This furniture studio is the ingenuity of Rob Loughlin (who’s been a carpenter since leaving school) and his wife Jess. After years of showcasing Rob’s handcrafted wares at Paddington Markets the pair sought out their very own permanent showroom space complete with a furniture making studio out the back, where they produce all of their work. Along with custom pieces Loughlin Furniture offers a consistent range, which the couple design together. “It’s purposefully small to give Rob time to to still collaboratively design the custom things,” says Jess. You’ll find hardwood pieces that focus on clean lines, and stripped-back designs. Rob says, “We create simple designs where the pieces are an element in the room instead of dominating it.” But it doesn’t mean these pieces aren’t eye-catching. There’s wicker panelled blonde wood entertainment units, eggshell-blue basin topped vanities and herringbone panelled bed frames. While you can buy all the Loughlin Furniture pieces online, the showroom is about getting a feel for the furniture. It also means you can mix and match between the elements – picking from blackbutt, spotted gum and American oak woods, then selecting a finish. “We source our timber from Victoria. And [even though] we only use three kinds, the different finishes really change the overall look,” says Jess. Rob’s brother Greg, owner of Slab Shapers in Byron Bay, provides the concrete-based basins and bench tops. Once you’ve selected your design it’s then all manufactured on site with and average eight-week turn around. As the pair go on to add more options to their ranges, and collaborate with locals and families from across Australia, at its core Loughlin Furniture is about simple designs and well made, long lasting furniture. As Jess puts it: “We just design the stuff we love.” 1/305 Manns Rd, West Gosford 2250.