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July 21, 2009

alex earl

Check out Melbourne based Lighting & Furniture designer Alex Earl for some really cool and quirky creations. Pictured here from top to bottom are: Log Stool, Butterfly Lightshade, and Ply Chair. We like the printed image on the Log stool which can double up as extra seating or a funky side table. The lovely patterning of the Ply chair is actually made from a variety of reclaimed Australian hardwoods. And well… the butterfly lightshade is just too pretty!

January 7, 2009

john quan

With a background in fashion and industrial design, South Australian based John Quan creates liveable objects and furniture that seem to be perfect fit for contemporary interiors with an element of fun. Pictured here are “Sexy Explosions” which are hanging sculptures made of pencils and a magazine rack inspired by the humble “Slinky” toy. Really cute!!

October 24, 2008

laura mccusker

‘Compact’ (pictured here) is a contemporary vanity unit and work of exceptional craftsmanship by acclaimed furniture designer and makerLaura McCusker. Trained in cabinetmaking and fine woodworking, Laura’s beautiful work is featured regularly in publications such as Belle, Vogue Living and Inside Out and has also exhibited in major competitions. Check out her site to see more. We really dig the elegant simplicity of her timber furniture and skillful detailing.

August 28, 2008

mrd home

One of our favourite pastimes is fantasising about how to decorate our dream homes. It’s a cinch with all the products from MRD home as their interior ranges are so carefully coordinated. You can pretty much make anything look fabulous here. Our top pick is the oak Scandi TV unit pictured here with the roll away doors, it’s a gem! Click here to see more at MRD Home which is a Melbourne based homewares and interior design company owned by designer Craig Miller Randle.

April 28, 2008

pierre and charlotte

As Sydneysiders we sometimes envy those who live in Melbourne as they have such great access to so many cool and diverse designers. But now that Pierre and Charlotte Julien have set up a showroom here, we feel a little less green. Originally from Paris, they moved to Melbourne in 1994 where they set up a design studio and workshop. Their unique range of beautifully crafted furniture and objects is entirely made in Australia either in their own workshop or with local craftspeople.

Evoking a sense of warmth, casualness and simplicity they have really captured modern Australian living so well. We just adore their simple refined forms and the use of natural timber they predominantly use. It would be such bliss to own one of their pieces – just love that tree light! Check out pierre and charlotte for more of their work and projects.

October 31, 2007

jon goulder

Jon Goulder is a notable designer from Canberra who creates very refined, sculptural and streamlined pieces of furniture. He has won some major awards such as the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award and is featured in the Freestyle New Australian Design for Living Exhibition. His stunning Leda Seat with its sensuous flowing lines of timber is a work of real beauty.

March 8, 2007

david trubridge

Established designer David Trubridge who is based in New Zealand draws on his background in naval architecture, social and design philosophy and the natural environment to create beautiful inspirational objects and furniture. Passionate about simplicity in design, the use of low impact sustainable processes and natural materials, his objects are as beautiful as they are environmentally conscious. We love how the Ulu lamp(pictured here)is made of modular hoop pine plywood parts that can be extended further with extra rings to create an elegant, delicate column of light.

October 25, 2006

bernabei freeman

Gorgeous illumniation courtesy of Bernabei Freeman who have designed a range of lighting products which feature decorative patterns inspired by traditional textile patterns. We love the play of light and shadow made by the patterns in these lightshades, and the ambient atmosphere they help create.

October 8, 2006


Designed and manufactured in Australia Flaunt offer a range of stylish children’s furniture made of high quality materials. We particularly like this different take on a bean bag- the Grab Bag made from extremely durable vinyl yet fits right into modern decor and comes in a variety of stylish colours such as red, pink and chocolate brown.

August 15, 2006

Zaishu- modern samurai furniture

Zaishu was also at the Young Blood Designers Market and are definitely worth mentioning. Matthew Butler, the designer behind Zaishu, has come up with a small portable seat/table/box which slots together out of 5 pieces. Artists and designers collaborate with him to produce the artwork or patterns which are printed or painted directly onto the surface of the panels. He has exhibited the Zaishu in many countries including Milan, Japan and India and has even been allowed to use exclusive prints of Florence Broadhurst which make the piece look so vibrant.