Why furniture from a decorative lighting company? The launch at Furnitex of Mayfield Lamps’ first ever furniture catalogue is bound to prompt that question and the explanation makes perfect sense.


The Naga people of northern India are renowned for their arts and crafts, and lavish their skills on their ornate wooden dwellings, especially those built for chiefs.

“The higher the status of a Naga tribal chief, the more extravagant are his door panels,” explains Charl van Heerden, the founder/designer of Brisbane’s Uniqwa Furniture.


Recycled solid timber may be Matthew Miles’ material of choice and he’s all for saving old growth forests, but his priorities are clear.

“Design comes first,” says the gifted Melburnian who also uses plywoods, veneers and new timbers if they suit his purposes.

 


Flamingo Furniture have been carrying the Australian made flag since 1981 and proudly continue the tradition into the future.


The new dining range chosen by Tubeworks as its star attraction at Furnitex, will feature high gloss timber tables and upholstered stainless steel chairs.

“They’re spectacular,” enthuses Peter Joffe, the normally low-key managing director of the Melbourne company synonymous with ultra-sleek contemporary design. “It’s a very different look for us – the next step ahead for Tubeworks.”


“When you touch fine timber furniture, it feels like silk.” The lyrical words come from Carmelo “Mel” Princiotto and the emotion behind them is real.

At 40, the founder and head designer of Perth furniture giant, Jamel, has lost none of his passion for the craft that has dominated his life since age 15 when he began an apprenticeship in cabinet-making.


The timber furniture was the last word in contemporary European design – clean lines, clever handcrafted details and immaculate construction. And all of it was in solid teak.

“It was very radical at the time,” recalls George Arandjelovic. “I’d never seen anything like it in Australia, so I decided to give it a go and established Bayside Furniture.”

 


Dust Furniture is the creation of craft artist Vincent Thomas Leman of Indiana, USA. His unique, one-of-a-kind pieces have graced homes throughout the world over the years, but Dust is his first foray into the commercial world of designing reproducible versions of his work.


For the past decade, Melbourne furniture design and manufacturing company, Scope, has quietly established itself as a class act in demand by leading Australian architects and interior designers.

The downside has been scant time to develop its own ranges and identity. That’s all changed. From July, the Tullamarine-based firm will be officially known as Scope Furniture Australia and among other initiatives, is developing environmentally sustainable products for domestic and commercial environments.

 


By coincidence, there are villages called Satara in both South Africa and Maharashtra, India. The name hit the mark with Andrew and Colleen Johnston – perfect for their new venture, decided the Melbourne couple.

 That was two years ago, when they bought a company previously devoted to woven homewares. The Johnstons introduced more than a new name. They found a top-flight Danish designer based in Indonesia and hit the market with a stylish range of handcrafted outdoor furniture from tables and chairs, to sun lounges and daybeds.