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INTERVIEW | MICHAELE SIMMERING







Michaele Simmering and her husband Johannes Pauwen of Kalon Studioswere always making things for their home - from door pulls to tables. “There has always been a lot of willing effort to invest our time and energy in our home environment,” she says. Part of the reason was that they were quite picky about the pieces they wanted in their home, and another was that they struggled to find items that...

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INTERVIEW | REBECCA AND DAMIEN LEIJER







Husband and wife team Rebecca and Damien Leijer decided to fast forward their lives and recently launched their eponymous furniture business, Leyer. The couple often spoke of the distant future and dreams to live by the beach in a home that they’d built with a shed out the back where Damien could make furniture. “It’s all he has ever wanted to do, and following our recent relocation to Torquay...

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INTERVIEW | MICHAEL URBAN AND SASKIA BUTIN







Melbourne has a long history of producing quality furniture designers and manufacturers. One of the more recent companies to emerge is MuBu Home. Michael Urban and Saskia Butin launched the brand less than a year ago after moving to Melbourne from Vietnam. Following the birth of their daughter the couple struggled to find good quality yet affordable furniture. Michael, who grew up building things...

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DESIGNER + SHOP OWNER HEIDI DABURGER







Heidi Daburgerenjoys renovating homes - and has made a career out of it. Her success has been partly related to imbuing each project with its own stamp. “I want to imbed an authentic signature in each house so that it has its own style - from furnishings to architectural designer details,” she says. However, finding the pieces to create this look wasn’t always easy. In the end, Heidi had to set...

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DESIGNER ELISE HESLOP








It was during a year of living in Italy a few years ago that Elise Heslopstruck upon an idea that has since changed her life. She was living a simpler life with her young family in a smaller home and came across a bunk bed that she appreciated for its design and ethos. Elise took a train trip to Milan to meet the designer who specialised in custom-made plywood homes and furniture made with wooden...

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FURNITURE DESIGNER SIMON ANCHER







The less-followed path turned out to be a good one for furniture maker Simon Ancher. He comes from a long line of architects - his grandfather, father, mother, two sisters and brother have all belonged in the profession - however, the chance to work with maker and designer Chris Jones gave Simon other ideas. “I’ve always appreciated designed objects and marvelled at their resolution,” he says....

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DESIGNER DARCY CLARKE







It was partly out of necessity that Darcy Clarke turned to design. In 2000 he moved to Byron Bay from Sydney, where he had studied art and architecture at COFA, and worked at the Museum of Contemporary Artin Sydney. Darcy started to design lighting and furniture pieces as a way to create an income in a country town. Within four years he was exhibiting his wares in Milan. “I don’t think of what I...

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FURNITURE DESIGNER + MANUFACTURER LEONARD GEORGOPOULOS





Leonard Georgopoulos was brought up in the world of Australian furniture design and manufacture. Born in Melbourne, he was regularly taken on tours of the Arthur G factory by his father and founder of the company, Arthur Georgopoulos. “For me, there has never been any doubt that I would be involved in the family business,” Leonard says. However, he first completed a degree in management and HR....

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DESIGNER ROSS GARDAM









From early on Ross Gardamknew that industrial design was for him. He clicked with the subject at university after growing up in the country town of Barham near the NSW and Victorian border with a father and grandfather who had a passion for making. After working in the design industry for a number of years, Ross stepped out onto his own and launched his eponymous business in 2007. He says it took...

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WOODWORKER + MAKER LEAH ROSE HUDSON-SMITH

 







Sitting behind a computer all day didn’t suit Leah Rose Hudson-Smith. After moving to Melbourne eight years ago from Perth, where she grew up, and while working as an interior designer in a big corporate office, she decided that she wanted to get more hands-on with her work. Consequently, Leah enrolled in a woodworking night class at Pop and Scottin Northcote. “I fell in love with the material...

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