Australian homes are generally known for seamlessly blending the outdoors with the indoors. Think foldable doors opening from kitchens into courtyards and big bay windows looking out onto greenery or bright blue sea.
They’re also known for their minimalist, neutral bases with pops of personality throughout, including photographs from local talent like Aquabumps and Murray Fraser, or home décor from Australian-owned brands like Jones & Co and In The Roundhouse.
With all this in mind, it makes sense then that Australian furniture brands have distinct offerings too, most of them producing pieces looking to have been plucked from nature with minimal interference, and simple enough to let home décor do the shining.
Ahead are a few of our favourite Australian furniture brands that do that. From a brand offering one-off, antique pieces, to one of the biggest brands in the country with showrooms in most of the major capital cities, this is our edit of the best Australian furniture brands.
Melbourne-based furniture and homewares brand Lifely prides itself on not having mark-ups, so you can rest assured you’re paying the right price. The brand stocks everything from bed frames and mattresses, to rugs and entertainment units. Helpfully, the site lets you shop by style, including rattan, Mediterranean and curved.
Totem Road is best known for its sustainable timber furniture, which includes beds, couches and dining tables. It’s also got TV units, mirrors, mattresses and more. All pieces are designed to last season after season, even longer than a lifetime. The brand’s ethos is all about mindful consumption, as well as giving and taking in equal measure, so it only produces what’s needed and partners with some of the best ethical factories.
Founded in 2020 by Jade Yarbrough and Danielle Roberston, Merci Maison stocks stools, chairs, lounges and bar carts, among other furniture. Inspiration for the pieces comes from the founders’ love for both vintage and contemporary design, as well as their appreciation for European style. Each piece has impeccable details and polished construction using top-grade materials.
McMullin & co
Alice McMullin founded McMullin & co in 2018 with the design ethos of questioning how we move and interact in the spaces we live. The brand’s offering includes bed heads, bench seats and dining tables; many pieces are antiques, handpicked by McMullin herself. The brand also sells artwork, currently from artists Phoebe Stone and Ash Leslie.
Founded by Melbourne-based interior stylist Hannah Goldberg, Zenn Design has sofas and modulars, fully upholstered beds and custom bedheads. Everything is designed and made in its Melbourne workshop, using locally-sourced materials that are ethical and traceable. Pieces are all made-to-order, and can be customised to suit the individuals’ needs.
Coco Republic is one of Australia’s most-known luxury furniture brands, with showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The brand sells furniture for the bedroom, lounge room and outdoors. Its ethos is to help create interior and outdoor spaces that are welcoming, lived in and loved. It was behind the recent $30-mill makeover of hotel Manly Pacific.
MCM House was founded in 2005 by Charles Hinckfuss, who began his career by buying and selling antique furniture. Today, it has built a strong reputation as one of the country’s leading furniture and homewares brands. The brand’s standout piece is easily its Joe Sofa, which comes in six different colours and four sizes, ranging from two-seater to 3.5-seater.
Fantastic Furniture was started with a humble stall at Sydney’s Parklea Markets in 1989, and has since grown to have over 100 stores around the country, as well as an online store. Though furniture from the brand is certainly mass produced, it still focuses on sustainability, continuing to improve its processes to be better for the environment. By 2025, it’s aiming to have all of its external product packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable.
Fenton and Fenton
Fenton and Fenton was started by Lucy Fenton in a small store in Melbourne’s South Yarra in 2018. Fenton says her many travels helped to inspire her to start the business. Today, Fenton and Fenton has a showroom in Prahan, as well as its online store, which Fenton says has become the backbone of the business.