The Tressel Table Co.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 28th June 2012

Tressel Table Co. plywood trestle, handcrafted in Melbourne

Tressel Table Co. plywood trestle – 180cm long, 80cm wide, handcrafted in Melbourne

Patrick O’Brien in his Northcote workshop – photo Lucy Feagins

Patrick O’Brien is a Perth-born, Melbourne-based muso/furniture maker and founder of new enterprise Tressel Table Co. (YES, the double S is intentional, I checked).

I must admit I have been hounding this guy SO BADLY since first seeing his cool handcrafted trestle at the Groupwork art show recently at Mr Kitly in Brunswick. Patrick loaned out one of his prototype tables for the exhibition and I have possibly sent him 45 emails since then. To the point of stalking. ‘I want to photograph your studio’, ‘I love these shots but I need a portrait’, ‘when can I visit you?’, ‘please can I have the exclusive’ yadda yadda yadda. I don’t normally go to such lengths. There was just something so very DESIGN FILES about this little start up I got a little bit anxious about the scoop! :)

ANYWAY I think Patrick is a bit of a genius. He has stumbled across this niche which I, too, have often identified – it’s that gaping hole in the market between Ikea and Mark Tuckey. No disrespect – I truly ADORE everything at Mark Tuckey, but such beautiful handcrafted solid timber furniture does demand a certain budget. And I can’t help but think it shouldn’t be completely inaccessible to buy a nice piece of quality furniture which is locally made.

Patrick makes these very utilitarian, but nonetheless beautifully crafted trestle tables from high quality plywood in his Northcote workshop. Sturdy, solid, and sanded to a velvet finish, the tables are brought to life by Patrick’s astute attention to detail – evident in the sweet colourful cord he uses to tie off each leg, and the simple branding he stamps on each piece.

I asked Patrick a few questions about his new venture –

Can you give us a little detail about your background – what led you to making furniture?

My interest in furniture probably stems from my Dad, who was a bit of a maverick and would make a lot of furniture in his backyard workshop. In fact the first piece I ever made was a joint effort with dad where we made a coffee table using old Jarrah fence posts that were lying around.

As a result of Dad’s influence I suppose I have been somewhat design conscious since my teenage years. Initially it was skateboarding that got me interested in photography, filmmaking and architecture, which lead me to pursue Fine Arts at Curtin University where I worked with sculpture, photography and installation. Being exposed to these disciplines while studying sparked an interest in this minimalist aesthetic, which eventually led me to furniture design.

How did Tressel Table Co. come about?

When I arrived in Melbourne about a year ago I didn’t bring much with me. Upon looking for furniture I saw a huge divide in the price and quality of trestle tables that were for sale. I liked the designer tables but not the exuberant prices they came with, whereas I liked the affordability of the cheaper options but the quality of the materials were questionable. I wanted a strong, simple and functional table. I then set about building the trestle table I wanted to see and it led me to start building them for others too!

Patrick is bound to be rich and / or famous at some point.  He’s just 25, and when not dreaming up commercial design ideas, he plays drums in a band called The School Of Radiant Living.  Right now he says he is quite focused on making tables, so is putting all his energy into ‘making them the best they can be!’. Awww. Although he also reckons it would be pretty cool to do a pop-up shop at some point down the line… YES Agreed.

At present Tressel Table Co. tables are available direct through Patrick’s brand new website (due to go live TODAY, don’t blame me if it’s not up yet!) for $360.00 each, and free shipping is included to most capital cities within Australia.

Simple, cute branding

Colourful cord for tables!


Cute home studio!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 28th June 2012


  • Laura 4 years ago

    I want one!

  • Susan Agupyan 4 years ago

    pick me please!

  • Ingrid Weir 4 years ago

    Great work. Totally agree about niche in market. It’s just so beautiful having wood in a room.

  • Harriet 4 years ago

    Lovely post & great story. I wonder if there is a finish on the ply? Or are they meant to soak up marks and stains over time? Either way, I agree with TDF – there is such a gap in the market for affordable handcraftedness!

  • Emma 4 years ago

    I HEART trestle tables!! which naturally means I heart tressel tables ;)

  • Prue 4 years ago

    love the simplicity and everyone can do with a trestle table!!

  • line x shape x colour 4 years ago

    i adore these!

  • marianna 4 years ago

    they look beautiful, website is up, but can’t find any table dimensions, what size are they???

  • Kath 4 years ago

    Bravo! (Don’t pick me: I don’t need a table, but I SO get that middle-market between IKEA and Mark Tuckey.) The table’s proportions & simplicity & green artisan credentials are lovely.

  • karissa marston 4 years ago

    Yeah! Love a ‘Perth-ite’ moment. Glad to see you sand-groping into the market with a bang!

  • karissa marston 4 years ago

    PS Love the spell check Lucy! x

  • Jess 4 years ago

    awesome stuff. i have been moaning about that gap for ages – glad to see crafty people trying to fill it!

  • Kate 4 years ago

    Love the rounded corners and rope colours. Nice work Mr Tressel.

  • Claire 4 years ago

    25.. sheesh! Well done.

  • Pete@cantilever 4 years ago

    Nice work, great low tec logo!

  • Jessamy 4 years ago

    Love it! Booked mark for when we moved house- I need a new table!

  • Kate 4 years ago

    How perfectly simple – and absolutely love the gap filled ‘between ikea and mark tuckey’ what a perfect description!

  • Shelley 4 years ago

    Aaarggh, wish I’d known about these a month ago…just settled for a lesser table!
    Now I’m on the hunt for a good bench seat if Mr Tressle needs another project.

  • rat in my kitchen 4 years ago

    So minimalist yet makes a great design impact. Great post.

  • Julianne 4 years ago

    I’m with Shelley, i need suitable bench seats too Mr Tressle

  • Carolyn 4 years ago

    I paid for my tressel 4 weeks ago and still havent got it despite the website saying that there was a 14 day turnaround.I have tried calling them but both phone numbers go to messages and there is no room for messages (already full) and have had no success with emailing….I am concerned that I have wasted my money….

  • juliana 4 years ago

    I love these they are very simple, elegant and totally functional my fav thing beauty and form. I totally agree about the gap between ikea and Mark Tuckey, m husband makes handcrafted furniture ( Sia & Me in Balgowlah) and we feel the same way there has to be a place in between for people to experience beautiful work thoughtfully created heart infused with great style. lets continue to find and support locally made handcrafted pieces.

  • lauren 4 years ago

    how do i order one???

  • Brad McGill 4 years ago

    The furniture is so simple but elegant. Nice one to have in the house.

  • phillip tonkin 4 years ago

    hi there

    ive been looking for wooden trestle tops and legs to buy.

    do you have any i could buy from you. if so what are the sizes and prices. i need them before this friday
    i dont mind if they are used either.

    phil tonkin

  • Carrie 4 years ago

    Any body know where I can get metal/chrome trestle table legs from? I am in Sydney and have need looking for ever! Any help would be great. thanks

  • Lydia 4 years ago

    It’s life ! I love it.~~

  • Rebecca 3 years ago

    What amazing work, such a shame he left Perth! Really unique stuff.

    Not quite as cool, but I recently got new office furniture for my place which turned out really well and used these guys:

  • juli art 3 years ago

    i imagine everyone like this kind of blog and get inspiration about home cleaning

  • Bella 3 years ago

    Such a gorgeous table but so disappointing – we paid for our table on April 1 2013 and still haven’t received it. I would suggest taking this post down so others are not cheated.

  • Sue 3 years ago

    Hi Bella. Thinking of buying a table, but wanted to see if yours has been delivered as yet?

  • Cláudia ( from Brasil) 2 years ago

    Wonderful!!!! I loved his history an his amazing job. He is an example for Youngs.

  • Sue Kaegi 1 year ago

    Hi Patrick
    I have a glass table with glass pedestal legs. Are you able to make me some wooden trestle legs that will withstand the weight of the glass table top AND be sturdy enough to keep the top steady when it is accidently bumped.
    I look forward to hearing from you

  • Nicole McAliece 1 year ago

    I would love to order one of these, can someone contact me on how I do this.

  • Jasmine Moston 9 months ago

    I am super keen to buy a table but I can’t find the website. Are you still making tables? Thanks! Jasmine

  • Veronica 8 months ago

    Do you make to order/

    I need a table to extend an existing dining table. It will always be covered with a cloth .
    It needs to be 79cm high x 102cm x102cm.


  • These are very simple, elegant and totally functional my favorite thing beauty and form. Experience beautiful work thoughtfully created heart infused with great style. lets continue to find and support locally made handcrafted pieces.

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