Hi everyone, this week’s Designer Interview is with the emerging talent of Millie Archer. Laura and Paul from Melbourne are producing limited edition runs of beautiful pieces so that each will become something that can be valued for their beauty and their rarity.
What is your brand about?
Creating beautiful homewares which are unique and exclusive yet affordable enough to re-style spaces on a regular basis. We are committed to producing no more than 100 pieces of each design with prices no more than $100.
How did you get started?
We (owners Paul and Laura) have always loved design and architecture and we were both searching for something that would allow us to be more creative whilst utilising our existing skills. Paul has the business, web and operations background and Laura has the trends, design and marketing covered. Whilst we definitely think there can be a place for mass produced pieces homewares (and our budget at times not allowing us to buy anything else) we saw a gap in the market and realised that homewares was going to be our choice of medium to indulge that creative side. Then, after connecting with some amazing suppliers that understood our concept we just knew homewares would be our passion from there on out.
We saw other brands like Bailey Nelson and Triangle being quite disruptive to their respective designer markets and we were inspired to shake up the homewares market in a similar way. Offering high quality and unique wares without the expected designer price tag is now an obsession and we are only getting better at it with each collection.
What keeps you motivated?
We have just had such amazing feedback so far, our customers have been really happy with our wares but also excited about the brand which makes it all worth it and keeps us going! Seeing them post pictures of their Millie piece in there homes is pretty incredible.
All over a bit. Our wall art prints are printed in Collingwood. Everything else is manufactured overseas. We’d love to produce more locally.
What are the design trends you are seeing emerge for 2016/7?
At Millie Archer we see colour and pattern play an important part in the homewares landscape for 16/17 with a balance of neutral tones. Our next ranges which were designed over 18 months ago coincidentally speak to the Pantone colours of the year – Rose Quartz and Serenity – are implemented with a soft approach. Think water colour finishes and organic style patterns departing from the geometric style we have seen so much of in recent years. We still love a little metallic too so we expect this to continue for a little while longer, perhaps with different palettes but present non the less.
Our Le Citron Print Linen Cushion. The design has a vintage edge to it but with a clean aesthetic. It’s the perfect piece to add just a touch of colour to a scandi style space without disrupting that calm feeling you get with a neutral, simple palette. It is also 100% linen and feels amazing, you just want to hug it! The linen softens more and more as time passes.
Thank you to Laura and Paul from MillieArcher for taking the time to speak to HomeStyleFile today. You can see their full range here and don’t forget to check out their Instagram for refreshing design insights for your home.