Habitus Loves… Australian-Designed Gifts for Christmas

Spread the Christmas spirit this year by supporting Australian-based designers, makers and manufacturers. Rebecca Gross selects her pick of well-designed gifts that are ripe for the giving.

08 Dec 2015
Coco Pendant by Coco Flip

Created by: Kate Stokes

Why we love it: Kate Stokes and Haslett Grounds are the creative minds that bring a wonderful sense of play to Coco Flip’s designs. In Victorian Ash timber and powder coated metal, the Coco Pendant is turned by local artisans and assembled in the Coco Flip studio. The light’s design is influenced by Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetics, and hung low over the dining table is “like a heavy yo-yo at the end of its string.”

Where you can get it: Coco Flip

Sgraffito Vase by Charlie & Blair

Created by: Charlie & Blair

Why we love it: Adrian Smith and Heather Lockhart are the potter and painter, respectively, behind Charlie & Blair. With an eye for beauty and simplicity they draw inspiration from nature and their travels abroad, crafting limited batches of functional ceramic pieces from their Brisbane home studio. The Charlie & Blair Sgraffito Vase demonstrates the pair’s graphic aesthetic and being handmade each vase will always be a one-off.

Where you can get it: Tiny Tailor

Shelter: How Australians Live

Created by: Kara Rosenlund. Published by Lantern.

Why we love it: Kara Rosenlund’s book Shelter: How Australians Live celebrates exactly that – how Australians live. As a photographer, stylist and adventurer, Kara travelled cross-country visiting regional towns, discovering remote landscapes and being welcomed into the raw and real spaces that Australians call home. Her visual storytelling is revealed in full-page colour photographs of interiors, landscapes and homeowner portraits and will be much admired by anyone who loves photography, travel, interior spaces and seeing how people truly live.

Where you can get it: Kara Rosenlund

Wood Turned Hooks by Zuster

Created by: Wilhelmina McCarroll

Why we love it: Zuster is known for its functional bespoke homewares and furnishings that come in customisable options to suit customers and their lifestyles. So, of course, Zuster’s Wood Turned Hooks are no exception. Designed and manufactured in Australia, each box contains five different styles of turned hooks made from solid American Oak. They have the option to be timber stained and the lucky recipient can configure them on the wall in any layout they wish.

Where you can get it: Zuster

Potter Light by Anchor Ceramics

Created by: Bruce Rowe

Why we love it: Based in Northcote, Melbourne, Anchor Ceramics’ founder Bruce Rowe has a deep respect for the tradition of craftsmanship using timeless processes to make timeless products. He throws his Potter Lights on a potter’s wheel and hand-glazes them inside and out; and available in a range of colours, each light has a character of its own.

Where you can get it: Cafe Culture Insitu

Dint Light by Szilvia Gyorgy

Created by: Szilvia Gyorgy

Why we love it: Hungarian-born Szilvia Gyorgy divides her time between Jervis Bay and Sydney where she creates sculptural objects from porcelain and wood. By deconstructing simple forms, Szilvia’s work explores the dualities of life: positive-negative, inside-outside, light-shadow. Her hand thrown and unglazed translucent and textural Dint Lights are made by gently pushing porcelain pieces into one another while drying, resulting in forms with an organic sense of movement. Give just one or select a few for a collective display.

Where you can get it: Planet

Tegl Bowl by Eco wood design

Created by: Stephen Ziguras

Why we love it: Stephen Ziguras makes his vibrant, geometric bowls in Brunswick, Victoria using high-quality Birch plywood finished with food-grade water-based polyurethane. Designed whilst living in Denmark, Stephen’s Tegl Bowls (named for the Danish word meaning ‘tile’) reflect many of his aesthetic inspirations, including the simplicity of the Arts and Crafts movement, the elegance of mid-century Danish modern and the balance and restraint of Japanese artistry; plus, of course, the palette of Piet Mondrian.

Where you can get it: Eco wood design

Dream Weaver by Pop & Scott

Created by: Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson

Why we love it: Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson of Pop & Scott not only support the work of other talented designers and makers through their Pop & Scott Workshop Cooperative in Northcote, Melbourne, but are themselves producing beautiful and functional products for the home. Their Dream Weaver shades are inspired by the iconic jute woven designs of the 1950s and 1960s. Each one is hand-woven with natural fibres and available in various colour combinations.

Where you can get it: Pop & Scott

Who Gives A Crap by Stephen Baker

Created by: Stephen Baker and Who Gives A Crap

Why we love it: Admittedly this one is not Australian-made but it is Australian designed and certainly contributes to a great cause with 50% of profits going to building toilets in the developing world. Social enterprise and personal care company Who Gives A Crap has collaborated with Melbourne artist Stephen Baker to create limited edition toilet paper wrapping inspired by scenes of Australia at Christmas-time. It’s a great stocking filler and it’s already wrapped and ready to go.

Where you can get it: Who Gives a Crap

Shilo Beach Bag by Sportscraft

Created by: Shilo Engelbrecht

Why we love it: Another local collaboration is Sportscraft with talented artist and textile designer Shilo Engelbrecht. Making the most of the summer, they’ve created a lifestyle capsule inspired by the Australian coast and the energy of the seaside. The Shilo print features loose pink and blue brushstrokes and this extra large bag fits all beach needs.

Where you can get it: Sportscraft