Have you ever looked at a piece of furniture and felt an emotive response to it? When I first laid eyes on Zuster’s new Jewel and Halo collection launched at Denfair in Melbourne two weeks ago, I literally got goosebumps. It made a connection. It was bold, dark, moody, handsome, seductive and sensual. Yes it feels a little strange describing a furniture collection as such, but if George Clooney was to have a signature furniture collection, the Jewel cabinets by Zuster would come close!
I have always loved the Zuster brand and admired sisters Fleur Sibbel and Wilhelmina McCarroll who have successfully steered this local furniture business based in Melbourne over the past 20 years. Furniture designer and director Wilhelmina is responsible for this latest collection, which she created in close collaboration with local Australian artisans. The bespoke quality of each piece is evident in the hand carved American Oak scalloped door fronts, handles made by a hand blown glass blower in Healesville and quartz and citrine stone crystal knobs sourced through a local supplier. “There is such a skill in making refined furniture and we are proud to support Australian talents” says Wilhelmina.
You won’t see any standard white marble in this mix either– in its place are slabs featuring the rich bejewelled hues of Palomino Quartzite and Golden Forrest Marble. You just want to reach out and touch it, engage with it, examine the different textures and grains, marvel at the extraordinary beauty of the earthy natural stone and admire the expert craftsmanship. Wilhelmina shares,
Our craftsmen are true artists who create each piece from start to finish, adding their own touch while achieving Zuster’s signature style. We run an efficient manufacturing process and only use the finest materials with minimal impact on the environment.
Zuster’s Jewel and Halo furniture is not fast furniture. This is fine furniture. It is heirloom furniture. It is the kind of furniture that will be handed down through the family and cherished for years to come. To top off a beautiful range, Zuster is also happy to customise each piece to refine it perfectly to your personal taste in just 8 weeks. Well worth the wait.