Funkis are proud to be stocking ALAS, a Sydney based sleepwear brand committed to
ethical, sustainable fashion practices.
ALAS sleepwear is made in India where the cotton is also grown, spun, woven and
dyed. All of their garments are constructed with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)
certified organic cotton, in fair labour, sweatshop-free factories.
" In 2013, we went spent a month traversing all over India in search of a new, Fair Trade
woven garment producer, and Jaipur is where we struck gold! We paid a visit to the
factory, and quickly discovered their commitment to fair manufacturing standards and a
dedication to quality, and got them to begin sampling our designs right away.
Now, in 2015, we can happily say that all of our woven garments are produced in this
big-hearted, but small-sized production unit in Jaipur. All garments are made in-house
using sweatshop-free, fair labour standards. "
It's enough to give you the warm and fuzzies, inside and out.
ALAS sleepwear is now available in our Oxford St Paddington and Strand Arcade
One of the newest labels to feature at funkis is Sydney-based homewares brand
Zakkia, whose chic, Scandinavian-inspired accessories are both timeless and
of-the-minute in their appeal.
Designer and founder Sara Lundgren grew up in Sweden and named the label
after her grandmother on her father’s side. “He was born in Egypt and, sadly, I only
met my grandmother once before she passed away,” she says. “I never got to know
her, but I wanted the brand to have a name that meant something. I like the sound
and uniqueness of Zakkia – and it’s also my sister’s middle name.”
Inspired by architecture, her Swedish upbringing and the shapes, colours and
textures in nature, Sara strives to keep her designs, “as simple as possible and
let the material speak for itself”. Concrete is a favourite because, “it is so raw and
simple, and so versatile,” she says. “I have seen our concrete pieces used in very
Scandinavian homes, bright and colourful homes and country-style homes, and they
work equally well.”
Zakkia’s concrete range was three years in the making, with Sara experimenting
with the material in her own home first, then later with the pottery in Vietnam
she currently works with. “Initially I liked the look of the concrete, but didn’t
like how porous and brittle my homemade creations were,” she says. “Together with
our pottery in Vietnam, we started working on the perfect material composition for
this range. The final result is a careful mix of concrete, polystone and stone powder.
This makes the products a lot stronger and waterproof without losing the concrete feel.”
BEHIND THE BRAND
Sara reveals more about Zakkia and her design ethos here, in our quick Q&A.
1. What are some of your favourite Zakkia pieces and why?
"I love the Dala horse, probably because I feel they are very connected to my
Scandinavian heritage. It is such an iconic Swedish handicraft piece and I actually
lived in Dalarna – the area in Sweden where the Dala Horses originate from – for
a few years. The Dala Horses were originally carved in wood, painted in colourful
patterns and used as toys."
2. Zakkia products are designed to co-exist – what are your tips for creating
beautiful displays at home?
"My tip is to use things that you like and not worry too much about trends or whether
they go good together. I think if you do this you will inevitably end up with a great
display in your home. I also think that less is more – I regularly got through the items
I have on display in my home and de-clutter."
3. What are some of your favourite daily rituals?
"The first thing I do when I wake up is lie in bed for a few minutes to check my
Instagram feed. I follow a lot of creative people on Instagram, and like to start my day
by getting this creative injection. Seeing what everyone else has been up to is super
motivating, and after this I’m ready to start my day!
My days are usually super hectic, I could be at a catalogue shoot in the morning,
designing on the next collection midday, and managing shipping schedules and
customs clearance in the afternoon. Sometimes (when I have crazy days) I forget
to stop and eat, so I always make sure I have a good breakfast. I usually make
myself a smoothie in the morning (my favourite at the moment is Banana/
Avocado/Mint) before I leave for the office, and then have a second breakfast
when I get into the office."
4. When you're not at work, where might we find you?
"Running my own business means I work a lot, and long hours too. I live close to the
beach in Bondi so when I can, I try to go down to the beach. I love the beach in winter,
when it is less crowded and the air is a bit cooler."
5. And finally, what do you love about being stocked at funkis?
"funkis in Paddington is one of my favourite shops in Sydney! I have a little collection
of your clogs at home and love walking into your store, it makes me feel like home.
I’m super excited to have my range stocked in store!"
Discover our range of Zakkia in-store.
“Greta Grossman’s work was so progressive. It takes the standards of
Scandinavian Modern but adds some real twists" – Jacob Gubi
With its unique form and striking simplicity, the Grässhoppa Floor Lamp by Gubi
is a must-buy for lovers of iconic Scandinavian design.
First designed in 1948, the Gräshoppa Floor Lamp is the best-known work of
Swedish-born designer Greta Grossman, who took Hollywood by storm in the
1940s and 1950s.
Praised for the playful nature of her work – and her detailed understanding of
process and craftsmanship – Grossman studied at the Stockholm School
of Industrial Design before moving the the United States in the 1940s. Here she
opened a store for her designs on Rodeo Drive and soon counted celebrities such
as Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo and Joan Fontaine as loyal customers.
In the 1950s, Grossman started an architecture practice and designed
a number of homes in California and one in Sweden. Light-filled and open-plan,
the buildings were all ahead of their time.
In 1960, Grossman and her husband moved to San Diego, where she lived
in relative obscurity until her death in 1999. Brothers Jacob and Sebastian Gubi
revived the work of Grossman in 2011, re-launching the Gräshoppa Floor Lamp
at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. They've since gone on to expand Gubi’s
Grossman Collection to include nine of the designer’s iconic works.
The Gräshoppa Floor Lamp has a strong, grounded tubular steel tripod with a softer
conical-shaped steel shade that can be rotated to direct light as needed. It represents
the very best of Grossman’s ideas and Swedish design.
Inspired by the mood and colours of Scandinavia, our organic collection features clogs,
bags and accessories handcrafted in Sweden and made with vegetable-dyed leather.
A natural production process, this type of leather will darken with age, wear and
exposure to sunlight, becoming ever-more nuanced and beautiful. With products
available in natural, cognac and black.
Shop our organic collection here.
Autumn is a wonderful time for those of us who love to entertain. The cooler weather
brings with it new-season produce and a renewed appetite for soups, warm salads,
slow-cooked meat and other rich, hearty fare.
In line with the move to a cool-weather menu, the trend for table settings is a mix of
organic tones, textures and materials. We love the chunky, handcrafted look of The
Fortynine Studio’s Flip Flop ceramics, available in a range of shapes, sizes and
glazes. Pair them with pure linen, bronze or pewter accents and timber utensils,
such as our Oak Salt and Pepper Vessel.
Wood brings a rustic and natural warmth to the dinner table, particularly when used to
display food. Most of our funkis cheeseboards (made from timber sourced in Sweden)
come with a matching timber knife, and can double as bread boards and serving plates.
Seaside shades of green and blue are also on-trend and make the perfect background
to Autumn's colourful produce. To add a little drama to your table, introduce a few
pieces from Marimekko’s ‘Saapaivakirja’ collection. Featuring water colour-look patterns
in blue, green and yellow, the settings are inspired by seasonal weather patterns. This
beautiful tableware is guaranteed to start a conversation!
For food inspiration – and the perfect styling of The Fortynine Studio's ceramic
Pinch Dishes – head to Two Red Bowls, a Brooklyn-based blog that showcases
rustic dishes full of flavour and character.
Few brands capture the essence of the natural world quite like Lindform.
Inspired by the shapes, textures and colours of the Scandinavian landscape –
with influences from Japanese culture – these Swedish-designed ceramics are
small in stature (most stand at around 10cm high) but big in style.
Handmade from porcelain clay, Lindform ceramics are perfect for adding
a little organic elegance to your interiors. They are at their best when grouped
together – we suggest choosing three different shapes and tones – but can
still hold their own as a single vase within a varied scheme.
The slim neck detail of the ceramics makes them most suited to displaying
a single stem. We love to use sprigs of greenery, including fragrant,
flowering rosemary and basil, and play with the proportion of the stem and
leaves. If you love colour, group a few vases together and place a single stem
of the same flower in each (with stems cut at different lengths), or use a
mix of blooms.
The subdued colour and texture of Lindform ceramics also looks beautiful paired
with other earthy materials, such as timber, cement and stone, or mixed in with
gleaming metallics or pops of bold colour.
Shop our range here.
Additional images: Pinterest
Easter is a special time in Sweden. It heralds the beginning of Spring – the melting
of the snow and a welcome return to warmer weather and brighter colours in the
landscape. Easter is also the first extended weekend of the season, with many Swedes
heading to the countryside to gather together with family and friends.
The emphasis of the celebration is less on the religious story of Easter and more on
Swedish traditions passed down from generation to generation. To mainstays are pickled
herring, cured salmon and eggs on the menu, and a vase of bare birch branches adorning
the lunch table. The latter tradition dates back to the 1880s, with the branches representing
those bursting into leaf and bud outside. From the branches we hang feathers or pretty
wooden ornaments like these funkis chicks, birds and bunnies, all available exclusively in-store.
Outside, little girls dress up as ‘snow witches’ – complete with painted pink cheeks and
brightly coloured headscarves – and offer drawings and keepsakes in exchange for Easter
sweets. This tradition was born from an old belief that witches would fly to Mount Blåkulla
the day before Good Friday and dance with the devil. To scare the witches off on their return
journey, Swedes would light bonfires – a practice that is still common today. (In the citites,
it's a fireworks display.)
Easter is a wonderful time of year, especially if you love to entertain. This Easter, give your
celebrations a little Swedish flavour with a beautifully laid table – we love the graphic
black-and-white Saapaivakirja range from Marimekko – and a display of sweet decorations
to love and keep forever.
Perfectly timed for the cool change, our new range of Uimi knitwear features chunky
scarves and shrugs designed and made in Melbourne exclusively from natural fibres,
including super fine Australian merino wool and organic cotton.
Turtleneck collars and large scarves made headlines at this year's autumn/winter
New York Fashion Week, as did shades of grey and ivory, which have taken over from
black as the key basic.
Our Uimi 'Boris' Fisherman's Scarf in Mushroom is the perfect finishing touch to
an all-white ensemble, or layer grey-on-grey with our Uimi Louis Extra Long
Chunky Scarf in Pepper. For a touch of laidback luxe, throw on a Uimi Jessie
Jersey Shrug in Cement or this season's key accent colour, Burgundy.
Your wardrobe may be celebrating the change of season, but autumn's drying winds, artificial
heating and heavier foods can all wreak havoc on skin. The solution? Effective beauty products
that nourish, hydrate and repair.
Made with natural and certified organic ingredients, Swedish beauty brand L:A Bruket has a
wonderful range of body products that nurture and protect skin from the elements. Made in
Varberg on the west coast of Sweden, the products are inspired by sea and salt, as well as the
aromatic and healing properties of the essential oils they contain.
Our five must-buys for the new season:
1. No. 83 L:A Bruket Rope Soap – Sage/Rosemary/Lavender
This handy soap-on-a-rope is made with a rich blend of vegetable oils that work to
soften and nurture skin. Sage and rosemary essential oils help to clean and stimulate
blood circulation, while the heady scent of lavender soothes and calms.
Throw a handful of this sea salt-based soak in the bath and feel your body relax and repair.
The sweet scent of mint also works to revive the senses.
Bergamot has astringent properties, meaning it firms and tightens skin, while the
rich mix of coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter nourish and feed normal to dry skin.
A perfect face or body pick-me-up – this unscented, certified organic jojoba oil
absorbs quickly and easily into skin, delivering intense moisture, fast. Use it as
a body oil or as a luxe complement to your daily cleansing routine.
Don't leave home without this smooth and long-lasting lip balm, which blends
organic almond and coconut oils with beeswax and vitamin E. Great for chapped
or wind-beaten lips.
Main image: Malin Lindner