Nick established The Timber Trip in 1993 on Brunswick Street Fitzroy with a group of makers. The core philosophy of The Timber Trip at its origin was the use of recycled timbers to create well crafted furniture. In the beginning Nick educated his clients about the benefits of using recycled Australian hardwoods and why he was taking this approach. The business has always considered the environmental impacts of the furniture industry as predominant in its practice. The original Timber Trip logo was based on the recycle symbol, swapping out the the arrows for T’s. Nick was practising a regenerative business with circular economic principals before they became commonplace in our current language. By the late 90’s the Nick became the solo manager of the Timber Trip, Nick continued to grow and expand the business.
The gentrification of Brunswick street along with new owners of the building that housed the “Trip” saw a relocation to Abbotsford for 10 years and then a sea change to Pambula NSW for 5 years. This period on the remote far south coast of NSW was a special time where Nick worked directly with a local mill and crafted many items of furniture for clients and wholesale beds, bedside tables and cabinets for Southwood Home using the beautiful hardwoods of the far south coast. During this time Nick and his architect wife Sunny also designed and constructed the award winning House of Cupboards.
Over 30 years the business has shape shifted, expanding at one stage to having over 8 employees and has now contracted to a small team comprising Nick & Sunny and casual local artisans for larger projects. The Timber Trip morphed into WilderCoyle Furniture & Design while in Pambula as it represented the partnership of Nick & Sunny and her contribution to the business. Each piece is currently crafted in the workshop in Footscray. Sunny felt herself gravitating towards the workshop and assisting in running the business when Nick and her children were very young. Not ready for the demands of returning to work full time in an architects office she was drawn to the relative immediacy of fabricating a piece of furniture. Sunny realised that designing small interventions in a house such as bespoke shelving or cabinetry transforms spaces and increases the amenity at a fraction of the price of renovation.