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DesignByThem brings Australian design to New York


Above image: The butter series by DesignByThem.

Sydney-based studio DesignByThem will be premiering their Australian-designed range of products to an American audience, at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City.

DesignByThem houses a collection of uniquely resolved pieces, each with a quirky yet universal appeal, easily complementing contemporary interiors.

“We feel the Australian lifestyle and products are something the North American market will love.” says director Sarah Gibson. Their designs are approachable, reflecting a particular “sense of fun, timelessness and sustainability,” sure to resonate with design specifiers and enthusiasts in the US.

The Butter series by DesignByThem cofounders Nicholas Karlovasitis and Sarah Gibson offers a range of playful casual seating solutions and low tables, neatly resembling a packaged cubic brick of butter.

Photo by Georgie Gavaghan

The Ribs Bench at Sydney Opera House. Photo by Georgie Gavaghan


The Ribs Bench by Stefan Lie presents a pleasantly undulating seat, with a striking organic form currently adding a curvilinear element to interiors at the Sydney Opera House.

Patrons enjoying the restrained opluent interiors at South Melbourne’s trendy Kettle Black may well be seated on a DesignByThem Partridge bar stool.

The Partridge bar stool at the Kettle Black. Photo by Peter Clarke.

The Partridge bar stool at the Kettle Black. Photo by Peter Clarke.


Established in 2006 by Nicholas Karlovasitis and Sarah Gibson, DesignByThem endeavours to represent a rich cross section of Australian design, providing a platform of support for emerging local designers. Alongside designs by Karlovasitis and Gibson, DesignByThem includes works by talented designer Tommy Cehak and industrial designer Stefan Lie.

DesignByThem will be attending ICFF at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan on May 16 – 19.



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