Joe Chester, of Melbourne Australia, is a man who is a master at using a great many tools. Besotted by an urgent desire to pursue creativity, he left his everyday job one day, to indulge in sourcing materials and designing objects that he fancied. Out of this innate passion for creating by taking inspiration from almost everywhere, TreeHorn Design was born.
Apart from his love for creating things, Joe Chester cares a lot about the environment too. So, everything that studio TreeHorn Design churns out is made only from reclaimed, recycled or sustainably grown timber. From the off-cuts and trimmings found on the floor of his workshop, some more products are made that are in no way inferior in quality or style than the others.
The packaging used for the products is also environment friendly and the studio often runs recycling workshops for anyone who cares enough for the environment to come attend.
TreeHorn’s products are inviting, playful, tactile and above all sustainable. Their expansion into home-ware and furniture has seen the transference of this aesthetic into larger, signature pieces that maintain their handmade quality and uniqueness.
TreeHorn’s unique use of colour, shape and form coupled with great craftsmanship has been successful both nationally and internationally and the studio aspires to continue to grow within Australia and expand further overseas.
TreeHorn’s range of kitchen boards is handmade from sustainably grown Tasmanian Oak. These boards are fun and playful with their durable pop of colour, and are finished with a food safe oil to bring out the natural form of wood.
Tasmanian Oak is also used to make serving boards called Melbourne boards. Handmade, the Melbourne Board has etched in it, its care and origin info. It is finished with the use of food-grade oil.
Raw is a pendant light that is heavy in texture and low on fuss. Made from industry off-cuts ‘Raw’ is the newest product from TreeHorn Design. Handmade to order, this pendant light is worked to best reveal the natural grain and contours present in the wood. Inspired by industrial lighting fixtures, this natural take on a traditional design is bound to enhance any interior space.
The Round and Oblong trays are made by taking inspiration from classic bending techniques used in timeless designs from the 50’s. The colours and shapes however, are what we are used to seeing today.
TreeHorn’s wooden candle holders are made from 100% reclaimed material which along with a lot of love has been given a second life. The candle holes are made to fit candles of a standard size. Rather than hide the clues to the previous role of the wood, these have been made into a feature and you most likely will find a nail hole or other traces from its past.
Peggy Lou, is a side table made from sustainably grown Tasmanian Oak and has coloured pegs and hinges which enable it to fold flat. Like all products made by TreeHorn Design, Peggy Lou is handmade and has been carefully sanded, cut and oiled for a beautiful finish.
Wooden bangles from TreeHorn Design are made from sustainably grown Douglas Fir (Oregon), which results in them being both light in weight and durable. These have a beautiful finish and more importantly are environment friendly.
Handmade in Melbourne from start to finish this design is one of their oldest and it’s still going strong! A colourful range of wooden earring studs is made from reclaimed Australian hardwood. These faceted earrings have sterling silver fittings, making them good for both the environment and human skin. As these are handmade each pair may be slightly different from another.
A colourful range of faceted pendant necklaces is also designed from reclaimed Australian hardwood. Strung on black suede and finished with a fragrant hardwood wax, this one-of-a-kind wooden jewellery looks and feels great.
As a finish on most of their products, TreeHorn Design uses tung oil which not only smells great but is fantastic for reviving, sustaining and protecting wooden objects.
Text Compiled By Mala Bajaj