Satara Australia: Laidback elegance

2 May 2021

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. .

The latest development has widened Satara’s appeal. “At the start of 2011, we introduced an indoor range and will be showing it in Melbourne for the first time at Furnitex,” says Andrew.

“We’re very fortunate in our designer. He’s in demand internationally – high end resorts, hotels and private villas from London to the Greek Islands – and his designs for Satara are ideal for Australia’s casual lifestyle.”

“All our furniture is environmentally sustainable and manufactured in Indonesia. Most of our clients are interior designers and decorators, though we do retail through selected outlets.”

Like Satara’s outdoor range, its new indoor pieces ooze laid back elegance. A striking feature is woven rattan or Danish cord, and timbers include teak and European oak.

Find Satara at Stand C36

Hotel + Hospitality Feature within Furnitex, 21-24 July 2011 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.



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