Joinery that Creates Great Kitchens


Misco Joinery has been in business for an astounding 30 years, but to say they are still going strong is somewhat misleading – they are, in reality, stronger than they have ever been. 

A recent move to a purpose-built facility in Kaiapoi has entered Misco Joinery into an unchartered realm of possibility. 

Their new facility features a range of show kitchens in a variety of styles to provide their clients with inspiration. These kitchens showcase Misco Joinery’s high-quality workmanship across several different styles and clients can browse different design concepts; fixtures and fittings; cabinetry and finishes. 

“The two-storey building has a floor area of 3,500sqm comprising office space on the upper level with a showroom, manufacturing and warehouse area on the ground level. 

“The new premises signal a new phase for the business. With the size of the building, Misco has been able to ‘futureproof’ and leave some room to grow,” Enterprise North Canterbury says. 

The move has also resulted in greater automation, says marketing manager Penny Abell. “We run one of the largest joinery manufacturing lines in the South Island now.” 

Misco Joinery has been an important thread in the fabric that is Canterbury for the past 30 years, employing more than 40 staff with that number now rising. In a tribute to its contribution to the local economy, its new hub even sparked a visit from Prime Minister at the time, Rt Hon Bill English. 

Despite this new-found fame, recent growth and extravagant new facility, Misco Joinery is still a family business with family values who is committed to quality and no matter how big it becomes, that will never change.



Kitchens and carpentry of the finest craftsmanship 

Misco was founded out of director Michael Chernishoff’s desire to produce quality kitchen carpentry for his peers, and this remains a distinguishing factor of the company today. 

Growth has happened organically and while still specialising in the concept to completion of new kitchens, Misco also constructs cabinetry and joinery for wardrobes, laundries, studies, offices and kindergartens, as well as additional joinery options. 

Having been in the trade for 30 years, Misco Joinery has come to understand that trends and techniques may change over time, but what is ultimately important to homeowners doesn’t: quality craftsmanship that functions well and stands the test of time. Hence Misco’s choice to use only the best in hardware and technology. 

“Our team loves the German-made Hafele hardware range for its robust and trustworthy nature,” director Glenn Colenso says. 

Hafele has been providing high quality furniture hardware and connectors to the woodworking industry for more than 90 years … their products are truly tried and tested. 

All of the board Misco uses to manufacture product is from the top of the line, moisture-resistant Aqualine range, and their stylish laminate and stone bench tops are well priced. 

“Quality at an affordable price is our core belief,” Glenn says. 

To expand on their already sleek and elegant designs, the added addition of the Biesse laser edgebander creates seamless edging on all cabinetry, eliminating visible joins and beating any aesthetic standards. 

But crafting quality product is only half the equation; the other half being the product’s design and functionality for its intended use within its intended space. 

Herein lies Misco’s point of difference: the team prides itself on being able to make sense of client’s wishes and transform them into functioning works of art that outlast their use. 

The Misco process 

Misco personalises each and every client’s journey. 

It endeavours to meet even the most unique requests, but it’s also pragmatic and advises clients when an idea is going to be more expensive, difficult or impractical than envisioned. However, this doesn’t mean it won’t still produce the solution if it’s what the client wants. 

For the full concept to completion service, which typically takes approximately 12-16 weeks, various steps are followed for a smooth and hassle-free process: 


Misco encourages clients to begin by simply observing and understanding how their families really use the given space; writing down their routines for the week gives them an accurate snapshot of the nature and amount of time spent in the space, what’s working and what’s not. 


“Our designers are well accustomed to interpreting client’s wishes and illustrating them in 2D. They encompass clients’ lifestyles with their expertise in spatial planning to deliver a detailed design where clients will be at ease maximising the use of the space.”


“Working off floor plans or measuring on site, our designers discuss all the available solutions and provide a competitive quote that delivers customised solutions to budget. Included in this quote is 3D CAD drawings of the layout.” 


Michael Chernishoff will meet with you once you are completely happy with the design, colours and quote, to sign off before the manufacturing of your design can begin. Michael will give you details of when your solution will be manufactured and the date for installation.


Everything is manufactured at Misco’s on site factory using both the latest computerised equipment and doing things by hand, ensuring accuracy and efficiency. Your design will be fully completed on site, assembled and ready for installation.


Misco’s team of experienced installers will install your new joinery efficiently, paying stringent attention to the smallest detail, turning your dream into reality.

A little bit of history 

Misco Joinery has been perfecting the art of carpentry since 1988. 

Specialising in the design and manufacture of kitchens, laundries, wardrobes and study areas, it has become a familiar name in the regions of Christchurch, north and south Canterbury and the West Coast of the South Island.

The company was established on strong principles, as a family owned and operated enterprise between carpenter and current director, Michael Chernishoff and his father, who took pride in hand crafting products from scratch to completion. 

Today Misco Joinery intends to keep things that way, and has added to the company’s capabilities the value of modern technologies and a brand new purpose-built facility, which should see the company continue to grow for another 30 years at least. 


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