Lights, camera; action – when we started our upholstery business back in 1991, we just wanted to do excellent upholstery. We didn’t really think that we’d be supplying the needs of the film and TV industries. So we were delighted a few years ago to be asked by the makers of The Block to provide advice, materials and tools for their upholstery challenge, but we didn’t think it was the start of a screen career.
However it turns out that props departments making period drama can be remarkably fastidious when it comes to the details of their sets. They want absolute authenticity in the furniture they use, and that extends to the “jewellery” of the upholsterer’s craft – the nails. When The Great Gatsby was filmed in Sydney in 2013 a replica of a New York subway car had to be built, They used some of our nails to replicate important details in the train carriage.
Another production that just had to look right in every detail was the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series. Here again the period was the 1920s, and the set- builders used our nails for their chairs and awnings. When they needed to create a snow scene, for their most popular episode, Murder Under the Mistletoe, we helped out with a swathe of white Dacron (if you want a seasonal look for your front yard this Christmas, give us a call).
Since then we’ve helped a string of productions with our unrivalled inventory of decorative upholstery nails, including I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, Talkin’ About Your Generation and many more.
Away from the screen, our expertise and comprehensive inventory of upholstery supplies have attracted the attention of some of Australia’s most creative minds. As well as supplying upholstery accessories to museums, we’ve had the pleasure of helping MXC Project Light. They recycle used aluminium cans into fascinating lighting designs.
Bromley and Co are a Melbourne design house with a difference. They undertake design and fit out projects for some of the biggest names in lifestyle and hospitality; names like Heston Blumenthal and Wolf Blass. Everything they design and make speaks of a passion for bringing art into public spaces. At their studios they sell everything from bronze statuary to fine hand- built chairs – the latter, of course, feature Padgham decorative nails.