When it comes to local manufacturing, Artifex Australia ticks all the boxes. Since 1978, Artifex has been designing and manufacturing wholesale furniture using raw Australian materials and components, while placing a strong emphasis on sustainability and recycling.
A standout example of resilience and an unwavering commitment to the Australian made community, Artifex is one of very few companies that can boast an end-to-end design and manufacturing process that is completed entirely under one roof.
From the company’s facility in Western Australia comes everything from sustainable jarrah frames, to locally manufactured foams, Australian made plywood, and even a metal workshop that produces legs and frames.
Working towards an output of 100% recycled waste, Artifex has partnered with REmida WA, a non-for-profit organisation that collects manufacturing waste and distributes the materials to schools, childcare centres, artists, and local families to re-use for crafts and other projects.
The company’s foam offcuts are routinely sent off to be recycled and made into carpet underlay and other products, while the steel off-cuts are delivered to local metal recyclers, and most timber offcuts are used for firewood.
Strictly wholesale, Artifex relies on its strong relationships with Australian retail suppliers who service both the residential and commercial markets. These relationships are fuelled by good old fashioned customer service and a commitment to quality.
Artifex was started by two brothers in their backyard shed. Together, they designed and made furniture for the Australian market.
In the late 90s, Artifex expanded and began exporting globally. However, when China emerged as a dominant force in manufacturing during the early 2000s, causing significant disruptions to global markets and impacting Australian businesses, Artifex had to adapt.
The business was sold in 2015 and purchased by current Director, Michael D’Andrea. Since then, it has evolved to produce products that are predominantly for commercial use, offering custom and bespoke designs that are in line with industry trends.
Artifex has proven its ability to evolve in order to ride the waves of changing market conditions, however, what’s notable, is the company’s continued commitment to the foundational values that underpin it – Australian made, environmentally conscious, premium quality Australian materials, and a passion for keeping Australians employed.
Words by Elena Anagnostakis