Today I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Janie Collins. A colleague and old friend, Janie is an agent for some of Australia’s best furniture makers and a fabulous support to QLD design.
It is always a pleasure to spend time with Janie. Her enthusiasm is infectious and it is always inspiring to see all the amazingly well crafted pieces from the designers she represents. These are quality pieces that stand the test of time. I’m sure each will become a treasured heirloom, which is hard to say about a lot of the furniture available these days.
Here are a few of my favourites I saw today.
TILLER LOUNGE CHAIR BY ROSS DIDIER
Ross Didier is a Melbourne based designer. Ross established his studio in 2000 and now has over 25 ranges, all of which are really exquisite. I would say that he is one of Australia’s most successful furniture makers. His philosophy is that manufacturing and design are interwoven - an approach to design he refers to as engineered craft.
This Tiller lounge is beautifully crafted with its oak sled base and custom upholstery. I think it would look stunning in a warm caramel leather.
PACMAN PENDANT – PIERRE AND CHARLOTTE
Pierre and Charlotte’s work is timeless. Described as distinctly Australian, they often collaborate with local craftsman on their unique range of furniture and lighting. I’m also impressed by their dedication to Australian manufacturing, with most of their original designs being made right here.
The simplicity of Pacman Pendant is what makes it so stunning. The removable linen shade drapes over the frame, creating a beautiful soft warm glow. It’s quite whimsical and their unique touch is evident in the timber ‘pacman’ clip that holds the flex.
TOTTO STOOL – PIERRE AND CHARLOTTE
Also by Pierre and Charlotte is the Totto Stool, which has actually been one of my favourites for a while. It is available in two heights and nine finishes, so it will work in almost any interior. I especially love the low stool as it doubles as a great side table. This is neat little guy who is handy to have around the house.
If you love Australian design have a look at www.janiecollins.com.au for so many wonderful pieces and also the stories behind the creators.