• Indigenous artwork the latest trend in modern furniture. (SBS)Source: SBS
Striking bespoke furniture incorporating modern Aboriginal artwork could be coming to an office near you soon.
Phillipa Carisbrooke

14 Jul 2015 - 11:58 AM  UPDATED 14 Jul 2015 - 1:09 PM

The original Indigenous paintings are transformed into fabric, and then incorporated into office furniture.

The pieces are supplied by the majority Indigenous owned enterprise Winya, which has been up and running for less than two months but is already creating new opportunities for Indigenous artists, said Winya co-owner Greg Walsh.

"So the artist gets a royalty every time we actually use their artwork to create a fabric that goes in a chair or a screen. The artist is benefiting further than just the original artwork they are doing," he said.

Corporate Australia is starting to take an interest in the company’s pieces.

"One of the major accounting firms at the moment has asked us to look at a program where we supply a unique artwork from an artist in each of their states that they have an office that will go into each of their boardrooms,” said Walsh.

"The company's encouraging its Australian suppliers to employ more Indigenous workers. A number of furniture manufacturers and distributors have already committed to."

Winya is also among emerging and established designers exhibiting at the Furnitex trade show in Melbourne.

A digital canvas that blurs the lines between lighting, wallpaper and art is billed as a new way to personalise the home.

"There's a drawing capability where whatever you draw here you see on the screen,” said Steven Mieszelewicz, a designer with Eness.

After a late in life career change, carpenter Vince Cosentino who is also at the show said he is delighted to be showcasing his work.

"It's exciting and scary at the same time because there's an expectation,” he said.