Decor + Design Melbourne 18 – Not to be missed

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Decor and Design Melbourne 18 is scheduled for July 19th to the 22nd at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Wills Furniture thoroughly recommend all industry professionals attend this trade only show. Go to their website and register now for free trade visitor registration.

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This year the show features a very interesting and exciting International Seminar series for all industry participants. You can register to attend and book in for those seminars that interest you. Seminars range from presentations such as ‘Macro Trends 2019’ by Victoria Redshaw of Scarlet Opus (UR) (Victoria is a futurist at one of Britains leading Trend Forecasting Agencies – Scarlet Opus) to ‘The Ultimate guide to Milan’, a presentation by Massimo Speroni of Massimo Interiors, a Melbourne based Interior Designer. Massimo was born in Milan and is proudly Italian. Massimo attended the recent Milan Furniture Fair (Salone De Mobile) and will no doubt add some insights as to this year’s show.


Other presentations include ‘Designing Timeless Interiors’ by Mim Fanning. Mim Design, her award winning practice operates a diverse portfolio spanning high end residential, retail hospitality and corporate projects. As well there is Martyn Lawrence Ballards ‘Luxury Style Files’. Martin of LA is well known as a major designer demonstrating trademark glamour and flair in creating sophisticated interiors for Hollywood A-Listers and global glitterati. Read more about what is on offer here [].

At Wills, through our Wills Collection we offer a magnificent palette for all designers to choose the beautifully upholstered, hand made furniture of their exciting applications. From modern apartments to grand old Victorian mansions, Wills Furniture offers the right piece of contemporary or traditional furniture to complement your vision, providing quality luxury and comfort in superb fashion for your clients.

Wills specialises in delightful occasional chairs suitable for the bedroom, parlour or lounge. Consider these classic chairs for your next project.

The Adelaide Chair


This classic English design has a claw style arm and is available with a tight fitted back, coil sprung or a loose back cushion. The Adelaide Chair is elegant with polished legs with brass castors or choose a more ladylike option with a pleated skirt (fully lined) or even a combination of both, if desired.

The Alexandra Chair


This occasional chair has a sprung fitted seat with quaint scroll arms, and a curved, filled back for sumptuous comfort. Once again you have a choice of polished legs or a skirted finish.

The Annabel Chair


This lovely bedroom chair is a compact size to fit the boudoir. Its armless design features a traditional deep diamond buttoned back. It has a coil sprung seat and tailored skirt.

The Auburn Chair


This wing chair is an optimal size with square, compact arms in a sleek, flowing design with twin piping on the arms. The chair is complemented by fine, elegant legs and brass castors. Sumptuous feather cushions and a uniquely designed coil sprung lumbar support back ensure comfort plus seating.

So pull up a chair and check out the Decor and Design Melbourne 18 Show. To view the Wills Collection please call on 03 9815 0111 and book an appointment – or leave your details here [LINK] and a friendly staff mamber will get back to you to arrange a visit or free consultation. Wills Furniture – Design, Luxury, Comfort.

Wills – it’s simply the best.



Choose Your Fabric at Wills Furniture


The Wills Collection provides a range of beautiful upholstered furniture, both traditional and contemporary, from which to choose. The Wills Furniture range is preferred by Interior Designers and Decorators. It offers real choice and distinctly different styles from which to make selections appropriate to particular projects.

Wills Furniture work with leading fabric and textile suppliers. These include:

Each company has a website with extensive images of fabrics, textures, colours and designs available. Take the time to visit and browse their sites. There is a world of colour and texture available in a myriad range of fabrics. Your designer or decorator will select the right fabric to suit your individual taste, and achieve the look, the style, the comfort you wish to achieve.

Featured this week are some examples of selected furniture from our Wills Collection dressed by various fabric companies.


Lyon Sofa and Byron Tub Chair dressed by Warwick Fabrics


Georgian Chairs dressed by Domestic Textiles


For further enquiry don’t hesitate to call Wills Furniture on 03 9815 0111 and arrange an appointment to discuss your needs. Manager John Sharkey is highly experienced and can offer accurate and informative advice on whatever your furniture requirements are. Alternatively leave your details here and the Wills team will get back to you promptly.

Wills Furniture – Design, Luxury, Comfort

It’s simply the best

An Interior Designer or Decorator – a better idea

When choosing new furniture consider the implications to the whole look and feel of your home, its living areas and ultimately your enjoyment of both the new selected furniture and your environs.

Why not consider engaging a professional Interior Designer? An Interior Designer is trained to view not just the item of furniture, but the whole vista, the layout and how it best compliments the architecture and design of your home, yet pays homage to both your taste and your sense of style.

At Wills we work closely with a number of highly skilled and well renowned Interior Designers and Decorators. Experienced Interior Designers and Decorators will select from the Wills Collection the most appropriate upholstered furniture pieces – Sofas, Armchairs, Dining Chairs, Tub Chairs, Occasional Chairs and Ottomans. They will then select fabrics and if required suggest modifications to suit the requirements of your home.

Some of the more popular Sofas used frequently by well known Interior Designers include the following selections.

The Adelaide


This classic sofa is a traditional English design, featuring hand polished, turned legs in Beech timber with solid brass castors. It is available in either eight way hand tied hourglass, steel coil springs or contemporary sprung, with steel no-sag springs and fitted back, also sprung with steel coil springs. Superb quality and strength with Australian hardwood timbers in the frame, blocked and doweled for strength and rigidity. Cushion inserts are a luxuriant blend of feather fibre, casing covering a combination of memory foam core, unique to Wills Furniture. The Adelaide Sofa can be made to any sizing required and we welcome modifications to suit your seating requirements. It can be a two seater with two legs or a three seater with three legs, also available as a chair. You select the fabric or leather to suit your design needs.

The Charlbury


This sofa exhibits the largest scroll arms in the Wills Furniture collection. Its strong Australian hardwood timber frame is one of the many quality features in Wills Furniture designs. It has handsome turned legs that come with or without castors. Divine comfort is assured with its coil sprung seats and coil sprung back. The Charlbury Sofa can also be made to any sizing you desire and can be adapted as a two seater or three seater, also as a chair. Whichever fabric or leather fits your interior design project can be selected.

The Barrington


The Barrington is comfortable sofa that looks impressive in executive offices or specialist medical rooms. It speaks of quality, featuring higher club arms and a fully upholstered coil-sprung back for solid, comfortable support. The hardwood frame with coil springs ensures a solid yet attractive unit. A three seater measuring 2300mm in width as well as a two seater measuring 2000mm are both available and quite suitable for commercial purposes. Matching armchairs and ottomans are also available.

The Houston


The Houston is an elegant sofa yet it lends itself to utilitarian purposes in business settings, medical rooms or executive offices. It features a coil sprung fitted back with split piped division and large feather wrapped cushions. The cushion materials can be adjusted to suit the expected usage. A large, solid, sleek profile with polished feet in detail and patina polished finish. The sofa is available as a three seater, two and a half or two seater as well as in an armchair.

Take the time to discover the Interior Designer who can best interpret both your wishes and create a stunning design that will compliment your beautiful home with elegance and style.

If you require assistance in selecting a Designer or Decorator don’t hesitate to call us at Wills on 03 9815 0111. We can suggest a wide range of professionals that can and will assist you in your renovations, refurnishing or redesign.

Make a time to inspect the Wills Collection at our showrooms at 6 Guest St Hawthorn. Or simply leave your details here and one of our staff will contact you to assist with your enquiries.

Remember – always choose Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.

Design, Luxury and Comfort, always at Wills


Wills Furniture and Domestic Textiles – A winning combination

When choosing fabrics, consider Domestic Textiles (The Dempsey Group) located at 255 Burwood Road Hawthorn. At Wills we often recommend clients visit their premises or view their website – – for inspiration or simply to access some of the world’s best fabric collections, including Bloomingdales, Jim Dickens, Decortex, Morris and Co, Gaston Y Daniela, Sanderson, The Harlequin Group, Scion, Ian Mankin and Zoffany – a wealth of colour, design and texture. Real style, real elegance.

This week we feature four delightful examples of Wills handmade furniture dressed beautifully in the fabrics of Domestic Textiles.

First of all we have the Lyon Sofa, finished in Morris Brunswick, colour Indigo, pictured with a Calais Stool dressed in an Ian Mankin Windor fabric, colour Dark Navy.

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Our next image is of a pair of Georgian chairs – again an Ian Mankin Collection fabric – Perth, this time in the colour Sage.

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Our next featured piece is the Wills Seattle Sofa dressed in Zoffany Birado fabric, the colour Sable, paired with a Venice Desk Chair using Gaston Y Daniela fabric Alabad in the colour Negro, and a cubed ottoman in another Gaston Y Daniela fabric – Terenes, again in the colour Negro.

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Pictured here, the Columbia Wing Chair from the Wills Collection is dressed in another Ian Mankin fabric – Regency – in the colour Peony.

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Finally we feature the Madrid Chair from our Wills Collection, this time dressed in another Zoffany fabric – Evesham in the colour Pewter.

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All the items pictured here are now on display at Domestic Textiles showrooms at 255 Burwood Rd Hawthorn.

Alternatively call now on 9815 0111 and make an appointment to view our Wills Collection at our showrooms, 6 Guest St Hawthorn. Or leave your contact details here and we will arrange a time for a consultation on all your furniture requirements.

Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.


Furniture and Fabric Trends – Winter 2018

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The Milan Design Week 2018, Salone del Mobile Milano, is now only a week away. This premier European Furniture and Interior Design expo is a global trendsetter. Often new directions from shows such as Milan have a strong influence on Design direction here in Australia. Of particular interest are fabric choices and colour preferences by leading European Designers.

Popular accent colours on display this year include black forest, emerald green and watermelon red.

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Watermelon red was universally popular. The minimal palette of previous years has been replaced with warm and earthy colours. Shades of sienna, tan, terracotta continuing through all the way to rust and russets have been used on the walls as well as with furniture and decor.

Wallpaper is making a big return. An early Milanese apartment (1880s) dressed in current colour trends by ‘Studiopepe’ perfectly illustrated this direction with a strong visual finish. The designer has used layers of furniture, mixing terracotta, peach and pink with green in a perfect balance.

The trend in furniture is towards comfort with low, puffy, curved and plump cushioned sofas.

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Another visitor to the show commented:

“Think warm almost retro colours – Terracotta, browns, deep pinks, burgundy and teal with splashes of bright blue and orange.

“For Australia think linen – it’s casual and laid back whilst for more formal furnishings think lush velvet in rich tones of turquoise and ruby. Velvet is proving to be very popular in Milan this year.

“And to compliment these rich tones we see a return to rich timbers – walnuts and similar retro timbers.”


At Wills as always it’s your choice. Your designer can choose fashion colours or you can opt for a neutral timeless fabric to suit your taste and decor.

Contact us at Wills Furniture on 9815 0111 to make an appointment to inspect our collection at our Guest St Showroom (6 Guest St Hawthorn) or leave your contact details here and a staff member will contact you to facilitate a time suitable at your convenience.

At Wills our focus is Design, Luxury and Comfort.

Wills Furniture – It’s simply the best.

Finding a comfortable chair – The Wills Collection – and take a seat

For over 80 years Wills Furniture has been creating the most comfortable of chairs – Armchairs, Dining Chairs, Tub Chairs and Bar Stools. It’s a case of take a seat – a supremely comfortable seat, manufactured and finished in traditional fashion by genuine craftsmen and artisans – at Wills Furniture the way it’s always been done. Patiently, with precision, using time honoured methods.

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A classic chair made by craftsmen using traditional techniques and upholstered for comfort and style is a thing of beauty. It becomes the focus within a room or matches perfectly the sumptuous sofa and ottoman in fabric and shape. The chairs in the Classic Collection at Wills Furniture lift the design elements of a room to new heights. Constructed from eucalypt hardwood, F7 Victorian Ash which is hand-picked and kiln dried, the frames are dowelled, glued and cramp joined, with sturdy corner blocks. Hand sprung hourglass steel coils, sprung edge seats, jute webbing, hand laced and finished with a stitched edge, our seating is supremely comfortable and made to last!

The Adelaide Chair


This classic English design has a claw style arm and is available with a tight fitted back, coil sprung or a loose back cushion. It is elegant with polished legs with brass castors or choose a more ladylike option with a pleated skirt (fully lined) or even a combination of both, if desired.

The Alexandra Chair


This occasional chair has a sprung fitted seat with quaint scroll arms, and a curved, filled back for sumptuous comfort. Once again you have a choice of polished legs or a skirted finish.

The Annabel Chair


This lovely bedroom chair is a compact size to fit the boudoir. Its armless design features a traditional deep diamond buttoned back. It has a coil sprung seat and tailored skirt.

The Auburn Chair


This wing chair is an optimal size with square, compact arms in a sleek, flowing design with twin piping on the arms. The chair is complemented by fine, elegant legs and brass castors.  Sumptuous feather cushions and a uniquely designed coil sprung lumbar support back ensure comfort plus seating.

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Simply select the design of your choice from our Wills Furniture Collection and the fabric of your choice from any fabric supplier to create a designer seat for your interior space.

Call now on 9815 0111 and book an appointment to view our showroom at 6 Guest St Hawthorn or leave your contact details here and we’ll contact you to make a time that suits you.

Wills Furniture – Design, Luxury, Comfort – Simply the best.

The Wills Contemporary Sofa Collection – Apartment Living at its Finest

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With the shift to apartment style living in inner city areas, the desire for space and comfort is premium. Modern Apartments can be up to 60 squares standard size. With panoramic views on offer, the requirement to ensure a design with space and ease of movement in mind. The Wills Collection offers an exciting and visually stunning range of contemporary furniture, creating simply beautiful lounge suites and vistas genuinely complimenting apartment living.

All Wills Furniture is locally manufactured here in Melbourne at our Hawthorn factory. It is constructed using time honoured and traditional processes. High grade Australian Hardwood, usually Victorian Ash is used for the framework, whilst the seating is hand tied and coil sprung for supreme comfort and support.

The Avalon

The Avalon
A contemporary design with a sleek look, this sofa has a balanced combination with the symmetry of straight lines and curved detail adding to the minimalist design. A long, singular cushion complementing the back cushions in a flowing straight line finish, together with the slightly splayed padded arms and side bolster cushions make this the perfect sofa to recline and relax on.  Polished timber plinth and feet set off the clean, elegant design features.

The Baltimore

The Baltimore
This square design has a very contemporary look with symmetric lines and proportions. The polished Tasmanian Oak timber arms with baked enamel mirror finish is modernistic and the sofa is highly suited to the sleek, spare lines of contemporary apartment design.

The Cayman

The Cayman
Long, sleek designed sofa with low profile fitted back, lumbar support cushions, classic square club arms. The cushions are luxuriant with a very full and thick, high grade memory foam to ensure maximum comfort. The sleek, high profile plinth and leg assembly, together with the low profile back, gives a nod to classic 1970’s design.  The plinth and legs can be polished or painted in any finish to highlight the slimline, smooth appearance of this sofa.

Please feel free to visit the Showroom in Hawthorn to inspect these or any other sofas in the collection.  As visits are by appointment, please call first to arrange an inspection on 9815 0111.

Wills Furniture – Simply the best

Restoration and Reupholstery of Heirloom Furniture – Ask Wills Furniture


It could be an occasional chair, or perhaps a set of dining chairs, or maybe it’s a sofa with matching armchairs. Family heirlooms – they’ve been in the family for generations, but lately you’ve noticed they look tired. The spring is no longer there, the cushions have sagged, the fabric is… well, a bit thin. Time for a restoration and reupholstering from Wills Furniture.

Heirloom Antiques and well preserved upholstered furniture can provide a difficult dilemma. Do you repair, restore and reupholster? Or do you simply replace it with new furniture, fashioned traditionally by skilled craftsmen and artisans, using the tried and true methods and materials of the trade?


Often it comes down to the real condition of the piece being considered. Is it merely cosmetic – fabric, springs, webbing or cushioning? Or is it substantial – the frame, the actual integrity of the piece? For instance, if the frame is insect ridden (wood borers or termites) there is really no purpose in restoring it. In this case the Wills team can advise you of a suitable replacement piece.

Wills Furniture, with over 80 years experience in furniture construction and restoration can provide you with a thorough, honest and knowledgeable assessment. If you decide to proceed with restoration, the Wills team of craftsmen and women will restore your furniture piece to its former glory.

Our artisans – upholsterers, machinists and seamstresses will repair and restore the entire piece of furniture, not just its coverings. The Wills team take prided in faithful restorations of exquisite heirloom pieces, recreating the luxury and comfort of the past for your enjoyment. At Wills, we reupholster and repair lounge suites, sofas, dining chairs, bedheads and ottomans, returning them to you in better condition probably than when first built. It becomes that feature piece of furniture you are simply proud to own and display, but more importantly to sit on and enjoy.


Wills Furniture maintains a strong connection with the craftsmanship and artisanship of the trade in earlier times through the stewardship and direction of Paul Newham, the son of the original upholsterers from the Newham family – the creators of the Wills Furniture range. The same rigid quality standards of the original factory are maintained today ensuring the same gold stamp of excellence identifies a Wills Furniture creation or restoration.

You can arrange a visit to the Wills Factory and Showrooms at 6 Guest St, Hawthorn by calling 03 9815 0111 or by leaving your details here.

At Wills Furniture, we offer excellence in Design, Luxury and Comfort.

Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.

The Chair for all occasions from the Wills Collection


At Wills Furniture we often see some delightful pieces dressed by highly talented creative Interior Designers and Decorators. This week we feature the Sheffield Chair from our collection as prepared for the Window Workshop of 946b High St, Armadale.

The Fabric is Sanderson Fabrics Rosalie parchment/yellow, contrast piped in the Romo Linara company’s Taragon.

A beautiful occasional armchair – inviting and comfortable.

The Wills Furniture Collection features:

This week we feature some selections from our Contemporary Chair Collection. A stunning array of designs is available and can be viewed on our website here. Today we focus our attention on four of our most popular chairs.

The Avoca


This elegant, art deco style chair features sweeping rolled arms with piping detail. The studio look chair with polished Ash timber legs can be upholstered in leather or any fabric chosen. Comfort is assured with its sprung lumbar support, upholstered back and hand tied coil sprung seat.

The Barrington


A classic, club armchair with polished tapered, timber feet. This style works well in a relaxed lounge room, billiard room or study.  A chair to sink into and relish its comfort with a sprung fitted back and hand tied coil sprung seat.  A matching Barrington sofa is also available in the Wills Furniture Collection.

The Chicago


This sleek, armless chair features twin needle stitch detail to create a tufted effect on the seat and inside back. It is nicely finished with fine piping detail to the edges.  Its highly polished timber base and legs complement the unique style.

The Tecoma


This stylish design is well suited as an ideal bedroom chair or stunning occasional chair. The highly polished balloon back with padded seat and arms and featuring double piping detail lends an air of elegant grace.  The timber frame is made from low grain Beech which, once polished, leaves a smooth, uniform finish.

Please feel free to call us on 9815 0111 and book an appointment to visit our showroom at 6 Guest St Hawthorn. We have an extensive display of furniture available for your inspection. Or browse the Wills Furniture Collection here and leave your details on our contact page.


Wills Furniture – Handcrafted, Lovingly Designed

Many furniture makers claim to be ‘crafted’ or ‘hand made’ by Artisans. One look generally tells even an untried eye that this simply isn’t true. Manufacturers, both local and international simply ‘cut corners’. It’s an interesting phrase and it was most likely borne out of the upholstery industry. It suggests a cut to save money on cloth. At Wills Furniture all our furniture is genuinely hand made, using the full length of cloth, fabric or leather to produce exquisite traditional and contemporary furniture. Sofas, armchairs, tub chairs, dining chairs and ottomans.


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Where others use mechanisation, we used skilled artisans plying the trade they have been passed down through generations. Each component follows rigid quality specifications and manufacturing processes.


Cushions are offered with a range of fillings as standard offerings – feather and foam, premium foam and dacron (seating cushions) and holifil/dacron for firmer back cushions.

Optional choices include ‘Luxury Foam’, Enduro Foam, Spring Cells and Feather combinations.

Coil Springs and Contemporary Springing


All Wills Furniture designs include fully hand tied coil spring construction for extra comfort and durability. This includes the ‘front edge’ of a sofa or chair importantly. However if required the option of contemporary springing remains a selection option.

Frames and Finishing

All Wills Furniture Frames are made from high quality, kiln dried hardwood, corner blocked for rigidity and strength.

Wills offers a range of polishes and finishes. select a colour, provide a sample and our experienced Polishers will match it. Painted finishing and antique style polishing is also available on quotation.


Wills offers a range of studding which can be viewed here on our website. For Designers and Decorators this choice provides a great selection.


And the same wealth of choice applies to castors available in 4 finishes – Chrome, Brass, Antique Brass and Antique Bronze.


Nearly all furniture available in our Wills Collection is able to be modified to meet specific design requirements of Interior Designers and Decorators.

Wills Furniture carries a lifetime guarantee on all items manufactured. Quality is always delivered at the very highest of standards.

Call now on 03 9815 0111 and arrange a viewing of the Wills Collection at our Hawthorn Showrooms located at 6 Guest St Hawthorn or simply fill out our contact form and one of our staff will call back and arrange a visit or quotation.

So remember, always choose Wills Furniture. It is simply the best.

For Design, Luxury and Comfort – it has to be Wills Furniture.