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Interview – Bonnie Ashley of Bonnie & Neil + Studio Sale + Giveaway!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Friday 24th June 2011

Versatile timber boxes by Bonnie and Neil

Stunning linen tea towels by Bonnie and Neil

Shadow boxes and printed timber placemats by Melbourne design studio Bonnie and Neil

I have been meaning to interview Melbourne design duo Bonnie and Neil ever since first spotting their STUNNING screenprinted textiles and timber boxes when I shot the gorgeous Katie Marx’ House!  Remember?

After years working together at Spacecraft Australia, last year Bonnie Ashley and partner Neil Downie took the plunge and launched their own little design studio – Bonnie and Neil.  Their combined experience strikes the perfect balance of varied skills, and has resulted in such a seriously impressive debut range.  With a background in textiles and floristry, Bonnie designs the prints, patterns and colour palettes, whilst Neil’s experience in carpentry and passion for working with reclaimed timbers gives their work a raw, architectural edge.

Bonnie and Neil have been overwhelmed by the response to their work – although really when you take a look it’s not hard to see why it’s been so popular!  Despite being the new kids on the block, they already have an impressive list of stockists and fans – a testament to their incredible talents and many years of experience.  Their work spans textiles, timber boxes and shelving, and combines geometric patterns, botanical / wildlife imagery and a bold colour palette – it’s just so striking and somehow seems really different from other print designs on the market (and let’s face it, there is no shortage of screenprinting going on in Melbourne – much as we love it!).

YOU GUYS should all give yourselves a pat on the back for being so brilliantly supportive of local design studio start-ups like these.  There are SO MANY indie craft and design studios in Melbourne, yet we love and support them all.  There’s little sense of competition, and local retailers seem to lap up anything new.  Nice work team!

If YOU would like even more brownie points for supporting local craft and design you should head down to Bonnie and Neil’s first ever studio sale THIS SATURDAY! You will get to see their fantastic little studio in Brunswick, and have the opportunity to buy seconds and samples, tea towels, shadow boxes, wooden storage cubes, tablecloths and more.  I can’t believe I am telling you about this actually.  I want one-a them tablecloths!

Bonnie and Neil Studio Sale!
Saturday June 25th, 10.00am – 4.00pm
6 Duckett st
Brunswick, Vic

ALSO, Bonnie and Neil are so sweet, they have kindly offered the most gorgeous giveaway for two lucky Design Files readers!  They have offered TWO of the incredible Red Rosella Shadow Boxes (pictured below), handmade by Neil using reclaimed timbers, and handprinted by Bonnie!  Stunning stuff.  To be in the running simply leave a comment on this post, today, Friday June 25th, by 10.00pm Melbourne time.  A winner will be selected at random and contact by email over the weekend.

*UPDATE – two winners have been selected!  Congratulations to Simone (comment #198) and Lucy (comment #142) who have each won a Red Rosella Shadowbox!  Thanks so much for all your lovely comments!

BIG thanks to Bonnie and Neil for this beautiful giveaway, and for their time with this interview.  Do pop in and support this lovely local pair by checking out their  sale this weekend.  If I haven’t already convinced you, it must be said that Neil has the best accent ever (Scottish).  Makes sure you hunt him out and strike up a conversation. You won’t be disappointed :)

Red Rosella Shadow Box by Bonnie and Neil – 2 up for grabs!  Comment today to be in the running!

Tell me a little about your background and Neil’s – what path led you to what you’re doing now?

I have a Bachelor of design in craft art from the School of Design in Christchurch, NZ. It was a unique course in that I got to study a range of craft disciplines before deciding to major in textiles and sculpture. During that time, I fell in love with all print-making processes especially screen printing. I also worked part time as a florist while studying, a fall-back career that has stood me in good stead throughout those inevitable ‘starving artist’ periods of my life. After moving to the UK, I worked for a company printing fashion fabric for designers such as Eley Kishimoto, Jessica Ogden and Peter Jensen, as well as hand-printing furnishing fabrics. In Melbourne, I worked as a textile designer and printer at Spacecraft for six years, as well as a florist and wholesale flower-buyer, whilst working on my own creative projects on the side.

Neil studied art and design in his home country of Scotland before he emigrated to New Zealand where he took his apprenticeship in cabinetmaking. He’s worked since as a furniture designer/maker in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, doing everything from fine furniture to architectural joinery to commercial installations at Chelsea Flower Show and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Just in his spare time, he’s managed to renovate our Brunswick home, though sometimes we’ve lived for some time around his creative hiatuses…

For many years you worked with Stewart Russell at Spacecraft before going out on your own – how have you found the transition from working for a respected local design house to launching your own range and working for yourself?

It’s been fabulous and challenging. I’ve been able to pull together all the many things I’ve done to date and I’ve come to see my career in a holistic way, including that my sideline career as a florist hasn’t been a sideline at all but in fact has been integral to the way I create and the work that I do. I think you can see the inspiration that I get from nature in my work. That started to come together at Spacecraft where I contributed to the beautiful botanicals and other prints that they are well known for. It was around this time that Neil and I were first able to collaborate in a career sense, producing and printing various timber products under the Spacecraft label.

There was at least a year transition from the time I left my job to the time when Neil and I released our first range. The launch response has been overwhelming, it was more than we had ever hoped for. We were just excited to be doing our own thing, both getting to do what we love doing and to collaborate in producing products we think are beautiful.

What have been some favourite recent designs / projects for Bonnie and Neil?

One of our favourite projects to date has been a decorative façade with our robin design for a stunning kitchen in a St Kilda road penthouse. We’re also excited about launching our new range of furniture including new versatile shelving and storage.

And of course I’ll always love printing textiles. I’m super-excited about the new range of prints and of course the native bird designs which have become one of our signatures. I’m passionate about natural fabrics and linen in particular so that will always be a cornerstone of our range.

Cushions, linen on bed and timber block all by Bonnie and Neil

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

I guess, like all small workshops, there’s really no such thing as a typical day. That comes with the territory as it’s mostly just the two of us (along with a few willing part-timers) making small runs of products that are handmade and hand printed. We have pretty clearly-defined roles and, although we share our studio in Brunswick, my domain is the print studio whereas Neil is the master of his own workshop. I might be doing anything from designing new prints for the collection, to mixing inks and printing orders to answering e-mails or taking orders. Neil might be out and about sourcing materials for a project or other days will find him in his workshop designing and making prototypes or making/finishing furniture for a client order.

Shadowboxes by Bonnie and Neil

Where do you turn for creative inspiration when beginning a new range or project – travel, nature, photography, art, books or the web etc?

Inspiration can come from anywhere. Some of our patterns are evocative of something from our daily life – like our landscape collection of 2011 which began with a walk along the Merri Creek.

Neil is always true to his material. I think his inspiration comes from the character of the timber and looking for a sympathetic use for it. As well as blooms or foliage that I photograph or collect, I also have a habit of ‘hoarding’ all kinds of beautiful things that I come across, such as tapestries, textiles, vintage clothes or other curiosities so they always inspire me.

Merri Creek – the view from Bonnie and Neil’s old studio (wow!)

Which other designers other creative people do you admire?

People like Eley Kishimoto, Florence Broadhurst, Piet Hein Eek, locals Katie Marx and Greg Hatton are both very clever. Neil wouldn’t necessarily nominate well-known designers but always says he’s worked with so many amazing craftsmen over the years who have passed on their knowledge of the industry and the craft and continue to influence him in his work.

What is the best thing about your job?

Definitely having the freedom to develop a piece from the original idea and see it through to the final physical product. To wake up in the morning with an idea and be able to start putting it together straight away is so great and of course there’s a such sense of satisfaction when you first see the final, polished product emerge.

Also, one of the perks has been to work with fantastic retailers like Catherine Southwood (of Southwood Trading, South Melbourne and Southwood Home, Fitzroy North). I’ve found my retailers have understood our product really well, which has helped develop our understanding of our product and how people might use it.

What would be your dream creative project?

In a way we’re living our dream already, collaborating and creating beautiful functional pieces together, which represent what we like to have in our own home to use and look at.

If we had to think of one large-scale ‘dream’ project, it might be working with an interior designer or architect developing ideas and interior concepts collaboratively, say for an eco lodge or retreat (preferably somewhere tropical while we’re dreaming!) Seriously though, it would be great fun to collaborate with someone on an project who shares the same philosophies as we do.

What are you looking forward to?

August marks a milestone for us – a year since we launched at our tradefair. So we’re definitely looking forward to that trade show this year. Also tomorrow we’re having our first public studio sample sale. As we usually wholesale only, it’ll be great to get a chance to meet the people who are actually taking our products home. After our first year in business, we are also looking forward to a holiday!!!!

Melbourne Questions

Your favourite Melbourne neighbourhood and why?

I would have to say Brunswick, we’ve lived there 7 years and recently moved into a studio here as well. I think a lot of people in creative fields live in Brunswick, probably because it’s such an eclectic community. We love the restaurants, cafes, bars, the mediterranean grocers and spice shops.

Over the years, we’ve managed to persuade a lot of our friends to move here too! While it’s changing rapidly, it still has the character that attracted us here and that it’s known for. It’s such a great mix of industrial and residential, urban and suburban and of course it’s been the textile industry hub in Melbourne for many years so I feel it’s quite poetic that we’re living and working launching our own printing studio here as well.

What/where was the last great meal you ate in Melbourne?

Anada on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy… Their beautiful tapas make it one of our faves. We especially love the pork belly with eggplant puree… yum!

Where do you shop in Melbourne for the tools of your trade?

Anywhere and everywhere! As our range is nature-inspired, we think it’s really important to use sustainable or recycled products where we can. We find timber for our reclaimed range wherever we can get our hands on it – we’re lucky that we get a lot of tip offs from Neil’s friends in the industry. Thanks to them, we recently scored a load of kauri timber from a beautiful 1880s bungalow in Hawthorn which we’ll use for our next range of reclaimed furniture.

Where would be find you on a typical Saturday morning?

At the studio usually, friends often drop by the studio to hang out or help or just bring coffees down to fuel the creative process.

Cushions by Bonnie and Neil… I wish you could see the cute striped piping!

When we’re not working, we hit the road and head out to country Victoria. Saturdays might find us combing the second-hand shops in Lake’s Entrance or Castlemaine.

Melbourne’s best kept secret?

Summer was a pretty well kept secret in Melbourne this year!


by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Friday 24th June 2011

296 comments

  • Liz 3 years ago

    They’re gorgeous!

  • Bec 3 years ago

    The shadow boxes are GORGEOUS, not to mention pretty much their entire range…note to self, must try to get out of plans for Saturday to attend studio sale…

  • lewis 3 years ago

    wonderful with plenty of character

  • Jessie 3 years ago

    The rustic feel of the box and the screen print compliment each other perfectly, so beautiful!

  • Micha 3 years ago

    So beautifully Australian, just lovely.

  • renee 3 years ago

    absolutely stunning!

  • Melissa 3 years ago

    woah, these are amazing. i would love to put one in my living space.

  • Helen 3 years ago

    Very talented duo, beautiful!

  • caro 3 years ago

    i love the splashes of nature on the shadow boxes – beautiful!

  • Beth 3 years ago

    what stunning prints! also, I love that bonnie and neil love brunswick :)

  • Moira 3 years ago

    Love the story and the final product. Would look right at home with our recycled and embellished style.

  • Sally 3 years ago

    The warmth of the timber combined with the images makes this a truely sublime piece of art to covet.

  • Mel 3 years ago

    How unusual and exquisite!

  • di 3 years ago

    thanks for another opportunity to own something beautiful.

  • Jane 3 years ago

    Amazing range! Love the stripe piping detail on the cushions!

  • Louise 3 years ago

    Amazing giveaway, i have my fingers crossed! Thank you :)

  • BS 3 years ago

    Beautiful.

  • Olivia 3 years ago

    Simply divine – a piece of Australia on each and every item. Would look gorgeous in my newly renovated home!!! Stunning

  • Alice 3 years ago

    I would be soo chuffed to have one of these beautiful boxes in my home in France. It would remind me of home as I dream wistfully about Melbourne. (I’ll be back in a month to save on postage) if Im not lucky enough to win this week, I’ll probably won’t be able to help buying one anyway. Je les adores!

  • Elisha 3 years ago

    Oh please me, they are just lovely !

  • Fel 3 years ago

    Love the colours – yes please!

  • Renee Anne 3 years ago

    Oh amazing!!!! I LOVE those shadow boxes!!

  • Clare 3 years ago

    Those shadow boxes are exquisite! I’d love to have them in my loungeroom to bring the beautiful outside, inside.

  • Nadine 3 years ago

    I have been a fan of these guys for awhile! Super lovely!

  • mandy 3 years ago

    stunning work, reminds me of Merri Creek!

  • Melanie 3 years ago

    The shadow boxes are so lovely! I’ll try to make it on saturday.

  • Cyndi 3 years ago

    Have been a fan of these two for a while and own one box…covet the entire range, studio sale here I come.

  • Mary Anne 3 years ago

    The prints and boxes are beautiful! Thanks for letting us know about fabulous local design on TDF!

  • Adam Jones 3 years ago

    beautiful, great colours!

  • Cheryl 3 years ago

    My mother would love this, its her 70th birthday this year and this would be a fantastic gift.

  • leah 3 years ago

    The prints and boxes are beautiful! Amazing giveaway, i have my fingers crossed! Thank you…

  • Penny 3 years ago

    Oh, I do love Bonnie & Neil. Clever, clever people! Beautiful things! Thankyou for sharing.

  • Bec 3 years ago

    Just gorgeous pieces of work! What a talented duo. So unique and so stylish, but with an Australian taste to it.

  • Ange 3 years ago

    I love the designs, I can’t wait to check out the sale :)

  • Emily Treganowan 3 years ago

    Pick me please!

  • Jenna V 3 years ago

    Oh how I’d love some of their work in my bedroom! Fingers, arms, toes and legs crossed!

  • Hannah 3 years ago

    Love it!

  • dazzer 3 years ago

    already have spot on the wall selected – they will look great

  • Laura 3 years ago

    absolutely fantastic! wonderful and super creative prints! love love love! X

  • blue fruit 3 years ago

    I’m constantly blown away by the amazing talent we have hiding in this town. Luckily for me, Lucy, you keep lifting the rocks that they shelter under, so I can keep reveling in this creative goodness.

    I can’t stop staring at that image of the orange bed with the incredible printed box. So absurdly simple, and yet so absurdly beautiful.

  • Linley Cole 3 years ago

    From one Kiwi to another, I love your work. Well done being so creative. I’ve been living in Melbourne for 8 months now and will coming to see your work.

  • lesley 3 years ago

    mmm, they are all gorgeous…..
    please, please, pick me

  • tess 3 years ago

    You know I can’t not enter this giveaway… I love me a screenprinted box! And I die every time I go into Southwood…

  • Simone 3 years ago

    These are just so lovely…. Natural timber, gorgeous prints and all made in Melbourne – love it!

  • Bernardo 3 years ago

    Yes please!

  • Claire 3 years ago

    Beautiful, original and inspiring australian design, can’t wait to make it to the sale!

  • daisy 3 years ago

    wow, i am unfamiliar with these guys work, but i think it’s amazing and beautiful and so glad i now know about them. i really love the mix of recycled timber adorned with such australian imagery, it’s refreshing to see and i wish more aussie designers would embrace our beautiful flora and fauna, etc, instead of such things as european woodland creatures or russian nesting dolls! the photos of the stacked boxes are so pretty, what a striking statement. the textiles are just as stunning. i would be thrilled to win this prize!

  • emma g 3 years ago

    amzing!

  • jo 3 years ago

    love it-yes please!

  • helen 3 years ago

    When I was a kid we had a cocky like that – his name was Clary and my grandma used to feed him tea and crackers as he sat on her shoulder – he was a very naughty boy though and used to undo the pegs on the clothes line and they would all fall to the ground!

  • Mel 3 years ago

    cute cute cute!!!

  • Vanessa 3 years ago

    I’m in love! Will definitely snare some of those boxes to use as bedside tables – love them!

  • amber 3 years ago

    More cleverness from Melbourne. Love it. Would love to win.

  • David 3 years ago

    Elegant

  • Ponygirl 3 years ago

    Beautiful, beautiful!

  • Clare 3 years ago

    I love Bonnie and Neil and have been saving up for some shadowboxes for ages!

  • Patrice 3 years ago

    A brilliant nod to Australiana. I just love their stuff.

  • Nathalie 3 years ago

    Totally original! Praise is well deserved!

  • Alana 3 years ago

    Gorgeous designs on useful products.love the pic of the shadow boxes on the wall.
    Amazing work

  • jas 3 years ago

    those boxes are just like the ones my man and I have whacked together with some leftover plywood from our reno. They will be acting as bedside table and coffee table once I decorate them! So cheap and easy to do and I love their graphics.

  • Penelope 3 years ago

    Lucy you have planned my Saturday – thanks to you I’ll be visiting Bonnie and Neil Saturday morning, before heading to Heide Gallery to hear Noel talk about her beautiful work – I can’t wait for my art and design day!!
    Great work, once again! x

  • cathy gallagher 3 years ago

    I have been coveting one of the shadow boxes since i saw them here on the design files! love the textiles as well!

  • Andrea 3 years ago

    Love them.

  • Bianca 3 years ago

    Oooh, how pretty!

  • Danielle Lucy 3 years ago

    So charming, elegant & inspiring! x

  • Rebecca 3 years ago

    I am absolutely in LOVE… the natural elements, Australiana themes, fabulousness… ohhh you guys are amazing!!

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Gorgoeus! The perfect piece to add to our newly renovated home!!!! Love the use of recycled timber and flora and fauna prints.

  • lyn cole 3 years ago

    I’m going to the sale tomo :) rarely go to Melb but am staying at the Art Hotel for the weekend courtesy of TDF- such Australian design cant wait to see it

  • Eve 3 years ago

    Love the inspirations from native Australian bush. Great, unique ideas.

  • kelly 3 years ago

    so cheeky and fun – my son would adore for a cockatoo to permanently live in his room, he is mad about them!

  • Hannah 3 years ago

    pick me pick me :)

  • Sharon 3 years ago

    Love Bonnie and Neils stuff! Really hope to get to the sle tomorrow and they’re just the most clever couple! Fingers crossed for the prize! xx

  • Karina Harvey 3 years ago

    Such unique and beautiful stuff! Just lovely!

  • Jelena 3 years ago

    Beautiful prints, I wish I could make it to their warehouse sale

  • Melissa 3 years ago

    So beautiful! These would look fab in my house!

  • beck ng 3 years ago

    another wonderful giveaway! I’m going to check out their sale tomorrow :)

  • annee 3 years ago

    Gorgeous boxes for mt new art wall.

  • Kirsti 3 years ago

    I would love Bonnie and Neil Boxes in my home!

  • gb 3 years ago

    stunning – what more to say

  • Jo 3 years ago

    Love that rosella and it would look great with little white pots in it!

  • Jane 3 years ago

    Just gorgeous. Would love to have this in my home!

  • Emma 3 years ago

    Wow, Wow WOW, totally beautiful pieces : )

  • kath 3 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous! xx

  • Lucy 3 years ago

    Love the mix of hand screen-printed artwork, and boxes and cubes made from reclaimed wood. The pieces are stunning – I love the shadow boxes in particular. Will try and head along to the studio sale too! Congrats on setting up a lovely business and good luck for the future :)

  • Ros 3 years ago

    Love your work. Happy Birthday to you both!

  • ana 3 years ago

    The early bird gets the worm,
    but the second mouse gets the cheese.

  • Lyndsay 3 years ago

    I was going to comment and say how beautiful this work was even before I knew there was a competition, lovely designs/colours/the works. Looks like my daily tasks will have to wait a little longer whilst I flick through their website, no complaints here!

  • Gorgeous – great interview!

  • Giselle 3 years ago

    Thank you for this interview, I’ve been a big fan of Bonnie and Neil ever since I spotted their cockatoo cushions (and subsequently bought them) in a little shop near the Vic Market. Would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, to add to the collection.

  • NIKKI 3 years ago

    the choice of birds give me homely feeling (my grandparents loved birds and had everything you can think with a bird on it) but these have amazing colours. these designs are great!

  • Cathryn 3 years ago

    when is a box not simply a box?

  • Jill 3 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been looking for something like that for a perfect spot in my bathroom – please let me win!

  • Vanessa 3 years ago

    love love love

  • Cassandra de Vaus 3 years ago

    I have two of their cushions (the pink cockatoo and another one) they are amazing!! I would love a matching box shelf to go with. They are amazing.

  • Kylie 3 years ago

    I l-o-v-e Bonnie and Neil’s work soooooo much (apologies for adolescent gushiness)
    I have their cockatoo placemats and a cocky cushion too which I bought from what I believe is the only shop that sells their stuff in Perth…
    I have also sent some of their gorgeous linen overseas to expat friends and rellies who have loved receiving them.
    I’d love to win their shadow boxes v much.

  • mcpringle 3 years ago

    ooohh! i know just where to put it…x

  • Barbara Fisher 3 years ago

    Love Bonnie & Neil!

  • Carly 3 years ago

    Love the use of Australian native birds, beautiful!

  • annie 3 years ago

    Beautiful designs. Yes please!

  • Pip 3 years ago

    Congratulations you two! Everything looks fantastic!

  • Amber 3 years ago

    Just beautiful!

  • Jacinta 3 years ago

    Absolutely Lovely!
    I Can’t wait to come by and see it in the flesh tomorrow!
    Xx

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Jane 3 years ago

    What a creative pair. Love their work, thanks for letting us in on your find.

  • Anneke 3 years ago

    These are so beautiful….I would LOVE to own one!!!!

  • Claire 3 years ago

    Yes please! Beautiful, beautiful work!

  • lizzie 3 years ago

    sensitive yet bold … they are wonderful! do make my grandpa’s fruit crates look a little drab!

  • Jean 3 years ago

    These are very nice screenprinted things, I can’t believe there is a stockist here in Ballarat! I might pop into the Upholstery Gallery today and have a look…

  • Shelley 3 years ago

    Oh, I love these! So kitsch, but in such a good way!

  • Jane 3 years ago

    Their work is SO wonderful, I already have the perfect spot picked out for it :o)

  • teresa 3 years ago

    Such beautiful screenprints! …and love the idea of using reclaimed and recycled wood :)

  • Lee 3 years ago

    Love every single piece in the Bonnie + Neil range!

  • es 3 years ago

    yes please!

  • meggsy 3 years ago

    The Cocky Cushions are a must have today! Loved it all…thanks!

  • kat white 3 years ago

    Those shadow boxes are gorgeous! Such a great idea, and really quite different.

  • Belinda 3 years ago

    So inspiring! I spend every morning watching cockatoos fly across the skies in front of my apartment – I just adore them on the boxws.

  • John B 3 years ago

    Yep. They sure are cool.

  • Anne 3 years ago

    Go Brunswick!

  • Lyndal 3 years ago

    Thanks for the heads up Lucy! I think I’ll be making my way over there tomorrow. I love the chevron cushions!

  • hana 3 years ago

    australiana never looked so cool!

  • oscarlulu 3 years ago

    Such clever clogs! Fingers crossed. x

  • Seema 3 years ago

    amazingly beautiful !

  • Amanda 3 years ago

    Such beautiful pieces, I am going to go out this weekend and find a supplier in Sydney! I must have one of the shadow boxes. Amazing!!

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Oh i just love cockatoo prints, and these are superb! What a great collection they’ve put together. I’d be so grateful to win! x

  • Jackie 3 years ago

    Have admired Bonnie and Neil’s stuff for a while. Really unique!

  • Jay 3 years ago

    Amazing pieces! Great talent.

  • Danielle 3 years ago

    Absolutely love their work! Such beautiful pieces..

  • siska 3 years ago

    simply gorgeous!

  • Claire 3 years ago

    Those boxes would go beautifully in my remodeled home office!

  • Liz 3 years ago

    You’re right Lucy, we can never get enough of these clever people.
    Bravo!

  • jacqui 3 years ago

    absolutely LOVE these. thanks for the heads up about this amazing studio.

  • Steph 3 years ago

    beautiful!

  • Gael Joyce 3 years ago

    Covetable !

  • fioleo 3 years ago

    stunning – love this very much! x

  • Clare 3 years ago

    I had a shadow box when I was a little girl but it was nothing like these beautiful ones – there’s no need to put anything in them as they’re so lovely on their own!

  • Michellan 3 years ago

    I work in a residential aged care facility and think these would brighten up the living space and evoke some delightful reminiscences : )

  • Michelle 3 years ago

    Gorgeous!

  • andherimagination 3 years ago

    Rosellas are pretty

  • Grace 3 years ago

    Their pieces are stunning, I’ll be heading to that sale tomorrow!

  • Alice 3 years ago

    Lovely seeing our native birds displayed to such effect!

  • Lisa Rodden 3 years ago

    I saw these guys at the Life In Style in Sydney – it’s beautiful, tactile, earthy and edgy.

  • lucy 3 years ago

    what clever and talented cookies. so good to see native australia making an appearance!

  • Natalie 3 years ago

    What a beautiful way to showcase our gorgeous flora and fauna.

  • Laura 3 years ago

    oh, yes please!

  • Belinda 3 years ago

    yeahhhh boy

  • Gabriela 3 years ago

    Awesome stuff!!! Fingers crossed!

  • Bec 3 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! I love these boxes and I have all my fingers and toes crossed that I win!

  • Jenny 3 years ago

    Oh my goodness – I have been coveting these shadow boxes for such a long time – Love Bonnie and Neil wares – real Australian style!

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Local people making gorgeous things! These are my favorite kinds of finds. Thanks lucy for sharing. Lovely work people.

  • nina 3 years ago

    they are so beautiful!! I’d love those in my home!

  • Jo 3 years ago

    Lovely. The shadowboxes remind me of a wooden chopping/serving board my Grandmother painted natives on, I think it may have been burnt into the wood though…..

  • Catherine H 3 years ago

    I think these guys are genious’s’s’s! Love it.

  • Amie Mason 3 years ago

    super yummy!

  • Leanne 3 years ago

    So delicate and beautiful

  • Penny 3 years ago

    I loved their work with Spacecraft, but their new designs are even more beautiful. I love the boxes!

  • Cleo Ryan 3 years ago

    I have been eyeing these off for AGES! Love the native bird and bush themes. Beautifully crafted.

  • Sarah B 3 years ago

    It kills me that they’re having a warehouse sale and I’m down here in Tassie! I didn’t realise they worked with Spacecraft but love their work. I have one small piece which is beautiful. Looking forward to seeing their new work :)

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    Oh! Those boxes are so amazing – and would look perfect in my old Wellington villa flat. Kiwis (and Scots!) seem to love Melbourne. I’m told it’s quite like Welly.

  • Natalia 3 years ago

    Love the timber boxes, had my eyes on them for a while. Maybe items in warehouse sale won’t break my bank… or I might be a lucky giveaway winner……;)

  • Emily 3 years ago

    The designs are gorgeous. I’m so annoyed I don’t live in Melbourne so can’t go to the sale. I hope it goes well!

  • Katie Frederick 3 years ago

    Wow! I have been watching those cockatoo teatowels since I saw them at a market at fed square.

  • miranda 3 years ago

    love these prints!

  • Brigitte 3 years ago

    so beautiful – very inspiring. I love seeing the result of people going out on their own and coming up with something amazing and unique!

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    It’s so lovely when two creative souls meet and the result is bigger than each of them could have created alone. Beautiful!

  • Pippa 3 years ago

    What a treat!!!!

  • rachael 3 years ago

    i so need some beautiful ,flexible storage.fingers crossed i get picked!!

  • Emily 3 years ago

    really really lovely – yes please – pick me today!

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    What a perfect injection of colour, personality and texture to any home. Very talented are Bonnie and Neil, have been on my ‘favourites’ list for some time…and endeavour to make them part of my home one day too. Thanks again Lucy.

  • Raquel 3 years ago

    So lovely!

  • Marcello Ricciuti 3 years ago

    As a florist I love the use of crates
    How beautiful to combine gorgeous graphics with…

  • Kerry Smith 3 years ago

    Lovely boxes – lovely presents for my young home makers

  • Susan 3 years ago

    I’ve added this to my list for my visit to Melbourne next month. There are too many beautiful little places to shop on Melbourne, I always come home poor….but with such beautiful things.

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    AMAZING – love it all

  • Narelle 3 years ago

    I’ve been admiring these since you first posted them – I’ll be visiting the studio on Saturday for sure!

  • karen 3 years ago

    fantastic combination of geometric patterns and found imagery. Beautiful work.

  • suse 3 years ago

    Love the earthiness and the colours of their designs, I am also very much a box girl, I love putting things in wooden boxes!.

  • Alejandra Duschatzky 3 years ago

    I absolutely love Bonnie & Neil… The screenprints are lovely and unique…

  • Dawn 3 years ago

    Stunning! Would love to get my hands on one of these…. hint hint :-)

  • jane 3 years ago

    I love Bonnie and Neil – especially love the cockatoo cushion they do.

  • Miss Amy 3 years ago

    Lovely!

  • Emily 3 years ago

    Sooo Cute !!

  • Caroline 3 years ago

    I love this interview. So informative. The products are all awesome. Love the bedside cabinets, recycled wood, and cushions. So different. Bonnie and Neil – watch this space, they are so talented ….!!

  • frankie 3 years ago

    oh I love these cockatoos – i collect them and bonnie is our family name. I know I am meant to win this prize…..xxx

  • Caylie 3 years ago

    As a fellow screenprinter Graduate I can say YAY for Melbourne’s creativeness!! :) I want me one of them shadow boxes!

  • Keno 3 years ago

    box me up;)

  • Clare 3 years ago

    What awesome stuff. Love that they’re not afraid to use Australiana motifs.

  • The Coonster! 3 years ago

    Love your work! All the comments above are well deserved…keep it coming, will be there on Sat for sure

  • wendy june 3 years ago

    Bloody refreshing to see Australiana imagery in such a sophisticated way. Wanting it all, mate.

  • Nicki L 3 years ago

    Like so many brilliant designs…simple and beautifully constructed. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    I have been looking at the crates for so long… beautiful and would be a great addition to any room any home

  • Rose 3 years ago

    Gorgeous. Will look fabulous in my new rustic kitchen xx

  • Lisette 3 years ago

    Gimme gimme gimme!

  • Kylie 3 years ago

    If there was one design files giveaway I was meant to win it is this one.
    I’ve covetted the bonnie and neil boxes every since they first landed on my radar last year. I love love LOVE THEM!

  • Margie 3 years ago

    wow… possibly one of the most beautiful applications of print I’ve seen. That gum tree box… just amazing.

  • Tash 3 years ago

    Beautiful! I am such a sucker for birds. Hope to make it to the sale on Saturday. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Jessica 3 years ago

    Just LOVELY. You can definitely see the Spacecraft influence!

  • Anna 3 years ago

    A bit sad I won’t make it to the Studio sale. Love your work Bonnie and Neil!

  • Simone 3 years ago

    I think I will die if I don’t win this prize. How was that? Melodramatic enough? But I will die, and you will have to live with the fact that i died before i had the pleasure of owning one of your super special products….oooh, just read that and that’s a terrible thing to say, but I’m posting it anyways…

  • Justine 3 years ago

    Wow. I’m in love. Will have to head to brunswick this saturday!

  • Amanda Thorson 3 years ago

    Wow! These are beautiful, I love the Aussie flavor they have.

  • Tricia 3 years ago

    I saw these in a store window and I wondered who made them – now I know! Thanks design files!

  • Liza 3 years ago

    I love these guys and have drooled over their fantastic range since they started up. My local gift shop used to sell there products & so when buying gifts for family n friends I’d always be staring admiringly at their awesome cushions and fab shadow boxes…thinking one day I’d love to have some of their stuff in our home. Love love love, thankyou for interviewing them for us, great read! XXX

  • Gabriela 3 years ago

    amazing!

  • Jackie 3 years ago

    everything abou these products are so beautiful, the images, the colourways…can’t wait to go and check these out in person!

  • WendyGai 3 years ago

    Some people have the most amazing insight and creativity…… not the way my brain works unfortunatley but i am a great admirer!

  • Christy 3 years ago

    i have loved these boxes and prints for ages. i would love, love, love them in my home. always see them in mags and they really stand out – gorgeous.

  • rachel 3 years ago

    amazing designs….and so original!

  • Angela Mottram 3 years ago

    so fresh and useful! I NEED them..

  • Chanelle 3 years ago

    Beautiful! I would love

  • Manita Senn 3 years ago

    I love! I must have!!!

  • Hat 3 years ago

    I love rosellas. And these boxes!

  • sarah 3 years ago

    Very cool!

  • Leona D 3 years ago

    divine

  • sophie nolan 3 years ago

    So unique, beautiful colours!! I think they perfectly capture the essence of Australia’s native world. Gorgeous!

  • Sally Dixon 3 years ago

    Nice work. Hope I get one, I know just where i’ll put it.

  • Cristina 3 years ago

    I love a beautiful Rosella

  • Jess 3 years ago

    Such a clever couple. Love your work!

  • Clealala 3 years ago

    Beautiful flashy colours! Yay!

  • debbie 3 years ago

    adore their work! x

  • Kathleen 3 years ago

    Those shadow boxes take my simple shelving idea and make it fabulous! Love it!

  • Sonja 3 years ago

    Those boxes are beautiful! I want me some of them. I love that they are made from reclaimed timber.

  • sally 3 years ago

    Beautiful, I love their work.

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Fabulous! Love the recycled timber xo

  • Chloe Walker 3 years ago

    This would be the best birthday ever if I won the giveaway!

  • Nola 3 years ago

    Love, love, love these designs by Bonnie & Neil, I think I’ll have to get along to the studio sale this weekend!

  • Rali 3 years ago

    Yes please, these are beautiful!

  • Denise 3 years ago

    The shadow boxes are almost unbearably beautiful.

  • Janette 3 years ago

    The boxes would look great in my beach house.

  • lisa 3 years ago

    Oh yes please! I have been coveting Bonnie & Neil’s gorgeous things for so long (and been meaning to blog about them for ages too!). I’d love to win. Come on random number generator, pick me.

  • Tara 3 years ago

    Thanks for today’s gorgeous visual delight. yum

  • Marie 3 years ago

    My apartment would love one of these boxes…

  • Bianca 3 years ago

    I absolutely love handcrafted products. Thanks Lucy for details on Studio Sale. Will be popping in during daughter’s dancing class. While the daughter is out to dance, the mother is out to shop!!!!!!

    Bonus if one of the shadow boxes has my name on it

  • Amanda 3 years ago

    Gorgeous stuff! I could really do with those lovely boxes!!

  • Jess 3 years ago

    Have been admiring these at Southwood Traders for ages!

  • sa 3 years ago

    yes,yes,yes please

  • Lillie W 3 years ago

    Rabbits feet, four leaf clovers, seven, special underwear, not stepping on the cracks….somethinsg got to bring me some luck!

  • E-Gene 3 years ago

    Got a spot on my wall for them! Have always loved their work.

  • Claire 3 years ago

    I’ve been admiring Bonnie and Neil since you posted Katie Marx’ house, so it’s great to learn more about them! The boxes are my favourite!

  • Tara Badcock 3 years ago

    So beautiful! Hope I’m lucky?!

  • Cath W 3 years ago

    How beautiful – I have been searching for tasteful Australiana.

  • Sandra 3 years ago

    love bonnie and neil’s work! might have to treat my kitchen to some new towels. the shadow boxes are beautiful. x

  • Phoebe 3 years ago

    Beautiful products from a very talented duo. Me Please!

  • miriam 3 years ago

    Wow! I’ve lusted after these amazing products for awhile now… and I have a new apartment to furnish, what a good reason to visit the studio sale!!

  • Summer 3 years ago

    Yikes! I’ve admired these guys for a while now. Yay for a chance to own one of their super amazing boxes! I’ll be visiting the studio sale regardless :)

  • Kat 3 years ago

    So simple and the attention to detail is amazing. Gorgeous.

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    Gorgeous and a sale in my ‘hood

  • jj 3 years ago

    thank you

  • Katie Jayne 3 years ago

    so pretty :)

  • Mandy 3 years ago

    Loved Spacecraft for some time. Very much in love with my spacecraft cushions that adorn my couch and I can already see a spot for the lovely shadow box…

  • Sally 3 years ago

    Yes, Moreland is where it is at. Great Australian design!

  • Frances 3 years ago

    Fantastic products, even more to put on my wishlist for when I cease being a student and have a few dollars to spend on things other than rent and food!

  • Christina 3 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! Simple yet so stylish and beautiful! Love it!!

  • Jessamy Alexander 3 years ago

    Oh I would love one!

  • Fiona 3 years ago

    Amazingly beautiful images. Can’t wait to see them.

  • tracey 3 years ago

    How amazing – I love the designs by Bonnie and Neil. And now you have me planning a trip from Mt Martha tomorrow for the warehouse sale Luci!

  • Gemma 3 years ago

    Love their style and pieces – will be there tomorrow!

  • Sidomie 3 years ago

    I LOVE it!!! So refreshing. Well done guys.

  • Julia 3 years ago

    The Rosella boxes are so bright & vibrant. I’m in awe of the whole range!

  • BooN 3 years ago

    This looks amazing, I’m coming with a pocket full of cash and looking forward to spending it all

  • Josie 3 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these guys! Beautiful things – I want one!

  • Mick 3 years ago

    Amazing things – will definitely try to get to the sale.

  • Elise 3 years ago

    so pretty!

  • Georgie 3 years ago

    I have been obsessed with Spacecraft. Now I think I have moved on. Gorgeous.

  • meg 3 years ago

    What a fabulous, fabulous way to experience life ! waking up to these beautiful pieces everyday! gorgeous so lovely thanks to all for a fantastic giveaway.

  • kathryn 3 years ago

    beautiful graphics!

  • Jessica 3 years ago

    Ace! yes please

  • jonathan 3 years ago

    These are great. I’d love one.

  • Jess 3 years ago

    Amazing, another brilliant giveawao. me please!

  • Siobhan Rogers 3 years ago

    love it all! so very gorgeous

  • Julie James 3 years ago

    Would love this unique Bonnie and Neil shadowbox in my home to display some of my treasures! Fingers crossed!

  • Alan 3 years ago

    Nice work!

  • bj 3 years ago

    Simply gorgeous.

  • Penny 3 years ago

    LOVE B&N! I kept thinking ‘Spacecraft’ as I perused their website – now I know why!

  • Kathleen Ryan 3 years ago

    Rosellas never looked so good!!

  • Danielle Oppermann 3 years ago

    Who’s a pretty polly? Love these.

  • desb 3 years ago

    huge fan of their work…Love the pretty birdies..(:

  • Jane 3 years ago

    ooh – I’d LOVE these!

  • hannah 3 years ago

    I love Bonnie and Neil!, so beautiful and unique and Australian

  • onefinelady 3 years ago

    Oooh, so much for a much needed sleep-in tomorrow. I’ll be trotting merrily along to the sale… danger danger!

  • Mj 3 years ago

    These are so gorgeous. They bring back memories of growing up in country NSW. Definitely going to go and check out the sale tomorrow!!

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Shattered I missed the deadline to enter the competition. I only just got my little boy to sleep and got my first few minutes to myself! Love these boxes. Saw them in a store in Port Elliot and have lusted after them ever since.

  • jessicac 3 years ago

    Just gorgeous! Fantastic work, and so inspiring.

  • Chris 3 years ago

    wish i could just pop over to the sale, but sadly can’t – love your work!!!!

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Got some lovely tea-towel gifts today and a few wicked place mats….. and a longing for a printed table cloth and shadow box.

  • Kate Dickson-Battye 3 years ago

    I could quite happily deck my whole house with Bonnie and Neil’s lovely printed designs x

  • Dee Dee 3 years ago

    Awesome sale guys. Too many gorgeous things to choose from!!!! Can’t wait for the next one!

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    I love their eye for detail ans their designs. Count me in .

    Lisa xx

    lisamarshall67@gmail.com

  • Sonya 3 years ago

    Love your blog! I’ve included it in my 10 Australia Blogs You’ll Love on http://www.TravelingGreener.com.

  • JV Kristine Lim 3 years ago

    Amazing. would look great in my new place!

  • Alicia Ryan 3 years ago

    They are so beautiful, they really suit my place!

  • Enjoying our chairs 3 years ago

    Gorgeous! The red and yellow is a superb combination particularly against the wood. Birds are a beautiful image too. So lovely.

  • Penthea M-R 3 years ago

    So many stunners! I love all of them. Such clever folks they are!

  • Kimberley 3 years ago

    Handmade and beautiful. What an amazing range.

  • Maria 1 year ago

    Ummm kneed one of these to Shia off to everyone I know!!!! Xxx

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