five Designers and Makers Down Underneath

Designers, crafters and makers down below mean serious organization, but in actuality we (in the northern hemisphere) know tiny about them. Probably the sheer distance (from European and North American markets) is preventing discovery of and understanding about Australian-manufactured layout. Or perhaps it is the notion of superiority, usually exhibited by several (design aficionados) in Europe and North America, that ensures we know small about style from the faraway land of Oz.

Sweeney chairs Corker Series of Pendant Lights Corker pendants Phoenix butler table AJoint Stretch Aesop Crows Nest Tait Jak Chair Tait Terrace Planter Sol table lamp Tait Tidal Lounger Small Round Concrete Container Brass Vases

What ever the reason, there has never ever been a better time to check out the interesting and unfolding world of Australian layout and architecture, past and present (see Harry Seidler: Australia’s Modernist Maestro, for an insight to one particular of the country’s best architects). The 5 designers and makers in this submit are a tiny sample of the leading ventures and visionaries shaping Australia’s layout landscape.


Jardan is an Australian household-owned furniture enterprise led by 2 brothers, Nick and Mike Garnham. Established in 1987, this creative enterprise crafts and produces timeless design for nowadays’s contemporary Oz marketplace. The venture has grown from humble beginnings to include 130 employees alongside stores in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Jardan’s style and manufacturing HQ resides in Melbourne, where every single piece of furniture is handmade in-residence to order. Taking inspiration from Australia’s relaxed outlook on existence and with an ethos that is firmly centred on great style, Jardan’s objects are aesthetic, effectively-crafted, sustainable and prolonged-lasting. Furnishings are generally upscale, made using quality timbers, materials and other such components.

Sol table lamp

The rather adorable Sol table lamp.

Sweeney chairs

Daring and buxom, Sweeney is a chair that will take inspiration from midcentury Australian design and style.

Phoenix butler table

The Phoenix butler table, Hudson modular sofa and Rainbow Bark rug.

Photographs via Jardan.

Max Harper

The Sydney-born and raised Max Harper is a young industrial designer whose playful Corker lights are particularly worthy of note. Hand-turned by nearby craftspeople in Sydney, the Corker pendants are produced using cork, that wholly versatile, organic, reusable and recyclable raw material. The Corker is inspired by the – to a certain degree – farcical (even mythical) Australian cork hat, as worn by jackaroos (youthful bucks – g’day mate – on cattle and sheep ranches) to ward off insects. Skinny or Rotund, the Corker pendant is available with an optional pivot.

Corker pendants

Photograph by David Sykes © 2016 MONOCLE.

Corker Series of Pendant Lights

Image © 2016 Taylor Zhou.

Studio Henry Wilson

An alumni of the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven, Henry Wilson set up his eponymous style studio in 2012. Doing work out of Sydney, Wilson has adopted a human-centred approach to product design and interiors that values integrity and longevity. With an presently productive portfolio, he is confident to win much acclaim.

Aesop Crows Nest

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.

Thoronet Dish

This fine Thoronet Dish, sand cast in gunmetal bronze, will oxidise and darken over time. The dish shares its identify and arched lines with Le Thoronet Abbey in the southeast of France.

AJ Stretch Body AJoint Stretch

Henry Wilson made the clever A-Joint as an” intuitive and utilitarian joinery method [that] can be employed for benches, tables, market place stalls and store 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 Program. Read far more on this midcentury marvel here.)

Image © 2016 Studio Henry Wilson.


Born in South Korea and primarily based in Sydney, Kenny Yong-soo Son launched Studiokyss in 2013. In designing and making, Kenny Son is generating a selection of tactile and valuable geometric objects that will excite the emotions. Son objectifies his prepossessing works in concrete, metals and wood, all of which will age gracefully.

Concrete House Paperweight (Brass)

Concrete Property Paperweight (Brass).

Brass Vases

Brass Vases.

Small Round Concrete Container

Small Round Concrete Containers.

Images through Studiokyss.


Celebrating the Aussie daily life outdoors, Tait has been designing and creating modern outside furniture for a lot more than 21 many years. Born out of Melbourne, Tait has amassed a distinctive collection that speaks to the Australian way of life and living.

Tait Tidal Lounger

The Tidal Lounger, designed by Trent Jansen, has an inviting laid-back profile that is specified to flip heads at the pool.

Tait Terrace Planter

These handsome Terrace Planters, designed by Bernabei Freeman, are the best containers in which to pose considerably loved shrubs.

Tait Jak Chair

The Jak Chair, created by Justin Hutchinson, is a wiry and flirty seat about town.

Pictures by means of Tait.

This post was inspired by Monocle magazine’s latest Australia concern (March 2016).

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