A fourth generation carpenter and a plastic surgery nurse (with a knack for finding secondhand gems), Nik Kulas and Olivia Prescott are the masterminds behind new kid on the block, The Savage & Scott.
Offering bespoke industrial furniture made from items salvaged and found; there might be one piece made or there might be 10, but there will never be a million! “The Savage & Scott furniture is limited and custom-made, each piece coming with a personalised name tag and number,” explains Nik. “We see something in what is aged and we see value in what is discarded.”
Having always valued well-made, one-off-pieces, looking back it seems only natural that Nik became a designer. “A while back my mum had bought a mass-produced bookcase which I put together for her again and again as it fell apart. It sat awkwardly in a gap that it didn’t quite fill. So I decided to custom make a bookcase to fit the space.”
Loved by himself and his mum, Nik, who spent the day working for Boeing building aircrafts, started to spend his nights crafting furniture. After a year of juggling both, he was ready to turn his labour of love into a business. And inspired by Olivia’s eye for design and their regular trips to secondhand markets, The Savage & Scott was born.
[contextly_sidebar id=”FCgWACkecZj6WXCnVJg3dHaw1gvDzabU”]Using steel and reclaimed timber to create unique, modern furniture with old-world class, the construction process varies but the aim of making quality products remains. “The design process can be on the fly on the workshop floor if I’m trying to get something out of my mind and into the world,” says Nik.” But then engaging with clients we like to sit down and get as much information as we can about them, their home and what they are trying to achieve and then we hit the drawing board.”
Hoping to expand from their Melbourne workshop to an accompanying showroom and online store, no amount of growth will have them deviate from their goal: of producing one-of-a-kind pieces that each have a story to tell. “All our materials have a story. From a door used to being slammed shut to a machine that lived in a factory collecting dust, the beauty of each product is in its history and its future.”