Furniture reborn from strong bones
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