Jennifer Fowler and Rebekka Carey-Smith are Jennifer + Smith, a local Sydney studio creating hand screen-printed and digitally printed cushions, throws and totes. The New Zealanders, who now live in Australia, threw in their respective jobs as landscape architect and business manager to focus on something more creatively satisfying. They work with linens, cottons and outdoor fabrics to create a bright, well-tailored range. Kandinsky cushion in chartreuse (pictured), $119. Jennifer + Smith, jenniferandsmith.com.au.
Sage and Clare’s eclectic new Marais Collection embraces textural woven yarn-dyed bed linen, luxurious velvet, hand-embroidered tapestry, macrame and crochet knitting. Check out the statement-making flokati pouffe, which combines shaggy pile wool in multi colours of midnight blue, aqua, yellow, turquoise, lilac and plum with a velvet base. Pictured are the Marais quilt cover, $259, Camilla lattice cushion, $189 and Aurore shag pouffe, $239. Sage and Clare, sageandclare.com.
After studying industrial design at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Joshua Abel worked in public art, graphic and interior design, until last year, when he set up jr.abel to focus on furniture design. Included in the range is the Rocko floor lamp with hand-made ceramic shade, Press steel-framed dining chair and Splay stool (pictured) with solid oak legs and leather or fabric top. Splay American Oak stool with perforated leather, $440 and standard fabric, $395. Jr.abel, jrabel.com.au.
Melbourne design studio Something Beginning With has launched a new furniture range called HALO, designed in-house by Laelie Berzon and Lisa Vincitorio. Finely crafted with an arc form being the focal point, it combines solid American oak and a circular steel tube as the structural and unifying elements of the complete collection. The high stool, chair, lounge chair and three-seater sofa is available in an array of stains, powder coat colours and fabric or leather upholstery options. Halo chair (pictured), from $545. Something Beginning With, somethingbeginningwith.com.
Textile designer and printmaker Rachel Castle has updated her range of bright, colourful hand screen-printed prints, which shout out punchy messages or display quirky abstract prints and patterns on artwork, bed linen, cushions and clothing. There are new tea towels and prints depicting everything from puppies to pretzels. Little Scallop 1 print, $360. Castle and Things, castleandthings.com.au.
Dandi’s range of napery, utensils and serving ware is headed by Caroline Prentice from its design studio in Neutral Bay, on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. Hallmark stylised florals adorn tablecloths, ironing board covers and oven mitts with timeless appeal. Eucalyptus oven mitts in mood indigo (pictured), $24.95. Dandi, dandi.com.au.
For more than 60 years, hip Danish furniture shop BO Concept has made modern design furniture with an emphasis on fashion and functionality. It adds a dose of translucent colour in its softly-toned glass Stockholm lamp (pictured), to join the sleek lines of the ultra-compact Cupertino console table. Stockholm table lamp, $679. Bo Concept, boconcept.com.
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Headed by husband and wife team Karryn Dargie and Dean Baird, Interia is an architectural and interior design firm based in Hobart. As a sideline, the pair create a range of bespoke door hardware using the skill of Tasmanian craftsmen as well as the beauty of native timbers. Timber offcuts are used to form knobs and pulls and the Big Moo (pictured), made from Tasmania Oak and inserts with contrast stitching in leather, is made in collaboration with Melbourne leather suppliers Made Measure. Big Moo 150mm handmade knob, $166.55. Interia, interia.com.au.
Danish designer Muuto’s Compile bookends stand firm under titles of any size. Designed by Copenhagen-based Cecilie Manz, the pieces come in a choice of brass, aluminium or stainless steel and serve as a sculpturally decorative element to inject a bit of personality in a living or office space. Compile bookends in grey, plum and green-beige, $65 each. Surrounding, surrounding.com.au.