One idea that grew into a collaboration between two designers on a journey toward creative freedom.

The Rooster’s Rook story starts from an idea in the middle of the night that transformed into a collaboration of two designers from different industries. The designer duo is driven by the pursuit of creative freedom and the design process. Sharlon Farrugia and Joanne Cassar, draw on the foundations and design principles developed throughout their individual careers and apply a fusion of ideas, experience and skills to the art of creating their debut product The Genesis timber clutch.


Sharlon comes from background in Furniture Design and over 14 years experience working within the manufacturing industry. Sharlon is renowned for his ground knowledge and technical woodworking skills. The last 8 years has seen Sharlon step away from the tools into a project manager role within the architectural and commercial fitout industry. A strong appetite for getting his hands dirty along with his passion for Art and Design lead him down the path of co-founding Rooster’s Rook where he pursues his love affair with timber and creative freedom. Sharlon is known to spend late nights in the workshop perfecting his skills and processes.

Joanne established a career working as a Graphic Designer in Melbourne within the corporate, events and retail industries. Throughout her design career Joanne maintains her childhood love for art, fashion and interior design, the fundamentals that make up Rooster’s Rook. Co-founding Rooster’s Rook has allowed Joanne to combine all her design passions, ideas and skills in the one arena and ultimately doing what she loves. Her ambitious attitude is driven by the journey of turning nothing into something.


We at Rooster’s Rook believe that today’s consumer understands the impact and importance of making ecologically responsible choices. Therefore we’re proud to produce products which include sustainable materials that are recycled, reclaimed and sustainably harvested.

The recycled timbers we choose to work with are usually salvaged from iconic Australian antiquity such as Jarrah from disused wharves and bridges in Western Australia, or Vic Ash from woolsheds in Northern Victoria through to Central NSW, and Spotted Gum which proved to be the back bone of Australia’s far north industrial infrastructure since the early 1800’s.  Great care is taken when processing these Australian timbers in order to minimize waste and maximize yield, reducing our environmental impact.

Wear your Rooster’s Rook Timber clutch in confidence knowing that you are doing your part to ensure that our planet can be enjoyed well into the future.