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Bespoke furniture for a more sustainable future

  • October 17, 2022

Al and Imogen Roberts of Al + Imo are a husband and wife duo based at Freshwater Creek leading the charge in sustainable furniture design, building their dream life one handmade piece of furniture at a time.

Alongside making bespoke furniture and raising their 16-month-old daughter, the couple host a podcast discussing the behind the scenes of their business, run an online course for bespoke furniture makers and are mid-way through building their dream coastal home.

Photos: SOCIAL FIELDS
Photos: SOCIAL FIELDS

 

Al + Imo furniture is practical, functional, timeless and aesthetic.

“We’re both creative and practical people with a very do it yourself attitude towards life, which is how we accidentally fell into furniture making,” Imo said.

“Al and I were in our early 20s when we built our first bed because we couldn’t afford anything that we loved online.

“Al was a carpenter and I was working in digital marketing for a fashion brand.

“We built the bed in our share-house carport one afternoon, and I remember watching Al build it just thinking ‘there’s something here, we could potentially design things together that are built to last a really long time and not just thrown away.

“So we finished our bed then we started building beds for friends and family.”

Photo: IMOGEN ROBERTS

Imo said around the same time she was realising her values didn’t align with the fast-fashion industry and neither her nor Al wanted to stay in the hustle of the busy city.

So, the creative couple took a leap of faith and moved to the coast to start a small business crafting bespoke furniture.

Their style, Imo said, is minimalist, modern Australian.

Each piece is made to be practical and stylish, using only sustainable, Australian hardwood.

“We like to highlight the beauty of the

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