Australian furniture in the driver’s seat at Stylecraft

By Penny Craswell

Australian design is on the rise. Even though we will always have a soft spot for the classics from Denmark or Italy, growing numbers of Australian interior designers and consumers are seeing the value of supporting Australian designers, and Australian retailers are responding to this shift, investing more money in manufacturing collections by local talent.

Blue by Keith Melbourne at Stylecraft
Blue by Keith Melbourne at Stylecraft

Stylecraft is one of those retailers. As reported earlier in the year for Melbourne Indesign, the brand, originally an importer of product from Europe, now has an impressive number of collections created in conjunction with Australian designers. Melbourne-based designer Keith Melbourne is one. A former aerospace and automotive engineer, Keith prefers to work with Australian manufacturers, allowing him to be more involved in the process of production. This approach can be seen in his Blue collection for Stylecraft, a sofa, armchair and ottoman built on the foundations of an environmentally-certified timber and foam shell. Read more

Porcelain Bear showroom interiors unveiled

By Penny Craswell

When Gregory Bonasera and Anthony Raymond first got their hands on the building that was to become the Melbourne showroom of their design brand Porcelain Bear, it was one of the most graffiti-covered buildings in Collingwood.

Porcelain Bear showroom exterior. Photography: Dianna Snape
Porcelain Bear showroom exterior. Photography: Dianna Snape

Although it had most recently been used by an events company, the building’s original use was as an auto mechanic workshop, a history that was appealing to the pair. “There’s even evidence of an old petrol bowser in the driveway,” says Bonasera. “We love its history and its modernist, industrial aesthetic.” Read more