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ARCHITECTURAL.
SCULPTURAL.
FURNITURE.
OPTION 1.
LIMITED
EDITION PIECEs 
(optional customisation AVAILABLE)
LIMITED EDITION VS OPEN EDITION

 

Our product ranges vary in production runs from Open Edition (such as our Struts Tables) through to strictly Limited Edtion pieces (such as Pinch and Ostberg Benches).

 

Ltd Ed pieces incrementally increase in price as the edition nears completion, benefitting early adopters of our work.

 

CUSTOMISATION SERVICES

 

We also offer customisation services on any of our existing design ranges to match your exact dimesions and material specifications. Because all our pieces are made to order, additional customisation costs are controlled and managable, providing a custom piece of furniture without the premium price tag of a fully bespoke, one-off piece.

OPTION 2.
BESPOKE
ONE-OFF
DESIGNs
FULLY BESPOKE, UNIQUE DESIGN

 

Just to be transparent right from the start; bespoke, one-off commissions are a premium service. We do however offer complimentary, no obligation consultations in our workshop (over strong coffee) to show you exactly what we do, how we do it and what is possible on your budget. The full process for our bespoke design services is outlined here.

 

Architectural visualisation 

 

Our backgrounds in Architecture and Product Design mean that we can offer services beyond that of most furniture makers including full 3D CAD computer modelling and rendering services to visualise your commission throughout the design process.

FAQ'S

Q. Can you customise timbers or dimensions?

​A. Yup, so long as your preferred timber is an Australian native we are happy to modify any of our existing designs to your exact specs. Because all our work is made-to-order we can customise dimensions to your needs with the only added premium being the additional material cost.

 

-Want a Strut table 5mm higher and 50mm wider? No problem.

-Want a Pinch Blond with a matt black concrete leg? Done.

 

 

Q. Which retailers stock your work?

A. Currently all sales enquiries are handled directly through our website. If you are a retailer keen to stock our work please contact us.

 

 

​Q. Do you sell direct to public?

​A. Hell yeah; direct to public or trade is just fine with us. We love the engagement that comes from keeping a client updated with work-in-progress shots through our Instagram feed which you can find here.​

 

 

​Q. Can you make this <insert pic of mass produced furniture>?

A. The short answer is probably no, but the longer answer is why? If you are expecting us to be able to compete on price with a mass-produced, foreign-made, furniture brand we hate to disappoint, but the economy of scale makes this impossible. We prefer that you send through images of different pieces to demonstrate to us your aesthetic preferences and then we can add our own touches to create something unique for you.

​Q. Can you explain the process of commissioning a one off?

A. If you have ever scribbled a sketch for THAT one-off coffee table burning a hole in back of your mind then we are here to help.  We are happy to meet up in Melbourne (or via email) to discuss any potential commission. If you decide to proceed we will require a 50% deposit with the remainder payable upon delivery.​Just keep in mind that a commissioned one off piece obviously comes at a premium price point (refer to economy of scale comment above). NB. For complex commissions a design fee may also be involved. Contact us for more information.

 

 

Q. How does the design process develop?

A. Our intial design sketches will be worked up into a 3d computer model. We will render or sketch up the proposed design and create a document such as this. The 3d model is then finetuned in CAD to refine proportions, joints etc..... Then the serious fun (and the sawdust) starts to flow.​

 

 

​​Q. How long will it take to produce?

A. Once we have discussed the complexity of your individual piece we will give you a ballpark figure for delivery. Usually this is 6-10 weeks, but this obviously varies from piece-to-piece.

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Q. 6-10 weeks? Bloody hell, is all your furniture made by hand or something?

A. Yup. All our work is crafted, assembled and finished by hand.

As a marque of the unique nature of our work, each piece of furniture is stamped with the signature of the craftsman who produced it and given an edition number.​​

Q. Where is your furniture produced?

​A. All production occurs in our Kensington workshop, housed in the historic Younghusband Wool Store building (now a creative hub for artists and designers) 4km from Melbourne's CBD

 

 

Q. Do you actually make it start to finish?

A. Yup, the reason we got into studio woodworking is the satisfying moment at the end of the day when you look down and your clothes are covered in a cocktail of  sweat, sawdust, woodglue and danish oil. The ability to prototype pieces in-house with a variety of trade skills, sets us apart from the competition who may need to outsource aspects of fabrication.

 

​Q. What timber would you suggest?

​A. For starters we only use Australian timbers (sorry no American Oak or Walnut here!). We believe that celebrating the best of Aussie timbers is not only an aesthetic decision, but also our moral duty. Old-growth, tropical rainforest logging is an unnecessary destructive act. To find out more about the timber visit our Timbers 101 page.

 

 

Q. Is all your timber ethically sourced?

A. Wherever possible we use recycled, reclaimed or salvaged timber. You will might also find us engaged in the art of dumpster diving to recover timber that was destined to end it's life as landfill! If we fail to find old, salvageable  timber to re-purpose we head over to our friends at Urban Salvage & Whelan the Wrecker to stock up.

 

Q. Do you offer woodworking classes?

A. Unfortunately not. Try our mates over at Handsome & Co tell them we sent you.

 

 

Q. Does anyone read the whole way through FAQs?

A. There is a reasonable chance that you might be the first. Congratulations, treat yourself to a cold beer.

1.CONSULT

Meet with you in our workshop to discuss the project and introduce ourselves. Once we have established ideas of budget and brief etc a fixed design fee is agreed depending on the complexity of the piece.

2.BIG IDEa

We research and brainstorm ideas and trends in architecture, sculpture, interiors and funiture design to establish THAT Big Idea for your project.

BESPOKe 
DESIGN
PROCESS
5.CREATE

We take you through every step of the process, from sourcing and dressing the timber, assembly through to final finishing with work-in-progress photos.

3.Design

Sketch concepts are developed into 3D Computer models, physical scale models and even 3D prints.

4.PRESENT

We issue you a pdf document containing sketches and/or computer renderings. Download a sample document here.