Episode 66 - Thinking Outside the Box with Oliver MacLatchy with from Wood Melbourne

In this episode of the Build Hatch Podcast, we had the opportunity to hear from Oliver MacLatchy from Wood Melbourne.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Oliver grew up in central Melbourne and spent his childhood exploring the urban jungle.

  • His father was a builder so Oliver spent many hours on work-sites.

  • Following school, Oliver started working with his dad and the construction industry through a new set of eyes and was quickly drawn in.

  • Oliver’s fathers’ incredible gift for using innovative products in a different way back in the 90s.

  • Thinking outside of the box became a way of thinking for Oliver and this has stayed with him throughout his career.

  • Remembering to look back to see how far you have come.

  • The real story behind the beginnings of Wood Melbourne who create tapware, basins and bathroom accessories from real materials.

  • How Oliver went from a nagging idea to Selling nationwide.

  • Designing something that is quirky, yet functional and unique.

  • Oliver gained traction quickly and started the shopfront for Wood Melbourne.

  • Treating the timber to become waterproof and useable at scale. 

  • The watermarking testing standard and the research involved launching a product in Australia.

  • Oliver shares the story of his first Timber Bath Outlet.

  • The current financial status of the construction industry and the difficulty in finding fixtures that are unique.

  • How to keep quality while also keeping costs low.

  • Oliver’s choice to become a boutique business – which is his passion.

  • Customisation and the customer journey.

  • Oliver is inspiring hard workers and Aussie battlers to have a go.

  • The ‘fans’ of Wood Melbourne and the support Oliver has received.

  • The future for Wood Melbourne.

Sit back and enjoy this helpful interview with Oliver MacLatchy with from Wood Melbourne.


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