In 2008 brothers Chris and Craig Howard took their passion for building and design and ordered a single container of natural stone pavers with a vision to supply innovative products that would enhance people's lives outside. The result is Artisan Exterior.

Our history.

Artisan Exterior (formerly Artisan Stone) was founded on a wealth of experience in the pool and landscape industry. It all started with Chris, a qualified pool builder, being constantly frustrated by the lack of range and reliability in the supply of pool copings and pavers in Australia. This sparked an interest in researching natural stone pavers and tiles, their origins, and the import and warehousing process revolving around these natural materials.

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In 2008 Chris approached his brother Craig, who was studying financial planning (without much interest) and asked if he'd be interested in the prospect of importing and distributing pavers and tiles together. Craig, who had always had a passion for design and an interest in marketing, was immediately drawn to the idea as well as the possibility of traveling and sourcing products from all over the globe. With two mobile displays on the back of utes and a container of stock to their name, the brothers began networking in the pool industry and servicing a small number of clients. 

Chris focussed on sales, product development and admin while Craig operated their small warehouse, unloading containers and packing product between site appointments with the growing clientele. To put it simply, if there was a job to be done, one of the two was doing it. In 2009 they welcomed to the dynamic duo their biggest supporter and father Tony and together they began focussing on increasing stock levels to reduce lead times, provide better service and expand their available range.

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In 2010 'Artisan Stone' was registered as a company with the focus of providing high quality stone pavers, tiles and wall cladding to the pool and landscape industry in NSW and ACT.

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Over the next few years, the company continued to expand and welcomed new members to the team in a variety of roles across warehousing, sales and admin. In 2013 Artisan Stone became the exclusive distributor for Hisbalit Mosaico pool tiles, followed by the introduction of the Rocersa Outdoor 20mm porcelain paver range in 2014 and the Eterno Ivica pedestal installation system the following year.

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As mobile displays and utes were no longer cutting it, Chris & Craig opened their first proper storefronts in Fyshwick and Pyrmont to improve their client's selection process. By 2016, the company also completed its fourth warehouse relocation in five years and established in-house processing capabilities to offer profiling and cut-to-size services.

By 2017 Craig had identified an opportunity to introduce new formats and product types to the industry and was traveling extensively to develop further the Artisan Stone range. This new focus included working on the addition of a décor range as the company had effectively established itself as a reliable and quality focussed supplier, but still required more variety to fully service their clients. The brothers also began working on designing their first grand flagship showroom in the ACT with Chris being the project manager, scouting for locations and organising site requirements.

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In 2018 Craig, whilst managing marketing and daily functions of the business, also began developing a concept for the future of Artisan Stone that would see the company shift toward servicing its clients in a more holistic manner. In September of the same year, Artisan Stone opened the doors of its first flagship showroom in Fyshwick ACT.

In 2019, over a decade after founding Artisan Stone, Chris decided it was time to pursue other interests in the building industry and bid farewell to Artisan Stone after a long and successful career within the company.

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Looking to the future.

After many years of experience, Craig's interest in the outdoor industry was immense. 

With extensive knowledge in import, warehousing and supply under its belt, and a hunger for innovation inspired by the lifestyle of the Australian outdoors, it was time for Craig and Artisan Stone to take their next step. 

Although the team loved the Pyrmont location, it was too small and hard to reach for their growing clientele. Craig began work on finding, designing and project managing the next flagship showroom keeping first and foremost his drive to provide the best service in the industry.

In May 2020, not without struggle and with a certain pandemic in the way, the second flagship showroom was opened in Artarmon NSW and the outdoor furniture collection was welcomed to the Artisan range. During that time, Craig and the team continued to work on developing a brand that underpinned the values and vision that were driving the company and the individuals that made it.

The result you're experiencing is Artisan Exterior, a company whose mission is to inspire people to live their best outdoor life in style by providing innovative products for everyday use.

Who we are.

Today Artisan Exterior is a dynamic, ambitious, and exciting company made up of talented individuals working daily to make our mission a reality. That mission is present in everything we do, from product development to warehousing, training and sales, it's all in the pursuit of a better life outdoors.

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We’re passionate people, constantly searching for ways to develop our range and knowledge base, to better service our clients and further elevate the incredible industry that we’re a part of. We take inspiration from the talented individuals that make up our industry and strive to enhance outdoor experiences, through unique and innovative products.

Most importantly we love what we do and we can’t wait to share it with you.

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Google Reviews: Canberra Sydney Narellan Brisbane

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The Team at Artisan Esterior - Smeaton Grange are excellent!!! Such an extensive range of quality products to suit all. Reece provided exceptional service, knowledge and professionalism throughout the whole selection/purchase/delivery process and experience. I would highly recommend Reece and the Artisan team as our preferred supplier of stone and porcelain products. Thank you for making a difficult job easy and enjoyable experience. The competition don’t even rate a comparison!!! Keep up the great work!!! Thank you again.

Sue Adams Narellan, NSW

Running a local landscaping company, it's important to create strong business relationships with your suppliers. With Artisan Exterior - Canberra I have been working with Steve for a few years now and find his efficiency and professionalism to be second to none. Getting the right stone for the right job has always been made easier through Steve and I will continue to work with him and Artisan Exterior for many years to come.

Will Connors Fyshwick, ACT

I have been working with Artisan Exterior for several months now and couldn't be happier. As a designer it really helps having good quality products to specify or even just to suggest to my clients, who are absolutely loving the whole experience because the showroom is amazing and service is too. This all explains why they have won Supplier of the Year 2 years in a row and will probably win it for many years to come.

J. Uk Sydney, NSW

Our experience at Artisan was terrific. The showroom is incredible and Clayton’s service was excellent. He made the process of selecting and purchasing our stone very simple. We wouldn’t go anywhere else now.

Belinda Lord Sydney, NSW

Artisan Exterior are a pleasure to deal with. In particular Diane was extremely helpful and informative while we were in the process of selecting wall cladding and limestone coping for our recent pool installation. There products are of a high quality so much so our tradesmen commenting the limestone coping was one of the best materials they have seen and used. Highly recommend Artisan Exterior to others.

John Filippidis Narellan, NSW

So amazing to work with Artisan Exterior on our new forecourt area. Monika was a dream to work with, so responsive, proactive and nothing was ever too difficult - she definitely went above and beyond my expectations. The finished product (pantera and valas natural stone) look beautiful and have received many positive comments from passers-by. I'm just trying to figure out what else I can pave out here so I can do this all again!

Leigh Hogan Brisbane, QLD

Had an incredible experience with Artisan Exterior Fyshwick. Predominantly dealt Julia, but also with Patrick. Amazing communication and patience with our project. Can’t recommend this team enough for any stone or tile product! Thank you!

Melissa Hendrie Fyshwick, ACT

John from Artisan Exterior in Brisbane was a wealth of information. As first time pool renovators, he guided us through the process of choosing and ordering our stone pool tiles. The new showroom is beautiful and inspiring and the service we received was outstanding.

Loren Fenton Brisbane, QLD
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