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Grand Designs Australia 4.2

Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia Magazine issue 6.2 April 2017.

Our Kumo Lounge, De Vine side table and Ti Pi side table have been included in a feature on eco-friendly home furnishings.

The Leader - February 2017

The Leader – February 2017


Craftsman turns salvaged timber from Victorian landmarks into stunning furniture, writes Mark Bunker.

Every piece of furniture can be customised to the customers needs, says craftsman and director of YARD furniture Peter McManus.


With a 30-year passion for salvaging timbers, Mr McManus draws on his skills as a carpenter and extensive knowledge as a TAFE educator to create products that are as impressive aesthetically as they are practical.

“Being able to source large quantities of eucalypt from Victorian landmarks such as the National Gallery NGV,

Jam Factory in South Yarra, the former Fairfield paper mill and, more recently, the original Windsor Smith factory in Prahran, has allowed us to use timber that is beautiful and enriched with local history,” Mr McManus said.
Late last year, YARD helped in the demolition of the Windsor Smith building to salvage its floor joists.


“Through dressing the timber, we revealed beautiful features and grains underneath the initial layer,” Mr McManus said.

The salvaged timber was used to make furniture including dining tables, beds, shelves and benches. Mr McManus said the past two years of developing products had enabled him to stamp his signature of quality and integrity as a handmade seller.


“Though resources can be scarce, we continue to evolve by always looking for a sustainable edge and letting the timber do the talking,” he said.

The Leader, February 2017.

Preston Leader – June 2016

New life is breathed into salvaged timber treasures

A PRESTON furniture maker is causing a stir selling small pieces of Melbourne’s history.
Peter McManus has carved a niche for himself creating “statement pieces” with timber salvaged from Melbourne landmarks including the NGV, Jam Factory, Don Smallgoods factory and even AMCOR.
“Most of my timber comes from commercial demolition,” Mr McManus said.

“It’s the type of thing where I have contact with various demolition companies, and there are a few of us out there, so it’s a bit of a ‘stake your claim’ kind of thing.”
Mr McManus opened YARD Furniture last year after a career in the building industry and in teaching.
“I was doing this in the background, then I sort of brought it into the foreground four years ago, and

we’ve gone from stride to stride,” he said.
“It’s taken me a little while to build up to the position we’re in now, but I’ve got timber stocks and racks full of timbers that came from different locations.”
Mr McManus’ latest acquisition is a stack of brown stringybark timber, which will now find its way into Melbourne homes in the form of couches, tables and chairs.

As seen in Preston Leader, June 2016.