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Donovan Hill team up with Small Australian Projects

Small Projects, Big Things


March 31st, 2009

Brisbane architects, Donovan Hill, are the first to design a range of furniture as part of Small Australian Projects – a new company producing furniture designed by Australian architects which opened its new showroom in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley last week.

Donovan Hill’s architectural practice includes a range of projects, from commercial, institutional and civic buildings, to cutting edge residential projects, precinctual/master planning, interior fitout, landscape and furniture commissions.

Established by Brian Donovan and Timothy Hill in 1992, the studio was keen to be involved in a project that would allow their furniture design to be available to a wider audience.

“When we were approached, we realised we have many likely designs floating around that had come into being to serve previous commissions,” says Brian Donovan and Timothy Hill.

“The idea was to imagine very simple ways that seemingly reticent furniture might be delightful and useful in the way it can reconfigure for different scenarios.”

The new range includes a stool, desk, table, bed base and bed head – all of which are in Australian timber, with some also featuring panels in red. All of these products, as well as a light, have the negative space of a small piece – like an irregular puzzle piece – somewhere in the design.

Following Donovan Hill’s range, Small Australian Projects will work with other renowned Australian architects, such as m3 architecture, John Wardle Architects and Durbach Block, to create subsequent ranges.

This concept allows architects to produce furniture that may have been created for a particular architectural project for a wider audience, promoting Australian architecture and design in the process.

Small Australian Projects

306 Wickham Street,
Fortitude Valley, 4006
1300 000 727



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