Design Lives Here – Australian interiors, furniture and lighting

Somehow, during last year’s COVID blur, we missed this stunning book by Penny Craswell. Described as the ultimate source book for Australian design, it includes the best of Australian contemporary interiors, furniture, lighting and bespoke objects, and features beautiful homes by some of our own favourite interior designers and architects.


Interior design book Design Lives Here by Penny Craswell


Australian design has forged its own unique trajectory, influenced by geographic isolation, a distinctive natural environment and a modern sensibility. Design Lives Here showcases the best of Australian residential architecture and interiors while paying homage to the local designers and makers who have crafted bespoke pieces of furniture and lighting for the featured homes.

Sustainability and environmental considerations are high priorities and Design Lives Here shows just how capable and talented Australian designers and architects are in this area. The book covers new builds, renovations and adaptive reuse of existing buildings and all the projects are well documented, allowing us to cherry pick or adapt details, no matter the size of our budgets.


‘Featuring houses and apartments big and small, Design Lives Here tells a valuable story about Australian design and the interaction between furniture, lighting and the home’ – Houses Magazine


From a re-imagined Californian bungalow with a dining table inspired by the humble HB pencil to a monumental inner-city residence furnished with more than 100 custom pieces, these houses – and the objects that reside within – offer a compelling snapshot of contemporary Australian design through the lens of materiality, utility, site and place.

 Design Lives Here australian interiors, furniture and lighting

Design Lives Here by Penny Craswell

Interior design book Design Lives Here by Penny Craswell


Penny Craswell is a Sydney-based editor, writer and curator who specialises in design, craft, architecture and interiors. She is the former Editor of Artichoke, Deputy Editor of Indesign and Assistant Editor of Frame magazines, and has been published in design periodicals, books and online media around the world. Penny is Creative Strategy Associate at the Australian Design Centre (ADC) and Co-Director of Sydney Craft Week. You can also check out her blog ‘The Design Writer’, here

‘Craswell seeks to look at design objects not just as products to be sold, but as pivotal characters in the narrative of a home’
– Houses Magazine 

Design Lives Here – Australian interiors, furniture and lighting is published by Thames & Hudson. Find or order your copy from your local bookstore.

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