The Oak & Hide furniture range is all designed for quick assembly and sustainably managed material use, as a reaction to traditional mass manufactured flat-pack furniture.
Brisbane joiner Ben McGreevy has side-stepped from his mechanical engineering studies to create his new furniture brand Oak & Hide. The flat-pack focused furniture products are designed to be timeless and long-lasting, as a reaction to the mass produced, trend driven, low quality items that are generally associated with flat-pack furniture.
Ben made a conscious choice to build his brand around sustainability and quality, sourcing all the hoop pine plywood for his furniture range from local Queensland pine plantations that have Responsible Wood certification.
The advantages for companies like Oak and Hide trying to make informed, responsible choices when selecting materials is evident in consumer behaviour. Responsible Wood certification gives Australia’s timber industry and its end users peace of mind about its origins and the way in which this precious resource has been managed. Ethical products are becoming especially associated with younger makers who are just setting out their brand values. It is an important social and economic decision when starting to work with wood products.
Oak & Hide's range is designed designed to flat-pack, and most of it is made from hoop pine plywood. Other products in the range feature sustainably sourced spotted gum, blackbutt, flooded gum, ironbark, jarrah and Tasmanian oak.
The Oak & Hide coffee table uses only one material for its construction - hoop pine plywood. Initial tests with blackbutt proved too heavy for shipping, so hoop pine plywood was eventually chosen. With no fixings, glue, or brackets, the coffee table is truly unique in its singular material palette.
Not only is the timber itself certified, but as is the ‘chain of custody’, which refers to a wood products entire cycle from tree growth to consumer.
Ben carefully programs all the plywood elements into a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine to create perfectly accurate members that would be unattainable by handcrafting. The result is a beautiful piece of furniture with incredibly smooth finishes and hairline accuracy. Given that the furniture is held together purely by slotted joints, this level of accuracy is essential. The final product becomes extremely easy to put together, without throw away tools like Allan keys or screwdrivers, and is completely free of visible fixings.