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29 Nov – 2 Dec 2012


welcome Editor Lucy Feagins Editorial Assistant Lisa Marie Corso Photographers Sean Fennessy Brooke Holm Lucy Feagins Phu Tang Design Ortolan Contributors Megan Morton Elizabeth Barnett Cookes Food Lisa Marie Corso CONNECT WITH US We’d love to see your tweets and pics of this event! Please use #TDFopenhouse on Twitter and Instagram.

‘Thank you so much for coming to visit THE DESIGN FILES OPEN HOUSE 2012! We’re thrilled to share this special project with you again this year, in a brand new location.’


Everything in this house is for sale. Many of the items on display can be picked up and purchased as they are. Some items are packaged and waiting at the cash registers for collection – simply ask for them at the cash register. To purchase large items such as furniture, artwork and rugs, please see a TDFOH Crew member to arrange purchase and delivery. There’s a simple colour-coded sticker on every product in the house. This tells you how to buy each item.

Take Me Now!

THE DESIGN FILES OPEN HOUSE is the ultimate Australian home, with one added bonus – everything is for sale. From bedlinen to books, furniture, tableware and rugs, everything you see can be purchased on the spot.

Take me now and pay on your way out.

Collect at Cash Register

I’m packaged and waiting at point of sale – simply ask for me at the cash register.

Ask a Crew Member

Ask a crew member how to purchase me and arrange delivery.

@TDFopenhouse @thedesignfiles

Visit Us 27 Eastbourne St, Windsor 29 Nov – 2 Dec 2012

We’ve filled this space with beautiful pieces by our favourite brands, and many talented local creative people. We have tried to create a unique space that feels a little like walking into The Design Files in real life! Take your time exploring the house, our friendly crew are stationed in every room ready to answer your questions. (We’re easy to spot, wearing Marimekko stripes!). Make your way from the living space upstairs to the master bedroom and kids space – and don’t forget to stop for a coffee in the courtyard before you leave! We hope this space will inspire you, make you smile, and encourage a playful approach to styling your own home!

MAJOR EVENT sponsors

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We invite you to get snap happy in The Design Files Open House! For your chance to win some amazing prizes from this year’s Open House suppliers and sponsors, all you have to do is Instagram the event.

HOW TO ENTER To be in the running to win, simply upload a photo taken at The Design Files Open House to Instagram and be sure to tag it with both @thedesignfiles AND #TDFopenhouse.

The prizepool includes a stunning selection of Marimekko tableware, a Jardan ‘Bo’ stool, a miniature Mini Cooper S Countryman, a handmade paper chandelier by Emily Green, a pair of handcrafted stoneware teacups by Dawn Vachon, Bonnie and Neil tablelinen, a handmade terrarium from Miniscapes, and a stack of our favourite new Penguin titles.

You can enter as many times as you want between Nov 28th and Dec 2nd, just make sure you capture our best angle! Winners will be drawn Friday December 7th 2012. Terms and conditions at Giveaway open to Australian residents only.





Studio Diary: Elizabeth Barnett I am a printmaker, painter, illustrator and collector of lovely things. I make etchings, collages, watercolours and paintings. My studio operating hours are 9-5 (sometimes 10-6!).


I can’t start the day without walking my dog. Today’s agenda involves coffee with a friend and finishing some watercolours. Studio tunes on high rotation are Nick Huggins, Beach House and Feist. On my desk you’ll find lots of paints, paper, brushes, pencils, empty tea cups, and a vase of hand picked flowers.

Sister Scouts Securing a residential location for an event like The Design Files Open House is no mean feat, which is why we enlisted a couple of experts! Sisters Ann and Kathy Grzan are the force behind Grzan Squared, a Melbourne-based photographic production and location company.

Studio snacks include fruit toast or omelettes made from the eggs of our studio chooks. My 3pm pick up is a cup of tea, a sit in the garden or a nap!

Everyone knows Melbourne-based illustrator and cartoonist Oslo Davis, you may have even unknowingly been the subject of one of his famous Overheard drawings for The Age. This summer, Oslo is making the transition from paper to screen, with the launch of his first animated film, Melbhattan. Inspired by Woody Allen’s classic Manhattan, Oslo has created and animated 61 illustrations that mimic iconic scenes from Allen’s film, with a Melbourne twist. Melbhattan will premiere at Rooftop Cinema on December 1, where Oslo hopes it will be viewed as “part-homage to, and part-pastiche of Melbourne.”

THINGS I LOVE To celebrate the launch of Megan Morton’s new book Things I Love, we asked TDF’s favourite stylist for her top picks at this year’s Open House.

We were surprised to learn that no midnight stalking or door knocking efforts are adopted in the quest to find the perfect space! Instead Ann and Kathy put their success down to being cultural sponges, and absorbing everything around them. “Our locations come from everywhere – architecture books and home and lifestyle mags, blogs, real estate listings, word of mouth, referrals from current homeowners. We’ve definitely become braver over the years, driving down dirt tracks in the hope of discovering an uncovered gem!” So what’s Ann and Kathy’s secret to a successful sibling working relationship? “The secret is in knowing each other so well. We trust each other, utilise each other’s strengths, work hard, cherish our luck and always remember to have fun!

Now imagine when a sticky noir coffee is poured into Dawn Vachon’s unspeakably beautiful blue and rose tinted stoneware teacups. Wider than usual, shorter than some, more beautiful than most.

‘Patchwork 1’ by Rachel Castle Her paintings aren’t really paintings. They are a lifestyle. They promote happiness and sunshine. They turn a grey sky blue and they fill a room with comfort, joy and colour.

LOCAL BUBBLES From Australia’s mineral spring capital, business partners Brylie Rankine and Mitch Watson have made good on their promise to supply sparkling water from the other side of Melbourne, not the other side of the world. Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Springs Co. is a range of bottled sparkling water, produced and packaged in our very own backyard – right down to the bottle cap. Let’s drink to that.

Angle Table Lamp 2.0 by WorkRoom Lamps with articulated arms. And in powder blue?! Super Nice! Its heaviness is countered by its whisper soft powder blue. Wonderful.

Bonnie and Neil: From Brunswick to Broadway We know we shouldn’t have favourites, but it’s a bit hard not to love Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie, the cheerful couple behind Brunswick-based design studio Bonnie and Neil. We can’t get enough of Bonnie and Neil’s stunning range of hand printed textiles, soft furnishings and tablelinen, and it seems we are not alone. This year the couple packed their bags and took the Bonnie and Neil roadshow to the US for the New York International Gift Fair, where their range was picked up by none other than US retail juggernaut Anthropologie. From early next year their products will be stocked in Anthropologie’s American and UK stores. A well deserved endorsement for this very hardworking team.

Join Megan Morton for a special bedside book signing in the Open House master bedroom on Sunday December 2nd at 11am. Trophy Wife Nail Art will also be on hand offering customers sweet handpainted nail decals.

Awareness. Concepts. Experiences.

Rachel Castle and I were together when we first met the magical unicorn that is Jen Booth. Some mornings I wake up and work out which locket I am going to wear before choosing my clothes! Jen doesn’t make pocket lockets, she makes outfit-triggers! I am fond of the yellow pouch with white flag.

Slab series teacup by Dawn Vachon

Each coming from respective creative backgrounds in fashion direction and advertising, the pair launched their own business six years ago, and have since gained a solid reputation for unearthing Melbourne’s most interesting homes and creative spaces.

I’m looking forward to summer, sitting on a beach and enjoying some quiet time.

Leather lockets by Jen Booth


110-112 Greville St, Prahran

In our preparations for this year’s Open House, we’ve been spending a lot of time on the ‘Southside’! In the process we’ve made a few new finds, and have re-discovered some of our favourite retail hotspots in Windsor, Prahran and South Yarra. After you’ve visited Open House, make sure you explore the neighbourhood!

No one does vintage and industrial quite like the folk at Tarlo and Graham, who have perfected the art of sourcing incredible long lost pieces, and then merchandising these finds with serious panache. Hanging above the shop floor you’ll find suspended vintage aeroplanes, skeletons and pendant lighting – the fossicking opportunities are limitless. Famed for his amazing in store merchandising displays, co-owner Phillip Graham once told us his secret – volume and repetition.


Luke Furniture

If an authentic Eames rocker is on your bucket list, then Luke Furniture is for you. This store is Melbourne’s oldest Herman Miller dealer, selling furniture designed by the likes of Ray and Charles Eames, and George Nelson, as well as contemporary furniture, lighting and homeware accessories. 214 High St, Prahran

60 Chapel St, Windsor


575-577 High St, Prahran East


One of our absolute favourite Melbourne stores, this design mecca on High Street will solve any and every festive season gift-giving conundrum. Safari Living truly has the best edited range of local and internationally sourced homewares, textiles and soft furnishings under one roof. It’s well worth a trip over the river if you’re a Northsider, and if you’re a Southsider, then you simply have no excuse. 579 High St, Prahran

Hut 13

Tucked away in a quaint arcade right near Armadale train station, Hut 13 requires a little GPS sensibility to locate, but once you find it you will not want to leave. Bursting with colour, Hut 13 is owned by Lucy Mora and her cousin Melly Bielby, and is heavily stocked with homewares and accessories by TDF favourites Emily Green, Lumiere Art and Co, Rachel Castle and more. 13 Morey St, Armadale

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Fenton & Fenton

Owner Lucy Fenton brings her distinct brand of interior eye candy to life in her store Fenton & Fenton, which over the years has become a one-stop shop for those looking to give their home a unique ‘zhoosh’. This store is stocked to the brim with exotic and rare homewares, lighting and textiles from India, Morocco and Europe.

The coveted Loom rug keeps making a recurring cameo in our TDF home tours, and for good reason. If you thought these rugs were every bit magical from behind your computer screen, just wait until you see them in real life. Despite being a relatively modest little shopfront in East Prahran, Loom has a very loyal following and it’s no wonder why – these rugs perfectly combine contemporary style with traditional craftsmanship.

Safari Living

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154 Greville St, Prahran

Tarlo and Graham

543 High St, Prahran


williams road

St Edmonds’ red brick bird mural exterior is as inviting as it is Instagram worthy. Housed in a converted garage, St Edmonds’ fit out is as impressive as its menu, with no design detail forgotten. We love the custom blackboards, hanging plants and the staff uniforms – custom made denim aprons by Scanlan & Theodore, of course.


Spoonful is the perfect brunch spot, famed for its savoury tarts and inventive salads. Owned by culinary whizz Melly Bielby (yes, of Hut 13), Spoonful is a southside institution frequented by a loyal community of ladies who lunch. We suggest visiting early to secure a seat during their busiest times. Then afterwards, pop next door and visit Spoonful’s little sister, Teaspoon, which specialises in take home treats.



St Edmonds


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orrong road

Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra

Who doesn’t love a good magazine? Where Magnation is concerned this is not a rhetorical question, but a way of life! Their range of magazines includes over 4,000 handpicked mainstream and niche titles that are best served with a cuppa from their in-house barista. They call it their ‘browse and relax philosophy’. Now that’s something we could get used to.


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6a Wilson St, South Yarra



576 Chapel St, South Yarra

Jason Scheltus and Fleur Studd are the caffeinated duo behind Market Lane. They source unique coffee blends from around the globe, roasting them carefully in small batches to bring out the regional characteristics of each blend. Visit their cafe at the Prahran Market, where their dedicated team will pour you the perfect coffee (it’s all about the brew time we’ve been told!), and even help you choose your own specialty blend to take home.


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Northside Wheelers has a cult following amongst Melbourne cyclists. Their brand new retail space stocks a seriously cool edit of high end cycling apparel, accessories, men’s skincare and vintage cycling ephemera. Having raced at a semi professional level for most of his life, owner Malachi Moxon seriously knows what he’s talking about when it comes to two-wheeled transportation!

Market Lane

williams road

Wait no more because iconic Finnish brand Marimekko has finally opened its first Melbourne store, right here on Chapel Street. With a range that encompasses clothing, home accessories, soft furnishings and even fabric sold by the metre, there is something very special about seeing this diverse range in one colour-popping retail space, instead of on your Marimekko devoted Pinterest board!


chapel street

Northside Wheelers

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OSBORNE street



750m right off High St.




MINI countryman FUV.

‘I think the best thing about pavlova, and what makes it inherently Australian, is that it looks like a mistake that someone has tried to cover with some cream and a pile of seasonal fruit.’


The iconic Aussie ‘Pav’. As a chef who cannot bake, I am particularly drawn to these types of desserts, as even when they are bad they are perfection – as long as the outside is a little flaky and crisp, and the inside is like moist marshmallow, there is no need to worry. If you split it or someone takes a greedy pinch from the side it’s okay, just fill with cream and a few strategically placed berries. I’m not personally a fan of uber sweet desserts, so I add no sugar to the cream, and sparingly sprinkle the strawberries with freshly ground pepper. Keep in mind that you can’t just start throwing pepper willy-nilly on every fruit dessert, however, in this case the balance of sweet and sour strawberries with the smoky, hot black pepper is a wonderful surprise. Ingredients 8 egg whites 500g sugar 4 tsp cornflour 1 vanilla bean (all pods scraped out) 1 ½ cups thickened cream (add a little of the vanilla) 1 tsp white wine vinegar 1 punnet of strawberries 1 mango 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper 1 pinch sea salt Method Preheat your fan forced oven at 180 degrees. In a clean dry bowl add the egg whites and a generous pinch of sea salt. The sharp flakes cut through the whites and make it fluffier. Mix for 5 minutes. Add the sugar fairly slowly, by half cups. Continue whipping until the sugar has dissolved – test it by pressing a little of the mixture between your fingers to see whether the sugar is still undissolved. Add the vanilla and mix again. Remove the whisk and with a metal spoon, turn through the vinegar and cornflour. Place in a 30cm cake tin, lined with baking paper, fill to about 1cm below the rim. Place in the oven and immediately turn the oven down to 150 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes. Reduce heat further, to 120 degrees, and bake for a further 45 minutes. Remember to never open the door, as the hot air will be released and it won’t be as good. Once the 45 minutes are up, turn the oven off and leave it in the oven for 1.5 hours. While your pavlova is cooling down, prep the strawberries by slicing them however you like.


be mini.

If you’re the type of person who thinks the “great outdoors” is dining al fresco, you need an FUV. What’s an FUV? Much more fun than an SUV for one thing. For another, it’s a Fun Utility Vehicle. But the best thing of all is that it’s a MINI. A family-sized MINI with four doors, four adult sized seats and true MINI style go-kart handling, with enough room for a modern family full of modern family-sized fun. Test-drive Australia’s only FUV at a MINI Garage today or visit

To assemble – the world is your oyster! Our way is to slice the mango into thin slices and set aside, we like small discs for the strawberries. Un-tin the pavlova (we turn ours out upside down) and spread with the vanilla cream – if you use thickened cream, you don’t have to whip it and you get a much more luxurious result! Next, lay the strawberries in the middle and the mango around the outside. Sprinkle the pepper over the strawberries, serve and plate up. I assure you all bowls will be left clean!

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supplier directory

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Able and Game offers cards that are quirky and cute featuring hand drawn designs of weird and wonderful people.

Boqil makes design art; unique furniture objects and interior products that are a hybrid of sculpture and design, but still maintain their intended function. Their ‘Trashkova’ range of wastepaper bins and umbrella stands are designed and made in Melbourne.

Dawn Vachon is a Canadian-born, Melbourne-based ceramicist. We discovered Dawn and fell in love with her beautiful handcrafted vessels earlier this year, and we’re super excited to be stocking her sweet teacups and tableware in this year’s Open House.

Original vintage posters from the turn of the century to modern times.

The cool, reusable BYO Coffee Cup from Hookturn Industries is dishwasher friendly, microwave friendly, user friendly and eco friendly.

Karen Morton is a Melbourne-based ceramicist who creates functional ceramic vessels and accessories in a stunning range of colours. Karen is represented by local creative agency Greenhouse Interiors.

Aly has been creating ‘upcycled’ soft things for 10 years from her studio in Footscray, including cuddly little bunnies, bears – the list goes on. All unique and 100% made here in Melbourne!



Pia Blair is the creator of Little Land of Pia collages. Her mixed media works on paper communicate quirky and often absurd stories using images found in vintage books from Vietnam, where Pia is currently based. Little Land of Pia is represented by the creative agency Greenhouse Interiors.


Glass gardener, colour enthusiast and all round creative good guy, Amanda Dziedzic currently rents a studio at JamFactory in Adelaide, where she likes to tend her garden.




Elizabeth’s practice encompasses printmaking, painting, illustration and more recently, intricate textile and paper collage. Her detailed and dreamlike work combines playful naivety with a finely honed aesthetic style.




Gascoigne & King candles are individually handmade in Surry Hills, Sydney, using only the finest quality all natural ingredients and carefully blended fragrances. Castle brings you beautiful bedlinen and artworks, often handcrafted or handprinted, designed by Rachel Castle, and handprinted in Sydney.



Melbourne-based Jacqueline Evans draws on her extensive knowledge as a naturopath to create all natural skincare products formulated using naturopathic principles. Her beautiful range of products for the face and body are made in Melbourne using the purest and highest grade organic ingredients.



Kat Macleod is a Melbourne-based illustrator famed for her pretty painterly illustrations. Her work has appeared in Vogue Entertaining + Travel, Chinese Vogue and Michi Girl.

A beautiful rug is at the heart of a beautiful room. Loom makes and sources beautiful rugs.



Iconic joyful prints brought to life through women’s and kid’s fashion, homewares and accessories, Finnish lifestyle phenomenon Marimekko partners with The Design Files Open House this year, and celebrates the opening of flagship stores in both Sydney and Melbourne in November.


Bold, playful design and quality features are the hallmarks of boutique umbrella brand Gina & May. Beci Orpin is a freelance designer and illustrator, who works from her shopfront studio in Brunswick, Melbourne. Alongside her freelance business, Beci also has a line of homewares and stationery under her own name. Beci lives with her husband Raph (of Beatbox Kitchen/Taco Truck fame), sons Tyke and Ari, and two British shorthair cats Miso and Tomatillo.

Adelaide-based design duo Daniel : Emma take pleasure in ordinary, everyday things and like the idea of viewing daily life as something special.



GREG HATTON Emily Green is a Melbourne-based multidisciplinary designer/maker known for her vivid colour combinations. We’re thrilled to be stocking Emily’s beautiful handmade bead necklaces in the house, as well as her unique paper chandeliers!

Comfy sofas, desirable chairs, versatile tables, detailed beds, all designed and made in Melbourne. Jardan’s entire range is accredited with the prestigious GECA Level A. Make yourself comfortable.



Kate Tucker is a visual artist working across a range of media. She was a finalist in The Archibald Prize and The Churchie Emerging Art Prize this year, and received high praise for her recent sell-out solo show Viewfinder at Helen Gory Galerie. Kate is represented by Helen Gory Galerie.

Lucas Grogan is a Melbourne-based artist who works across various media, including painting to photography, and needlepoint. His intricate, highly detailed work draws from a myriad of crosscultural references. Lucas Grogan is represented in Melbourne by Gallerysmith.




Greg Hatton uses sustainable materials to design furniture along with landscape design and construction.

Beneath the Sun is a NSW-based homewares and stationery collection that offers beautiful, traditionally crafted items for the home and study that bring colour and happiness to a room.


Danielle Rickaby completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass) at the University of South Australia in 2008, and went on to complete the associate program at The JamFactory, where her studio is now based.



Sydney-based designer Jen Booth creates unique and quirky handcrafted accessories. We reckon her little leather lockets are this season’s ‘It’ accessory! What you keep inside is limited only by your imagination and the curiously small 3 x 3cm space.

Emma Davies’ brightly coloured air vessels add a pop to any living space. She removes materials from common functionality objects such as packaging and transforms what is intrinsically ugly into something beautiful.


JOOST Gus Leunig is a Melbourne-based artist who creates detailed paintings depicting playful, whimsical narratives.

Kirra Jamison is a Melbourne artist known for her brightly coloured gouache and vinyl paintings that are influenced by textile design of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Kirra Jamison is represented by Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.


Mornington Peninsula-based Emma Cleine is the artist and maker behind Lumiere Art + Co. Lumiere Art + Co is represented by creative agency Greenhouse Interiors.


Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie are Bonnie and Neil, a small Brunswick-based studio that creates beautiful, handcrafted products for the home, with an emphasis on vibrant colour and pattern.

Esther Stewart’s practice is based on an exploration of the constructed environments in which we live. Her work explores the space between the functional and the purely aesthetic object. Esther’s work has exhibited at Next Wave, Craft Victoria, Blindside, Platform Contemporary Art Space, Rearview, Object and TCB.

Harvest Textiles share a passion for quality handmade textiles, the joy of learning, community and sustainability. They run textile workshops and a screenprinting business from their studio in East Brunswick.

Miniscapes merge desktop gardening and design to produce beautiful living sculptures. A sustainable alternative to floral arrangements, these miniature gardens are the perfect way to bring a little of the great outdoors inside.



David Bromley has emerged as one of the most recognisable and innovative painters in Australia. Often surprising viewers with his dual artistic sensibilities, his influences, although rooted in ‘50s culture, are as distinct as his styles. Bromley infuses these colourful works with his painterly style and unexpected metallic backdrops in gold and silver leaf.

MINI COUNTRYMAN FUV. MUCH MORE FUN THAN AN SUV. What’s an FUV? Much more fun than an SUV for one thing. For another, it’s a Fun Utility Vehicle. But the best thing of all is that it’s a MINI. So if you’re the type of person who thinks the ‘great outdoors’ is dining al fresco, you need to testdrive Australia’s only FUV at a MINI Garage today.

Melbourne-based Joost Bakker is a visionary multidisciplinary designer, and champion of inherently sustainable practises in architecture, hospitality and everyday life. His debut range of homewares is inspired by his passion for recycling waste and repurposing objects beyond their intended function.

Little Dandelion is the creation of Sydney-based designer and maker Jacqueline Fink. Motivated by a yearning to get back to the basics, Jacqueline crafts beautiful handmade knitted blankets and throws using Australian wool and eco-friendly linen fabric. Tired of ‘sameness’ and the notion of ‘perfection’, Little Dandelion ensures that each piece is a oneof-a-kind creation.

Melbourne based Madeleine Sargent (Made by Mosey) designs and makes unique handcrafted pieces for the nursery and home, using new and vintage fabrics.

Miranda Skoczek is a Melbourne-based artist whose vivid paintings are inspired by a melting pot of visual stimuli including travel, nature, textiles, traditional dress from various cultures, folk art, modernist design, architecture, Islamic motifs and Mughal miniatures.


Handmade childrenswear and objects inspired by a love of Liberty fabrics and in appreciation of the care, quality and attention to detail that once went into the construction of clothing and homewares.



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I’d rather be reading… Penguin Books Australia.


Spacecraft Australia is a Melbourne-based design studio well known for their graphic screenprinted textiles, soft furnishings and layered artworks.




Melbourne based creative duo Anita and Brian craft these handmade and handpainted pieces locally. Their sweet range of decorative sculptures is made from natural ‘twiggy bits’, ensuring no two are ever quite the same.


Pop & Scott are husband and wife team Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson. They design and make unique handcrafted timber furniture and swings for grown-ups! Nicholas Jones is a Melbourne-based sculptor who uses books and printed paper to make works that question the manner in which books are ‘read’.



THE DESIGN FILES OPEN HOUSE is a concept that usually needs explaining more than once. ‘Does someone actually live here?’ Yep. ‘You empty the whole house just for four days?’ Yep. ‘EVERYTHING here is for sale?’ Yep. ‘Is the house for sale!?’ No.


Uimi is a Melbourne-based lifestyle brand specialising in eco-friendly knitwear. Products are created exclusively from natural fibres, such as extra fine merino wool and certified organic cotton. Uimi designs and manufactures all products in-house in Melbourne, Australia.


NoteMaker is a boutique personal stationery store stocking internationally recognised and hard to source brands from Japan, France, Korea, Canada, the US and Australia.

Hand-crafted in Tasmania, Quiescence candles draw their inspiration from all things natural and respectful to the environment.

Swiden Design creates beautiful, playful products for your home and everyday living.


THAMES & HUDSON The pair behind Sydney-based Utopia Goods, Sophie Tatlow and Bruce Slorach, have a comprehensive design pedigree behind them, resulting in a unique homewares range with a strong Australian identity.



Sandra Eterovic studied art history and worked as a designer for children’s brand Seed. She currently hand makes her own range of painted wooden objects, illustrated mirrors, greetings cards and knitted accessories. Oslo Davis is a Tassie born, Melbourne-based illustrator and cartoonist. Oslo’s work will be familiar to most Melburnians – he draws cartoons for The Age, and has also created illustrations and cartoons for The New York Times, Meanjin, Readings, The Big Issue, desktop Magazine and the Australian Book Review amongst others.

Thames & Hudson publishes beautiful books on art, design, fashion, photography, architecture and history.


Our endless gratitude goes to our incredible and tireless crew – Lisa Marie Corso, Jenny Butler, Natalie Turnbull, Michelle Knight, Miriam McGarry, Jess Nixon, Jo Turner, Nat Leski, Melissa D’Alessandro, Marni Kornhauser, and our wonderful volunteers.

SARAH DINGWALL Vincent 2 is a family-based company that imports and retails homewares, furniture and accessories from across the globe. They believe in only selling products they love themselves, and that are original, useful and beautiful. They believe good design makes life better.


Sarah Dingwall is a Mornington Peninsula-based glass designer creating small one-off objects and a range of shiny wearables.

Tractor Home works with crafters and community projects in South Africa, Kenya and Cambodia to foster local employment.

AND of course a special thanks to our excellent group of local (and a few international!) designers, makers, artists and businesses who have filled this space with their beautiful wares.




Thank you all for making this an event to remember. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Penelope Durston is a Melbourne designer and maker with a passion for vintage fabrics and an obsession for making stuff. She is also the proprietor of sweet retail store Cottage Industry in Fitzroy.


Workroom is a New Zealand based family project – designed by daughter Rebecca Snelling, and made by her father Douglas Snelling.

Sonia Rentsch is a designer, still life stylist and art director. Her weltanschauung is to find the beauty in everything.

Massive thanks to Nick Garnham, Renee Brown, Linda Byrne and the team at Jardan, and to Matt Schmidt at MINI, for their ongoing support of this very special project. Our sincere thanks also to Steve Raw at Marimekko – an iconic brand who we are thrilled to have partnered with for the first time this year. Huge thanks to Ann and Kathy at Grzan Squared for finding the perfect location for this event. To Angus Booker at Lettuce Digital for turning our new website around in record time, and to Ortolan for designing our first printed newspaper. To The Establishment Studios for the generous use of their beautiful space in the lead up to this event. To Vlad Stoikovich, Daniel Heeps and the team at HomeMove for doing the heavy lifting! To our amazing publicist Esther of The Project Agency for getting the word out. To Jess Leski and her team for documenting the madness, and to Sean Fennessy and Brooke Holm for their beautiful photographs. Thanks to Sophie Cookes and Nicole De Bono at Cookes Food for feeding us, Fleur Studd and her team at Market Lane for keeping everyone caffeinated, to Mitch Watson at Daylesford & Hepburn Mineral Spring Co., Mark Cunliffe at Yering Station, and Cam Hines at Mountain Goat Brewery for keeping us happy and hydrated. And to all our friends and supporters – Frunch Nazzari, Megan Morton, Chrissie Feagins and Gordon Johnson, thankyou for your mentorship, support and patience!

Stämpel Studio creates colourful, unique, sustainable and handcrafted pieces for your home or person.


Realising this unique event requires a brilliant and seriously hard working team of staff and collaborators. There are so many generous people and local businesses who have invested their time, resources and most of all, their belief and enthusiasm in this ambitious project.

Joe Chester is another Tasmania-born, Melbournebased designer, and is the man behind TreeHorn Design. He makes timber homewares and accessories from his home workshop in Richmond.

Jardan produces a fresh and inspired range of sofas, chairs, beds, tables and storage. All designed and made in Melbourne for the world.

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