beautiful, distinct designs with just a touch of chaos
t-bac design under Troy Backhouse is an award winning, multi-discipline design studio based in Melbourne. New ideas and materials are continually researched and applied to furniture and products with no belief in limitations but rather solved through intelligent design solutions.
Troy Backhouse creates a diverse range of designs, including tables, chairs, lighting and other products demonstrating a mix of technical and innovative design skills. He seeks inspiration from unique and unusual places in order to disrupt design norms and challenge our perceptions of objects around us in an unexpected yet aesthetically pleasing way.
Like a lot of designers and artists he has the tendency to envision beyond what the average eye can see, which spawns beautiful, distinct designs with just a touch of chaos.
t-bac strives for designs to be sustainable both through material use and the development of long lasting products through durability and appearance. Durable design materials through the use of quality and sustainable timbers are always emphasised, with the preference being FSC timber.
The majority of products are made to order in Melbourne, with custom made and unique commissions available.
In partnership, t-bac seeks long, beneficial and honest relationships to reflect the brand which is in a constant state of creation.
Designs are created and refined with close relationships to manufacturers and artisans who can bring carefully learned skills to incorporate key aspects of function and distinctness giving the designs their ultimate character.
Troy’s skills have been brought together through the combination of university (BA design) and trade (traditional signwriting) backgrounds often blurring the worlds of design and art. The completion of a signwriting trade in Melbourne in 1992 was to form the basis of diverse manufacturing skills, material knowledge and fine artistic skills. In 1998 he ventured to London working on a variety of projects for clients such as Harrods, Belgos and The British Museum in the form of interior and exterior installations, traditional signwriting, and murals. A number of months were spent on restoration work at the British Museum (entrance foyer and reading room) and for the Kings College Chapel at Kings College London. On return to Australian he proceeded to complete a multi discipline design degree at Monash University focused in industrial design, which is where he discovered his passion for furniture and products. During this time he was selected to complete a Master Class with Tom Kovac at the Powerhouse museum and undertook a short course in Prato, Italy with Monash University. His background leads to his consideration to the conservation of craft skills contrasting along with the use of new technologies. All the disciplines are now being brought together to come up with unique design solutions for a broad spectrum of clientele.