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Art Deco Design shines in this New Custom Furniture Range

Art deco design had never been at the top of my list of aesthetics I adore. That’s one of the things I love about my job as a blogger and interior stylist, though; I am constantly surprised. Not only by the talent on offer here in Australia, but by the design styles I find myself drawn to that I never thought I fancied.

It just goes to show that one must never shut their mind off to the possibility of being wooed by the unexpected. And on that note, I’d like to present to you my newest design love; a range of art decor designer furniture from a Melbourne brand that’s nothing short of stellar.

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Art Deco Design from Porktown MFG

Porktown MFG is the brand I speak of, and their name is just as randomly wonderful as my discovering them, which happened by chance recently on one of my many online furniture hunts. The brand’s moniker actually comes courtesy of the nickname that was given to the suburb or Preston, which is where furniture maker Matt Ropiha is based.

The Melbourne suburb was named Porktown back in the mid 19th Century, when it was home to the state’s first bacon factory (the mere thought of the smell that would be emanating from that factory has me craving a BLT). Matt loved the back-story behind the suburb so much that the name stuck, and his brand was born.

What I find so impressive about this furniture is not only its art deco influence but the obvious durability. This is sturdy design with added functionality. The other great thing about the pieces is that Matt works closely with his clients on each one – customising them to suit the individual and their space.

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Bringing together the beauty of mild steel and reclaimed timbers (salvaged locally or from sustainably managed sources) Matt is inspired by mid-Century design and sells his work through Handkrafted; a website dedicated to connecting consumers with makers.

The idea behind the site is that the two parties can collaborate on a unique project together, offering an alternative to mass-produced furniture that so often doesn’t stand the test of time.

To see more of Matt’s work and to explore other makers who sell through Handkrafted, simply click here to jump to their website. There is so much Aussie talent there that you’ll be well and truly spoilt for choice.

Are you a fan of the art deco design in this post? Start the conversation below and share with me your fave piece from the Porktown MFG collection.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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