We’ve long been fans of Melbourne furniture brand Jardan, whose distinctive handcrafted furniture – especially their sofas – have become a recurring fixture in many of the beautiful Australian homes we shoot.
Many of Jardan’s designs have become familiar to us (and you!) over the years – the ‘Nook’ and ‘Wilfred’ being two of their most popular, and sadly most copied sofa designs. But, as any brand at the top of their game knows… the only way to stay ahead of the pack is to ensure you’re always innovating, and constantly looking ahead.
Enter the Art House collection. WOAH. This impressive new collection of new furniture pieces, alongside homewares and lighting represents a bold new direction for Jardan. It looks nothing like anything they’ve produced before, and presents a distinct aesthetic shift, embracing more characterful, complex forms, and unexpected materials (and yes, terrazzo makes an appearance!).
Inspired by iconic Australian artists such as Howard Arkley, Clement Meadmore, Joy Hester, Sidney Nolan and Brett Whitely, this collection represents a fresh new take on the 1970’s aesthetic that’s #trending so hard right now. We love the slouchy, exaggerated shape of the new Valley sofa – and the bold geometry of the Arte coffee table, which references Clement Meadmore’s iconic textile designs for Sydney-based firm Sekers Fabrics. A more compact and understated form, the Joy chair is another standout piece, with its contemporary yet classic silhouette. Meanwhile, pieces like the Preston sideboard and bookshelf have pushed the boundaries of Jardan’s manufacturing processes, incorporating new high gloss lacquer finishes and intricate internal engineering.
A family owned business established in Melbourne in 1987, there’s a lot to love about Jardan. With their own distinctive version of what ‘Australian’ style looks like, this is one local design brand intent on constantly reinventing themselves. And, as this new collection proves, they just keep on upping the ante.