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Organic style: Lindform

1/04/15 11:00 PM

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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

 

 

 

 

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funkis Easter

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. 



Snow witch images: Rawr. Spring table images: Marimekko.




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Uimi Winter 2015

17/03/15 11:31 PM

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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.

 

Finish the look with our new season funkis clogs and bags.

 

 

 

 

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5 Autumn beauty must-haves

11/03/15 10:14 PM

LA Bruket

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: 

LABruket-Soap

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.

 

LA Bruket Saltbad
2. No. 65 L:A Bruket Salt Bath – Mint

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.

 

LA Bruket Saltbad

3. No. 93 L:A Bruket Body Lotion –  Bergamot

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.   

 

 LA Bruket Jojoba

 

4. No. 47 L:A Bruket Jojoba OIl

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. 

 

LA Bruket lips

5. No. 17 L:A Bruket Lip Balm – Almond/Coconut

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



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Rodebjer has arrived!

2/03/15 12:46 AM

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We loved Rodebjer's SS15 collection so much, we became the exclusive Australian stockist
of the brand!


The story behind the label is one of talent, hard work and a little luck. It goes like this: designer,
Swedish-born Carin Rodebjer was spotted wearing some of her own handmade clothes on
the streets of New York. The compliment led her to sell her designs to friends and select boutiques
in NYC and Stockholm, before building the brand to what it is today. Along the way, she's
received numerous awards, including the Best Deisgner of the Year award (more than once)
from Swedish ELLE.


The SS15 collection has all the hallmarks of Carin's design: slouchy silhouettes, luxury fabrics
and an intriguing mix of pattern, print and texture that works day to night, Monday to Sunday.



Read our exclusive interview with Carin below, or shop our slection of Rodebjer here

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Tell us more about the inspiration behind your SS15 collection.
We took inspiration from the energy and directness of indigenous art and unschooled, yet
brilliant, creativity. Another inspiration was the intensity and challenges of modern life, taking
a cue from American performance artist Nick Cave and his neo-tribal Sound Suits.

The collection beats with the pulse of an urban nomad. I imagined her walking with a fast and
pounding pace through the city heat. 


Do you have a muse or certain woman in mind when you design?
I have the Rodebjer woman in mind. She has the courage to follow her own ideals and values.
She is modern, self-reliant and laidback. 


Any  favourite pieces from the collection? 
I am personally in love with a pair of cropped jeans with a raw edge, the frosty pink items and
all the zigzag jacquard pieces as well as the cotton net fringe styles. 


Running a successful label requires you wear a few different hats. How do you switch
into design mode?
I focus and isolate myself as much as I possibly can from day-to-day things. 


What are some common style mistakes you often see women make?
Not wearing clothes that you feel comfortable in. It always shows when someone is dressed
for someone else and not for themselves. 


Are there any style 'rules' you like to follow?
Wear what makes you feel like a better version of yourself. 


What do you pack to  go away on holiday?
Our caftans. 


What does it mean to you to have your clothes stocked in Australia at funkis? 
I am very excited that Rodebjer is stocked at funkis in Australia. I love bringing Rodebjer to new
parts of the world to meet new inspiring women since I have always seen Rodebjer as a way
to connect and open up. 




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Marimekko 2015 collection

25/02/15 10:33 PM

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Inspired by the 'unique underwater mood' that comes with snorkelling and scuba diving, 
Marimekko's latest collection features intricate and detailed patterns in oceanic hues. 
The Merivuokko (sea anemone) and Meriheinä (seagrass) designs are the work of
Finnish 
artist and designer Kustaa Saksi, who uses graphic and abstract forms to explore
the natural 
world. Bold layering of orange, yellow and red in the Merivuokko prints help
to create 
a feeling of depth and movement, as well as lend a modern feel to textiles and
homewares. 
The perfect impact piece in living, dining and kitchen spaces. In contrast,
the soft colourways 
and delicate linework in the Merineinä pattern has a calm and gentle 
effect, making it ideal for use in intimate settings such as a reading nook or bedroom. 


The Merivoukko print, in red and blue, is available by the metre, as a cushion cover 
and select tableware


The Meriheinä print in blue, can be purchased as a cushion cover.


Shop our new range of Marimekko clothing, here.




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Which funkis bag are you?

19/02/15 12:53 PM

funkis Leif bag

WEEKEND WONDER: The perfect tote for off-duty wanderings, our funkis Leif bag
(available in Natural, Cognac and Black) is handcrafted in Småland, Sweden, from
genuine, vegetable-dyed leather that will age beautifully over time. Nice and roomy
inside, there's also a handy pocket with zip closure – perfect for
keeping your
Thorberg reading glasses and L:A Bruket hand creme on hand. 

 

 

funkis laptop bag

COMMUTER CHIC: Designed with 9-to-5 in mind, our sleek funkis Elska Laptop Bag
is made from sturdy, vegetable-dyed leather and features a simple brass stud closing detail
so you can coordinate your computer with your clothes. Available in Natural and Black
Carry an iPad? You'll love our Kissen bag with shoulder strap detail. Also shown:
Thorberg glasses in Gordon Grey.

 

 

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NATURAL BEAUTY: Part of our organic range, the funkis Nils bag in Natural boasts
a beautiful blonde colour that will gently tan and darken over time. With its
magnetic clasp and adjustable shoulder strap, it's the ideal accessory for busy
gals-about-town. Work it back with a pair of matching funkis Lea clogs and our
Lisabel necklace, made of native timber. The Nils bag is also available in Cognac,
Burgundy and Black.

 

 

funkis Pip bag

CLASSIC BLACK: With its gentle curves and subtle hardware, the funkis Pip bag
in Black is the little black dress of handbags – simple, chic and timeless. Big enough
to fit all your essentials, but small enough to be comfortable, it features an adjustable
shoulder strap. Also available in Burgundy. Shown here with L:A Bruket
lip balm
and spray deoderant, and our funkis Eva necklace in Black.




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funkis Melbourne

1. MODERN MONOCHROME
When designing our new Melbourne store, we
chose a bold, monochromatic scheme, using black and grey to visually divide the store into halves. 
Black is prevalent in modern Scandinavian design, while the soft limestone shades used on the
floor, counter and shelving inspired by the nature of Gotland . The key to getting the look right?
Decorate with a mix of organic shapes, tones and textures – try our leather Butterfly Chair
timberware and handmade Lindform ceramic vases

 

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2. BLACK SHELVING
Just like the colour white, black highlights items placed in front of it. Here, our floor-to-ceiling
black shelves show off the colour and pattern in Marimekko fabrics and dinnerware, funkis
timber brush and tableware, and handmade jewellery. To prevent the shelves looking heavy,
Carina kept the face frame timber, which also plays up their geometric form.

 

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3. BLACK DINING
Love black but not quite so much of it? Take your cue from our front display and create a
dramatic dining scene with a round Gubi Table in black-stained ash – it boasts the perfect
proportions. Dress with timber platters and tablewareLindform vases and organic-look
tableware from The Fortynine Studio, then add a touch of glam with a Tom Dixon bowl.
For a crisper dinner setting, shop our black-and-white range of Marimekko tableware.  

 

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4. INDOOR ATRIUM
A key feature in our Melbourne store is the indoor atrium. Like the shopfront window, the
industrial-look steel windows (combined with timber, grey-painted floors and pendant lights)
set the tone of the space. Inside you'll find our colourful range of Thorberg reading glasses 
and organic L:A Bruket skincare.  

 

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5. ORGANIC BEAUTY
Made of oiled oak and horse hair, our range of Iris Hantverk brushes are a gorgeous way
to care for your skin and add interest and texture to your bathroom. Hang them in the shower,
add one to your bath caddy or style our nail brush on the basin with a pump pack of 
L:A Bruket Coriander and Black Pepper liquid soap

 

 

 

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funkis AW15 moodboard

4/02/15 10:32 AM

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Inspired by the landscape and mood of a Scandinavian winter, our new AW15 collection
features clogs and bags in rich, evocative hues including bordeaux (a deep burgundy),
cognac, navy and grey. 


Intense but muted, these accent colours pair beautifully with wardrobe basics like neutrals,
black and denim, as well as brighter hues and bold, graphic prints. Take your fashion
cues from our current selection of clothing from funkisMarimekko and, from March, cult
Swedish label Rodebjer
To give your clogs a cold weather makeover, wear them with tights
or our range of patterned Happy Socks


Made exclusively for funkis by master craftsmen in Småland, Sweden, all our clogs
and bags use genuine leather. The soles of the clogs are sustainable plantation timber,
a hard but fragile material with soul and texture. Some of our clogs and most of our bags 
are veggie-dyed, meaning they'll wear and age beautifully.


All our new-season clogs and bags are now availble for pre-order. Styles will be available
in-store from March. Shop new arrivals here.


Image source/credits, from top: April Look; Krista Keltanen; April Look; funkis; funkis; funkis;
Annette O'Brien; funkis; April Look; Rodebjer; Style Lovely; funkis.




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Our stores are currently full of amazing ceramic treasures which have been hand-made with love in Sydney by The very talented people at the Fortynine Studio. funkis was recently lucky enough to meet with some of the creative kids (Sarah and Harriett) who very kindly came by to give us some insight in to their beautiful ceramic creations we also asked them some questions about who they are and what they do. 

 

What is the forty-nine studio and who’s involved?  
The Fortynine Studio was founded by five members and is built on the concept of collaborative design. Designers Ben Elbourne, Sarah Spackman and Harriet Watts continue to design, develop and make work across a range of materials and disciplines including ceramics, textiles, paper and metal, generally at a human scale, to wear, or for the home.

 

How did you guys all meet? 
We all studied Design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney. We worked together, became great friends, developed our practice alongside one another, and came to respect each others work and design process (in various permutations of that order)!

 

Where do you get your artistic inspiration from? 
Probably our most significant source of joy, rejuvenation and inspiration is the natural world, and the Australian landscape in particular. Though it's mostly enough to put us in a room together with a pencil and paper and the conversation gets filled with inspiring and some times ridiculous possibilities. We all have rich experiences to draw from and a strong sense of purpose, so we're never short on ideas.

 

What's your best advice for creative people who want to run their own business? 
Creativity is only one small aspect of running a business. It's hard work and you sacrifice a lot, but if you can make it work it's really rewarding. If you're going to do it, be organised, make deliberate decisions about what you're doing and why, and get people on board to help you with planning outside your areas of expertise.

 

What music do you listen to in the studio? 
Oh, all sorts of things. Actually, we often work without music. This week when we've been in making mode we've been listening to Koori radio.

 

Which is your favourite ceramic piece from the fortynine studio collection? 
Our Flip Flop Slip pasta bowls are an all-time favourite. We all have sets of these at home and eat off them every day.

 

Studio images © Jacqui Turk


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