Posts Categorised: Business

Modified Media Unit

This one was like one of those lady in the box magic tricks!!! Our client Ralph gave us the challenge to modify his existing hardwood media unit which had been designed for an older model tv and was huuuuuuugggggggggggggggggeeeeeeeeeeee! Into a much smaller piece of furniture suitable to put a modern TV on-top of, rather… Read on »

Five Years in Business

I am coming up to quite a milestone in my business career. Five years ago I established Tane as a design brand, specialising in the sustainable design of furniture. In this time the name has changed about ten times, the focus of the business about twenty times and the plan somewhere around thirty times. I… Read on »

“And I Think To Myself, What a Wasteful World”

Ok; so the title of this blog is clearly a terrible rip off, of a classic Louis Armstrong song, but I will try and explain myself… It was a usual Tuesday afternoon, I had nipped out from work and was minding my own business in the queue at the local post office. With two parcels tucked… Read on »

Hardest Table We have Ever Restored!

Without doubt this was the hardest table we have ever restored! How hard can restoring and re-finishing a table be I hear you ask, well I suppose everything is relative but this one was an absolute dog! The 1970’s / 80’s extending dining table had been finished with a serious lacquer, almost bullet proof. Which… Read on »

Re-Purposed Antique Table

Our clients Dean & Christine had inherited a lot of green furniture! With great sentimental value and family historical value, designed and built by a great grandfather over 100 years ago. They came to use to seek advice on the restoration and preservation of the pieces. I thought I would share this particular piece with… Read on »

Fler Narvik Chairs Restored & Repaired

This beautiful pair of mid-century Fler Narvik arm chairs arrived in the Tane Furniture workshop in need of some TLC. The frames had become wobbly over time and several attempts had been made to restored the timber frames using various stains and finishes.We set about putting the wrongs right, and bringing these beautifully designed mid-century… Read on »

Antique Dining Table Restoration

Antique Dining Table – Stage 1 We received this beautiful antique dining table into our Melbourne workshop. Our client Sue had had the table in storage for over twenty years. Sue’s grandmother knew how fond Sue was of this beautiful piece of furniture, so the antique table was passed down. After a long period in storage… Read on »

Gold Panning Sieves – Re-Purposed

The Brief – Gold panning sieves re-purposed into mirrors We were approached by our fantastic client Sandra, with a great challenge. Sandra had picked up two antique sieves used in the gold rush for panning for nuggets! Our client had the vision to re-purpose these beautiful objects into hallway mirrors for use in her renovated house…. Read on »

Furniture Repair – Bed head Re-veneered

Bed Head Repair We were recently contacted by a client who had some modern furniture damaged whilst moving home. At this point we would like to thank (some of) the furniture removal companies in Melbourne for keeping us in business! Anyway I digress… Hana’s bed head, had been badly gauged and the top layer veneer had… Read on »

The Small Business Conundrum

Running a small business can be confusing at best! It can also be nerve wracking, exciting, stimulating, exasperating, exhausting and any adjectives in between. In this post I wanted to touch on the time/money problem but from a whole new angle to me. I am experiencing this for the first time this week… I’m suddenly… Read on »

Restoration of the Past to Sustain the Future

I am trained as a product/furniture designer although I now consider myself a designer/maker/restorer. My design career still exists but it now walks hand in hand with my other purpose on this planet… Restoration. Graduation as a designer now seems like a distant memory. I graduated in 1999 as an excitable twenty something ready to… Read on »


As a rule I don’t usually take other people’s content and post on my blog, but this one is such a great article, I have made an exception! This somewhat frightening article is from the guys at Handkrafted, who are champions of local hand-made, well designed and produced furniture. It is sometimes hard to put our… Read on »

Saving Chairs From Extinction

It’s video time again! Sit back and relax you are about to learn all about some of the restoration techniques we use at Tane Furniture and employ them on your own furniture to save them from extinction! This little video was put together by our friends at the Geoff Irvine studio, it can be found… Read on »

Younghusbands Building

Well apparently we are now one of the ‘hidden treasures’ of Melbourne’s design scene! We would much prefer to be ‘overground’ and that is where this little film clip produced by the City of Melbourne is trying get us. Thank you so much to everyone involved in producing this great little promo. The team set about… Read on »