A recent project by Melbourne design studio Foolscap reveals some of the many complexions of Australian native hardwoods. Men's clothing retailer
Vanishing Elephant has opened in a new store in the Queen Victoria Building retail centre on a floor of scuffed reclaimed hardwood floorboards. The Tasmanian Oak boards bearing the stamp of Tasmania's Russell Sawmill hail from an old rail shed in the Flinders Street precinct
- having endured about seventy years of toil with breath left in them still
- but little of their original planed refinement. The installation may have left a few traders in Melbourne's Retail Temple aghast
- but the coarse nap and agricultural appearance of the boards is impressive, and infuses the overall design with a sense of adventure and exoticism.
For those with a sense of adventure or a project requiring a rustic look, you can find inspiration and value on our
Bargain Packs page online. Foolscap designers Sian Pascale and Adele Winteridge found their Rail Shed floor on this page. Currently there is a
Beech Myrtle and some recycled Blackwood - as well as a list of
Tasmanian Oak joblots and remainders.
Recycled Spotted Gum Flooring
Spotted Gum has been both popular and in short supply for many months
- and I'm not sure we need to advertise this limited availability timber in order for it to sell quickly. But I
can't help sharing the news. This is such deeply-bronzed and
richly-toned flooring when compared to any of the new forest timbers we keep in the same species. Designers Sian and Adele found it irresistible for the joinery and counters in
the Vanishing Elephant store fit out. End-matched and
Secret-nail profile boards at a very reasonable price.
Legstock or posts in a furniture grade timber with lots of wavy grain and a variant lustre.