One of the reasons our designers love coming together at the Handmade markets is to bounce ideas off each other and share stories. Many spend a great deal of time working alone and this collaboration provides them with the inspiration to go and create new pieces. Of course, there are others for whom collaboration is standard, and we are happy to welcome one such team to the markets for the first time this weekend.
In the case of Åsa, a product designer & Peter, an architect, collaboration became inevitable shortly after they met in Brisbane in 2007. They formed a design studio called Where North Meets South, an apt name for a partnership that wanted to mark the fusion and meeting point of Åsa’s Swedish roots and Peter’s Australian ones.
One of their ideas was a very simple and ingenious lamp, named after Phoebe, a friend of theirs, which caught people’s imaginations in Brisbane. Phoebe Lamps was born. The shade design is made from a highly durable plastic that holds and protects a piece of decorative art. This art is updatable, so can be customized with your own fabric, photograph or artwork, or you can choose from their range of over 30 designs.
The ability to buy the bases, shades and artwork separately makes the Phoebe lamp uniquely versatile and has provided the pair with the opportunity to collaborate further with other artists and illustrators to extend the range and push the limits of what a lamp can be.
Phoebe lamps are designed and produced in Australia through good relationships, sustainable practices and high quality workmanship.
Åsa is very excited to be attending Handmade Canberra for the first time this weekend, and is also looking forward to exploring Canberra itself, along with other market designers from the South Australian contingent, including Delilah Divine (accessories & homewares) and Kitty Came Home (vintage purses). She cites mid century Scandinavian style as a design influence, along with Marimekko, Milk & Sugar and Tait because of their sophisticated simplicity.