Grandfather's Axe was founded by 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 he was charged with as a 'Grandfather's Axe', where the head and handle have both been changed half a dozen times - but 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 - but it's still the same chair. The same goes for where we live: interiors change according to our tastes, but it's still our home.
My concept for Grandfather's Axe has always been to make great vintage design accessible to everyone.
I began the business by buying in Denmark. Then over the years, higher demand and increased competition have meant I've travelled further into Scandinavia and the rest of Europe to find well-priced pieces. And naturally, I source a lot locally too. It's something I love doing - there are often great stories that accompany the furniture and design I've found.
Mid-century furniture is not only beautiful and well-made, it's also a wonderful way to contribute to sustainable living. One of my great passions is to reduce the waste we produce. Restoring a 60-year-old piece of design means that piece can live for another 60 years. The embodied energy used to produce furniture is enormous. Spread that energy over the decades ... and the sofa you sit on could be the most sustainable thing in your house.
As we enter our 10th year, we hope you'll visit us again. Or 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.