With business taking off since its inception, Robertson has completed custom work for multiple private residences throughout Queensland as well as several hospitality venues – featuring the natural beauty of Tasmanian Blackwood. With the recent completion of Pipit in Pottsville, NSW, a restaurant supporting sustainable food systems, Blackwood Collective was commissioned to create stools, tables and a custom fit bar top. Robertson says Tasmanian Blackwood was his first choice for this project.
“I was given free rein on the creative decisions for the furniture and fittings at Pipit which was really exciting. I visited the space first to get inspiration for the design of all of the pieces and everything took shape from there. I knew the darker tones and the variation in the grain of Tasmanian Blackwood would be the perfect fit for the warm and natural textures that the restaurant was aiming for.”
Choosing to show off the grain and inherent beauty of Blackwood, Robertson says he prefers to use a natural finish.
“For the bar top at Pipit, I hand rolled a natural wood finish out of Germany called Osmo to coat the Blackwood. Depending on the traffic a piece might get, I tend to use more natural finishes like this wax coat which allows the figure and the variations of lightness in the timber to be seen.”
A Sustainable Choice and a Bright Future
Beauty and aesthetics aside, Robertson says choosing a sustainable timber is a must. Tasmanian Blackwood is sourced from forests that are sustainably managed, independently audited and certified to an internationally acclaimed standard, which fits the sustainability requirement for Blackwood Collective.
“All of the wood I use must be sustainable. It’s a major aspect of design that we all need to consider and to choose sustainable and natural products.”
Using a combination of machine and hand crafting methods, Robertson says he’s excited for what’s next.
“I’ve been lucky with who I’ve been able to work with so far. I’ve worked with some amazing architects on some really cool projects that have been a lot of fun. I also like the smaller commissions where I’m making solid custom furniture and bespoke joinery. Everything that leaves the workshop has been finished by hand which makes it really special.”