2020 has seen almost every industry and business effected by Covid-19, and I have seen it hit my creative friends a lot harder. Covid has effected creatives all of kind from performers, designers, creators. It is now more important than ever to be supporting local businesses and designers as Melbourne sees their lockdown extended as they try to battle through the devastating second wave of Covid- 19. By supporting these local designers, you are not only helping individuals get through one of the hardest years in modern history but you will be supporting of delicate planet through some sustainable practices.
I’m sending all of my love to my friends and colleagues in Victoria – we’re here with you and want to support you in any way we can! So here goes a very, very long list of some of the fantastic furniture and homewares designers Melbourne has to offer. Check them out, give them a follow and show your support for these absolute legends!
Fomu is a Melbourne based furniture design studio, co-founded by Andrew Beveridge and Gabrielle Beswick. All of their products are designed and manufactured in Australia and made from ethically sourced materials (their L'ART LOUNGE CHAIR has an option to use recycled wool for the upholstery – check it out below).
Their design ethos is “blurring the boundaries between art and design. We believe that the art of living stems from the idea that if a design is thoughtfully created it’s about making design speak to people rather than just existing for functional purposes”.
Their products are designed to have a refined and timeless look. Much like Semper Interiors, Fomu strives to ‘producing timeless pieces of sustainable furniture is the use of a highly considered design approach and working with multiple quality materials.’ The timbers used in their pieces are sustainably sourced through ‘selective harvesting’, in simpler terms it means less trees are harvested per hectare, allowing the leftover trees to regenerate naturally. To top it off they finish the timber with a natural plant-based wax/oil which makes the substrate more easily recycled.
I have been following Tonkla Studio on Instagram since earlier this year and I am completely obsessed with their work and can’t wait to find the perfect project so I can use their ceramics! Tonkla Studio is a Melbourne based ceramic designers and creators headed up by a German and Argentinian couple. They use only locally sourced, natural clay and concrete for their stunning and unique items. Their line includes some gorgeous plates, trinket dishes, cups and mugs, and vases.
Apparentt is a Melbourne based furniture design studio established in 2016, they create contemporary furniture and lighting pieces for both residential and commercial interiors. The brains behind the operation are a husband and wife team, Elliot Gorham (who is the Managing Director and Furniture Maker/Designer) and Louise Gorham (Creative Director).
Their design philosophy is to create unique and exclusive products that are simple and durable (I definitely go on about this but it’s important; longevity = sustainable practices as it creates less waste!) Everyone one of their products is designed and produced locally using quality materials and reliable construction methods.
One of my favourite products of theirs is the Esteem Coffee Table (check out the photo below –LOVE). It breath-taking curves are created from single solid pieces of steam bent timber. Steam bent timber compared to common methods for manufacturing curves for timber pieces creates less waste and without joins in the curve makes it structure considerably stronger – all in all creating a more sustainable product.
Atley.co is another gorgeous Melbourne based design studio, who strive to create quality craftsmanship and frequently collaborate with other local designers and creators. Head up by designers Lisa and Terry, Atley.co started in 2017 after the pair travelled through Europe and experience centuries-old manufacturing techniques to create beautiful handmade pieces. Their passion lies within creating thoughtfully designed pieces that are completely Australian made.
My pick from their collection is their timber and leather Magazine Rack. It comes in a variety of leathers and timbers (check the Oak and Natural Leather Magazine Rack below). It is made from Tasmanian Oak and Australian Leather. It’s completely versatile and could house your magazines, newspapers books or a place to rest your coffee or one of your many indoor plants!
5. TIDE Design
TIDE Design was created by the talented George Harper, who left a corporate career to peruse is passion of furniture design and making. While he was studying, any spare time was spent creating, developing and producing artisanal chopping boards, which were sold at local markets.
After graduating TIDE Design quickly followed which offers simple, quality, handmade furniture. Each piece of furniture is made to order and can be completely customisable. George’s ethos is to create products that last rather than just for ‘fashion’ trends and to be an eco-friendly alternative to mass-produced furniture – which is something Semper Interiors strives to do as well.
Tantri Mustika is a former hairdresser who stumbled into ceramics and never looked back. Tantri Mustika Ceramics is her Melbourne based ceramics studio that creates a contemporary take on tradition terrazzo tiling. The collection includes some colourful and dreamy Vases, Planters, Oil Burners, Dishes, and Incense Dishes. She creates and hand-makes small batches, meaning each piece is completely unique and also avoids any of the nasties involved in mass production. A well-made piece of pottery can last generations, which is very different to a haircut, that grows out in a matter of weeks.’ – Tantri Mustika
Beeline Design was established in 2010 and is the brainchild of Adam Brislin and Lucy Grant. They create and design stools, tables, beds, lighting and unique homewares, they ship their beautiful custom made furniture all over Australia. Each piece of their collection is crafted in their workshop using sustainable sourced timbers and high-quality materials.
Their ethos is simple, ‘We offer you, our valued client, a beautifully crafted piece that will last a lifetime. But beyond that, we offer you an experience. Your unique piece of furniture will not only last a lifetime, it will get enjoyed and admired by generations to follow.’ Not to sound like a broken record but buying pieces for your own home that you can keep for a lifetime is one of the easiest ways to create a designer, sustainable life.
Adam has a specific process when creating Beeline Design’s range of tables, stools and other furniture pieces. He uses sustainable farmed and sourced Australian hardwoods and curates each piece with some of the finest joinery techniques.
8. Dowel Jones
Anything but Ordinary – is the mission statement for Dowel Jones. Founded in 2014 by Adam Lynch and Dale Hardiman, Dowel Jones begun designing furniture for local cafes, now they have grown to producing furniture, lighting and accessories for clients all over the world.
They have a large network of Australian manufactures that produce their pieces at an impeccable level. Wherever possible they craft their furniture in Australia and keeping their craft-man close with their timber factory and powder coating around the corner from their factory in Geelong and the steel fabrication in Melbourne.
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