Andy, the founder of Black Dog Furniture started out over 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 has 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 Donald’s 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.