Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku.
About the team
A curious mind
Pushing the design boundaries
Searching for brilliance
For a brighter tomorrow
Tell us a little about the origins of Avargadi.
Avargadi is an offshoot project from Wombat Home. Wombat Home made affordable small unique 3D printed homewares such as vases and pots. However, when we turned our sights to using our 3D printing technology to develop new lighting products, we knew we that this was going to be something special. We took botanical inspirations to create beautiful geometries that were previously impossible to make using conventional manufacturing techniques. We want to set a high bar in terms of sustainability so we chose an eco-friendly polymer that was derived from corn starch. We also paired our lamps with a highly energy efficient LED light bulb.
Describe your creative process.
I think I have a weird creative process. I try take inspiration from the world around me and reimagine what I see in a different (and unusual) context. I find that i’m at my most creative state when I’m jogging. Once my legs start moving rhythmically, my mind is free the wonder. Our first collection of lamps came from when I was jogging around the Melbourne Botanical Gardens and realised that bring the garden into the home would be beautiful.
What inspires you the most?
I draw deep inspiration from the natural world. I like immersing myself in nature and just watching mother nature play, from the crashing waves on the beach sand to the swaying tree branches in the wind. I find this to be incredibly calming and allows me to focus on my inner energies.
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers.
I’m not very familiar with the local artists and designers. I’ve been more inspired by international industrial designers such as Jony Ive (Apple), James Dyson (Dyson Vacuums), Dieter Rams (Braun) and Bauhaus. In particular, I believe in design were form follows function, quality is core and great design illicit a human emotion.
What are your ultimate dreams for Avargadi?
Today there aren’t really any brands that stand out in lighting. My dream is for Avargadi to become the category leader in home lighting (in the way that Dyson is synonymous with high quality vacuum cleaners). Our distinctive black and white chevron patterned light cord will become as recognisable as a half eaten apple on a phone.
We will have a complete range of unique home lighting products from small desk lamps to full sized floor lamps. We would be releasing fresh designs that people can customise on a weekly basis. Anyone will be able to browse through an Avargadi catalogue and be able to find a lamp that best expresses their individuality.
What will will we find from Avargadi at our July Bend and Snap Market?
We will be bringing out unique collection of 10 table lamp designs to the Bend and Snap Market. People will be able to get up close to our lamps, see the unique designs for themselves. They’ll be able to feel the unique texture of lamps that comes from our 3D printing process. We’ll also be bringing along a 3D printer so people can see how we make our lamps.
Our winter market at 1000 £ Bend on Saturday 25th July to Sunday 26th July (see Avargadi on the Saturday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm) will be an entire weekend-long celebration of local art and design featuring a selection of curated stalls with a plethora of art work, jewellery, home wares, DIY kits, second hand stalls and a few sweets and treats by our girl Kylie (read: the most divine ginger bread goodies because consuming ginger to keep pesky winter flus at bay, right?!).
The smallest stones throw from the major shopping precincts in the CBD, come visit us in our Little Lonsdale nook and peruse through a range of fabulous artisanal everything coupled with the unique opportunity to meet and chat with the maker of each of the covetable wares that tickle your fancy!
Plated Image, connoisseur of delicate paper craft, will also be hosting papercraft workshop throughout the weekend, providing the materials and guidance to create your own bouquet of delicate paper flowers. Spaces in the workshop are limited and bookings are essential, email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
Come down for our weekend-long celebration of local art and design on Saturday 25th July to Sunday 26th July (12:00pm to 5:00pm on each day), with a variety of stall holders on each day and enjoy an afternoon of sating your hunger for inspiration and discovery (and sate your literal hunger with all-day-breakfast/lunch/early dinner with the delish dishes dished up at the cafe!).
Limited stall spaces still available, apply here: https://bendandsnapmarket.wordpress.com/apply/
Saturday 25th July to Sunday 26th July, 12:00pm to 5:00pm
361 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne