Australian design pieces and furniture from New Zealand are made with a contemporary creative mindset, honest materials and a perfect balance of traditional craft and mocern technologies. Stopping in Oceania in our Global Interiors 2021 tour, we explore the work of independent designers such as Dean Toepfer and Daniel Emma, brands like Resident and Sowel Jones, and the talent behind not-for-profit design organisation Jam Factory. Our discoveries are presented in the April issue of Wallpaper* Magazine through a sequence of immersive images created by Berlin 3D design studio Form & Rausch.

Here, we showcase in more detail our pick of design from Australia and New Zealand.

Resident

New Zealand Design Resident

Auckland brand Resident was founded by Simon James and Scott Bridgens in 2011, and in just a decade, it has established itself as a well-respected player of the design panorama, creating New Zealand-made furniture and lighting by local and international designers.

The Isabella chair (pictured) was designed by James, featuring a play of proportions between the slender steel base and a generous seat and padded back cushion (available in a series of textile finishes by the likes of Maharam and Kvadrat).

‘Isabella Chair’, from £1390, Simon James for Resident

Ross Gardam

Australian Design Ross Gardam

Behind Australian furniture brand Ross Gardam is a team of designers, engineers and makers collaborating to create ‘experiential objects that elicit joy and defy convention.’ The Melbourne-based company is the result of a multilayered experience in the fields of design and manufacturing, with connections to local artisans and makers that combine cutting edge technologies with traditional techniques.

The Breeze side table (pictured) is designed to ‘explore the divergence of mass planar forms and the subtle light play produced,’ an effect achieved with combining curved panels into a table structure that connect to create graphic asymmetric forms. Part of a family of products including a coffee as well as dining table, the Breeze side table is available in a wide variety of customizable powder coat finishes for the base as well as the top (with the latter also available in marble)

‘Breeze Side Table’, €560, by Ross Gardam

Daniel Emma

Australian Design Daniel Emma

Australian design darlings Daniel To and Emma Aiston have created colorful design geometries since launching their studio in Adelaide, South Australia, in 2008. Their original take on everyday items has seen the pair design furniture, packaging, beauty and grooming accessories, cleaning tools and spaces – with a recent project including signage for public defibrillators in their hometown.

Their series of Mobiles demonstrated their clever ingenuity and the simplicity of their design language. The effortless compositions of wood paint and wire are arranged in a poetic, playful way; the perfect addition to brighten a space. 

Mobile, price on request, by Daniel Emma

Dowel Jones

Australian Design Dowel Jones

In 2014, Australian designers Adam Lynch and Dale Hardiman founded furniture brand Dowel Jones with the motto ‘anything but ordinary furniture’. The company grew from a two-person studio creating furniture for local cafes, to a brand producing furniture, lighting and accessories sold globally.

Available in a spectrum of rainbow colours, the Thimble stool (pictured) is a single piece spun aluminium stool referencing the familiar shapes of a thimble. Stackable and practical, the stool is also available in a tall version featuring a powder coated steel frame. 

‘Thimble Low Stool’, AUD $320.00, by Dowel Jones

New Volumes

Australian Design New Volumes

‘Create the most unique and beautiful products that will inspire and enhance the everyday:’ this is the aim of New South Wales-based brand New Volumes. The brand has debuted a first collection of pieces from Elba marble sourced from a cave in Greece, comprising household objects (such as grinders and bowls) and furniture that is functional as well as sculptural – such as the majestic Wyrie dining table by Nick Rennie (pictured). 

Wyrie Table, AU$24995, Nick Rennie, for New Volumes

Dean Toepfer

Australian Design Dean Toepfer

Australian designer Dean Toepfer focuses his work on explorations of the ways materials, shape and form interact. His Vase Versa series (pictured) is a colorful landscape of single-stem duotone vases made of Marblo, a 1970s polymer available in a variety of shades. Toepfer created pieces in bold hues as well as vases replicating marble surfaces, combining them into contrasting arrangements that change colour perspective depending on their orientation. 

‘Vase versa’ Duotone stem vase, starting from $120AUD, by Dean Toepfer

JAM Factory

Australian Design Jam Factory

Jam Factory is a creative hub in Adelaide, supported by the South Australian Government through the Department for Innovation and Skills. Created as a ‘not-for-profit organisation that champions the social, cultural and economic value of craft and design in daily life,’ Jam Factory has been supporting Australian design and creativity for over five decades, with a two-year training programme where designers can explore ceramics, glass, furniture, and jewellery and metal through a two-year programme, as well as studio spaces available to local talent.

Jam Factory also serves as a design brand featuring Australian-made furniture by its alumni, such as the Solute lighting collection by Liam Fleming and Dean Toepfer. The collection features pendant lights, sconces and floor lamps (pictured), whose manufacturing combines artisan glass blowing and modern mould making technology.

‘Solute Floor Lamp’, price on request, by Liam Fleming & Dean Toepfer, for JAM Factory

Douglas & Bec

New Zealand Design Douglas and Bec

In 2006, New Zealand based designer Bec Dowie started a creative collaboration with her father, furniture maker Douglas Snelling. This familial partnership has since grown into an fully-fledged furniture and lighting company.

The Arch Pendant light (shown here alongside two seating pieces from the Arch collection) is simply formed by a trio of suspended, tinted glass panels (also available in brass finishes) concealing a light source. The essential design is studied to create a diffused ambient as well as directional light. 

‘Arch Pendant 01’, $1620 NZ, by Douglas & Bec

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