Consumer Complaints Continue To Rise

When you buy goods or services and they break too easily, don’t work or don’t perform as generally expected, you have rights under the law. The Australian Consumer Law (contained in a schedule to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010) creates a basic set of guarantees...

DESIGNERS – CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

The Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA) has established the AFA Regulatory Committee (AFARC) to support the furnishing industry – and the outcomes required to meet furnishing industry quality assurance and regulatory needs. The AFA Regulatory Committee brings...

BABY PRODUCTS 

*Source REDPOINTS Every parent wants to keep their children safe, and falling victim to counterfeiters’ tricks can have heartbreaking repercussions for families. Babies like to explore the world by putting things in their mouth. So, while companies in the west who...

The Good Design Awards

The Good Design Awards are celebrating their 60th Anniversary this year and invite you to be a part of it. The AFA are delighted to support the Good Design Awards which are officially calling for entries across 10 main design disciplines. For the fist time ever, the...

Designer Spotlight: Carmelo Princiotto of Jamel

This week’s AFA Designer Spotlight features Carmelo Princiotto from Jamel Furniture in Western Australia. Mel has worked in the furnishing sector for many years and his story will inspire readers with the highs, lows and, achievements of this tenacious...

7 WAYS THAT EMPOWERED & AGILE ‘BANDS’ IMPACT WORKPLACE DESIGN

By Nick Fletcher, Managing Director, Harmsen Tilney Shane Empowered workforces are the engine room of today’s knowledge economy businesses. To understand, engage and retain this new empowered workforce, businesses must make changes to the sociology of workplaces,...

CIMIC’S CPB CONTRACTORS WINS $84M SYDNEY RECREATION CENTRE

*source Metis Advisory CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors, has been selected by the City of Sydney to design and construct the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre, the largest pool complex to be built in the city since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The...

Amazon’s Arrival in Australia Makes Businesses Uneasy

by Sharon Givoni, Sharon Givoni Consulting In early December, Amazon launched its full Australian offering on its online store. According to the company, this move was aimed at giving small businesses the opportunity to reach a global audience, and increase...

Register or lose it! Protecting your furniture designs in Australia

Legal protection for furniture designers in Australia is one of the most complex areas of intellectual property law. Have you ever wondered how some retailers can sell replica furniture and not get into trouble? Have you ever wondered if there is anything you can do...

House of Home launches new category to support local designers & makers

By Carlinea Williamson Flicking through instagram, blogs, and even magazines, the rooms and homes that draw us in all seem to have a story. Inevitably, these rooms are layered collections of new and vintage, furniture and homewares, and often in amongst it, is a stand...

House of Home – Online Marketplace for Astute Buyers

Looking for the latest furniture and furnishing trends for your home or office? House of Home is the online marketplace, used every day by Australians searching for products and services for their home or office.House of Home is different to other marketplaces and is...

39% Increase in Consumer Guarantee Issues

More than 29,000 people reported consumer guarantee issues to the ACCC in 2017. The ACCC is concerned by this growing trend, which shows a 39 per cent increase in reports about consumer guarantee issues when compared to the 21,000 received in 2016.“It’s disappointing...

Designer Spotlight: Stefan Schöning

The AFA is pleased to introduce a new segment to our regular Design News, Designer Spotlight. Each edition we will feature a Designer working in the furnishing sector who will inspire readers with their stories, achievements and aspirations. Our inaugural Designer...

How to choose the right sofa for your living room

A sofa is central to most living room schemes, but when it comes to choosing the right match for your space, lifestyle and personality, it can be a bit bamboozling. So put your feet up and relax, and let our friends at Houzz run through a few things it’s worth...

International competition to design new Adelaide art gallery

The South Australian government has launched a two-stage international design competition for a new art gallery in centre of Adelaide. Known as Adelaide Contemporary, the proposed 15,000-square-metre gallery will be a new landmark for the city – a “unique art...

Working from home?

We found this great article on furnishing your office at home, as more and more people are spending their time in flexible workspaces. If you read this list, how does your home office shape up? Visit our website for some great office furniture suppliers around...

16 Ultra Chic Blush Pink Sofas and How to Style Them!

We all know blush pink, rose pink, millennial pink…or soft pink is in at the moment. We love the colour and thought this website might inspire you for furniture ideas for your home. Always good to be on trend! Read More

Are you Spring Carnival Ready?

Former The Block winner, Chantelle Ford has turned her design eye to hats with her business, FORD MILLINERY who she said ” provokes desire in the bellies of women who once shied away from headwear.” Her headpieces are meticulously designed with one eye...