Image credit: Cinque Candle Co
It’s safe to say that us P-town peeps are interior design obsessed. If we aren’t watching the latest reno show (although seriously, enough already), we are drooling over leather plant hangers, marble trays, sheepskin throws and concrete...everything over our takeaway coffee. Here are 5 of our fave Perth homeware brands for you to get your textile-lovin’ hands on.
Cinque Candle Co
These monochrome candle creations and hexagonal marble coasters are being snapped up by the interior-design inclined. The clean burning soy candles at Cinque Candle Co are lovingly created by owner and founder Elisa Langer, and are an on-point combination of beautiful typography and signature scents like Peony and Marshmallow, French Pear and Green Tea, and Lemongrass. Most creations from this innovative little company are made to order and you can even customize the label with your choice of scented candle. Now, that would be one bonbonniere we would actually keep!
A Good Looking Man
You might have seen some of Andrew Christie’s creations most recently on the City of Vincent Parklettes, the portable recycled seating parked on popular cafe strips around the city. Funny that this red-bearded furniture maker’s covetable creations should end up verge-side, where he collects most of his materials. This talented Perth wood worker only began making furniture a few years ago after a career in painting, filmmaking and sculpture. He now works on his label A Good Looking Man from his base at MANY 6160, the creative hive housed in the old Myer building in Freo (a project that he helped get off the ground!) Here he creates impressively slick recycled-wood home wares, like his sissyneck lamps, coffee tables, stepladders and record boxes—or any piece that you could imagine in your home. He also hosts workshops for the budding furniture maker. His stuff is available on his website, by commission or at a sneaky sneaky pop-up store around town.
Mac and More
Don’t deny it—we know that there’s a little (big) part of you that’s into macramé. This 70’s textile craft is back, and for us non-crafty-type ladies who want our hipster home to be stylishly out-of-date, Mac and More have us covered. They even host workshops for those DIY-inclined folks. Pimp your pad with Mac and More’s wall hangings and bring the outdoors in with their clever plant hangers. Business owner, busy mother, nurse and wife, Erica Zuccala, mixes bright colours, natural fibres and geometric designs in her creations to tie the knot (see what we did there) between that 70s vibe and a contemporary feel.
Pip & Printer
Lisa Hannaford, a lecturer in Interior Design at ECU, started her homewares brand Pip & Printer last year out of a desire to offer eco alternatives made in WA. “I saw a gap in the Perth market and a growing trend for the desire to shop local and shop ethical,” says Hannaford. This ecotextile brand produces vibrant and unique textiles with minimal impact on the environment. Pip & Printer designs are made using organic cotton blends, hemp, eco friendly water based dyes and recycled material. This fresh and funky Perth homewares brand is a super way to spruce up your home and positively influence the market. We love their big pastel coloured pattered European Pillow and their pretty Plant Bags. They make us feel all girly and stuff.
Ben Savage is the furniture maker behind WA-owned furniture store Squarepeg Home, located in the MANY 6160 building in Freo. Originally from Manchester, it was his career in geology that brought Savage to Western Australia’s shores. Soon rocks were swapped for wood and Ben gave into his childhood love of furniture design. Ben and fellow furniture maker Jack White now create some of Perth’s finest furniture from Squarepeg Home, which exudes Scandinavian chic. Made to order pieces and restored one-off vintage pieces from Denmark are also on offer. Grab one of their Cloud-catcher swings—this sweet gift for a little one can be stamped and personalised with the lucky recipient’s name. You can also see some of Ben and Jack's commercial work at Mechanics Institute (the shelves behind the bar) and at Flipside Burgers (the tables and benches).
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