02 Jun 2017

9 artisan Aussie homewares to liven up your living room


From moody dyed resins to painstakingly stitched fabrics, our Aussie artisans are creating some beautifully unconventional homewares using the very best local materials and traditions of craftsmanship. 

It’s these special little somthin’ somthin’s that are responsible for beautifying our living spaces, adding interest and creating cohesion in what could be a bland, cinematic-style space.

Go on, give people something to look at that’s NOT the TV…

1. Dinosaur Designs resin rock jug - The kids have spoken, but what do you think?

Personally, we’re getting lost in the swirly blues of Dinosaur Designs resin rock jug. It’s handmade in Australia, and as such, no single piece is the same.

2. Karen Morton stardust plate & cup - Melbourne ceramicist Karen Morton creates the most beautiful tableware and decorative ceramic pieces. So pretty are they that it’s hard to pick a favourite.

We’re going with the Lyra and Lynx vases, glazed on the inside but left as raw coloured porcelain on the outside. Their brush strokes, in a complementary palette of blue, pink and navy, make them great for a neutral-themed space wanting a literal splash of colour.

3. Sage and Clare quilt - Every lounge room needs a good throw or blanket… or 10.

The handcrafted detailing in this Barnaby grid blanket, by Aussie designers Sage and Clare, is show-stopping: Check the impressive embellishments with hand-printed grid patten and colourful tufting, and the gingham insert.

4. Artistudio black & white ceramics - Prefer your interior look unconsciously off-beat?

The perfectly imperfect ceramics by Sydney-based artist, weaver and designer Arti Shah are challenging conventional ideas of beauty in the best possible way.

5. Tangier ceramic cactus set - Indoor succulents and cacti are all the rage, and with a few foolproof tips and tricks theoretically should be able to keep them alive through winter.

However, we’re aware there are some black thumbs out there that can barely keep a flower going in a vase of water, so here we present: The ceramic cactus.

With all the hallmarks of a real cactus – green, spiky, raised ‘arms’ – they’ve got the cute and quirky look of the artisan-made, without the hefty price tag.

6. Matt Pearson wedge coat stand

Keep things looking organic with this coat stand made from Aussie timbers by Matt Pearson, avaiFit it neatly into an empty corner or make a statement of it in the hallway, storing all those heavy coats and scarves you don’t have room for in your wardrobe.

It’s completely flat-packable, making assembly a cinch, and even has adjustable pegs so you can make it work for different garments.

7. What She Said Co neon sign - Neon… that’s one way to brighten up your living room!

Here’s one for the wild at heart, doubling beautifully and unconventionally as a desk or reading lamp.

8. Katrina Johnson Himmeli sculpture - Got an empty white (or pink!) wall dragging down your spirits?

Well lift them with himmeli (meaning the sky or heavens); it’s a Germanic word that’s now become a spiritual symbol of good fortune. The Finnish make himmeli sculptures as Christmas decorations, but we think these look pretty damn beautiful year-round.

9. Luke Neil Mr Potato Head chest of drawers - Just try not to fall in love with this pint-sized chest of drawers.

Handcrafted from reclaimed timber and metal, with the cutest little coat-button handles, it’s conjuring up plenty of 60s vibes for such a teeny tiny unit.


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