Dutchman Nicolaas Johannes van Putten arrived in Australia in 1960 with business ambitions and a talent for watchmaking. Nick turned his hand to jewellery, developing a precision process to create earrings, which he exported worldwide. In the 1990s he diversified into tap making, employing 55 staff.
Today Sussex is in the capable and caring hands of Nick’s family. For the new Sussex generation customisation and the expression of individual tastes are exciting motivators for continued innovation. Yet while they have an eye to the future, they uphold Nick’s legacy of quality and precision.
Sussex Taps has always carried an innate aspiration to ‘make it right’ and this has come to fruition through carbon-neutral certification.
This year we’ve seen a renewed interest in the local design and manufacturing sector, but Melbourne-based Sussex Taps have been silent champions of the cause for almost three decades.
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Director Vanessa Katsanevakis heads Sussex Taps, the Melbourne-based manufacturer her father established in the 1990s. Habitus talks to her about his legacy and her thoughts on the next big trends in tapware.
The design experts at Sussex taps are always looking for a better way to do things; which is why their taps continue to be a stylish landmark of innovation in the industry.
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