Exploring Pantone Colour of the Year 2019: Living Coral

Exploring Pantone Colour of the Year 2019: Living Coral

“I hate orange.”, there, I said it! I’m not overly fond of red either. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love colours but there is something inside of me that evokes anger when I see these colours en masse – I must have had a bad experience in my previous life. 

However, there is something about the middle ground of all three colours that captures my attention. Needless to say that when the folk at Pantone  released their colour forecast for 2019, you could say I was peachy keen to see more! 

Who is Pantone you ask? Pantone is a unique colour system that is used in design industries. Each year they analyse global trends across lifestyle, technologies, socio-economic conditions, among other matters, then they to deliberate on the colours we are going to see more of in the year ahead and ways you can apply it with complimentary colour palettes.

An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge.

— Pantone

With an epicurean headline like that, what is not to love?! You’ll see Living Coral coming through in 2019 with graphic design, fashion, home and interiors. Can’t wait? I’ve had fun scouting around to discover how you can get it right now…

living coral in your HOME

Painted light fittings and chairs to accent a navy blue kitchen. Laminex melamine in Persimmon accompanied with Red Cedar timber. Dulux paint in Retro Disco. Coral and brass kitchen – a warming winning combination. 

living coral in your kitchen

Summery peach cocktails. Fresh flowers courtesy of Brær. Fresh fruit.

travel to living coral

Hawa Mahal – “Palace of Winds” Jaipur, India. Pink Lake Hillier, Western Australia. The vibrant colours of homes in Notting Hill, London. Chasing sunsets. 

All images can be found and are credited via our Pinterest board.

Review: Rubio Monocoat Eco-Friendly Furniture Oils

Review: Rubio Monocoat Eco-Friendly Furniture Oils

Thank you for purchasing our timber products and we hope you enjoy your piece of fine furniture for years to come. To ensure your pieces always look their best we’ve summarised the benefits and care information for our new favourite furniture oil, Oil Plus 2C by Rubio Monocoat (RMC). 

Laurent is loving RMC as it is:

  • Easy to apply with just one coat;
  • Technology-rich and eco-friendly;
  • Water-resistant – ideal for kitchens and bathrooms;
  • Hard-wearing – you can use it on floor boards;
  • Gives brilliant results; and
  • Suitable for most of our solid wood, veneer and MDF products. Has a choice of 40 colours, 14 pre-colours which can be layered up, plus they have annual releases of trending colour palettes

It is a two-part product which combines a linseed-based oil and accelerator together at time of application for quick fast-curing results. Previously we used a varnish that would have to dry in two layers overnight with a light sanding in between. RMC, of course, is a much faster option to get your project completed.

Playing with pre-colours
Oil Plus 2C by Rubio Monocoat
"Pure" applied to Oak Timber

We have most likely used the colour “Pure” which is un-tinted to allow the natural colours of your furniture to speak for itself.

Please take the time to read our maintenance tips below

Upon arrival or installation, please check with Laurent when the Rubio Monocoat was applied. You will need to adhere to the following times which come into effect from the time RMC is applied in our workshop:

  • The curing (drying/hardening) process is 80% dry in two days.
  • You will be safe to start leaving items on your furniture and benchtops safely on the third day.
  • Days 1-5 do not get wet. Pat dry any wet spots immediately.
  • After five days, the surface can be cleaned with water and RMC Soap.

Ongoing maintenance of Rubio Monocoat 

It is recommend that RMC is maintained with their own cleaning products. A worthy recommendation because they: 

  • Are developed to work with their own products;
  • Are pH neutral – remember this is an oil-based product so can’t use heavy cleaning products that strip out the oils; 
  • Are concentrated so you’ll get a lot of doses out of them; 
  • Continue to be an eco-friendly product; and
  • May avoid any warranty issues down the line.

Cleaning and maintenance products

  • Soap — concentrate to dilute in a bucket of water, ideal for floors
  • Surface Care — convenient spray bottle, ideal for smaller surfaces
  • Stain Removers
    • Limespot — lime stains and other alkaline stains, e.g. urine, fertilisers, rust, radiator water, etc. Also: white rings
    • Grease — olive oil, frying oil, crisps, oil, etc. Also: heel marks and floor polish on floors
    • Tannin — black/tannin stains e.g. rings/stains from cans, flower pots, tea/coffee, etc.
  • Refresh Eco — restores services
  • Universal Maintenance Oil  — a neutral-coloured oil ideal for top ups

More can be read about these products here.

Top tips

  • Clean maximum once a week with RMC Soap or RMC Surface Care. Cleaning too often or with too
    much RMC Soap or RMC Surface Care may leave a thin layer on the surface, which dirt and dust may
    adhere to.
  • Do not leave any water on the surface, a damp-clean is sufficient. Do not leave things on counter until it is completely dry.
  • The best working method is with two buckets: one with the soap mixture and one with clean water to
    rinse the dirt out of the mop or sponge — “wax on, wax off” said Mr Miyagi to Daniel-san.
  • If stains have penetrated wood too deeply, the spot can be cleaned, sanded, vacuumed, then re-oiled with Oil Plus in your original matching colour (without the hardener part)
  • After a treatment with RMC Stain Removers, you may need to apply some oil in the original colour on the spot.

For your convenience, please download a copy of Rubio Monocoat’s Interior Maintenance Guide

Additional product information

We discovered Rubio Monocoat through recommendation with Deb at Painted Earth, Byron Bay. If you would like to pick up your own products, please drop by the shop or call on +612 6685 7522.

The article has been written based entirely on our own opinions. Where applicable, additional technical information has been gathered from Rubio Monocoat’s website.

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Thomas’ Design, Un Ring at Ingenuity Sculpture Festival

Thomas’ Design, Un Ring at Ingenuity Sculpture Festival

We are delighted to announce Thomas was awarded his first artist site for Mullum Sculpture Festival with his own design, entitled: Un Ring.

Thomas reputation for precision and finesse in his designs through to manufacturing processes set him apart. These fine skills were honed and ingrained during his training for his master craftsmen diplomas at Les Compagnons du Devoir, France.

The inaugural event ran concurrently with Mullum Music Festival and was an outstanding event in itself.

Thomas’ artist statement

The concept for this work came through researching circles. Circles appear in the earliest symbols and signs of our ancestors. Lots of cultures use circles to mean different things, but always it comes back to connection, unity. A Circle can also symbolise a doorway, or window, a view into another side of reality. In rituals, it often symbolises a rite of passage, and the circle holds great mystical significance.

I invite viewers to make their own interpretation about Un Ring’s meaning. They may even wish to create their own ritual when passing through Un Ring.

Winner of the $5,000 Acquisitional Prize: Jason Morning with “Germination” inspired by the local Davidson Plum
Winner of the People’s Choice Award: “Wish you were here” by John Walters

Tell us, did you go to either Mullum Music or Sculpture Festival and what was your favourite things about the entire weekend? 

Woodfest 2018

Woodfest 2018

Woodfest, Federal Village – 15 April 2018

A nice change of scenery for us was attending the inaugural Woodfest held in picturesque village of Federal, just 20 minutes up the road from our workshop. Local native timbers of Silver Quandong, Silky Oak and Queensland Maple were the three main feature timbers celebrated at the festival. The festival’s agenda included: a showcase and design competition; discussion panels; demonstrations; and concluded with a local farm tour and milling demonstration.

(L to R): Silver Quandong, Queensland Maple and Silky Oak

We were invited to attend by organisers, Quality Timber Traders, to showcase some of Laurent’s furniture pieces at the festival. The showcase had to include one or more of the featured timbers in furniture or a unique design concept.


It was a fantastic day connecting with like-minded timber lovers who grow, admire, learn, teach and create pieces of fine timber furniture from local and sustainable sources.

With over 500 people attending the event (including press from Northern Star,The Echo and NBN News) we are sure next year’s event will become bigger and better.


A bustling crowd early in the day

Did you miss Woodfest?

Now celebrating it’s 10th anniversary, Maleny Wood Expo is a similar celebration of local timber for the Sunshine Coast area. In fact, it is now so large you can now attend for one to three days where you have a choice of fun wood-based workshops like boomerang making or wood carving.

It is held in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, from Saturday 5 to Monday 7 May 2018 (Qld long weekend). More info can be found here.

We’ll see you there in the crowd!

Product Warranties and Maintenance

Product Warranties and Maintenance

Following installation of our work, we highly recommend reading your relevant product information and submitting filled-in warranty cards to the manufacturer to ensure you warranty is appropriately covered.


Please click through the below links to get an understanding of maintenance and warranties for products that we commonly use.


If you are experiencing problems with your product that was purchased from us, and believe it is covered under warranty, please contact us in the first instance, however please note we may need to redirect your issue on to the supplier, as per their warranty instructions.

Laminate type boards and surfaces





Lincoln Sentry products

Titus Tekform

Furnware Dorset – all our Products now carry a lifetime warranty.





Quantum Quartz – Warranty and Care


Postformed laminate – see laminate suppliers’ above

Dulux Powder Coating


  1. Details current as at February 2018.
  2. If you do not see your products listed here or believe the brochure may be out of date, please contact us for more information.