Archive for the ‘Manufacturing’ Category

Jan 05

Vaia Beauty

A lot of our work comes from repeat customers, this is closely followed by referrals from people who we have worked with or completed worked for. Vaia Pappas was referred to us by a very high profile and long standing customer. Everyone else she tried refused to take on the work. She was on a tight time line as her new store needed to be open and it needed to be ready to serve her clients. Vaia works to relax her clientele and in this moment she could have used a double shot dose of her own treatment. The project was just the type of thing our craftsmen enjoy. A detailed, slightly difficult and different designed furniture piece. And having been referred with highest praise we could hardly say no. Working with designer Stacey Kouros we got working on making sure we delivered on what we promised.

To see the final product be sure to visit Vaia at 32B Burton St, Darlinghurst Sydney NSW Australia 2010 and while you’re there treat yourself to one of her relaxing therapies.

Photo courtesy of Vaia Beauty.

It is a sign of doing things well when someone returns requesting more work. This is exactly the case with Sarah & Sebastian. It was only a few years ago when we did work in their office and workshop. See more on that in this post.

SARAH & SEBASTIAN was founded in 2011 by creative collaborators Sarah Gittoes and Robert Sebastian Grynkofki and has achieved cult status. Being conscious of design, quality materials and of workmanship; they called on it’s design when it came to the complex and intricate making of the luxurious centrepiece of their new flagship store at 261 Oxford Street Paddington NSW 2017. Designed by Mark Landini of Landini Associates the custom-built jewellers bench that functions as point of sale is made of American Walnut with the bench top inlayed with solid copper.

Sarah’s feedback: “Thank you, the POS is beautiful.” – We couldn’t agree more.

Be sure to see it for yourself when you are next in Paddington and while you’re there immerse yourself in the timeless design and beautifully crafted jewellery.

Read more about the flagship store opening here.

Photography: Ross Honeysett. Images courtesy of Sarah & Sebastian




A piece of furniture isn’t just a material object that one has in their home or office, it is instead an item that tells a story. For some their item of furniture prompts memories of times spent with the family, for others their desk may remind them of a successful business deal. At it’s design we regard this value highly and therefore try to produce well-crafted furniture that the customer will forever cherish.

Our latest project was done in our upholstery factory where we did the reupholstery of a few Cassina and Poltrona Frau items. The Cassina items were designed by the Italian architect and designer, Franco Albini, and the Japanese designer, Toshiyuki Kita. We did the reupholstery in leather to go with the smooth, modern feel that the sofas and armchairs possessed. Each piece has a unique structure to it and we wanted to let that stand out as we did the reupholstery.

If you would like to learn more about our upholstery factory click here or email me at

We are so pleased to have not one but two of our projects featured in the Harper’s Bazaar Working Spaces Series. 

Last year we showed you our work at MAXMEDIA LAB, this time its Sarah & Sebastian and their recently opened, first retail store.

The Working Spaces Series showcases Australian companies and individuals that are aesthetically pleasing, and add well-being and productivity in the office environment. We believe that our cabinet work at Sarah & Sebastian reflects these values of simple and ageless designs to create a pleasant and tranquil atmosphere allowing the collections to be shown in the best way possible.

If these photos aren’t convincing enough head over to Alexandria to check it out in person. Trust me, it won’t disappoint!


Thanks Harper’s Bazaar for featuring some of our work with U+I Building Studio on the newly refurbished MAXMEDIA LAB office in Alexandria.

This series showcases Australian companies and individuals that are aesthetically pleasing, and add well-being and productivity in the office environment.

Our work with MAXMEDIA LAB emits this idea of a sleek modern workplace with simplistic and timeless designs that create a calm and soothing working environment. With more hours being spent in the office it is becoming increasingly important to have a positive work environment.

Thanks MAXMEDIA LAB for the opportunity, it was an absolute pleasure! Check out Harper’s Bazaar’s article for some #officeinspo 



A BIG congratulations to our friend and collaborator Mark Smith of Smith Projects Pty Ltd for WINNING the Private School Construction Category at Master Builders Association of NSW Construction Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday night!

Working with you on the Kincoppal Rose Bay Project was an absolute pleasure! The end result looks exceptional!

This project is just one part of the refurbishment masterplan of Kincoppal which includes revamp on several of the heritage listed buildings. The area was upgraded to suit the current educational spaces and technology including pinboards, lockers, utilities storage, bench seats, tables and a kitchenette.

With the project being completed within 12 weeks, it was truly a well deserved win, If you don’t believe us, check out the photos for yourself!

Architect: BVN

The KFF MAVERICK range is a mixture of classic retro with a modern touch. Designed by Birgit Hoffmann, the range has been able to translate the archetype into a modern up to date form play.

The MAVERICK table has been conceptualised for both home and commercial use. Made from timber and can be customised to your desired length, with the option of felt gliders. The solid timber frame supports the table top timber veneer or solid with bevelled or square edge.

KFF Maverick Table

The MAVERICK chair is the epitome of classic design with a modern twist. The very recognisable design has been revamped; we can see Hoffmann’s style and personality come through with the flared legs that a consistent throughout the range.

The chair has a solid wooden frame and is available with or without armrests. The seat shell made of moulded and laminated plywood or upholstered and covered. With the option of plastic and felt gliders.

KFF Maverick Chair

Lastly, the MAVERICK Bar Stool is ergonomically designed to be perfectly comfortable for everyone who sits in it. The upholstered bar stool with high and low backrest is available in 2 heights. The seat shell is of moulded laminated plywood, upholstered and covered, its sits on top of the wooden frame. Plastic or felt gliders optional.

KFF Maverick Bar Stool

Check out our website to find out more about the KFF MAVERICK Range!

When we think of RENZ, we think of distinctively innovative shapes and superior durability.  Justus Kolberg’s Sono desk is just that. It adheres to minimalist design standards by perfectly integrating architectural elements. The fusion of strikingly clear and masculine aluminium frames and cabinets balances open forms with closed elements. With the provision to integrate the latest modern communication technology, this desk encourages productivity in the work environment.

The containers are grouped together as desired, allowing for complete customisation. The aluminium frames support desks of various lengths with the options of either glass or fine veneer.

Other options include: round and rectangular conference tables as well as electrically driven height-adjustable table-tops.

If you would like to find out more about the RENZ Sono range, visit our website.


So when our friends from Own World asked us last year to do the fit out for their Darlinghurst showroom we had nooooooo idea just how good the end result would look. And yes, as part of a great team, we proudly pat our own shoulders.

The timber wall panels, the over-size chair display and office cabinets, it all came together nicely once their good looking products featured in them. We think it’s become one fancy showroom! Have a look for yourself.


Timber wall panel and display at Own World on Stanley Street / Darlingurst / Sydney

Timber display and wall behind

The oak panels appear to ‘float’ in the room.

The ravine natural oak panel is a special feature during the day when light floats through the big glass front of the show room.

The choice of timber works even featuring almost see-through objects.

The showroom at night. The lighting makes the timber look warm and welcoming.

The Own World office. The timber wall behind the large display unit separates the office from the showroom.

The charcoal free standing cabinet works as a room divider as well as an unobstrusive storage space.

Client: Own World

Architect: Hans Freymadl

Manufacturer: it’s design

Photographer: Deborah Abesser

Do you have a business that needs a new or first joinery fit out? Never hesitate to ask! We are always happy to make time and meet for a personal visit or get together. My email: kenny(at)

The Saloni Internazionale del Mobile in Milan has closed it’s gates a month ago and I bet you know as well as we do that the industry’s air is buzzing with news, ideas and inspiration. it’s design’s focus this year was to see what two of our brands were installing to kick off the new season. We just can’t get enough new designs in our workshops. And really – most of their new comers were not only hitting the international trend but are also right down the it’s design alley.

Both Prostoria and KFF have preparing their presentations months ahead and have come up with some stylish new designs. We know which ones we fell in love with right away,  but which ones would you like to see in your office, show room, studio or private home?

Here is a selection of our top Prostoria and KFF Saloni 2014 products, do you like them as much we do? And which are your favourites? We’d love to see your comments below.

OBLIQUE Table by Prostoria. Designer: Newmen/ForUse

OBLIQUE Table and Chair by Prostoria. Designer: Newman/ForUse

OBLIQUE Chair by Prostoria. Designer: Newman/ForUse

MONK chair by Prostoria. Design: Grupa

YOUMA chair by KFF. Design by Sven Dogs.

YOUMA chair by KFF. Design by Sven Dogs.


YCKS by KFF. Design by Designmanufaktur Lemgo.

YCKS by KFF. Design by Designmanufaktur Lemgo.

Let us know if you need any more information about the products, we have all details up our sleeves but not yet in our online catalogue. We can’t wait to hear from you!


Awwww…Usually you can’t really say that we are about cute things here at it’s design. If you’d asked me, I’d usually say we like the clear and minimal designs with a touch of luxury and perfect finish. Coming from hipster Berlin, these felt products by Parkhaus are still very minimal but – really  – they are also very cute.  Like their egg cosies David and Victoria. One comes with lop ears one with upright ears. Now guess which one is which and more importantly –  why? I can tell you it’s an entertaining question at the dinner table.

Every of our Parkhaus items, from place mats to seat pads and egg cosies comes in 32 colours which allows you give your table a personal touch. And because we think the egg cosies are made to star on every Easter party, we started decorating in Parkhaus style – colourful, minimal, cool, and just a tiny bit silly, fun and CUTE.


Easter party a la Parkhaus on Baltas Table with Texas Chairs by KFF

David, the lop eared egg cosy

Victoria, the egg cosy with upright ears

Egg on round square placemat

Round square mat small, medium and large with chick



Round square mat small, medium and large without chick

Love the felt as much as we do? For orders and more details of all Parkhaus products in our catalogue, click here. Please note that orders for Easter must be placed soon as the product will be individually cut to your specification.

And of course – as always – we’d love to hear your feedback on our products!

Last but not least a big thank you to our photographer Deborah for the pre-easter breakfast session.

Happy early Easter people of good taste!



Over the past 10 years Croatia has become one of Australian’s favourite European holiday destinations. We love the colourful and sunny country with all it’s beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, Balkan food as well as direct and good humoured people. It simply makes a perfect affordable holiday destination of pure indulgence. In fact – let’s speak it out loud- we love it because it reminds us of home but is so very different.

So now there is a young and award winning design and manufacturing company called Prostoria that brings mediterranean sensuality paired with continental rationality directly from Zagreb into Australian homes and offices. The sustainable and adaptable materials perfectly suit our warm climate and the detail focused manufacturing guarantees a long term customer experience with the fun, young and most of all clever designs.

Prostoria was originally founded in 2010 near Zagreb, Croatia under name of “Kvadra” by Tomislav Knezovi. From the start Tomislav worked closely with several collectives of young designers to create unique and well thought through contemporary couches and chairs. Austrian-Croatian design collective NUMEN/FORUSE already design on an international level, whereas Ivana Borovnjak & Roberta Bratovi, the trio Grupa, Sanja Knezovic and design studio Redesign are the newcomers that create Prostoria’s fresh ideas.


Segment – is a modular sofa program available in numerous configurations. Designed by NUMEN/FORUSE.

Revolve – a clear lined modular sofa-bed for homes and offices. Designed by NUMEN/FORUSE, Ivana Borovnjak & Roberta Bratovic.

Revolve – winner of the RED DOT Award for product design 2012. Designed by NUMEN/FORUSE, Ivana Borovnjak & Roberta Bratovic.

3angle – Chairs and Sofas that hug the body. Designed by GRUPA.

Pil-low – an easy transformable sofa-bed for the home or office. Designed by REDESIGN.

Cloud – the modular sofa is an ideal furnishing for larger spaces. Designed by Sanja Knezovicfor.

Have a look at all our Prostoria products and tell us what you think! We always love hearing your thoughts on our new designs.

If you want to know more about prices and bulk orders please shoot us an email and we will get back to you in the blink of an eye.

And if you feel like reading up on that hip bunch of young Croatian designers, find more information about Prostoria on their website.

Hope to hearing from you soon!

As this eventful year comes to an end, we wish all our customers, suppliers, friends and families a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. So much has happened over the last year and in particular during the past six months. More details of all that in the New Year. Now it’s time to enjoy the festivities with family and friends.

The busy design weeks with Sydney Design, Workshopped13 and Sydney Indesign are all currently taking place throughout the city.

Our involvement can be seen with the furniture shown from Catapult at the Eveleigh Galleria.

Another furniture piece of note is the MAK which is on show at Workshopped13 at Moore Park Supa Centa in Sydney from 15th – 25th August.

MAK ambient light and clothes rackis the latest product from Australian designer, Robin Keussen. The combination of an elegant Tasmanian Oak clothes rack and ambient lighting is both a playful and practical design. In apartments, hotels, modern office spaces or as a signature piece in just about any space, MAK makes a statement while also offering a clever space-saving design.

“MAK is a play on products that are part of our interior heritage and combines what was once two products – the rack and the floor light – into one,” Robin explains. MAK’s minimal design, with clean lines and simple construction, gives it a modern style, which can easily be adapted through colour and material selection to suit a range of environments.

The thin, lightweight appearance results in less materials being used, while the raw beauty of the frame – made from plantation Tasmanian Oak and finished in natural oil – is allowed to shine. With a range of material and colour options, the lampshade uses natural materials such as wool, felt and silk – all fully recyclable.

Additionally, the flat-pack design allows users to assemble MAK themselves and requires minimal packaging, storage and shipping. The manufacturing process is also kept simple, reducing the amount of machining needed – in turn reducing energy consumption.

“It was important for practical reasons, like shipping and storage, to keep the design simple, but it also means that MAK can easily be put together and dismantled by the user, making it a really flexible design, but not compromising on style and fun.”

MAK is available as a light-rack with a lampshade, or as a traditional rack without the lampshade, and is available in four sizes: holding 4, 8, and 12 garments or ‘Unlimited’. MAK Unlimited uses a unique modular system allowing it to be extended to any length, not only displaying garments, but also creating a beautiful atmosphere within retail environments.

Aug 02


I would really be curious to hear what you think? As we begin releasing some of our new Belfakto table ranges. So far the people we have shown have marvelled at these tables and their unique design, the workmanship and engineering. The Belfakto statement when passion takes shape seems to be on the mark.

Unorthodox. Refined. Unexpectedly different. Vibrant. Elegant. These are some words used to describe the complex and elaborate intersecting structures that make up the tables from Belfakto. Is it any surprise that they won the 2013 German Design Council’s Interior Innovation Award for the Xenia table?

I hope you take some time to get to know the collection and find inspiration in these truly unique and amazing furniture pieces.

Jul 11


One thing that has been missing from our range over the years has been a sofa collection. A collection that meets our design requirements. There are so many sofa designs that are… well just rectangular. Boxes.

This changed at the beginning of the year when we met the people from Kvadra. At first it was their designs that stuck my attention, in particular the Segment. However, as we got to know each other it became clear that our philosophies also align. Kvadra is a young company formed in 2010. Much younger than it’s design in terms of existence. Yet our people are a similar age. Kvadra, like it’s design, lays value on the craftsman techniques and quality workmanship, combined with modern machinery and processes. A focus on comfort with the understanding that the desire for aesthetic is part of human need. Being a young dynamic group of people exchanging ideas, curious about new materials, exploring new ways and designs. There are so many parallels between us this was obviously a perfect partnership. Explore their collection and follow us on FacebookLinkedInPinterest, Twitter and Google+ as we add new models to the range.

Before they get pick up by our client, we thought we’d share with you two Walter Knoll 369 chairs we have just finished re-upholstering in leather. Designed by Walter Knoll in the fifties it apparently caused quite a furore with its unconventional design. However, over the passing decades its design has proven to be timeless and we got a first hand look at the quality of workmanship and materials used, which set the parameters that these chairs will continue to stand the test of time. These two chairs speak volumes for investing in not only in design but quality furniture. Upholstering the chairs in a high quality leather, with suitable leather care, it is likely that the furniture won’t need re-upholstering for decades.

Triple Stool

May 24


It’s been a few weeks since the Triple was launched during the Milan Furniture Fair at the Ventura Lamrate which my good friends at Yellowtrace write: …”Ventura Lambrate has established itself as a must-visit destination on the incredibly busy Milan Design Week circuit“. You can read about the launch of the Triple on Designspotter.

We were excited when together with Cafe Culture we could get the first round of  Triple stools and coffee tables ready for designer Chris Hardy‘s stand in Milan. If you didn’t get to Milan or ran out of time to visit the Ventura Lamrate there is an opportunity to see the Triple at the designEX fair in Melbourne next week or of course visit a Cafe Culture showroom.

Making the Triple involves the use of computerised machines and the skilled hands of a craftsman. The photos taken during the production of the stools that went to Milan tells part of the story.

All images are protected by Copyright ©. Deborah Abesser.

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