8 Local Homeware Brands We’re Currently Obsessing Over
R.I.P our bank accounts, but we’ve been anxiously watching US election coverage and need a hit of dopamine, stat. What better way than to kit out our houses in the local homewares we’ve been obsessing over?
We’ve been following Side Serve’s luscious instagram and drooling over their statement tableware since their inception in 2017, dreaming of an excuse to hire some bougie crockery. Well, the wait is over – they’ve finally launched an online shop for all the goodies that aren’t quite right for the hire range, but you just have to take home with you. Expect to find next level chic crockery, glassware, flatware and a few other fun bits and pieces to tickle your fancy.
We can’t get enough of Kura Studio’s thoughtful approach to homewares. Founded by BFFs Serena and Anika, their products turn everyday moments into something truly special – from cleverly shaped utensil holders that fan out your kitchen or craft tools juuuust right, Japanese-style garlic graters that fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, or ceramic painting palettes that practically transform your clumsy weekend watercolours into blissful meditation.
You’d have thought we’d had enough of our beds after lockdown, but boy do we love a sleep- in. And is there anything better to enjoy a lazy Sunday morning in than Bedtonic sheets? Pure OEKO-TEX certified European flax linen, that keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, in the perfect muted colours to match any decor. We don’t mean to make Monday mornings any harder, but these sheets sure do make it difficult to get out of bed.
Turner and Turner
Turner and Turner create functional, handcrafted wares that reflect the beauty of our Southwest. Turned natural edge bowls and boards made from Western Australian timber burls will be the perfect canvas for your next grazing platter, while their cake stands turn any sweet treat into a piece of art. – plus their hand crafted wooden spoons, spatulas and rolling pins are the perfect gift for the baker in your life.
Just like everybody else, we’re all aboard the rattan train. And luckily for us, we’ve got reLAAX to feed our addiction. We’re already picturing ourselves all summer at the beach on the Whitsundays lounger, but we can equally see ourselves filling our houses with their lush rattan headboards, side tables, day beds and more. That’s not even mentioning the baby play gyms and bassinets we’ve been spamming our expectant friends with, or the perfectly paired accessories they stock. I definitely need to get a giant clam for my dining table, right?
Ohh Happy Home
Rugs seem to be a major point of consternation amongst our peers. They always seem to be too expensive, or too garish, or too beige, or too synthetic… it’s a lot to process. Thank god for Ohh Happy Home! Stylish rugs, designed in Perth, that don’t cost an arm and a leg, and many of which can be WASHED. In a washing machine! We can hardly believe it. Plus, as a partner of GoodWeave, you can rest assured that your snazzy new rug is ethically produced, with fair working practices for weavers and no child labour.
It’s pretty hard to narrow down our favourite ceramicists of Perth, but Winterwares have gotta be up there. This Fremantle studio blends the quirkiness of handmade ceramics with thoughtful utilitarian design. Step up your breakfast game with a set of the perfectly sized lagom bowls, or impress your next dinner guests with the minimalist, white speckle dinner plates. If you can’t quite stretch to a new set of crockery, they’ve also got serving platters and bowls, as well as soap dishes, vases and planters to inject a bit of serenity into your home.
Old Grey House
Textile designer Tanya Cain-Abbs of the Old Grey House is making homewares inspired by the natural beauty of WA – but these aren’t your nan’s tea towel’s. Instead of pastel-toned wildflowers, you’ll find high contrast, striking botanic images that are hand screen printed using sustainable printing methods onto linen, then turned into cushions, tablecloths, napkins, table runners and, yes – tea towels. As well as these, Tanya leads DIY shibori workshops around Perth, and has a range of shibori napery for those more BIY (buy-it- yourself) than DIY.