As a pioneer of the Australian design for over 40 years, Tony Parker is a point of reference for the industry. Producing uniquely Australian furniture with unquestionable integrity since the mid ‘40s, Parker’s latest collaboration with Workshopped is a testament to his love and passion for the industry he has helped forge for over half a century.
Working in collaboration with Covemore Designs, Workshopped will re-introduce selected pieces from Tony Parker’s mid-century range, bringing his designs to new audiences. The mid-century range was enormously popular: beautiful, functional and expertly crafted. “It starts with our finish,” Parker would say of his designs, “our designs were for today and tomorrow.”
“It is fitting that Covemore Designs, whose craftsmen are ex-employees of mine and skilled in the making of fine furniture, are now partnering with Workshopped to re-introduce selected pieces from the early mid-century range,” says Parker of this new collaboration. “Workshopped are well known for promoting and supporting Australian design and manufacture,” he adds, “it is pleasing that these early designs of the 60’s are once more becoming popular with the discerning customer in Australia.”
From a humble pre-WWII background, Parker has followed his passion with love and commitment, and in the process has been part of forming a unique Australian industry that now cultivates creativity and imagination. And with the help of Workshopped, his furniture can inspire a new generation of designers.
“We’re incredibly excited to be working with Covemore Designs to bring the original mid-century pieces to life,” speaks Workshopped Director Raymond Scott. “The craftsmanship is outstanding and we think there’ll be considerable excitement in people being able to own original, high quality Australian designed and manufactured furniture.”
Just like Parker, Workshopped is passionate about local design and product – an apt company indeed to bring original avant-guard Australian style back to life.