Design Furniture: Post-war inspiration

15 July 2021

“We’ve called it our Post-War Collection: 1945-50,” says the Adelaide company’s co-owner and head designer, Lisa Magnera. “It was a time when people bore the scars of hardship, but were optimistic that the new ‘industrialism’ would bring a better future.

 “Families used whatever they’d been able to salvage, or replaced what had been destroyed with utility furniture – simple, but strong and with minimal ornamentation.

 “Our collection includes a trunk, cabinet and table, and we’ll be accenting it at Furnitex with vintage pieces such as hats and gloves – even World War II medals.”

 Since Lisa and her husband Sandro bought Design Furniture from family friends in 2005, the company has won an enviable reputation for the innovative, upmarket furniture that is produced entirely at its factory in Newton.

 Among Design Furniture’s latest offerings are occasional chairs in solid plantation oak, a bed and a four-seater sofa. Fabric colours include grey, taupe, charcoal and tan. “All very neutral and masculine,” notes Lisa.


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