About Dan

Daniel de Groot Tuckbox

Dan de Groot graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 1998 with a post-graduate degree in Industrial Design. He honed his skills in a leading UK architectural firm, designing furniture, signage, graphics and branding, for retail and hospitality clients.

When Dan and his wife Prue moved home to Melbourne in 2008, he took a break from the design office, choosing to pick up the tools and get his hands dirty. Over the next few years he discovered a new found appreciation for the materials, the machines and processes, and importantly, the people involved with the making.

Inspired by the passionate craftsmen he met, many willing to share their knowledge, Dan was motivated to create his own business where he could bring the designing and the making together. He started small, collecting old timber machinery and working on small projects in a backyard shed.

His shed is now a factory space in Campbellfield which he leaves once in a while for his young family, or in search of new ideas, vintage machinery - or timber. 

Melbourne Design Awards

We picked up Silver at the Melbourne Design Awards in October! Founder of the awards, Mark Bergin, had some great words of encouragement about the local manufacturing scene and how we're all able to support it.

Now in its 5th year, The Melbourne Design Awards is the founding program in the design awards, and now includes 7 cities including New York, London, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

Dan was the only one allowed to leave the workshop to go to the awards,  and his hands are still covered in paint in this shot. About an hour later he was back in the workshop again...no champagne for him! Not yet, anyway ;)

We are honored to have received the award, and thank the judges for their comments and the Melbourne Design Awards for the support!


Striking gold in Melbourne's North

Luck seems to play a big part in the TUCKBOX journey - or maybe it's a healthy amount of gratitude that leads us to where we are! We reckon our location, Campbellfield, in Melbourne's north, is lucky.

While it's not the prettiest place on earth, we are surrounded by manufacturers and businesses who are gold mines of information, materials - and most surprisingly, encouragement.

We've had some great leads in the months we've been here, one of our favourites was meeting Tony from Beds Made Here. He invited us along to a morning session in his factory on how he casts iron for traditional style cast iron beds. The chance to learn from an old pro was invaluable.

Who knows where that knowledge could take us?