Photo source: Mark Tuckey.
I’m patriotic all year round, but in honour of Australia Day, it’s time to dedicate a post to the talented artisans of Australia and some companies that proudly produce beautiful things in Australia. There are plenty of reasons to chose Australian made products for my home but the clinchers that actually make me buy local are:
- Australian style.
- Made to last, quality.
- Reduced environmental impact related to shipping.
It’s becoming harder to find Australian made products, particularly as companies like Freedom and King Furniture move their manufacturing overseas, but collaborating on this topic is only going to make it easier. If I’ve missed your favourite Aussie-made goods for stylish homes, please add them in the comments. I love recommendations.
Sofas, beds, chairs, tables, drawers, mirrors, etc.
OK, I could actually move right into a Mark Tuckey show room. I love everything they make. They make chunky furniture from “recycled timber and sustainably managed forestry sources”. Like many companies on my list, don’t expect Ikea prices, but don’t expect your purchases to end up as landfill either.
Sofas, beds, desks, dining sets, entertainment units, etc.
Domayne has a good range of Australian made furniture. I’m eyeing off a king size bed from there. For some fun, check out their new app which allows you to visualise how a particular item of furniture will look in your space.
Sofas, beds, rugs, lighting. Source: Jardan.
Jardan make sofas to die for and prices to match. Their furniture, designed and made in Melbourne, is classy. Combine wood and linen and I go weak at the knees. (No longer stocked in W.A. I believe, but available online.)
Bay Furniture – West Australian custom made furniture including sofas, chairs and tables, using local wood.
Oz design – Some, but not all, furniture made in Australia.
Arthur G – Having recently oohed and aahed over my friend’s new Belair sofa in a gorgeous fabric she selected herself, I can vouch for its comfort and style. Available in Perth.
Nomi – Scandanavian in style, but designed and made in Australia. Tables, benches and chairs. You can mix and match their parts to semi-customise your furniture.
“Wattle” fabric by Moochie Lou.
The design, fabric printing and production of Moochie Lou‘s bedding, cushions and tableware all happens in Australia. My favourite print is the “wattle” but you might prefer W.A. inspired “Hamlin” or “Flow”.
Old Grey House:
I “helped” the 3 Little Pigs buy me some Old Grey House tea towels and a cushion cover for Christmas. I love the gumnut inspired prints made in Western Australia. A limited selection is available online, but I look forward to visiting local markets and stores for a greater range.
Ink and Spindle:
Completely gorgeous! You can choose your own colourway, but I like this one best. Ink and Spindle sell fabric and ready made items such as cushions, ottomans and bean bags.
Bonnie and Neil – Bold and beautiful cushions, tableware, decorative wooden tiles and small furnishings. A bit on the pricey side. Great splashes of colour, if you are that way inclined.
Cloth Fabric – Fabrics, lamp shades, cushions and ready-made curtains.
Ceramic loveliness by Eucalpyt Homewares.
Floral or Eucalypt? It’s hard to choose, but you know it’s gotta be blue. You can buy Eucalypt Homewares in shops around Australia or at West Australian markets.
Samantha Robinson – Handmade porcelain vases, jugs, plates, bowls and teapots.
I’d better not put yet another picture of my favourite pendant on the blog. So here is Coco’s brother, Mr Cooper. Cocoflip design furniture and lighting. They have a limited selection but the quality is superb.
Who did that:
Tasmanian made flat-pack timber chandeliers (yes!) or leather pendants. “Who did that” create lights that make a statement.
Inkster Maken has a small range of lights made from South Australian limestone and hardwood. Concrete looking at its best!
Barnlight Australia – Include a range of Australian made lights of industrial and country style.
South Fremantle house painted in Bauwerk Basalt and Bauwerk Slate.
The paint choices from Bauwerk Colour make me want to get out a brush. You can order colour cards and paint online or visit their Fremantle warehouse.
Pop by my “Australian made” Pinterest folder for more Aussie goodness.