Smiling craftsman in a workshop with a wood plane
Image Elise Hassey

Scotsman and fine furniture maker Torquil Fitch migrated to Australia from Edinburgh in 2010, and lives with his wife and their three children in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Shortly after arriving in Australia, Torquil set out to fulfil a lifelong dream to become a fine furniture designer and maker. He sought out the acclaimed School For Wood at the Sturt Australian Contemporary Craft and Design Centre in Mittagong. He graduated in December 2011 after successfully completing his Certificate IV in Fine Furniture Design and Manufacture.

Torquil now has a workshop in the town of Moss Vale.

Torquil’s love of furniture making and design was inspired by his childhood in Perthshire, Scotland. He grew up surrounded by elegant furniture from the Georgian period, and continues to find inspiration in the symmetry and proportion of furniture from that age.

Widely travelled, Torquil spent many years in the past working in Turkey, Italy and France, as professional crew on luxury motor and sailing yachts. The graceful lines and angles of his bespoke furniture often harks back to these days.
Whether it is the memory of sweeping industrial curves found aboard 50 metre super yachts, or the graceful arches once observed on ancient spiritual shrines, Torquil finds inspiration for Fitch Fine Furniture in the worlds he has visited, and the world he inhabits today.