Our History

50+ years of Australian Manufacturing

Maxton Fox is a privately owned, and proudly Australian business that has been manufacturing and marketing Australian designed and made commercial furniture and joinery since 1970.

Headquartered at the factory premises in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, Maxton Fox services projects and customers across Australia and NZ, and works with a suite of partners across a range of projects.

Maxton Fox manufacturers Commercial Joinery, Custom Joinery, and Commercial Furniture which includes anything from: workstations, to banquet seating, occasional furniture, reception suites, lounge chairs to task and executive seating.

 

It all began in the 60s...

Dennis Hall started his career by taking over his father’s upholstery business in the 60's, a business called: Hall & Etches. At the same time, Rick and Geoffrey started their own company Benwick Productions, a company that manufactured chair frames for furniture retailers such as: Parker Furniture, Chiswell, and Pacific (which have all now ceased trading).

In 1970, there were two large projects that brought the two companies together (Hall & Etches and Benwick Furniture). One of these projects was for the NSW Legislative Assembly (pictured below), which was their first large NSW Government Contract. What won them this project was the 'diamond button' upholstery leather detailing which was extremely difficult to do back then on a large scale.

The success of this working collaboration, and complimentary skill set, led to the formation of Tudor Furniture (pre-Maxton Fox), where Dennis, Rick and Geoffrey officially went into business.

Due to the sheer amount of contracts won, and the volume of units per contract, a large plot of land in Sydney’s Western Suburbs was found and purchased (the factory as we know it today and pictured below). This enabled the company to increase their offering, build out their manufacturing capabilities and expand the business.

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In the 90’s

Maxton Fox was launched, in response to the design-led and ergonomic movement.

 

 

The Maxton Fox brand brought with it modern commercial design-led furniture systems along with an entirely new product range to meet market and environmental demands.

In the brand's first year of operation Maxton Fox won a competition to supply Gate Lounge Airport Seating Australia-Wide for the then TAA (pictured below); which has now become Qantas Airlines.

This seating range was so successful for its time, that Maxton Fox were asked to manufacture this seat design for the Sydney River Cat Ferries. Six months from there, additional Ferry Seating contracts were won for InCat Ferries, for the Overseas market. Seats were made for 8-12 InCat Ferry Fleets.

Maxton Fox gained significant prominence from those projects, which won them a leading seat on the roster for NSW Government Contracts. Quickly after this core projects that were awarded to us include:

  • The NSW Police Head Quarters
  • The Justice Department
  • The NSW Children’s Court
  • All Sydney Water premises throughout NSW
  • The Telstra HQ Federal Government Contract
  • Transport for NSW

2000 onwards

The Maxton Fox team have worked with some of Australia's leading corporate organisations, property development partners and Government departments. We have forged strong relationships with Multiplex, Adco, Lend Lease, Taylor Constructions, Watpac along with strong relationships with architecture and interior design practices such as: Bates Smart, Woods Bagot, Future Space, GHD Woodhead to name a few.

Together with these partners we have worked on the following more recent projects that have gained significant publicity and accolades:

  • Wentworth Leagues - Phase 1
  • Boomerang - SOPA
  • UNSW Roundhouse
  • Tramshed
  • Fire and Rescue NSW
  • 52 Martin Place - Treasury NSW
  • 50 Martin Place - Macquarie Bank
  • One Central Park
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • RTA
  • Pacific Magazines
  • Royal Maritime Services

Maxton Fox has been designing and manufacturing furniture for over 50 years.

This means we have the history, the know-how, a 60+ staff commitment and capability, as well as the resilience and absolute passion for what we do, and the passion to deliver 100% Australian made.

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