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Creating Classics

Melbourne design collective The Design Refinery is creating furniture classics, with a modern twist of colour and sustainability.

Creating Classics


November 5th, 2008

Melbourne-based design studio Tongue + Groove Interiors are refreshing the face of Australian furniture, commissioning a new project called ‘The Design Refinery’.

Tongue + Groove, well known for the diversity of its products, is injecting a new energy into the heart of Melbourne. ‘The Design Refinery’ is a mixed collective of industrial designers and furniture makers, with their eyes set on creating new modern furniture classics.

“The aim of The Design Refinery is to produce high quality, beautifully crafted Australian furniture,” CEO of Tongue + Groove Ross Hines says.

Having just completed its very first collection, it is set to make a mark on the Australian furniture design scene. Utilising classic shapes and simple lines, the collection includes a lounge, coffee table, and sideboard series. The Design Refinery aims to combine the timelessness of classic furniture with the practicality of modern design.

“Every piece is created with the same integrity we find in the 20th Century design classics,” Hines says.

The collection also knocks down the modern oxymoron of consumer sustainability, managing to create compact furniture for inner city living out of materials that are sustainable and ecologically friendly.


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