Combining their love for beautiful design, quality materials and honest craft, Melbourne duo Tara Wilcox and Nicola Grey launched artisan furniture brand, Redfox & Wilcox, in 2011. The brand is based from Wilcox’s Collingwood studio, where unique custom designed pieces are crafted by hand from recycled materials. Originally founded as a small, made-to-order business, a steady increase in demand has led Redfox & Wilcox to now provide a full range of customizable pieces for homes, cafes, bars and offices. Co-founder and Product Designer, Nicola Grey, says this creative collaboration was born from a shared vision to create solidly crafted functional pieces – at a price point affordable for everyone.
“We started in 2011 making furniture for people like us. And I think we still do that,” she said. “It makes me happy to think we design and produce products that are made with care, and that are affordable. Great design and great craft are paramount, but so is ensuring fair value for our customers.”
The pieces are simple; understated and un-obnoxious. Locally salvaged timber in an array of honeyed tones is shaped and fitted against clean, geometric lines of powder coated metal. Strong and structural, the pieces remain light and lend themselves to fresh, white washed walls and potted plants. Easy living, with a timeless appeal.
A self-taught woodworker, Tara Wilcox handcrafts each piece and works with local suppliers and fabricators. Tara says that custom design and clever, functional features have become hallmarks of Redfox & Wilcox products.
“We love giving our customers the option to custom design their pieces. We also strive to keep costs and environmental impacts down, which is really important for us,” she said.
“Clever features such as detachable legs allow pieces to be flat packed for efficient shipping, reducing both the transportation costs and environmental emissions.”