We offer the best consumer experience in the architectural hardware industry.
With a strong emphasis on sustainable and innovative business practices, we offer the best consumer experience (CX) across our portfolio of architectural hardware brands. We are committed to market leading delivery times, unrivalled sales support, and market appropriate product solutions.
I thrive in a diverse workplace, treat others with fairness and respect and expect the same in return.
I am self-motivated, solutions focused and believe passion and innovation should be recognised.
I consider the social and environmental impacts of business and strive to reduce those impacts.
Southern Design Group is listed as a finalist for the 2022 Impact Awards. The award honours South Australian companies that are globally competitive and have the greatest potential to impact world-markets. At Southern Design Group, we are making an impact by operating across Australasia, collaborating with international suppliers and manufacturers, and supporting SA jobs as a South Australian family-owned and operated business.
It has been our experience that employing staff from a variety of backgrounds extends the depth and breadth of our knowledge and expertise. Our dedication to staff diversity was recognised in early 2018 when Southern Design Group was awarded the Australian NESA award for Innovation in Disability Employment for our work with the Royal Society for the blind.
Southern Design Group has partnered with various organisations over the years with the aim to counter our social and environmental impact. We are continuously improving the environmental impact of our operations in Australia and abroad. Currently we are focusing on the impact of our packaging and in 2019 become a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant. Please find our Annual Report and Action Plan here We have partnered with several Australian and international charities over the years. Recently two notable charities have been UNICEF Australia and Asha. We are proud to partner with UNICEF Australia in bringing hope and opportunities to vulnerable children and communities – helping to give children better futures and provide them with the foundation they need to thrive.
Recently we have partnered with Asha which operates in 91 slums across New Delhi. Asha has been creating change and supporting India’s most disadvantaged communities for more than 30 years. Focusing on healthcare, empowerment, education, financial inclusion and environmental sustainability, Asha’s holistic approach helps to develop communities from the ground-up – creating a more equal, healthy, and empowered community. Southern Design Group’s 2020 donation to Asha has helped support their program at the Zakhira Slum in West Delhi, a community of over 10,000 people. The program aims to improve the basic health of children aged 0-5. These children are some of the slums most vulnerable and at-risk, with poor nutrition a leading factor. In this effort we are also supporting Asha in combating malnutrition by providing food, vitamins and desperately needed immunizations. In 2020-21, Southern Design Group’s donations to Asha have been crucial in supporting those living in the slums of Delhi. Our contributions have supported pre- and post-natal care as well as infant and child immunisations, nutrition, health care and health monitoring. They were also used to provide food parcels and supplements to those struggling to access and afford food as well as build IT centres which have allowed students attending school and university to continue their studies remotely. Instead of using mobile phones with poor internet connection, they can now use the IT centres to attend their courses online.
Last month our Co-CEO Steve Bradley and Head of Procurement Shashank Shekhar Kaushik visited a community centre run by the Asha Community Health and Development Society in Delhi’s Zakhira slum. Asha is a non-for-profit organization that operates in 91 slums across New Delhi and has been creating change in India’s most disadvantaged communities for more than 30 years. Steve and Shashank felt it was truly a humbling experience to meet and hear the stories of survival and determination from the people in the community. Southern Design Group are proud to provide ongoing support to this amazing charity that is facilitating generational change and a sense of community and hope in a place where it may not have existed before.
In late October we hosted a launch event to showcase and celebrate our latest architectural hardware collaboration, Casts. The Collection is an artful collaboration with award-winning Melbourne architecture practice Edition Office. The event was held at Neon Parc in Melbourne and was attended by some of Australia’s most forward-thinking architecture and design studios. Guests were treated to a delicious culinary experience with bites by Mabu Mabu, while enjoying world music by DJ Sarita. The Casts Collection was showcased, along with imagery depicting the creation of the collection, each piece hand-crafted using a venerated artisanal sandcasting process. The individual pieces, with unique surface textures were able to be picked up and held by our guests, in an intimate and hands-on approach. Photography: Marcel Aucar
Bankston recently hosted an intimate garden party at Civilian founders Nicko Elliott and Ksenia Kagner’s Brooklyn townhouse, which celebrated Bankston’s current award-winning collections and offered a preview of upcoming collaborations. With plans to launch in the US in 2023, the event was a great opportunity for the Bankston team to introduce the brand to selected New York based designers and studios, and showcase the innovative designs in the range. Guests were treated to a culinary experience by LEV, a curated selection of South Australian wines, with gifting generously supplied by Civilian Objects. Bankston are partnering with some of the most renowned names in design across Australia and beyond, stay tuned for more exciting Bankston collaborations.
Southern Design Group has achieved strong growth over the past 10 years with a shift to focus on improving its product and brand experience, as well as an expanding distributor network. From its original single-story shop frontage, Southern Design Group now operates across three main sites that include our head office, warehousing, meeting spaces, in-house CNC facilities, product development and assembly areas, and much more. With a retail partner network of over 450 and 77 staff throughout Australia and across New Zealand, Southern Design Group has a sustained vision for our future and continued growth.