Furniture artist turns disposed into desired

CREATOR: Business owner Rustin Simpson with creative assistant Dax Duggan. Picture: GRACE SERPELL

CREATOR: Business owner Rustin Simpson with creative assistant Dax Duggan. Picture: GRACE SERPELL

Re-invented furniture store Fox & Dinky brings a new style to Bendigo.

Business owner Rustin Simpson uses his natural skill and his lifelong love of art to create one-of-a-kind 'hacked' furniture and decorator items.

The furniture is taken from scrap heaps and turned into quirky and rustic industrial style pieces.

Mr Simpson works with his creative assistant, Dax Duggan.

Mr Simpson said he had dabbled in art all of his life and this store was the outcome of that passion.

"To be brutally honest, many years ago I had something bad happen and out of that came this store," he said.

"After the past few years there have been some really big battles in my family and within all that somehow comes this.

"This is just an expression of who I am.

"It is an outlet.

"I thought to myself that I shouldn't just waste this creativity so I created this store."

He said he had sold furniture previously but never in a store like this one.

"I am nervous about opening the store," he said.

"The store offers something that Bendigo hasn't seen before.

"There is a little gap in the market for it.

"There is nothing else here like this.

"We ended up in Queensland for three months. We came back here seven weeks ago and in no time we had this shop.

"It took just three weeks to fill the shop.

"We only had two pieces done three weeks ago and now the store is full."

Mr Simpson found the experience rewarding.

"To look at it all now in the flesh and to see people's support on our Facebook page is really amazing," he said.

"It just doesn't feel wasted now.

"I just love it all."

Creative assistant Dax Duggan said they most enjoyed creating the bigger pieces. 

"The store is like our little gallery of anything that we can possibly dream up," he said.

The store will open its big yellow door to customers on Friday at 10am. 

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