Like many creatives in 2020, the pandemic was a double-edged sword for Nick Rennie, Dustin Fritsche and Brett Julian – the co-founders of Alphington-based furnishings studio, Oku House.
On the one hand, it utterly disrupted all of the work they’d lined up for the foreseeable future, and denied them entry to their studio areas for months at a time. On the opposite, it made them take into consideration how they may work collectively.
The trio had been sharing the identical workshop out the again of the Darebin enterprise centre for years whereas engaged on separate tasks: Nick on designs for his studio, Nick Rennie; Brett on cabinetry for residential and business purchasers; and Dustin on items for his model, Softer Studio. However the upheavals of final 12 months made them see what was proper below their noses – loads of Nick’s prototypes with nowhere to go, and two cupboard makers