Alexander J. Cook: Family Values

13 July 2021

AJC Action ChairThe Designed Recliner is cutting edge. “It’s very streamlined, with all the mechanisms internalised – nothing like the usual puffed-up, geriatric-looking recliners,” says Lucinda Cook.

“We’ll also be launching a settee, chaise longue and cabinets inspired by Emile Ruhlmann, one of the Art Deco greats of the early 1900s.”

AJC Sutherland SetteeThe new designs to be presented at Furnitex by Alexander J. Cook reflect the family-owned Melbourne company’s versatility. Also the skills of three generations of Cooks, starting with Alexander who began an upholstery business in the back shed of his Pascoe Vale home in 1947.

AJC ChaiseIn 1971, he took over a long-established cabinet and furniture-making firm and today, son Ian and granddaughter Lucinda run Alexander J. Cook. Its reputation for fine craftsmanship has won the company a raft of prestigious commissions including the refurbishment of the Queen’s Suite at Government House, Canberra.AJC Wing

“We’ve just finished a major restoration project at the Supreme Court of Victoria,” says Lucinda.

“As well, we recently restored all the desks and chairs in the domed Reading Room at the State Library.”

The expertise behind the heritage projects extends to every piece produced by the company’s designers and craftsmen, assures Alexander Cook’s granddaughter.AJC Rhulmann

“Our core skill is custom-made furniture that unlike a lot of today’s products, can be handed down to the next generation. We also love creative challenges.”

Visit Alexander J. Cook on stands AB19 & M41


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