I’m working on a project at the moment where I am styling a space that will also be used as a video set. The brief is wooden and industrial so instantly it made me think of one of my favourite brands, MARK TUCKEY. And after staring at their website for a few days straight now, I am even more of a fan! We sat down with him and chatted all things furniture, starting out and being wholehearted.
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Mark Tuckey, owner of Australian furniture brand MARK TUCKEY. We design and manufacture furniture for retail and commercial projects.
When did you start doing your business and what made you follow your dream?
I started my business 25 years ago because of a passion to design and make environmentally friendly and sustainable solid timber furniture. My passion was and is always to be involved in a creative process. I wanted to do something that allowed me to use my head, my heart and my hands
What do you love most about what you do and why?
The thing I love most is being involved in the whole creative process. From the idea right through to seeing a happy customer. I like to design and create furniture that has simplicity and strength, pieces that will last. Making solid timber furniture locally from recycled and sustainable timber sources, continues to inspire me because we can take advantage of the natural features of timber including grain and colouring. Each type of timber has it’s own distinct features allowing each piece of furniture to be varied and unique. I also love the challenge of running a business. I am constantly learning. Manufacturing in Australia is rare, however I am passionate about the integrity of our product and maintaining a low foot print.
What is a typical day for you? Run us through morning, middle and afternoons of your day!
It varies a lot. My normal day involves walking the dog, swimming, or surfing or paddle boarding in the morning, sneaking in some emails while feeling fresh, helping get the girls ready for school. More emails and phone calls, admin work at my desk, maybe a small amount of time doing hard labour in the garden, more emails and phone calls, going to our shop, having a daily coffee that sometimes doubles as a social chat somewhere, more emails and phone calls. There are a lot of things to do always from design and marketing to leases and talking to our fantastic co-workers. The list is long and varied. I am very hands on really, even when not physically at work, I like it that way, it’s my baby.
What has been your proudest career achievement to date?
Still being in business after 25 years! It has not always been easy, but even in the hardest of times the learning curves have been beneficial.
What does being wholehearted mean to you?
Honesty, sincerity and integrity. Being wholeheartedly engaged in creating things I would have in my own home. Knowing the furniture we make is good enough quality to become heirlooms or antiques of the future.