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 - VIC

Joe Catania

Business Development Manager - VIC

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

Vanessa Masson

Sales Consultant- WA

Vanessa Masson

Sales Consultant- WA

Vanessa has over 4 years’ experience as an Interior Designer working in the Commercial Design Market.  After completing her Bachelor of Arts (Interior Architecture) at Curtin University, Vanessa worked in architectural practices and freelance gaining invaluable client liaison and industry experience.   

From small to large scale projects, Vanessa brings her experience and love of design  into her role as Project Consultant at District. Vanessa enjoys working alongside her clients towards a common goal.

Contact Vanessa
 
vanessam@district.com.au
P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855

Chloe Stacey

Sales Support - WA

Chloe Stacey

Sales Support - WA

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

Lauren Whittaker

Logistics and Administration

Lauren Whittaker

Logistics and Administration

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

Accounts

Karen Vincent

Accounts

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

Sales Support - VIC

Rose Imbriano

Sales Support - VIC

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

Jeacinta Martino

Marketing Assistant

Jeacinta Martino

Marketing Assistant

Jeacinta Martino completed a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Public Relations at Curtin University.  Not yet decided on what sector of Marketing and Public Relations she wanted to pursue, Jeacinta worked a number of work experience placements before settling on becoming the Marketing Coordinator for her family Real Estate business. Two and a half years later Jeacinta felt it was time for a new challenge.   After some time as a freelance Marketing Consultant, Jeacinta began working for District in March 2016 in the role of Marketing Assistant.  Jeacinta brings to the role her passion for events, social media and print media.  

Contact Jeacinta

jeacintam@district.com.au
P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855

Jane Davidson

Showroom Manager - VIC

Jane Davidson

Showroom Manager - VIC

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 of this year, 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

Brendan Jurich

Showroom Manager - WA

Brendan Jurich

Showroom Manager - WA

As a designer maker for over 15 years, Brendan brings a vast knowledge of design theory and manufacturing techniques to District. He is deeply motivated by good design and the narratives behind each piece. Brendan’s thorough research into a Client’s needs help to provide elegant solutions when furnishing a space.

With a background in architecture, he has also worked on numerous commercial and residential projects throughout Western Australia. A good listener, Brendan’s comprehensive understanding of interior design methodology and delivery of exceptional service is a strong asset to the team.

 

Brendan holds a Diploma of Art (furniture design) and a Master of Architecture from Curtin University. He is also a current Design Institute of Australia (WA) Chapter Councillor.

Contact Brendan

brendanj@district.com.au
P -- +61 (08) 9388 1855