The brilliant collaboration between global furnishings company West Elm and local Australian makers is back for 2016! I discovered some fab antipodean producers from the opening of Melbourne’s West Elm wayyy back in 2013 (check out my post!) like Vice and Velvet .
Focused on building a sense of community in all of its stores, the Brooklyn-based home furnishings brand is all about shining the light on and supporting artisan makers and small-scale designers of home goods and accessories.
Each of West Elm’s six Australian stores are tasked with finding the very best of these creatives each month to showcase and sell their wares via a “shop-in-shop” pop-up stall in their local West Elm stores. Because, who doesn’t love a pop up?!
Take a look at this month’s makers, who will each feature in their respective local stores from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 January:
Lyndon Findlay (Bondi Junction) is a self-taught carpenter and designer who fashions unique furniture pieces using reclaimed timber. By using reclaimed materials, such as abandoned furniture or quality hardwood floorboards from Victorian era homes, Findlay masterfully brings existing furniture back to life as part of his reuse ethos.
Erin Lightfoot (Brisbane) is an Australian print designer who uses colour and pattern to enhance objects and spaces. Her primary medium is porcelain which she uses to create functional canvasses for her print designs. She crafts handmade pieces which are sold in boutiques throughout Australia and the USA.
Twin Creative (Chadstone) is a Victoria-based jewellery and homewares label founded by digital designers Sue Croke and Kate Faulkner. Stepping away from the screen to create something tactile, Croke and Faulkner hand make their pieces in their Hawthorn studio.
Murphy Made Jewellery (Chapel St) is helmed by Kelly Ogden, who creates unique and distinctive pieces by hand, ensuring that no two items are the same. Nothing is mass produced, with each piece of jewellery designed with care and precision.
Hoarderculture (Chatswood) hand make concrete planters for “little green friends.”
K Gets Organised (Perth): is headed by Kelsie White, a graphic designer who creates paper goods and stationery. K Gets Organised is a system where stationery products can be used individually or interchangeably with other products to suit individual needs.
Images from the brilliant makers’ Facebook pages.