Laura McCusker Furniture was established in 1996, under the flight path, in Sydney’s gritty, industrial inner-west. Since relocating to Hobart in 2003 we have continued to make quality hand made, individually designed pieces tailored to our clients’ specific needs. But now we work next to a babbling brook, surrounded by heirloom fruit trees, in an old apple packing shed - for real. We have been lucky enough to work on projects with MONA, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and a bunch of other fantastic clients from Tasmania, mainland Australia and beyond.
WE MAKE STUFF
We make everything from beds, to bookshelves; cabinets to dining tables. We’re always up for a challenge and have even made the worlds coolest cheese trolley (the cheese man himself, Will Studd says so).
WE BELIEVE IN AUTHENTICITY AND DIFFERENTIATION
Globalisation has meant that you can buy the same things whether you’re in Oslo or Osaka. How depressing. We think that having something made just for you is much nicer, and the quality is often better too. You can choose the size, shape and timber type to suit how you live and you get something truly unique. We find that our clients are often surprised by how competitive our prices are (we don’t have a show room and there’s no retail markup) and our lead times are also pretty good.
WHO WE ARE:
Laura has been building furniture professionally for over 15 years. She is a classically trained fine woodworker and cabinet maker with experience in boat building, fit outs and traditional freestanding pieces. Yes, she is female and yes, she still manages all this blokey stuff whilst looking elegant and sophisticated. Mostly.
It only took Peter about twenty years to decide that he what he really wanted from life was to make furniture. A bit like this guy. He has spent the last four years retraining in construction and then as a willing understudy to a great teacher (also his wife), and together they have established a thriving business where diversity is the key and a willingness to consider any job that comes their way. Peter's hands still have the softness that two decades at a desk will give you, but four years on the tools has toughened him up a little bit.
WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT US:
SOME AWARDS, PUBLICATIONS & STUFF
Australian Financial Review Design Issue, October 2013
Winner of Clarence City Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design, 2013
Monocle Magazine, May 2012
Handyman Magazine, Feature Article, July 2012
Monument Magazine, 2011
The Renovators (guest expert), Channel 10, August 2011
Top 25, Faces of Design Awards 2010 (Berlin), 2010
Inside Interior Design Review, 2010
Recipient of Arts Tasmania Grant (Visual Arts and Crafts), 2008
Winner of belle New Functional Design Award, 2003
Designers (ABC TV), 2003
Finalist - Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Awards, 2003
Finalist - Sydney Morning Herald Young Designer of the Year, 2002
Craft Mark Accreditation, 2000