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Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne December 6 • 7 • 8
Australia international designers
days of shopping
Fun for kids Food & craft beer
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E M I LY G R E E N Stella mixed bead necklace www.emilygreen.net
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Joseph Banksii cushion www.martinichandcarran.com
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S U C H G R E AT HEIGHTS Grande Hearts Wonder tent www.suchgreatheights.com
BAILEY NELSON Virginia Electric Aqua sunglasses www.baileynelson.com.au
WEWOOD Jupiter Beige watch www.we-wood.com.au
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$2500! KIP & CO Croc Pastel quilt cover www.kipandco.net.au
THE MOD COLLECTIVE Set of 4 diamond patterned ceramic bowls www.themodcollective.com.au
MARVELLOUS Large natural leather backpack www.marvellousstationery.com.au
A SKULK OF FOXES Fox Cameo Timber iPhone Cover www.askulkoďŹ€oxes.com
ZAISHU Summer Dots stool www.zaishu.com
PA P I L L I O N A I R E Red Sommer Bicycle & Peterboro basket www.papillionaire.com.au
elbourne punches above our weight in terms of our remarkable creative output and The Big Design Market is testament to this success. This exciting free event held over three days
at the Royal Exhibition Building will present products that showcase local and international design talent. From fashion and accessories, homewares and textiles, lifestyle and kids’ products, stationery and books you will be spoilt for choice among the 216 carefully curated designers featured at the market. There will be free activities for kids including craft, design and activities to help them explore their creativity. The connection between the design of a city and its creative output is hotly debated around the world. This exhibition proves that cities can nurture and support the growth of creative industries. The City of Melbourne is a Major Partner of The Big Design Market and I encourage you to head down with your friends and family and make the most of the creative life of Melbourne.
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E M I LY G R E E N Emerald, orange & magenta waltercolour clouds print.
SCOOPS Hello sign, made with recycled plywood.
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Extra Ribbon stars, design workshops, old school trunks, and a new school general store: read on for more Big Design Market news.
Beci will be on-hand at The Big Design Market taking workshops on making beautiful mobiles (above), which also feature in her new book. Illustrator Beci Orpin has released her second book, HOME. Filled with 25 craft and design projects pitched at the home environment, you’ll learn how to make cushions, duvet covers, wall art and more. Divided into three chapters – Living Space, Working Space and Sleeping Space – it’s brimming with photographs and illustrations. “I like to put a lot of time and effort into my home – this is a way of expressing that in a book,” she says.
Don’t forget to look up when you’re inside the Royal Exhibition Building. You’ll ﬁnd a remarkable indoor constellation of more than 20,000 hand-woven stars. The installation is the culmination of maryann Talia Pau’s million Stars Project. What is it? “I’m teaching as many people as I can how to weave an eight-point star out of plastic ﬂorist ribbon. The stars are a symbol of light and courage to end violence in our communities.” Why stars? “Weaving stars reminds us that many small efforts by lots of people can be a meaningful response to massive issues, like violence.” What do you hope to achieve? “To collect as many woven stars as possible for a stellar installation I’m planning for The Big Design Market at The Royal Exhibition Building Dec 6, 7 & 8 - and that everyone everywhere feels welcome to join in.” See onemillionstars.net
Be sure to visit the General Store, a special BDM concept that brings together a range of products we think are inspiring in their own right, ready to be gift-wrapped. There’s Christmas-edition toilet paper (above) that raises money to build sanitation systems in developing countries (Who Gives A Crap); water, food and body care products that help fund water projects in poor communities (Thankyou); a gift wrap bar where gold coin donations go to the Million Stars Project (Write To Me); ethical coffee (Campos Coffee) and a huge range of inspiring reading matter (Mag Nation).
UP IN LIGHTS
The lights are on and look who’s home. A diverse mix of designers light up stalls at the Royal Exhibition Building including timber specialists Loz Abberton (Who Did That) with her ﬂat-packed ‘Grandeliers’ made from sustainably-sourced local Tasmanian timbers and the organic timber forms of fellow Tasmanian Duncan Meerding. For fans of other aesthetics there’s Volker Haug’s quirky reclaimed creations, Stephanie Ng’s versatile Scoop and Luna Lana, glass blower Ruth Allen’s playful up-cycled liquor bottle pendants and Mod Collective’s beautiful faceted glass designs (above).
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FREE WORKSHOPS! Roll up your sleeves and get busy with a host of free BDM one or two-hour workshops, running daily. Beci Orpin is teaching people how to make mobiles from coloured paper, pom-poms and thread. Learn how to make a woven star with Maryann Talia Pau (pictured) and contribute to her Million Stars Project – there will also be a kids’ weaving workshop to keep little fingers busy. Or join a workshop with Georgie Cummings: you’ll learn how to make leather key rings or bag tassels using off-cuts. Plus there’ll be plenty of block-building with Green Hat and colouring-in with Supertrooper. For details see thebigdesignmarket.com
Misschu, makers of exquisite hand-made Asian finger foods
No need to go hungry at the BDM with some of Melbourne’s hottest and hippest hospitality names taking care of the snacks. Expect the Taco Truck (tacos) and Beatbox Kitchen (burgers) parked out front, while inside you’ll find Vietnamese street food from Misschu (rice paper rolls, dumplings and coconut water), freshly-made sandwiches and salads from Earl Canteen (also offering macarons by Josephine, a brownie bar and Rooftop Honey). Liquid refreshments come in the form of locally-crafted beers and ciders
from 2 Brothers Brewery and four different handblended loose-leaf teas from Scullery Made in the Barossa Valley, as well as 15 blends to buy and take home. Caffeine is courtesy of Campos Coffee (Superior blend, $4), who will also be offering a limited supply of Ironman Geisha beans – the most expensive ever brought into Australia – to take home. “It’s like drinking silk,” says Campos Coffee Melbourne director Brian Dessaix of the Panamanian coffee, which will be available in 150-gram jars for $100.
Right. Two Brothers were recently awarded the Champion Small Australian Brewery trophy from the Australian International Beer Awards Far right. Handsome trunk ziggurat from Trunk & Orderly
OLD SCHOOL / NEW SCHOOL Sometimes, in order to innovate, you have to look to the past. Cabinet-maker and sculptor Joel Adams, 40, was searching for vintage machinery parts to use in furniture when he stumbled on a sale of parts by the Everlite Travel Goods company. It turned out the company’s third generation suitcase maker John Eland was selling-up and retiring. Adams saw an opportunity to combine his love of vintage cases with making things and so, in 2011, the Ballarat-based Trunk & Orderly was born, a business that hand-makes travel cases and custom furniture. Adams’ partner Anna Vintila, 39, says she likes the fact that they are doing their bit in keeping an Australian industry and craft alive. “Aside from being a fair trade and environmentally-sound product it’s really special to
have something hand made that has a story of real people making it to go with it.” The brand’s best sellers are the lunch, the kinder and the weekender cases, three sizes that range in price from $40 to $180. “We’ve noticed so many people smile when they come across our cases…so many people have a memory of their own childhood cases or have one stashed away – there’s a lot of collectors out there, of the old ones, too. So there has been a real nostalgic attachment already.” At another sale, this time in New York, brothers David and Andrew Ong were eyeing off a commercial brewery that was “going cheap” in Times Square. The weekend amateur brewers turned pro with the purchase of the machinery, state-of-the-art, hand
made equipment from a brewery maker in Canada, which they then shipped back to Australia in 2007. “In terms of the technology you might have more efficient pumps and means of transferring the wort…but essentially the nuts and bolts are the same as you’d find in a monastery or the brew house in Germany that’s a couple of hundred years old.” Since opening their 2 Brothers Brewery in Moorabbin, Victoria, the Ongs have been on a roll, winning a string of awards and adding brewery tours and a bar/restaurant to their concern. “My brother is the brewer and I think the thing that he loves is that you’re hand-crafting every batch. We try and brew as commercially as possible (for consistency) but you always have a little variation and that’s part of the quirkiness of it.”
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A diverse group of designers are taking everyday objects to unexpected places in the name of sustainability.
Second life PORTRAIT SIMON OBARZANEK
GOLDEN MONKEY Golden Monkey Blue denim apron made using 100% recycled denim.
JukeCase. Vintage cases reinvented for your portable audio needs.
Helveticus Ladies Bowling Bag with zip and two leather handles. Made from 100% virgin wool – recycled vintage Swiss army blankets.
ook around you, what do you see? A calm blue ocean? An uncluttered, endless horizon? A minimalist, blankwalled room? No. Chances are you’re seeing stuff. Lots of stuff. And a lot of it is probably junk. Humans, particularly the kind that live in wealthy developed nations, have a knack for accumulating new things: telephones, shoes, baskets, books, toys, chairs, paperweights…the list is endless. Our drive to consume is not all our fault, of course. It’s built into the economic structure of our societies through advertising and mass production. But a growing number of makers are questioning the rules - either by design or by chance, as a byproduct of how they work. Call them recyclers, upcyclers, social entrepreneurs or opportunistic gleaners, these folk aren’t pretending what they do in an inner-city studio is going to save the world. But each, in their own way, is doing their bit to start conversations; to make us think about how we use resources and, ultimately, to help everyone realise they can contribute to a more sustainable planet. Ruth Allen fell in love with molten glass as a teenager. A 4.5-year degree ensued at Canberra School of Art, then travel to America where she
Vincent Corneille and Rubin Utama in their brand new Johnston Street shop in Melbourne.
worked with Venetian glass artists living in Seattle. (“They’re probably the most accomplished glass culture on the globe – they’ve been blowing glass for five centuries,” she says). After returning to Australia with filigree glass, Venetian goblets and chandeliermaking under her belt she moved into large-scale, sculptural glass installations. But when she bought a warehouse in Coburg, in Melbourne’s north in 2009 reality struck: she needed to pay a mortgage. The financial imperative led to her to start making Sustainable Stubbies in 2010. Allen, 43, sources empty glass bottles from restaurants, bars, community groups and the general public, which she transforms into vases, beakers, cups and, most recently, pendant lights. The process takes about four days. First, the bottles are hand-scrubbed so no paper or glue label residue remains (they must be spotless to prevent impurities or faults). Then Allen cuts the tops off with a diamond saw, depending what kind of shape is required. The bottles are heated in a kiln to a resting temperature of 575 degrees Celsius and then a punty (a steel rod with a piece of glass at the end) is fused to the bottom of the glass bottle. Direct heat of up to
1000 degrees Celsius is applied and tools are used to reshape the bottle, which is then returned to the kiln and allowed to cool slowly, overnight. The result is a collection of eye-catching forms ranging in shapes and colours that still reference their previous lives as vessels for beer, cider or spirits. “I think what my work does do is create a conversation and the conversation is hopefully significant,” says Allen, adding that many people are unaware, for example, that their local council bottle recycling is more likely to end up as crushed glass grit in road surfaces than new bottles and glasses. “There’s only so many bottles I can do because we are a really small business and we do make each one by hand – and we only sell Australiawide – but the conversation that we create can be much bigger than that. So, when you’re sitting at the dinner table and everyone’s going, ‘wow, look at these glasses’ or ‘that’s a great idea’ then that will spark a dialogue, which hopefully extends greater than nationwide.” In Switzerland the son of a cobbler and his wife saw an opportunity to make use of old Swiss Army blankets. Hans-Jörg Karlen grew up in the tiny alpine
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SUSTAINABLE STUBBIES Pendant lights made using 100% reclaimed bottles.
village of Törbel watching his father Titus Karlen mend shoes and make leather backpacks and saddlery for the military. When the army started downsizing in the 1980s those contracts started drying up but Karlen junior saw another opportunity. Since the introduction of sleeping bags huge stockpiles of woolen army blankets – each embroidered with its maker’s initials and year of production, many dating back to the early 20th century – were about to be chucked out. Meanwhile, tourism was growing in the area and interest in Swiss brands (think army knives) was growing with it. So the Karlens began making backpacks again. But this time out of Swiss Army blankets and for the tourists, not soldiers. Fellow-Swiss and family friend, Pascal Winkler, 41, heard about the backpacks in 2010. An advertising creative who moved to Sydney with his wife Petra in 2004, Winkler rebranded the backpacks for an international market, under the Helveticus label. Since then Helveticus has expanded to produce a range of different types of bags and (oddly enough) slippers are currently its best-selling product in Australia. Winkler says unless an as-yet-undiscovered secret stockpile turns up the Karlens will likely run out of blankets in 2017. But Hans-Jörg and his wife Yvonne are prepared for that, looking at using old bags from Swiss Post and discarded seat covers from Swiss trains
in order to continue on their recycling bent. Winkler has also started an importation and retail business called Upcyclette that sells Helveticus and similar brands, including Feuerwear (bags and accessories made from old German fire hoses), Vuerich (sunglasses made from old skateboards) and Goma (bags made from old truck tyres). “At a philosophical level we really buy in to the concept of sustainability…What I think is important about upcycling is it’s a different way of educating people, to make people think about recycling as well, not just about upcycling. To create something that is visually attractive, that is functional that has got some spark and character to it…(being able to say), ‘this material was going into landfill – it’s a good conversation-starter.” At Son Valise in Collingwood, Melbourne, it’s more about style, look and quality over sustainable credentials. Vincent Corneille, 27 and Rubin Utama, 26, make Juke Cases, old suitcases converted into portable stereos using old hi-fi system components. The friends gave up careers in cancer research and Chinese medicine, respectively, in 2011, to pursue their idea full-time and have since been able to sell nearly 300 units (ranging in price from $300 to $700), mostly at markets. Recently they have been working on opening a retail showroom in Collingwood. Corneille loves the challenges of running a small
business and the new skills it requires, which so far have included marketing, branding, accounting, design, manufacturing and carpentry. But, he says, listening to music is still the highlight. “And at the end of the day you’re able to clock-off and go and meet your friends in the park and have a casual drink and just sit back and create a different environment. It’s great”. In terms of the brand’s approach to sustainability, however, the focus is split. On one hand they are saving audio components from the junk heap (they source most of the equipment from audio collectors) but on the other they are steadily on the way to making vintage suitcases an endangered species, combing regional markets and op shops for their quarry. But in the portable music player market, where most brands are built cheap and not to last, Son Valise believes it offers something different. “That’s exactly one of the reasons why we got into this. What was being made wasn’t made with great quality, just to satisfy the minimum requirements for a portable audio player.” At the other end of the spectrum is toilet paper, a product that is used once and then thrown away. 31-year-old social entrepreneur Simon Griffiths and friends Jehan Ratnatunga, 30, and Danny Alexander, 29, were staggered when they learnt that 2.5 billion people (40 per cent of the global population) don’t
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Dumpster diving Dave Boyer, 32, used to work at the cellar door of a small winery in Hobart. When a bigger winery took over and made him redundant he used the opportunity to turn a sideline hobby – making jewellery out of timber and acrylic – into a serious business. His brand Mabel began in 2010. Tell us what you do. I make jewellery out of salvaged materials. I use acrylic mostly and timber as well. I get them from the skip bin of a laser cutter down the road and the off-cuts of a furniture designer who I share a workshop with. How long has dumpster diving been part of your business plan? Since it started. It’s cheaper that way, of course. These days I don’t do a lot of actual dumpster-diving. They’re quite happy to put the stuff aside for me, mostly. Why do you dumpster-dive? It’s cheaper and it’s a good selling-point. I don’t really do it out of any guiding sort of philosophy to be environmentallyfriendly or anything. It just suits me, really. The most important thing with sustainability is just to make something that’s good that’s going to last people, that’s not going to get thrown away in six months when it goes out of fashion or when it breaks. And that’s what I try to do – make something that lasts. What’s the best thing you’ve found in a dumpster? I generally dive in the dumpsters outside plastic workshops so it’s generally all the same stuff, it’s acrylic. But the thicker the better. If you can get 20mm stuff (in thickness) it’s like gold. Worst thing? It’s pretty boring. People just chuck out plastic. Any tricky moments? The first time I did it the guy caught me out. I didn’t know which way it was going to go. He just sort of laughed at me and said, ‘I’ll put it aside for ya, mate.’ And it went from there. Now I do knock on his door instead of waiting until he leaves.
Bangles made from acrylic and salvaged plywood mainly sourced from deep and dirty skip-diving adventures.
have access to a toilet. Where sanitation systems are poor, says Griffiths, urine and faeces end up in waterways used to cook, clean and wash. “The resulting diarrhea-related disease fills half the hospital beds in sub-Saharan Africa and kills about 2000 children under the age of five every single day.” They decided to do something about it by starting their own toilet paper brand, Who Gives A Crap (WGAC). The idea was to sell toilet paper and donate half the profits from each roll to Water Aid, a non-government organisation with a mission to improve access to water, hygiene and sanitation systems in poor communities around the world. When they started, none of the three knew anything about the toilet paper. They quickly learnt that the initial production run would have to be “massive” and so they opted for a crowdfunding campaign to pre-sell the first $50,000-worth of product. To help things along Griffiths agreed to sit on a toilet in front of a live web-feed until they made their $50K target. Fortunately for him, the campaign went viral, supported by international print, television and online media (“we were insanely popular in Greece and Brazil for some reason”) and so Griffiths ended up stuck on the hot seat for “only” 50 hours. “Still, it was about 30 hours too many,” he laughs. WGAC’s first roll pre-sold in July 2012 and since fulfilling first orders in March this year sales have
Helveticus 100% virgin wool slippers made from recycled vintage Swiss army blankets. The sole is made of leather and each pair is unique.
been going “bonkers,” says Griffiths, fuelled by happy customers uploading pictures of the product on social media. “The two-months’-worth of product that we had sitting in our warehouse sold out in the first five days that we had it,” he says. Griffiths, also known for his Melbourne’s CBD bar Shebeen ($2 from each drink you buy there goes to a development project in that drink’s country of origin), says despite the short life of toilet paper, sustainability was always important to the WGAC business model. The paper is made in China from 100% recycled fibres, without the use of chlorine, dyes, inks or perfumes and shipped into major Australian capitals (rather than trucked around the country from one port) in order to reduce the product’s carbon footprint. The home-delivered subscription service means customers don’t have to lug 24-packs of toilet paper home and coloured packaging reminds people when supplies are running low. “The whole thing is still an experiment. It’s going to take quite a while before it gets to the point where it’s starting to make sense financially for uswe’re certainly not expecting to get salaries for quite sometime… (but) we’d like to see it as one of the major players in the Australian toilet paper industry and hopefully overseas. It’s very early stages for us.”
Oelwein is a French brand that designs, manufactures and distributes graphic, playful and practical objects from everyday life. Hello Polly. ($25â€“$35).
Far & away
International design features at this yearâ€™s market. Here are just a few highlights.
Meerkat. Each nanoblock critter has between 80-150 blocks. The smaller the blocks, the better the detail with the smallest blocks measuring just 4mmx4mm. Nanoblock. ($12.95).
Perspex Kiss Light. Catherine David. ($317).
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Cambridge Satchel in classic ďŹ‚uoro yellow. Cottage Industry. ($165).
Metis Beige wooden watch. WeWood. ($120).
Skinny spike crochet cactus. Made by a group of women in a skillstraining initiative in Hout Bay. Safari Fusion. ($78).
Granate Mols leather sandals, Mary Jane style. Duckfeet Australia. ($230).
Vuerich B sunglasses upcycled from old skateboards. Upcyclette. ($439).
Pierced ceramic Fin light. Chan Andreassend. ($195).
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PORTRAIT SIMON OBARZANEK
How do you design for kids? It’s all about striking a balance between fantasy and reality, say these creative people.
L AUR A NATALE
“I tend to stick to what I like, what I would love to wear.”
Love Mae plate, bowl and tumbler set made from non-toxic 100% biodegradable bamboo. Designed in Australia.
SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS
Kimono Grand Hearts Wonder Tent. Made from organic hemp and cotton with frame constructed from West Australian hardwood. Made in Australia.
PLANKS in Colour created with 100% farmed pine. Exploring colour, pattern and construction.
hildren designing their own bedrooms; imagine what you’d get. Sure there’d be plenty of slides, escalators, trapdoors and conveyor belts (well, at least in the boys’ rooms) but what about the ‘boring’ stuff ? Builtin storage. Desks. Underpants and sock drawers. Who cares about that stuff ? A fish tank filled with molten chocolate - now that’s useful in a bedroom. The hard reality is that designing for children is more about catering to their parents (unless you’re Tom Hanks in Big (1988), in which case that chocolate fish tank idea is probably looking pretty good right now). “We’re trying to design for both in equal amounts,” says Peta O’Neill from established fabric wall decal brand, Lovemae. “But at the end of the day as a mum and a lover of design and colour and beautiful spaces, I think it could almost be a 60/40 (split) where 60 is mum and 40 is child.” O’Neill, 37, is a mum herself with two daughters, aged five and seven. Since starting Lovemae with two younger business partners she has gone solo and focused on children’s wall stickers made out of fabric that allows them to be peeled off and repositioned without damaging the walls. She also makes wrapping paper, wallpaper, bamboo dinnerware and party products. Based in northern NSW, about 25 minutes’ drive from Byron Bay, O’Neill produces her decal designs for Australian and international markets, including woodland scenes, a ‘let’s go camping’ series and, more recently, the gender-neutral ‘sleeping fox.’ Butterﬂies, however, remain the Lovemae best-seller. “It keeps reappearing at any age group,” she says. “All my children and friends’ children went through certain phases at different times – the bird phase, the farm animal phase... The butterﬂy just seems to hold such delight for children.” Parents may be the ones in charge of the credit card but catering to children is still the trickiest part of the bargain. “I find kids are really fussy,” says O’Neill. “They’re really affirmative (about) whether they like it or they don’t like it. I find it’s the most finicky of tastes - just look at them with food - whereas adults can go, ‘yeah, I kind of like that, it’s growing on me.’ Kids are like, ‘yep’ or ‘nup.’” Alana Waterson and Sara Dickins from stationery label Poppies For Grace agrees. Although Waterson says it’s also about competing with big, mainstream players and established brands - think Disney, Star Wars, or the latest Lego martial arts spin-off. The pair has been making gift cards, lolly bags and party decorations (among other things) since 2004 and now works out of a backyard studio in Melbourne. To banish Bob The Builder, says Waterson, parents need to use their super-parent powers of distraction. “(But) for business, we keep designing bright, joyful products
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POPPIES FOR GRACE Colourful jumbo paper confetti, and other paper goodies.
ALITTLE POCKET 2013 range all made and designed in Melbourne.
The simpicity of wooden planks inspire dynamic construction and inspire creative thought.
that we love. People buy them and it makes us happy.” Some designers just go their own way and follow their own passions. Take Laura Natale, 25, behind children’s fashion label Alittle Pocket. “I don’t usually follow trends. I tend to stick to what I like, what I would love to wear.” Like her harem pants (the loosefitting, droopy-crotch-style pants made famous by MC Hammer). “They are a trend thing but I’ve done them all the time – I don’t turn to European fashion or anything to get inspiration, I think it’s just when I go off and look for fabrics. I just choose things that I would love to wear myself.” Natale fell into fashion doing her last year of high school. Based in the northern Victorian country town of Robinvale, on the Murray River, Natale doesn’t have children of her own but when models are needed for Alittle Pocket photoshoots she fortunately has nine nieces and nephews who pitch in. She finds designing for children easier and more fun than for adults. There is less emphasis on crafting a ﬂattering fit as you would for an adult, she says, particularly for women. Kids are less particular. “You design something really cute and put it on a kid and it always looks cute. You can have a bit more fun with clashing prints too… women are a little bit harder to please.” But ultimately Natale is designing for the parents as much as the children. Comfort is important, as are bright colours, something her Australian-manufactured label has
become known for. “(My clothes) do appeal to children but it’s important that they appeal to the parents because they have the overall say – most of the time.” For husband and wife design team Such Great Heights the adult/children divide has become blurred. Their successful A-frame indoor tent range, which can convert into a nifty clothes rack, owes some of its success to nostalgia, says Ryan O’Connor, 32. “It takes a lot of adults back to their early years and camping experiences. The timber is west Australian kauri, jarrah and Sydney bluegum and it packs ﬂat, as well. It’s just got a nice aesthetic, a nice shape to it.” He says there are a few other reasons to its success but initially people were interested because it offered something different – teepees were already popular. Despite having no previous experience as a designer (O’Connor studied film making, played jazz piano and recently quit a job at Australia Post to work full-time on the label) he started Such Great Heights with partner Jo Fahy, 33, last year. The couple have two daughters, aged two and five and live in Adelaide. Designing for children is easier than for adults, says O’Connor, because children are more open to new things. “Kids take to things a lot quicker and they try and explore it – they don’t come with the baggage that adults come with, they’ve already got a set idea of what they like. I just find it easier to design for kids – I find it freer.”
Throughout the Big Design Market Cameron Lee from Green Hat Workshops will be hosting a construction/ design/play area where children of all ages can experiment with Planks – precise, machine-cut blocks of sustainable New Zealand pine plantation timber. Lee, 38, was teaching woodwork at Preshil, an alternative school in Kew, Melbourne, when a group of Grade Six students started stacking a pile of parquetry ﬂoor timber. Their play inspired Lee to start making blocks of his own in 2010 and he’s been on the road hosting workshops around the country since. So, what do children make (apart from straight towers)? “When kids start building, particularly when they’re with their peers, they’ll tend to build something to do with their interests. So you get a lot of Star Wars stuff, the big Starﬂeet Empire cruisers – I saw a massive one that had all the internal hallways and the bridge and all that sort of stuff…a lot of skate parks…depending on the school you get cityscapes with parks and bridges and trains and things. The cleverest (thing I’ve seen) is an interlocked hoop that you can actually lift and balance on a single plank. That was really clever. The things that people build are as varied as they are.”
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Donut bangles, Sunshine statement ring and Splice Strand of Beads. Handcrafted in Adelaide from resin and golden brass. (Donut bangles $100, Sunshine statement ring $35, Splice Strand of Beads $85 each).
Note Sleeve wallet. Designed in Australia, hand crafted in India from vegetable tanned leather. ($89.95).
100% silk Colour Bomb Tank is digitally printed with Polliâ€™s own colour bomb photos. Made and designed in Australia. ($139.95).
A small selection of fashion picks from this yearâ€™s market. BAILEY NELSON
Bronte Red glasses. Vintage-inspired, unisex frames, each made of an individual piece of Italian acetate. ($95).
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Bushwick womenâ€™s laced slip-on with wooden platform heel in Navy/Toast. Designed, developed and manufactured by Australian craftsmen. ($330).
Zoe 18 bead necklace. Handmade beads threaded on leather cord. Designed and made in Melbourne. ($77).
Large black/natural leather backpack. Handcrafted in Australia. ($449.95).
CRAFT VICTORIA Folded copper and enamelled Duckegg bangle. Made in Australia by Melanie Rice. ($110).
CORKY SAINT CLAIRE
Otter brooch made from New Zealand Rimu wood in collaboration with Kelly McBrady. ($30).
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Popular interest in ceramics has surged in recent years. Here, four ceramicists who use the medium in different ways muse on why pottery is so hot right now.
BRIDGET BODENHAM “It’s a very challenging material and it presents lots of problems but it’s also very fulfilling...”
So hot right now
PORTRAIT SIMON OBARZANEK
S SANDRA BOWKETT
Crosshatched beakers. Thrown by Banay Singh and finished by Sandra these stoneware beakers have been woodfired giving a warm functional finish.
Pale turquoise diamond patterned ceramic bowl made by fusioning 3D technology and traditional ceramic techniques.
SANDRA BOWKETT Pappu Ram tends a giant outdoor kiln during Bowkett’s residency in India.
andra Bowkett’s “relationship” with cow manure has changed. It took a pair of visiting Indian potters to make her realise her central Victorian studio wasn’t surrounded by cowpats, but by an incredible resource. Her guests were from the village of Kumhar Gram, Deli’s largest potters’ colony. Bowkett has made numerous trips there since, allowing her to see firsthand how the humble cowpat is powering an industry providing livelihoods to more than 700 families. Let me explain. In a village with only one tree timber is scarce. Dried cow poo is used as the major fuel for burning in kilns. “You see women going around collecting the cow manure and they’ll make it into a particular shape so it’s more usable, stick it on to walls to dry and then it solidifies,” says Bowkett, 57. “It’s an incredible resource.” Bowkett grew up on a farm (with cows) in Albury, NSW. Her grandmothers were both makers and she remembers from a young age how important it was to always be “doing something.” The utilitarian nature of pottery attracted her in high school art classes and she went on to become a potter specialising in functional vessels, made either by hand or on the wheel. “I love creating something and I work on small pieces, so there’s a lot of continual satisfaction in finishing those.” Her first contact with India was 10 years ago. Since then a series of Asialink residencies has allowed her to exchange techniques and collaborate with Indian potters overseas and in Australia (leading to her “Crosshatched” range). While each potter in Kumhar Gram specialises in a particular object (depending on how they fit in to a complex artisan pecking order) there are two basic genres: permanent and disposable. Permanent terracotta pieces might include ﬂowerpots (popular with the Deli upper-middleclass and government) and ‘matka’ water dispensers. On the disposable side there are low-fired terracotta cups ideal for chai, hot milk or ice cream. These latter vessels are fired in cow dung-fuelled pits at a low temperature, just enough so the cups can hold liquid. After one use they are thrown away, often becoming part of the road on which they were consumed. Back in Australia, Bowkett recently built a timber kiln and is excited by the variation in colours and textures that the process creates. But she puts the surge in general interest around ceramics down to the wider trend towards things that are handmade. “I guess I’m lucky that my only income comes from ceramics. I consider that I’m very lucky.” On another bushland property, 100-kilometres west, near Hepburn Springs, Bridget Bodenham is working on the latest batch of her ceramic tableware and jewellery pieces. The 27-year-old Queensland-born ceramic artist has been working out of a converted shipping container here for the past seven years and, like Bowkett, makes a range of functional work. But she also makes sculptures and decorative objects and
BRIDGET BODENHAM Pharaoh earrings. Stained blue porcelain with gold lustre sterling silver ear hooks.
Abby Seymour’s black collar faceted porcelain beads.
THE MOD COLLECTIVE
Marquise Pear pendant lights in Canary Yellow, Pale Blue, Dove Grey and Ruby Red with carbon black fittings and black and white cloth ﬂex.
uses a gas-fired kiln, which adds an element of chance into her pieces, she says (the lack of oxygen inside the kiln creates variable details from batch to batch). Bodenham uses a combination of raku (refired) clay, stoneware and porcelain. She often starts her pieces on the electric wheel, then uses her hands, fingers and pottery tools to alter form and shape. The pieces are then dried, bisque-fired at 1000 degrees Celsius, then glazed and fired again at 1300 degrees Celsius before they are finally polished. She first fell in love with ceramics at high school. “It’s quite an amazing material. My mum is a china restorer, an art restorer in conservation so I’ve grown up with beautiful objects around me from an early age. I wanted to make something that’s practical that can bring a bit of enjoyment and fun into everyday life, through the ritual of eating with friends and enjoying cups of tea, or preparing a meal and serving it on some very informal, crazy dish.” In the past two years Bodenham has been selling direct to the public, enabling her to ditch part-time teaching and retail jobs and focus almost entirely on her ceramic work. She’s been amazed by the demand for ceramics and the fraternity amongst makers at markets and believes that part of the medium’s appeal is linked to movements including organic food, farmers’ markets and more opportunities to ‘meet the maker’. But ultimately it’s her love of clay that keeps her inspired. “It’s a very challenging material and it presents lots of problems but it’s also very fulfilling when you can accomplish something that you may have been challenged (by) for many months…it’s a very exciting material because it is always changing, its not an expected outcome.” At arguably the other end of the ceramics spectrum, at least from a technical point of view, is Valissa Butterworth. Her delicate-looking handglazed porcelain tableware and lighting pieces might begin life by being thrown on a wheel but thereafter things go decidedly high-tech. Butterworth translates the basic form into a computer file, which she plays
with and manipulates into a pattern she is happy with. The design is then rendered in plaster by a 3D printer, transformed into a silicone mould, which is subsequently filled with liquid clay (the process is called slip casting) and allowed to set and dry thoroughly before bisque-firing. Glazes are painted on, the piece is fired again and then polished. Butterworth, 37, studied interior design and worked as a landscape designer before she defected to ceramics 10 years ago. Since then she’s produced “maybe close to 100” different designs, from tableware (beakers, bowls, plates and other vessels) to lights, her more recent passion. Like Bodenham and Bowkett she works in a rural setting in Victoria (near Wangaratta), out of a shed. “I have a great home-made wood heater and I’m surrounded by cows out in the paddock about 10 metres away and a tractor, over yonder.” She also has a 10-month-old daughter and a two-and-ahalf-year-old son, so for Butterworth her making is as much about creating a life-work balance than it is about career. “I don’t have to go and do a job that I don’t really enjoy and have a hobby doing something creative – I can combine both and I get to do what I love everyday. That’s the goal for me. I don’t want to conquer the world, although that would be nice!” She likes the fact that her pieces aren’t on every supermarket shelf, that you have to “hunt for them”. It ties in with her belief that the ceramics resurgence is linked strongly to the handmade trend. “Regardless of whether I slip-cast something and it comes out of the same mould, no two are ever the same because when you put them into the kiln they always fire differently; where you have it in the kiln affects the colour – there’s all of these different issues that mean that each piece is literally a one-off. Ceramics is definitely benefitting from that movement and there is a lot of ceramics artists producing wheel-thrown work, handmade work, slip-cast work, that people have a new appreciation of. And I benefit from that, most definitely. It’s a wonderful thing, to keep those skills here in Australia and have people appreciate them.”
Melbourne’s Abby Seymour (above), 29, is an artist and jeweller known for her works in brass, silver and porcelain. “Porcelain is a very tactile and a mostly meditative medium. I really enjoy the process in each stage, it is amazing how much transformation happens from one block of porcelain. From carving and forming the basic shape to painting on a beautifully smooth, burnished surface is really satisfying, and then opening the kiln door after months of hard work is really exciting. All of the porcelain work that I make is hand formed, carved and painted from one slab of porcelain. This means that every single piece is one of a kind. I will either carve textural or faceted details into the porcelain or press the porcelain into a printing plate that I have carved to get more illustrative textural details. From there I will hand paint my designs onto the surface, once they have been glazed and fired I will use the components to turn into jewellery; necklaces, earrings and rings or little home-ware vessels. There has been a huge resurgence of ceramics in the past 5 years, I think that this may be due to the accessibility of the medium. Clay is so transformative that it can appeal across many disciplines. Porcelain is considerably more refined than other clay and a higher understanding, patience and skill base is needed to work with the medium. This is one of the reasons why I love working with porcelain, if you stick with it the results can be incredible especially if you have an illustrative aesthetic, the level of detail that can be achieved is astonishing.”
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Everyday objects become works of art.
BENEATH THE SUN
Gem Mint Vessel. All made locally with some help from local potters. ($45).
ABLE AND GAME ‘You’re Like Totes Def Amaze balls’ tea towel. Designed and printed in Melbourne on 100% linen. ($22).
MARTINICH & CARRAN
Joseph Banksii cushion by collaborative Melbourne duo Geoﬀrey Carran and Rowena Martinich. (Abstract expressionist print by Rowena Martinich). ($180).
HOME & HEARTH
ANGUS & CELESTE
Ceramic hanging Jelly planters, Botanic bottles and vases and Concentric Flora Green clock. All designed and made in Melbourne
KIP & CO
Spots, Matchsticks and Croc bath towels. 100% cotton. Designed in Melbourne. ($65).
Orange Arko Letterbox. Inspired by the classic archetypal letterbox shape made from rust proof Zincalume with a powder coated finish. ($349).
Zaishu slot-together Yellow Pony stool, hand screen-printed. ($395).
Scoop light made from American Oak with powder coated aluminium spun body in white or black. Designed in Melbourne. ($240 per light).
MAKER PROFILE PORTRAIT SIMON OBARZANEK
3D faceted Fox necklace made from sterling silver. ($139).
iPhone cover made from Cherry hardwood, etched with Laura Blytman’s King of the Mountains design and splashed with neon pink! ($45).
A skulk of foxes Complimentary personalities help this husband-and-wife design team avoid the traps and pitfalls of working closely together creating items as diverse as iPhone covers and timber clocks.
atalie Cirillo would see them when out walking with her daughter Mila. It was 2006 and her small family had moved to the west London borough of Ealing, while husband Andrew worked on architectural animations for a new terminal at Heathrow Airport. “We lived near quite a nice park and every night this group of foxes would come out,” recalls Natalie. “They would cause all sorts of ruckus – you don’t often see them in groups – and I was intrigued about what the collective noun for a group of foxes was. So that’s where the name (A Skulk of Foxes) came from.” Around the same time the Melbourne-born former fashion designer and pattern maker was keen to regain her creative identity after becoming a mother. So, eight weeks after the birth of her second daughter, Nia, Cirillo enrolled in a short introductory course in silversmithing. By this time the family had moved back to Australia and settled on the Bellarine Peninsula to be close to Andrew’s parents. Soon what started as a hobby for Cirillo – making silver and laser-cut timber jewellery for her friends - turned into a successful family business. A Skulk of Foxes was born and seven years later it has stockists around the world and, in September, opened its first retail space, which operates out of the designers’ converted workshop in Geelong West. While Natalie busies herself with new designs, sterling silver finishing work and polishing, husband Andrew puts his technical skills to use in Illustrator, 3-D modeling and laser cutting, drawing on his background in industrial design. “Our personalities are
quite different and I think that’s what makes it work,” says Natalie, 39. “I’m kind of loud and feisty and he just sits there quietly and smiles and nods and keeps me in check.” The couple first met at a bar in Balaclava where Andrew was a regular. Natalie started working there and after two months he eventually found the courage to ask her out. “But you could have knocked me down with a feather when he did,” laughs Natalie. The couple now has three children – Mila (8), Nia (7) and Luca (5) – and this year they are all in school, which has allowed the pair to focus more on the business. For the first time they have employed a staff member to take care of retail sales, both online and in the Packington Street shop. “The biggest challenge for me is learning to let go,” says Natalie. Along with their timber iPhone covers, sterling silver and timber jewellery and clocks, this year at the Big Design Market you can expect to see a new range of light fittings and timber vases with copper inserts. “I’m really looking forward to having more time for actually sitting down and creating pieces from scratch, like I used to…and really just getting stuck back into designing things properly.” And what about foxes? Any of those skulking about Geelong West? “There are plenty of foxes down this way, believe it or not. We’ve got the Barwon River quite close by and there’s quite a nice walking trail and a lot of bushland down the river. People either love them or hate them, they’re not indifferent about them.”
Directory Overﬂowing with design talent from across Victoria, interstate and overseas, this directory gives you stallholder-speciﬁc info.
& AT T O R N E Y
&Attorney create truly charming men’s and women’s shoes, entirely designed and manufactured within Australia. We are incredibly humbled to work with some of the finest craftsmen our country has to offer. The cornerstone of &Attorney is a love of fine footwear. www.andattorney.com
3 2 1 WAT E R
Feel good about drinking water. 321 Water makes tap water stylish, portable and taste delicious. Created to offer an alternative to bottled water, this Melbourne designed and made water bottle has a unique French press filter mechanism. It has won many awards both here and overseas. www.321water.com
A S KU L K O F FOX E S
Inspired by an eclectic mix of nature, folk art and modern production techniques, A Skulk of Foxes design and hand make sterling silver, gold, acrylic, and timber jewellery. They also make accessories, including their timber iPhone covers and clocks. They believe in using production methods and materials that have the smallest environmental impact possible. www.askulkoﬀoxes.com
A THOUGHTFUL SPOT
Started by independent Melbourne designer Melanie Attar, ‘a thoughtful spot’ uses a mix of vintage, reclaimed and new materials to create a range of accessories and homeware all lovingly designed and handmade in Melbourne. www.athoughtfulspot.com.au
Abby Seymour’s multifaceted creative practice spans jewellery, objects and print, recognisable for its distinct illustrative quality and refined aesthetic. Her handcrafted porcelain and metal jewellery range is inspired by hidden and subtle details, the beauty and simplicity in textural details and layers in the environment. www.abbyseymour.com
ABLE & GAME
Able & Game create quirky greeting cards that feature dorky boys and girls, plenty of cats and life’s silliest moments. Designed and printed in Melbourne, the statements on the cards have people nodding and laughing in agreement and the illustrations are drawn by hand, giving them an innocent quality. www.ableandgame.com
Adriana Christianson is a Melbourne based ceramic artist and she produces mainly hand thrown functional ware, which is heavily decorated with brushwork and sgraﬃto –and sometimes gold lustre. www.adrianachristianson.com.au
A I M E E S U TA N T O J E W E L L E R Y
Aimee Sutanto is a Melbourne based independent jeweller. Her main focus is the concept range “Cube Derivatives”, with the whimsical “Emoticons” range and classic “New Baroque” at the side. www.aimeesutanto.com
Silver jewellery handcrafted from either sterling or pure silver, designed in Melbourne and produced by skilled silversmiths in the mountains of Mexico. Due to being handcrafted all pieces retain a unique feel. www.alanmyerson.com
Alittle Pocket’s summer collection boasts vibrant colours with patterns that create optical delights. Ranging in sizes 2-8, the 100% Australian made label draws inspiration from country Australia, the buzz of our cities, a love of fabrics and all things vintage. Alittle Pocket clothing is 100% Australian made, and is professionally manufactured in Melbourne. www.alittlepocket.com.au
ALMOND TREE DESIGNS
Unique handcrafted décor made and designed in Melbourne, as part of a family-run business. www.almondtreeframes.com.au
AND O DESIGN
B E N E AT H T H E S U N
ANGUS & CELESTE
B E T H - E M I LY
And O Design creates delicate ceramic jewellery and interior accessories. From a home studio in Melbourne, Yumi hand crafts geometry, curious bunnies, miniature hanging air-plants and more. Inspired by nature, industrial forms and her Japanese roots, each piece is a cultural fusion, shaped and decorated by hand. www.andodesign.com.au
With backgrounds in ceramics, printmaking and sculpture, Keir Angus MacDonald and Asha Celeste Cato began collaborating and created Angus & Celeste in 2005. Angus & Celeste will be launching a new range of large decorative bowls and a colourful range of new jewellery that incorporates bright porcelain bead work and elaborately turned plywood. We are excited to announce that these products will be scheduled for release at the Big Design Market. www.angusandceleste.com.au
APPLE GREEN DUCK
Apple Green Duck is an innovative range of funky reusable shopping bags. The bags have been designed to create an affordable but fashionable alternative for grocery shopping. A vibrant colour palette with bold graphic prints will have you shopping in style with a choice of calico sacks, jute shoppers, string bags and foldable nylon bags. www.applegreenduck.com
Eco-loving, tree-hugging stationery, designed with care and attention to detail from our sunny Melbourne studio. Our products are locally made and/or fair trade and are printed with our own illustrations of foxes, bears, typewriters, vintage cameras, the iconic Melbourne Tram, the Sydney skyline, Kangaroos, Cockatoos and more. www.askalicestationery.com
Bago Studio creates contemporary cycle clothing for the daily commuter. Our products are designed and made in Melbourne featuring quality fabrications with unique graphics creating a statement on and off the bike. www. bagostudio.com.au
BAILEY NELSON EYEWEAR
Bailey Nelson Eyewear provides timeless frames with multicoat prescription lenses at an affordable price. And, every time you buy a pair of Bailey Nelson glasses, we provide funding for a pair of glasses for someone who needs them but wouldn’t otherwise have access. www.baileynelson.com.au
B AY & F Y F E A N D R A I N Y S U N DAY
Bay & Fyfe is an emerging creative concept label based in Sydney, Australia. We collaborate with artists from around the world to create treasured pieces of wearable art and bespoke homewares. We bring together superb quality to create collections that are only produced once. Our coveted collections stand out with their edgy prints and off-beat colour palettes. www.bayandfyfe.com
Bear is a Melbourne based maker with a special interest in the wearable object. Each piece is designed with function and aesthetic pleasure in mind. Each piece is made by hand. Each piece is sent into the world for their next adventure. www.bear-made.com
Beci Orpin is a Melbourne based illustrator whose work is inspired by folk narratives and the nostalgia of children’s storybooks. She has produced several books including ‘Home’ which contains 25 craft and design projects. Orpin also regularly exhibits her artwork in Australia and overseas. www.beciorpin.com
B E L L R OY
Bellroy exists to slim your wallet. But just slim isn’t enough. We want our products to look elegant, be functional, delightful to use and offer a surplus in value. With a narrow focus, constant learning, agile processes and creative thinking, we can continually improve the solutions and insights we share. If we do this well, you’ll be able to move between work and play, having your pockets contents adapt along with you. www.bellroy.com
Beneath The Sun is the debut homewares and stationery collection of illustrator and designer Leah Bartholomew. Beneath The Sun offers beautiful, traditionally crafted items for the home and study. The range features locally-produced and environmentally conscious products made from natural, quality materials. www.beneaththesun.bigcartel.com
For Beth-Emily each piece is inspired by nature and its ever changing forms. Combing this inspiration with imagery created by her imagination, creates a hybrid of sorts, which ultimately bridge the two realms of the physical world and the world of the imagination, through the vehicle of illustration and design. www.beth-emily.com
BLANK is your toolbox for personalised goodies, projects and creative play. Their simple but inspiring range of BLANK packaging and project supplies are ready for you to create and decorate just the way you like. They also love sharing ideas and inspiration on how to have fun with their products. www.blankgoods.com.au
Sunngee Min is a Melbourne based jeweller originally from Korea. His background in philosophy and literature forms part of his creative process in which he focuses on the elements of everyday life and how they are connected. www.bonnylad.net
‘Branched’ is an eco friendly fashion distributor, focusing on unique design, social responsibility and eco materials. They currently distribute WeWood Wooden Timepieces and Proof Wooden Eyewear throughout Australia. www.we-wood.com.au
BRIDE AND WOLFE
Bride&Wolfe specialise in limited edition, handfinished wall decor, circle shelves and sculptural pieces. Designed, made and finished in Australia using sustainable timbers, each piece is a sophisticated example of contemporary folk art. www.brideandwolfe.com.au
Bridget makes objects from clay. She lives in country Victoria, Australia. www.bridgetbodenham.com.au
C A P TA I N R O B B O
Adventure Pants are printed and handmade in Melbourne by Katy Robinson AKA Captain Robbo since 2010. Fabric is cut into panels and then individually hand printed, always using the high quality fabrics that are durable and ready for adventures. www.captainrobbo.com
C A T H E R I N E D AV I D D E S I G N S
New Zealand based design and manufacture business, Catherine David Designs is one of few design companies who operates using a wide range of mediums. Her objects aesthetically enhance her customer’s interiors with the duality of personal interpretation of use and humour thus hopefully enriching their environs. www.catherinedaviddesigns.com
Objects, jewellery art and lights are enlivened by rich translucent colour, ornate detailing, texture and hand drawn patterns, fusing the boundaries between art, craft, design and fashion. Focusing on new forms in resin and ceramic reveals a diversity of inspiration from classical elements and traditional motifs to architectural and organic themes. www.chanandreassend.co.nz
Chickenfoot Designs is all about the simplicity of the handmade object. Whimsical, unique designs, our images range from a tin-tin illustrational style to academic measured drawings in carefully selected colours. Current products include gift cards and tea towels, all produced locally in Melbourne. www.chickenfoot.com.au
C H R I S T I N E B AT T O C C H I O
Inspired by the colours and shapes of nature, and combining traditional hand skills with contemporary design, you will find a range of simple modern jewellery, handmade in Melbourne. email@example.com
S TA L L H O L D E R L I S T C L A I R E T AY L O R
DICK & DORA
C O N S TA N C E R O E
DOUGLAS & HOPE
Claire Taylor’s jewellery captures patterns inspired by nature, textures and travels. Her latest range, developed from a recent trip to Italy, is available at her Fitzroy store, Atelier Claire Taylor and will be at the Big Design Market in December! www.clairetaylor.com.au
Constance Roe is a designer accessories label dedicated to ethical luxury and style. Each piece is hand made and limited edition using exquisitely sourced and salvaged leathers. We believe nothing should ever be wasted. Ethically produced in Fair Trade working conditions, we eschew the ‘bad karma’ of sweat shops. www.constanceroe.co
Designed and made in Melbourne, Coocachuu Designs is a studio taking their illustrations and turning them into prints and stationery products that are printed locally on recycled paper. Always wanting to learn new things we create a range of screen printed products and anything else we can think of along the way. We offer a range of gift tags, notepads, calendars, prints, gift wrapping sheets and screen printed cases. www.coocachuu.com
CORKY SAINT CLAIR
Corky Saint Clair make jewellery that is playful, fun and unique, using materials such as stainless steel, porcelain and wood but they especially like working with silver. Recently they have been making silver pieces that spin, move or open– perfect for amusing yourself during life’s quieter moments. corkysaintclair.com
C O T TA G E I N D U S T R Y
At Cottage Industry we love textiles and traditional techniques. Our products are all produced or hand finished in our studio in Fitzroy and are designed to both embrace the repurposing and upcycling of fabrics and the practicalities of modern living. All homewares, clothing and accessory products are produced in small quantities and are often one-off and unique. misspenpen.blogspot.com.au
Craft is a not for profit organisation established in 1970. Operating as a peak craft body, we have three main points of public engagement, exhibitions, public programs and retail. During The Big Design Market visit our stall to pick up limited edition and one off jewellery, textiles, ceramics and timber works handcrafted by Australia’s leading designers and freshest new talent. craft.org.au
C R AY O N C H I C K
Crayon Chick is a gorgeous collection of accessories and homewares featuring old crafts and new tricks. www.crayonchick.com.au
Dick & Dora brings you a range of joyful, oversized xmas decorations & a collection of statement hand finished jewellery & homewares . Exclusively designed & made in Tasmania, Dick & Dora uses sustainable certified fine Tasmanian timbers, wools, acrylics & enamels. www.dickanddora.com
douglas & hope loves all things colour, art & design, which is applied to signature cushions, purses and melamine ranges. My newest collaborations in my ‘art’ melamine range are with artists Anya Brock and Alice Oehr. Both will be available at TBDM along with favourite Lucas Grogan. www.douglasandhope.blogspot.com.au
Drugstore is nowhere near as insidious as its name. Quite the contrary, in fact. Drugstore is a handpicked collection of premium, artisan & hard to find products that nourish the body, mind, soul & home. The products found on Drugstore are fresh, sophisticated, and are for the customer who takes pride in the details. www.drugstorelove.com.au
Cyclesigns are innovative bicycle reﬂectors made from used road signs. As a raw material, road signs have a perplexing but undeniable appeal. Australian designer, Trent Jansen, has used the highly reﬂective properties of this material to keep road signs on the road, albeit on your bike! www.cyclesign.com
C YC L E S T Y L E
CycleStyle brings you fashionable and functional cycling gear that looks good on or off the bike, whether you’re going to work or a night out. www.cyclestyle.com.au
D A N D E LY N E
Combining a love for embroidery and all things mini, Dandelyne delivers on quality, love and originality. The Dandelyne range includes hand embroidered necklaces and brooches. These are framed by a one of a kind miniature embroidery hoop. The latest edition to the range includes DIY miniature embroidery hoop kits ... you can make your very own too. www.dandelyne.com
DA N I M D E S I G N S
Danielle Maugeri has been hand making contemporary jewellery and delicate porcelain tableware in her home town of Melbourne since 2001. With humble beginnings in a tin shed, Dani M Designs soon set up base on the inspirational Flinders Lane and has not looked back. www.danimdesigns.com
D AY S O F A U G U S T
At Days of August, recycled, repurposed and vintage materials are reborn as beautiful and unusual jewellery pieces. Each has a story, an identity. Handcrafted by Marie-Pier Labelle in her Adelaide Studio in small runs or limited editions. www.daysofaugust.com
D E B R A FA L L O W F I E L D
New Zealand based jeweller Debra Fallowfield’s work is bold and exquisitly crafted. Fused gold, rainbow gems and diamonds are coaxed into modern wearable art by hand. www.debrafallowfield.com
Frida Plumm is a new design house based in Melbourne. The collections of stationery and homewares focus on globally inspired themes to create fresh, original and expressive designs. These include sets of ceramic votives, bowls and plates alongside a colourful range of pressed tin stationery. All presented in stunning graphic packaging. www.fridaplumm.com.au
Big style for little guys. Handsome clothing and accessories in stylish fabrics, with a vintage hoodlum inﬂuence. Proudly Melbourne owned and operated. www.furiouskingston.com.au
Stylish, elegant, sophisticated, minimal – Georgia Gabrielle creates gorgeous limited edition jewellery. The Bauhaus inspired Geometrica jewels are designed to be an elemental foundation range to go with every outfit in your wardrobe. www.georgiagabrielle.com
Duckfeet shoes, boots and sandals are Danish designed, handmade in Europe and are made from all natural materials. They are made in a way, and are of a quality, that is of another era. This is due to them being made the same way since 1975. They’re bloody comfy too. www.duckfeet.com.au
Creating unique hand made products Georgie Cummings focuses on using few, but thoughtful materials. With leather ware made from vegetable tanned kangaroo leather and using brass, wood and ceramic fittings each piece has sustainability and longevity in mind to create products that will be cherished for years. www.georgiecummings.com
E L LY O A K
Premium quality papers + inks and Scandinavian inspired designs combine to produce our deliciously bright and popular range of greeting cards and stationery. The designs, perfect for both children and adults, include hand screen printed and printed greeting cards, tags, note cards and hand screen printed linen tea towels. www.ellyoak.com
EMERALD GREEN SUBMARINE
Emerald Green Submarine is an Australian made jewellery label that brings the healing properties of colours into a contemporary framework. Inspired by forms in nature, textiles and architecture the EGS studio produces handcrafted epoxy resin, sterling silver and wire jewellery in their signature colours. www.emeraldgreensubmarine.com
E M I LY G R E E N
Emily Green is a Melbourne-based designer who creates artworks, jewellery and accessories that explore unusual and unexpected colour combinations, chaotic geometric shapes and soft, organic forms. Her designs are inspired by her love of colour and the aesthetic of Melbourne’s inner north. www.emilygreen.net
EMITI C YC L E S I G N
F R I DA P LU M M
Emiti is all about colourful, playful and pretty handmade items. We make hand painted wooden jewellery, screen printed cotton scarves and organic screen printed homewares. Our latest collection of jewellery features rounded curves, creamy pale wood and pops of bright colour. Everything is handmade in Melbourne using sustainable materials. www.emiti.com.au
FA B L E B A B Y
With a focus on quality, sustainability and simplicity, Fable Baby’s boutique baby wear is created from only the loveliest high quality organic &/or locally produced fabrics. Designed to make baby dressing easy with minimal use of clasps, buttons and zips. Timeless prints & a gentle colour palette create an aesthetic which is calming, cute and quietly nostalgic. All garments are designed, and hand made in Melbourne. www.fablebaby.com.au
Feliz is a small Melbourne-based partnership producing a handmade range of ethically produced, luxurious bed linen and decorative cushions for the whole family. www.felizhome.com.au
FOOL is an independent, locally produced clothing label that is available nationally. It embodies a unique blend of colour, print and texture. FOOL’s designer, Rowena Doolan plays irreverently with shapes, silhouettes, hand printed designs and colour combinations. The results are a unique combination of bold, colourful, vibrant and lively multi-layered outfits. www.foolclothing.com.au
FRANKIE AND SWISS
Frankie and Swiss is a boutique textile company based in Melbourne run by sisters Michelle and Jacqui. Together with the help of ‘Florence’, our two tonne digital textile printing machine, we bring together natural fibre fabrics and beautiful images by Australian artists to produce an eclectic range of illustrated textiles. Bringing art into the everyday! All of our products are designed and handmade in Australia. www.frankieandswiss.com.au
Golden Monkey creates authentic homewares and lifestyle products for connoisseurs of denim and design. Golden Monkey pieces gain character with age as the user imprints their own identity on each piece. Designed and made to exacting standards in Melbourne. www.goldenmonkeybrand.com
G R E E N H AT W O R K S H O P
PLANKS by Green Hat Workshop are eco friendly, technical construction blocks that inspire creative minds. Made from 100% farmed pine they are identical in shape and intentionally proportioned to allow building limited only by imagination; engaging both children and adults in the exploration of design and engineering. greenhatworkshop.com
From Tracy’s Adelaide based studio emerges unique artworks with an illustrative focus. Dresses, curtains & tablecloths are reborn, embedded with whimsical illustrations, bearers of new stories, while vintage ceramic plates are adorned with original one-off artworks. You may even find that Tracy’s illustrations have crept onto reclaimed wood blocks, brooches & canvases too. www.gretelgirl.com
Hamb’s hand drawn designs are screen-printed onto clothing and accessories for men, women, kids and babies. Our range includes 100% cotton t-shirts, windcheaters and tote bags, as well as greeting cards printed on 100% recycled card and plywood wall clocks made from renewable plantation timber. Our products are proudly made in Melbourne Australia, using the highest quality materials. www.hamb.com.au
Hanbi is a unique fashion label creating apparel for free spirited kids. A contemporary, yet timeless, urban feel creates a strong sense of style. Each garment is designed in Melbourne and not only distinctive but wonderfully comfortable and practical. Every detail is carefully selected from premium quality fabrics and trims. www.hanbi.com.au
Hannakin is the work of Melbourne based illustrator, crafter and multi-media art practitioner, Hanna Mancini. From archival quality prints of watercolour and collage illustrations, to soft sculptural works, Hannakin pieces incorporate found and recycled materials; old notes, book pages, vintage doilies, and carry a sense of nostalgia, memory and history. www.hannakinart.tumblr.com
HAPPY FINISH DESIGN
A leading figure in the current Australian design landscape, Nick Rennie’s list of clients includes the elite of European furniture, lighting and product manufacturers. With a comprehensive knowledge of materials and technology, he continually strives to explore their limitations, and looks to develop products that are precise, yet simple and above all meant to be enjoyed. www.happyfinishdesign.com
HART + BARNES
Hart + Barnes is a Melbourne based homewares company created by childhood friends Naomi Hartman and Shannon Barnes. Naomi in graphic design and Shannon in marketing and product management. www.hartandbarnes.com.au
S TA L L H O L D E R L I S T H AV E L O C H
Haveloch has found its niche with a target market that is not defined by age, but by a love of gorgeous, wearable pieces in covetable textures. The brand was conceived in Shanghai, born in Sydney and based in Melbourne. Haveloch is named after the street founder and designer Georgina Clark grew up on and still has a strong emotional attachment to. www.haveloch.com
HE I D E M USEUM OF M OD ER N A RT
Heide Store stocks unique mementos from Heide Museum of Modern Art and a back catalogue of our Heide publications, which make a great addition to any art lover’s bookshelf! We also work with exhibiting artists to design exclusive products, including Mirka Mora, Fiona Hall and Del Kathryn Barton. Many of these are produced as limited editions. www.heide.com.au
H E L L O P O L LY
Hello Polly is an online store for those who want to find unique, inspirational artwork and design from independent artists. www.hellopolly.com.au
HERBERT & FRIENDS
Herbert & Friends offer a collection of quirky characters, from sophisticated sloths to time-travelling yetis. Taking the shape of handmade softies, cushion covers, plates, tea towels and brooches, these cuddly and eye-catching conversation pieces bring a home to life. www.herbertandfriends.com.au
HIGH TEA WITH MRS WOO
JO LUPING DESIGN
Jo Luping studied printmaking and photography at the Otago School of Fine Art, then film and design at Victoria University in Wellington. She established her studio JLD - Jo Luping Design in 1996 and became renowned for her ceramics. www.jolupingdesign.com
At JOCO, we make glass reusable coffee cups. Our smart looking products are purposefully created to enhance your takeaway cuppa & keep Mother Nature happy. JOCO, cups that care. jococups.com
J U B LY - U M P H O R I G I N A L S
Jubly-Umph is a quirky art duo based in Melbourne. Their watercolour and ink designs are inﬂuenced by traditional tattoos and folk art and you need to look carefully to spot the missing eye or elusive bottle of poison. The paintings are released as limited edition prints, jewellery, cards, homewares and accessories. www.jubly-umph.com
JuicyBear is an Australian made fashion label that produces luxe fashion basics using premium pure fabrics. Juicy Bear have recently collaborated with Emma Cleine of Lumiere Art + Co to produce a limited edition range of clothing featuring her Lace Mandala prints. www.juicybear.com.au
KAI KAI COLLECTIONS
High Tea with Mrs Woo is the artisanal design collaboration of three sisters from Newcastle NSW. Inspired by story and landscape, they stitch clothing with natural fabrics and cultivate exquisite homely goods. www.highteawithmrswoo.com.au
Kai Kai creates beautiful pieces using rare gems, organic silver and luscious gold. Every gemstone is hand chosen for its uniqueness high quality and rarity. Months, sometimes years, are spent sourcing the rare & unusual. www.facebook.com/ KaiKaicollections
I TRAM MELBOURNE
I TRAM MELBOURNE is a simple yet very iconic brand. By incorporating a well-loved symbol into modern art they combined their love for our city and design. Most people who have lived and travelled in Melbourne long enough appreciate the trams. This unknowing love for an unassuming symbol makes them gravitate towards their products. www.itrammelbourne.com
I WISH I HAD A LITTLE SHOP
Here at i wish I had a little shop we love colour and we’re not afraid to show it. All our clay beads are all made by hand and any of the colours we use are in small quantities, making each batch just that little bit special. www.littleshopwishing.com
Award-winning studio inSync design is where graphic design meets contemporary jewellery. Led by Iris Saar Isaacs, inSync transforms line drawings into wearable art in the form of brooches, earrings and necklaces. Iris’ exploration of shape and colour results in a minimalist range of jewellery synonymous with high-quality construction. All pieces combine industrial materials and processes with traditional hand-craft techniques. www.insyncdesign.com.au
At Itchy Bird we create artwork to make you giggle, brooches to make you smile, tantalising terrariums and pendants with a message. www.etsy.com/shop/itchybird
IVY & LIL
Ivy & Lil is a Melbourne based label offering a cohesive range of brightly coloured hand screen printed cushions, wall plaques, gift cards, and linen tea towels. Soft and natural 100% linen is a favourite backdrop for the bold graphic designs which are created using hand cut stencils. Limited edition framed prints will be available at The Big Design Market. www.ivyandlil.com.au
J A M FAC T O R Y
JamFactory supports and promotes outstanding design and craftsmanship through its widely acclaimed studios, galleries and shops. A unique not-for-profit organisation located in the Adelaide city centre, JamFactory is supported by the South Australian Government and recognised nationally and internationally as a centre for excellence. www.jamfactory.com.au
JANE BOWRING JEWELLERY
Using an eclectic mix of pearls, minerals, metals and leather, Adelaide based jeweller Jane Bowring creates bespoke contemporary jewellery inspired by the rich history of adornment. janebowring.wordpress.com
JEWELLERY BY A FARMER’S DAUGHTER Each piece is handmade using recycled objects by Sydney based designer, Alicia Goldstien, with products ranging from the overstated feature piece, to the most delicate and whimsical pieces. www.farmersdaughter.com.au
Organic cotton & hemp textiles featuring hand printed designs inspired by the colours and rhythms in the world around us. Kambamboo fabrics & wares are crafted by a team of local artisans in Byron Bay on the NSW north coast of Australia. www.kambamboo.com
Each KeepResin piece is individually handcrafted, from initial design through to final stages of sanding. Care is taken to select high quality materials ensuring that each piece is finished to a high standard. KeepResin has an emphasis on small-scale production and individual design ensuring each piece is unique in design and colour, so no two items are exactly the same. www.keepresin.com.au
K I M O N O R E I N C A R N AT E
Modern Jewellery with a Japanese touch. Made in Australia, inspired by Japan. Silver, vintage kimono fabrics, Japanese cottons, crystal clear resin, bamboo and stainless steel are combined in designs inspired by traditional Japanese textiles and design. www.kimonoreincarnate.com
Kindling is an Australian label encompassing illustrated textile and paper products translated into handmade clothing for women, cards and prints. Each piece is hand developed from conception to completion. This process involves research and design, pattern drafting, lots of drawing, sewing, inks and embroidery, and then finally production involving cutting, sewing and screen-printing. www.kindling.com.au
KIP & CO
Kip & Co began as the little dream of Melbourne girls, Alex, Kate and Hayley to create bright, beautiful, delicious bedding. Kip & Co designs have been inspired by unique, wild, and brave art and nature, soaked up on backpacking adventures around the globe and ﬂea markets down the road. www.kipandco.net.au
Created from an imagination and passion for design KIRSTiN ASH jewellery beautifully illustrates a keen sense of nostalgia and whimsical romance which continues to be treasured as a must have accessory. www.kirstinash.com
KITTY CAME HOME
Vintage fabric love and contemporary PVC design in limited editions; and 100% handmade in Adelaide! www.kittycamehome.com
Klei is the collaboration of Barbara van Oost and Ben Paola. The couple met in 1995 while dancing with the Rotterdam Dance Group in The Netherlands and settled in Melbourne in 2002. While their artistic paths have at times taken different directions, their vision has now converged allowing them to utilize their skills to create the harmonious partnership that is Klei. www.klei.bigcartel.com
KO O L A M A N D E S I G N S
Koolaman Designs has the perfect way to celebrate life’s special moments. The names of loved ones or a personal message are hand stamped on 9ct Australian gold or on sterling silver at Koolaman Station. www.koolamandesigns.com.au
Kristina Brenke draws inspiration from and reworks classic pieces through her signature use of silver. Altered from their initial concept, vintage finds such as Bohemian glass, Bakelite and enamel are redefined, forming the essence to a collection where each piece is a contemporary retelling of a past aesthetic. All collections are hand crafted in Australia. www.kristinabrenke.com
KSJ Design produces a collection of homewares with a rich artistic appeal, combining art with function. Lush nostalgic imagery sits with illustration resulting in a contemporary range which includes melamine, ceramics and tea towels. Their new label Things are Electric includes beautiful silk scarves, cushions and a collection of limited edition prints, made in Melbourne. www.ksjdesign.com.au
L A D E DA H K I DS
La De Dah Kids toys and decor are inspired by old fashioned childhood memories, with an emphasis on both affordability and quality. All of our products are created from knitting and crochet techniques and made with 100% cotton yarns. www.ladedahkids.com.au
L AV A L L I E R
Lavallièr is designed and hand crafted by local Melbourne Artisan Laureen Lansdown. Lavallièr’s product range is inspired by delicate and fine antique china. Each piece is hand made, shaped and sanded creating high quality unique porcelain jewelery all made using Australian Porcelain. www.lavallier.com
From the rainforest to the outback our climate tends to weed out all but the most vital plants which helps to create products that’ll move both body and mind. Leif formulations combine botanical extracts with pure essential oils that offer their own task specific natural selection. www.leifproducts.com
Like Butter is a design and fabrication business owned and run by industrial designer Jem Selig Freeman and sculptor Laura Woodward. www.likebutter.com.au
Limedrop is an Australian fashion label that captures the imagination and spirit of possibilities. The brand is known for its use of clear lines, bold colours, structured pieces and exclusive prints peppered with a sense of playful irreverence. www.limedrop.com.au
Kerry Scheen established Linogirl 2007. She is a an illustrator and ceramic designer working with porcelain clay, creating one of a kind, hand painted wearable objects, vessels, small sculptural forms, limited edition prints and gift cards. www.linogirl.com.au
LITTLE LAMB DESIGNS
The Little Lamb jewellery collection pays homage to the picture books and nursery rhymes that we loved when we were kids. The collection embraces nostalgia, rendering in precious metals the images and dreams of childhood and beyond. Little lamb creates eternal gifts for both mother and child, a little treasure to cherish forever. www.littlelambdesigns.com.au
LITTLE RIVET JEANS
Little Rivet Jeans has grown to encompass an extensive library of denim wear for kids aged one to fourteen. Established in 2009, by Bec Moloughney; Little Rivet Jeans is a boutique brand with a centralized focus on premium denim and coloured denim. Only a limited number of pieces are crafted each season and made available to market. www.littlerivetjeans.com
Love Mae create reusable fabric wall stickers, bamboo dinnerware, wrapping paper, partyware and techno decals. www.lovemae.com.au
S TA L L H O L D E R L I S T
L O V E H AT E
LoveHate are a Melbourne based design label begun by Geneine Honey in 2002 producing homewares, clothing, hosiery and accessories. Designed in Australia, LoveHate use unconventional applications of industrial processes to transform precious and non-precious materials alike into beautiful objects. www.lovehate.com.au
Bedding and lifestyle garments created for feel, function, style and sustainability. Designed with integrity and constructed for quality, texture and ﬂuid form. Proudly made in melbourne. www.lunagallery.com.au
M 2 M AT I Z
Printed in Melbourne, Australia, all m2matiz products are based on Mariana’s photography work, then hand crafted, from cutting, folding, stamping to tying with string. Her ‘luMierebox’ range of timber light boxes are beautifully handcrafted using wax polished plywood. m2matiz is conscious of the strain we have put on mother earth, so wherever possible m2matiz reduce, reuse and/or use recycled materials. www.m2matiz.com
Made by an industrial skip-diver in Hobart’s least fashionable suburb, Mabel’s constantly evolving range of acrylic and salvaged plywood jewellery has been brightening bodies since 2010. Each piece is unique – entirely hand cut, shaped and finished without the aid of lasers, moulds or offshore labour – and very, very loud. mabeldesign.com
M A G N AT I O N
Mag Nation are magazine specialists. We stock over 4,000 magazine titles. We bring in the widest range of air freight magazines of anyone in this space. We are dedicated to niche magazines as well as the more popular main stream titles. www.magnation.com
MAKE ME ICONIC
Make Me Iconic is taking an entirely new tack on designer home wares and premium souvenirs. They produce high quality products that people enjoy, connect with and want to talk about and work with young, local designers. www.makemeiconic.com
MINNETTE VS. COREY
O N E S U N D AY M O R N I N G
At Mi Goals, we get to do what makes us happy everyday – inspire you and motivate you to reach your goals. We do this by creating savvy, urban stationery that not only provides you with the framework to reach your goals, but it does it in a simple and design-savvy manner. Since our beginnings in late 2010 our products have inspired thousands of individuals. www.migoals.com.au
Minnette vs. Corey is a collaboration and rivalry between two jewellers. The basic idea is that by working together we are able to pool more genius, skills and ideas into our designs, while the competition between us motivates our designs to be more awesome. Our design goal is to create jewellery that is fresh and modern, but also cute and everyday. Something that we would wear, well mostly that Minnette would wear. www.minnettevscorey.com
Miss Haidee makes delightful vintage dresses made from vintage embroidery and exquisite linens. The designs are nostalgic and are made from the best quality cotton fabrics sourced from around the globe. The design process comes from years of collecting vintage fabrics and linens, then sorting them into colours and cutting them into combinations. Made in Tasmania, Melbourne and QLD. misshaidee.com.au
Only midge is a Melbourne based handbag and accessories label. They design and produce a fun collection of affordable purses for gals as well as a range of unisex satchels – www.onlymidge.com.au At Attic accessories they design and create a range of waterproof handbags as well as a diverse collection of cosmetic and toiletry bags. www.atticaccessories.com.au
OTTO & SPIKE
Monolog is a Melbourne based design project nurtured by Indie Ladan. It unfolds her explorations of graphic forms, colours, methods and everything handmade. In developing each piece, she made her best attempts not only to focus on functionality but also to be environmentally conscious. With these intents, Monolog locally produces an individual limited range with refined twist and aesthetic. www.monolog.com.au
Martinich&Carran is a collaborative artistic partnership between Rowena Martinich and Geoffrey Carran. These two Melbourne based artists have created a cushion range reﬂecting their painting practices, which extends from the canvas to superscaled public works. www.martinich.com.au & www.geoﬀreycarran.com
Who is Mr Bucket? Melbourne’s bucket-headed man of mystery. Every tshirt design adds to the narrative as Mr Bucket gently satirises fame, suburbia and popular culture with iconic images on Australian manufactured 100% cotton tshirts, screen printed by the artist and uniquely packaged in their individual buckets. www.mrbucket.com.au
MYRTLE & MOSS
Marvellous Stationery and Leather Goods combine vintage style with a modern touch. Each leather handmade product is hand crafted in Australia with love and care using traditional techniques such as lacing and hand tooling. Marvellous use vegetable tanned leather which softens over time giving each product a unique character. www.marvellousstationery.com.au
Myrtle & Moss is a stylish range of scented botanical body and bathroom products. The range has been designed to provide an ‘incidental sensory delight’ as the products not only look, but feel and smell superlative. Scents include Mandarin, Lemon Myrtle & Orange Peel and Bergamot Rind, Tangerine & Geranium Leaf. Made in Australia. www.myrtleandmoss.com.au
M AV E R I C K S L A C E S
Mavericks Laces make colourful laces for colourful characters. Our laces can completely transform a pair of shoes, increase your happiness, and make you feel like a bit of a Maverick. All our are made from 100% waxed cotton and are designed in Melbourne. www.maverickslaces.com.au
The smaller the blocks, the better the detail. Nanoblock are Japanese micro sized building blocks that build tiny critters, instruments and famous buildings from around the world. www.nanoblock.com.au
M A R YA N N T A L I A P A U
Maryann Talia-Pau is an artist and a weaver. Her work focuses on body adornment using materials and craft techniques from Samoa and across the Pacific. Maryann’s projects reference dynamic and sacred Pacific Island cultures and ideologies. Her accessories and adornment explore ceremony, place and identity. maryanntaliapau.net
Naomi Murrell designs keepsakes for fun lovers. Her shiny new collection features sterling silver, golden brass and now, rose brass jewellery. Embellished with pops of colour, these deco pop pieces promise to bring a smile to your style. Having graced the pages of many a fine mag, the likes of Frankie, Yen and Vogue all agree NM is top shelf. www.naomimurrell.com
ONLY MIDGE & ATTIC ACCESSORIES
Restraint, minimalism, clever dimensions and clean lines are what we deliver through our pieces. Handcrafted sterling silver jewellery, designed in Melbourne, made in Australia and Peru. www.misswee.com.au
Designer maker Morgan Wills is known for her use of upcycled materials in making scarves, blankets, babushka dolls and more. Recently, she has opened a store and studio – The Crafty Squirrel. This has spurred a number of new ranges and has encouraged Morgan in making limited edition products. She likes to celebrate craft and good design as it was then and is now. www.morganwills.com.au
Memi Designs contemporary yet classic textile homewares and gifts which draw on the timeless beauty of raw linen and traditional screenprinting techniques. www.memidesigns.com
One Sunday Morning is an independent design label based south of Melbourne. Our pieces are individually hand cut and crafted from inception to completion, using locally sourced reclaimed plywood and original vintage publications. Our range includes wall hangings, clocks, ﬂower presses, magnets and jewellery. www.onesundaymorning.com.au
Our family has been knitting in Brunswick for half a century now and like a good family recipe, our knits are constantly being tweaked and perfected. The finest ingredients are selected from Australia and New Zealand as we constantly scour the lands for beautiful surplus wools. Every great recipe warrants the best tools, we have an amazing collection of historic knitting machinery. www.ottoandspike.com.au
Marcello neckwear specialises in modern men’s neckwear. These neckties and bowties are made of a variety of quality cotton fabrics, featuring modern and vintage style prints. They are designed and made in Australia. Marcello Neckwear also offers a custom made service of ties and associated accessories for your wedding needs. marcelloneckwear.com
Oktoberdee is an upcoming leather-goods label based in Geelong. The brand new Duskdream collection is inherently earthy and tactile, featuring gorgeous fabric elements and leather embossing to make you swoon. The range consists of clever, functional designs and is complimented by a tactile and unique range of jewellery. www.oktoberdee.com.au
Oishi-m produce limited edition garments, splashing kimono and beautiful fabrics for skinny mini’s and chubba bubba’s. Adapting to the fast growing pace of small munchkins, their beautiful garments are designed and made in Victoria with love. www.oishi-m.com
Meow Girl is a unique jewellery and sundries brand featuring miniature hand painted porcelain & ceramic animal and object pendants, sterling silver ‘Alphabet’ stack rings and so much more. www.meowgirl.com.au
Ozzilla is the new Australian brand creating quality, educational gifts, décor, and interactive objects for kids. Colourful illustrations and nifty design make learning language, numbers and local wildlife, fun and educational! www.ozzilla.com.au
PA P I L L I O N A I R E B I C YC L E S
Papillionaire Bicycles merges a classic aesthetic with modern parts, achieving the ultimate in form and function. We make Dutch, commuter style bicycles which are simple, easy riding and affordable. Designed in Australia for the world. www.papillionaire.com.au
Petite Green is creative couple Amy Wong and Tim Neumann. Together they create miniature worlds that are more than just terrariums, they are living pieces of art. www.petitegreen.com.au
These unique lamps are made in Australia and designed to accommodate your shifting tastes and styles. An interchangeable insert gives you the freedom to completely transform the lamps’ appearance whenever you like. www.phoebelamps.com
Around Australia and online, Pigeonhole seeks to bring visitors the latest in fashion, giftware, homeware, and vintage photography. Each item we carry is either created in-house or hand picked from quality local and international brands. www.pigeonhole.com
PIP KEANE DESIGN
Pip Keane Design is a Melbourne based jewellery Studio run by Pip Keane. Her designs use clean-cut geometric shapes and a variety of materials such as silver, gold, titanium and delrin. These shapes integrate and overlap into simple, stylish fashion accessories. www.pkd.com.au
A decade ago 2 friends joined forces and created Polli. The evolving range includes jewellery, decorations and clothing. Australian made, focussing on sustainability and good design. www.polli.com.au
POP & ROCKET
Pop & Rocket is a blend of original illustrations by accomplished illustrator and graphic designer Bridget Melling-Williams, and product designs by Leanne Costantino. We use a mix of mediums including water-colour, ink and pencil. All designed and made in Melbourne. www.popandrocket.com.au
Practical plants for city spaces. Enjoy a green retreat from the urban jungle in the great indoors with hardy, easy to care for succulents and plants. Pop Plant’s greeny goodness comes in their locally handcrafted range of concrete pots, polyfelt planters and string gardens. www.popplant.com.au
S TA L L H O L D E R L I S T
POPPIES FOR GRACE
They are a parade of colour & the makers of daydreams. Pillowslips for napping, honeycomb paper tissue balls for hanging & lolly bags for filling. A place to note it down, to write it out, to cover it with kisses. Yup, Poppies for Grace stationery & craft is dreamy sweet. www.poppiesforgrace.com
Porcelain Bear create bespoke upmarket porcelain homewares, functional ware and lighting. www.bonasera.com.au
POWER TO MAKE
Power to Make is uniquely set up as a micro-manufacturing facility located in Northcote, Melbourne. Our ethos is to capitalise on digital technology to produce highly crafted objects which are customisable and yet comparable in price to mass-produced items. Together with our range of furniture and accessories, Power to Make offers design and fabrication service for one off projects. www.powertomake.com.au
P R I N T S PAC E
Printspace is a boutique label by Mara Girling and Nicholas Girling. With a love of design, colour and texture, the range consists of fresh, quirky, illustrated art prints, stationery and textiles. Designs combine pencil, ink, collage, watercolour, paint and fabric. All products are designed and made in Australia. www.printspace.com.au
RABBIT & THE DUCK
The Rabbit & the Duck range for 2013 is called ‘Sukha’, which means happiness. We have sourced some beautiful block-printed cottons, which we have teamed with natural linen, jute, and eco-friendly hemp to create a bohemian inspired range. Our studio is based in the northern rivers region of Australia. www.rabbitandtheduck.com
We love everything about old books. Since 2005, we have been recycling old second hand books into Journals, Sketchbooks, Photo Albums, Pocket Books and Jotters. We offset the carbon emissions for all of our printed lines and we only use 100% recycled, Australian made paper in our stationery. Each Rebound Books creation is unique, lovingly hand crafted and made by us in Melbourne, Australia. www.reboundbooks.com
R E D PA R K A D E S I G N S
Red Parka Designs is the label of Tasmania artist Jennifer Skelly, who produces a range of prints and products that feature her quirky and bright coloured illustration work from her home studio in Hobart. www.redparka.com.au
Renee Treml Renee Treml’s scratchboard illustrations capture the subtle details of nature with personality and grace. Her practice focuses on creating environmentally-sustainable works on paper and plastic. www.reneesartwork.com
R E S I N AT E
Resinate is an Adelaide-based contemporary jewellery label, created by designer Justine Rice. Resinate jewellery is visual, tactile and emotional, resulting from exploration of new forms and materials. www.resinate.com.au
R E T R O P R I N T R E V I VA L
Retro Print Revival creates unique, exclusive, one of a kind lamps and lampshades. Each creation is made from 100% Australian made and sourced materials. Ranging from contemporary fabrics, local handcrafted lamp bases, original vintage fabrics. Rocket lamps, table lamps, nursery lamps, and ceiling shades are all available to give your home a must-have statement. www.retroprintrevival.com
RMIT Link’s stall will showcase bespoke items and collections of work by emerging RMIT students, selected from the fields of fashion, ceramics, industrial design, jewellery, textiles, footwear, sculpture and visual arts. This is a rare opportunity to purchase directly from the next generation of local designers. link.rmit.edu.au/link.html
S A FA R I F U S I O N
Safari Fusion loves Africa and celebrates individual style, handmade creations and bold colour. Creator, Kellie Shearwood explores the African continent in search of the unique, special and sometimes quirky handcrafted art, crafts and homewares. Her latest finds can be found in her online Safari Store. African inspired contemporary design by Safari Fusion www.safarifusion.com.au
S O N VA L I S E
Sandra Bowkett makes finely crafted ceramic vessels. For some time she has been handforming small porcelain forms decorated with elemental oxide designs. More recently following an Asialink Residency in India she has returned to the potters wheel making subtly glazed freely formed vessels. Early this year she worked with a visiting Rajasthani traditional potter Banay Singh to make a range of beakers and bowls. www.sandrabowkett.com
Sands Made is a workshop based in Victoria, Australia. Their goal is to design and produce top quality, easy-to-use products. Sands Made is about integrity, simplicity and environmental awareness, their designs have a direct function and shape. Everyone involved in Sands Made has a passion for food and cooking, naturally we like to make objects which we can use around the kitchen and table. www.sandsmade.com
S A R A H D I N G WA L L
Sarah Dingwall creates small handmade glass pieces. www.etsy.com/shop/sarahdeee
Sarah’s practice includes contemporary exhibition jewellery, custom pieces, product & design. Over the past five years Sarah has continued to establish a strong jewellery practice in Adelaide, which has culminated in the creation of a brooch given to Hillary Clinton and a neck piece aquired by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia. www.sarahrothe.com
Scoops Design is an established Australian brand who design and manufacture fabulous shatterproof mirrors, Christmas decorations, playful art prints, limited edition jewellery, colourful cards and super cute cushions. www.scoopsdesign.com.au
SEVEN HANDS HIGH
Seven Hands High are crafters of trestle tables for the home or the oﬃce. Made in Melbourne and Perth from Russian Birch plywood and finished to your liking. www.sevenhandshigh.com.au
Unique and original one-off hand made jewellery by renowned artist and contemporary jeweller Shabana Jacobson. Shabana captures all the images used in her work, hand cuts and saw pierces all the sterling silver and hand rolls all the porcelain herself from start to finish in her local Fitzroy studio. www.shabanajacobson.com
Melbourne designer Shonah creates a timeless collection of handcrafted resin, fabric & blackwood jewellery featuring nostalgic bird imagery, ﬂoral and fauna motifs. Her 2013 collections include sustainable wooden jewellery inspired by stained glass windows, water color fabric, wood and resin jewellery and a collection of hand painted acrylic patchwork jewellery. www.shonah.com
Sirens Swimwear is a range of vintage style cossies that hark back to the 50s and 60s. Inspired by the swimwear our mothers wore when they were young, Sirens evokes vivid memories of Rita Hayworth and Elvis movies! www.sirensswimwear.com
S I T S T AY G O
Focused on the creation of textile based products, Sit Stay Go is a creative addition to any lifestyle, with a particular focus on the ‘little ones’ in our lives. The current collection provides a range of products that are diverse enough to suit any lifestyle, and add a touch of colour and fun. Products are environmentally sustainable, support local businesses and are manufactured with attention to detail and to the highest quality. www.sitstaygodesign.com
Skimming Stones was founded by Tony and Yen in 2012 to showcase their individual and collaborative work. Designers and illustrators originally from England, they are a multidisciplinary studio based in Melbourne. Constantly exploring ideas, colours, typography and imagery, their collections of homewares are always expanding. Skimming Stones believe in living. Simple things inspire ideas. Unique products to share. www.skimmingstones.com.au
Truly unique jewellery that is fundamentally about simplicity, geometry, graphics & colour. Inspired by the minimalism of contemporary Japanese design & architecture, and Baroque and Art Deco historical periods, these unique sculptural pieces are less jewellery and more wearable objects of art. Smug designs was established in Sydney in 2005. www.smugdesigns.com.au
The ethos behind SOLLIS is the exploration of the relationship between craft and fashion. Traditional techniques are employed to form contemporary fashion pieces, which reﬂect modern trends, while also conveying a timeless classicism. Designer Eleanor Ford deftly blends patterns and textures to give her jewellery a tactile quality. Ford has also worked on projects for Gorman, Megan Park and Sophie Kyron. www.sollisjewellery.com
Son Valise is a Melbourne based design company who make JukeCases – unique portable audio. We upcycle vintage speakers and suitcases to make unique pieces with a focus on sound quality and functionality. www.jukecase.com
Southwood is a Melbourne based furniture and homewares business focused on local production using natural materials. We offer our own brand of mid-century inspired furniture made from new and recycled Australian timbers. Our range of textiles and home accessories include cushions, bedlinen and lighting in fresh prints on linen and organic cotton alongside beautiful co-ordinating plain linen and cotton velvets. www.southwoodhome.com.au
SOW ‘N SOW
Sow ’n Sow is a Melbourne business that combines a love of gardening and design to produce products which delight green thumbs and novice gardeners alike. Our latest Gift of Seeds and Paper Garden Gift Tags collection was created in collaboration with illustrator Daniella Germain. All Sow ‘n Sow’s own products are made in Melbourne using eco friendly materials including 100% recycled paper. www.sownsow.com.au
S TA M P E L
The Stampel range consists of timber vessels, art works, jewellery, and textiles made from often reclaimed and natural materials. Works are inspired by label creator, Andrea’s love of colour, pattern and travel. www.stampel.net
S TA N N A R D - I N C
Designed and handcrafted in Sydney, stannard-inc is a boutique label producing men’s & women’s edgy, limited edition fashion accessories. The range is personified by an underlying confidence, an air of boldness... classic pieces inspired by the modernist shapes of the 1960’s and 70’s are reinterpreted, resulting in a cutting edge street vibe. www.stannard-inc.com
STEPHANIE NG DESIGN
Stephanie Ng Design is a Melbourne- based design studio that offers a range of lighting solutions for residential and commercial applications, as well as custom design services in home decoration and design, lighting and furniture. www.stephaniengdesign.com
When was the last time you felt free? Like hand in hand with your baby, sun on your back, smile on your face free? With no place to go except wherever the mood takes you? Well that’s the feeling Stonemen put into every pair of underwear they make. We’re an Aussie company making beautiful smalls for equally beautiful girls and boys. www.stonemen.com
S T U A R T T H E C AT D E S I G N S
Stuart the Cat Designs’ striking sterling silver jewellery is handmade in Canberra by silversmith and archaeologist Lisa Jose. Lisa’s designs are born of diverse inspirations, from ancient artefacts to natural history and modern industrial design. Every piece is individually handcrafted and each is unique. www.stcdesigns.com.au
S U C H G R E AT H E I G H T S
Creating inspired design for little dreamers. Ryan & Jo have drawn on their collective experiences in filmmaking, photography, fashion, paediatrics and parenthood to create a range of simple & beautiful keepsake pieces for stylish parents and kids alike. All products are proudly designed and produced in Australia. www.suchgreatheights.com
S U N D AY M O R N I N G D E S I G N S
From the combined imaginations of Dylan Martorell and Sunday Morning Designs, comes a range of unique homewares, handprinted men’s, women’s and kids clothing and creative toys, books and stationery. Founded by Jitske Wiersma and Lichen Kemp in 2007, Sunday Morning Designs utilizes sustainable production methods with an emphasis on local materials, green energy and pedal power. www.sundaymorningdesigns.com
S U N R AY S T U D I O S
Sunray Studios is a Melbourne based stationery label that creates greeting cards. The studio is happiest collaborating with local artists to produce cards that are heartfelt and humorous. Our cards feature photographs, paintings, drawings and anything that makes us laugh along the way. www.sunraystudios.com.au
S TA L L H O L D E R L I S T
Supertrooper Studio is based in sunny Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia. We produce beautiful and functional everyday objects celebrating Scandinavian design. www.supertrooperstudio.com
S U R FAC E A R T
Located in Adelaide’s creative inner west, Surface Art is a fabric company that creates original designs that are screen-printed on to mainly 100% natural fabrics, that can be used for home wares, furnishings and clothing. Surface Art puts a contemporary spin on timeless design. www.surfaceart.com.au
S U S TA I N A B L E S T U B B I E S
Sustainable Stubbies up-cycles manufactured bottles into re-usable, re-fillable vases, jugs and drinking vessels. Using traditional hot glass techniques, bottles are transformed into unique collectable treasures. This year we launch our new lighting range, blowing reclaimed bottles into voluptuous, one off forms and illuminating using custom made LED modules. www.ruthallen.com.au
SUSTAINABLE TABLE & 2K LABWARE
THE MOD COLLECTIVE
The Mod Collective produce a range of table ware and lighting in both pigment coloured porcelain and limited edition pieces in glass. All work is designed and made in Victoria using a combination of computer design and prototyping and traditional slip casting and glass blowing. www.themodcollective.com.au
THE WOLF AND I
The Wolf & I believe dressing for everyday life is where a woman’s true style emerges. The Wolf and i is a collection of effortless garments with individual unabashed style inspired by their surroundings and everything they love. Designed in Melbourne. www.thewolfandi.bigcartel.com
Things Unseen vintage-inspired jewellery is handmade in New Zealand from a mix of old and new. Things Unseen represents the journey of combining, re-purposing, and transforming components from around the world, giving neglected pieces and materials a second life. www.facebook.com/ThingsUnseen
Sustainable Table is a young, innovative not-forprofit organisation that empowers people to use their shopping dollar to vote for a food system that is fair, humane, healthy and good for the environment. With up to 60% of our personal eco-footprint embodied in the food that we buy, there is no better place to start. 2K labware is quirky laboratory glassware that will add a special touch to your favourite space. www.sustainabletable.org.au
TINKER BY PRINTINK STUDIO
Sweet William is a creative collaboration between Melbourne based illustrator Paula Mills and her sister Shelley Gardner. Their whimsical illustrations start with a fine line pen or pencil, to which collage, paint and texture are added. They offer a unique range of art prints, greeting cards, paper goods, textile art and stationary. www.lovelysweetwilliam.etsy.com
TA N N E R + T E A G U E
A creative collaboration of young parents Kyleigh and Sam Fisher. Their new direction for children’s garments pushes cut, colour and texture to reveal a sophisticated yet edgy collection aged newborn to 8 years. Now home in Melbourne after Sam worked for Vivienne Westwood in London, their focus is firmly locally designed, and locally made. tannerandteague.com.au
TA S M A N I A B Y H A N D
Tasmania By Hand is bringing a fresh and stylish selection of talented Tasmanian artists and makers to the rest of Australia. The idea behind Tasmania By Hand is both to provide a platform for a revolving selection of much-deserving artists and makers to promote their work, and also to introduce their work to a new audience. www.tasmaniabyhand.com.au
Temono is a melbourne based leather goods label designing and hand crafting leather bags, wallets and accessories and that stand for quality and originality. Our leathers are sourced from tanneries with good environmental practices including waste disposal wherever possible. Our kangaroo range is vegetable tanned in Australia. Temono started in Tokyo in 2004 out of a love for craft and passion for creativity. www.temono.com.au
T H A N KYO U
Thankyou is a social enterprise, founded in 2008 with the vision to empower the everyday Australian to change the world through a simple choice within their everyday life. With its range of water, food and body care products, Thankyou funds life-changing water, food and body care projects in developing nations. You can discover the exact impact of your Thankyou purchase by entering your unique product code at thankyou.co/projects
T H E G E N T LY U N F U R L I N G S N E A K
The Gently Unfurling Sneak is a Melbourne-based label that doesn’t like to get bored. We produce clothing for men and women, framed artworks and cards, all based around designer Anika Cook’s original illustrations. If it’s a little bit weird and a little bit beautiful, we like it. All happily made in Melbourne! thegentlyunfurlingsneak.com
With ﬂowing lines and sculptural detailing, our garments are both distinctive and wearable. The timeless nature and excellent workmanship of their clothing makes them easy to wear across the seasons, year after year. All garments are designed and made using the finest quality wools, linens and cottons. www.themakerhobart.com.au
Tightology takes a very unique approach to design, creating styles and colours for the stylish, and sophisticated. Known for their use of natural fibres and combining style with sophistication, Tightology create legwear for work and play, for day and night. This season they bring you dynamic designs with a focus on clean lines and classic touches. www.tightology.com.au
tinker by Printink Studio focuses on a large range of textiles. With an innovative approach to design, textiles are screen printed in their Melbourne studio. Their brand is all about pattern, originality, quality and color. www.tinkerbyprintink.com
TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS
Tomorrow Never Knows is a Melbourne based clothing label that applies its trade in tee shirts with a strong music bent. “We ain’t afraid of colour and we will use it!” Run, designed and owned by a brother and sister team, Tomorrow Never Knows make affordable Melbourne made tee shirts, featuring screen printed designs for both men and women. www.tomorrowneverknows.com.au
T R E A D & P E DA L S
At Tread & Pedals we care about the environment and the impact that we have on it. We (Em and Ivan) handcraft up-cycled products using bicycle parts that we source from local bike stores that would otherwise end up in landfill. We love taking something like a punctured bicycle inner tube, a cog or a wonky wheel and turning it into something quirky through crafting it and re-cycling it in an unexpected way. www.treadandpedals.com.au
T R U N K & O R D E R LY
Trunk and Orderly products are made with functionality and strength at their foundation. All cases are handmade using traditional fibreboard – a hardy and durable reinforced card product. They are made with techniques that have been developed over many decades and will continue to stand the test of time and real life usage. www.trunkandorderly.com.au
Urban Cartel’s Craig Pearce designs and manufactures a range of contemporary handmade porcelain tableware with an emphasis on clean lines and functional design. www.urbancartel.com.au
Ute products are great ideas; fun but not gimmicky, formal without the snobbery and always, at their core, useful. All products in the Ute range are designed in Australia by Kain Lucas. www.ute.net.au
VICTORIA MASON JEWELLERY Victoria Mason Jewellery is a collection of handmade silver sculptures that celebrate the simple pleasures we overlook. Afternoon tea, sharpening your coloured pencils, the first houseplant you managed to keep alive. Designed and made from a studio in Melbourne, each piece is crafted using traditional techniques to create unique designs, finished by hand. www.victoriamason.com
Volker Haug has been professionally producing artisanal interior lighting since 2007. His internationally acclaimed, unique designs range from ceiling pendants, to table lamps, wall lights and bespoke pieces. The Melbourne based, German born designers work is marked by a unique style and unexpected materials, which results in an industrial, minimal, coulourful aesthetic. www.volkerhaug.com
Led by Bianca Librandi, White November is interested in architecture, design and fashion. Industrial materials are often combined with traditional hand-craft techniques. In White November’s first collection, “Celestial Spheres”, layers of metal overlap and suggest the silhouettes of stars, planets and solar systems. www.whitenovember.com.au
W H O D I D T H AT
Loz Abberton’s respect for the environment inﬂuences her selection of future-friendly materials; locally sourced Tasmanian veneers from accredited and sustainably grown timber. While exhibiting at Maison et Object in Paris during September 2012 Loz was awarded the prestigious ‘Les Decouverte’ prize for her ﬂat-pack pendant lights. www.whodidthat.com.au
WHO GIVES A CRAP
Who Gives A Crap is toilet paper that builds toilets. Every roll of Who Gives A Crap toilet paper provides someone in the developing world with access to a toilet for one week. Buy Who Gives A Crap (keep an eye out for the special Christmas Edition wrappers!) at TBDM and have it delivered to your home for free! au.whogivesacrap.org
WIC & FOLK
Wic & Folk design and craft big knitted products for you and your home. Natural rope and twine baskets knitted to form unique, functional, statement pieces with finishes in wood, slate and leather. Pure cotton and felted wool knitted into vibrant and textural home wares. Tools made in standard to extreme sizes using wood turning techniques. www.wicandfolk.com.au
W R I T E T O M E S TAT I O N E R Y
Truso create unique handbags, wallets and clutches. All our products are handmade and designed in Sydney Australia, utilising recycled leathers and fabrics. Each design is individually handcrafted, combining soft printed textiles with leathers and hardware to make practical, timeless accessories, with consideration to keeping the production footprint at a minimum throughout the design process. www.truso.com.au
The Turd Circus team is quite like a singing goat driving a tractor — confusing and mildly untrustworthy but ultimately worth roping off and charging money for. www.turdcircus.com.au
T W O L AY E R S O F C E L L S
Two Layers of Cells divided and multiplied from the petri dish of Melbourne artist Jane Crappsley in 2008. A collaboration between light and art, their signature range of one-off light boxes are made from recycled vintage materials and feature original artworks by local artists, along with limited edition and customised lamps for your favourite space. www.twolayersofcells.com
U P C YC L E T T E
We are mad for beautifully crafted, cleverly designed and sustainably and ethically manufactured products, and source them around the world. Every piece is made from upcycled material – be it vintage Swiss army blankets, retired German fire hoses, airlines’ discharged life vests or castoff ringbinders. In short, awesome things from humble origins. www.upcyclette.com.au
Write To Me boutique stationery is handcrafted with recycled paper and old fashioned printing techniques of hand stamping and letterpress printing on their beautiful 19th century press. Their range includes cards, wrap, twines, journals, letter writing, leather satchels and envelopes, 2013 calendars, diaries and wide range of lovely Christmas stationery. www.writetome.com.au
YO U R E CO S T E P S
YourEcoSteps brings you the latest in sustainable, eco friendly shoes from around the world. Current line up ranges from FYE sneakers made almost exclusively out of recycled bottles to Po-Zu made out of completely natural, biodegradable materials such as cork, hemp, beeswaxed cotton & latex. www.yourecosteps.com.au
Zaishu is a social art project using a sturdy and functional slot together seat / table as our canvas to create installations and exhibitions around the world. We get inspired by culture and creativity to make work that bridges the gap between art and design. The following artists, and many more, have collaborated with us so far: David Bromley, David Band, Julie Paterson, Stewart Russell, Dolly Rogers and the Florence Broadhurst library. www.zaishu.com
Z I L L PA
Zillpa’s current product range includes bowls, dishes, pot holders, coasters, bags and plant hangers – all made using 100% cotton rope, sewn together on an industrial sewing machine. All products are designed and created by Zillpa in their studio on Brisbane’s south-side. www.zillpa.com
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HABITUS MAGAZINE Issue 20 or 21 in each showbag.
A Skulk of Foxes, Able & Game, Habitus, Hamb, Jubly Umph, Poppies For Grace, Sunday Morning Designs, Write to Me and TimeOut Melbourne.
POPPIES FOR GRACE Floral sticky notes – boxed set of 5 sticky note designs (120 pages each).
WRITE TO ME Aussie Christmas assorted tag pack (4 designs, 8 tags).
ABLE AND GAME Cat In A Gumboot poster (A3) Designed exclusively for The Big Design Market showbags.
J U B LY U M P H Day Of The Dead cat brooch
S U N D AY M O R N I N G D E S I G N S Kid’s cut-out-and-colour animal mask featuring illustration by Dylan Martorell. (1 of 8 designs available).
SKULK OF FOXES Sustainably sourced cherry hardwood fox brooch.
Melbourne’s 100 best bars
Bar Guide 2014
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Awesome 2014 Bar Guide for Melbourne.
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living in design
The first magazine for the design hunter. Explore extraordinary homes, meet the people that live in them and discover the objects and artworks they fill them with.
Published on Mar 7, 2014
Published on Mar 7, 2014
Gazette is the companion reader to The Big Design Market, a retail shopping event held annually at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourn...