Joseph Merlino

Managing Director

Joseph Merlino

Managing Director

With a background in Business and IT Joseph was born into the furniture industry and has worked within his family owned wholesale business for many years. After years working in London and Sydney Joseph returned to Perth 6 years ago to take over District, stepping out from behind the scenes as a silent partner and taking on the role of Managing Director.

Joseph is extremely dedicated to growing the company and expanding District’s Collection his youthful energy and ambition has been much needed fresh injection into the company. He has developed strong relationships with Perth’s Architectural and Interior Designer community and continues to strive to make a lasting impression on the industry.

Holly Brown

Operations Manager

Holly Brown

Operations Manager

Holly has a background in Communications and Marketing and prior to entering the Commercial furniture industry was based on the East coast working in Entertainment Client Management. After leaving Sydney Holly joined District in 2009 starting with the company as a part time marketing assistant. Her dedication and attention to detail has resulted in appointment to Operation Manager where she works alongside the Managing Director on all aspects of the business. Holly has developed an invaluable knowledge of the Industry and Designer furniture.

Joe Catania

Business Development Manager

Joe Catania

Business Development Manager

Joe commenced with DISTRICT in 2014 bringing with him 9 years of industry experience. Joe’s passion for furniture was realised whilst studying Interior Design at RMIT. As Business Development Manager for Victoria, Joe is equipped with a wealth of knowledge across the commercial, hospitality and residential markets providing clients with an instrumental understanding of their requirements.

Contact Joe
joec@district.com.au
P -- +61 (03) 9654 1060

Sarah Varlen

Design Manager

Sarah Varlen

Design Manager

Sarah joined District in April 2015 to head up the Melbourne Showroom. Sarah has over 10 years industry experience working in Denmark and the UK. She holds a Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Hons) UNSW and Master of Arts in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University, London. Sarah has a passion and an eye for great products, but is even more passionate about people.

Contact Sarah
sarahv@district.com.au
P -- +61 (03) 9654 1060

Chloe Stacey

Project Support

Chloe Stacey

Project Support

Chloe completed her Diploma of Interior Design in 2012 and began her career working as an event planner for an event and styling company, she then joined a boutique design studio as a designer working alongside the owner.

Chloe started at DISTRICT in September 2015 as Showroom Coordinator, since then she has transitioned into the Commercial Sales Support Role. Chloe brings with her a strong passion for interiors, planning and an impeccable eye for detail.

Contact Chloe
chloes@district.com.au
P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855

Mitzi Koning

Project Consultant

Mitzi Koning

Project Consultant

Mitzi completed her Bachelor of Marketing and Public Relations from Notre Dame University in 2011 and was employed in recruitment, administration, corporate travel, marketing and retail positions before moving to University Admissions for the past four years. 

Mitzi has strong skills in client relationship management, administration, customer service, database management and marketing.  

 

Mitzi joined the District team in September 2017 in the role of commercial sales support providing detailed product information for commercial projects.

Contact Mitzi
mitzik@district.com.au
P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855

Lauren Whittaker

Purchasing & Logistics

Lauren Whittaker

Purchasing & Logistics

Lauren grew up in the South West and moved to Perth 6 years ago. She studied Interior Architecture at Curtin University and after working over 7 years in the banking industry, decided she needed a fresh change and wanted to work in the field that she was passionate about. Lauren joined DISTRICT in September 2014 as the Logistics and Admin Coordinator where she is responsible for managing ordering and dispatch for clients and international/local suppliers.

Contact Lauren
P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855

Karen Vincent

Administration Manager

Karen Vincent

Administration Manager

Karen joined District in July 2014 bringing with her a number of years’ experience in Business Administration, Logistics and Production Planning gained in the Rag trade. Having immigrated to Perth in 2006 she is excited about the prospects offered in learning a new industry and being part of the team as they grow from strength to strength. Karen’s role encompasses the management of all financial aspects of the business.

Contact Karen
P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855

Ian Clarke

Warehouse Manager

Ian Clarke

Warehouse Manager

Ian studied Industrial arts at TAFE and started in the furniture industry designing and installing the layout and room settings for IKEA before starting his own installation company. After 6 years, Ian transitioned into logistics for Monro furniture where he gained valuable knowledge of designer products over a 10 year period before starting with District just over 2 years ago as Warehouse and Project Manager. He has a passion for fine furniture and delivering excellence to our clients.

Contact Ian
ianc@district.com.au
P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855

Rose Imbriano

Project Support

Rose Imbriano

Project Support

Completing a Degree in Interior Design at Swinburne University, Rose’s passion for interiors & design has led her to explore the many facets of the design industry. Having recently had the opportunity to attend Salone di Mobile in Milan Rose’s interest & passion for quality furniture, brands & design has inspired her to work closely within the world of designer furniture. Combined with a strong Administration background Rose began her role with DISTRICT in June 2016 within the Commercial Sales Support Role for Melbourne.

Contact Rose

rosei@district.com.au
P -- +61 (03) 9654 1060

Heather Rodgers

Business Support

Heather Rodgers

Business Support

Heather completed LL.B (Honours) from the University of Essex and has worked in business management since 2001 in the roles of Principal Contract Manager, State Manager and Managing Director.  Heather joined the District team in February 2017 to ensure delivery of business services more efficiently throughout the organisation to all departments.  Business Support is responsible for human resources, contracts management and compliance by aligning the business to ISO standards and legislation.

Contact Heather
heatherr@district.com.au
P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855

Jane Davidson

Showroom Manager

Jane Davidson

Showroom Manager

With ten years’ experience being on the frontline of establishing new fashion brands to the Australian market, Jane decided to take a break from the fast paced world of high end fashion and spent a year away in country NSW. Feeling re-energised and inspired, she returned to Melbourne to pursue new opportunities and this is where in August 2016, her DISTRICT journey began.

Holding both a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Masters in Environmental Sustainability, Jane wishes to fuse the two disciplines together to promote the value of investing in beautiful, well designed products. She possesses a solid understanding of brand values and holds an intuitive approach to establishing and acquiring long-term relationships with clientele.

Contact Jane

janed@district.com.au
P -- +61 (03) 9654 1060

Ted Alexander

Warehouse 2IC

Ted Alexander

Warehouse 2IC

 

Contact Ted

P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855

 

Jack Butler

Warehouse Assistant

Jack Butler

Warehouse Assistant

 

Contact Jack

P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855

 

Max Gasparroni

Warehouse Manager

Max Gasparroni

Warehouse Manager

As the Warehouse Manager for Space Furniture & Poliform Furniture for the past eighteen years, Max commenced employment at District in March 2017 as the Warehouse Manager (VIC) responsible for all communications with the client for site access, delivery and installation in addition to warehouse management.

Contact Max
maxg@district.com.au
P -- +61 (03) 9654 1060

Frank Didomato

Warehouse Assistant

Frank Didomato

Warehouse Assistant

 

Contact Frank

P -- +61 (03) 9654 1060

Louise Cashmore

Marketing Manager

Louise Cashmore

Marketing Manager

 

Contact Louise
louisec@district.com.au
P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855

 

 

Katie Ilich

Marketing Support

Katie Ilich

Marketing Support

 

Contact Katie
marketing@district.com.au
P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855

 

 

Elli Del Borrello

Distribution Support

Elli Del Borrello

Distribution Support

 

Contact Elli
ellid@district.com.au
P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855