The story of Barel Designs begins with a picnic.
In 2009 David Barel was planning a picnic. Disposable plastic plates and cutlery were not environmentally friendly and would not have done justice to the thoughtfully-prepared lunch, but ceramic and glass did not seem like practical options to pack and transport. He wondered how many others were faced with the same challenges regarding tableware for outdoor activities, and the idea struck.
Inspired, David began to research. He considered various materials and concepts such as bamboo and enamel and melamine for their durability and ease of use. Melamine ticked all the right boxes. Initially popular in the 1930s, Melamine has strength and durability, is light and transportable, and importantly for the consumer, is dishwasher safe.
David partnered with an established manufacturer to produce high-quality melamine goods, that he could be proud to present to the Australian public, retailers and business. He and his team produced a wide range of colours because he wanted to give his customers the opportunity to have fun mixing and matching his designs.
Barel Designs was launched in September 2010, offering a boutique range of melamine cups, bowls and plates, all produced to David’s high quality standards in a broad range of fresh and inspiring colours. Before long, businesses in retail, hospitality and childcare were jumping on board with Barel Designs – they realised the value of such a creation.
Over a decade later and Barel Designs is proud of the reputation it has
built across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Today Barel Designs is Australia’s number one melamine designer and distributor. It boasts an extensive range of tableware and servingware, and shares strong relationships with industry leaders in hospitality, childcare and the leisure sector. The team at Barel Designs are always thinking of new ideas to present Melamine to the consumer, to inspire and improve ease of living.
Barel Designs are truly grateful for the support of our customers, past, present and future.