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, get his hands dirty again and experiment with the forms and pieces he'd had playing around in his mind for some time. He convinced a friend to join him: he had built cars and motorcycles with his brother Anthony, and couldn't imagine anyone better to go on this journey with.
Daniel and Anthony have a workshop space in Campbellfield that hums with the sounds of vintage machinery, prototypes, experimentation and the odd friendly greeting from Anthony's hound, Rex.
Dan's wife Prue helps the brothers in the prototyping decision-making, feedback and directions. When not wrangling their two children, she can be found working in a communications role in a global design practice.