Splinter Workshop

A co-operative of designers producing fine handmade furniture in Sydney

Splinter Workshop is a unique collaborative workshop of designer/makers in Marrickville, Sydney. Founded in 1996, the group has established itself successfully as makers of contemporary furniture, objects and installations. Multi disciplinary projects are typical and makers often collaborate with artists, metalworkers, painters, glass workers and upholsterers to complete a design. Each member at Splinter works independently but enjoys the benefits of energetic interchange around concept design and construction discussion. Practical advantages extend to physical assistance, shared overheads and machinery.

The group’s reputation and profile as Designer/Makers of high quality contemporary furniture and objects has grown in many ways since 1996. We have a strong profile through participation in exhibitions, and media exposure such as articles in magazines, and interviews on television and radio. Participation in local, national and international exhibitions enables us to explore ideas and to prototype new designs.

Our client base is comprised of private individuals, architects and interior designers. The challenge of meeting each set of design needs requires an individual response. Splinter has generated an impressive body of work. Projects vary in scale and may be residential, commercial, corporate or cultural with each project delivering a specific design response.

Contact with future clients often occurs through these processes but we never underestimate the organic process of word of mouth from satisfied clients. Our community involvement is broad and includes communicating with arts organisations about the role of Designer/ Makers and the future of contemporary craft and design, teaching design at various tertiary institutions and taking in work experience students. External acknowledgement of our work includes grants from the National Association for the Visual Arts and the NSW Ministry for the Arts.

Our projects are designed with longevity in mind. An awareness that comes from working with finite natural materials means environmental responsibility underpins every project. High quality materials and manufacturing are fundamental characteristics of our work. We make it our business to know the source of the materials we use. Where possible we use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified timber, plantation timber or reclaimed timber.