Thursday, November 14, 2013

Recycled Hardwood Shelving

A small but lovely project for a residential client who was after some interesting storage solutions for two tricky parts of her beautiful home in Cooks Hill. The first set of shelves gives life to a dead zone under the stairs, and shows off the owner's collection of art books and artifacts from her travels in Asia, while the second set is tucked in as a return at the end of the kitchen cupboards and is reserved for cook books and wine. Bottles are displayed either by stacking or cantilevered via neck holes in a back panel. Both shelves use recycled Australian hardwoods in reddish tones and are finished with a natural hard wax. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Scots Indigenous Education Fundraiser Donation

This weekend the Scots College will be holding its biannual Indigenous Education Fundraiser in Sydney. We've donated a Mitre table for the auction and are delighted to be able to support this worthwhile cause. For more about the program click here

Thursday, October 10, 2013

GG Espresso AIS

The Australian Institute of Sport has a new cafe on its premises in Canberra - a GG Espresso! The day we visited it was proving very popular with staff and visitors alike. Following a design by architect Madeleine Scarfe, Pinkerton provided the tables, service counter, wine wall and two large standing bars. A key detail was the horizontal timber battens made from blackwood and mitred at the edges. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Pinkerton in Home

A nice piece on Stu and the business in the Telegraph's Home Magazine last weekend.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bespoke Joinery

Kitchens aren't really our thing - but every now and then a client comes calling who wants to do something special - and can't find anyone who understands what they are trying to achieve. Made from Eco-Core® White Birch Multiply, the fine details of his project include exposed ply edges and a black shadowline throughout. Eco-Core® products use plantation timber and phenolic glue which has a reduced formaldehyde emission rate.

Our brief also involved custom shelving made from tallowood and aged, blackened steel which is part firewood display, part bar. Upstairs the birch ply continues in the built in wardrobe and chests of drawers. 


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Local Bar

This wine bar opened early August and is the second venture from a consortium of owners that includes Sam Neil, David Wenham, George Gregan and Phil Waugh. Following on from the success of the first Local Bar in Neutral Bar, launched back in 2011, this one is located in the forecourt of Grollo's recently completed office tower at Sydney’s 161 Castlereagh Street. 

Unsurprisingly the design, by Rob Harper of RDO, called for an extensive wine wall to hold over 130 different varities of wine. Extending to the ceiling, the black lam and hoop pine ply unit also features a 'library' style ladder to help staff navigate the 8 metres of wine wall.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pinkerton in Paper Sea Quarterly

There's an article about Stu in the latest issue of Paper Sea Quarterly - a newish Australian surf publication with great writing and photography. Andy Summons (editor) and Tom Batrouney (photo editor) visited Pinkerton back in May to talk surf, timber and travel. Great guys. Their commitment to quality writing, graphics and paper stock is first class. Check it out

Monday, August 12, 2013

Design + Workshops and Talks at Pinkerton on September 7

We have a bunch of things happening in our warehouse as part of Newcastle's inaugural Design +

This event showcases the best in local design with over 30 businesses having a massive open day on September 7 from 10am-4pm. Everything is free but you do have to register if you want to participate. We recommend pre-registration at rather than having to queue on the day.


10am - Tools materials and skills for succesful upholstery projects with Anna Dunbar
11am - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint workshops with Sam from Apple Cart Vintage
12pm - Wannabe Architects: Model Making 101 with Steel Olney from CKDS and Daniel Bush from SDA
1:30pm - Screen printing workshop with Micky Pinkerton
2:30pm - Open Classroom with the current class of Pinkerton wood school students


11:30am -  What's under the bonnet of Your chair? Getting beneath the surface of Upholstery with Anna Dunbar
12pm -  Small Space: quality not quantity. A look at an award-winning residential project in Cooks Hill with James Clarence from Space Design Architecture
12:30 - Plus Pods: the story of the student design comp for the food pods at Design + with Jodie Duddington 
1pm - Open Space: architectural interventions with Stu Campbell of CKDS
1:30pm - Hero furniture for the material girl: styling solutions to let your furniture create the story with Joni-Amelia Trevaskis from DWP Suters
2pm - Inner Space: a look at some of Derive’s recent interiors projects in Newcastle with Jason Elsley
2:30pm - Renew Newcastle with Marni Jackson
3pm - Outer Space: Site planning strategies of 5 or 6 projects focusing on the different courtyards/outdoor areas created with Shane Blue of Bourne Blue Architecture

4pm - Monkerai Table 
Join us for a glass of wine as we launch our latest table design, the Monkerai.

25% off Dutch Design Stools and Micky & Stevie lamps on the day. 

1. Australian Sustainable Timbers 
James Felton Taylor and Annabel Kater will be on hand to show you some of their sustainably forested timber from the Hunter Valley 

2. Ben Cheverton Stone
Ben will be constructing a recycled stone wall in the warehouse

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ord Minnet Sideboard

Following on from the boardroom table that we did for them back in 2008 (remember those carefree days before the GFC!), Pinkerton was asked to create a complimentary sideboard for Ord Minnet in its new digs at King Street. 

The unit houses a fridge and all the associated paraphernalia one might expect with a boardroom celebration for one of a national stockbroking firm  - glasses, wine etc. The table is holding up pretty well too.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

1 Bligh Street Lecterns

We were super excited recently to get a call from Architectus ordering two of our curved lecterns for 1 Bligh Street. This project has been in the news over the last 18 months or so as Australia's first 6 Star Green Star office building. A double skin facade and a 120m high atrium create excellent indoor environment quality allowing natural light to penetrate throughout the building. And then there's the solar panels, rain water recycling, black water recycling and chilled beam air con run on gas and solar energy. The elliptical shape of the building is also 12% more efficient in terms of floor space compared to a rectangular building.

The lecterns are destined for the new Commonwealth offices within the building which will include suites for the Prime Minister, Opposition leader, a number of Federal Ministers and other MPs who are moving from their old digs over in Phillip Street. Made from Tasmanian Oak Veneer which has been vacuum bagged around a circular jig, the lecterns certainly provide a contrast to the usual box-y versions on the market and bear a passing resemblance to their new home.  

Here's some more images of this amazing building...

And there's a great video which looks at the design and construction of it on YouTube

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dynamic Life Drawing with Anna Jaaniste

Coming soon to Pinkerton....

Anna Jaaniste will be running a couple of Dynamic Life Drawing classes on Saturday afternoons in June in the Pinkerton workshop. We are delighted to have Anna using our space - her lovely personality will no doubt make these classes great fun. Details below.

Saturday 1 June, 4 - 6.30pm
Saturday 22 June, 4 - 6.30pm
Cost: $40 for one workshop / $70 for the two
Bookings/enquiries: or 0431 977 358

Suitable for beginners or experienced.

These classes focus on the physical and sensual processes of perception and imagination through responsive mark-making. With live models for inspiration, students will work through a series of explorative and experimental drawing exercises. Be prepared to learn new approaches, let go of expectations, tune in to your sensitivity and enjoy the process, in a supportive and energising environment.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jamie's Italian Perth

Jamie's Italian has opened in Perth! This is the second Jamie's that Pinkerton has worked on, following on from Sydney in 2011. For the Perth restaurant we provided various custom items including communal tables, round tables, lean shelves, partitions, display shelving, blackboards, flour bins and bread boxes.

Designed by Swedish-born, London-based interior designer Martin Brudnizki, with documentation by local architecture firm PVH, the scheme uses ample recycled timber and burnished metal work to create a rustic-industrial look. We once again sourced our timber from the guys at Round 2 and steelwork from Andrew Earp of Imagiron. 

Brudnizki has worked with Oliver since 2007 to create over twenty Jamie’s Italian restaurants internationally and all feature an open kitchen, anti-pasti bar and pasta making area. However each restaurant adapts the Jamie's Italian look in a slightly different way to create "an individual concept inspired by the building and geography of each site". Our favourite would have to be the Manchester private dining room, in an old bank's safety deposit box room.

But back to Perth. Another common feature of the Jamie's Italian look is using a local graffiti artist to create a memorable feature wall within the restaurant. For Perth it was local boy Kyle Hughes-Odgers and you can see one of those stop motion kind of films of him working on the mural (and a bit more of the restaurant itself) here

Jamie's Italian's Australian restaurants are run by Pacific Restaurant Group - we couldn't ask for a more professional and decent client - and the next one is due to open in Canberra later this year. Images reproduced courtesy PRG.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Textiles - Sketch & Jones and Timeless Textiles

Well the first event in our series of creative talks exceeded all expectations yesterday. We would have been happy with three people and a dog but about around 40 lovely souls turned up to listen to Anne Kempton and Diana Jones talk about how they came to be what they are doing in the wonderful world of textile art.

Anne's story of leaving a stable bureacratic career to fearlessly - but not recklessly - start up Timeless Textiles in 2011 was truly inspiring. Who would have known that in a short time she has put Islington on the international textiles map, securing highly-regarded artists from around the globe for their Australian exhibitions. Anne's passion and vision are amazing.

Meanwhile Diana Jones actually studied film at uni but when faced with the notion of having to move away from Newcastle to work, she decided to reinvent herself as a graphic designer - despite knowing nothing about it! 400-page tool catalogues and photo-bombing herself into scores of Yellow Pages ads later, she threw caution to the wind and started Sketch & Jones 5 years ago and hasn't looked back.

Both spoke candidly of the challenges of running a small business - of pricing for what something is worth in a commercial landscape where discounts are king, of trying to still find time for art around busy production schedules. Both brought examples of work and explained the techniques used to create them.

The session was filmed, we'll upload the video soon for those who couldn't make it. Here's some images in the meantime.

There was also an article about the talks in the Herald, you can read it here.