Designer Décor: 8 of the Coolest Interior Designers in Australia
There must be something in the water Down Under. When it comes to homes, Australian designers have got it covered. From interior designers working their magic to furniture makers, crafting together that special piece which can totally complete a room — these are the Australian-based designers to have on your radar. Prepare to be inspired, folks.
1. Mark Tuckey
Mark Tuckey has been in the furniture making business since 1990. He started from humble beginnings – $200, a blue F100 truck and some recycled timber he had picked up from building sites. Nowadays, his reputation for beautifully designed, Australian made furniture is much loved, with the help of his wife Louella who came on board in 2005, bringing with her, her own inspiration from the furniture and interior design world. Together they rebranded as Mark Tuckey in 2006 and have expanded the company into a 45-person operation with a store in Sydney.
2. Kate Heppell, Hayley Pannekoecke and Alex van der Sluys, of Kip & Co.
If you’re a lover of all things colour and prints, then the homeware brand, Kip & Co should definitely be on your radar — as should the clever trio behind the brand, sisters Kate Heppell and Hayley Pannekoecke, and their good friend, Alex van der Sluys. In an age of all things white — white walls, white bedding, white, well, everything — Kip & Co have their own unique
Style; a fun, vibrant, and carefree collection that’s sure to tempt even the most hesitant of colour users. Oh, and they also design goodies for kids’ rooms too. Bonus.
3. Lucy Glade-Wright and Jo Harris, of Hunting for George
In further proof that sisters are doing it for themselves, Lucy Glade-Wright and Jo Harris, the sister duo behind Hunting for George began their homewares online store journey back in 2010, in Jo's spare room, with just three brands under their belt. One year in, and with a few more brands on board, the sisters began to flirt with the idea of creating their own range of products. Today, Hunting for George not only stocks more than 40 different brands, but the sisters did wind up designing their own range, including prints, bed linen, accessories, and most recently, Australian Made furniture.
If you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘they don’t make furniture the way they used to’, go ahead and point them straight to the direction of Bernard Chandley — a proper, old-fashioned furniture maker based in Melbourne. Bernard creates the kind of furniture you rarely see being made by hand anymore, but when you do, you can’t help but appreciate the fact that talent like his, exist in the world. Specialising in chairs, the type that you can imagine handing down from one generation to the next, Bernard’s work is one to follow.
5. Sibella Court, of The Society Inc.
Sibella Court is the self-described captain of Sydney homewares store, The Society Inc. She is an absolute superstar paving the way in the interiors world, with her interior design work being showcased in hotels (Hotel Palisade), restaurants, and bars (including The Oaks, Mr Wong, Ms G’s). Her ability to collect and curate treasures, plucked from all around the globe is truly a work of art, along with utilising local trade and craft, in order to create beautifully unique products for The Society Inc.
6. Lauren Li of Sisällä
With over ten years’ worth of experience acquired in her roles at leading architectural and interior design practices in both Melbourne and London, Lauren Li founded Sisällä in 2010 — her very own boutique interior design and decorating practice. Specialising in creating ‘good vibes’, this Melbourne-based studio works with subtle colours in all the right ways. As director, Lauren prides herself on a hands-on approach to design and close collaborative client relationships, and the results really speak for themselves, with each completed project appearing as though they’ve been plucked straight out of a glossy magazine.
7. Simone Haag
Be it through her polished interior projects for clients, or her own swoon-worthy homes, the work of Melbourne stylist and designer Simone Haag is one to admire. Simone approaches her work much like a journalist — she investigates her client’s personal story and uses that same collected information to design an immersive narrative, one in which her client would love to live in. And it’s through this approach that Simone’s work shines, and is later often celebrated, with her work being featured in the likes of Vogue Living, Real Living, and Belle magazine.
8. Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson, of Pop & Scott
Partners in life and in business, Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson have been running Pop & Scott since 2012 — a stunning furniture and homewares business based in Melbourne. With Poppy's background as a florist, along with Scott’s natural skills as a craftsmanship, the pair are a match made in interior heaven, creating new designs and refining old ones. Visit their website and scroll through their collection of furniture, homewares, lighting, and pots, and try not to fall madly in love — we double dare you.