The desire to create unique expressions in timber inspired furniture brand Planet.
Ross Longmuir is the founder of furniture manufacturer Planet, a brand he started after noticing that most furniture and interior design in Australia followed a very European style, a state of affairs that he aimed to rectify.
“I wanted to do things differently and create a truly Australian aesthetic that made sense of our materials, climate and lifestyle,” says Ross (pictured below). “In 1991 I began working as a designer and maker of furniture. In 1998 Planet opened as a retail showroom in Sydney.” From that original showcase – just 35m2 – Planet has grown into a leading brand of timber furniture and homewares, crafted from sustainably grown, solid Australian hardwood. Its stock in trade is simple and wellproportioned design that responds directly to the chosen materials. “It’s so important to be true to yourself, to have a philosophical framework that fits with your ideals and core beliefs, and to stick to it,” Ross explains. The payoff is well worth it. “Nothing beats the feeling of standing with a thrilled client who’s seeing your design for the first time – and knowing that it’s completely original.”
‘Dalsace’ desk, $8900, ‘Slim’ chair, $1195, ‘Twisted’ coffee table, $1900, and ‘Twisted’ side table, $890, Planet; planetfurniture.com.au.