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Habitus Loves… Design in Melbourne

Habitus Loves… Design in Melbourne

With a mix of established, family-owned firms and energetic new players, the Melbourne design landscape is rich and diverse. This week we bring you eight designers and distributors that are doing a particularly excellent job.


Arum by Ilanel
Arum by Ilanel

Created by: Ilan El

Why we love it: Ilanel design studio is passionate about innovative design beyond the physicality of mere objects. Design is about experience – a philosophy that encompasses spatial relationships and the creation of touch points between people, artefacts and their evolving environments. It is with the same ethos that Ilanel was created.

Where you can get it: Ilanel

Bull Hifi
Bull Hifi

Created by: Alex Earl

Why we love it: Alex Earl is a melbourne based custom lighting and furniture design company. From their workshop and showroom in Collingwood, they produce a range of designs which are available in stockists as well as direct.

Where you can get it: Alex Earl

Jade by Zuster
Jade by Zuster

Created by: Wilhelmina McCarroll

Why we love it: Zuster stands for “Sister” in Dutch, a fitting name given that sisters Wilhelmina McCarroll and Fleur Sibbel, who run the business, have complimentary strengths across design and management. Zuster is recognised for the care, craftsmanship and genuine passion for their brand and business.

Where you can get it: Zuster


Created by: Christopher Boots

Why we love it: Christopher Boots is driven by a love of nature and light, expressed through designing and creating beautiful, unique lighting. All products are hand made in Melbourne using a broad variety of Techniques from a team of artisans including glass-blowers, coppersmiths, ceramicists, sculptors and bronze casters.

Where you can get it: Christopher Boots

Lara from WGU Design

Created by: Studio Tipi

Why we love it: WGU offer contemporary, ergonomic furniture sourced from some of the world’s finest designers in countries such as Denmark and Italy and are favoured by interior designers, architects, businesses and home owners alike. With brands like Cane-Line and exceptionally restored furniture from WestGate Upholstery, WGU ensure that spaces are comfortable, stylish, affordable and tailored to clients’ specific needs.

Where you can get it: WGU Furniture

Tavolino 46

Created by: Gianluigi Landoni for Vibieffe Italy

Why we love it: Milk opened its doors on Fitzroy Street St. Kilda in 2003 to provide functional and flexible furnishings. Over the years Milk’s collection has evolved to incorporate highly technical products from Italian companies such as Kristalia, Vibieffe, AntiDiva and Calligaris. The team at Milk is thrilled to have been a part of the thriving St.Kilda business community for almost 10 years. Milk has now moved on from their St.Kilda showroom, however it continues to provide beautiful furnishings on-line.

Where you can get it: Milk Furniture

Treviso Desk
Treviso Desk

Created by: Ercol

Why we love it: Temperature Design was founded in 2005 by Grazia Materia & Vicki Corbett and has consistently worked with a strong belief that good design in furniture helps to raise standards of living and should be available to all budgets from a small residential to a large international project. The team at Temperature Design strive to lead in the creation, development and growth of their range through continuous improvement in products, quality, services and fair business practices.

Where you can get it: Temperature Design

Wilfred Sofa

Created by: Jardan

Why we love it: A family-owned, Australian furniture business in operation since 1987, Jardan knows there is no machine that can truly replace the hand or the eye. Every Jardan piece is crafted to order in Melbourne, with care and precision, by hand. Investing in good design is an investment in a lifestyle, repaid to the owner through a lifetime of fulfilment. This is made possible by Jardan’s commitment to quality materials and craftsmanship. Jardan is a company run by three brothers, Nick, Mike and Matt Garnham that has grown from humble beginnings with only eight staff in 1997, to over one hundred today.

Where you can get it: Jardan