The Story of Inform + Upholstery Design
Inform Upholstery + Design began operations in 2008 when owner Derek Martin first opened up the doors in Hoppers Crossing, Victoria. Derek emigrated with his family from Scotland where he had served as an apprentice in a family owned Upholstery Workshop to his Master Craftsman father. After working for his father for some time in Australia, Derek made the decision to embark on the buildup of his own Upholstery Empire. As with many startups, the business at that time consisted of an empty warehouse, lots of tools, equipment and a sign at the door. With no previous client base to work from, there were many trips to homes with sample books and hope to quote potential projects. Long days followed by late nights delivering completed furniture to distant locations were the norm. Derek’s passion and commitment to excellence in quality workmanship never wavered, however. As time progressed client numbers increased. Word of mouth recommendations lead to more work. Staff members were added. One empty warehouse filled then became two. With Derek Martin leading from the front, Inform Upholstery + Design has now also evolved into building, creating and designing furniture. if you can dream it we can make it a reality.
Today Inform Upholstery + Design maintains a very high profile of excellence working with Architects, Interior Designers & Builders while still holding court as the preferred upholstery artisan for individual clients and their beloved classic furniture. Proudly made in Melbourne isn’t just a slogan to Inform Upholstery + Design. It is a Mission Statement. Not only in Melbourne, Geelong and Country Victoria, we now receive orders and assist on projects Australia wide. We really do love our craft.
Derek – Founder of Inform + Upholstery Design
INFORM : To Enlighten and Inspire.