Truly Sustainable Furniture – Australian Made Collection
Southwood was established in 2008 with the mission of retailing only the most ethically sound and sustainable products for the home.
From our original small store in Clifton Hill offering Australian made soft furnishings, to our large Fitzroy showroom showcasing our own furniture and homewares, we have grown considerably developing what we believe to be a beautifully designed truly sustainable furniture range.
The concept of sustainability is often misrepresented. There are many companies claiming that their furniture is eco-friendly and sustainably produced whilst still using ‘eco’ petrochemical foam for their upholstery, blended materials for their ‘natural’ coverings and polyurethane finishes on their timber. All are petrochemical products, all are plastic and all take extremely long periods to degrade at the end of the product’s life. Even so-called biodegradable plastic takes many years to fully break down.
Here at Southwood, we keep our Australian made range natural in the true sense of the word. Our upholstery is made with natural latex wrapped in 100% wool, instead of the ubiquitous petrochemical foams and Dacron wrap of contemporary manufacture. We have gone back to the traditional methods of the mid 20th century before plastics took over in the 60s and 70s. Our fabric ranges include Australian and New Zealand wools, cotton, linen, hemp, and nettle. Our Australian Made Collection is made in Melbourne using only Australian timbers. Australia has some excellent hardwoods which are ideal for furniture making and with local milling transport miles are kept to a minimum. Once a piece is created, why cover it up with dyes and more plastic? We bring out the natural beauty of timber by avoiding any use of stains choosing instead to finish with sustainable hard wax oil.
It’s what we do as a sign of respect for the world around us.