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Made To Create: How Jardan Built a Design Legacy

Grown from an ethos of sustainability, quality, and collaboration.

Words: Anna Hutchcroft
Photography: Jessie Prince

Made to Create: How Jardan Built a Design Legacy

Jardan is more than just a furniture brand; it's a celebration of creativity, craftsmanship, sustainability and quality. As an Australian family-owned business in operation since 1987, Jardan knows no machine can truly replace the character created by human hands. That’s why every Jardan piece is crafted by hand with care and attention.

Owned and led by brothers Nick and Michael Garnham, along with Creative Director Renee Garnham, Jardan continues to refine their extensive range of furniture, lighting and homewares.

What is the purpose and driving mission of Jardan?

Essentially, we want to create beautiful, high quality and responsibly made pieces for people’s homes and spaces.

When you started Jardan, what was the lightbulb moment, insight, or observation that compelled you to build your brand?

In 1987, Jardan began as a traditional upholstery company. Ten years later, my father, my brother and I recognised Jardan’s potential and took the opportunity to acquire the company. After working closely with the design community, I was able to gain insight into the needs and opportunities within the industry, and this really helped me carve out Jardan’s unique proposition. Whilst many companies were sourcing overseas to reduce costs, we continue to focus on local manufacturing, premium in-house fabric offerings and a customer-first made-to-order process.

Reflecting on the path from conception to the current state of your business, it's clear that it hasn't been without its challenges. How do you maintain your motivation to keep making and creating?

Being a family-owned business, we are lucky enough to have the ability to be nimble in our decision making which leads to adaptability and innovation. The challenges we work through daily keep us motivated, engaged and inspired - whether it’s how to improve and elevate a design or how to create more sustainable and responsible manufacturing processes.

Banksia Drive is guided by our mantra, "Made to Create." What does this mean to you as an entrepreneur and creator?

As a design and manufacturing company, creating is at our core. We have a team of over two hundred people who come to work and live and breathe the Jardan ethos where we are constantly collaborating to create and celebrate Australian design and manufacturing. The challenge of creating is what gets us up every morning.

What attracted you to Banksia Drive as the home of Jardan?

The opportunity to be part of a like-minded and creative community in one of Australia's most beautiful areas was key for us. We feel that there is such a good synergy between our brand and Byron Bay and that our aesthetic will really resonate with the design and residential community within the area.

What are the benefits of being part of a creative community of makers, creators, and doers?

Creativity always breeds creativity, and I think being around other creative brands and companies reinforces the importance of innovative design, craftsmanship, and local manufacturing. 

The Jardan Showroom is now open at 18 Banksia Drive.

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