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OUR STORY


Our Story - Re-introducing a legend of Australian design.

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OUR STORY


Our Story - Re-introducing a legend of Australian design.

Re-introducing a legend of Australian design

From the 1950's TH Brown produced many of the most sought after mid-century, retro furniture pieces ever produced in Australia. The most famous designs were the iconic range of Danish Bar Stools and Martelle Bar Stools produced from the mid 1950's through to the 1970's.

The famous TH Brown brand is back. We're bringing these iconic stool designs into the 21st century - whilst staying true to the soul of the original and enhancing sustainability and durability. Produced under license in Adelaide by Workspace Commercial Furniture (formerly TH Brown Furniture P/L), under the careful eye of the 3rd generation of TH Brown’s family, each stool is hand finished to the same exacting standards as the original craftsmen.

These iconic stools are the among the most coveted Australian mid-century pieces ever produced. The original examples have become heirlooms and are seen in many magazines, exhibitions and design showrooms around the world.

Continuing TH Brown's commitment to craftsmanship, each stool comes with a 10 year Warranty, is individually numbered, with a Certificate of Authenticity, and features a range of fine Italian leathers and premium timbers. All timbers and leathers are ethically sourced.

These unmistakable pieces are not replicas, but a thoughtful evolution of TH Brown's original vision. The gold-standard of iconic Australian design.

Secure your TH Brown Danish Bar Stool and TH Brown Martelle Bar Stool now as our run is strictly limited.

Among the most coveted Australian mid-century pieces ever produced
      Handcrafted in Adelaide, South Australia

    Handcrafted in Adelaide, South Australia

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Meet the Family


Meet the Family


THREE GENERATIONS

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TH Brown
1889 - 1964

Thomas Howard Brown was born in South Australia in 1889.

In 1911 he began chair making as Brown Brothers Wholesale Chair Manufacturers, and began supplying chairs to furniture and department stores around Australia and rapidly became respected for the outstanding quality and superb style of its products. In 1942 it became T.H.Brown and Sons Limited, and in 1948 produced its two millionth chair.

He died on 23 September 1964.

After its founder’s death TH Brown continued to grow to become one of Australia's largest furniture manufacturers. 

His sons Napier and Peter continued to expand the business until 1987 when Peter, then CEO, retired and sold the business - which remains a leading manufacturer of commercial contract furniture. It is believed to be the second oldest furniture manufacturing company in Australia.

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Peter Brown -  Designer
1924 - 2012

Peter Francis Brown was Thomas Brown's youngest son.  He was born in Adelaide in 1924 and studied drafting and design before enlisting in the Royal Australian Navy in WW2.

Upon his return from the war he joined the family business in production & design. He soon discovered his gift for creating innovative, timeless furniture pieces that continue to be collected widely to this day.

Peter remains one of Australia's pre-eminent mid-century furniture designers - although little known as he never tried to establish a reputation as a designer. We aim to change this.

Simon N. Brown
1956 - Present

Simon Napier Brown began working at TH Brown from the late 1960’ during school vacations, before joining the business as a sales clerk in 1975, remaining there until moving to Sydney and joining IBM – thus beginning a long career in the IT sector.

Simon has never lost his love of furniture and design, and retained deep pride in the ‘family’ business. In 2015 he left the IT sector and decided to return to his passion, and re-launch the famous TH Brown brand, and re-issue the signature pieces designed by his father over 50 years ago.