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Treasure Trove

Whilst on my Melbourne “fact finding mission”, and in particular my jaunt around Fitzroy, I came across Rae Ganim’s eponymous Brunswick Street store.

Rae Ganim is an Australian designer with an illustrious history.  She started her own fashion and home-wares label in the 1980s, supplying local and international stores.  Additional achievements include designing uniforms for Hyatt Hotels and the Girl Guides, a range of textile designs (some of which are included in permanent collections in The National Gallery of Victoria and The State Library of Victoria) and a raft of prestigious fashion industry awards.  After my visit, I also discovered that she was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia’s hall of fame.  This is one supremely talented lady with an acute eye for detail.

Rae’s latest project is Ganim’s Store and it is carefully curated collection of locally-made home-wares, jewellery and special objects.

This is a (very apt) description about her collection from the website:

“Local items sit with hand-gathered goods from Japan, Europe and beyond, exchanging perspectives between established designers and new hands.  Inside you will find the classic design books of Italiano Bruno Munari sitting next to current cult Nobrow Comics. The revelatory figures of a collaboration between Rae and iconic illustrator Beci Orpin tell of this intergenerational tête-à-tête. Other materials return from the past, like the salvaged textiles used in the latex bags by Luisa Cevese and artful House Blocks that give second life to the Eames’ alphabet.  Weaved baskets and sculpted creatures crafted by the Tjanpi community (as seen HERE) speak of desert tales and tradition.”

In addition, the interiors perfectly compliment the products.  In particular, I love the simple, pine shelving system and the light fittings made by Rae’s son – plastic lamps wound around horizontal pieces of wood fixed to the wall.

As an added bonus, Rae was in the store when I popped in.  Aside from being so helpful and allowing me to shoot the store, Rae also gave me some great insider tips on things to do and see in Melbourne.  Thank you so much for making my pop-in even lovelier Rae!


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