Friday, September 11, 2009


I've been a huge fan of Australian designers bernabeifreeman since I discovered them while working at Cite. Kelly was working for one of our suppliers Living Edge, and through some discussions with her on the phone, I found out about her business with Rina. They only had a couple of pieces in their product range at that point, but I was instantly smitten.

Rina and Kelly have been working together since 2000. They have always been obsessed with decoration, the domestic interior and using materials in non-obvious ways. Being industrial designers the two are excited by the challenge of mass manufacture and the modern day factory.

This has translated into a range of modern lighting and furniture that combines "brutal technical precision and delicate sensuality rolled into one". Their work has received several national awards, and been exhibited both locally and internationally, most recently in Zona Tortona at the Milan Furniture Fair, and at the Milan Triennale.

Since the two formed bernabeifreeman, they have always aimed to deliver a high design product, of the best possible quality for the domestic and commercial market. Sustainability and product life cycle has always been part of their design process, right from the concept stage.

I am determined to have at least one of their pieces in my home one day. Maybe if the Tom Dixon Copper Shades don't work out for the kitchen, two Criss Cross pendants could look spectacular. And I just love having cutting edge Australian design in my home.

Criss Cross

Criss Cross, Clayton Utz


Custom screen, Distillery

Wovin Wall

Custom sreen, Exchange Hotel

Bernabeifreeman have recently started a new website called bfhomewares, which brings together in one place their beautiful new cushions, trays, tea towels and fabric lighting designs for everyone to purchase.

All images bernabeifreeman

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