ISSUE 73  |  Color Therapy

Shopper’s Diary: Ganim’s Store in Australia

May 20, 2013 2:30 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

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If you missed Rae Ganim in the eighties, here’s another chance to reap the gifts of the acclaimed designer’s eye.

Australian Rae Ganim earned her stripes as a designer of bold and colorful clothing in the 1980s, garnering attention from Vogue and stocking her wares in department stores around the world. Over the years, she’s kept in practice by designing costumes and textiles, and now, through Melbourne shop Ganim’s Store. This colorful shop offers wares from a broad spectrum of designers from Japan, Europe, Australia, and yonder. Most come with compelling stories and include designer mainstays from Marimekko, Fog Linen, and Eames as well as curiosities like lizard figurines hand made of native Australian grasses–anything that strikes Ganim’s eye, and that’s a good thing. Watch for her online store, launching soon.

Photography by Jillian Lieboff except where noted.

Above: Colorful Dibbern pottery from Germany offsets Ginori brushstroke plates from Paola Navone.

Above: Striped cotton towels and scarves from Khadi and Co., blankets from Fog Linen, and cushions from Teixidors in Spain.

Above: An example of the Ganim mix: This small sailor would perfectly suit a child’s room, but he looks right at home next to high-end enamelware from Variopinte.

Above: Ganim collaborated with Joost Bakker on the store’s floral displays.

Above: Handmade brooms with built-in hooks for hanging on a utility rail.

Above: Though Ganim’s Store is full of whimsy, useful goods are the primary offer. Here, earth-friendly toiletries from Sort of Coal and Planet Luxe.

Above: Surprise Balls–intricate layers of crepe paper hiding confetti, toys, and treats–awaiting little fingers to unravel them. Photo via Ganim’s Store Blog.

Above: Tubes of liquid gold from Melbourne City Rooftop Honey, a group establishing honeybee colonies on rooftops throughout the city. The tubes are labeled by neighborhood–East Brunswick and Carlton shown here–and each neighborhood purportedly has its own flavor. Photo via Ganim’s Store Blog.

Above: “Taco” friendship bands from Lucy Folk Jewelry, hand made in Melbourne. Photo via Ganim’s Store Blog.

Above: A colorful dog figurine from Tjanpi Desert Weavers, a collective of more than 400 artists from 28 rural communities across Australia. Photo via Ganim’s Store Blog.

Have a colorful space of your own you’d like to share with the world? Enter it in the Remodelista Considered Design Awards. (Deadline Friday, June 14.)