Tour This Furniture Designer's Seriously Cool Workshop in Marrickville
When you imagine a furniture workshop, it’s very unlikely that you’d ever picture one that looked like this. Next gen furniture company, Timbermill, has converted a warehouse in Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west into its workspace and it’s one seriously cool space.
Founded by Tom Coles and Sally Taylor, the lifestyle company that offers custom, bespoke and rental furniture services has grown a cult following since its launch three years ago, thanks to its quality-meets-style timber products made from recycled Australian timber and specialised hardwoods.
The warehouse, which Coles, Taylor, five employees, and two resident dogs, Bob and Scout, have occupied for 18 months is brimming with industrial charm. The overwhelmingly high ceilings, white-washed exposed brick walls and concrete floors are met with a showroom full of the brand’s coveted products, strings of festoon lighting, and a collection of greenery that would make any green thumb wish it was a nursery. Scroll down and take a tour through the raw and real space.
MYDOMAINE: Who designed the space?
SALLY TAYLOR: Myself and my partner Tom. It has been a gradual process—always trying to make it aesthetically pleasing whilst also acting as a functional rental storage area, office, and showroom. It is ever-evolving.
MD: What was your inspiration for the design and style of the space?
ST: Our main goal was to create a clean, white space which acted as a backdrop for all of the furniture items being built in our workshop. We’ve then slowly built up a collection of plants, soft furnishings, and added touches of metals (such as the zinc bar top) into the space.
MD: Where was your previous space located?
ST: We previously just had a workshop and office in Marrickville. And, whilst it had a lovely vibe, everything ends up covered in a fine layer of dust, so when this space came up across the road from the workshop we jumped at it. Now our workshop team gets to make as much mess as they want and we can have a prettier (and cleaner) space across the road.
MD: What is the purpose for the space?
ST: It acts as our office, showroom, and all of our rental furniture storage.
MD: What do you love most about the space?
ST: I love the versatile nature of the space—I like to change things around a lot, and by having it all white I can do this very easily (much to Tom and the team’s dismay).
MD: What is your favourite item in the space?
ST: My personal favourite item is the Chardex lounge in recycled hardwood (also a firm favourite of our dogs). It is a beautiful furniture piece, and very comfy for an afternoon cup of tea.
MD: How long have you occupied this space?
We’ve been here around 18 months.
MD: How many people occupy the space?
ST: There are seven of us in total. Run by Tom and I, we also have a team of five spread across the office and workshop.
MD: How would you describe the environment and culture of the office?
ST: I think it has a very relaxed vibe, but then at the same time is always very go, go go from the second we open in the morning to closing time. Whether it is our team bustling around, delivery contractors coming and going, customers or suppliers—it never feels quiet and I love that.