Carjo Furniture: Time-honoured skills

22 June 2021

Joe Mimmo is currently experimenting with a water-based polish. “We get quite a lot of requests for it because it’s environmentally-friendly,” says the founder of Melbourne’s Carjo Furniture.

“It’s time-consuming and harder to work with, but on the other hand you don’t get solvent fumes.”

The ability to adapt to changing attitudes and trends has been an important factor in Carjo’s longevity, but one thing hasn’t changed at the 20-year-old family firm: its insistence on the time-honoured skills essential for fine handcrafted furniture.

The industry’s appreciation is reflected in the slew of awards Carjo has won for excellence in design and craftsmanship.

“In Melbourne last year, we picked up three – Dining, Occasional and Best of the Show – and followed up in October with the National Award at the Furniture of the Year awards held in Perth,” say Joe.

Along with his son Carlo, the Italian-born master craftsman leads an expert team that creates the hardwood furniture renowned for its elegance. A rising young talent at Carjo recently boosted the company’s reputation further.

“He won Apprentice of the Year at Holmesglen,” Joe Mimmo says proudly. The Carjo boss is definitely old school. He began his apprenticeship in cabinet-making when he was just 14.



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