Furniture Designer and Maker Tim Scarce was inspired to make furniture when, as a 10 year old, he accompanied his mum to a furniture restoration class instructed by Australian Master Craftsman, Geoff Hannah.
After leaving school Tim went into a career as an aircraft engineer, while making furniture and surfboards on the side for family and friends. For the next 12 years in his trade, Tim learnt many skills which he applies to his craft today.
In 2009 Tim decided to take the chance on following his dream; he left the world of aircraft behind to form Green Cathedral Bespoke Furniture from the shed in his back yard. For the next 4 years he worked exclusively for Interior Design Houses such as Magnolia Interiors, A.P. Design House and Ottily & Lewis, making custom one off pieces covering mostly French Provincial, Shabby Chic and Hamptons styling.
In 2011, Tim was joined in the business full time by Sally. After seeing Tim’s sketchbooks and designs Sally realised that Tim’s own style was very different to that of the designers he was working for.
Sally took a $2000 loan and ‘bought’ Tim’s time for 2 weeks with the directive: “Make me something that I can sell”. The very next day Tim had made the Babanees stool and the following day Sally had it selling from a local store in Hastings St, Noosa and within the next 6 months began wholesaling to 14 stores across 5 States.
On 5th August 2013, the Noosa Design Gallery was opened 2 years later after realising that the majority go their visitors were Melbourne based, the decision was made to relocate to Melbourne. In March 2016 (after 3 weeks of camping in the Gallery with their 3 kids to complete the renovations), the Green Cathedral Northcote Design Gallery opened.
The Design Gallery is a curated space, showcasing Green Cathedral furniture in collaboration with a range of other Australian creative homewares brands. Every 8-10 weeks the Gallery is re-styled with new products and artwork.
100% of Green Cathedral Furniture is still manufactured in the Green Cathedral Workshop in Noosa, however it is a bit bigger than the backyard shed where it all began!
To see more of Green Cathedral's Furniture follow this link. greencathedral.com.au