As we discuss ideas of more sustainable living in all aspects of our lives, the focus shifts to ways we can incorporate this into our homes by selecting hand crafted and artisan items over mass produced, cookie cutter replicas.
Over the past few months we have seen a resurgence of homewares and furniture which take us back to basics with the use of rustic and raw materials including stone washed linen, stripped back timbers, crochet and organic shaped ceramics with worn glazes.
Support for smaller businesses and designers’ using locally sourced materials has also increased as we see consumers embrace local markets and pop-up galleries selling unique, well crafted pieces. And although handmade, these pieces are far from kitsch, taking on simple and refined forms which play to the modest nature of this trend.
Older methods of craft are again being explored also; rattan for example is being applied to contemporary designs and blemished wood, previously tossed to the side, is being lavished with attention - without a pre-programmed machine in sight. Likewise, humble materials such as plywood and concrete are being mindfully crafted to create something from what was traditionally nothing - think plywood cabinetry and suspended ceilings to concrete bathtubs and basins.
Similarly up-cycling of items we already own is ever popular; often a good sand and new coat of paint or fresh upholstery can repurpose a piece, eliminating the need for sending it straight to the rubbish pile - both cost effective and waste minimising!
Photo Inspiration Left to right:
Porktown MFG Custom Furniture
Melbourne Based Bicker Design
PIP+COOP and Adele Joy Chard Artwork Collaboration
Mornington Peninsula Based Artist - Kaz Morton Ceramics
Interior Stylist Cassie Thomson lets you in on the trade secrets, tips and trends of the HOME.