Started by nature and finished by hand. Christian Cole Furniture Makers design and hand craft beautiful furniture in their Melbourne factory using sustainable timber and age-old techniques.
Owned by husband and wife team Christian and Fiona Cole, who have built their business based on their life values: You should love what you are doing every day and make life enjoyable and rewarding for the people around you.
Sustainable Timber Furniture
Christian Cole pride themselves on their sustainable practices to create their timber furniture.
The timber they use is sourced from either sustainable commercial plantations, bought from farmers who reclaimed the timber years ago, saved from flood waters or is salvaged from existing structures like bridges and old houses, which would have otherwise been destroyed.
Each piece has its own story and Fiona and Christian take the time to learn about the individual heritage of each tree. Indeed, Fiona often photographs the timber when it is found so you can be sure that it has been sourced in a sustainable way.
Once the timber makes it to their factory, it is laid out in storage to be kept and dried for many years, this ensures that the timber is not used until it is ready and then the furniture or joinery being crafted will last a lifetime.
The pieces of timber will be raised either higher or lower to the ceiling, depending on what moisture it has retained, this process will protect the timber from drying unevenly or prematurely.
This level of expert knowledge comes from Christian’s years in the industry and his genuine love for preserving quality timber and designing beautiful furniture pieces.
By salvaging old timber and re-crafting it into useful furniture and joinery, the lifetime of the timber is extended and enjoyed for generations to come.
Traditional Craftsmanship and Joinery
The team at Christian Cole use traditional craftsmanship skills when building furniture and joinery, using time honoured techniques such as Mortice and Tenon or more popular Dovetail joints. This ensures the longevity of their designs and upholds the standard that Christian Cole Furniture has established. Every team member in the manufacturing team is an expert in timber and joinery artisan.
This passion for timber and beautiful furniture stems from both Fiona and Christian's childhoods. Fiona was a farm girl who would restore and repair old furniture with her father. She was able to learn and develop age-old techniques. And, Christian found his appreciation for timber through carpentry classes at school. Completing his apprenticeship 16 years ago, he specialises in the construction of solid timber kitchens and large commercial projects.
Custom Timber Furniture Makers You Can Trust
Christian Cole Furniture was established 13 years ago and now has a loyal following around Australia and abroad.
Their furniture can be bought directly from their existing furniture range or you can sit down one-on-one in their beautiful office and design a custom piece to suit your space and personality.
Christian and Fiona both believe that furniture should not only be beautiful but it must serve a purpose and function exceptionally well.
All their designs are thoroughly planned with day to day use in mind and they work with their clients to achieve a design that will operate perfectly, last a lifetime and fit beautifully into their interior.
I absolutely love what I do so when a customer acknowledges the work I have put into their piece I feel great! I have a great relationship with many of my customers because I’ve made them a number of pieces over the years. Most people know what they want and they want it done perfectly. They can’t make it themselves so they have to rely on me. I look after them.
This care and precision from day one of the design process is what makes Christian Cole Furniture stand out from the crowd.
So much so, that their furniture pieces have been featured numerous times on Channel 9's The Block and further they worked closely with renowned interior designer Darren Palmer to create an enchanting custom range of furniture for the television show's executive producer's new home.
Their architectural joinery is also very well regarded. Recently they were commissioned by Ferrier Hodgson to complete an office refurbishment. The results speak for themselves!
Sustainable Factory and Showroom
Christian Cole Furniture is by the far the most warm and inviting factory and showroom we've ever come across it feels more like a family home then a showroom.
The factory is open and airy and comes complete with a chicken coup and vegetable garden, including its very own scarecrow, the chickens roam free in the garden which is filled with fruit, vegies in handmade tubs and olive trees.
There are also bundles of timber off cuts stacked up in the front garden, for passers-by to use for firewood.
The area is happily maintained by the team, who get to reap the fruits of their labour by freely taking home eggs and produce that is grown in the garden.
Next to a giant Apricot tree (Fiona’s favourite), are custom built tin sheds which house beautiful pieces of reclaimed timber.
The timber is being dried and reserved and used for projects in years to come. Each piece timber has an engaging story to tell, whether salvaged from an old bridge, reclaimed from a flooded forest or purchased from a farmhouse way out in Gippsland, every piece is absorbed in character and rustic charm.
It is this philosophy of sustainability which is at the heart of Christian Cole Furniture.
The Christian Cole factory is in a modest street, amongst various factories and manufacturing businesses, at 5 Dairy Drive in Coburg. Stepping into the factory you are welcomed by the smiling faces of the Christian Cole team as they hand craft each piece of timber furniture with immaculate precision. The workroom is filled with laughter and a sense of community, and this harmonious atmosphere is reflected in the quality of the work they produce.
The showroom begins on the ground floor. Here, you will discover all of the magnificent custom timber furniture pieces that are awaiting delivery to their new homes as well as some pieces ready to purchase.
The showroom extends all the way up to the next floor where a kitchen, large office space and bathrooms are fitted out in custom made Christian Cole joinery and furniture crafted from 100% reclaimed timber, runs adjacent to the timber cabinetry. They truly have everything you need!
Start building your wish list and discover the wonderful custom furniture range available from Christian Cole today.
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