Grandfather's Axe was founded by me, Ed Klein in 2009. Two years prior to this, thinking about starting my own mid-century furniture business, I was working at an academic publishing house when I met with an academic at Monash University. He described the program that he was charged with as "Grandfather's Axe"; where the head and handle have both been changed half a dozen times yet the axe, passed down from generation to generation is still Grandfather's Axe.
I thought this concept could easily describe a restored piece of furniture; a leg, arm or upholstery might need to be replaced - yet it is still the same chair. It can even describe the place we live, the interior changes according to our tastes, yet it is still, inextricably, our home.
My concept for Grandfather's Axe has always been to make good vintage design accessible to everyone. I began buying in Denmark. Then, over the years, higher demand and increased competition have meant I've travelled further into the Scandinavia and the rest of Europe to find well priced pieces. It's something I love doing - there are often great stories to accompany the pieces.
Mid-Century furniture, of course is the ultimate in sustainable living. One of my great passions is to reduce the waste we produce. Restoring a 60 year old piece of design means that that piece can live for another 60 years. The embodied energy used to produce furniture is enormous. Spread that energy over the decades used and the sofa you sit on could be the most sustainable thing in your house.
As we enter our tenth year, we hope you come visit us again. If you're new to Grandfather's Axe then we look forward to introducing you to one of Australia's best loved vintage furniture sources.