Setting New Trends in Australian Custom Timber Furniture, Using Traditional Craftsman Skills - Evostyle Launches In Melbourne

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Heralding a change from cheap designer reproductions and expensive European imports, Evostyle launches into the custom timber furniture industry promoting the best Australia has to offer.

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Deco cocktail table - custom timber furniture by Evostyle

Evostyle offers a modern twist to turned products and furniture, which have predominantly been perceived as “country style” in the past. Their designs are striking and eye catching.

Evostyle is headed up by Luke Ommundson, a specialist woodturner, and his architect trained wife Louise, this duo has been invited to exhibit at Design : Made : Trade in Melbourne from July 21-24 as part of the State of Design Festival.

Evostyle is a refreshing newcomer to the furniture industry which has seen a real decline in quality, design and workmanship over the last 10 years. Luke was partners with his father Vic in a family woodturning business which has been operating for over 30 years. It has been a strong family business focussing on traditional craftsmanship, with skills, knowledge and experience passed down through three generations.

When his father and business partner, Vic, died suddenly 10 years ago, Luke found the time was right to steer their business in a new direction which aimed to keep these craftsman skills in Australia. His wife Louise joined the business, and the two have spent the past few years re-invented themselves to be market leaders in the furniture industry.

Specialist woodturners have become a rarity, with many others being forced out of business as the industry looks to China to source their components. Luke himself has witnessed firsthand the devastating effect that has come about with the general loss of trade skills in Australia. “I studied Woodturning at Tafe with a small group of students being taught by real masters of the field. It is tragic to think that these skills could be lost forever, as this trade is no longer offered anywhere else in Australia, and all those that have the skills have been forced out of business or have retired.”

Louise says that “the driving force in our business is to keep these craftsman skills in Australia, and to keep the quality of manufacturing high.” She believes that furniture pieces should be handed down through generations, and would like to see people’s perception change, that furniture needs to be replaced every few years. “Only poor quality furniture doesn’t last.” She also believes that consideration of the environment should take into account the life cycle of a product. Just think how much energy is involved with manufacturing poor quality products overseas, transporting them here, disposing of them after a few short years, and repeating the process over and over again.” It is hard to argue that against the fact that a high quality, locally made product will last lifetimes, and will have a much smaller environmental impact.

“Evostyle offers a modern twist to turned products and furniture, which have predominantly been perceived as “country style” in the past. Their designs are striking and eye catching, however both Luke and Louise are keen not to be pigeon holed into one particular style, and have also manufactured some classic traditional furniture. “Our fist aim was to show the versatility of woodturned components which can be designed to suit any style, however we would like to bring out a new range of more traditional furniture in the future, with the emphasis on showing off the best of Australian timbers.”

Priding themselves on being 100% Australian, Evostyle has the machinery and technology that is second to none. They have the capabilities to make one off custom timber furniture pieces as well as high volume production. They offer a design and development service (where a client has a particular piece in mind) as well as manufacturing their own collection of furniture ranges.

Evostyle has now extended their capabilities to include stainless steel and upholstery products (also 100% Australian made) thereby offering a complete service to their customers. Visit their stand at Design : Made : Trade in the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.


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