Mark Tuckey on sustainable design

Photo by Mikkel Vang
Sooo, it's been a while between design drinks but I've got a doozie for you now... a look inside the gorgeous Sydney beach home of furniture designer Mark Tuckey and his stylist wife Louella (the front yard is the beach). Tuckey shows that recycled, sustainable furniture need not scream its eco-friendly status, it doesn't have to look 'recycled'. Tuckey's pieces are all made in Melbourne using predominantly Australian wood, either recycled or from certified sustainably-managed forests. What I love is that each piece stands bold, sleek, modern and elegant, holding the green flag in silent activism - "Hello, I'm a tree-hugger, actually".

Photo via Mark Tuckey

What's your design and decorating philosophy?
Mark says - We design what we like to live with ourselves. Often it’s about the materials at hand. When using timber its only solid, recycled or sustainable forestry timber. We decorate with things that we find in our day-to-day life, things that are part of our journey through life. It’s eclectic and a lot of our art (most) is from artist friends.
Louella says - We would love to be a little more minimal at home but we have too many bits and bobs that we love. In a perfect world we would love to have more space to play with, but with a beach out the front who can complain?

Photo by Mikkel Vang

What does sustainable design/decorating mean to you? Why is it so important?
It means using “real” materials, recycled and environmentally friendly. It’s important to help spread the environmentally-friendly message through design, as we believe that people take more notice of what they see than what they hear.

Photo by Mikkel Vang

Photo by Mikkel Vang

What inspires you?
Our children. Having a life where we can create things we feel very proud of. Nature, and a good red.

What do you love about working with wood?
It’s organic, slightly unpredictable, versatile and good to look at. It develops beautiful patina with age.


Photo via Mark Tuckey

What are you passionate about?
Outdoor life, our kids, our business, our friends, our pets (8 of them), being self employed, making a small environmental statement through our work.

If you were a piece of timber, what would you hope you’d be transformed into?
Mark - A Totem pole.
Louella - A piece of driftwood, as long as somebody found me on the beach.

Photo via Mark Tuckey

Photo via Mark Tuckey

Photo via Mark Tuckey





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