Ko_ku_bo Collective was born out of Adrian (Reg) and Andrea Zyppel’s love for sustainable design with a focus on quality, hand-made, limited-run furniture.  Their mission is to provide an alternative to mass produced, imported furniture.  Reg and Annie are the energy behind Ko_Ku_Bo Collective!

WHAT EXACTLY IS… Ko_ku_bo Collective?

A small, family-run furniture making business with a passion for producing creative, functional and timeless pieces.  Our mission is to provide an alternative to mass produced, imported furniture.

Ko_ku_bo Collective products are meticulously designed and made with integrity and love.  We value traditional, hand-crafted joinery methods and take inspiration from the simplicity, quality and functionality of Swedish and Japanese design and craftsmanship.  All Ko_ku_bo Collective pieces are unassumingly simple in design with clean lines and subtle detail.

HOW DID KO_KU_BO COME ABOUT + come to life?

Ko_ku_bo Collective was born out of our love for sustainable design with a focus on quality, hand-made, limited-run furniture.  We make furniture that will grow with you.  Furniture that is worthy of migrating throughout the home as timeless, statement pieces that will last a lifetime.

We are designing and making pieces that we love but were unable to find in the marketplace.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AROUND FOR… + has Ko_ku_bo been up + running for?

Ko_ku_bo Collective launched one year ago (18 November 2019).

It was originally launched as ‘Cali Kids Collective’ targeting the kids furniture market.  We re-launched as Ko_ku_bo Collective in August in response to a demand for our furniture to fill the entire household (not just kids rooms!).

EVERYBODY HAS SOMETHING… What do YOU love about your job?

  • Sourcing and working with ethical, quality raw materials (birch plywood, American Oak)
  • Designing new products
  • Problem-solving
  • Being creative

IS YOUR JOB EXCITING.. or do you just get to hang out making furniture all day?

I’m driven to make furniture as it should be made – handcrafted, using beautiful materials, functional and timeless in design.  Furniture that shows attention to detail, pride in its craftsmanship and gives joy.  I find that exciting!

EVERY BUSINESS NEEDS AN ADVISER… who do YOU turn to for help?

Krys Canny-Smith!  Krys is always available for great advice – both financial advice and business advice.  As a start-up company we rely on professionals like Krys to help us grow in a tough industry and unstable economy, especially during 2020!  Krys boosts our confidence and we are so grateful for her support.

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE… What’s planned for the future of Ko_ku_bo Collective?

Currently, we sell our products via our website only and you can see our current collection here.

We are considering moving into retail to give potential buyers the opportunity to see and feel the beauty of our products.  We are also working on new products such as, beds, dining table and more storage/locker options.

I WANT TO KNOW MORE… How do I get in contact + find out more about Ko_ku_bo Collective?

Based in Geelong on Victoria’s Surf Coast, we deliver to Greater Melbourne, Greater Sydney and Greater Adelaide.  Please contact us regarding delivery to other areas.

Website: www.kokubocollective.com.au

Instagram: @ko_ku_bo_collective

Phone: Reg 0405 037 281