Our Story

Bison was founded in 1997 by Creative Director Brian Tunks.

Brian attended school in Scandinavia and subsequently trained in ancient history and archaeology at the Australian National University. Combined with a love of Asian ceramics this fusion of traditions resulted in the pared-back aesthetic with simple lines and pure colours that characterizes Bison design classics.

Brian’s post-graduate training included regular archaeological digs in the Middle East excavating a Hellenistic site on the Euphrates River. Speaking of ancient inspiration, even our Bison logo draws its origin back to the elegant simplicity of Bronze Age cave paintings in Altamira in Spain.

Fast forward some 26 years and Bison has evolved from a purely ceramic company to bisonhome, a lifestyle range with ceramics and glass at its heart. Over the years, Bison products have become Australian design classics and are a staple item in many homes around the world. To produce them, our artisans draw on knowledge and inspiration which can be traced back over the millennia; they use the finest materials; and they produce pieces in a huge range of colours and textures.

Bisonhome proudly collaborates and produces with glass and ceramics studios in Thailand, Indonesia and India. All pieces in our collections are designed by Brian in Canberra. We know you will enjoy our beautifully crafted range.

bisonhome designs celebrate simple beauty. We value products which have soul and functionality at their core.