REMODERN was founded to redefine the face of progressive international design by tapping into a new world of creation from emerging design centres such as China, where a new band of designers are breaking the mould with their authentic high-quality and internationally acclaimed products.
Siblings Jen and Tim Schilbach formed REMODERN with the belief that our daily built environment and surrounding objects should fulfil more than a utilitarian function. Inspired by design that enhances everyday living and pushes the notion of modernity, Jen and Tim have sourced the globe for established and emerging designers who share this ethos and like to do things differently.
With backgrounds in interior design and international business and management respectively, Jen and Tim developed REMODERN to promote new talent from around the world and bring high-quality design into daily life. They welcomed architect Nic Gutierrez shortly after establishing REMODERN, to strengthen the creative and technical areas of the business.
The REMODERN aesthetic, described as ‘essential minimalism,’ reflects appreciation and respect for progressive designs that merge contrasting materials, forms and finishes without complication to create the functional and beautiful.
REMODERN represents both established and emerging international brands that push modernity, seek innovation, and create original and timeless design with a commitment to high-quality craftsmanship.
Remodern works with the following brands:
Bentu Design – an award-winning, innovative studio that is helping transform the design culture in China. The pioneering and experimental studio has received accolades for its high-quality, accessible products and its clever approach to sustainability. REMODERN is the exclusive Australian distributor of Bentu Design. Bentu was founded in 2011 as an interior design studio, making furniture and objects with recycled concrete. Today, Bentu operates as a collective of five key designers – Xu Gang (director), Peng Zeng, Chen Xingyu, Chen Weikang and Wu Jiacheng – whose works incorporate other materials with a focus on reuse and recycling.
Bentu launched its first collection at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in 2013 to great acclaim. Using recycled concrete sourced from construction and demolition sites and factories in China, Bentu sought to illustrate how waste material can be given new life. Bentu returned to Milan in 2017 with its Ceramics Made collection, featuring terrazzo furniture and lighting, also made from recycled waste material, in this case being stone and ceramic waste.
Bentu’s success has been further recognised with distinctions in the Red Dot Awards, iF Design Awards and Good Design Awards. The studio’s accolades continued in 2019, receiving a Maison&Objet Rising Talent Award. With these prestigious honours, Bentu has joined an elite group of global designers who are making their mark in pioneering contemporary design. Driven by environmental and social consciousness, Bentu has so far experimented with recycled materials from construction sites and the stone and ceramic industries to bring attention to the significant waste issues in China. With a focus on creating clear and simple forms, the result is beautiful, responsible design.
BUZAO – Born as an experimental offshoot of Bentu Design, BUZAO is a creative studio that symbolises the new face of design in China. Its furniture, lighting, objects and jewellery are crafted from experimental and natural materials, such as marble, lava stone, glass and steel, and manufactured using new techniques to enhance the inherent characteristics of the materials. Products under the BUZAO brand have a simple and modern aesthetic that takes advantage of the properties and characteristics of the materials and processes that are used to create them. The BUZAO furniture range comprises chairs, tables and shelving. Made from lava stone, steel and glass. The collection continues BUZAO’s exploration of materials and new finishing technologies to transform humble materials into beautiful products that verge on functional art.
Fameg – Based in Radomsko, Poland, Fameg is one of the original factories founded by the Thonet family to produce high-quality bentwood furniture more than 130 years ago. Michael Thonet devised a new wood-bending process in the mid-1800s, using hot steam to curve wood into graceful shapes and forms. He created delicate, seamless timber forms that were both beautiful and durable, and revolutionised the design and production of furniture. Fameg collaborates with renowned Polish and European designers and regularly earns industry recognition at international awards. Recent collections with Buck Studio, Andrzej Leckos, Mucka Design Lab and Bartlomiej Pawlak signify the brand’s continued evolution and commitment to innovative product development for both classic and modern interiors. Fameg’s System Modern collection is a new generation of contemporary classic furniture that builds on the company’s legacy of design and craftsmanship, while preserving the style, lightness and durability inherent in Thonet bentwood chairs.
m.a.d Furniture Design – driven by the belief that good design should enhance people’s lives. Striving for honesty and simplicity in design, m.a.d’s commercial-quality furniture is accessible, affordable, modern and timeless. Prolific in developing new products, m.a.d. regularly launches new designs and exhibits at the world’s top furniture fairs including ICFF New York and the China International Furniture Expo.
Sean Dix – was born in Kansas City, USA. During his early years he lived in Fiji, Micronesia and the Philippines before settling back in the US, studying fine woodworking in San Diego and interior architecture and sculpture in Chicago. Dix Design + Architecture was founded in Milan in 2000 and quickly developed a reputation for innovative, impactful projects, attracting an array of clients including luxury brands, fashion companies and restaurants.