Made by Morgen is a custom-made furniture business started by Nicholas McDonald two years ago. Made by Morgen is derived from a nickname Nick’s grandfather had for him as a child.
Most of my friends and family refer to me as Morgen so when thinking of a name for the business it was pretty obvious to me.
Nick’s studio is located in Brunswick where he shares a workshop with other wood makers and his Queensland Blue Heeler, Roscoe. Nick draws inspiration from Danish design.
What was your first experience with furniture and design?
The furniture side of things stemmed from when I purchased a warehouse a few years ago. I custom made all the pieces for the space and just loved the end result and the process of getting there. It was a very memorable experience and it was clear from then that this is what I wanted to do. I am a carpenter by trade so I have the basic skills and knowledge it takes to bring something together but after quitting my job and spending a lot of time overseas studying and working for various furniture makers in Copenhagen, Berlin and London, I gathered enough experience and confidence to give it a go.
Where do you source your materials?
I was fortunate that my neighbours in Mortlake (I grew up on a cattle farm in South West Vic) were one the largest Hereford Breeders. They had a purpose- built grandstand erected in the 50's to house their annual bull sale. The grandstand was made with a structural steel frame and lined with a mix of Australian Hardwoods, Messmate, Blackbutt. As payment for dissembling the Grandstand I was given the timber. I had close to 1500 lineal meters worth milled. I am still using it today for tables, sideboards, bars etc.
I also have a range of suppliers. Britton Timbers have almost everything you could ever want in terms of imported and locally sourced timber. There are also a few recycled timbers yards scattered around.
For anyone starting a small business, would you have any advice to share?
You only live once.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of running Made By Morgen?
Being able to work in jeans and a T-shirt and have my dog by my side.