Don’t get us wrong, sometimes a trip to Ikea is totally warranted. The Swedish furniture giant is a feature in many Broadsheet editors’ homes. But if you’ve got an itch that flatpack can’t scratch, these local makers are producing some of the best home furnishings in the business.

Sarah Ellison

Sarah Ellison launched her namesake furniture and home accessories brand in 2017 after more than a decade of working as a magazine stylist and editor. The label’s iconic designs consistently feature in some of Australia’s most-photographed (and Instagrammed) spaces. From signature velvet and boucle sofas and seating, to striking wooden tables and consoles, the collection nods to the design studio’s Byron Bay home with its relaxed elegance. The brand has also just launched its first range of rugs, lighting and mirrors.

Fearon

Founded in 2019 by brothers Jack and Mark Fearon, Fearon creates functional aluminium objects designed to bring joy to any space. The simple yet distinctive pieces, which come in a rainbow of hues, span from seating to storage. Some pieces are even multifunctional – the signature Chub and Big Chub designs can be used as either a stool or side table. Each design is handcrafted in south-east Queensland and generally customisable in colour and size.

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Clo Studios

Clo Studios has a background in bespoke interior design projects and recently launched its first signature furniture collection: Timber 01. The range is made from elm and teak and focuses on craftsmanship and bringing materiality and artisan finishes into customers’ homes. Check out pieces like the Pinch coffee table, Anni occasional chair and Ode dining table.

McMullin & Co

Alice McMullin founded her eponymous brand in 2018 to help customers move away from decorating with mass-produced pieces. McMullin & Co offers a limited selection of designs and has become known for its coveted minimalist collection. Striking bedheads made from curved iron and padded fabric finishes are fan favourites. Statement occasional chairs are another brand signature. The range also features consoles, TV units, desks and dining tables – each brings a distinctive quality to its spot in the home.

Mustard Made

Mustard Made, by sisters Becca and Jess, came from a love of the old metal lockers you might find in an antique store or on the side of the road. Nostalgic in style but bright and modern in colour, this is metal furniture that ages well. The lockers are designed to serve you throughout the home; use them as a wardrobe, beside table, TV cabinet or storage unit. A range of wire baskets and hangers is also available in all colourways – they’re designed to sit inside the lockers to help keep things neat and organised.

Nau

The spirit of Nau is contemporary Australian design. Focusing on both residential and commercial spaces, the evolving offering spans lounge furniture, modular shelving, lighting and more. Materials are important; a focus on natural fibres and neutral colours is key. Comfort and function are also front of mind in these made-to-order pieces.

Bed Threads

Six years in the making – including two years of design and development – Bed Threads’ furniture range is a selection of bedroom essentials. There are delightfully curvy rattan and linen bedheads, bedside tables and sideboards to add to your sleep space (and dress in linens as you see fit).

Bazaa

Bazaa, a new Aussie online marketplace, is here to change the way you shop for (and sell) second-hand and vintage homewares. Co-founded by Thibault Henry and former Depop executive Aria Wigneswaran, the platform lets you browse thousands of listings, organise payments and delivery, and avoid scams. Shop by product, style, colour, material, price, condition or specific sellers. Current favourites include a Chieftain chair by Scandinavian designer Finn Juhl, a ’70s-style blackwood sideboard by iconic Aussie designer Gerald Easden and bold postmodern Italian dining chairs.

Oh Paddi

Brisbane brand Oh Paddi specialises in handcrafted, playful furniture for grown-ups. Designers Josh Sabey and Bri Conway create desks and plinths along with coffee, dining and side tables topped with a variety of shapes, colours and finishes. Pieces range from natural timber to strawberry pink and come in shapes like pear, jellybean and cloud. You can customise your own bespoke pieces so they fit perfectly in your home.

Jardan

Jardan loves lounging. And dining. And sleeping. The Aussie brand is known for its sleek, chic furniture, inspired by a relaxed way of living. Sofas are made to order in Melbourne and can be customised with a range of upholstery options. Don’t be afraid to shy away from colour – the team have perfected palettes that bring character to your space.

Just Adele

Local designer Adele Cotruzzola creates show-stopping pieces for her label Just Adele. The brand uses natural stone personally selected from both Melbourne and Tuscany to make side, dining and coffee tables; bars; plinths; consoles; floor mirrors; and other custom items. Rich tones bring warmth to the monolithic collection.

RJ Living

Embodying a relaxed approach to decorating and living, RJ Living draws on quintessential Australian elements to create a range that spans every room in the house. Modular sofas in earthy hues fuse sleek lines and retro appeal. Mix-and-match dining furniture lets you create the ultimate eating space for your kitchen or living room. And there’s a wide collection of sleep and storage for a serene bedroom.

Future Re Made

Future Re Made’s creative director, Polly Cadden, describes her creations as flatpack without the frustration. The collection of tables, desks and benches is designed and crafted in Melbourne from 90 per cent post-industrial materials (the remaining 10 per cent is made up by colour, fastener and UV protection). With no bolts, screws, glue or even instructions, each piece comes flatpacked and can be easily interlocked to assemble. Names like Terri, Monster and Tilda play into the childlike appeal of these Lego-inspired designs.

Koala

Koala might be best-known for its mattresses-in-a-box, but the Sydney brand’s furniture range is equally effortless with a tool-free assembly promise. There’s also a kids collection that covers nurseries, first bedrooms and beyond.

Lifely

Melbourne-based brand Lifely fills a gap in the market for high quality, affordable and on-trend pieces. The brand is direct-to-consumer, so it can keep costs low. From cosy but chic sofa beds to sleek wooden consoles and side tables, and trending bed bases, there’s a modern minimalist vibe to the ever-evolving collection.

Ecosa

Known for its direct-to-consumer mattresses, Ecosa sells a range of products designed to give you a good night’s sleep. Bed bases come in a range of timber and fabric finishes. There’s also matching bedside tables to add to your space. Plus, its comfy sofa beds come in a number of shapes, sizes and colours.

Baldwin Studios

Baldwin Studios’ designs are simple, essential and enduring. The range is constructed entirely from locally sourced recycled timber and the timeless aesthetic means they can last a lifetime. The Melbourne brand offers tables, seating and bed frames. “I like minimising every element down to its most basic form,” Benjamin Baldwin tells Broadsheet. “All my pieces try to fulfil a need in the simplest and most functional way, and I use a lot of utilitarian forms and minimal structural elements to communicate those functions. That means staying away from overly complex joinery and any kind of ornamentation.”

Rachel Donath

Maximalist detail with minimalist style, Rachel Donath’s pieces are shapely, unique and interesting. The Melbourne designer is focused on sustainable and ethical practice, and collaborates with and supports artisan communities and high-quality manufacturing. From elegant mirrors to mountain-esque bed frames and chic leather chairs, the brand’s pieces are modern and timeless.

Isaac Chatterton

Isaac Chatterton makes sitting down fun with chairs characterised by quirky and expressive designs. The brand combines traditional woodworking techniques with modern technology to hand-make pieces from solid American oak. The pieces are topped with anything from bouclé upholstery to woven seating.

Additional reporting by Evie Baker, Celeste Centofanti, Gitika Garg, Chris Harrigan and Sanam Goodman

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