We’re an innovative bunch here in Australia. Our history of brilliant ideas goes back thousands of years – and this Australia Day, we think that’s one thing that’s definitely worth celebrating! So today on the Peter’s Blog, we’re saluting five of our all-time favourite Australian brands and designers.
In no particular order, here are just some of our favourites…
We’re not going to name names, but most of the world’s biggest and most popular manufacturers of knives are based in Germany or Japan. Which is great, but every knife they make is based on traditions that go back hundreds of years. Whereas Füri knives, based in Brisbane since 1996, are different. When mechanical engineer, Mark Henry designed Füri knives, he threw the rulebook out the window and set out to make simply amazing knives to suit the needs of modern cooks. That was in 1996. Now, more than twenty years later, Füri knives are used and loved by some of the biggest chefs in Australia and the world, like Rachael Ray, Stephanie Alexander, Kylie Kwong and Nigella Lawson. Once you’ve tried Füri knives, you’ll see why.
The Diamond Fingers Sharpener. It’s ridiculously easy to use and produces great results, every time. Pro Series Asian Vegetable Chopper. This big knife means serious business! Pro Utility Knife. It’s the ultimate all-round knife for everyday use.
Bowerhaus jewellery is an Australian name that’s taking on the fashion world and winning. Sydney sisters, Shen-Tel and Elizabeth Lee created Bowerhaus as a tribute to their father’s collection of antique coins, as well as their love of all things shiny and pretty – kind of like the bowerbird. If you’re looking for jewellery that stands out for all the right reasons, you’re going to love Bowerhaus. This is Australian design at its most distinctive.
Diamonds and Pearls Tassel Wrap Necklace. Firstly, because it reminds us of Prince and secondly because it’s just so elegant. Lucky Malachite Gold Earrings. We’re entranced by these clover-shaped earrings, complete with genuine pearls and deep green malachite. Allo Trio Bracelet Set. Allo allo allo! What’s going on here then? Only three incredibly stylish bracelets featuring genuine pearls and pink opal beads.
Fragrance experts, Ecoya are based in Botany Bay and they make some of the most delightful scented candles, soaps, hand creams and fragrance diffusers you’ll ever have the pleasure of smelling. Of course, you’ll have to take our word for it – but Ecoya’s amazing scents have to be experienced to be believed. Other things we love about Ecoya? Easy. There’s also Ecoya’s beautiful packaging, and their dedication to creating top quality, eco-friendly products.
Grand Celebration Candle. This dramatic candle has four wicks and knows how to set the scene. Botanicals Collection Jacaranda and Plum Body Wash. Ecoya’s energising scents are the best possible way to begin your day. Coconut and Elderflower Mini Reed Diffuser. Perfect for small spaces, like your bathroom or study, this exotic scent is simply heavenly.
Dreamfarm, from Brisbane, are in the business of dreaming up seriously smart kitchen gadgets designed to make life simpler – and more fun! Take a look at their range and we think you’ll agree that the guys and girls at Dreamfarm are pure geniuses. But what we love most about Dreamfarm’s products are their cute names!
Grindenstein. the original Dreamfarm product, designed to help you save coffee grindings. Savel. As big fans of smashed avo, we love the Savel, designed to help you save avocado halves and more. Smood. The easiest and coolest way to mash potatoes, avocados and more.
Back in the sixties and seventies, Australian designer, Florence Broadhurst, created more than eight hundred wallpaper prints. Her iconic, bold designs graced the walls of city hotels and average suburban homes alike. But then the tasteless Eighties happened, and Florence’s beautiful designs were lost…until a few years ago, when an Australian company set out to bring some of Florence’s distinctive patterns back, in the form of bedding, towels – even luggage!
Everything, really. But if we had to choose… Chinese Gardens Black Cushion. This intricate floral design has us in a daze. Spotted Floral Kitchen Set. Turn your kitchen into a vintage wonderland with this set including an apron, oven glove and more. Arabian Gardens Cabin Bag. Go on – share Australian design with the world!