casper and casper’s adventures at DENFAIR led us to so many wonderful discoveries, and we’d like to share a few more with you. This time, they all have a common theme: Australian-made. The three companies we’ve chosen to highlight, bring something unique and quirky to the Australian design scene – two qualities we love and in fact cherish, as they help merge the boundaries between furniture, design, and art.
First up we turn on the lights! Rakumba’s tagline is ‘We make beauty’ and we wholeheartedly agree. This Melbourne-based outfit has been designing and manufacturing a range of outstanding decorative lighting pieces since 1968. Rakumba blurs the lines between traditional and modern, using a variety of innovative techniques to create lighting masterpieces that tell a story. Take the simply outstanding Ballerina-Prima upright light or even Rosella, a contemporary take on one of Australia’s national icons. If you nothing in their current range tickles your fancy, they also specialise in bespoke solutions, helping people realise their creative lighting dreams one piece at a time.
Lump Sculpture Studio based in Abbotsford, Victoria create stunning outdoor sculptures and urban art. Founder Chris Vassallo and artistic partner Timothea Jewel produce highly original art pieces for installations in both commercial and residential settings. They have a long history of exhibiting at some of the world’s most prestigious design shows including multiple showings at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in the UK and Melbourne’s own International Flower and Garden show. They’ve also taken their craft to the streets and suburbs of Melbourne with urban art projects at shopping centres, universities, high-end Collins Street and even railway stations! You too can bring a little of their street sass into your space by visiting their online shop. It features their full range encompassing sculptures, planters, lighting plus their specialty, decorative screens. We’d love to pick a favourite to highlight for you … but it’s just too hard!
Our last showcase is the wonderful and quirky Melbourne duo at Porcelain Bear. Who knew porcelain could be so funky? Designers Gregory Bonasera and Anthony Raymond, that’s who! These two amazing artisans possess a deep and intricate knowledge of the material which allows them to take it to its very limit … and then some. In their Collingwood studio, they successfully combine 300-year old techniques with 3D technology to create a variety of porcelain lighting, porcelain tableware and even porcelain furniture (including a full-size dining table!). A selection of their current range is on their website, but they also offer a custom service. Something to consider if you want a statement piece for your space.
Feature by Renee Lunder.
Images source :Rakumba, lump studio, porcelain bear,and casper & casper