Andy, the founder of Black Dog Furniture started out almost twenty years ago manufacturing dog beds and kennels. His loyal and constant companion dog Arnie was the inspiration for the company name, and from the age of around six weeks until his death at the age of sixteen, Arnie was present as the director of operations. The company evolved over the years into one of New Zealand’s most iconic furniture brands.
Andy started working in shearing sheds during school holidays and when he left school at sixteen he worked in the forestry. His passion for the environment and sustainable use of timber is evidenced by his use of sustainably milled and recycled timbers, whilst many of his furniture designs evoke images of days gone by. He created the first Woolpress Bar Leaners from old presses, buying as many as he could find.
When the supply of old units slowed, Black Dog Furniture contacted the original manufacturer, Donalds Presses, seeking permission to create replicas. This was granted, with Donalds giving Andy exclusive rights to use their detailed sketches, company logos, and the company’s history.
Today, these iconic and very coveted Woolpress leaners can be found in many of New Zealand’s pub and bars, as well as homes.
With a team of qualified builders, joiners and craftspeople as furniture makers, Black Dog prides itself on turning sustainable New Zealand timbers into family furniture that lasts for generations.
Black Dog provides a unique service and product. You can choose from our instore products at our Cambridge showroom or take advantage of our design, build and made to order service. The skilled craftspeople can create anything from personalised wine cellars to outdoor settings, recycled rimu dining tables to garden seats.
Requiring a unique look for a wedding, summer parties, business functions, in fact any event? Check out the website for a range of hire furniture. Black Dog is the go to furniture provider for a truly unique rustic look. Bars, Leaners, Fencing, Braziers, Tables and Seating are all available for hire.
Black Dog’s vast manufacturing knowledge, finishing know-how and extensive range means its unique furniture and one-off designs will last and be treasured for years to come – and will definitely sit and impress your friends.