September 24, 2022

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15 of TDF’s Favourite Independent Design Stores In Melbourne

15 of TDF’s Favourite Independent Design Stores In Melbourne

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by Christina Karras

Step inside Ma House Supply Store! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files

Mirror by Alke Store. Planter by Lightly Design. Smooth Shelf by Nicole Lawrence.  Fruit candles by Nonnas Grocer. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files

Second-hand finds sit next to contemporary pieces! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files

Ma House Supply Store

Ma House Supply Store has only been open for three months, but it’s become an instant TDF favourite thanks to its eclectic collection of new and vintage pieces hand sourced by its owner Ben Mooney

This is a store you can happily spend plenty of time in. Explore the objects Ben has selected to put on show, and you’ll be guaranteed to find a treasure to take home (old or new). 

Where to find it:
54 Johnston Street, Collingwood

When to visit:
Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm – 6pm

Tantri Mustika’s stunning retail space in Collingwood Yards! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Tantri Mustika

It’s always a delight to visit terrazzo queen Tantri Mustika’s shop in Collingwood Yards. Alongside her beautiful hand-made ceramic pieces (made in the studio behind the shop!) you’ll also find a selection of curated wares from other small, like-minded businesses. 

‘I love everything I have in store at the moment,’ she says. ‘In particular, my new Vice Versa vases and the ever so stunning NOKA Designs candles. Oh! And the oil burners, because burning yummy oils always brings the vibes home!’ 

Where to find it:
Unit 4/ 30 Perry street (the ground floor of the Perry street building in Collingwood Yards)

When to visit:
Tuesday to Thursday, by appointment only
Friday, 10am – 5pm
Saturday, 11am – 3pm

Customers can shop art and handmade homewares. Photo – Jessica Tremp

Windflower is always full of beautiful seasonal blooms! Photo – Jessica Tremp

Windflower

We know Windflower isn’t actually in Melbourne, but we couldn’t resist including the dreamy Ballarat store in our round-up! The beautiful space is filled with gorgeous local blooms and thoughtful lifestyle products. 

‘We source our products from small local makers and crafts people, and source Australian made as much as possible. Our flowers are always in season and Australian grown, which means they’re always fresh and in their prime,’ says Morgana Robb. 

Among gems in the store from Ella Reweti, Bonnie and Neil and Geelong Weaving Mill, you’ll find plenty of spring flowers such as lilac, tree peonies and dogwood. 

Where to find it:
415 Sturt Street, Ballarat

When to visit:
Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm 

Fazeek’s popular glassware collections include their Wave Coupe Glasses, Vice Versa Carafe, Balance Vase, Photo – Courtesy of Fazeek

Fazeek also has a great selection of home fragrance, which are made in the studio behind the store! Photo – Courtesy of Fazeek

Fazeek

The popular Melbourne brand has been selling their brilliantly coloured glasswares and scented products since 2017, and this year (to the delight of many) they opened a flagship store in Fitzroy! 

‘It’s our home now,’ says owner Jackie Fazekas. ‘Having been online for so long, it’s so rewarding to now meet our customers in person, take them through the range, see their reactions and share our designs.’ 

Her favourite things in store at the moment include the brand’s new Striped Dinner Candles and Wave Candle Holders; ‘We’re getting ready for dinner party season!’ 

Where to find it:
27-29 Best St, Fitzroy North

When to visit:
Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 11am – 4pm 

Colours in the Makers’ Mrkt showroom clash in the best way. Photo – Sean Fennessy

A Makers’ Mrkt line-up of hand-crafted ceramics and sculptures! Photo – Sean Fennessy

Makers’ Mrkt

It wouldn’t be a TDF favourites round-up without Maker’s Mrkt. Kelly Thompson’s colourful store has caught our eye many a time, mainly thanks to her inspiring round up of products from local makers in Australia and New Zealand. 

If the showroom’s pink and red interior doesn’t inspire creativity, then the fantastic line-up of local makers will. 

Where to find it:
273 Raglan Street, Preston

When to visit:
Monday to Saturday, by appointment only

Timber speaker by Alex Earl. Photo – Emma Mash

Couch by Monde. Coffee table by Modern Times. Photo – Emma Mash

Ours Fitzroy

Ours Fitzroy is another exciting new opening for 2022. As well as championing local makers and creatives (you’ll find pieces by Objects By Kit and Billy Furniture), it’s also a gallery space and accommodation! 

Owner Zane Curwen-Walker says he sources his wares from ‘local makers, artists, friends of friends and super secret trash and treasure hot spots’.

Where to find it:
248 Johnson St, Fitzroy

When to visit:
Friday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm 

Inside Pan After‘s Collingwood showroom. Photo – Courtesy Pan After

They stock various textiles, baskets and art from across Africa, including cloths made by the Kuba people of central Congo. Photo – Courtesy Pan After

Pan After

Pan After is our go-to for whenever we’re looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary for our home – or as thoughtful gift for a friend.

The curated boutique houses a collection of special handmade pieces from around the world, including Denmark’s coveted Telka fabrics, hand-woven vessels from South Africa, colourful Murano glass pieces by Italian brand LagunaB, and a wide range of indie publications.

Where to find it:
38 Cambridge Street, Collingwood

When to visit:
Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm

Craft Victoria are constantly updating their store with new pieces. Photo – Courtesy of Craft Victoria

Caro Pattle’s plush woven sculptures sit on the shelves! Photo – Courtesy of Craft Victoria

Craft Victoria

It would be remiss not to include Craft Victoria; one of Melbourne’s oldest and most established organisations dedicated to supporting local artists and makers. 

Current favourites in the store include Caro Pattle’s Fawn Amphora, Real Non-Real’s Wall Formosa Coat Rack and a handmade ceramic oyster plate by Christopher Plumridge

Where to find it:
Watson Place, Melbourne (off Flinders Lane)

When to visit:
Tuesday to Friday, 11am – 5pm
Saturday, 11am – 4pm

Toyo-Sasaki amber glassware available at Mr Kitly. Photo – Courtesy of Mr Kitly

Inside the light-filled store. Photo – Lauren Bamford

Mr Kitly

Friendly, quiet, and curated shops are hard to come by in mainstream shopping strips, but that’s why we love visiting Mr Kitly.

The store’s shelves are filled with ceramics and pieces from across Australia, Europe, and US, but has a particular focus on coveted Japanese products, stocking specialist Japanese pantry items, cookbooks and the iconic Akari lights.

Where to find it:
381 Sydney Road, Coburg (upstairs)

When to visit:
Tuesday to Friday, 11am – 5pm
Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Modern Times has been open since 2012.  Photo – Elise Scott

Modern Times

Modern Times is one of those stores that offers a bit of everything. Expect to find dreamy vintage furniture from Denmark, The Netherlands and Italy, alongside local pieces from some of Australia’s best local makers, designers, and contemporary artists, including TDF faves like Lucy Tolan, Tessy King, James Lemon, Nicole Lawrence and Kayleigh Heydon.

Modern Times has even recently launched their own sofa brand, Permanent Future, and holds regular exhibitions, using their brick-and-mortar store as an inspiring creative hub.

Where to find it:
311 Smith Street, Fitzroy

When to visit:
Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm

Pourer by Shelley Panton. Photo – Garth Oriander

The Panton Store sells owner Shelley Panton’s own pottery creations, and more. Photo – Garth Oriander

The Panton Store

Shelley Panton opened The Panton Store at the height of the global financial crisis when she started her own pottery studio, which has since grown into one of Melbourne’s much-loved homewares and gift spaces.

It’s the perfect place to browse stoneware pottery cups made by Shelley herself, handmade soaps, and quirky products for the kitchen, living room and beyond.

Where to find it:
440 Malvern Road, Prahran

When to visit:
Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm

The eye-catching exterior of Takeawei on Gertrude Street. Photo – Courtesy of Takeawei

Takeawei’s dreamy line up of hand-crafted ceramics! Photo – Courtesy of Takeawei

Takeawei

Designer Chela Edmunds launched her fun and functional ceramics brand Takeawei in 2013, but the colourful store has really been turning heads since she re-located to Gertrude Street last year. With a distinctive and bright mural outside, you can’t miss it! Takeawei stocks everything from mugs to pendant lights made at Chela’s Torquay studio, blankets from Geelong’s weaving mill and goodies from other Australian brands.

Where to find it:
120 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

When to visit:
Monday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Sunday, 11am – 4pm

QVWC SHOP! is a feminist design concept store in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, showcasing products locally sourced and designed by Victorian Women artists, designers and makers. Photo – Bree Dunbar

Tees by Shuh. Photo – Bree Dunbar

QVWC SHOP

The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre opened QVWC SHOP! on International Women’s Day in 2020 as a marketplace to further their work supporting women and non-binary creatives in our community.

The store works with local artists, makers, and designers from all across Victoria to sell ethically made gifts, fashion, art, books, jewellery and more on a consignment basis – and their store’s own profits go back into the women’s centre. Love!

Where to find it:
210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

When to visit:
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Sunday, 12pm – 5pm

The Hub General Store in Collingwood. Photo – Courtesy of The Hub General Store

The store’s Creamed Honey. Photo – Courtesy of The Hub General Store

The Hub General Store

Aptly titled, The Hub General Store is a cleverly modern take on your traditional general store. Based in a classic red-brick building, it sells everyday provisions, homewares, gardening tools, art, cards, stationery and even ‘pharmacy’ essentials like organic toothpaste.

They even nominate a ‘product of the week’, which is currently their Creamed Honey, locally sourced in Central Victoria.

Where to find it:
36 Cambridge Street, Collingwood

When to visit:
Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Japanese cafe and lifestyle concept store, CIBI! Photo – Mark Roper

CIBI

CIBI is a special concept store and cafe close to TDF’s heart, that brings together the pillars of ‘design, food and space’. The family-run business led by Meg and Zenta Tanaka opened in 2008 as a place for Melbourne’s community to shop quality produce, unique pantry products and design pieces (like this amazing Sori Yanagi butterfly stool!) the Tanakas have sourced directly from Japan.

But the cherry on the top is that you can also enjoy a delectable Japanese breakfast plate, Miso baked egg or soba salad at the store’s cafe before or after you shop!

Where to find it:
33-39 Keele Street, Collingwood

When to visit:
Monday to Sunday, 8am – 4pm