It would be easy to call him an industry legend, a company bastion, a furniture authority. After all, when you’ve put in the hours like Russ Taylor you deserve a little more on your job title.
Working at Kovacs since 1975, Russ is now coming up on four decades with the company. In this time he’s seen his fair share of change and, being responsible for upholstery work and for quality control in the factory, has delivered thousands of quality results.
When asked after all this time what the best part of the job is, the satisfaction in a job well done is obvious. “I take pride in producing a quality final product,” Russ says, “the kind Kovacs are known for."
Throughout his years with the tools he’s seen many different styles come and go. But ask him to pick a favourite piece and Russ harks back to the Okura recliner. The upholsterer appreciates both the design of the chair and the comfort it delivers.
There’s not much time spent sitting down however. Outside of work he stays busy, be it mountain biking, tramping or taking in the incredible sights of the South Island with his wife, Barbara.
Working with the raw material of each piece, Russ certainly knows Kovacs inside and out. With this skill, and his remarkable experience, he’s truly the man behind the brand.