I’m more the people-person. He has a clever eye and is a really entrepreneurial guy.”
Grason is quick to return the love.
“Simone is a really passionate person!” he enthuses. “Anyone who knows her cannot deny her enthusiasm for life and I enjoy working with her on the many projects that arise. She brings another level of engagement to our customers at Kira & Kira.”
Simone leads the retail side of the business from its Miami location (Gold Coasters may remember her for launching Dragonfly at Burleigh Heads) and with his background in design and shopfitting, Grason heads the Kira & Kira workshop at Burleigh Heads. It’s a haven of timber and talent where coveted furniture pieces such as dining tables, entertainment unit/credenzas, bench seats, stools, lights and mirrors are produced with love and care.
“I have always had an interest in design and not just exclusively in the furniture domain,” Grason explains. “I have designed and built buildings right through to shop fit outs for cafes and office interiors. I suppose I really just got hooked on the furniture and lighting design element as it was a creative process I could control from beginning to end with as many iterations as I liked, so it really allowed me to explore the realm in more detail.
“I enjoy working through the furniture design and making process but if I were to be honest I would enjoy a bit more time focusing on the design practice as this is where my heart is. Saying this, I believe it’s important to spend time in the workshop, prototyping and working through the building process so there will always be time for this in my life.”
The story behind the Kira & Kira furniture label is an interesting and fateful one. Simone says it was back in 2012 that Grason was simply asked by a friend to build a credenza. Everyone loved it. He made another and another and since that time, “The Iconic” credenza has gone on to be one of Kira & Kira’s best selling pieces ever. Simone describes the pair’s style as “mid century, modern minimalist”.
“We pride ourselves on offering unique designs, using quality materials and building our product locally,” Grason says. “Short term, the expansion of our furniture range is our top priority as we would really like to extend what we have to offer our customers.”
The Kira & Kira store is home to Grason’s work as well as many other local artisans’ wares. Ahoy Traders’ original art tiles are there as well as Armadillo & Co rugs, jewellery, stunning original paintings, other wall art, The Beach People roundie towels and more.
“We enjoy engaging with other Australian designers, artists and makers,” Grason says. “This element of the business is fantastic and we have had some really beautiful alternative work in store and we are proud to be involved with other creatives both locally and throughout Australia.
“Simone and I have both had other careers in the past and coming together to create Kira & Kira has been the most rewarding thing we have achieved as far as our professions are concerned. I can’t find any cons with working with my wife except perhaps one; we both want to be the boss!”