Valuing the sanctuary of family, the wonder of nature, and the adventure of life.
 
 

Tréology was created in 2011 by Andrew and Melany-Jayne Davies. With a 150 year family legacy of luxury furniture-making behind them, Andrew and Melany-Jayne wanted to combine this traditional craftsmanship with contemporary art and design. They also wanted to share their love of the New Zealand landscape through functional art with clients throughout the world.

Tréology is about connecting people and families, and celebrating the wonder of nature. This is reflected in their five core values that are central to the company:

Family      Nature     Adventure       Excellence      Respect

Taking on adventures, and giving back to nature is elemental to how the Tréology team work and play. This includes participating in multisport events throughout New Zealand, planting trees, and contributing to community organisations that protect our native flora and fauna.

 

The History

 

The furniture-making legacy of the Davies family has provided Andrew and Melany-Jayne with a passion and love for quality craftsmanship. This heritage started in 1852 with the birth of Robert Norrie, Andrew’s great, great grandfather, who crafted furniture for New Zealand’s first Governor General, Sir George Grey. Since that auspicious commission, Andrew’s forefathers have won numerous accolades and prizes for their handcrafted furniture. Their reward lies in shaping, crafting and revelling in the warmth and organic beauty of timber.      Excellence has never been compromised in over 150 years.


 
1972,  NZ Governor General Porritt with PM Jack Marshall

1972,  NZ Governor General Porritt with PM Jack Marshall

1852   

Robert Norrie is born – the great great grandfather to Andrew Davies, the current Tréology Managing Director.

1877

Robert Norrie crafts furniture for
New Zealand Governor, Sir George Grey. This now sits in the Auckland Museum.

1886

Robert’s son Harold is born. He goes on to become a top Canterbury cabinet-maker.

1935

Harold’s daughter Stella, marries Stanley Davies in 1935,
a Christchurch woodworker.

1961

Stella and Stanley’s son, Bob Davies, establishes RA & CR Davies LTD.

RA & CR Davies LTD is awarded multiple accolades and prizes nationwide for superior design and craftsmanship.

1963

Bob Davies is commissioned by the world renowned writer and producer,
Dame Ngaio Marsh to make original furniture.

1972

Bob Davies becomes a Master Craftsman and makes furniture for New Zealand Governor General Sir Arthur Porritt. 

1993

Bob Davies son, Andrew, joins the family business.

2011

Tréology is established by Andrew and Melany-Jayne Davies.

2012

The Tréology Umber Chair wins Gold at the
New Zealand Best Design Awards.

 

 

2016

Tréology continues to maintain a strong focus on design and a sustainable business model.

 

 

 

 

 
We treat our resources and heritage with the reverence and respect they deserve.
 
 

At Tréology, sustainable manufacturing practices are as important as the use of sustainable materials. We are committed to upholding our strong values of protecting our planet’s natural resources.

Our furniture is designed and crafted with the preservation, conservation, and celebration of nature at the forefront of everything we do.

 
 
Timber Every piece of timber we use has an eco-friendly story. All our suppliers share our vision of minimal or zero environmental impact when sourcing the timber.

Timber

Every piece of timber we use has an eco-friendly story. All our suppliers share our vision of minimal or zero environmental impact when sourcing the timber.

Design Each Tréology design allows for our sustainable manufacturing process. We also specially design pieces that incorporate small but stunning timber off-cuts. Tréology furniture is designed to be durable, future-proof, and user-friendly.

Design

Each Tréology design allows for our sustainable manufacturing process. We also specially design pieces that incorporate small but stunning timber off-cuts. Tréology furniture is designed to be durable, future-proof, and user-friendly.

Recycling Woodchips and sawdust are compacted into firewood pellets. Small off-cuts are donated to local preschools for children to ‘build’ with. All other recyclable waste is sent to local recycling plants.

Recycling

Woodchips and sawdust are compacted into firewood pellets. Small off-cuts are donated to local preschools for children to ‘build’ with. All other recyclable waste is sent to local recycling plants.

 

 
 

Situated on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, New Zealand has been both challenged and protected by the intensity of nature. Earthquakes, high rainfall, and mountainous terrain result in an ever-changing landscape, as landslips and floods sweep away giant trees. These trees are then submerged and protected by the elements for centuries.

 
 
 

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Tāne-mahuta.

(God of the forest)

Tāne-te-wānanga.

(Bringer of knowledge)

Tānenui-a-rangi.

(Bringer of higher conciousness)

 

Ancient Swamp Timber

From the swamps in the far north of New Zealand, we source ancient Kauri timber, considered by Māori to be the kings of New Zealand’s forest. Carbon dating by the University of Waikato confirms that this swamp Kauri is the oldest workable timber in the world, having lain beneath peat swamps for over 45,000 years. This treasured timber is recreated by Tréology into a rich and sophisticated piece of furniture – something truly special for our clients.

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River Timber

Logs that can be centuries old, are eroded from riverbanks by the powerful rivers of New Zealand’s Westland region. Submerged Totara, Rimu, and Matai are exposed and released into the river for us to rescue and craft into functional art. Their tumbling journey through the remote wilderness, over Pounamu and boulders of greywacke and sandstone, is an integral part of your furniture’s story.

Fjord Timber

Our Fiordland timber fell naturally hundreds of years ago, and became submerged in what is now a World Heritage area - Te Wahipounamu, in the south west of New Zealand. Over time, naturally occurring tannins in the water of the fjords add colouring and patina to the native Beech, Totara, and Rimu. After the logs break free from underwater tangles of ancient trees, they are retrieved from the water. Each piece of timber is unique, and provides our clients with an exceptional story to tell.

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Earthquake Heritage Timber

Christchurch suffered devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 which destroyed iconic heritage buildings throughout the city. Tréology works with owners of some of these landmarks to rescue, and sensitively re-use this historical timber. The Tréology furniture crafted from the ruins of Christchurch are symbols of strength, resilience, and dedication to a city that honours its past while rebuilding a strong and sustainable future.

 

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Ensuring ethical and sustainable practice is essential for our business and our clients.