Jonathon Worner, design director at ALLOY, started the company in 1998 out of a fascination with the beautifully utilitarian nature of stainless steel and a love for functional, practical design nurtured by his agricultural background.
From a young age, Jonathon had a passion for design and architecture. For a time he worked at his father’s company Pressform Engineering in Perth which manufactures components for the mining, energy and building sectors.
After a finishing a business degree in Agriculture and spending some time working in London’s financial district, Jonathon returned to Australia to fulfill his creative dreams.
Creating a small range of no-nonsense yet elegant pieces based on homewares he coveted for himself, the inaugural ALLOY homewares collection was 'sculptured' from the hi-tech precision machines housed at Pressform.
Jonathon quickly recognised a gap in the design market for a range of high quality, long-lasting metal home wares with a pared-down design aesthetic that was Made in Australia and didn’t carry a heavy European price tag.
As Jonathon explains, “the ALLOY range embodies the fusion of form and function in innovative, minimal and modern design”. With a not so subtle nod to his agricultural background. For example, the crisp seamless lines of the Tank Canister were inspired by the shape of the Australian water tank.
With the innovative re-engineering of mundane objects into metal, Jonathon struck a chord with the design conscious who have sought out his solid, stainless steel range that includes napkin rings, 'tank' canisters, shot 'glasses', dishes and candlestick holders. The collection has been lauded for its "cool sophistication" on the pages of high profile design bibles including Wallpaper*, Dwell, Vogue Living and Belle.
Turning his attention and ‘less is more’ aesthetic to building surfaces, Jonathon developed the highly successful solid stainless steel Mosaic tile, which, until ALLOY's innovative approach, traditional tile manufacturers had been unable to produce.
Catching the eye of several high profile architects, designers and design mavens including hotelier Ian Schrager and design impresario Karim Rashid seeking a unique look, Jonathon has taken his simple, inspired idea for precision-machined tiles, from a local to a growing global concern.
The exclusive ALLOY tiles are now produced in copper, brass, raw steel and titanium in a wide range of styles and finishes, distributed around the world and coveted by leading designers for use on domestic and commercial projects.
Jonathon’s love for unique design and his recognised commitment to the highest quality metal manufacture, has lead him to collaborations with designers including Karim Rashid – with the Karim for ALLOY range of metal tiles - and Australian designer Paul Morris from Join furniture. He also continues to work closely with leading architects and interior designers to develop custom designed architectural features and fittings manufactured from a vast array of the highest quality metals.