Corner Block Studio was born on a corner block (no kidding) in Brisbane, Australia. It began as the passion project of our founder Natalie Lane, an industrial designer, maker and environmentalist.
The studio was launched in 2015 with our debut product, the Book Frame. This design upholds the values of Corner Block Studio – original, well made and environmentally sustainable.
These values are celebrated and shared through our products and work. We develop original designs, from the idea spark and then through prototyping and making. We take great care in selecting materials that have the best possible impact on our precious earth and showcase the beauty of natural materials. We make our designs in Brisbane, Australia, creating high quality wares that we hope will be cherished for many years.
Australian hardwoods are exceptionally beautiful, durable and character filled timbers. We showcase these timbers in our work and hope you’ll admire them as much as we do. We only use recycled hardwoods; this means that precious old trees get to keep standing tall.
Using recycled timbers is not an easy option, it is an arduous task to reclaim old timbers from de-commissioned buildings such as bridges and old homes, and process them to premium quality standard. We choose to use it anyway because we think it’s important to protect our bush lands and forest. We work with experienced timber mills who access and process this reclaimed wood.
Our recycled timbers reveal the characteristics of their former life, including dark flecks around nail holes and interesting grain patterns. Making our frames from this timber is a pleasure, we enjoy noticing the unique colours and features of each piece. We craft the frames in Brisbane, Australia, to give you high quality wares made from premium, sustainable timbers.
Queensland hoop pine is a light and lovely timber that has been used as a building and furniture material in Queensland for over 140 years. It is noted as the first export from Queensland, when it was used for ship masts.
Our hoop pine is sourced from a plantation that was first felled in the late 1800’s. It is Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) certified, and exceeds the requirements of this certification.
We thoroughly consider our options when selecting timber – to ensure our selection is in line with our values of using environmentally sustainable and ethical materials. Aside from considering environmental certifications of various alternatives, we also visited and surveyed the hoop pine plantations.
While surveying the plantations and nearby state forest, we noted some reduction in diversity of creatures compared to the more natural state forest. But we also found the plantation provided habitat for many species. The birds were loud! We also noted the neighbouring land uses next to the plantation – grazing pastures and coal mining. The net carbon dioxide intake of a hoop pine plantation is of great benefit, and so we made our selection with confidence.
We are glad to offer our range in beautiful, local, sustainable Hoop Pine.
Thanks for reading about us, our timbers and the things that we care about. Feel welcome to contact us if you have any other questions.