Wednesday, December 8, 2010

HPS Lectern

The Year 6 gift to Hamilton Public School this year is a specially commissioned lectern by Pinkerton. To source the timber we went to Briggs warehouse in western Sydney and got to pick the exact sheet of veneer from the rack. This was a real eye opener - the warehouse was absolutely bustling with all teams busily getting national and international orders out the door on a Friday afternoon. We felt very privileged to be allowed on the shop floor and get to sift through the blackbutt stack to find the perfect sheet. And one of those eternal mysteries about veneer was uncovered - when they have a hole in the veneer sheet they literally sew-heat-gun a patch of the veneer in place to cover the hole. We saw a number of employees who had clearly spent the last 30 years perfecting this art. Incredible stuff, so many talented people involved in timber furniture production, from seed to table.

Anyway enough about the timber, the lectern will be used in the new hall being built at Hamilton Public School. Thanks to Caroline Smith and Nicole Neave-Cowley of the HPS PnC for the commission and the indefatigable Principal David Jack in getting this one across the line.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Xmas Party/Showroom Opening

Still recovering. Over 150 peopled rocked up, the Mayor and Lady Mayoress stuck their head in, Barney called him Mayor Quimby, Agnes won the coffee table, the kids had a ball. Kicked the last stragglers out around midnight... big thanks to Tracy at Feast Catering, Tosh at Big Time Wine, Kelly at Eventability Newcastle and everyone who came along. Happy Christmas. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Party Invite

Featuring the external facade of the Fern Street warehouse and a bunch of things you can find inside the new showroom. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jean's Multi-media Solution

Jean Hay had acquired a number of different pieces over time to accommodate the tv, stereo, computer, printer, files and other storage items, leaving her with a jumble of various styles and sizes of furniture. She asked Pinkerton to simplify everything into to a single piece, and create a matching credenza for the other side of her living room. Both are made from solid Tasmanian Oak and the credenza features soft touch opening draws.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Up Down in HB's Australian Design Round Up

Home Beautiful has included Pinkerton's Up Down Stool in its selection of pieces by Australian design in the November issue.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Rather than paint the front we're wallpapering... wood types horizontally, furniture types vertically. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Some Lovely Shelves

Anna and Tookie have been slowly renovating their adorable cottage on Throsby Creek. In the spare room (no fancy designspeak room-usage euphemisms here, thank you) they wanted a storage solutions for all their books, hats, pottery, guitars, and well the list went on and on. The result is some beautiful open shelving with a window seat that doubles as a guitar cupboard. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pinkerton in McGrath Mag

An article on Stu in McGrath's weekly mag. Thanks to Editor Edwina Keighery for her interested in what we're doing. Click on the image below and it will open in a new window, hopefully at a size you can read!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Denise Gold's Benchtops

Lauren O'Brien is the very talented lady who has taken a lot of our project imagery over the years. She's also a very talented cabaret performer who attracts all sorts of attention with her alter-ego Denise Gold. Lauren bought a new house a while back and we finally got around to doing the benchtop in her kitchen.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Exchange Hotel

The Exchange has been undergoing some recent renovations and we've done some looooooong shelving above the service area for plates and bottles to live. Metal work by Imagiron. Best part about this job, apart from the lovely owners Stew and Kath, was getting a free Italian meal at the end of it!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

London Hotel

The London Hotel, part of Ben May's hospitality group, did a major renovation a few years ago to create a great, intimate pub in the heart of Paddington's chic William Street fashion precinct. 

The timber of the original bar and restaurant tables was still in good nick but needed some reviving to see them through a few more years, via biscuiting the timber planks together. Many off the shelf tables just use glue without any further strengthening, eventually leaving pub and cafe owners with dodgy tables. So they chuck otherwise perfectly good timber and metal table bases out and replace them with more off the shelf short life-span tables and go through the whole process again a few years down the track. Costly and not at all environmentally conscious.

For a percentage of that cost we biscuit the planks, sand back and respray. So part of the London job was resuscitating the restaurant tables, and the other part was designing some simple low height drinks tables for the upper storey events rooms. Manager Andrew Stanway was looking for a very simple, design which could nonetheless withstand the rigours of an excited London Hotel crowd. With hidden support the tables keep the clean look Andrew was after, but provide the necessary strength should the atmosphere reach table-dancing levels. Images courtesy The London Hotel.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Spot Cafe Work Station

The Spot Cafe has been undertaking a gradual renovation and we recently completed this custom designed work station for them. We've used a natural finish we've been testing for the last few months to withstand the kind of punishment expected in a busy hospitality environment and it's wearing really well. This means we can avoid using toxic two pack laquers which were formerly de riguer for such projects.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

ARM Tour

Stu has spent the last week in the Northern Territory for an ARM Tour (Athletes as Role Models), an initiative run by NASCA. You can read more about the program here.

Stu was in a group with basketballer Kellie Abrahams, sports teacher Mark Heiss, rugby league player Gavin Lester, swimmer Libby Trickett and NASCA's Georgina Nash, who all went to Ntaria, which is community about 3 hours west of Alice Springs. The week involves the ARM Tourers helping the local school to deliver their education, health and sporting programs. From driving the school bus in the morning to helping as a teacher's aid during class time, the athletes then spend the afternoon doing sport with the kids. The main aim of the Tour is to encourage Aboriginal youth in remote communities to stay in school, lead healthy lifestyles, and make positive choices in life.

Stu and Gavin also used their building skills and got some of the older kids to make some picnic tables for the school. 

The team also got to check out the local country side one afternoon. 

Spin to Win

Sometimes things are a bit slow and then an old mate who remembers that once upon a million years ago you made a chocolate wheel calls and says "my boss is having real problems sourcing some spin to win wheels for a tupperware company and they need 33 of them in 2 weeks - do you reckon you can do it?"

That's probably all you need to know. Big thanks to Katie Todd, graphic designer extraordinaire who took another Pinkerton SOS call to create the giant sticker and perfectly understood our "drag queen tupperware colours for the sticker" garbled brief. Also to Creative Impact for printing them at short notice. 

The Pinkertonnettes had fun being quality control officers on the project.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Kim's Coffee Table

Latest project - 1950s Danish inspired coffee table for local ceramicist, Kim Long of Clay Australia

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Exchange Hotel Awning

One of the more usual jobs done lately has been the awning over one of the main entrances to the Exchange Hotel in Hamilton Owner Kath was inspired by the wrought iron entrances to the Paris Metro, with their scalloped awnings. Pinkerton worked with Imagiron on the project. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wetlands Crocodile Enclosure

Our number 1 employee, Andy Bradley, is a volunteer wildlife rescuer and through his contacts we landed the interesting job of building a enclosure to be home to a variety of wildlife at the Hunter Wetlands - turtles, snakes and a baby crocodile. 

Definitely one of the more unusual projects...