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Our Favourite Custom Furniture Projects of 2017

We’ve curated a list of our favourite custom made furniture projects from 2017. Maybe your commission will make the cut for next year’s list? 

It’s a holiday tradition for us to reflect on the year gone by with a selection of our team’s favourite bespoke projects.

Each tells a story – and that’s ultimately what we’re most proud of at Handkrafted. Our ability to foster connections and watch stories unfold through the creation of beautiful handmade products.

Our goal is to inspire your stories – to help transform wild ideas into masterpieces rich in sentiment, creations you’ll cherish for life and bequeath to your children, and your children’s children.

In no specific order, here are our top ten favourite projects commissioned via Handkrafted in 2017…

1. Shuffleboard for WeWork Sydney

by Jonathan West

Custom Timber ShuffleboardCustom Timber Shuffleboard TableCustom Timber Shuffleboard TableA contemporary take on the traditional shuffleboard, Jonathan delivered a beautiful Oak and Ash rendition featuring impeccable joinery. Commissioned by WeWork for their offices at 333 George St.

For those of us in Australia not familiar with a Table Shuffleboard, it’s is a popular American game, often found in backyards or bars, played with pucks on a wooden board. It is conceptually similar to curling or even lawn bowls. The sandy substance seen in the images are actually salt-like beads of silicone that act like ball bearings to allow the pucks to effortlessly slide across the table as if it’s floating.

2. Ebonised American Oak Credenza

by Tim Noone

Tim Noone Custom CredenzaTim Noone Custom SideboardTim Noone CredenzaExquisite detail in this 3m long credenza, each crafted with perfection. Tim documented much of the process via his Instagram, well worth scrolling through to see how this piece came to life.

3. Walnut Bathroom Vanity

by Nick at Pedulla Studio

Pedulla Studio Walnut VanityDesigned by client Fiona @fedesign_interiors, the walnut vanity features a Pietra grey marble and bronze tapware. Nick created a fascinating short film of the process of machining the angled timber exterior.

4. Floating Wall Unit

by Trevor Neal

Custom Wall UnitBeautifully summarised in the feedback from a happy client:

“This is a man who loves his timber. His work demonstrated wonderful attention to detail and exceptionally fine craftsmanship. We now have a uniquely beautiful floating wall unit in our study.”

5. Dining Table

by Ben Percy

Custom Made Walnut Dining TableIt’s hard not to fall in love with the mesmerising grain of American Walnut – this beautiful timber is regularly a crowd favourite. In the client’s own words;

“It has been lovely working with someone so passionate about their work which is clearly reflected in the final product.”

6. Blackbutt Console

by Luke at Christopher Blank

Blackbutt timber incorporating sliding slatted doors and internal drawer storage. Complete with rockstar delivery via the third floor balcony!

7. Spotted Gum Dining Table

by Victoria Keesing

Zinc and Spotted Gum Dining TableSpotted Gum narrow dining table with patinated Zinc panels and Wenge highlights.

8. Walnut, Brass & Leather Drawer Unit

by Pete at Curious Tales

Leather, Brass and Walnut Drawer UnitWalnut island dresser with custom made brass finger pulls and leather details.

9. Glass Display Cabinets

by Ross at Lee Sinclair Design Co

Custom Glass Display Cabinet Custom Glass Display CabinetTasmanian Blackwood & black leatherette base retail display cases for sunglasses, jewellery and leathergoods at Apartment Store.

“Ross went above all expectations … couldn’t be happier with the final product.”

10. Herringbone Table

by Anthony Kleine

Custom Herringbone Dining Table8-Seater Herringbone dining table in Victorian Ash

And while we don’t yet have the finished images available – we thought we might sneak in an in-progress shot of this custom AV Media Unit designed by client Brad Ratajczek, incorporating a twisted drawer front and plenty of ambitious angles.

Entertainment Unit

by Rolf Barfoed

Bespoke AV Entertainment Unit

Last but not least, it would be remiss of us to exclude the beautiful lighting created by many of our makers, in addition to furniture. Here are two of our favourite custom lighting projects this year…

I. Brass Lighting for WeWork Sydney Custom Office Fitout

by Zev Bianchi

Custom Brass Lighting for WeWorkCustom made to WeWork’s exact specifications are the brass lighting fixtures that adorn the ceilings of WeWork at 333 George St.

II. Blackwood & Ceramic Pendant

by Asher Abergel

Asher Abergel Blackwood Turns PendantsAsher designed and created this limited-edition Blackwood version of his Turns pendant exclusively for a Handkrafted promotion we ran during DENFAIR.

With so many incredible projects to choose from, it’s always difficult to narrow down our favourites to such a small few. Those selected aren’t necessarily the largest or most technically complex, yet each have a story that resonates with us for one reason or another.

Keep an eye on our Instagram for further insight into the breadth of projects our independent makers produce for Handkrafted clients … from the playful to the professional, or perhaps even a little eccentric, we’ve got you covered.

Feel like you’re ready to bring your own idea to life? Post a brief to let us know what you would like made and we’ll match it to a selection of the most suited makers.

About Handkrafted:

Handkrafted is a community marketplace connecting people with passionate makers to commission custom goods. We have brought together hundreds of Australian independent, bespoke craftspeople and artisans who specialise in producing high quality, sustainably made pieces.

Our makers can help you realise your own idea or collaborate with you on a new design. Many also feature a range of original designs that can be made to order or customised to suit your specific needs. Whichever option you choose, we’re here to help make it happen. Support local makers and kick-start your own project today. 

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