Post Industrial Design

Craft Cubed 2013 - Homefront

Homefront is a textile exhibition by Gaye Naismith and Melanie Hill as part of Craft's annual festival Craft Cubed. A crocheted rug, furniture and wall art, all lovingly stitched using upcycled materials, will make up the exhibition. The exhibition is part of The festival attracts over 7000 visitors annually and this year showcases over 100 events throughout Victoria as part of the 2013 program. This year’s festival titled A Better Blueprint is all about getting back to basics to craft a better future. In terms of theme you are unlikely to find a better fit than with these two women. Both Gaye and Melanie have been upcycling since 2006 and are both passionate about sustainable local production. “We both love the 'making do' approach to creativity.  We work with fibres and other bits and pieces gleaned from second hand sources, and the scraps of felted jumpers left over from the other things we make.  While exploring the possibilities and limitations that arise from working with such materials is central to both our textile practices, we diverge markedly in our stitching and construction techniques and in the types of objects we have created for this show.” Together and separately, Gaye and Melanie run three small, craft-based labels: Body Parts Winter Accessories, Gaye Abandon and Textile Allsorts. This exhibition extends their textile practices into furniture, objects and small and large wall pieces. There will also be a pop-up shop featuring products from their ranges. Homefront is a free event opening on August 8th from 6 – 8 pm at Post Industrial Design, 638 Barkly Street West Footscray, and running till August 28th. The opening night will be accompanied by the infamous food van White Guy Cooks Thai and cheap drinks available at the bar. We would love to see you on the 8th but if we do miss you at the opening, the exhibition and Pop up Shop runs until the 28th of August. Melanie and Gaye will also be running MEET AND MAKE WITH THE MAKERS, an informal session of craft and chat on Saturday 24th of August 2 - 5pm.



Interior Colour Trends

Interior colours can change your mood instantly. I always like to ignore Interior colour trends and go a little over the top. An attempt to escape the winter blues. Yellow is one colour that always puts a smile on my face. It is fresh crisp and sunny! Hello sun. Good morning flower. Hello yellow! While most of melbourne traipsing around Melbourne in blacks and greys and olive greens. I on the other hand (in a state of Winter denial) like to mix it up a little with a splash of colour. These rugs pictured are a cheap way to add a bit of sunniness to the grey of winter. Made from upcycled plastics. Priced at $55 they are a cost effective way to lift your mood. Same too with the retro vinyl baskets at two for $50.00. I don't know about you BUT with kids I can never have enough baskets scattered through the house! These are of course necessary to deal with the endless trail of toys, stray socks and general debris that ends up from one end of the house to the other! Every year the colour experts will declare the new colours of the season. Interior colour trends can lead you astray.  Me? I just think you should go for what you like. Choose colours that evoke memories and feelings . . . it is such a personal thing . . . and so it should be! Having fun is what it all should be about. Enjoy!










WOW Bluetooth portable speakers

WOW Bluetooth portable speakers may be small in size but they are big on sound. The WOW (With Out Wires) speaker, wirelessly streams music from any Bluetooth-enabled device like your iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, iPador laptop. Now available in blue, red, white and yellow in-store and online [gallery ids="2982,2983,2984"] An intuitive wireless speaker that can be recharged over and over again so no need for batteries either. The stylish design comes in 5 colours and is rubber durable with a rubber housing. You can take this baby anywhere; Take it to the park, the beach, on holiday, to work. Basically take it wherever you need your music. Compact, durable, wireless, easy to connect and recharge, it makes all your music portable. Big on sound, WOW wirelessly streams music from ANY Bluetooth device. Wow has a Bluetooth connection of up to 10 meters (33-foot) and has a built in rechargeable battery (recharged via USB) with up to 5 hours playing time. The set up is dead easy. Simply turn on your Wow Speaker, pair it up with your Bluetooth device like your computer or phone and bobs-your-uncle! For a small speaker it packs a punch - easily filling a room with sound thanks, to the 360-degree audio projection. If you are after more directed sound just turn it on its side. [gallery ids="2987,2988,2993"] The thing I love about this is now I can enjoy music in ANY ROOM IN THE HOUSE! I am not the only one raving about these things I haven’t come across one bad review yet. Don’t believe me? You can check out what these guys have to say Macworld or SlashGear  both give the device a fairly good going over. The company KAKKOii who designed the Wow Speaker is a boutique design company set up by Antonio Arevalo. A London designer, Arevalo makes innovative, high quality products that fit the urban lifestyle; Wow is the first in the KAKKOii range and has definitely put this design company on the map. By the way KAKKOii is Japanese for cool and in terms of design you don’t get much better than this.

Work Experience At Post Industrial Design

Since about grade five I’ve known what interest me and what I can see myself doing once I’ve finished school. You see, I love buildings, floor plans, layouts, houses and the feeling of a good space once you’re in one. I have thought a lot about what career choice I might take up and it became clear to me that I wanted to become an architect! Architecture is a mixture of many aspects and doesn’t mean just building buildings. Landscape, planning, designing and creating is all part of the process of building something beautiful. I feel the job could be a good fit for me because of the amount of hard work, mathematics and solution making as well as the imagination, creativity and inspiration the job takes! So when my teachers first introduced the idea of work experience for all the year tens at my school back in Wangaratta, I was excited and nervous about the thought of working in an actual work environment. Of course coming from Wangartta it had its challenges in the variety of jobs available. I was looking at furniture stores, real estate agencies as well as show homes for any type of work experience having to do with design or homes. Then one weekend when my family and I came down to Melbourne to stay with my grandma, who lives in the suburb of West Footscray, and we past this unusual shop with an old gas pump, a cool carpet and plenty of other nic nacs in the window on display. Post Industrial Design was the name of the shop. Shortly after I came inside and had a good look around at all the quirky, unusual products and creations. I knew right away that I would be more than happy to spend a good week working at this shop! Although the shop doesn’t have anything to do straight up with architecture there were quite a few factors that contributed to the area like design, creation, art, color and the use of space. So of course before starting I was anxious and a bit nervous, as you would be. I was expecting the usual shop work like dusting, cleaning, shelving and greeting customers. I soon meet Mary who owns and works at Post Industrial Design and she was very kind! The day I started was very hot and there weren’t very many costumers at all, which made the space very quite. I did end up doing chores around the shop such as dusting, opening boxes and putting stock on shelves.  The second day I got to meet Mary’s partner Jos who makes a lot of the crazy unique welding pieces in the store. I was helping him with a delivery that day, but I found the time was really great! We were both talking about different forms of art, styles of music as well as the amount of effort that goes into a piece. It really got me inspired to give my own work a go! One bonus of working at the shop on this particular week was the exhibit on show by the well-known street artist Baby Guerrilla. Part of the shop was turned into a gallery to showcase the works of art and many costumers were interested in the artist famous wall art adhesives. On the Thursday night a group of ladies called ‘Women of the West’ put on a ladies night in the store and the artwork made by Baby Geurrilla was on display. I met lots of really great ladies who came out for a good night to mingle and I had a good night myself. I was applying temporary tattoos on the women of the wall art shown in the gallery. The whole four days that I have spent at Post Industrial Design have been great! I have learnt basic store skills like displaying and the business side, I have observed how to have good relations and connections between you and your costumer, I’ve met loads of wonderful people who are faithful to the store, I’ve been shown how to make art out of anything by using recycled materials, I’ve even learnt not to take your job too seriously and do what you love and are passionate about! I love that Post Industrial Design is a new face in the community that can take so much good from this business and really bring out the true hidden character of this part of town. Where ever I end up down the track I can always use the skills I have learnt here and take all the inspiration I have collected in my head through out the week and maybe start a little something of my own. Who Knows!


Summer colour

New week. New window and a splash of summer colour. The thing I do like the most about Melbourne is its all rainy one minute and perfectly summery the next! It lets me get excited all over again  . . . . in fact I get to say "HELLO SUMMER" like 20 times, and that is just in one season! So for all you grumblers out there who would prefer the same old sunny days every day, all I can say is BORING! Let me guess . . . . your favourite colour is beige  . . . and you would  never EVER  leave the house wearing odd socks? Hm . . . even I am not quite sure I am going with all this . . .  oh yes . . .  summer colours. My big colour tip for the season is this . . . throw out your colour wheel and your designer magazines and just go a little crazy. You want to put reds and oranges together I say go for it! Oh want to hang a painting that clashes with your couch? Now you're talking! You don't have any two dining chairs that match? Oh come to momma! The point is this. My favourite houses are never immaculately arranged, rather they are eclectic and imbued with personality. They are almost always on the messy side, which makes me feel at home . . . like a warm hug. You might be thinking what the hell, this gal is talking mess and clutter and the picture is all styled and tidy. Well you would be right. The thing is this is a front window display  and not my home . . . and ALSO I had intended to ramble on about colour and got a little side tracked. Sooo while I bang-on about flipping from one thing to another, I may as well jump back to Melbourne Weather because today, right now, I am content with warm summer days, mountains of watermelon and perhaps a voddy or three. Who knows what next week will bring . . .  perhaps tracky pants , hot chocolate and a good movie . . . hmmm now that sounds good too!

Wishbone 3-in-1 Bikes

Wishbone 3-in-1 Bike is the ultimate in kids ride on toys. This bike grows with your child and is suitable for children 12 months to 5 years. From 12 months use the bike as a walking aide with 3 wheels for learning balance and coordination. Once your little one grows convert into a 2 wheeler balance bike which will get them up and running on a peddle bike in no time at all. Most kids who start off with a balance bike don’t need training wheels and have a smooth transition to a peddle bike. The great thing about this design is the frame flips over making it one of the largest balance bikes on the market. I am slightly in love with Wishbone Design Studio, as well as being well really nice people, their designs are sustainable, and they have really thought through the design aspects, to make this a durable and versatile product. This is one toy that will offer your kids years of fun and enjoyment for years to come. The Wishbone Bike offers real value for money! The Wishbone bike comes in a box and is super easy to assemble . . . even I did it! Don’t believe me  . . . check out this interactive 3 in one demo or check out this video. This product is been in high demand. If you are planning to get one for christmas please order now so we can ensure we can get it too you. Now available in store and online

Floor coverings

These Recycled Polypropylene floor coverings are our latest addition to our interior range. Priced at $55 dollars you seriously cannot go wrong! These rugs/mats are made from premium quality recycled polypropylene straws with are tightly woven together to offer strength and softness while still maintaining a beautiful aesthetic. The color’s used in the mats are UV stabilized to prevent fading and deterioration from exposure to the sun. Being plastic, moisture will have no effect on the mat and it will not attract mildew. They are manufactured following Fair Trade principles. Available in orange, black and yellow both in-store and online. These mats are so versatile. Roll them up and take them outside for a picnic or use them indoors. Perfect for a child’s room. Seriously these are so easy to care for - just take them outside and hose them down! If only my kids were that easy . .  he-he! I have seen these mats around, but never with such classic elegance as these designs. They are classic with a modern twist and will add a splash of color to any room. I am so smitten with these rugs I have a collection of them at home, they are perfect for my young kids to play on and we are constantly taking them outside for impromptu picnics. They are reversible so you can change the look of a room simply by flipping it over. Rugs measure 120 x 179 cm. 

Kids decor ideas

Providing great kids decor ideas is our new product range from Down to the Woods. These designs are whimsical and exquisite - love it! Now available in-store and online Down to the Woods is not new to the market but their products are timeless and whimsical. They do not come cheap but they provide great value for money. They are keepers, unlike many products on the market today that are merely tomorrows landfill, these products are made to last. These are things you can hand down the line. A perfect gift for a newborn or young child and make a beautiful group present. The vintage inspired night lights are made in Germany from top quality moulded plastic. They are retro, fun and cast a beautiful warm glow. Just the thing to keep little-uns feeling safe and snug in bed. Unlike the cheaper LED versions, these plug in straight to the wall so you can leave them on all night without the fuss of constantly changing batteries. Decidedly cool, super retro, and ultra kitsch, even New York Magazine declared them “The coolest night-lights on the block”. The Little Lamb Freckle rugs look yummy enough to eat! Just like the chocolate freckles I munched my way through in my childhood! The colours are amazing and give a great splash of vibrant colour to any room. They come in 3 sizes, we currently stock the medium size which is 100cm in diameter but can order in other sizes if needed. They are hard wearing and feel beautiful underfoot. The Little Lamb felted garlands are a great present and are priced affordably at $39.00. They are versatile and can be used to decorate a room, christmas tree, or anywhere really . . . you are only limited by your imagination. Being hand made in Nepal from pure wool, no two garlands are the same. 

Essential Oil Burner

The essential oil burner by page thirty three draws reference to a classic yet refined science theme. This is one of my favourite products in store. It is a perfect fit with us here at Post Industrial Design, in fact we are jealous we did not come with this design ourselves!  The dark heaviness of the metal components and clamp create a beautiful contrast with the Tasmanian oak hardwood base, and glass flask. The metal trims of the burner have a slightly worn effect, which is beautiful against the natural wood. Each essential oil burner comes with a 5ml tester bottle of Australian grown lavender oil, and an Australian made beeswax candle. available in store or online 

Upcycled cushions

Just in is a new range of cushions exclusive to Post Industrial Design from Seam. Made from upcycled pure NZ wool blankets filled with soft fiber these are perfect for the winter months. For those 'not in the know', ‘WeFo’ is the parochial term coined by the infamous Lauren Wambach from the Footscray Food Blog. WeFo = West Footscray . . get it? And of course “WeFo cool” goes without saying! Available online or in-store. 

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