Designers, crafters and makers down under mean serious business, yet in actuality we (in the northern hemisphere) know little about them. Perhaps the sheer distance (from European and North American markets) is preventing the discovery of and education about Australian-made design. Or perhaps it is the notion of superiority, typically exhibited by many (design aficionados) in Europe and North America, that ensures we know little about design from the faraway land of Oz.
Whatever the reason, there has never been a better time to explore the exciting and unfolding world of Australian design and architecture, past and present (see
The rather adorable Sol table lamp.
Bold and buxom, Sweeney is a chair that takes inspiration from midcentury Australian design.
The Phoenix butler table, Hudson modular sofa and Rainbow Bark rug.
Images via Jardan.
The Sydney-born and raised
Photo by David Sykes © 2016
Image © 2016
Studio Henry Wilson
An alumni of the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven,
At Aesop Crows Nest, Henry Wilson used oiled Tallowwood (a Eucalyptus native to New South Wales) to craft the cabinetry, shelving and flooring for this unique Aesop concept store.
This fine Thoronet Dish, sand cast in gunmetal bronze, will oxidise and darken over time. The dish shares its name and arched lines with Le Thoronet Abbey in the southeast of France.
Henry Wilson designed the clever A-Joint as an” intuitive and utilitarian joinery system [that] can be used for benches, tables, market stalls and shop fit-outs.” The ‘A-Joint Stretch’ was used in making this rather splendid and sturdy dual sided workstation table. (And check out that Vitsœ 606 Universal Shelving System. Read more on this midcentury marvel
Image © 2016 Studio Henry Wilson.
Born in South Korea and based in Sydney, Kenny Yong-soo Son launched
Concrete House Paperweight (Brass).
Small Round Concrete Containers.
Images via Studiokyss.
Celebrating the Aussie life outdoors,
The Tidal Lounger, designed by Trent Jansen, has an inviting laid-back profile that is certain to turn heads at the pool.
These handsome Terrace Planters, designed by Bernabei Freeman, are the perfect containers in which to pose much loved shrubs.
The Jak Chair, designed by Justin Hutchinson, is a wiry and flirty seat about town.
Images via Tait.
This post was inspired by Monocle magazine’s recent Australia issue (March 2016).