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INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE
Other things to take into consideration are the factors
determining the use of a product. For example, gaming
stools should meet the criteria of comfort and durability over
aesthetics because the venue operator will want the patron
to remain seated for as long as possible – the colour won’t
matter. On the other hand, dining furniture doesn’t need to
be as comfortable, as a venue operator will want to turn
over the dining patrons across as many sittings as possible.
The only imperative here will be durability and stability, so no
loose chair arms and legs, or wobbly tables.
C&PM: Are there any regulations or industry guidelines (e.g.
health and safety standards) that venue managers should
consider when looking to purchase new furniture?
PT: There are Australian Standards for all furniture products.
Not all of these are mandatory; however, in the case of a
product safety issue, these Standards will be referred to
and upheld in a court of law. It is the direct responsibility
of the venue operator to ensure the safety of patrons.
It is imperative that venue operators are aware of these
Standards or seek professional advice when procuring
furniture for their properties.
C&PM: What kinds of choices are there for venue owners
who want to purchase furniture that is sustainably sourced?
PT: A good architect, interior designer or builder will be
knowledgeable about the availability of sustainably sourced
products. Provided that the venue operator specifies a
preference for sustainably sourced products in the original
brief, then products that meet the regulatory requirements
should be supplied.
C&PM: What advice would you give to a venue owner who
needs new furniture, but is on a tight budget?
PT: Make good choices. For example, imported toilets
that cost upwards of $1000 may be specified for a project
and look fabulous, but the cost of replacing the toilet seat
on those same toilets may be $600 a pop, and most
venues will have this occur at least once a week. The
same toilet could end up costing thousands of dollars in
one financial year.
Don’t buy the cheapest, but buy the products with the
best warranties and the lowest maintenance costs, and
maintain the products according to the maintenance
schedule. This will give your products a longer life span,
and will also protect your patrons.
C&PM: What are the key differences between buying
Australian-made and imported furniture?
PT: The Standards to which they are produced.
An Australian-made product is required by law to meet
Australia’s very high standards, and manufacturers are
legally liable if the product fails, causes injury or even death.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
(ACCC) takes these cases very seriously, and the AFA
works closely with the ACCC on providing information to
its members and the general public in relation to product
recalls and product safety matters.
Imported products have been known to fail testing to
Australian Standards, and the number of recalls on
imported products is on the increase. The last thing any
venue operator wants is to import a product, and then be
faced with the financial and legal implications of a recall
or lawsuit. C&PM
If in doubt, or if you have questions about furnishing your
venue, contact the AFA for further information on any of the
topics above. Contact +61 3 86914244 or
A list of AFA Members is also available on the AFA website
1. Choose a reputable architect, interior designer or
builder who will be accountable for the product choices
and check their references.
2. Specify that your design will only accept products that
are tested to Australian Standards.
3. Make sure you procure products that provide
chain-of-custody information, detailed specifications,
maintenance schedules, warranties and Australian
Standards testing certification and labelling.
4. Ensure that you procure your products from
reputable, certified manufacturers.
5. Don’t forget that furniture in public venues is
considered to be equipment and, as such,
should be purchased to be fit for purpose and be
6. Conduct an audit of your venue furniture today and
do any repairs immediately.C&PM
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