If there was ever a store name that indicated it would be a perfect fit for bmag, it would surely have to be Brisbane Made, a new retail shop in Paddington.
The brainchild of James Talty and Kristina Decker, the store is a homage to locally-made, artisan-quality products for the home. Celebrating the diversity and depth of talent in the area, the two savvy young business owners have capitalised on their joint appreciation of all things beautiful and Brisbane.
Situated snugly in a little nook along the main strip in Paddington, the store is a stylish selection of goods made by leather and wood workers, ceramics creators and quirky artists. Products range from reimagined wooden benches, stools, shelving and tables to plant holders, woven wall hangings and leather goods including bags, satchels and wallets.
When asked what the response has been so far, the duo said, “People have loved the minimalist aesthetic of the store, and regularly say how great it is to see how much talent there is locally.”
Local artisans include Erin Lightfoot with her print-based porcelain ceramics, James Talty’s own wooden furniture designs, Rose Jensen Holm and her woven goods and handmade leather items by Raffael Lohmann. Lighting designs in store have been created by Benjamin Breitenstein, stencil artworks for sale are by Nikolas Winter-Simat and a selection of minimal furniture designs by exiteightysix.
The owners share what they hold close to their hearts. “Our favourite product in store is an oldie but a goodie. We love the Tasmanian Blackwood table with recycled iron legs. The beautiful grain of the blackwood contrasts nicely with the rugged iron legs and we would love this piece in our own home one day.”
Opening a business is a big decision and one that was made at the same time as another momentous life change. “We decided to start the Brisbane Made store at the same time we decided to have a baby, so essentially we are growing two babies at the same time.”
Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm, this is a treasure trove of locally-made loveliness. To follow them on Instagram so you can see what’s going on in store, check out Brisbane Made.