Made in Melbourne

The vast majority of the furniture I sell is hand made in Melbourne.

Over the last few years I have meet many talented furniture makers and the young guy who made these tables is one of the best. In fact I’d say his a perfectionist. I spent a day with him a couple years ago watching him make tables. He carefully selected the boards and then used a special technique of wetting the boards with some special mixture so he could predict the approx. colours of the table boards once the oiled finish would be applied. He repeated this process many times, moving boards left and right until he was satisfied the final result would be the best it could be. When it came to making the frame, I recall him measuring corner to corner to the exact mm to ensure the base frame and legs were perfectly square. I could literally watch him for days as he pursued with passion the perfectly crafted table.

I have a handful of tables available for sale at the moment a which are one off creations, handmade and finished in a special oiled finish for a superb look.

I cant order special sizes on these they are unique tables, as displayed.

If you like any of these pictured tables they can be viewed in my showroom in Nunawading normally priced at $5000 plus these will be available for $3999.

But its first in best dressed so please call to check if any have been sold.

We have a huge selection of chairs which we can prepare to compliment these tables to make a truly unique setting for your home. Thanks Mark.2014-04-08 mkm 004 2014-04-08 mkm 006 2014-04-08 mkm 007 2014-04-08 mkm 008

Blackwood tables

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Balckwood tables

Historic Blackwood Table

This week we had a unique project to complete which was to re furbish an 80 year old Blackwood table.

The table is full of history as it used to reside within the Collingwood town hall. The timbers run across the table top which is unusual and the thickness of the top is 45mm thick.

The blackwood table has some gorgeous grains and textures.

The top of the table has been fully refinished and re assembled as there were gaps in the boards and lots of marks scratches and dents.

The top is now beautiful and new again and good for another 100 odd years.

Would love to have this one in my own home.

Mark Mortelliti

 

 

Fixing heat damage to timber table

I recently had a TV dinner with the kids and sat around the coffee table in the lounge room and shared a dish of nachos.

It was Nachos supreme including guacamole, sour crème and assorted toppings.

I retrieved the corked back placemats we have and laid them on the coffee table surface.

The baking dish was taken from the oven and put on top of the placemats.

I assumed this would be an adequate barrier for the heat but unfortunately I was wrong and when clearing the table an hour or so later found that the heat has scolded my table leaving the white patches you see in the picture below.

Of course this type of damage can be fixed but its a bit of work and needs to be done properly.

The job involves sanding and removing the damage, re-staining and sealing and then tops coats of clear finish.

The average price of repair is about $350 to re do the surface. The results when done properly are usually excellent and the table surface is returned to basically brand new.

I will post pictures shortly once I have had my coffee table repaired.

If you have damaged your table in a similar way get in touch we may be able to help you.

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Award Winning tables

I’ve been fortunate enough to be given the honour of displaying the 2013 Timber Table of the year as awarded by the Australian Furniture Association.

Its proudly displayed in my showroom in Nunawading.

Its a credit to the young man who produced it.

Jonathon has done a wonderful job, his attention to detail and unique design makes for one of the most beautiful tables I have seen locally crafted in my 23 years experience.

We invite you in to take a look at the table for yourself, it is available for sale, contact me if you are interested.

Mark Mortelliti

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Big Redgum Tables over 3000mm Long

Custom made Redgum tablesIts not easy to find Redgum tables over 3000mm long and there is a good reason for this.

Its not because they are too heavy, but they will weigh a tonne!

Its not because its too hard to make them.

Its because the supply of long Redgum timbers is very hard to find in the industry.

We have made Redgum tables 3300mm and 3600mm in the past but we have often had to quote a much slower lead time than the normal 6-8 weeks.

We quote around 12 weeks to give us enough time to ring around our timber suppliers and actually locate appropriate boards to enable us to do the job.

I just been chatting with one of my timber merchants and suppliers here in my Nunawading showroom and he has advised me he has just secured some 4300mm Redgum timbers.

That means if you in the market for a BIG Redgum table locally made you should get in touch with me right now.

Thanks for reading the Word on Wood,

Mark Mortelliti

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Wood you spot the difference between solid and veneer?

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I had a nice couple in my showroom last week.

We got talking and I could tell straight away the guy was a timber guy.

He really appreciated the quality of my ranges and was enjoying exploring all the different hardwoods on display.

As we talked he mentioned he had got stitched up in the past buying a hardwood cabinet he was told was solid timber only to find out later the tops were veneer. He was disappointed in himself for not spotting the difference, by the time he noticed and went back to the place of purchase the company had closed down, no surprise.

I explained that there are some products in the market place that have almost fooled my trained eye of 23 plus years experience.

I recently came across a full range of blackwood furniture imported where the tops looked solid however on closer inspection the tops were only solid about 10cm in from the ends and edges and the majority of the top surface area had been veneered in strips to match the solid end grains. To the untrained eye it looked solid.

When your looking for timber furniture make sure you ask lots of questions and seek out an independent retail furniture specialist, make sure they don’t have the words clearance centre or outlet or closing down sale on the windows and look around and find out how long they have been in business.

Quality furniture is an investment that will last if you make good choices. as the saying goes “Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten”

If your not sure what your considering is the real deal then its probably not and if you need a second opinion get in touch with me before you buy.

 

The Word on Wood by Mark Mortelliti

 

Furnitex 2013

The 2013 Furnitex event was held last week in Melbourne attracting furniture retailers, interior designers, manufactures and importers from all over Australia and overseas.

The event held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre was the normal showcase of furniture and home wares and interior trends for the coming year ahead.

As my focus is locally made product it was evident that the number of Australian made exhibitors was smaller again this year, which for me is a disappointing trend I am seeing.

On Friday night the AFA furniture awards evening was held attended by about 80 people from various companies within the furniture industry, the night was hosted by Michael Roberts and acknowledged some of the best furniture makers in the industry.

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Timber Vanity Unit

I recently completed some timber vanity units for my clients here in Melbourne.

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They came to me with their designs and measurements and we made the cabinets in Messmate to specifications.

They are specially finished in a 2 pack lacquer for added protection against water and steam.

Here are some snap shots of them on site plumbing done and stone tops fitted.

The look great and as you can see are perfectly fitted into the recesses and spaces designated in the home renovation.

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Custom made timber vanity unit

 

If your renovating a bathroom or ensuite and want a quality custom made timber vanity unit to suit your lifestyle, please get in touch, I will be happy to help.

Thankyou
Mark Mortelliti

 

 

Google Streetview inside my Showroom

If you would like to take a look inside my showroom you can from the comfort of your PC, laptop, iPad or smartphone.

I recently had Google street view done inside my showroom.

A special camera was used using a series of about 150 photos taken on a 360 degree tripod, Google’s software takes care of the rest allowing you to literally “look around” inside my showroom.

You can navigate around using the white arrows just the way you look at your house and letterbox using street view.

Just follow this link and get a feel for the quality timber furniture I have and don’t forget we will make furniture to order perfect to suit your home.

So if you cant see what you need get in touch and we will make something specially for you.

http://www.lifestylefurniture.com.au/virtualtour.html

Thanks Mark Mortelliti

Awards Time – AFA Furniture of the year awards

I have been asked again by the AFA to Judge some of the best talents in Victoria and look at some of the newest designs in timber furniture and furniture manufacturing for 2013.

The categories I will be judging include:

  • Excellence in Dining Furniture
  • Excellence in Occasional Furniture
  • Excellence in Timber Panels
  • Manufacture and Design

The Victoria / Tasmanian state award winners will be announced at a cocktail night on July 19th in Melbourne, during the Furnitex exhibition.

Furnitex is Australia’s largest industry event each year showcasing everything to do with Furniture.

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The winners will go into the awards Gala night to be held in W.A. on August 23rd.

Its great being one of the first to see some of the best and newest furniture available in the country and I hope to have some of these designs in my showroom in the near future.

thankyou Mark Mortelliti.