Yano Designs

Yano Designs is a Melbourne based duo handmaking and laser-cutting range of homewares and jewellery from locally sourced materials such as bamboo and concrete. New to Handmade, they will be travelling interstate to set up their stall for 10 & 11 June. We talked to Jessica about the business.

Tell us about your business

We are Yano Designs, a Melbourne based duo following our dreams of producing beautiful, intricate products with a purpose. Our current range is minimalistic but fun, and consists of laser cut bamboo homewares & decor products, hand painted jewellery, and handmade concrete pots and soy candles. We also offer custom laser cut services for those who are after a more personal touch.

With industrial and digital design backgrounds we’ve been able to apply our respective strengths to produce items we’d love to have in our own home, with the aim to use as many local, eco-friendly and sustainably sourced materials as possible. While we started this venture as a side project to satisfy our desire to design and create our own products, it quickly morphed into a small business over time and we haven’t looked back! 
What made you apply to Handmade?
Handmade Canberra was highly recommended to us by a few fellow makers. We’ve heard nothing but great things about this market and were keen to check it out ourselves. We look forward to being amongst the many local and interstate makers there, and it will be a great opportunity for us to meet other makers outside of Melbourne, as this is our very first interstate market. 
What are you looking forward to most about your trip?
The thought of taking our little business interstate and showing Canberrans what we love doing is exciting! Plus a road trip to beautiful Canberra? Yes please! 
What’s the best way to keep warm in Winter?
A nice big mug of hot chocolate in front of a fireplace (if only we had one…). And thick socks with cute cat faces or pom poms of course.  
Can you describe your studio/place of work? 
All the laser cutting and concreting happens in our workshop – it can get quite messy in there when we’re busy! You would typically find us bopping to some tunes as we work away (and sometimes pulling some really dorky dance moves!) When we’re designing, we prefer to use laptops because we like to move around and work at different places such as our favourite cafe or our local park on a nice sunny day.


Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.


  • 28 & 29JULY 2018
  • 20 & 21OCTOBER 2018
  • 7*, 8 & 9DECEMBER 2018
  • *FRIDAY5PM - 9PM
  • SAT & SUN10AM - 4PM


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