Milk & Sugar On The Inspiration Behind Their Designer Decor


Melbourne-based studio Milk & Sugar are fast becoming leaders in the Australian homewares world. Their on-trend designs in lighting and decor are modern, minimalist, and yet full of edgy attitude.

Milk & Sugar began designing homewares in 2009. All their pieces start as fresh developments in their studio and the team works closely with quality manufacturers to bring their modern designs into reality.

With their passion for exceptional design evident in each product, we were compelled to find out just how Milk & Sugar managed to weave such magic with their latest collection.

The Austin Floor Lamp and Maple Numbered Clock, Gold from Milk & Sugar and the Holland Armchair from Life Interiors. Shop all decor online at Zanui.

Tell us about your latest homewares collection.

We wanted our latest collection to be bold and bright for the Spring/Summer season, particularly where textiles are concerned.

Across the range though we’ve used accents of brass mixed with monochrome to keep the look of the range broadly appealing.

The Maple Numbered Clock, Silver and Pip Table Lamp, Grey from Milk & Sugar. Shop all decor online at Zanui.

 How do you design your Milk & Sugar products and where do you get your inspiration from?

At the start of every collection we sit down with our design team to plan the backbone of the range.

It’s at this point that we select a general feel to how we want the collection to look as a whole and a broad colour palette is drafted.

From there, it’s very much a back and forth process with our design team – throwing around ideas and seeing which ones work.

Featuring Chester Pots from Milk & Sugar. Shop all pots and planters online at Zanui.

How do you ensure the highest quality for your products?

Quality is of the utmost importance to us. It is as important as getting the designs right in the first place.

Once we’ve designed the products, a sample of each and every product is shipped to us by our manufacturers.

We then check the quality and iron out any issues and give the production run the go-ahead.

Once the production is finished, we have Quality Controllers who physically go in and inspect every shipment before they leave the factories. This process takes time and is costly, but we think it’s worth it.

The Archie Clock, Square from Milk & Sugar. Shop all clocks online at Zanui.

What upcoming trends for interior design are you most excited about?

Simplicity is a trend we are very excited about at the moment. In fact, I’m not even sure if this is considered a ‘trend’ however it’s something that I personally love style-wise.

Simplicity is difficult to achieve and I think when executed well you can’t beat it.

The Olive Table Lamp, Slate from Milk & Sugar. Shop all table lamps online at Zanui.

 What’s your advice for styling a modern home?

Well, this is a tricky one. First of all, I always say that if you like it, go with it. You are the one that has to live with your styling choices so you are the only critique you need to please.

Some people get so caught up with trends and what they see on social media – but at the end of the day if you love the way your house looks then that is all that matters.

For me personally, there are always two things that can throw off the balance of a room; hanging artwork too high (which always seems to happen) and buying a rug too small for the space.

If you can get these two things spot on, then you’re well on your way to creating the perfect room.

Kyra Thomsen is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW. She has experience in copywriting, blogging, journalism, and social media. After completing two degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature in 2013 she began work with the content team at Zanui. Kyra was the winner of the 2012 Questions Writing Prize and her work has been published in print and online for numerous sources, including Writer's Edit, Seizure, and Fairfax Media among others.