Carjo Furniture – Mimmo mastery

1 June 2021

It was either cabinet-making or boot-making. Faced with the apprenticeships on offer, 14-year-old Joe Mimmo didn’t hesitate.

“I had no interest in boot-making,” recalls the Italian-born veteran craftsman who has never regretted the career choice he made as a youngster in Melbourne in the mid-1950s.

Today, he can look back on an industry that has evolved in numerous ways since that austere post-war era that was characterised by drab, utilitarian furniture.

“I’ve been around long enough to see it all,” reflects Joe, who established Carjo Furniture in 1990. “Standards in materials have improved enormously and computerization has revolutionized production and design. Now it’s about younger ideas.”

The creative force at Carjo is Joe’s son and right-hand man, Carlo. Their combined expertise has won the award-winning firm a reputation for superbly crafted bedroom, dining and occasional furniture in Australian, American and European timbers ranging from ash to mahogany.

Carjo’s founder also plays a leading role in the Australian furniture industry. As president of the Victorian/Tasmanian chapter of the Furnishing Industry Association of Australia, Joe Mimmo has made it his mission to promote best practice in every aspect of the industry.

Visit Carjo Furniture at Stand L12




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