Posts Categorised: economy

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 »

Antique Filling Cabinets Restored

It was a regular Monday morning when these beautiful but slightly weather worn filling cabinets arrived in our Williamstown workshop. The timber cabinets had been used by our clients father as tool storage in his workshop, I loved them immediately and could see their potential with a bit of love. We set to work on… Read on »

Mid-Century Fler Sideboard Restoration

Our client Keren, has an eye for mid-century furniture. She arrived at our workshop in Williamstown with two beautiful sideboard units she had rescued from a friends barn, along with a pair of Fler armchairs snaffled from a salvo’s for next to nothing… brilliant! We firstly set to work on the amazing Fler unit, which… 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 »

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 »

Mid-Century Arm Chairs Restored

Restoration of a pair of Mid-century beauties. Jeremy’ mid-century arm chairs had seem better days, but the inner beauty could clearly be seen. Beautiful steam bent arms, small foot print, low seat and remarkable comfort even though the seat webbing had disintegrated ! We spoke to Jeremy about the road ahead to bring these boys… 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 »

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 »


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 »

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 »

Power of the Plan

Call me slow to catch on but I have just worked out why my trip last year to exhibit at the Milan furniture fair wasn’t deemed a ‘success’! (Success… if thought of in economic terms anyway. It turned out to be a massive success in terms of persistence, team work and shear determination, but you… Read on »