As one of WA’s leading architects for the last 20 years, David Hillam is responsible for some of Western Australia’s most beautiful buildings. David’s new pet project, Loam, in Stirling Hwy Claremont is now allowing him to explore his passion for design, quality and sustainability in new ways through a carefully curated collection of furniture and homewares. The focus is on high-quality brands that each offer their own unique ‘design story’, are beautifully crafted and highlight the importance of quality and longevity as opposed to the temporary disposable nature of mass-produced furniture and homeware offerings.
“I am optimistic that an appreciation for quality and the benefits of excellent design are becoming increasingly relevant in society. There is a move away from cheap, imported, mass-produced products to greater awareness and support for local designers and manufacturers. Social media and excellent access to information results in better-educated consumers. A rise in personal wellbeing and conscious living is translating to improved home environments.” says David.
“Sustainability is a key element, in that I believe that poor design and low-quality products lead to great waste in society. Paying more for quality that lasts, results in less waste, benefiting the environment. In giftware and homewares, we are constantly looking to identify new products that resonate.”
A key component of Loam’s ethos is to support local WA furniture designers such as Jack Flanagan and Nathan Day and to collaborate on custom made, locally produced designs for the store.
“Architects have long seen furniture as an extension of the design process. I was aware that local designers require greater exposure and Loam provides us with an opportunity to explore this. We are currently actively designing lighting and expect to expand into furniture elements forming a part of the Loam offering” says David.
Take a look at some examples of the stylish range of furniture and homewards from Loam:
Explore the Loam range online at www.loam.com.au or instore at 280 Stirling Hwy, Claremont