When it comes to decking out your pad (bachelor or otherwise) with furniture, you could be a conformist and visit stores such as IKEA or AMart Furniture. But we here at DMARGE know you’re better than that. Sure, those stores provide furniture that could take up space in your humble abode, but for outright coolness, durability and longevity, we implore you to look to independent designer furniture stores for all your essential needs.
Melbourne, being an incredibly cultured city, knows a thing or two about art and design, and it’s with that in mind that several designer furniture stores have opened their doors to sell you their interpretations of sofas, beds, chairs, coffee tables and all manner of other furniture basics.
If you’re someone who’s looking to redo their home, has moved into somewhere new or simply thinks their living room could do with one more piece, then you’ll want to check out this list of the coolest furniture stores Melbourne has to offer.
Jardan furniture is designed and manufactured in Victoria and sold in stores in each of the major Australian cities. The Melbourne store, then, could be considered the flagship, and it’s here you’ll find the company’s incredibly well-made, sustainable furniture offerings. Furniture is made both from sustainable materials and put together by sustainable means, and encompasses chairs, beds, desks, storage and outdoor pieces, alongside rugs, homewares and lighting.
Address: 522 Church Street, Richmond, 3121
Phone: 03 8581 4988
Fanuli Furniture is a family-owned furniture company that first set up shop in Sydney in 1976 before opening its Melbourne store in 2015. Specialising in Italian furniture, both as a distributor for third-party brands and as a maker of its own range, Fanuli can be called upon to deliver high-quality pieces to deck out your living room, dining room, bedroom, as well as any outdoor space you may have.
Address: 681 Chapel Street, South Yarra, 3141
Phone: 03 9826 8777
Cult is a must-visit store for a wide selection of designer furniture brands under one roof. Whether you’re in the market for something minimalist from Scandinavia, contemporary designs from Italy, or even something quintessentially Australian, you can find it all at Cult. Not only does the store act as a distributor for global brands, but it has its own brand: nau, responsible for a eclectic range of Australian-made and designed pieces.
Address: 680 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9066 1177
Japanese furniture more up your street? You’ll want to head to Apato. The store specialises in stocking a broad range of Japaense brands, ticket off pieces including seating and tables, which in typical Japanese style, make heavy use of wood. Collections come from both world-renowned designers alongside up and coming talents, meaning you could potentially score yourself something that will prove to be utterly timeless.
Address: 421-423 Swan Street, Richmond, 3121
Phone: 03 9912 7250
With a mission statement promising to help customers “create beautiful spaces”, Curious Grace is just that, curious. The retailer stocks collections from designers from both Europe and Australia, with an emphasis being placed on contemporary pieces that will perfectly complement modern Australia homes. All collections comprise entirely original designs, which predominantly cover the living room, dining room and bedroom. Expect high-quality fabrics, solid wood and some of the finest armchair designs around.
Address: 1 Parslow Street, Clifton Hill, 3068
Phone: 03 9481 3488
Melbourne’s Pad Furniture brings together an impeccable range of European furniture designers – including Rolf Benz, Bonaldo and Hulsta – alongside some of the finest offerings from Australia such as David Emery. A visit to Pad’s showroom will not only have you leaving satisfied with the exemplary customer service, but you’ll likely want to take a van to load up with pieces you’ll inevitably end up buying.
Address: 630 Church Street, Cremorne, 3121
Phone: 03 9421 6655
Think of Huset as an upmarket alternative to IKEA. The furniture store specialises in handcrafted European furniture from an extensive range of well-known designers and presents it alongside its own range of Australia-made designs. One of Huset’s biggest draws, however, is that whatever piece or pieces you want to buy, you’re highly likely to find them in stock, meaning you can say goodbye to long wait times.
Address: 236 Centre Dandenong Road, Cheltenham, 3192
Phone: 03 8609 1443
James Said positions itself at the higher-end of the luxury furniture scale, with its collections consisting of hand-selected pieces from some of the world’s top furniture designers. The furniture retailer founded its first store in Perth but has since expanded to Sydney and Melbourne (and closed the Perth store in the process), offering Australians on the east coast the chance to, in their words, “Create beautiful” in the home.
Address: 926-930 High Street, Armadale, 3143
Phone: 1800 077 704
Great Dane was founded in 2002 and started out with owner Anton Assaad selling secondhand vintage Danish furniture to the Australian public. Anton found quick success, so much so that he was able to proposition retired furniture maker Arne Vodder with reviving some of his old works. Arne agreed and Great Dane grew exponentially. Anton has since worked with other famed furniture designers such as Kai Krisiansen and Mads Johansen, to continue to offer a high-quality range of Scandinavian style pieces.
Address: 175 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, 3065
Phone: 03 9417 5599