Oliver MacLatchy fell in love with timber while working on houses in Australia with his contractor father. “Its versatility addicts me,” he says of the material. Then, experimenting in his workshop one evening, MacLatchy invented a timber waterspout. That was the start of Wood Melbourne, which fabricates contemporary handmade bathroom fittings from reclaimed blackbutt, a local fine-grained eucalyptus. The designer sands and scrubs the hardwood to smoothness with steel wool between coats of splash-proof wax. He’s now added stone fixtures and metal fittings to the mix, too, such as Sepp, a concrete basin, and Otis, a brass-detailed showerhead. For taps, there’s circular Lily, cubic Ollie, and Mabel, its marble cylinders wrapped in brass.
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