We had the pleasure of talking to Charlie O’Donovan from Senkki Design recently about his business and the beautiful furniture he’s making out of his Adelaide workshop.
Charlie and his partner in life and business, Monique, run the business together with an employee and contractors. All of their pieces are their own original designs, and they make them onsite, which gives customers the option to customize.
The business started back in 2007, early in the whole Scandi thing. The name chosen for the business, Senkki, means sideboard in Finnish. The initial business plan was to be furniture restorers, giving mid-century pieces new life. The business and the product was very much a case of right place, right time and the demand for the products they were restoring, outstripped Charlie and Monique’s ability to find pieces to restore. The solution, was to become a maker.
Now for many of us, that would be a massive leap of faith, but with Charlie being a boatmaker by trade, he had all the skills needed to build cabinetry and other furniture pieces.
The fledgling business was off to a flying start, and then they secured a contract to supply Matt Blatt with mid-century style sideboards. They set up a production line, and hired a team. But like many, they were knocked around by replica and knock off products. Replicas imported from offshore soon replaced their products. But along the way, Senkki had picked up lots of press and they knew there was a demand for the pieces they were designing and building.
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