Aaron Jackson has always been inspired by the industrial eras of the 40s and 60s, but it took two years in development to create the truly authentic industrial range that is District Eight.
“We have been making a wide range of unique pieces in our factory for over 13 years, but I have always loved the feeling that pieces and components from the 40’s to the 60’s industrial era have,” he says.
Jackson recently exhibited the range at Decoration+Design and on the back of the overwhelming success they had, he now plans to expand District Eight next year.
“We are looking to include more outdoor options and a variety of new seating options, but for now we are absolutely flat out trying to fill our orders from our product launch,” he says.
“Decoration and Design was fantastic for us, we have done many trade fairs over the years this was our first time at D&D, we met a lot of new customers with a variety of different businesses.
“We made new relationships and took orders with some great outlets all over the country.”
And it’s easy to see why. The large District Eight range already includes press leg dining tables with cast iron base and recycled hardwood bolted timber top; Desk stamp leg with cast iron base and weathered oak top; counter stools with cast iron collars and braised joinery; clothing racks with recycled hardwood and hand cast steel knobs; and a range of retro lamps out of hand cast steel and brass details.
Designed here in Melbourne, the product is all manufactured from their factory in Vietnam, including their quirky animal garden statues under the Think Outside brand.
“Our garden sculptures are designed to give people a real statement piece for their home, whether it be a smaller piece to fill a nook somewhere, or a collection of bigger items to really make a statement,” says Aaron. “They are all made by hand and offer people something more than a mass produced lower quality item from India or China, but still with an affordable price tag and in a quality that will often last a lifetime.”
It’s the authenticity of their product range that’s their biggest point of difference.
“They are all high quality, handmade and mostly from 100% recycled materials,” says Aaron.
“We don’t make things to mimic a look. They are the real deal!”
Jackson plans to re-open District Eight showrooms in Sydney mid-September, where visitors can have a look at their great products in the flesh.
Head to their website for more info; www.thinkoutside.biz