Our Design Team

The world is full of products that have superficial, fleeting design appeal. Good design that will last for decades must be well thought-out and well made.

Innovative and confident, the Bastian design team are experts and know well how to offer intelligent solutions for every space.  Excellent listeners, they are equally at ease working with an architect, builder or the client, working off plans or within an existing space.  Fully conversant with European, contemporary and classic trends, Bastian Kitchens can satisfy the most discerning of briefs.

Management

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Sean Fitzgibbon

Owner/Director

Sean has owned Bastian for the past 10 years and has over 25 years’ experience in the Commercial, Kitchen and Manufacturing industry.  He passion, creativity and management experience see him focused on delivering the highest level of product and service to Bastian’s valued customers.

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Maria Fitzgibbon

Co-Owner

A Chartered Accountant, Maria is the company’s financial controller and has been married to Sean for nearly 30 years.

Design Team

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Kevin Whalley

Kevin has over 25 years in the kitchen and joinery industry and has worked with Germany’s largest kitchen company and several leading NZ firms.  He has a strong following with his clients and has established a good referral network.  With his exceptional design skills and excellent communication, Kevin can instinctively interpret what his clients want and translate that into a design that works both aesthetically and functionally for them within their investment range.

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Melissa Mentz

Melissa has nearly 10 years’ experience in the kitchen industry both internationally and in New Zealand.   She has a strong technical background with good spatial awareness and an instinctive flair for colour.  This along with her international experience enables her to deliver truly stunning European inspired kitchens for her clients that are designed for the New Zealand lifestyle.

Manufacturing Team

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Dave Milner

Kitchen Production Supervisor

Dave has an excellent all-round skillset thanks to 16 years in the joinery industry working in kitchen manufacturing and installations.  He thinks outside the square and has been a strong driving force in the company for the past 4 years, with a focus on being the best.

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Craig Thistoll

Wardrobe Production
Supervisor

A stalwart of Bastian for the past 10 years Craig, a qualified joiner, has over 15 years’ experience in wardrobe manufacturing and installation.  He knows all the ins and outs there is to know about wardrobes and is passionate about Bastian being a leader in the industry.

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Ulrich Kohler

Factory Manager

Ulli is a qualified German Master Joiner and has worked in the joinery industry for the past 19 years both in Germany and NZ.  His love for the NZ outdoors saw him immigrate 11 years ago and recently made a NZ citizen.  He brings a wealth of experience in both European and NZ made Kitchens and joinery to Bastian and is passionate about producing top quality, well made product.

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Dean Harrison

Wardrobe Foreman/Health & Safety Officer

A qualified Joiner with advanced furniture studies and top of his field in furniture making, Dean brings over 30 years’ experience to Bastian and is a specialist with solid timber joinery, working on Super Yachts and with Commercial fitouts.   His attention to detail is evident in every wardrobe that is produced.

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Steve Moir

Logistics and Detailer

A qualified builder, Steve comes with numerous years of international experience working in office interiors and fitouts, running logistics and sales, and more recently working with a leading NZ Kitchen firm on logistics and installations.

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Richard Williams

Cabinet Maker

Having completed his cabinet making apprenticeship in the UK, Richard has over 15 years’ experience in the UK and NZ with solid oak kitchens and bespoke joinery.  He joined the Bastian team 18 months ago.

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Stephane De Andrade

Cabinet Maker

Stephane qualified as a cabinet maker in France and has been working with European kitchens for over 7 years. He made the move to NZ and Bastian a year ago and is passionate about the way of life here, so much so he is getting Residency.  His craftmanship is evident in every aspect of his role.

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Varun Ok

Cabinet Maker

An extremely competent and dedicated cabinet maker, Varun has worked as part of our manufacturing team for the past 4 years, delivering superior workmanship.

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Chris McClelland

Apprentice Cabinet Maker

Chris is a promising young talent and a recent addition to the Bastian team.  He has a natural ability and is passionate about building kitchens.

Installation Team

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John Dewes

Installer

With over 16 years installing kitchens and wardrobes, John has been with Bastian for the past 4 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience.  He does more than just expertly install, and can do all the building works to make the area ready for the kitchen and/or wardrobes.  He strives for perfection and does the very best for our customers.

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Gary Haywood

Installer

Installing kitchens and wardrobes for the better part of 13 years, the past 4 with Bastian, Gary is passionate about doing the perfect job.  He understands to get the perfect result, wardrobes and kitchens need to be installed with superior skills and attention to detail.