Johan Larsson of Fabrica Joinery in Byron Bay with his 1960’s Airstream Caravelle caravan.
Johan Larsson of Fabrica Joinery in Byron Bay with his 1960’s Airstream Caravelle caravan. Patrick Gorbunovs

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THE team at Fabrica Joinery are really all about cabinet making but a big draw card at their workshop in Byron Bay is the shiny aluminium shell of the 1960's Airstream Caravelle caravan parked out front.

Owners Johan Larsson and Jake Green specialise in designing and manufacturing high-quality custom kitchens, joinery and bespoke furniture.

"The caravan is our labour of love," said Mr Larsson.

"We are converting it to Australian standards with new chassis and brakes as well as swapping the door from the right-hand side to the left.

"Whoever buys the Airstream can specify the interior fit out."

Mr Green trained in traditional furniture making and upholstery and ran his own company in the UK before coming to Australia.

Mr Larsson trained at the Australian National University under George Ingham and was listed by Wallpaper Magazine as one of the top 10 upcoming designers.

They had worked together off and on over the past 10 years before coming together 12 months ago to found Fabrica in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate.

"Half the business is cabinet making for kitchens and the other half is joinery work on doors and windows," said Mr Green.

"As of the last two months we have been going flat out.

"Byron is a great place to work as there are a lot of people with vision here and it's just a great place to live."

All their cabinetry is traditionally built using construction methods tried and tested over time.

"We were both trained using traditional methods," said Mr Larsson.

"My bible is Modern Practical Joinery by George Ellis first printed in Eng- land in 1903.

Both Mr Larsson and Mr Green are seeing the kitchen becoming the new focus of the home.

"For us the design phase is just as important as the building process," said Mr Larsson.

"Everyone should definitely consider the aesthetic of the kitchen rather than just strictly the practicalities.

"And if you want to build a kitchen that lasts, don't skimp on the hardware."



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