Top 10 Amazing Aussie Brands To Put On Your Wishlist

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Here at Zanui, we’re proud of all the wonderful, Aussie brands we bring to you. From home-grown icons to up-and-coming local talents… there’s a lot to love about interior design down under!

It wasn’t easy to come up with just 10 of our fave Aussie brands. We started with a list as long as our arm and had to leave out a few amazing contenders. You can find all the products made in Australia here.

We hope that our top 10 list sheds a little light on smaller Australian businesses and artists as well as those household names we’re all so fond of!

1. Maxwell & Williams

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Bowls, plates, and canisters from the Artisan range and acacia wooden boards by Maxwell & Williams. Shop all tableware online at Zanui.

Internationally-renowned, Maxwell & Williams, hit the market in 1995. But the roots of this global homewares brand go back much further than that!

Max Grundmann and Bill Ryan founded the brand under the umbrella of H.A.G – a homewares business initially begun by Max’s parents Harry and Anna Grundmann, who immigrated to Australia in 1961 after surviving the Holocaust.

H.A.G was a huge success. And with Max Grundmann at the helm, Maxwell & Williams became one of the country’s most popular Aussie homewares brands.

You can read all about the Maxwell & Williams story in our interview with Max Grundmann here.

2. Rapee

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Bronte Cushion and  Kadiri Cushion from Rapee on the Larsen 3 Seater Sofa, Light Grey with the Bastian Coffee Table, Natural from Zanui. Shop all cushions online at Zanui.

A leading source of cushions and throws in Australia, Rapee is a high-quality brand that many interior designers rely upon for the best designs in modern décor.

First founded in 1977 in busy Sydney, Rapee made a name for themselves with their unmatched quality and designs. Since then, their reputation has made them a leading brand of soft furnishings, table linens and bedding.

3. Willow & Wood

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Bookworm Bookshelf and the Plain Jayne Blue Shelf from Willow & Wood. Shop all kids bookshelves online at Zanui.

An Aussie family-business, Willow & Wood, was established in 2012. But the love of handcrafted, high-quality homewares began over 20 years before when a father helped his daughter make a wall-mounted bookshelf…

With the philosophy that the best designs are made with love and made to last, Willow & Wood design all their shelves and décor in their Sydney workshop.

4. Jennifer Lia

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Icebergs Original Acrylic Framed Canvas Painting from Jennifer Lia. Shop all wall art online at Zanui.

Sydney-based artist, Jennifer Lia, is inspired by the coastal landscape around her studio in Manly. Having started out as a fashion buyer,  Jennifer Lia sidelined her creative work for 10 years before taking up the challenge of starting her own business.

Her decor ranges from original paintings and prints to linen cushions and colourful dinnerware, all made in Australia from locally sourced and eco-friendly materials and methods.

Jennifer Lia’s love of blue shades and abstract design maker her artworks easily recognisable in any curated collection.  To learn more about Jennifer Lia, see our exclusive interview with her here.

5. L&M Home

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The Cairo range of table linens from L&M Home. Shop all table linen online at Zanui.

Originally launched in Melbourne as ‘Linen & Moore’ in 2000, L&M Home has gained great success as a leader in soft furnishings. Founder Anna Lofts wanted to bring luxury living to everyday homes, and this philosophy has seen L&M Home through many seasonal collections.

From bedding and cushions to table linen and kitchen linen, L&M Home is a leader in high-quality textiles that are comfortable and contemporary.

6. NSW Leather Co

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NSW Leather Co cushion and hide rug with the Otto Armchair, Frost from Zanui and Stag Off (Left) Canvas Print from Hoxton Art House. Shop all hide rugs online at Zanui.

As Australia’s largest leather distributor, NSW Leather Co is a go-to source for the highest quality cowhide rugs and cushions. All their hides adhere to top-notch Aussie standards for peace of mind.

NSW Leather Co is a family-owned company now in its third generation. Over 60 years of business, they’ve become a leader in commercial-quality hide products for Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

7. Milk & Sugar

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The Claude Pendant, Charcoal from Milk & Sugar. Shop all pendant lights online at Zanui.

Milk & Sugar are a Melbourne-based design studio with a love of simple yet beautiful homewares. Their first range launched in 2009 and they now release beautiful collections twice a year.

All Milk & Sugar products are developed in their design studio from scratch, so their ranges always reflect the latest interior trends and innovations.

They give Scandinavian style a modern edge with timber and metal designs inspired by the impact of simplicity. For more on Milk & Sugar’s design process, read our blog feature here.

8. Speckled House

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Watermelon Wall Hook from Speckled House and Watermelon Wall Decal from forwalls. Shop kids decor online at Zanui.

Originally established as the well-known decorative brand ‘forwalls’, Speckled House has branched out and become an iconic source of the cutest kids’ designs.

However, their range has expanded from removable wall stickers to adorable wall hooks and nursery bedding. All their designs are creating by their talented in-house team in Australia, then distributed around the world.

9. Palm Beach Collection

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Candles and diffusers from Palm Beach Collection. Shop all candles and fragrances online at Zanui.

Aussie brother-and-sister design duo, Kirsten Walker and Mike Grey founded Palm Beach Collection, inspired by their childhood growing up by the sea. They traversed the world and worked with leading international experts to develop the most luxurious fragrance collections.

Palm Beach Collection’s scented candles and reed diffusers are all made in Australia. And the local Sydney landscape permeates the essence of every delicious fragrance.

10. Art Hide

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Falling Squares Hide Rug, Blue from Art Hide with the Round Leather Floor Pad, Black and Pages Rectangular Leather Cushion, Tan from Amigos De Hoy on the Chloe sofa from Zanui. Shop all hide rugs online at Zanui.

Design-savvy sisters, Kura Perkins and Bree Hay-Hendry became inspired by the spirit of adventurous travels to South America and a love of leather-craft. Art Hide was born in 2009, blending the sisters’ skills with textiles and fashion design.

Not your everyday hide décor, Art Hide use the latest in cutting-edge technology and high-end, current trends to craft exquisite rugs and cushions. With a focus on safe manufacturing, you can rest easy knowing that Art Hide are at the top of the market.

For more on the benefits of quality hide rugs and what to look for when buying them, read our exclusive interview with Art Hide here.
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Kyra Thomsen is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW. She has experience in copywriting, blogging, journalism, and social media. After completing two degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature in 2013 she began work with the content team at Zanui. Kyra was the winner of the 2012 Questions Writing Prize and her work has been published in print and online for numerous sources, including Writer's Edit, Seizure, and Fairfax Media among others.