Fur­ni­ture re­born from strong bones

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Laura Tri­este

YEARS of de­sign­ing high qual­ity, in-de­mand fur­ni­ture have never made Mark Tuckey for­get his roots.

His tran­si­tion into the fur­ni­ture in­dus­try in the 1990s was built from $200.

“I started my busi­ness by buy­ing old fur­ni­ture at auc­tions and pick­ing stuff up from the side of the road,” Tuckey says.

Fur­ni­ture de­sign was not some­thing he had stud­ied or ever in­tended to pur­sue as he was run­ning a cloth­ing de­sign busi­ness at the time.

But when the op­por­tu­nity to work with a friend at his fur­ni­ture com­pany came up, Tuckey soon re­alised it was the per­fect ca­reer for him.

“I wanted to work with my hands, my head and my heart and it ticked all of the boxes,” he says.

The north­ern beaches de­signer’s phi­los­o­phy of mak­ing sus­tain­able, cus­tom-made tim­ber pieces is one he has con­tin­ued to carry through­out his com­pany’s ex­pan­sion to four show­rooms across Syd­ney and Mel­bourne.

“I wasn’t ac­tu­ally that am­bi­tious, I just worked hard,” he says.

“We do pared-back, sim­ple de­signs that let the high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als speak for them­selves.”

Tuckey re­cently used his ex­pe­ri­ence in re­birthing old pieces of fur­ni­ture to take part in Feast Wat­son’s Re-Love Project.

The cam­paign gave seven de­sign­ers the chal­lenge of trans­form­ing preloved tim­ber into one-of-a-kind pieces to raise money for Salvos Stores.

Tuckey de­cided to up­cy­cle two din­ing ta­bles, which will be auc­tioned on eBay from Au­gust 25 un­til Septem­ber 4.

“I look for things that have got good bones – made of solid ma­te­ri­als and which were well made in the first place,” he says.

Fur­ni­ture de­signer Mark Tuckey’s din­ing ta­bles, up­cy­cled for Feast Wat­son’s Re-Love Project.

Ex­am­ples of Tuckey's dis­tinct style in­clude ba­sic bed (above) and egg cup stool (be­low). Pic­tures: Lu­cas Allen

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