For the month of March we shine a light on our 18 deserving winners at the recent GALA Awards. For Part 4 we get nerdy with gadgets from Pigeonhole, discover a treasure trove of quirky gifts from TMOD and go troppo with Bonnie and Neil’s South Pacific collection.
Pigeonhole was founded in 2007 by Johann Kim. Working out of a tiny space in one of Perth’s heritage arcades, the store amassed huge support from local customers seeking something unique and memorable. Since then Pigeonhole has opened nine more stores across Australia and has hundreds of retail stockists throughout the country. As well as their own designs, Pigeonhole sources eclectic and intriguing designs from around the globe giving Australia access to some of the best the world has to offer, including ceramics from Imm Living, original jelly shoes from JuJu and Impossible Project analogue films and cameras. Pigeonhole love creativity and thrive on unique personality. And it’s this spirit that guides their philosophy of an open and collaborative company that regards its customers as friends.
Judges Product Pick: Vintage Polaroid Camera
TMOD’s experiential design has transfixed a cult following. Led by multidisciplinary artists Georgie Swift and Milenka Osen, TMOD specialises in fun playful interactive designs, including greeting cards, tote bags, wrapping paper, chalkboard paint kits and tea towels. Cards you can scratch, rip, wear as hats/masks or fold into planes. Bags you can make into dolls. Wrapping paper you can reuse as a game. Paint kits which can transform spaces. Across graphic, fashion and product design they celebrate the unexpected and consider the experience of every design outing. Their animated products trigger emotions, transport feelings and create memories.
Judges Product Pick: DIY Macrame Hanger Kit
Australia is known for many things – its sunny beaches, the Sydney Opera House, and depending on who you ask, the kangaroo. Also finding their way onto this list is Bonnie and Neil, one of Australia’s most popular independent textile design studios. Founded in 2010, Bonnie and Neil is the vision of real life partners Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie, bringing together their collective backgrounds in floristry, art, textiles, furniture and set design. Largely incorporating botanical motifs, bright patterns, and the occasional nod to Australiana culture, their designs are influenced by Bonnie’s background as a florist, a shared love of colour and their surroundings. These eclectic designs are then hand screen printed onto Bonnie and Neil products including cushions, bed linen, napery, and timber and ceramic homewares, at their Brunswick studio.
Judges Product Pick: Screen Printed Plywood Wall Tiles