Industrial Framing and Furniture from Mulbury – I’m there!
Perhaps it’s stating the obvious to admit that I’m a bit in love with rustic and industrial furniture. But to know that it’s crafted by a local family who’ve spent the past 20 years building it from its humble beginnings in a backyard shed into something spectacular, is altogether more warm and fuzzy! This is the story of Mulbury; an Aussie homewares and furniture business that not only makes breathtaking pieces, but does it with heart. I sat down with manager Ryan Melder to find out more about this rustic treasure trove.
The Mulbury website seems like an amazing celebration of vintage and industrial pieces. What about them appeals to you?
To me personally, I’m all about filling my space with objects and imagery with a sense of nostalgia. I’m also a sucker for anything under the industrial banner; there’s no strive for aesthetic perfection here, which I think a lot of other styles seem to get caught up in. I’ve always been a believer in perfection being in the eye of the beholder and I guess that’s why anything rustic speaks to me.
Your products seem to be divided into framing, furniture, gifts, lighting and vintage. Which component is your fave to work with?
Framing is such an amazing field to be involved in; every job is different and we’re lucky enough to have the chance to see so many great works of art, images, heirlooms, memorabilia and work with some really creative people. It’s a great feeling knowing you’re helping preserve a treasured piece for someone that will take pride of place in their home for years to come. I’ll never get sick of custom framing, it’s a trendless and timeless art and can be reused again and again.
I admire your ethos of saving pieces from landfill and making something of them. What about this up-cyling method appeals to you?
Thanks! I guess exposing the beauty of something that’s considered useless is a very appealing aspect of the craft. While there is a bit of effort cutting and assembling the timber into a frame, it’s the natural beauty and uniqueness of each frame that is really the highlight. The timber has grown up into a tree, been cut down, used for a practical purpose, pulled down again, sent to us where we turn the material into something not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical. No matter how many times I think about this it always seems unbelievable; that’s always been my definition of a perfect product.
You also offer an even hire service. Tell me more.
We’ve had so many people come into our store and marvel at our giant tea propellors, boat oars, solid granite baths, temple doors etc but not everyone has the space for these pieces. We thought it would be great to be able to give our customers the opportunity to be able to make use of these and turn their events into something extraordinary and let their imagination go crazy. So far, we’ve had photographers, interior designers and directors use objects for shoots & movies and some wedding and event planners jazzing up their themed engagements.
Does your home style reflect the style on the website?
I love my bright colours and retro designs, so my house has a nice mix of ‘50s and ‘60s furniture and appliances, Mulbury framed prints coupled with industrial cabinets and shelving. If I had a house big enough to fit the ancient Sri Lankan pharmacy counter, believe me, I would take it!
What’s on the horizon for the business and what are some of your hopes for it for the future?
Heaps of amazing plans set for spring and summer at Mulbury. I can’t give too much away at this stage but we’ll definitely be celebrating all that both seasons have to offer. There’ll soon be more reasons to stop by and visit Mulbury – and don’t worry if you’re not in Melbourne, because you may just see us out and about, so keep your eyes peeled!
But with all the new plans we have for the future, we’ll never stray away from sticking to our roots and making sure all the people who have supported us for so long will still get the quality and service they expect from Mulbury. That’s really important to us and will always be at the top of our ‘to do’ list.
Lastly, how do you live The Life Creative?
I try my best to support other people doing great things in the creative community. We now feature a business or an individual in our weekly mail outs that we think are doing something amazing in life and we’re always happy to offer great framing deals to photographers and artists gearing up for their exhibitions. The more our local creative scene is thriving, the better off and more inspired we’ll all be in the long run.